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What's in Practical Homeschooling #75?


  • 2007 Interactive Learning Awards ballot. Vote for your favorite educational software and websites . . . and maybe win a prize!
  • Filmmaking 101, Part 2. Now we're getting serious. Where you can find books, DVDs, and even apprenticeship programs that teach the practical techniques of filmmaking.
  • A fully accredited diploma, using YOUR choice of curriculum. Here's how.
  • Choosing a co-op can be tricky. Tips to help you find the best one.
  • How a donut shop owner and a pastor's family handle their homeschool days.
  • A "GRAMMY" award before you're out of your teens? Yes, for these three homeschooled sisters.


  • What on earth is "phonemic awareness"? HINT: It's the second step towards reading success.
  • Second grade on next to nothing, with these tips from Melissa Morgan, co-author of Homeschooling on a Shoestring.
  • Canada's National Educator Literacy Award winner Michael Maloney shows how to make geography and history both come alive by teaching them together.
  • M.I.T. graduate (and holder of an M.A. in Math) Bill Pride on whether the graphing calculator is an educational boon or boondoggle.
  • Education expert Sam Blumenfeld with some surprising information on how history USED to be taught in American schools.
  • Is college "dangerous" for conservative and Christian kids? Find out whathomeschool grad (and CalTech student) Austin Webb thinks.
  • Mary Biever finds out how to relax . . . at a robotics competition!


  • The Marines become more homeschool-friendly
  • . . . And so does the Veterans Administration
  • Where to find all about summer camps
  • German authorities kidnap a young homeschooled girl (RELIEF! Since we wrote this, she has turned 16, which gives her more decision-making rights under German law, and returned to her family)
  • How to locate predators in your neighborhood via this handy online tool
  • Super cool "Diet Coke fountains" experiments - where to see them online
  • New site lists educational games by topic - great for unit studies!
  • How to find hotels that don't offer embarrassing choices in "in room" entertainment


  • We review the writing and literature courses from Scholars Online
  • So . . . what do you want to know about Rocket Phonics?
  • Math as a story . . . it's been done before, but not like this! From pre-algebra to calculus with the "Life of Fred" series.


  • Classic readers return with the American Schoolhouse Readers
  • Constitution Translated for Kids
  • Software that helps color-blind people use a computer better
  • Origami with rubber bands . . . who can resist?
  • Book on how to write better, for kids
  • Noah Plan math curriculum
  • A curriculum on creationism
  • Writing fun for elementary kids
  • Treasury of Vintage Housekeeping Skills


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  • Contests for subscribers
  • Envelope Gallery of homeschooled kids' art
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