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Homeschooling Teen Profile: Cozi Zuehlsdorff & Nathan Gamble


Homeschool Friendly College: Thomas Aquinas College


Stepping Stones, by Michaela Popielski


NEW Cartoon: "Know Branz," by Devin & Savannah Hicks


NEW Column: "Confessions of a Fifteen-Year-Old Film Historian," by Locksley


NEW Column: Bookshelf of a (Maybe) Teen Author, by Emily Russell


Libbi's Nonfiction Book Review: "Peace be With You"


Catherine's Column: by Catherine


Millie's Column: by Millie


Anime Review: by Xbolt


Game Review: "Spiral Knights," by Super Searcher


Homeschooling High School: "Teach Your Teens  

Practical Business"


Career-of-the-Month: Pharmacist/Pharmacologist


E-Mail Etiquette: Tip-of-the-Month


And much more!!!




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October is...


Clergy Appreciation Month

Family History Month

Computer Learning Month

Child & Family Health Month

Crime Prevention Month

Dental Hygiene Month

International Book Fair Month

International Dinosaur Month

Vegetarian Awareness Month

National Apple Month

National Dessert Month

National Chili Month

National Cookie Month

National Pizza Month

National Pasta Month

National Seafood Month

Popcorn Popping Month

National Pretzel Month

National Car Care Month

Stamp Collecting Month

Fire Prevention Week (Oct. 9-15)

Columbus Day (Oct. 10)

Teen Read Week (Oct. 16-22)

Character Counts Week (Oct. 16-22)

Make a Difference Day (Oct. 22)

Halloween (Oct. 31)


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Teen Read Week, October 16-22


Teen Read Week is held annually during the third week of October. This year's theme is "Picture It! @ your library" which is great because it includes so much! You can read books about movies, photography, art, cartooning, or even a graphic novel or manga. If you can read it, you can picture it! The purpose of Teen Read Week is to encourage teens to read for pleasure. The National Assessment for Educational Progress found that students who report reading for the fun of it score better on standardized tests. So pick up a book and read it - just for fun!


Stepping Stones, by Michaela Popielski

 Stepping Stones

Hi guys. So I've been thinking of something to use as a theme for this month's devotional and I had some ideas but I think this time instead of a "theme" I'm going to use verses that I feel are important to our everyday lives. So chances are you will find a verse or chapter that relates to your specific problem if you are dealing with one. Others are just Bible stories that seem interesting. You will find quite a few chapters of Proverbs in here because wisdom is really important even though we tend to ignore it sometimes. Anyone who has heard the phrase "You can't live with them but you can't live without them," knows that this can be true if the problem is rational. Like how you get along with your parents. You can't live with them sometimes but you need them to instruct you even if they get on your nerves. I know mine do.


Another book you will see in here is Psalms. Psalms is an awesome book because it was written mostly by someone who dealt with the exact same problems we are dealing with now. And yes, I'm talking about King David. He loved God but sometimes he messed up big time. But he knew that no matter how bad he screwed up God always forgave him, but he didn't use God as a get out of jail free card. Another thing he writes about are his fears. He literally cries out to God for protection from his enemies. A lot of people have a hard time crying in public or even at all. I don't like to cry in public. Some guys think its unmanly to cry or show sadness when it's not and some girls are the same way. It's human nature. But God wants us to cry out to him and tell him all our troubles. So I will stop preaching now and get on with the verses. I hope they speak to you.



October 1: Ps. 67, Ps. 72.                                                        

October 2: Prov.1, Job 42:7-10.                                                

October 3: Prov. 11:22, Daniel 5.                                              

October 4: Isaiah 53, Deu. 8:10-18.                                        

October 5: Mark 9:14-32, Psalm 8.                                                                                  

October 6: Ps.139, Prov. 2.                                                  

October 7: Song of Songs 4:9-15, Judg. 3:12-30.                                  

October 8: Heb. 6:19-20, Job: 1:20-22, Gen. 31:38-42.              

October 9: Ex. 35:21-22, Ps 23, Ps.11.                                    

October 10: Ps 3, Prov.3.                                                      

October 11: 2 Tim. 2:22, 2 Tim 1:7-8.                                      

October 12: Daniel 3:13-30, Rev.2:4-5.                                    

October 13: Ps. 65, Num. 11.                                                

October 14: Prov.12, Gen. 14:14-16.                                      

October 15: Ecc. 2:24-26, Prov.4.                                          

October 16: Ps. 64, 2 Kings 4:1-7.

October 17: Prov. 5,. 2 Chron. 8:14-15.

October 18: Prov. 6, Hosea 14:9.

October 19: Prov.7, Ps 33.

October 20: Ps. 6, Ps.3.

October 21: Ps. 90, Prov. 8.

October 22: Ps. 119:161-168.

October 23: Jer. 7:22-23, Acts 7:59-60.

October 24: 1 Chron.16:23-24, 1 Chron. 13:4-7.

October 25: Ps. 21, Prov. 9.


October 26: Prov. 10.

October 27: Ps. 47, Gen. 31:38-42.

October 28: Lev. 18:3, Zeph. 2:5, Isaiah 32:17.

October 29: Ps.16, Num. 21:4-9.

October 30: 1 Samuel 25.

October 31: 1 Samuel 16:1-13.




Vaudeville[VOD-vil]- noun - A type of stage show popular in the U.S. in the late 19th and early 20th century that featured a mixture of specialty acts such as songs, dances, comic skits, magic, ventriloquism, acrobatics, etc. ("Everything I know I learned in vaudeville." ~James Cagney, American stage and film actor)


The development of vaudeville marked the beginning of popular entertainment as big business. Vaudeville acts ranged from family-friendly to risqué, but no one could match Keith and Albee's ruthless insistence that acts keep their material clean at all times. Warnings were posted backstage in all of Keith & Albee's theatres: "Don't say "slob" or "son of a gun" or "hully gee" on the stage unless you want to be canceled peremptorily. Do not address anyone in the audience in any manner... Lack of talent will be less open to censure than would be an insult to a patron. If you are in doubt as to the character of your act consult the local manager before you go on stage, for if you are guilty of uttering anything sacrilegious or even suggestive you will be immediately closed and will never again be allowed in a theatre where Mr. Keith is in authority." ~as quoted by C. Samuels and L. Samuels in Once Upon a Stage (New York: Dodd, Mead & Co, 1974), p. 89.


See if you can find the word "vaudeville" used elsewhere in this issue!



E-mail Etiquette Tip of the Month


E-mail is a written work that once created is copyright protected by the author. This means you cannot post publicly an e-mail sent to you privately. You cannot post private e-mails to your site, to message boards or to your Blog without the author's specific permission to do so.


Just because an e-mail was sent to you as a private communication does not mean you then own it and can do with it what you like. In addition, e-mail that is posted to a group of people, on a mailing list or Newsgroup does not make the e-mail available for reposting, copying, or any other use - not without the express and written consent of the author.


So to be safe--always ask first!


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"Effort only fully releases its reward after a person refuses to quit." ~Napoleon Hill

MOVIE QUOTE- Can you guess what movie this quote came from?

"I'm homeschooled. That's why I'm such a chatterbox."



(Answer: Dolphin Tale)



Catherine's Column


By: Catherine Amaris Munoz


"For I know well the plans I have in mind for you, says the LORD, plans for your welfare, not for woe! Plans to give you a future full of hope. When you call me, when you go to pray to me, I will listen to you. When you look for me, you will find me. Yes, when you seek me with all your heart... "

~Jeremiah 29:11-13


Hi, fellow home-schooling teens!! My name is Catherine Munoz. I am a homeschooler from Monrovia, California, USA. I am in the 12th grade. This is my sixth column for the "Homeschooling Teen e-zine", and I am excited to share more columns with you all in the future!




Above photo provided by: http://www.flamingoedutours.com 


I have been accepted into Disney's Youth Education Series (Y.E.S.) Individual Enrollment, which offers high school students classes at Disney Resort Parks and are conducted by professional Disney instructors. The Disney Youth Education Series is dedicated to providing educational experiences for students in an exciting and encouraging environment, teaching leadership skills, particularly within the Disney Company, and cultivating creativity in the arts, and knowledge through the humanities and science.I'll be attending two classes this fall of 2011. I believe this will be a rewarding experience, and am really looking forward to taking part in this program!


It is really great that Disney offers homeschoolers the opportunity to experience a class within their parks. I initially looked into it to see just how affordable (or unaffordable!) the classes were. After all, I assumed, "This IS Disney, and anything as quality must be close to unattainable". Well, here comes the good news: it turns out the tickets are extremely affordable, and that they are almost at a more discounted price than regular Disney park tickets. (Yes, you heard me right!) The "experience" or class ticket itself is a flat $33 (VERY affordable, if you ask me!), and a class ticket combined with an admission ticket ranges in price from $57-$71, depending on choice & date of class. I will write about my own personal Disney Y.E.S. experience in my November Column!


For more information on the Disney Y.E.S. Program's Individual Enrollment, visit http://www.disneyyouth.com/youth-education-series.


October's Music Corner

This month's featured Christian music artists are: "Leigh Nash" & "Anberlin"


"I would like to mention that when I first started incorporating Music Corner into the columns, I mentioned that Paramore is not a band that displays consistently moralistic actions or lyrics. But just recently I found, by looking on Wikipedia, that Paramore is considered a Christian band. Now that I am thinking about it, Paramore does speak positively about God in their songs, and they thank Him a lot in their album acknowledgements. So, I apologize for considering Paramore a band that shouldn't be listened to. On the contrary, it most definitely should." =o)


Leigh Nash is a Christian singer/songwriter from Texas, USA. She has been singing and playing country-type songs on her guitar since the young age of 12. She used to be the singer for a popular band from the late 90's, called, Sixpence None the Richer. S.N.T.R. first released their album when Nash was only 16. Commonly heard songs by them are, "Kiss Me", and "There She Goes", both songs which were top-rated on the radio. Nash released a solo album years later in 2006, called, "Blue on Blue". She also recorded with Jars of Clay-- who is another well-known Christian group-- on their newer album release "Good Monsters". Interestingly, despite her hometown being Texas, she never developed an accent. That is audible if you listen to her music. I like that her sound is original. Her lyrics can be taken as spiritual, and are even romantic sometimes.


Anberlin is an American Christian alternative- rock group. They formed in 2002 and are still together recording. Their latest album, "Dark Is the Way, Light Is a Place", was released last year in 2010. They have a great vocalist, Stephen Christian, and an awesome drummer, Nathan Young. These components make for a wonderful band altogether. A few of my favorite songs by them are: "Paperthin Hymn", "Time & Confusion", and "A Whisper & A Clamor".


October's Movie Review: Madea's Big Happy Family (2011)


Laugh-out-loud funny, yet poignant and touching, I found "Madea's Big Happy Family" to be a wonderful movie. It shows us how life is just too short to take for granted. Early in the movie, Shirley is given four to eight weeks left to live, after her doctor told her that her cancer was becoming more aggressive. In lieu of time, she wanted to get her three adult children together for dinner, in order to break the unfortunate news to them. Despite Shirley's attempts at this-- and Aunt Madea's attempts, too-- she is sadly unable to get them to gather. Like most grown children, they were simply too busy with their own lives to take the time to hear what their mom had to say. They had no idea what the urgency was. Unfortunately, they discover when their mom is on her hospital bed that she is dying of cancer. During Shirley's last minutes of life, two out of her three children are at her side, along with her son-in-law, who is doing all he can to get his wife-- her daughter, Kimberly-- over to see her mom. Kimberly won't pick-up her phone: she is very disrespectful towards her mother, and figured she would get to the hospital when it was convenient for her. Sadly, when Kimberly finally arrives at the hospital, it's too late. Her husband informs her that her mother died. "Where were you?" he said. In shock, she walks into the hospital room to find her family there. When Kimberly sees her mom, she is in disbelief that she didn't make it in time to say goodbye. This daughter, who was the most ruthless, and evil with her mom, can only cry, and hug her deceased mom saying, "I'm sorry, mom... I'm sorry!" Later, after the mother's funeral, the Kimberly's husband-- who was close with the mother-- tells Kimberly that her mom requested some last words to be spoken to her: "I love you. I'm so sorry, if I ever failed you." The daughter was amazed at her mother's humility. All those years Kimberly had spent disrespecting her mom had potentially warranted her mom to be angry and resentful. But being that she is a Godly woman, Shirley forgave her daughter Kimberly and supposed that it must be her own fault for having been treated that way. This was an extremely humbling moment for Kimberly, and she drastically changed her ways after her mother's death.


What this movie-- and particularly this scene-- taught me is that there comes a time when it is too late to ask for forgiveness from those whom we've hurt. God is omnipresent: never ceasing to be ready to forgive us. In fact, He has already forgiven before we even utter, "Sorry". But it is a different story in the case of our friends and family, neighbors and all other people we cause pain upon. Saint Francis taught us "it is in pardoning that we are pardoned." I believe this is so true. It is imperative that we express our sincerity and apologize at the first opportunity we are given. For when that door of opportunity closes, it will be too late, and that pain, sorrow, and regret for what we've done will remain always with us. For being such a funny movie, Tyler Perry's "Madea's Big Happy Family" made me cry, and ponder the realistic angles of the storyline. I truly enjoyed it, and I would like to see it again!



October's Recipe: "Pumpkin Walnut Muffins with Brown Sugar Walnut Streusel"

Catherines Pumpkin Muffins 


Actual photo of my Pumpkin Muffins. =oD


"This is my own recipe for pumpkin muffins with streusel topping: perfect for the fall season. There is a lot of cinnamon in them, since that's the only spice I use here, but feel free to add your own favorite spices to the batter as well!"


Makes approx. 21 medium-sized muffins.

Estimated total time required:

Preparation- 20 minutes; Bake time- 15-16 minutes.


What you'll need:

For muffins:

  • 1/2 cup oil
  • 1-1/2 cup sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 cup solid-pack canned pumpkin
  • 1/3 cup milk
  • 1-1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 cup chopped walnuts


For streusel topping:

  • 1/2 cup chopped walnuts
  • 1/4 cup firmly-packed brown sugar
  • 2 tablespoons oil



1.) Prepare the muffin tin(s) with paper liners. In a mixing bowl, whisk eggs well. Blend oil and sugar together with the egg. Add pumpkin and milk. In separate bowl, combine flour, baking soda, salt, cinnamon, and 1/2 c. nuts. Add to pumpkin mixture; stir until well combined.


2.) Pour the batter into lined muffin tin. Combine topping ingredients, and sprinkle over batter tops. Bake each batch for 15-16 minutes, or until the tops of the muffins yield to the touch. Eat warm. Enjoy!





Millie's Column


For this column, I wanted to write about living a pure life before God and man. 

David was an honorable and holy man that loved God. In fact, in Psalms 17:8 David asks God to keep him as the apple of HIS eye. So in deciding, I thought who better to teach about living a pure life than David. Here are some verses from Psalm 119:


9: How can a young person stay pure? By obeying your word.

11: "I have hidden your word in my heart, that I might not sin against you." 15: "I will study your commandments and reflect on your ways." 16: "I will delight in your decrees and not forget your word."


Wow, amen, that is a man right there who truly wants to serve God. David goes on to say in verse 23: "I will meditate on your decrees." In verse 25 and 28 we see that David used God's word to revive and encourage him. 32: "I will pursue your commands, for you expand my understanding." 33: "Teach me your decrees, O Lord; I will keep them to the end."


The other day on the radio I listened to a young man who said something that was very true. He said that as Christians we should never get bored of Christ, living a godly life, witnessing, praying, reading our Bible, etc. And if you are already or beginning to feel that way, your heart is becoming hardened toward Christ and maybe you aren't really saved. This wise young man went on to say that as children of GOD we must have a longing and a determination to obey GOD's word.


As David stated in verse 40:"I long to obey your commandments"! And then in verse 44:"I will keep on obeying your instructions." Remember, God loves you and if you repent HE will forgive you. All you have to do is repent and ask GOD for a new spirit and a heart of flesh while still going about your day living for GOD, but this time with a different attitude. Ezekiel 11:19 says "I will give them a single purpose and put a new spirit in them. I will remove their stubborn hearts and give them obedient hearts."


Also remember there are people out there who also care about you. I know a good website called Groundwire.net. This website is very helpful and can give you much spiritual support.


Millie is the youngest of three siblings. A Christian, she has been homeschooled for ten years and her favorite subject is math. Millie also enjoys reading, writing, cooking, studying, movies, comedy, dancing and exercising. Millie's career aspirations include either criminal justice or law school, and she hopes to attend college soon.


Bookshelf of a (Maybe) Teen Author, by Emily Russell


Departures, by Robin Jones Gunn


Two rediscovered stories of Christy Miller and Sierra Jensen


This book is actually two short stories that go with her Christy Miller and Sierra Jensen series. Since they are two separate stories, I'm going to write a mini review for each story.

The first is "Now Boarding at Gate 10," starring Christy Miller. She's headed to Wisconsin on a family vacation, to celebrate her grandparents' fiftieth anniversary. What she doesn't expect is the possibility of a romance with her junior high crush.

While the story was as well-written as all the Christy Miller books, I felt like it wasn't really great. Almost all of the characters have already been met by the readers in the Christy Miller series. The plot is easy to follow and flows nicely, and the characters are all true to form. But, partly because I know how the series ends, I felt this story didn't fit with the rest of Christy's life. True, there are real-life experiences during which you may have a 'What if..' moment with a romantic interest. Still, I felt that the idea of Christy and Matthew dating seemed unnecessary to Christy's life story in general. I give this story three stars out of five.

The second story was "In the Event of a Water Landing," starring Sierra Miller.
Sierra, her friend Jana, Jana's brother Gregg, and Gregg's friend Tim are on their way to a vacation in Montana. An airline mix-up and a trip to a huge mall delay their plans. When they do finally arrive, Sierra is confused by Jana's strange behavior and the mixed feelings both girls are having towards guys.

Now, I was never a huge fan of the Sierra series. However, this story is the exact opposite of "Now Boarding at Gate 10." I feel this little 'preview' of Sierra's life - which comes before the Sierra books - better helps the reader understand Sierra's thoughts and beliefs throughout the rest of the series. While the plot was nothing extraordinary, the characters were completely realistic. Sierra discovers a few things - about herself, about guys, and about relationships in general. I found that I connected much better with this mini-book on Sierra than the entire rest of the series. This story definitely gets all five stars.

(I received this book for free through WaterBrook Multnomah Publishing's Blogging for Books Program in exchange for this review. All opinions expressed are entirely my own.)


Emily Rachelle is an obsessed book lover and aspiring Christian author. She's a CLASS sophomore who blogs about family, friendship, books, and life at Struggles of a (Maybe) Teen Author. You can visit her awww.maybeteenauthor.blogspot.com

Nonfiction Book Review by Libbi

Peace Be With You:Monastic Wisdom for a Terror-Filled World, by David Carlson


Love. Doesn't that seem to be lacking in our culture today? With wars, lawsuits, and crimes running rampant, it seems that we have a little more hate in our culture then we do love. This is one of the reasons that David Carlson decided to do research in the monasteries and retreat centers across New Mexico. Interviewing many of the inhabitants, David deduced the theory that as Americans, having a war is unbiblical, and more, UN-Christlike. Through this book, David asks if we as the body of Christ are really doing our job as believers, sharing the love of Christ in a world that only knows hate. Or, are we simply sitting on the sidelines and cheering on those doing things against God's perfect will.   

I was bitterly disappointed with this book. Rather then encouraging the body of Christ to do our best to help our brothers and sisters in need, it is somewhat condemning, making the reader feel as if a "bad" Christian if he was out fighting the war on terror. Unfortunately, I disagreed with the majority of the philosophy of this book. I was disappointed, because I have liked most of Thomas Nelson's books up until now.  I wouldn't really recommend this book to anyone; sadly, it was one of those books I just disagreed on the doctrine. But that is another post in and of itself.

Sincerely, Libbi H.

P.S. Thomas Nelson gave me this book for free in exchange for an honest review.


Libbi is a homeschooler who runs the Life is Funner blog at  http://lifeisfunner.blogspot.com . She likes peacocks, the color pink, hair accessories, and reading biographies.



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HSLDA Essay Contest


HSLDA is accepting submissions for their 10th annual essay contest from October 1 through November 1, 2011. This contest is designed to give students the opportunity to develop their writing skills and showcase their talents at the same time.


This year's themes are taken from the Bible in the book of Romans, Chapter 12. Paul, the author of the book, provides amazingly succinct and practical instructions on how to live life to the fullest. Contestants may each submit up to two essays based on the verse from Romans 12 that coincides with their age group.


Category 1 (ages 7-10): "Rejoice with those who rejoice; mourn with those who mourn." -Romans 12:15


Category 2 (age 11-14): "Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, faithful in prayer." -Romans 12:12


Category 3 (ages 15-19): "If it is possible, as far as it depends on you, be at peace with everyone." -Romans 12:18


Essays will be judged on originality of thought, grammar, spelling, logic, clarity, writing style, and content. Cash prizes are awarded to the top five entries in each category, and the top essays are posted online. For complete contest details and to view an archive of previous winners, see: http://www.hslda.org/Contests/Essay/2011/2011rules.asp 






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Winston Churchill History Research Paper Competition


The Churchill Centre in the United States announces:

An Annual Research Paper Award for American Secondary School Students


Contest Guidelines & Submission Form: http://tinyurl.com/3skpssz 


The Churchill Centre in the United States seeks to reward and to publish exemplary high-school history research papers with a focus on Winston Churchill or his works. Authors should examine an aspect of Churchill's life or works in the context of his times. Such an approach might necessarily include analysis of, for example: his colleagues, both friends and adversaries; important political questions and events, both domestic and international; diplomatic issues; economics; and his speeches and writings.


The paper must demonstrate that the student has undertaken research, collected evidence, and selected information using appropriate methodology; has interpreted evidence and drawn well-supported conclusions; and has written a finished piece of work. Biographical recitations will not suffice.


The Churchill Centre welcomes papers from American secondary school students whose course requirements include a research paper, and also from motivated students who wish to complete such a project independently.


The research papers must be submitted by September 15, 2012. (Papers are eligible for submission until September 15 following the author's graduation from secondary school.) The winners will be announced on Churchill's birthday, November 30.


Three prizes will be awarded in the amounts of $1000, $500 and $250. All students who submit a research paper will receive a one-year membership to The Churchill Centre, including a subscription to Finest Hour, The Journal of Winston Churchill, published quarterly.


The Churchill Centre seeks history research papers of the caliber published by The Concord Review, the only quarterly journal in the world to publish the academic work of secondary students. By prior agreement with Will Fitzhugh, Founder/Editor of The Concord Review, papers submitted to The Churchill Centre are eligible for submission to The Concord Review. To view the style of paper they are seeking, see: http://www.tcr.org/tcr/essays.htm 


Since 1968, The Churchill Centre has been devoted to educating new generations on the leadership, statesmanship, vision and courage of Winston Spencer Churchill (1874-1965). The Churchill Centre's website at www.winstonchurchill.org is an excellent resource, particularly as an aid to thinking about a research topic.


MATHCOUNTS Includes Homeschool Teams


MATHCOUNTS, a national math competition, has announced new guidelines for the 2011-2012 program year. These guidelines will once again allow homeschool students to participate in MATHCOUNTS competitions as teams as well as individuals. During the 2010-2011 program school year, revised eligibility guidelines only allowed homeschoolers to register as individuals in the MATHCOUNTS Competition, excluding homeschool student teams. After many homeschool families expressed their concerns, HSLDA staff contacted MATHCOUNTS in an attempt to resolve the issues surrounding homeschool families being disqualified from participating at the team level and still allow MATHCOUNTS to enforce guidelines that encourage fair competition.


HSLDA reports significant improvements to the guidelines as announced in this statement from MATHCOUNTS: "The Homeschool Participation Attestation Form verifies that students from the homeschool, homeschool group or virtual school are in the sixth, seventh or eighth grade; adhere to all applicable state laws; live within the chapter in which they will compete; and understand the MATHCOUNTS rules regarding their participation. These steps will allow MATHCOUNTS to expand team participation to homeschool and virtual school participants while providing consistency and fairness to the Competition Program structure."


The MATHCOUNTS Competition is a national middle school coaching and competitive mathematics program that promotes mathematics achievement through a series of fun and engaging "bee" style contests.  The program exists in all 50 states plus U.S. territories and the Department of Defense and State Department schools, and is supported by the National Society of Professional Engineers at the state and local levels. Public, private, religious, virtual, and home schools are all eligible to participate as long as the students are in the sixth, seventh and/or eighth grade. If you would like to learn more about MATHCOUNTS and how to be involved in the competition, visit their website at www.mathcounts.org.


Parent's Column


Dear Parents,   


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Cozi Zuehlsdorff & Nathan Gamble, 13-year-old "Dolphin Tale" Stars


Dolphin Tale Scene 


The movie "Dolphin Tale" stars a boy (Nathan Gamble) who is homeschooled in real life, and a girl (Cozi Zuehlsdorff) who is homeschooled in the movie and real life. Homeschoolers will be pleased to know that "Dolphin Tale" has a positive homeschool message that is seamlessly woven into the plot. Based on a true story, though embellished with fictional human drama, "Dolphin Tale" is a heartwarming family film about Winter, a young bottlenose dolphin who loses her tail after getting caught in a crab trap off the Florida coast.


Unlike many subjects of cinematic portraits, Winter plays herself in the movie. Only a few dangerous scenes feature an animatronic dolphin and computer-generated effects. Winter serves as a symbol of perseverance and hope to millions of people who have been touched by her remarkable story of recovery and rehabilitation. The very end of the movie adds a nice touch with real video clips showing Winter interacting with handicapped war veterans on crutches, amputees in wheelchairs, and small children without arms or legs.


Besides Winter, the plot of "Dolphin Tale" centers on two fictional children: Hazel (Cozi Zuehlsdorff), a marine biologist's outgoing daughter, and Sawyer (Nathan Gamble), an introverted boy who befriends the rescued dolphin at the Clearwater Marine Aquarium rehabilitation center. Concerned about the dolphin's recovery, Sawyer convinces a pioneering doctor to create a unique prosthetic attachment to restore her ability to swim.


Well-known actors play the film's adults - Harry Connick Jr. as Hazel's father, Kris Kristofferson as her grandfather, Ashley Judd as Sawyer's mom, and Morgan Freeman as the eccentric doctor who invents the prosthesis. However, director Charles Martin Smith focused on the young characters: "I wanted the story to have a slightly elevated sense of reality, as if it were all being seen through the eyes of a child." Smith auditioned nearly one hundred youngsters for each role, quickly zooming in on Gamble and Zuehlsdorff. "They both come from good Christian families, which underpins everything in the movie," he explained.


The character named Hazel lives with her dad (Dr. Clay Haskett, a marine biologist) and her grandfather (a crusty old sailor) on a houseboat where she is homeschooled. Hazel befriends a shy boy named Sawyer Nelson, who has been skipping school in order to visit the dolphin. When Sawyer's mom finds out that her son has been missing school, he begs her to visit the marine hospital to see what he's been doing. For the first time, he is actually excited about learning and even offers to write an essay about his experience. Realizing the value in her son's non-traditional educational environment, his mom pleads with Sawyer's teacher to allow him to receive credit for his marine work.


It's interesting to note the parallels between "Dolphin Tale" and another uplifting family film, "Nim's Island." Like "Nim's Island," the movie "Dolphin Tale" shows homeschooling in a positive light. The characters of Nim and Hazel are both cute, vivacious, independent, and smart. Each of the young female characters lives in an ocean environment and has a marine biologist dad. Both characters' mothers died when they were young. Last but not least, the two lead characters are both played by homeschooled actresses! ("Nim's Island" stars Abigail Breslin, homeschooled through Calvert School.)


Cozi Zuehlsdorff


Cozi (a nickname for "Cozette") Zuehlsdorff, 13, made her screen debut in the movie "Dolphin Tale", which opened in theaters nationwide on September 23, 2011. Like her character in the film (Clay's daughter Hazel Haskett), Cozi is homeschooled in real life. In a Crosswalk.com interview, Cozi said, "Well, it sure gives me a lot of free time ... I don't have as strict of a school schedule, so I can audition for things in L.A. And it's helped me get closer to God and closer to my mom, who's my best friend. I love homeschooling." 


Cozi lives in Orange County, California with her parents, her older sister, and their puppy Bandit. Her mom runs a summer camp for kids. Cozi began her acting career at age eight when she was encouraged to audition for "Annie" at a local theater company. At the time, Cozi thought it would be more fun to go see the musical than to act in it, but she decided to audition anyway. Thanks to her effervescent personality and singing ability, she was cast as Annie and went on to perform in numerous lead roles - in shows such as "The Wizard of Oz," "Peter Pan," "Willy Wonka," and "Seussical the Musical."


Following her success in musical theater, Cozi turned her attention to TV and film. She can be seen in commercials for Blue Cross/ Blue Shield of Illinois, Regions Bank, Amica Insurance, Hallmark, and Nestle Water. Then Cozi went straight from doing commercials to landing her first movie role, as Hazel in "Dolphin Tale." Describing her life on the set, Cozi said, "We did all our shooting at the aquarium, and when we weren't shooting, I'd literally walk through a door and attend school. I had to go to class for 3 ½ hours a day, and I worked nine hours a day."


Cozi has a passion for vintage dresses, knitting, writing, singing, dancing, playing the piano, making homemade movies with her friends, and going to church. Yes, Cozi is a wonderful actress and more importantly a godly young lady! In a Tweet dated August 17, Cozi wrote, "Woke up this morning and remembered that God's mercies are new every morning, and that this is the day the Lord has made!" And in an interview when she was asked "...your guiding star is in life, what is it?" Cozi answered unequivocally, "Jesus Christ, for sure."


Nathan Gamble


Nathan Gamble was born in Tacoma, Washington on January 12, 1998. His parents are theater directors who run a drama camp for kids, which he joined at age five. Nathan made his feature film debut at age eight as the son of Brad Pitt and Cate Blanchett's characters in the movie "Babel," earning a Young Artist Award nomination for his performance. He then went on to appear as Commissioner Gordon's son in "The Dark Knight." Along with other film credits, he was a regular on the TV series "Hank," and has made guest appearances on shows including "Private Practice" and "House MD." Speaking highly of his less experienced co-star, Nathan said, "Cozi's a blast to work with. You could never tell this was her first movie."


When he's not acting, Nathan is just a normal kid living at home with his parents, two sisters (one older and one younger), and several pets (cat, rabbits, and dogs). He loves traveling, seeing other parts of the country, and meeting different people. He enjoys playing baseball, soccer and basketball. He also likes comic books, LEGOs, and playing Wii Sports with his dad. Nathan says, "I have three role models - my dad, Jesus, and Indiana Jones. My dad's absolutely fantastic, a really kind person, the kind of person I want to be when I grow up." He adds, "I try to be - well, not holy - but my whole family is very religious and I want to be like that too. So I try my hardest to be more in touch with the Lord." Quite a bold, refreshing statement coming from a Hollywood actor!


Like Cozi, Nathan is homeschooled in order to have an acting career, which he loves. Nathan and Cozi were able to be tutored together while on the movie set. Actor Harry Connick Jr., who is supportive of homeschooling and homeschooled his oldest daughter, discussed the benefits of homeschooling for his young co-workers. "I think it's the perfect opportunity for Cozi and Nathan... I sit in their class a lot; in fact, sometimes we have music class, and it counts towards their credit. If you can find a great instructor, I think it's the best thing in the world." Connick and the other adult actors on the set all noticed that the two youngsters speak with a maturity that belies their years.


If you haven't seen "Dolphin Tale" yet, be sure to watch it at a theatre near you. It's showing in both 2D and 3D. You may also want to check out the movie trailers, games, and the Winter webcam at http://dolphintalemovie.warnerbros.com/index.html .














Confessions of a Fifteen-Year-Old Film Historian


"Your Money Or Your Life" - A Tribute to Jack Benny

By Locksley Camille Hooker


Jack Benny group photo  


(From left to right, Eddie 'Rochester' Anderson, Dennis Day, Phil Harris, Mary Livingston, Jack Benny, Don Wilson, and Mel Blanc)



Welcome to the second installment of my column!

Today I am happy to introduce one of my all-time favorite radio performers and comedians: Jack Benny. You've probably seen an impression of him at least once, maybe without knowing it. The easiest one consists of slapping your hand against your cheek and saying "Well!" in an exasperated voice. Jack Benny's character is an easy one to remember; only one thing really distinguished him: He was cheap. Really, really, cheap. He was also petty, vain, argumentative, and in his own mind, always right. Doesn't sound like the kind of person who anyone would want to listen to week after week on the radio, does it? But the fact that the character Jack Benny wrote for himself was such a flawed one was part of the thing that singled him out from other comedians: When Jack Benny wrote jokes, he was always the butt of them.

His show was a mixture of endless inside jokes: Jack's ancient Maxwell car that sputtered and gagged and never got anywhere, the polar bear that guarded his money safe, his perpetual self proclaimed age of 39, his on-going feud with fellow comedian Fred Allen (in real life a close friend) and above all, the riffing he received from his co-workers Mary Livingston (his real-life wife till death), Phil Harris, Don Wilson, Dennis Day and his faithful butler Rochester. All had their distinguishing quirky personalities, all were under-paid by Jack, and all consistently got the better of him.


In real life, the people who knew Jack Benny called him one of the most generous and friendly men in Hollywood. He was born on February 14, 1894 to a strict but not entirely orthodox Jewish-Polish family. His father owned a haberdashery in Waukegan, Illinois. Being the only child of the family meant that his parents, his mother Emma in particular, had high ambitions for him: even before he was born she insisted that he would be a famous violinist. And she was right; he became famous for playing the violin badly. At an early age Jack became interested in show business. Skipping school to attend Vaudeville shows and silent movies eventually got him expelled. In 1912, Jack went on the road for the first time, finally obtaining permission from his family who thought show business a low-brow profession. After changing his name twice to avoid lawsuits (it was originally Benjamin Kubelsky), and evolving his act from violin numbers to violin numbers with jokes, to eventually just jokes, Jack received a following that lasted past the death of Vaudeville into a successful radio career; and past radio, a successful television show from 1950 to 1965.


Aside from his familiar characters, running gags and situation comedies, another one of Jack Benny's trademarks was his ability to use silence better than any joke. Very often someone might feed him an obvious build up line, like "Do you think I can sing?" and instead of a witty comeback, Jack would simply fold his arms, look at the audience, and say nothing. This worked equally well on radio, the audience exploding into laughter imagining his benign look.


One of his most famous 'cheap' routines happened when he was held up by a robber. "It's your money or your life!" he demanded. There was silence "Well?!" asked the frustrated criminal. "I'm thinking it over!" was Jack Benny's famous reply. I remember listening to Jack Benny from an early age, usually in the car with my dad, or while we worked together in the kitchen. Not only was the show funny even when I was that small (progressively as I got older) but the familiar characters and advertisements and music gave the whole thing a familiar family-feel that made listening to them into something of a tradition. Jack's unassuming pleasure in presenting the show stemmed from both the facts that he enjoyed what he did so much, and that he was more than a little insecure about his humor. So fittingly, I end with the demure line on which he started his first radio broadcast:

"Hello folks, this is Jack Benny talking. There will be a slight pause while everyone says 'who cares?'..."



"Sunday Nights At Seven: The Jack Benny Story," by Jack Benny and Joan Benny, 1996, Warner Books.

"That's Not All Folks: My Life in the Golden Age of Cartoon and Radio," by Mel Blanc and Philip Bashe, 1988, Warner Books.



College Bound:

Homeschool Friendly Colleges


Thomas Aquinas College 




Thomas Aquinas College (TAC) is a four-year Catholic liberal arts college. TAC is unique in that Socratic discussions and Great Books are used in place of lectures and textbooks. TAC offers no majors or minors, and only has one degree program: Bachelor of Arts in Liberal Arts. Nevertheless, TAC students acquire a broad and integrated education, and they excel in a wide array of studies and careers. Many of them pursue graduate degrees and professional education after leaving campus. Speaking of which, the college's beautiful 131-acre campus is located 65 miles northwest of Los Angeles, nestled in a quiet valley among the foothills of California's Los Padres National Forest, and surrounded by lovely mountain scenery.


All students at TAC study from the same fixed, classical curriculum made up primarily of Great Books of the Western Tradition. Studies are divided throughout the four-year program into the Trivium (Freshman & Sophomore years) and the Quadrivium (Junior & Senior years). The Trivium encompasses the subjects of Logic, Rhetoric and Grammar. The Quadrivium covers Geometry, Astronomy, Arithmetic, Music, and Natural Science. Philosophy and theology are also subjects of study throughout the four-year curriculum. All of these subjects are connected through the overarching study of Catholic theology. The college is named after Saint Thomas Aquinas (c.1225-1274), a Catholic Priest in the Dominican Order who was an influential medieval philosopher and theologian.


Believing that only the truth sets men free and that truth concerns both natural and supernatural matters, TAC seeks to ground its students in the art of thinking while developing a wide-ranging, integrated vision of life and learning. The Socratic Method encourages independence of thought and aids in developing a capacity for critical judgment. TAC classes are small, usually between 13-20 students, and are taught in seminar format guided by professors, called tutors. Everyone in the class is expected to contribute to the discussions. Students read some books in their entirety and read excerpts from others. The college regards certain books as masterworks, and others as sources of opinions that "either lead students to the truth, or make the truth more evident by opposition to it."


Complementing the stimulating and rigorous intellectual life at TAC are ample opportunities for recreation. Students are just minutes from hiking, camping, and many other outdoor leisure activities. There are regularly scheduled outings to museums, plays, concerts, and other cultural offerings in nearby Santa Barbara and Los Angeles, and the Pacific Ocean is only 25 minutes away. The campus itself has a beautiful forested area with walking trails, ponds, and meadows. The college also has basketball, tennis, and volleyball courts, and a baseball and soccer field where intramural sports take place throughout the year. In addition, there are various student-run organizations such as the de Tocqueville Society (politics), the Pre-Medical Society, a pro-life group, and the Legion of Mary.


The "crown jewel" of the TAC campus, Our Lady of the Most Holy Trinity chapel, was designed by University of Notre Dame architect Duncan Stroik. The design for this 15,000-square-foot structure employs Early Christian, Renaissance, and Spanish Mission styles. The college library, named in honor of Saint Bernardine of Siena, is another unique building. It is constructed of recovered wood from a 16th century Spanish monastery, and houses a collection of rarities including thousands-year old Hittite seals, original letters written by various saints, an illuminated Book of Hours, and a complete Gutenberg Bible.


TAC was founded by Dr. Ronald McArthur in 1971. "At a time when many Catholic institutions were straying from their loyalty to the teaching Church, Thomas Aquinas College would, by contrast, strive for fidelity to the Magisterium. In place of the burgeoning multiplicity of majors, minors, and electives elsewhere, it would offer a single, integrated curriculum employing the liberal arts and sciences in the pursuit of truth and wisdom." To preserve its autonomy, TAC does not accept church or government funding. Students may, however, receive individual government loans and grants for which they are eligible. The college also offers its own generous financial aid program, with academic and needs-based scholarships funded by private donations.

Homeschoolers feel very welcomed and accepted at TAC. Approximately 30 percent (nearly one-third!) of their 350 students come from home schools. Homeschool admission is based on essays, transcripts (if you don't use a specific curriculum, include a list of courses and books read), letters of reference, and SAT or ACT scores. Homeschooled applicants may choose to request that a parent write one recommendation as the primary educator, unless another teacher's recommendation is available.


Rebekah Hall, a former Homeschooling Teen columnist and current TAC student, said: "What attracted me was the fact that they have a completely different outlook on what education really is; instead of preparing you for one particular career path, they believe that education is about making you wiser and more whole, preparing you for life in general so that you can handle whatever it throws at you. That's one reason why they don't have majors; the other is that they believe that each subject is interconnected with the others, so that you can't separate them without losing something important. Also, (and this was the most appealing to me personally) they don't lecture you: each class is done by a discussion method where each class has the original text of the subject they're studying (i.e. math is Euclid, philosophy is Aristotle, history is Herodotus, etc.) and a teacher to guide the discussion. Only logical explanations of the text will do, and the students must come up with that themselves."


Rebekah also stated, "One last thing I would add is that the school is small (300-350 students) and secluded (the closest city is about 15 min. away, but you need a car to get to it, with no possibility of walking), which is something that potential students should take into consideration. And I guess another "last" thing is that, while the price tag may seem steep, their financial aid program is probably one of the most generous of private schools in this country. They individually ask only for what you can afford (they frequently work with big families and lower the cost for the number of younger siblings as well)."


TAC receives praises from many different sources - including the Cardinal Newman Society and the Intercollegiate Studies Institute - for its value and small class sizes in addition to its excellent reputation for orthodoxy, fine academics, and strong community life. The college also frequently ranks highly among national liberal arts colleges in The Princeton Review (where it earned the "Best Value" ranking in both 2009 and 2010), as well as U.S. News & World Report. TAC admissions representatives will be in Arizona during the first week of October. Visit the college website at  www.thomasaquinas.edu for details, and to find out when they will be coming to your area.


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Meet our new cartoonists!


Devin (15) & Savannah (13) are a homeschooled brother and sister cartooning team who live in North Idaho. Devin wrote to us saying, "Hello Homeschooling Teen Magazine. This is Devin C. Hicks. I have been subscribed to your Magazine for several months, and a few months ago I saw your want ad for a cartoonist. I have wanted to be a cartoonist for a long time, your ad motivated me to become one." After tossing around some ideas, Devin and Savannah decided to name their cartoon "Know Branz." Here is their first installment!


Meet our new cartoonists!  


P.S. Devin is hoping to get some feedback from readers. Please e-mail highlandgroove@gmail.com and let him know how you like the cartoon!


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Scary Stories


Would you like to plan a different kind of Halloween party this year? How about having a Halloween Read-Aloud? It's the perfect time to tell some frightening and suspenseful tales. Invite all of your bookish friends, dress up as creepy literary characters, and share scary stories in the dark. You can ask everyone to bring along their favorite spooky story, poem, urban legend, or excerpt from a longer novel. They might even write their own.


Putting on a Halloween theatrical show can also be fun, especially if you dress up in costume. For example, you can act out a scary scene from a Shakespearean drama. Many of his plays are brimming with dark castles, ghosts, witches, fairies, supernatural omens, dastardly deeds, the stuff of dreams and nightmares. A few good choices would be "Hamlet," "Macbeth," and "Midsummer Night's Dream." Another possibility would be to do a reader's theater rendition of the "War of the Worlds" radio broadcast script.


Probably the greatest scares and terrors of all time can be found in classic literature. If you'd prefer to spend a quiet evening home alone, here are some scary stories to read:




"Dracula," by Bram Stoker.

"Frankenstein," by Mary Shelley.

"The Halloween Tree," by Ray Bradbury.

"Hound of the Baskervilles," by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle.

"Something Wicked This Way Comes," by Ray Bradbury.




"A Ghost Story," by Mark Twain.

"Feathertop: A Moralized Legend," by Nathaniel Hawthorne.

"Ken's Mystery," aka "The Grave of Ethelind Fionguala," by Julian Hawthorne.

"The Canterville Ghost," by Oscar Wilde.

"The Child That Went With the Fairies," by J.S. Le Fanu.

"The Devil and Tom Walker" and "The Legend of Sleepy Hollow," by Washington Irving.

"The Monkey's Paw," by W.W. Jacobs.


Homeschooling High School: Helpful Tips


Teach Your Teens Practical Business, by Laurie Neumann


Having a home based business can also be a wonderful experience for your teens. What better way to teach them entrepreneurial skills than to have them start a home based business? You can be right there to guide and help them, and can use this as a practical way to teach business. By offering your teens this option, you are opening up to them a world where they can make their own choices, be their own boss, and provide a way, if they desire, to be able to work from home when they have their own family.


By helping your teens start a home business, you are offering them options. Many times, teens go on to college simply because it seems like "the thing to do." However, if they find a business they enjoy, it could eliminate the need for college. They will learn many academic skills by running a business, such as:


  • Bookkeeping - they will need to keep track of expenses and income, thereby determining a profit/loss
  • Writing - they will need to write for their business - if an online business, they will need to write content to put on their website or blog and email correspondence. If online or offline, they may need to write up advertisements, flyers, etc.
  • Research - to be successful, they will need to research what their market wants and what is already being offered.
  • Communication - verbal and written communication will be necessary with customers.
  • Marketing - they will get a "hands on view" of which marketing efforts work and which ones to eliminate.


If they decide to go on to college, they will bring valuable experience with them, setting them ahead of their classmates in the areas of leadership skills, maturity, and money and time management. Their business during their high school years can also help to pay for some of their college expenses.


Today, we are living in uncertain economic conditions, and more than ever, is the time to teach our kids entrepreneurial skills so that they have options. Owning a home based business can give them a taste of what being an entrepreneur is all about, without the big expenses that come with a brick and mortar type of establishment.


Give them choices!

Laurie Neumann, a homeschool mom, has researched over sixty home-based business opportunities and listed them all in her "Home Business Resource Guide." Grab a copy and get lots of ideas! http://wahmcart.com/x.php?adminid=160&id=4995&pid=799

Three Online Language-Learning Courses for Homeschooled Teens


ByMaria Rainier


Thanks to recent developments in technology, the methods in which students can learn to read, speak and write in another language can easily be done in one simple click.


Furthermore, one of the many advantages to being homeschooled is that you can use the Internet and various different programs, websites and online courses to help you further your language-learning education and as well as help you learn more about the world at the same time.


If you're currently being homeschooled and you're hoping to enroll in an online language-learning course, or even if you're hoping to scope out some sites so you can learn another language, here are three sites with online courses that are excellent for those who are not only being homeschooled but also interested in learning another language as well:


Rosetta Stone


If you have a knack for learning other languages then you have probably heard of Rosetta Stone at some point or another. Rosetta Stone has been used in tens of thousands of schools worldwide and educates students on various vocabulary, grammar, and conversational methods that are crucial in learning another language.


In order to use Rosetta Stone, you will need to purchase some products online and then you will receive numerous different audio CDs, videos, projects, reports, graphs, documents and tools that will guide you through learning another language. (There are even curriculum documents for parents and educators as well).


Although the course may be a bit pricey, it is well worth the cost given the fact that there have been numerous case studies surrounding the benefits of using Rosetta Stone as a teaching resource for students of all ages.




Hello-Hello.com is an excellent resource for any language learner and it has even been coined as a "revolutionary interactive online language course" which is highly effective in terms of learning how to write, speak, read and even type in numerous different languages.


Once signing up as a member on the site, you can chat with other users in any desired language, receive tips on how to improve your language learning skills, and even participate in games, quizzes and much more.


Verbal Planet


VerbalPlanet.com is another popular online language-learning site because it provides numerous resources, assignments and tests for students, tutors and even teachers as well.


Once a student signs up on the site they will be assigned with their own personal online teacher who will then guide them through the various learning guides via Skype, and although the site is free to join you will have to pay a small fee in order to enroll in a lesson (users can also choose to enroll in a free evaluation session before signing up for a lesson as well).


Bio: Maria Rainier is a freelance writer and recent graduate of Elon University. She is currently a resident blogger at a college degrees resource site, where recently she's been researching different online theology degrees and blogging about student life. In her spare time, she enjoys square-foot gardening, swimming, and avoiding her laptop.



Anime Reviews by Xbolt


Book Review


Blood: The Last Vampire


"Blood" is horror movie. Normally I don't watch horror movies, but I watched this one because I read one of the light novel adaptations several months ago. My Dad got it out of the college library for some reason unknown to me, and then I read it after him. And I liked it well enough to want to watch the original film.


"Blood: The Last Vampire" offers a different spin on the vampire tale. The story is about a girl named Saya, who hunts huge bat-like creatures that live off human blood. And she's the best at it, too. She doesn't use guns, she uses a Katana the old-fashioned way!


The anime is set in 1960' s Japan on the Yokota Air Base, a U.S. military installation in Tokyo, which may have become infested with the creatures. Saya is sent to investigate. Saya is herself a vampire, "the last remaining original." She becomes distressed and angry at the sight of a cross or the mention of God.


A high school is located on the military base. Shape-shifting demons are popping up on the night of the school's Halloween party. They appear normal until injured or killed, when they turn into some pretty freaky monsters.


Few teenage girls (actually, make that none), can wield a Katana with the level of skill that Saya displays, as evidenced in the stunning opening sequence aboard a moving train. The anime seamlessly mixes hand-drawn 2D characters with computer-animated 3D backgrounds, giving it a unique look that is constantly amazing.


When the bomber flies overhead to land at the airbase early on, the viewer not only sees it move in breathtaking detail but also hears the full effect of it on the stereo soundtrack. Since the film takes place on an American base, there is plenty of English dialogue. The Japanese bits are subtitled.


For additional Halloween-themed anime, check out:


Cowboy Bebop: The Movie (R) - The action begins on Mars just before Halloween 2071. The climactic duel at the end is juxtaposed against the background of a Halloween carnival. There are plenty of pumpkin props and a villain dressed like a warlock; but unfortunately, there is also quite a bit of bloody violence.


Ghost Hunt (TV-14) - Telling ghost stories is a favorite pastime of Mai Taniyama and her high school friends. Then she meets 17-year-old Kazuya Shibuya, a prodigy ghost hunter studying paranormal activity, and learns that things really do go bump in the night. This anime is kind of like a more sophisticated "Scooby Doo" presented in an old-school detective format, with actual clues you can follow in order to determine the authenticity or fakery of a supernatural investigation.


Spirited Away (PG) - On the way to their new home, a girl and her parents find what they think is a deserted amusement park. But come nightfall, it turns into a resort for spirits. Despite lots of strange-looking creatures and some scary moments, this enchanting fantasy is suitable for all ages including children. Think of it as a Japanese version of "Alice in Wonderland."


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Game Review by Super Searcher


 Spiral Knights


This is a review of the game "Spiral Knights." It is a free online massively multiplayer game that has Co-op and PvP gameplay. "Spiral Knights" is about a group of refugees whose ship was damaged in an accident. They are forced to evacuate to a nearby planet called Cradle. You start off as one of many knights who have just dropped down in an escape pod. After a bit of practice fighting, you venture on to the city of Haven. There you enter the Arcade and The Clockworks where you go through many dungeon levels, collecting crowns and heat.


Heat is used to level up your items to make them stronger. You start at 1 and go to 10. Crowns are used to purchase items, or to buy recipes and craft your own items. Crowns are one of the two currencies used in the game. The other is energy. Energy is used to power your suit and to go down the dungeon elevators, and it is also used in crafting. There are two types of energy - mist which is free and recharges over time, and cannot be bought or sold. Crystal energy can only be bought and sold, using real money or in-game crowns. You can get by without using any real money, though.


There are many different types of monsters and creatures in the dungeons that you will face. The factions are: beast, fiend, undead, construct, gremlin, and slime. All of these different factions have more than one type of monster. To fight these monsters, you have three different types of weapons (sword, handgun, and bomb) and four different types of weapon damage (normal, piercing, elemental, shadow). Different monster factions are either immune or more vulnerable to certain types of damage. For example, undead are resistant to shadow but weak to elemental. Also, you may wear three pieces of armor (suit, helmet, and shield) and up to two trinkets (items that grant additional protection or enhancement) at a time.


Currently, there are also four monster bosses. The monsters and bosses are in the dungeon tiers: Tier 1 is easy, Tier 2 is moderate, and Tier 3 is hard. As you progress through the game and gain better equipment, you will venture farther down into the dungeon tiers. The very bottom is the core, which is the base of the world. Currently it is unknown what is in the core, but hopefully the game developers will make it soon. In the meantime, the object of the game is just to fight, collect treasure, and have fun.


After its official launch in Spring 2011, "Spiral Knights" was nominated for the 2011 Game Developers Choice Online Awards in four categories: Best Visual Online Arts, Best Online Game Design, Best Audio for an Online Game, and Best New Online Game. The game's graphic style would be best described as cartoony. The music in the game is well done and very catchy. My overall opinion of this game is, it's well worth playing.


-A game review by Super Searcher.






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Pharmacist & Pharmacologist


Pharmacists are experts in medicine and its side effects. Pharmacists give medicine to people when a doctor says that they need it. They sometimes help doctors choose which medicines to give patients. Pharmacists also warn doctors if they have asked their patients to take any medicine that might hurt them. Sometimes pharmacists mix the medicine themselves. More often, though, they use medicines that are already made. They tell people how to use the medicine correctly and store the medicine safely. They advise both doctors and patients about the dosages, interactions, and side effects of medications.


Most pharmacists work in drug stores and fill prescriptions. This includes working in grocery stores and retail stores that have pharmacies. Pharmacists also work in hospitals where they formulate medications including solutions for intravenous delivery. Some pharmacists work at night or on weekends because sick people may need medicine at any time. Pharmacists typically work about 40 hours a week, but some work longer hours. Many pharmacists stand for long periods of time while they work.


People who want to be pharmacists must be good at science and math. They should also be good at dealing with people. They have to be able to work carefully, too, because they often deal with strong medicine. Pharmacists wear gloves and masks when they work with potentially dangerous chemicals. After high school, it usually takes at least six years of study, including college and pharmacy school, to pass a certification test and become a pharmacist. Pharmacists must also have a license from the state in which they work.


What's the difference between a pharmacist and a pharmacologist? Pharmacologists and pharmacists rarely encounter one another professionally. A pharmacist is a healthcare professional who deals with end products, while a pharmacologist is a scientist who works in research and development. A pharmacist mixes, supplies, and advises dosages of medications. A pharmacologist develops and tests new medicines. Both jobs require careful attention to detail.


Pharmacologists study what a drug does to a body and also how the body interacts with a drug. Their scientific method involves analyzing chemical compounds to identify their positive and/or harmful effects on humans and the environment. Pharmacologists are highly trained individuals who must have knowledge of chemistry, biology, physiology, and mathematics. Most pharmacologists have Pharm. D or Ph.D. degrees. Some pharmacologists become medical doctors and vice versa. A pharmacologist may specialize in specific parts of the body, or in a particular area such as toxicology or forensics.


Notably, a pharmacist holding a doctorate (D. Pharm.) is often indistinguishable from a pharmacologist. The major difference involves laboratory experience. Pharmacists do not spend the majority of their post-graduate training in the laboratory like pharmacologists do. Pharmacologistsdo not work with tablets, pills, or directly fulfilling consumer/patient needs like pharmacists do. Study pharmacy if you want to work with people in the health care industry. Study pharmacology if you want to perform research in the pharmaceutical industry.


Related Occupations:

Biological scientist


Medical scientist

Pharmacy aide

Pharmacy technician


Registered nurse





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What Are You Afraid Of?


"The only thing we have to fear is fear itself - nameless, unreasoning, unjustified terror..." ~Franklin D. Roosevelt


"Phobia" means an unreasonable, irrational, or exaggerated fear that occurs when no real danger exists. A person who has a phobia is petrified by what is just an ordinary object or basically harmless situation. One of the best-known phobias is claustrophobia, the fear of small enclosed places (such as elevators). Other common phobias include the fear of flying, heights, crowds, water, bridges, spiders, snakes, mice, cats and dogs.

Some phobias may seem silly, but they can cause severe anxiety for anyone who suffers from that phobia. Phobic persons will go to extreme lengths to avoid the thing that causes their distress, even though directly confronting their fear may be the best way to get over it.

While most childhood fears are eventually outgrown, phobias generally continue into adulthood. Phobias can result from a specific incident that happened at an early age. Others are passed from a phobic parent to a child who then develops a similar fear. People who are naturally nervous are more susceptible to phobias.


The scientific names of phobias are taken from the Greek language:


Acrophobia- fear of heights

Aerophobia- fear of flying

Agoraphobia- fear of open spaces or public places

Ailurophobia- fear of cats

Apiphobia- fear of bees

Arachnophobia- fear of spiders

Bacteriophobia- fear of germs

Bogyphobia- fear of goblins

Brontophobia- fear of thunder

Claustrophobia- fear of enclosed spaces

Climacophobia- fear of stairs, climbing, or falling downstairs

Coulrophobia - fear of clowns

Cyberphobia- fear of computers

Cynophobia- fear of dogs

Ephebiphobia- fear of teenagers

Ergophobia- fear of work

Gephyrophobia- fear of bridges

Hellenologophobia- fear of Greek words or scientific terminology

Hemaphobia- fear of blood

Hippophobia- fear of horses

Hydrophobia- fear of water

Hypnophobia- fear of sleep

Kakorrhaphiophobia- fear of failure

Keraunophobia- fear of lightning

Mathemaphobia- fear of math

Musophobia- fear of mice 

Nychtophobia- fear of darkness

Ophidiophobia- fear of snakes

Panophobia- fear of everything 

Pathophobia- fear of disease

Phasmophobia- fear of ghosts

Phobophobia- fear of fear itself

Phonophobia- fear of noise

Pteromerhanophobia- fear of flying

Sociophobia- fear of people, crowds, social gatherings

Technophobia- fear of technology

Telephonophobia- fear of telephones

Triskaidekaphobia- fear of the number 13

Xenophobia- fear of foreigners or strangers 

Zoophobia- fear of animals


Do you have any of these phobias, or a phobia that's not on the list? Tell us what it is and how you deal with it! Write to mail@homeschoolingteen.com