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What's in Practical Homeschooling #73


  • 2007 Contests for Homeschoolers. Where to find contests of all sorts, plus insider info on why your children can benefit from contests and which are the best to enter
  • Trap, skeet, and clay - shooting sports can take your student to the Olympics or earn a college scholarship . . . and girls can do it, too!
  • Does the thought of saving for college make your head swim? Passbook saving accounts, rebates, ESAs and 529s are demystified when you read this article.
  • How a farm family homeschools and how a mom with FOUR children under age 8 manages her homeschool day
  • Some of the best entries from our Winter Photo Contest capture the heart of homeschooling


  • Fighting off the lure of "virtual" life, by publisher Mary Pride
  • Juice up your preschool with these great holiday unit tips from Melissa Morgan, co-author of Homeschooling on a Shoestring.
  • Ever hear of "phonemic awareness"? Educational inventor Frank Armbruster shows what it is and why it's essential to reading success
  • M.I.T. graduate (and recent M.A. in Math recipient) Bill Pride reveals how to succeed at teaching high-school physics, even when you don't understand it yourself.
  • Education expert Sam Blumenfeld cuts to the chase: what are the four purposes of education?
  • Homeschool grad wunderkind Austin Webb explains how to impress a college interviewer
  • Mary Biever shows how she found inspiration in difficult times.


  • Two novel uses for textbooks
  • Should "dropping out" become ILLEGAL? Find out who thinks so.
  • A free math test-prep website
  • Kiddie clothes - to rent?
  • A new way to motivate your teen to drive safely
  • Guess what religion the courts say is OK to promote in public school? (Hint: It isn't Christianity or Judaism)
  • Check this out - a source for free videos for hard of hearing and deaf students
  • Homeschooling takes off in an unexpected country
  • The cost of online tutoring is going down . . . here's why
  • How many kids are hazed in public school each year. (Shocking!)
  • Has "play" become a four-letter word in school?
  • Either here or coming soon to your state - a one-stop website for finding out about and applying to college in your state


  • A series of classic readers from the 1920s, with brand-new teacher's guides. Choice!
  • A no-frills DVD series that lets you visit college campuses from your couch
  • A serious Christian Studies course for kids in grades 3 to 6


  • 13 nifty books that tell you how things work and/or explain how to make cool historical and hands-on projects yourself
  • New series that teaches kids how to take care of a new household pet. Spanish versions available, too!
  • "Little Bitty Baby Learns Hebrew" That's the book's actual name!
  • An allegorical tale, a la Aesop, that puts kids on their guard against those who try to destroy their innocent faith
  • Zany thinking puzzles - an entire series!
  • The real History for Dummies - a book about history's worst decisions and the people who made them. Great for reluctant history students!
  • A whole new twist to worksheets, via the Trace Erase Board
  • Revive the gentle art of lovely handwriting with this Handwriting Copybook series


  • Letters from our readers
  • Contests for subscribers
  • Envelope Gallery of homeschooled kids' art
  • Our full-color Home Life Catalog
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