Written by Marvin Badler

WOULD YOU LIKE TO BE ALERTED WHEN ...? Cars are coming uprepparttar driveway • Children go inside your tool shed • Intruders approachrepparttar 147818 front or backyard • Someone enters your garage • Visitors are walking torepparttar 147819 front door • Your parked boat or motor home has been boarded • Kids or pets are trampling your flowers... Then you needrepparttar 147820 Voice Alert System-6.

Voice Alert System-6 is a new annunciator system featuring wireless PIR sensors transmitters and a remote receiver/speaker base unit. Users record their own alert messages and are then notified with their own voice message when activity in a monitored is detected. Key applications include: • Wireless Driveway Alarm • Residential and Small Business Security • Child Monitoring and Pool Safety • Home Automation System-6 allows a maximum of six user recorded messages. Each message is specific to one zone. For instance, zone one could be for a driveway alarm -“Car coming uprepparttar 147821 driveway” while zone two could be for a sensor monitoringrepparttar 147822 back yard- “Alert! Child byrepparttar 147823 pool!” Perhaps a third sensor guards

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

Written by Joel Turtel

The time you will need to teach your childrenrepparttar essentials — reading, writing, and arithmetic — is much less than you think. Let me quote author and former public-school teacher John Gatto from his wonderful book, Dumbing Us Down:

“Wererepparttar 147817 colonists geniuses? [i.e., why did our colonial forefathers have literacy rates close to 90 percent?]. No,repparttar 147818 truth is that reading, writing, and arithmetic only take about 100 hours [italics added] to transmit as long asrepparttar 147819 audience is eager and willing to learn. . . . Millions of people teach themselves these things. It really isn’t very hard. . .”

To be conservative, let’s assume that because you’re not an experienced teacher it takes you three hundred hours to teach your child these skills withrepparttar 147820 help of learn-to-read phonics workbooks and computer software. Three hundred hours, divided byrepparttar 147821 average six-hour public school day, comes out to fifty school days, which is about ten weeks or three months.

Let me emphasize this point — it could take you, or a tutor you pay, as little as three months to teach your child to read, write, and do simple arithmetic. Again, to be even more conservative, most children could learn these skills in one year if you (or a tutor) concentrated your instruction on these basics. Public schools take eight to twelve years of children’s lives, yet they turn out millions of high-school graduates who can barely read their own diploma or multiply 12 x15 without a calculator.

David Colfax and his wife Micki were public-school teachers turned ranchers who taught their four sons at home inrepparttar 147822 1970s and 1980s, and three of their sons eventually went to Harvard. They co-authored a book titled Homeschooling For Excellence, which describes their home-schooling experience. In their book, they comparedrepparttar 147823 time a child wastes in public school torepparttar 147824 time average home-schooling parents need to teach their childrenrepparttar 147825 basics. Here’s what they wrote:

“The numbers are straightforward and irrefutable. The child who attends public school typically spends approximately 1100 hours a year there, but only twenty percent of these—220—are spent, asrepparttar 147826 educators say, ‘on task.’ Nearly 900 hours, or eighty percent, are squandered on what are essentially organizational matters.”

“In contrast,repparttar 147827 homeschooled child who spends only two hours per day, seven days a week, year-round, on basics alone, logs over three times as many hours ‘on task’ in a given year than does his public school counterpart. Moreover, unlikerepparttar 147828 public school child, whose day is largely taken up by non-task activities,repparttar 147829 homeschooled child has ample time left each day to take part in other activities — athletics, art, history, etc. . .”

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