Backyard Camping Trip

Written by Susanne Myers

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Donít have a tent, or even a backyard for that matter? Thatís no reason not to camp out. Just spread out your sleeping bags, or even just some blanket inrepparttar living room. Turn offrepparttar 148012 TV, radio and video games. If you have a fireplace, build a fire. Otherwise, order some pizza and pop some popcorn and you can even make símores inrepparttar 148013 microwave.

No matter where you decide to have your close to home camping trip, take some time to sit together and talk. Telling stories, whether a campfire is involved or not, is always fun. Your kidsí imagination in creating new stories may surprise you. Donít forget to tell some handed down family tales.

Above all, think back about your favorite camping memories and recreate them with your kids. Do you remember any good scary stories? Are there any games you enjoyed playing? Whatís your favorite card game?

Have some fun with this, enjoy your kids and create some memories.

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Parents --- Homeschooling Can Take A Lot Less Time Than You Think

Written by Joel Turtel

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So, according torepparttar authors, if home-schooled children study for only two hours a day, year round, they will get three times more educational hours on academic basics like reading, writing, and arithmetic than public-school students get.

Not only does teaching your childrepparttar 148011 basics at home take far less time than you thought, but teaching these skills is even easier today because parents now have allrepparttar 148012 educational resources available to them that weíve already noted. Also, bookstores like Barnes and Noble and Borders have whole sections full of books about teaching your child to read, write, and do basic math, as well as books that will interest and challenge young readers.

Once your children learn to read well,repparttar 148013 whole world of learning opens to them. They can explore any subject that interests them, and read ever more difficult material by themselves in books or onrepparttar 148014 computer. For a small subscription fee, your children can studyrepparttar 148015 entire Encyclopedia Britannica onrepparttar 148016 Internet. They can access almost every major library inrepparttar 148017 world throughrepparttar 148018 Internet, includingrepparttar 148019 Library of Congress. If your kids love to read and learn,repparttar 148020 Internet provides unlimited resources.

Once your children read fluently, you can point them towards your local library or bookstore, supervise their studies, and see where their interests lie. Your job is to introduce your kids to as many different subjects and resources as possible. Have them take art classes atrepparttar 148021 local YMCA, library, or arts and crafts store. Introduce them to different kinds of music. See if they enjoy a music lesson onrepparttar 148022 piano, guitar, or drums. Give them classic novels by great authors to read.

Most home-schooling parents spend about three to four hours a day homeschooling their kids. The key point to remember is that you have many options and a vast amount of educational resource material available to help you homeschool your children and quickly teach themrepparttar 148023 basics. When you take advantage of this material, home-schooling can be fairly easy and take much less time than you think.

Article Copyrighted © 2005 by Joel Turtel.

Joel Turtel is an education policy analyst, and author of ďPublic Schools, Public Menace: How Public Schools Lie To Parents and Betray Our Children." Contact Information: Website:, Email:, Phone: 718-447-7348.

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