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What's in Practical Homeschooling #79?

FEATURES

  • 2007 Interactive Learning Awards -- what are the 151 best software programs and educational websites?
  • The Art Contest winners -- a smorgasbord of creativity from our younger readers
  • "How I Taught My Children Leadership" Jeannette Webb lets us in on some of the secrets that have led to her children's outstanding success
  • Naomi Pride takes us behind the scenes at Awana Clubs
  • A "regular" homeschool day in Denver, Colorado, and Anchorage, Alaska
  • The amazing story of a family whose children start college at 11 or 12 years old (no, it's not the Swanns!)
  • An inspiring reminder of why some of our best work is done "behind the scenes"

COLUMNS

  • How to make Christmas more like it used to be, by Mary Pride
  • Educational inventor Frank Armbruster provides step-by-step instructions for making toys that help your preschoolers learn to read -- from cans!
  • Inexpensive group activities and field trips, by Melissa Morgan, co-author of Homeschooling on a Shoestring
  • Every academic specialization has its own "foreign language," and Canada's National Educator Literacy Award winner Michael Maloney explains how to learn it fluently
  • M.I.T. graduate (and future optometry student) Bill Pride explains the moves you need to make to get into medical school, starting in high school
  • Education expert Sam Blumenfeld with a thoughtful piece on why novel reading can be good for you
  • Jeannette Webb, recipient of the Presidential Scholar Distinguished Teacher Award, with Part 1 of a two-part series on the how-tos and benefits of mentors for your child

NEWS

  • Canadian report makes a strong case for homeschooling
  • Homeschool cataloger operates separate sites for Christian and LDS customers
  • Autism resources from another cataloger
  • Free outline map of USA with state boundaries, more
  • Creation magazine is still around, and where to find it

SPOTLIGHT REVIEW

  • New writing and essay courses takes unusual approach that teaches parents how to provide useful feedback

MORE REVIEWS

  • A course for kids in how to play drums
  • Organizers that help you get into (and succeed at) college
  • Games that help increase a child's attention span
  • A kit for making cards
  • A guide to "All-American" colleges
  • How-to drawing book for very young children
  • Unusual "world religions and philosophies" course-in-a-book

SOFTWARE REVIEWS

  • EarMaster 5 ear training software
  • eMedia Intermediate Piano & Keyboard Method
  • Playing Music from Viva Media

PLUS...

  • Contests for subscribers
  • Envelope Gallery of homeschooled kids' art
  • Ads with special offers

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