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Partner Deal – Calvert Education Services 10% Off!
admin | August 9, 2012 | 3:49 pm

We just heard about a great deal being offered by one of our partners, Calvert Education Services. They’re offering 10% off your entire order – curriculum, advisory teaching services, enrichment courses – everything! 2012-08-09_1446

We’ve always found Calvert Curriculum to be a great paring with Lesson Pathways and hope that you will too.

You can find out more information about this great sale (and about Calvert’s outstanding support services)  on their latest blog post.  Or, just give them a call at (888) 328-8285 and mention code: 5TN11 for your discount!

You Can Help Other Families
admin | October 17, 2011 | 8:43 pm

Do you want to be part of a homeschooling study?

You’ve shopped around a lot to find the right program for your child. Here’s a chance to help other parents when they start on the same journey.

Calvert Education is putting their curriculum to the test by hiring independent researchers to conduct a double blind study of the effectiveness of their program.

Volunteers for the study will be randomly placed into either a Calvert program or given the opportunity of using another program of their choice. Volunteers who participate in the study are compensated. Anyone placed into the Calvert test group will receive a total of 50% off their curriculum, instructional support, and enrollment fees. Basically, off their entire order. Anyone randomly placed into the control group will receive free diagnostic online testing (a value of $100), and $120 at the completion of the study.  This is a great opportunity to be part of something notable and hopefully groundbreaking. In addition, getting compensated just sweetens the pot. If you are interested, learn more and apply here.

Guest Post – “Seven” Author Paige Agnew
admin | September 19, 2011 | 8:00 am

“You must be from Baltimore,” the girl said. “They’re keeping all the Baltimore
women in this room and then the men are going in the room next door.”
Cecilia just nodded.
“But the weird thing about it is that I don’t think they selected at random. I didn’t
hear much of the conversations and I can’t really even explain it. It just seems like all of us are
here…for a reason.”
Cecilia put her hands to her temples and rubbed them in circles. Her head was killing
her. “How long have you been here?”
“For what I’ve heard, I think you actually arrived here before me, but I’ve been awake
longer. Three days I think.”
Her heart skipped a beat, but she tried to hide her utter fright at this whole
situation. “Geez, no wonder I have to pee so bad.”
The girl just laughed very softly, but the laugh was genuine. “I’m in a living nightmare
and I’m laughing…”
“Irony’s funny like that,” she stated flatly. “I’m Cecilia by the way.”
“I’m Hazel. Welcome to Hell.”
Now it was Cecilia’s turn to chuckle. She was confident in the fact that fifteen years
with her mother had prepared her for this. “No, it’s more like welcome to my life.”
Paige Agnew "Seven"

I think there are a lot of things I learned while writing Seven. The whole book was
a step outside of my comfort zone. There are seven different perspectives and that means
discovering and digging into all of those personalities and minds and figure out who these people
are. All the seven perspectives are in third person, something I’ve never really done before. I like
writing in first person better, but I was surprised at how easy the third person came to me with
this book.
One of the big things here is the genre. I read many different types of genres and
I wanted to do the same with my writing as well. I wouldn’t call Seven a mystery, but it’s
mysterious in many ways. I’d definitely say it’s a thriller. There’s a lot of suspense and that’s
something I’ve never written to this extent before. My main growth with Seven however was
overcoming writer’s block. The first half of the book focuses mainly on the characters lives
normally, slowly building up to the kidnapping. The transition from that to the other half of
the book is so sudden that I struggled to do it smoothly and I found myself losing interest and
wanting to give up. The small excerpt above is part of that transition stage of the book.
I overcame my writers block through motivation and inspiration. Once I stepped away
from it, I allowed myself to move on to another project, one that I finished in a solid month.
And I was so happy and so proud of that book that I became motivated to finish Seven. The
other project gave me the faith I needed in myself and the extra push to not even want to give
up. Now when it comes to inspiration, I always say the main thing that drives me to write is
reading. If I read a good book, it inspires me to write a good book. I remember at the time I was
on vacation, walking around the streets of Toronto, while reading The Mortal Instruments series
by Cassandra Clare…a series that ended up being my absolute favorite. And that’s a tall title to
have because I don’t choose favorites easily, but choosing Clare’s series as a favorite was a no
brainer. And one of the characters, Jace, that coincidentally has a full name of Jonathan, is very

complex, intriguing, and tortured; my fascination with Clare’s characterization made me want to
up the ante. I didn’t model the Jonathan in my story after Jace, but I took his character to the next
level. I delved deeper and tried to make him complex and intriguing in his own way. And I think
I succeeded and he’s without a doubt my favorite character in the book. Without motivation and
inspiration, I may have never finished Seven, but I’m happy I did.

To read their story, go to my website, http://paigeagnew.com. You will find an excerpt of Seven; if you are intrigued to hear more, you can purchase my book there as well.

The book is also available at Amazon.com, Kindle and other retailers.

Paige Agnew wrote her first book, Starless Sky at age 15 and published it in January of 2010. Her second book, Seven, was published February 2011.

Paige Agnew

Paige Agnew

Yearning to Make Homeschooling Easier?
admin | August 5, 2011 | 10:23 pm

Have you considered Calvert School? The greatest joy of homeschooling is helping your child achieve mastery while keeping his or her thirst for knowledge alive. If you’re like many of us, however, the constant need to plan and create lessons just gets in the way. Without this time-consuming chore, you could have more time to do the actual teaching, more time with your family, and more time for yourself. That’s the gift Calvert School offers in its proven-effective curriculum.

For a short time, Calvert is offering 10% off your grade level course, in fact off your ENTIRE order. No matter if you pay in full or use their payment plan option, you save! But hurry, this offer expires 8/31/11!

Calvert School

Calvert School’s curriculum is world-renowned, serving more than 600,000 students since 1906. Whether you are new to homeschooling, or a seasoned homeschool veteran, Calvert School can work with you to tailor a program to fit your child’s needs. The Calvert educational experience:

  • Blends traditional and 21st century educational resources
  • Provides easy-to-use lesson manuals
  • Includes online resources such as BrainPop, Discovery Education STREAMING videos, Aha!Math,
    e-Textbooks, instructional videos, and more
  • Delivers a foundation of reading, writing and math tailored to your child’s ability
  • Integrates content across all subject areas so your child is prepared to master a topic and succeed
  • Provides world-class support to ensure YOUR success!

Learn more about Calvert School and their Summer Savings Sale.

And The Winner Is….
admin | May 16, 2011 | 10:50 am

The winner of the Melissa & Doug Easel from Gummylump.com has been chosen!

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Congratulations, Lara!  We will be in touch!

A Cornucopia of Classical Homeschoolers! By Hal and Melanie Young Partner Post
admin | May 16, 2011 | 9:03 am

David Farragut was a midshipman when he was made the prize master of a captured British vessel. As he sailed home with his skeleton crew, the British captain escaped, set free his crew, and tried to retake his ship. Farragut led the fight to recapture them and successfully brought the prize to home port. He was 12 years old.1

When we first read stories like that from American history, we wondered why young men seemed so capable and mature in the early days of our country. We wanted our children to have the kind of education our nation’s heroes did—a classical education.

We’ve homeschooled from a classical perspective for seventeen years, long before most of the current books, curricula, or classes were offered. The classical method of education was the traditional way to pass on Western civilization before public schools were redesigned to try and remake children into interchangeable “human resources.”

The classical method follows the natural abilities of each stage of childhood: first, facts are learned by memorization; then discussion guides them into a logical understanding; and finally they put it all together to tackle advanced subjects and learn how to defend an argument. This is the classical “trivium” of grammar, logic, and rhetoric. The subject matter is the great books of Western civilization, starting with the Bible and stretching from the ancient to modern masters of art, literature, and science.

Kim Tweten follows this approach with her three children, aged 9, 6, and 5.

The classical method has been a great benefit in the home education of our children. It is an orderly method of learning and lends itself to ease in teaching. As we introduce each subject, we are laying firm groundwork for the next level of understanding. For example, each child in our family learns the definition of each part of speech and then learns to identify those parts in sentences. After a bit of rehearsal, they are well equipped to begin forming sentences of their own. That sentence practice leads to the basics of paragraph writing, where you build a paragraph around a topic using supporting sentences. The transition to writing stories, papers, and book reports has been natural.

We see this same pattern of understanding in each of the subjects our children study. Once a firm foundation with the basics in each subject is established, there is a natural flow toward application and interrogation of those basic facts. Through this process our children see that understanding things from the bottom up will provide them with the tools to explore and understand anything they encounter!

The method is flexible and varies from family to family, so we asked several mothers to share what it looks like in their homeschools. Jennifer Kittell found it was a practical solution to her questions about homeschooling her children, aged 6, 4, and 1.

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Our journey schooling with classical education started the day I said to the kids, “Hurry up and finish your work so we can get to work!” As soon as that sentence exited my mouth I knew how silly it sounded. Why did they have workbooks to teach them what life was going to teach them? Now we use workbooks and textbooks sparingly and just use a scope and sequence to guide me. Our lives are much happier, less time constraining, and a lot more educational!

Kellyann Walker has three young children, aged 7, 5, and almost 2. She is looking forward to the systematic teaching that classical education will bring to her homeschool.

We began the research process of what homeschooling would entail while we were pregnant with our first child. I came across The Well-Trained Mind by Jessie Wise and Susan Wise Bauer, and the book just spoke to me. After reading the beginning section, I told my husband that I thought the classical style was what we were looking for. The classical style stems from living books and lots of them.

The connection between the three stages of learning (the trivium) and the normal divisions of elementary, middle school, and high school seemed to be exactly right for what we felt the Lord was calling us to in homeschooling. We believe the way that classical education was organized helped make the learning process much easier. Because we would start in the beginning, with Creation, and continue chronologically through the subjects (including art, history, music, and science), they would meld together to create a beautiful picture and help our children retain more.

We’ve found that the Great Books have challenged and influenced our children much more than the teaching method itself. Some families, like ours, seldom or never use outside classes, but others find them helpful to deepen their children’s exposure to “the Great Conversation” of Western thought. Connie Hernandez says her 15-year-old son has enjoyed them.

In sixth grade, my son Andrew took Latin online through Memoria Press. It was a challenge, but it was very good for him. He learned a lot and it stretched him to try harder. He was very determined to learn.

In 8th and 9th grades, he has been taking the Omnibus course online through Veritas Press. This includes theology, literature, and history. It uses the great classics in the curriculum. He has been asked to read some very deep works, such as Eusebius’s Church History and the works of Herodotus and Homer. This has really stretched him beyond measure. He loves his teacher and loves doing debates online and thinking outside the box. He loves to analyze and research topics more deeply. It has been great for him.

Theories are good, but sooner or later we have to adapt our ideals to the reality of life. How does classical education work in a big, busy family? Carmen Revels has seven children from 16 to 21 months of age, and she also lives on a mini-farm full of animals.

After reading a popular classical education book and perusing the suggested schedules for children the ages of ours, reality quickly butted heads with the ideal education I saw described in those pages. I knew that to try and incorporate even half of the recommended studies amidst newborns (babies and animals), adventurous toddlers, outside activities, church functions, and never-ending housework would be a stretch. So we focused on reading, math, Bible, and some writing in the early years, a kind of a basic approach to classical education. Reading good books and primary sources is foundational to a classical education, and one book that we have always relied on as a primary source is the Bible.

Our homeschool history club has afforded many opportunities to use primary sources. While working on essays and projects for competition, our kids have interviewed WWII veterans, read letters written during the Civil War, and looked at documents in the archives of the USS North Carolina. There is much value in learning from someone who actually made the history.

We gleaned what could work for our family and are endeavoring to give our kids a quality education, always striving to remember that all is for naught if God is not in it.

Renee Aleshire Brown, on the other hand, has only one son, but she is still learning that classical education gives students what they need to learn on their own.

In Harvey and Laurie Bluedorn’s book Teaching the Trivium, I liked the idea of providing the “tools necessary with which to learn on their own,” because I was already doing that with my son. I found the stages to be similar to my own philosophy of learning and my family’s spiritual ideals. I felt the three stages of the classical education approach were aligned with scriptural teachings, specifically, Proverbs 1:1–7; Proverbs 4:1–9, and Daniel 2:20–22; therefore, this approach seemed the natural choice for me.

Because it is adapted for each child’s skill level, I have found that classical education has allowed me to teach Jonathan at his own level, while giving him the freedom to learn in his own way. Now he is 7, and I am beginning to see the stage of understanding light up his face as he is practicing problem solving in 4th grade math.

That independence has been a real benefit of classical education in our family too. During the past two years, we’ve endured a father’s cancer treatment and a baby with a heart condition, all while traveling and speaking around the country. The inquiring minds our children developed have helped us keep moving in the midst of struggles and busyness.

In many years of classical home education, we’ve had mountaintop experiences and magnificent successes, as well as times we haven’t accomplished nearly what we had hoped to accomplish. As a whole, though, it has been a blessing to us and to the children. Our son’s classmate at a top-twenty college once said: “I wish I’d been homeschooled. You’ve had a much better education than I had.”

Our children are getting a much better education than we did too. More than that, they’ve learned true wisdom—yes, from the great thinkers of history, but especially in the light of the Word of God—and the gaining of wisdom is far better than a thousand completed workbooks!

Hal and Melanie Young are the parents of six sons and two daughters, whom they have been homeschooling from the beginning. Hal and Melanie are the authors of Raising Real Men: Surviving, Teaching and Appreciating Boys, as well as an upcoming book about marriage. When they aren’t traveling the country speaking about raising boys, Biblical family life, and homeschooling, they live in noisy familial bliss in North Carolina. www.RaisingRealMen.com and http://www.facebook.com/raisingrealmen

Endnote:

1. George Ramsey Clark et al., A Short History of the United States Navy, (Philadelphia: J. B. Lippincott, 1911), p. 178.

Copyright, 2011. Used with permission. All rights reserved by author. Originally appeared in The Old Schoolhouse® Magazine, Winter 2010-11.

Visit The Old Schoolhouse® at www.TheHomeschoolMagazine.com to view a full-length sample copy of the print magazine especially for homeschoolers. Click the graphic of the moving computer monitor on the left. Email the Publisher at Publisher@TheHomeschoolMagazine.com.

American Sign Language by Renée K. Walker – Partner Post
admin | May 9, 2011 | 8:52 am

Foreign language credit for high schoolers can be a nightmare for many homeschooling parents and students. Many public and private school students feel they are lucky when their state does not require it for high school graduation. Homeschoolers also often try to avoid it, but many find that colleges will not accept students without it. However, foreign language should not be overlooked as an essential part of a child’s curriculum. Like art and music instruction, foreign language study enhances intellectual growth in the student. It can also improve public speaking skills and self-confidence.

Foreign language instruction isn’t complicated if you shop around for the best curriculum to suit your needs. The biggest decision you have to make is the first one, though: Which language do you want your students to learn? While there are many, in the homeschool world most choose French, Spanish, German, or Latin. There is another choice that many overlook, but it has a great potential to do good in the community around you.

Why Study American Sign Language?Boy writing

As the third most-used language in the United States, accepted as a true language by the U.S. Supreme Court in 1989, and acceptable for study in most public and secondary schools for foreign language credit, American Sign Language (ASL) is an excellent choice for study. Some foreign language teachers question the validity of ASL as a true language, but linguistics experts do not question it, because it has its own system of grammar and syntax and is constantly changing as it grows within its culture and community of speakers. ASL is now accepted in most states for foreign language credit for high school graduation, and most colleges recognize it as well. Many colleges are even beginning to offer ASL instruction, with more and more offering interpreting programs in order to help address the certified interpreter shortage across the country.

High schoolers and families learning ASL have the potential of bringing light into a dim world for many Deaf people, especially DeafBlind people. You and your students’ lives can be enriched by the love and support of the Deaf community, which is indeed a culture of its own.

The study of ASL cannot be carried out successfully without a study of the culture and its history. Deaf and DeafBlind people are at a disadvantage in the hearing and sighted world. Communication issues prevent full access to many of life’s activities that most of society need and enjoy. If more people in the hearing world would take the time to learn ASL, a bridge could be built that would allow three cultural groups to meet, and new and exciting relationships could be developed. A Deaf person could easily ask a salesperson for help in the department store or order a meal at the restaurant or merely chat with a hearing person in the long line at the grocery store. A DeafBlind person could more easily find an assistant to help her write out bills or call a repairman to fix a broken window or simply have a visitor to share the afternoon with, dispelling the boredom for a while. Anything you can do in communicating with the Deaf or DeafBlind will be such a joy to a person who is sidelined from the hearing world due to communication issues.

If you find that you truly love American Sign Language and the Deaf culture, consider becoming a certified interpreter. There is a shortage of interpreters across the country. Trained interpreters are needed to help Deaf and DeafBlind people thoroughly understand what is happening in legal and medical situations. Their health or legal status could be in danger if they do not fully understand what is happening in those situations. Mastery of ASL is also a key to careers in Deaf Education and DeafBlind Studies. Learning ASL has the potential to help in so many ways, and no matter how big or small, the help is so very needed and appreciated.

Resources

If the question now is, “Okay, I want to teach ASL, but how can I go about teaching a language that is so different?” the help is out there, and finding it is easy. Many colleges and area agencies for the Deaf offer fairly inexpensive community classes, which are excellent choices. There are free options as well. The best free options are found on the Internet. The website http://www.Lifeprint.com/, created and operated by Dr. Bill Vicars, a Deaf ASL native and certified ASL teacher, is highly recommended by many Deaf agencies and by the Helen Keller National Center For Deaf-Blind Youths and Adults. You also can register with Lifeprint and submit lesson work and videotapes that are accepted for full credit in many places.

Numerous print resources are available for the study of American Sign Language and Deaf culture. A curriculum that gives a thorough study of vocabulary, grammar, and syntax is a series titled American Sign Language Green Books by Dennis Cokely and Charlotte Baker-Shenk. This series is published by Gallaudet University Press, a division of the first school for the Deaf and Deaf College, Gallaudet University. The Everything Sign Language Book: American Sign Language Made Easy by Irene Duke is a good choice for finding a lot of information in one place. The American Sign Language Phrase Book by Lou Fant, The American Sign Language Handshape Dictionary with optional flash card sets, and The Gallaudet Dictionary of American Sign Language are excellent resources, all of which can be purchased at http://www.Amazon.com/.

Find and use a chart of the American Manual Alphabet for fingerspelling. Twenty-six handshapes correspond to each letter of the alphabet. The Manual Alphabet is used in only a limited fashion in ASL, but fingerspelling and the handshapes play important roles. The Lifeprint website offers an alphabet chart, and most ASL resources will include one.

Regardless of the particular American Sign Language curriculum you choose, find a mentor—an interpreter, ASL teacher, fluent signer, or native speaker, who can make sure you are learning the signs properly and using them correctly. It is difficult to learn a sign using only a picture or even a video presentation. If possible, find a mentor in the Deaf community. He or she will help you not only to properly apply the skills learned in the curriculum, but also to enrich your vocabulary. You can form lasting bonds that not only will enrich the class but will enrich your lives as well.

A Few Considerations

Before you begin your study of American Sign Language, there are a few things that need to be considered. Many hearing individuals have the misconception that ASL is an easy or a simple language. That is probably derived from a misunderstanding of how the grammar and syntax work or from a direct translation that sounds similar to baby talk, but isn’t. ASL is a rich visual language that actually paints pictures with more detail than any verbal language does. The grammar and syntax are more like Japanese or Navajo than English. Learning any foreign language can be a challenging task, and learning American Sign Language is no exception. Consider this when choosing the language of study for your student.

Another aspect to consider is that some students who may have been overlooked for foreign language study due to learning disabilities, autism spectrum disorders, or auditory /visual processing disorders may be capable of learning and actually benefitting from acquisition of a visual language rather than a verbal one. Also, many hearing people think that any form of communication done with signs is sign language or ASL. However, many modes of communication use the hands to facilitate interaction and teaching of English to the Deaf. Signed Exact English (SEE) is one in which every English word is signed. It uses ASL signs and SEE signs, i.e., signs made to cover signs not found in ASL, because ASL doesn’t use the same syntax as English.

Pidgin Signed English, also known as Contact Language, is another tool that is used to bridge the gap between the hearing and the Deaf. It uses mostly American Sign Language signs, but in English word order. It is similar to ASL in that you don’t sign the forms of “be” or every single word.

All of these approaches are ways to communicate with the Deaf and may be beneficial if communication is the motivation or if used as a bridge to teach English skills to the Deaf. However, these approaches are not foreign languages, because they do not have a syntax or grammatical system of their own. They merely represent English words formed with the hands in a visual manner. For this reason, study of these approaches does not qualify for foreign language credit at the high school or college level.

When you choose a curriculum, ASL must be listed as the language of study. A listing of “sign language” is not enough to identify the subject as American Sign Language. Finally, ASL study must include a study of its history and culture of the Deaf community. In no other language have the creation and evolution of a language been so obviously impacted by the history and culture of its speakers as with ASL. Your study will enhance your understanding not only of the language but of the lives of members of the Deaf community as well. Their struggles and progress have united them uniquely as a community.

With all this good information from reputable sources, there are no excuses to not learn American Sign Language, a tremendous skill that can be acquired and enjoyed by you and your students. Do yourself a favor and after checking with your colleges of interest and/or your state requirements regarding foreign language credit, seriously consider American Sign Language for your students’ foreign language credit. The choice can bring joy to your family and the life of many Deaf and DeafBlind people.

Renée K. Walker is a Christian wife, mother of two sons who were homeschooled, and a certified educator of twenty-eight years. Renée, Principal of Wynfield Christian Academy, has an Ed.S. in curriculum and instruction. She is founder of DeafBlind Hope, a nonprofit organization that helps the DeafBlind learn to live an independent life. Renée, herself, became deaf as a child and has become progressively blind as an adult. Contact Renée at RWalkerWynfieldca.org, or read her blog www.Wynfield.WordPress.com.

Copyright, 2011. Used with permission. All rights reserved by author. Originally appeared in The Old Schoolhouse® Magazine, Winter 2010-11.

Visit The Old Schoolhouse® at www.TheHomeschoolMagazine.com to view a full-length sample copy of the print magazine especially for homeschoolers. Click the graphic of the moving computer monitor on the left. Email the Publisher at Publisher@TheHomeschoolMagazine.com.

Melissa and Doug Easel Giveaway!
admin | May 3, 2011 | 9:05 am
Lesson Pathways has partnered with Gummylump.com to give away this fantastic Melissa & Doug Easel and kids art supplies to a lucky winner!

First, let me tell you about what a cool product you’ll be entering to win!

The Melissa & Doug Easel and kids art supplies are amazing.  The look on my daughter’s face when she saw all of the bright colors come out of the box was just priceless   She couldn’t wait for me to assemble the easel so that she could, “Paint, Mama! Paint!”

And here’s the good news – it’s extremely kid-friendly.  I know, that sounds kind of silly to say since I’m reviewing a kids product.  But let me explain.  The first thing my daughter did was to draw on the chalkboard with the dry erase marker.  It wiped right off.

One of my favorite features is the no spill tops on the paint cups.  And even when she has gotten paint other places than where I intended for her to do so, it has wiped right up with just a damp cloth.

I also really enjoy the paper roll holder.  It’s so nice to have the paper right there, stored and ready to go.  And finally, the easel is adjustable so that it will grow as my daughter grows, so she’ll be able to enjoy it for  many years to come.  We’ve always enjoyed Melissa & Doug Toys, but this one is destined to become a favorite.

Now, here are the details so you can enter to win one of your own!

There are plenty of ways to win:

Please leave a comment below for each entry you make.  The winner will be randomly selected using a random number generator. The contest will end at 11:59 p.m. on Friday, May 13.

Any household that has won a giveaway from GummyLump.com in the past 90 days is not eligible for this giveaway. Should an ineligible entrant be chosen as the winner, all rights to the prize will be considered forfeited and a new winner will be chosen.
This offer is open to US residents only.

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Crystal P. lives in Illinois with her many children, pets, and her husband. She is a former (and probably future) middle school language arts teacher. She is currently working from home as an independent copywriter,editor, and Lesson Pathways team member. You can follow her blog at http://houseofsloth.blogspot.com/.

Guest Post – “Save Magic City” Author, Rocsanne Shield
admin | April 26, 2011 | 9:25 am

The Story Behind “Save Magic City”

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While I was working for a big corporation, ten-hour-days seemed the only way of keeping up with the work load.  However, after retiring, I got lots of time to look around me and take stock of the changes that had taken place while I worked.

The times we are living-in could have looked fantastic when I was writing the book, but history confirmed my fantasy in the worst way.  My example is Detroit.  I finished the book for February 2009 when I entered it in a competition organized by Amazon.  A year later I heard on the TV something that shocked me.

I wrote about this no-name American city that gets renamed to “Magic City” — a place where there were so many jobless people, that they left town without even trying to sell their homes, for who would have money to take them over?  And here they say over the TV that 23, 000 houses are taken over by Detroit City-hall to help them attract new businesses!  And I thought I was exaggerating!

I believe firmly that people should help each other when misfortune strikes; the need to put something on paper became an obsession.  How to help people in a small community, where the major work supplier left and has taken their living means away?

Leo, eight, needs a father figure, to love and grow to resemble.  Edmund fills the role to perfection.  Leo is the glue; he unites all the characters around their common goal — to save their town from death.

Squirrel is always there to help with communications among teams.  She is a powerful telepath, and finally, through Edmund’s cooperation, she finds the courage to tell everybody about her talent.  She stops thinking of herself as a freak and proves her usefulness in the collective effort.  At the end, she is the one who finds a way to communicate their dire straights to Edmund.  Without her effort, the town’s children would have been left to perish by their abductor.

Raccoon, the oldest of the trio of friends, is calm and ponderous and lives most of the time he is not with his friends in front of a computer.  He helps the grownups with their problems with the Internet and sets up the website for their town.  He also is the one to find, through the Internet, a lawyer to volunteer his services for the problems that are sure to crop up in their strife for a new, independent life.

The town becomes a unit and they might as well adopt the Musketeers’ logo — one for all and all for one.  The children surely live by that.  To read their story, go to my website, www.rocsanneshield.com. You will find an excerpt of “Save Magic City”; if you are intrigued to hear more, you can purchase my book there as well. Save Magic City is also available for purchase at Amazon.com and Barnes and Noble.

“Save Magic City” is an excellent book for adults who want to teach their children the importance of caring for each other and the environment they live in. My book makes great reading and you will, I hope, tell others about it too.

~Rocsanne Shield, Author

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Teaching About Veteran’s Day
admin | November 2, 2010 | 9:41 am

American FlagsIn 1918, at the eleventh hour, of the eleventh day, of the eleventh month, fighting ceased in World War I. Veterans Day (November 11) is a day to honor veterans living and dead who have sacrificed so much to protect our country and our freedom. This year, with our armed forces fighting enemies overseas and at home, honoring Veterans Day is even more significant.


Veterans Day Lessons

Patriotism is a value that must be taught and modeled for our children. Devoting time to give special consideration to our national holidays will give these days a deeper sentiment to your children, a greater appreciation for our freedom, in addition to developing proud citizens of our country. Sharing a brief history of Veterans Day with your child will help them understand this is more than just a day off work or school for most.

It’s important to teach our children about the cost of our freedom. Our national war memorials are a tangible way for our children to visualize the cost of lives lost. The Veteran’s Memorial Stepping Stone will explore the Veterans Memorial Museum of the wars of the 20th century. Share the video and read the text with your child.

Activities for Fun and Learning

Hands-on activities make learning more memorable and more fun. Here are some activities to share with your child:

The Star Spangled Banner
Our Flag
Patriotic Stained Glass
Adopt-A-Vet
Lets Say Thanks

Tools for Learning

Use these worksheets, online games and other tools to teach your child about our country and patriotism.

Veterans Day Statistics and Timelines
About the Flag
Online Veterans Day Quiz
Online Games & Activities – Requires Flash
Veterans Day Word Search

Video Resources

These videos will further explain Veterans Days and how your family can get involved to support our Veterans.

Veterans Day 2010
Gratitude Campaign

Every day and particularly on Veteran’s Day, we should remember and honor the sacrifices of our military men and women. For more information about Veterans visit The American Legion website.

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