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26th Greater Pittsburgh Homeschooling Workshop and Curriculum Fair-- Saturday, March 12, 2011
Sue Means, 1/30/2011

Editor's note from Susan Richman: We are so pleased to announce the Greater PGH Homeschooling Workshop continues to be a great resource for regional homeschooling families. This Fair draws hundreds of families, and features a wide range of workshops on topics for all ages. Hope to see you there-- PA Homeschoolers will be there with a table in the vendors exhibit hall, and Howard and I will both be leading workshop sessions. For continuing info on this great day of learning, check out: http://familyinstructors.blogspot.com/

March 12, 2011
8 AM until 3 PM
26th Greater Pittsburgh Homeschooling Workshop and Curriculum Fair
Todd Wilson author and founder of Familyman Ministries will be the keynote speaker http://www.familymanweb.com/
 KEYNOTE ADDRESS:Lies Homeschoolers Believe - Learning to live the truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth. Your house is a disaster, your kids seem out of control, and you wonder how you'll ever make it through another day of school. Your "get up and go" has "gotten up and went". You used to think homeschooling was the best thing since sliced bread, but now you’re feeling like burnt toast. Take heart - you're not alone! No one homeschools because it's easy. You do it because you believe it's best. But there are times when you need to be reminded once again why it's best. Join me as we do just that. You'll laugh and be encouraged in the toughest job you'll ever...love.
Dream BIG and Fan the Dreams of Those Around You
Everyone has dreams - you, your spouse, and your children, but for every dreamer a dream killer lurks in the shadows. They're the ones who....


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Think your homeschool child might be stuttering?? Some helps....
Susan Richman, 1/17/2011

I just today read an Internet posting about the new film 'The King's Speech', which focuses on the ability of King George VI of England to rally his people during World War II with his short speech upon being named king, even though he had had a serious stuttering problem. The film, which just won a Golden Globe Award for Colin Firth's acting in the lead role, shows the king's long sessions with a speech therapist-- and maybe most importantly, apparently the major organizations dedicated to helping people who stutter really like the film.

So I thought this would be a good opportunity to share some links to stuttering helps online, as homeschooling parents certainly deal with this issue at times. I've seen families who were reluctant to seek help, or who just didn't quite know how to respond helpfully to their children who stammered or had particularly halting speech.

Here a link to the Stuttering Foundation:  http://www.stutteringhelp.org

You'll see their appraisal of the film, and on the sidebar....


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Changes in some AP exams coming in a couple of years.... Our AP Online courses will reflect these!
Susan Richman, 1/9/2011

Special thanks to homeschooler Sue Brownawell, who sent me a link to this excellent article from the New York Times from today (January 9, 2011), about the changes coming up for various AP exams. The first to be re-worked will be AP Biology and AP US History in the 2012-2013 school year. These particular exams have been criticized by some as relying too much on memorization of overwhelmingly vast amounts of material, and are being 'revamped' to be more in line with what actual college courses now require. In part the problem was that both courses kept having to 'add' more and more material as further scientific discoveries and key historical happenings have occurred since the exams' development back in the mid-1950's.

Know that our PA Homeschoolers AP Online classes will reflect all of these changes-- and that in many ways we've already been moving in this direction, especially in aiming to both help students really delve into certain topics in more depth and in helping them see the big themes involved in the field. Here's the article link:


For instance, here are some of the special projects that my own AP US History students enjoy doing each year, which do not relate directly to specific 'AP exam prep' of the 'memorize these facts' regime, but to my own larger goal of fostering a love for the field of history, are the following:

  • Doing at least one Historical Interview with an older adult who's lived through an era or an historical event (war service, the Great Depression, the Cold War, the Civil Rights Movement, etc) the student has not experienced. Many find this one of the most meaningful activities of their year....


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College Planning Tips
Peter Van Buskirk, author of 'Winning the College Admission Game', 1/4/2011

Peter Van Buskirk is the former dean of admissions at Franklin and Marshall College, located in Lancaster PA. Now working as an independent consultant for students and families on the college admissions process, Peter has written the excellent and helpful book Winning the College Admission Game, published by Peterson's (you can order this book and read a review of it in our PA Homeschoolers Online Store). I highly recommend that families with students in high school sign up for Peter's excellent email 'College Planning Tip-Sheet', a free service. Go to Peter's comprehensive website to sign up: www.theadmissiongame.com.  Peter also offers a further service called Best College Fit, which gives more individualized help and guidance to students. Although Peter is writing to a broad audience of students, mostly from public or private schools, he is also very familiar with homeschooling, as one of his top staffers is Cindy McKeown, an 'alumni' homeschooling mother and former head of the very popular CHESS homeschool family enrichment program of weekly classes. Here's a selection from Peter's latest email-- and there was also a fascinating article about what it means for colleges to say they are 'need blind' in admissions, links to a wide range of articles by others on the admissions process and college life, a question and answer feature, and more. There are also a growing number of books on the college application process written by homeschoolers for homeschoolers-- we've reviewed several of these options already, and look for more in the near future.

College Planning Tips -- from Peter Van Buskirk
Each issue of the Tip-Sheet features ten tips for staying sane and finding success—yes, it is possible to do both—as you engage in the college application process. Many of the following tips are taken from Winning the College Admission Game. Published by Peterson’s, Winning is available in the PA Homeschoolers online store.

1.    Make sure your application delivers key messages. What is it that you want to make sure each admission committee knows about you? Use your application (essay, interview, letters of recommendation) to convey those messages.

2.    Reveal your gifts. Make sure your application reveals the talents, interests and perspectives that will be attractive to colleges as they build the communities that are embodied in the new classes they will enroll. Submit portfolios, DVDs and CDs to both the appropriate program director and the admission officer who recruits in your area before the end of January....


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