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two quick items with something to read

     Great recent magazine articles about home schooling. Citation taken from the Saturday Evening Post, Sept./Oct., 2006; Vol. 278, Issue 5; pp. 54-60, (EBSCO host of library database have the full article on line). “It wasn't so long ago that homeschoolers like Johanna Schilling, Jonathan Gainer and Eli Owens were oddballs in the education landscape. Not anymore. You name the contest—National Spelling Bee, National Geographic Bee. National Merit Scholarship—and chances are good that homeschool kids have participated, performed with distinction, and won. These days, headlines of academic achievement are as likely to feature homeschooled children as their peers from traditional public and private school settings. Perhaps Just as noteworthy, nobody's Jaw drops when it happens. This year, four home schooled students were named semifinalists in the Presidential Scholars competition, which recognizes the nation's most distinguished high-school graduates. The honor served notice of two important trends: one. Homeschoolers have entered the mainstream of academic achievement: two, they're being recognized for it. Stories abound of homeschoolers' success.” The balance of the six page articles tells stories of the individual successes of many home schooled students as well as that of the community on a whole — http://www.saturdayeveningpost.com/resources/magazine/letterstoeditor.shtml . Also, there is a recent John Stossel article that appeared in the West County Magazine that is published locally here in the St. Louis area — http://www.humanevents.com/article.php?id=16774 .

     Jeannie Fulbright's newsletter: Kris Price in TN (kjpriceathome@charter.net ; homeschooling blog – www.homeschoolblogger.com/ClassicalEducation4Me ) reported, “I received the latest copy of Jeannie Fulbright's newsletter in my email today. The topic was public speaking and it was incredible! Well organized and full of lots of information on giving speeches, starting a speech club and competing nationwide. She has a listing of upcoming newsletter topics on her website – http://www.jeanniefulbright.com/newsletter.html – this might be a good thing to mention on your HSN blogs as homeschoolers are usually interested in this kind of thing.” Jeannie Fulbright is the author of the elementary science curricula sold by Apologia Educational Ministries (Jay Wile's company). Several who have used her curricula say that the materials are excellent. I heard Jeannie speak earlier this year at the CHEF conference in St. Charles, MO.

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