Mags n Resources ****MAGAZINES & NEWSLETTERS**** The Christian Home Swap Letter is a newsletter for home producers & home schoolers to buy, sell, trade curriculum and goods. Christian Home Swap Letter 4438B Gumwood Drive Great Falls, MT 59405 International Home Educator Phone- 07-8719422 P.O. Box 454, Te Awamutu, New Zealand A combination of both Christian & unschooler perspective.
Homeschooling Today – Christian
S Squared Productions PO Box 1425, Melrose, FL – 32666 Subscription – $15.00 per six issues a year. Special features-art lesson with full page, color reproduction. Living Literature Lessons Uses both secular & non-secular material
Drinking Gourd – Homeschoolers of color PO Box 2557 Redmond, WA 98073
Subscription – $15.00 per six issues a year. Hopes to offer a multicutural approach to homeschooling. All contributions regardless of ethnic background are welcome.
Mary Pride’s new magazine is being published for homeschooling families and is due in late February. It will help take the place of no new publication of The Big Book. Every issue will have write ups of new curriculums available as well as regular features from Blumfield, Cathy Duffy, Greg Harris, Jessica Hucey (Konos), Rob & Cindy Shearer (Greenleaf History Study), and others. . The magazine will be $15.00 annually for 4 issues. Write to: PRACTICAL HOMESCHOOLING 1731 Smizer Mill Road Fenton, MO 63026 (314) 343-5153 Takes Mastercard & Visa
CORK PAMPHLET: This pamphlet gives the real story about cork-where cork trees grow,how it’s harvested,what it’s used for now, the history of cork use and more. Write to: Cork Institute of America c/o Foltz-Quessinger Inc. Dept. 27 P.O. Box 1297, Lancaster PA 17603 Single copies available; please send an 8 x 10 SASE with 75 cents postage. From the Washington Homeschool Organization’s newsletter
FITNESS BOOKLETS: You can ask for the Test Manual for the President’s physical fitness Program that gives guidelines as well as how to administer the fitness test. Write to: The President’s Council on Physical Fitness and Sports 450 Fifth St. NW Room 7103 Washington DC 20001
SCIENCE BY MAIL:
Three packets a year and the topics for this year are Simple Machines, Photography and Cartography. Simple Machines came first and includes directions and hardware to make about 8 -10 projects plus ideas for many more.
The program also includes a scientist pen pal. Scientist-toScientist memos are included. Cost is $44 a year for up to four students. The deadline for enrolling this year is November 1. Call the National Office at the Museum of Science in Boston
VIDEO LOANS: Modern Talking Picture Service Inc. will send you a 300 page catalog of videos and software which you can purchase. The first 30 pages lists videos you can send for on loan for FREE. They even pay return postage. They stock mostly titles from industry and foreign embassies with a wide range of topics in almost all subject areas. Write to: Modern Talking PIcture Service, Inc. Scheduling Center 5000 Park St. N Street Petersburg, FL 33709-2254 Phone 1-800-243-6877
Bueno – Friendly Foreign Language Learning 29481 Manzanita Dr. Campo, CA 91906 A combination newsletter/catalog with materials in Spanish,
Japanese, French, German & others — tapes, software, books, flash cards, misc. The current newsletter has a pumpkin/lentil soup recipe in Spanish & English, a Spanish lesson, a short piece on “Day of the Dead,” a Latin-American holiday. Emphasis IS on Spanish, but they carry other materials as well — some,they claim, below wholesale.
————–RESOURCES – HISTORY
You can order a copy of Greenleaf Press’s catalog @ 1570 Old LaGuardo Road, Lebanon, TN 37087. They lay out a history Scope and Sequence like this (and have ample resources, it appears, to help you do it successfully). 1st Grade – Old Testament History 2nd Grade – Ancient Egypt 3rd Grade – Greece & Rome 4th Grade – Middle Ages and the Renaissance 5th Grade – the Reformation and Explorers 6th Grade – 1600 – 1800 7th Grade – 1800 – Present “It seems to us very odd to spend three years studying 200 years of history and one year cramming down the other couple of thousand” they state in their introduction. Though Christian in perspective, Greenleaf utilizes a variety of publishers including USBORNE, Random House, and Scholastic. In lower grades, some of the books may need to be read to the child, but many are at those early reading levels. The catalog itself is interesting, and caused lots of discussion and rethinking as to just what constitutes a well-rounded history curriculum.
RESOURCES – BOOKS There is a fairly new book out using Charlotte Mason’s approach. It is a book guide called “Let The Authors Speak” and is unlike most book guides in the way it is arranged. Instead of by title or grade level it is chronologically listed, (not when the author wrote it) and the location (country) the story took place. This is great if you are studying a certain time period and want to know about the 1800’s or the West USA in 1800’s or Ancient Egypt. The only draw back is there are so many books listed there isn’t enough room for much of a review.
RESOURCES – MATH Elementary Mathematician Twelve page free newsletter by Exxon Education Foundation and published by Consortium for Math and Its Application. Write to +COMAP Inc. Suite 210 57 Bedford St. Lexington, MA 02173 NHEA News, NE Home Educators Assn. Oct 1992
RESOURCES – SCIENCE
Aves Science is “science supply company specializing in homeschool laboratory science units.” Their specialty is “complete self-contained laboratory units that are essentially identical to conventional laboratory exercises, but are designed and packaged for the homeschooler.”
Each science unit comes in a white cardboard box with all equipment included. Over seventy different units available from Bacteria Staining to Frog Dissections. Units can be purchased individually for a cost ranging from $4.00 – $7.00 or as batches as complete laboratory programs.
A Basic Laboratory Program for ages 12-14 is $42.75 and has nine unites. Aves Science Kits PO Box 229 Peru, ME 04290 (207)- 562-7033 Science through Children’s Literature: An integrated Approach
This uses thirty-three children’s books integrating science, language arts, and other subjects. It is best for younger children Delta education 1 Wall St. P.O. Box 950 Hudson, NH 03051-0950
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