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June 2007    volume 1- Issue 9

Give Your Kid a Sport They Can Love Forever
by Amy Cortez, Editor The Eclectic Telegraph
One of the saddest things I have seen lately was on a soccer field. A kid about 12, had a throw in that was OK by my standards, but not OK by the coach's. He yelled from all the way across the field "What was that? What's the matter with you? And you are my granddaughter!"

Needless to say, I was horrified.

As I looked around the field, there were hundreds, if not a thousand people on these several plots of grass, all painted up for soccer. It didn't take much for me to realize that the people on these fields were not the least bit affected by this coaches outburst, and I am sure many heard it.

When did we become so harsh with our children?

My son used to play soccer. That was 6 years ago however. I remember that he would get panic attacks in the car on the way to practice and especially for games. His last coach was similar in demeanor as the one I had witnessed this day and he wasn't the first coach like this, but it was the last one for him. This sort of abusive behavior is why he won't play the game on a team anymore. I fully supported his decision, because I agreed that the behavior from the coach was unacceptable.

The last time my son played soccer was in a pickup game on the island of Mayreau in a school yard there. There it was fun, not to mention, real soccer, not this sanitized version of American-kid soccer.

You don't have to be a soccer mom.

Sports are important to the development of our children especially these days when it has become the norm to plop in front of a computer or TV screen for hours at a time. But you don't have to be a soccer mom. Soccer mom is a really bad stereotype in my opinion these days. It seems, soccer moms condone the sort of behavior I witnessed by this coach. By not saying anything about this sort of behavior, they give permission to this sort of person to verbally abuse their kids. An besides, it's not even real soccer what I see kids playing here in America.

I love the water and kayaking is a new love for me. I have introduced kayaking to my son and I believe he loves it too. Every time we see a scull boat or another kayak on top of a vehicle, he gets excited to see it. At 15 he still goes on my goofy outings with me.

My dad taught me golf and I love it. It is a sport I still play. My dad has an immense level of patience, more than me, for teaching golf to my son and at this very minute playing for the first time on a regulation course [up until now it had been the executive courses]. He will also volley tennis balls [a sport he's learning] withmy son until one of them gets tired.

For years my son has been working towards a blackbelt in Taekwondo, not because he's been told to, but because he really loves the sport. He is one belt away from being a blackbelt. He has a wonderful coach at an Olympic training center, it has been the love this coach shows for the sport that keeps my son so interested and motivated.

When we lived in Utah, I took my son to Sundance Mountain resort for a beginners ski lesson. By the time we moved away from Utah, he had become a member of the Alta Youth Race team because he loves the sport. Everything that happened in between these events were driven by my son's love for the sport and his witnessing coaches who loved the sport.

Kids don't deserve to be verbally abused on a soccer field - or anywhere else for that matter. Kids don't need to be bullied into playing a sport well, they'll do it because they love it. Alot of what I saw on that soccer field that day was verbal abuse and bullying and that is just so sad.

In my opinion, as parents, and especially as homeschool parents, it is our responsibility to introduce things our kids will love - hopefully forever. The best way to do this is to introduce things you love, show a passion for it and they'll "get it". I promise.

Daphne the Science Guinea Pig "Weighs" in on a Brand New Local "Treasure"

Who's Daphne the Science Guinea Pig?

Read what she has to say at the Java House....

What is a Homeschooler, Really?
by Amy Cortez, Editor The Eclectic Telegraph
I always enjoy reading Daryl Colbranchi's blog. The man is a genius for covering every bizarre bit of news as it pertains to a Democratic/Libertarian-leaning point of view. I often find myself thinking, "damn, that's a good way to look at it"....On one particular day in early June, I read his post "BUMPED" and he was unusually vague about what he thought. Once I jumped to the other blogger's site, I understood why. It was a seriously long rant touching on many of my favorite topics, and in particular detail the trials of women still searching for the meaning of feminism. A pearl from Daryl to be sure. [read on]

Twitter is for staying in touch and keeping up with friends no matter where you are or what you’re doing.
When you send in a mobile text (SMS), Twitter sends it out to your group of friends and posts it to your Twitter page. Your friends might not have phone alerts turned on so they may check your web page instead. Likewise, you receive your friends mobile updates on your phone.

Travelin' With The Kid

Read about our adventures in our own back yard and on the road! From a mom who has been homeschooling and traveling with a highly gifted student for more than 5 years.


Science News for Kids

Science News for Kids is a new Web site devoted to science news for children of ages 9 to 14.Our goal is to offer timely items of interest to kids, accompanied by suggestions for hands-on activities, books, articles, Web resources, and other useful materials.

Our emphasis is on making the Web site appealing by offering kids opportunities to comment on and grade the subject matter, get ideas for science projects, and try out mathematical puzzles. At the same time, we offer teachers creative ways of using science news in their classrooms. A section of the Science News for Kids Web site is devoted to particular interests. At present, we have six such zones: a weekly brainteaser for those who enjoy solving and inventing puzzles


Bright Kids at Home
A practical website geared towards homeschooling and traveling with gifted and talented students.
From a mom who has been homeschooling a highly gifted student for more than 5 years. Here you will find ideas about how you might homeschool your gifted student. You'll find ideas about how to homeschool and travel.

Huh? What's a podcast?

Building Stonehenge - This Man can Move Anything


How To Solve A Rubik's Cube Easily

NPR Radio - Diane Rehm
China Road

Rob Gifford: "China Road" (Random House)
Rob Gifford spend 6 years as NPR's Beijing correspondent. In 2004, he traveled all 3,000 miles of a highway traversing China from the Shanghai to the border of Kazakhstan. He writes about his journey and about the future of China.


Try something new!

You're passionate about math and science. You already like to think about, talk about, and do math and science, but you also want to know what else is out there-and who else is out there. Or maybe you're someone with a developing interest in math or science and trying to figure out what's out there for you and who's out there to share your ideas with.

Cogito is being developed through a collaborative effort by the Johns Hopkins University Center for Talented Youth

Cogito is Latin for "I think," an appropriate name for a site for young thinkers to congregate and explore.


University of Missouri-Columbia -- MU High School offers a convenient, credible option for homeschool students, rural students seeking college preparation, gifted students seeking challenges, or students who need to catch up on a few courses. MU High School offers a diverse and comprehensive curriculum that includes over 180 courses. Earn your education online

The Dayton Society of Natural History is the parent organization of the Boonshoft Museum of Discovery and its sister organization, SunWatch Indian Village - - a museum of the area's 12th century Fort Ancient Indians The mission of the Boonshoft Museum of Discovery is to be the premier regional provider of interactive science learning experiences which enrich the lives of children and adults, enhance the quality of life in our community, and promote a broad understanding of the world.

Discovery Channel Canada has a TV show called Guinea Pig?

If you're faint-of-heart, beware, Guinea Pig offers up a fresh perspective on the limits of the human body. While Ryan's feats will amaze you, they will also educate as the science behind the challenges is explained.
Daphne the Science Guinea Pig finds the perpetration of this idea very bad!!!

FairTest publishes a regular electronic newsletter, The Examiner, plus a full catalog of materials on both K- 12 and university testing to aid teachers, administrators, students, parents and researchers.

The National Center for Fair & Open Testing (FairTest) advances quality education and equal opportunity by promoting fair, open, valid and educationally beneficial evaluations of students, teachers and schools. FairTest also works to end the misuses and flaws of testing practices that impede those goals.

We place special emphasis on eliminating the racial, class, gender, and cultural barriers to equal opportunity posed by standardized tests, and preventing their damage to the quality of education. Based on Goals and Principles, we provide information, technical assistance and advocacy on a broad range of testing concerns, focusing on three areas: K-12, university admissions, and employment tests.

The Tagging of Pacific Pelagic (TOPP) research project explores the Pacific, using a carefully selected group of animals from its ecosystems to gather data about their world. As a pilot program of the Census of Marine Life (COML), an international endeavor to determine what lives, has lived and will live in the world’s ocean, TOPP scientists will tag individuals from 21 species of marine predators in the Eastern Pacific to obtain an “organism’s eye” view of their world. Jointly run by Stanford’s Hopkins Marine Lab, the University of California, Santa Cruz’s Long Marine Laboratory, NOAA’s Pacific Fisheries Ecosystems Lab, and the Monterey Bay Aquarium, TOPP also includes team members from several countries.

A female hammerhead shark was found to have given birth without having sex.

There is a new website that is
set up just like MySpace but is just for homeschoolers: MyHomeschoolPlace

Dolphin braininess due to social life, studies suggest: Dolphins and their kin are widely thought to be among the cleverest creatures. But what might have made them so is unclear.

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