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June 6, 2012

Getting Along With Grammar


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Deborah Wuehler and family


Hi, Friends!


I'm going to have to keep it short this week, but I want to encourage you to read Andrew Pudewa's  article "Contemplating Grammar" in our new June issue of the magazine. You'll also want to watch his video on the topic. Click here to read the article and watch the video. 


Praying for God's blessings on you all,


TOS Senior Editor 



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Finding their passion.


Exploring their interests.


Adapting curricula to meet their unique needs.


These are some of the reasons why my family homeschools.  There are many more. Sometimes the reasons seem to conflict with each other.


We don't base our curriculum solely on our children's interests. For one thing, people need to be exposed to things first in order to know whether they might be interested in them!


But there are some things people just need to know.


Grammar is one of those things.


My two older children have completed rigorous studies of English grammar.  For my third child, I'll need to rethink my methods. That goes back to the third reason we homeschool. He doesn't learn in the same way. 

Julie Coney
Julie Coney


We want all our children to be effective communicators, and we've found that requires at least some knowledge of English grammar. I've found a great way to have children use their writing and speaking skills is by linking them to something they are interested in. (Don't go overboard, though. If you always link something "educational" to something that is "fun," the fun thing may cease to be fun!) 

Carrie Daws
Carrie Daws


At, we've been running daily grammar lessons from Carrie Daws, who has a witty and fun approach to her teaching. We have nearly fifty of these lessons archived that ran in April and May. (Carrie is taking a break for June, but there's great material just waiting to be reviewed here, if you haven't seen it. Plus Julie Coney will be writing new material.) Also, writing teacher Kim Kautzer regularly delivers wonderful writing tips  with her daily and weekly lessons at


I received this e-mail one day late last week:



What? You're offering a filmmaking course for upper level students! Do you know what a blessing this is to our family? No, of course you don't. But, let me tell you, this is a huge bit of happiness for us. Thanks so much for all you do for homeschooling families on a (smallish) budget. --Sally Olson, Garden Valley, CA


This put a big smile on my face. Finding resources for homeschoolers is one of my passions and knowing that our work at is helping other homeschoolers is exciting!


I also know exactly how she feels. My oldest son loves filmmaking. He is always behind the camera. It is the fun thing that I have used to help him enjoy learning about some of the other subjects that I want him to learn about. We are looking forward to the new filmmaking class too.


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As I was preparing to type this week's THM and wrapping up our coast to coast trip in just a few more miles, we heard the devastating news that our dear friends and fellow speaker/vendor in the homeschool community lost their beloved 16-month-old son on Saturday afternoon due to an abdominal infection.


John & Audra Notgrass of The Notgrass Company are completely devastated by the loss of their son. They also incurred huge medical debt when he was airlifted and put on life support. Audra is due with their second son in July. We can't lessen their grief, but we can lessen their financial burden. They need us! Please click on this link and give as much as you can to this fundraiser:

There's nothing else I can say.

Be generous,



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You know, when it comes to grammar, I feel a little funny to be offering advice.  I somehow missed this subject, or at least most of it, as I moved from school to school during my father's military days.  So when it came time to teach grammar to my own children, I had only one idea:  ask my grammar-loving husband to do it!!


And, he did.  With great gusto, he launched into all kinds of ways to have our kids "play" with grammar.  They did hands-on activities, sampled different grammar curriculums, and, for the most part, enjoyed the relational time with their dad on one of his favorite subjects.


My only real contribution, one which I don't expect to catch on, was in how to tackle the book "Easy Grammar."   Somehow, I had been tasked with the text.  I opened to the first page and saw a long list of prepositions--which my children were supposed to memorize.


Knowing that my middle child, Michael, would gag at the list, I decided to try something completely outlandish. 


"Let's act out these words, you guys!" I enthusiastically cheered.  Shouting out such interesting-to-demonstrate words as beneath, under, around, and through, my kids and I performed physical maneuvers that would have made even Houdini envious.


It was my one taste of success in teaching grammar.  After that, I resigned my temporary position, and gave my husband back his job.


Hope your experience is every bit as memorable--and fun!


Stay relational,



P.S. I'm writing in the midst of chaos-by the time you read this, we will be driving a moving truck to Indiana!  Keep up with our journey on!



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Bats use echolocation to locate their prey. However, bats also use echolocation to determine the size of their prey and whether the prey is toxic. Learn more about echolocation and how bats use it in the article, "More to Bat's Echolocation Than Meets The Ears."


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For the month of June, 2012  


Dive Into Your Imagination DVDs


Dive Into Your Imagination is a company dedicated to expanding your knowledge of the ocean and its amazing inhabitants! Annie Crawley, author, underwater cinematographer, educator, producer, photographer, and motivational speaker, is the talent behind this beautifully filmed DVD series.


Dive Into Diversity includes eight videos that cover the great diversity of the ocean. Designed for Pre K through 3rd grade, these have wide application even beyond these levels.


The eight chapter titles are:


1. Night Diving on the Reef

2. Dive Into Diversity!

3. Be a Submarine Pilot

4. Swim in a Kelp Forest

5. Invertebrates of the Sea!

6. Coral Reef Living

7. Vertebrates: Animals with a Backbone

8. Wacky, Weird, Crusty Crustaceans 


This is a beautifully filmed movie with appropriate music, and Annie energetically explaining what we are watching. She is clearly educated about her subject matter and is just excited to share it. That is infectious! (. . .)


Read the rest of this review about the two titles we have to give away from TOS Homeschool Crew Director of Product Reviews, Kate Kessler, at her blog: Under the Sky.


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