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We publish a nationwide print magazine, Homeschool Magazine.com a resource of articles and reviews that are pertinent to homeschoolers, teachers, and librarians. California Homeschooling Today

We have been in business since 1995, and since we are based in Southern California, we feel very close to the homeschooling and alternative education world in our state. That is why we have this website, to serve you, our fellow Californians in teaching your children as you see fit.

If you have any comments or questions, please do not hesitate to e-mail us at mary@homeschoolmagazine.com or Michael@homeschoolmagazine.com or call us at 805-497-6900. We invite you to visit our other, national websites, www.homeschoolnewslink.com and www.homeschoolmagazine.com for further information. Thank you. The Leppert Family

 


Many California Families Focus on Homeschooling in the Wake of New Vaccine Law

According to the National Center for Education Statistics approximately 3 percent of the school-age population was homeschooled in the 2011–12 school year. Spurred by the recent passage of the controversial California law mandating vaccines for all school-age children, interest in homeschooling throughout The Golden State has risen dramatically.

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California Vaccine Mandate Referendum (SB277) Needs Signatures To Overturn It!

By Joy DuPuis and Nicolina Pederson (See www.sb277referendum.com)

The purpose of this article is to bring awareness of the encroachment of parents’ rights to decide the welfare of their families, by the state of California. In the future, this may be any state or federal agency, however. When our autonomy is whittled away, a little […]

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Vaccination – Facts, Fiction and “Informed Consent?”

By Suzanne Humphries, MD

After my experiences in the hospital system and thoroughly examining both sides of the vaccination debate, it is clear that the issue is not ‘settled long ago, and laid to rest’ as most of the medical profession says it is.

The history of vaccination is more complicated than most people understand. The anti-vaccine movement is hundreds of years old. It heated up in the 1800s, when parents in the UK became fed up with watching their healthy infants and children become ill or die, shortly after the smallpox vaccinations or get sick from smallpox anyway.

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California Earthquake Preparedness Checklist (EPC)

Health & Safety Code 1596.867 requires an Earthquake Preparedness Checklist be included as an attachment to the Emergency Disaster Plan (LIC 610, LIC 610A and 610A (SP)) and be made accessible to the public. This form is intended to meet this requirement.

A. ELIMINATE POTENTIAL HAZARDS IN CLASSROOMS AND THROUGHOUT THE SITE:
B. ESTABLISH A COORDINATED RESPONSE PLAN INVOLVING ALL OF THE FOLLOWING:
C. CHILD CARE PERSONNEL AND LOCAL EMERGENCY AGENCIES:

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Reading: Teaching All of the Aspects

Learning to read may appear natural and, therefore, easy to teach. Yet it’s one of the most difficult tasks any child will take on, and homeschooling parents must cover some important foundational topics along the way. The National Reading Panel has identified these skills as phonological awareness, phonics, fluency, vocabulary, and comprehension.

A great deal of research* suggests students who have mastered two main critical skills—good phonological awareness and letter naming—will have little difficulty learning to read.

Getting Started
Early reading instruction begins with pre-K and kindergarten students and should focus on these two main skills. Phonological awareness, the ability to hear and manipulate sounds in words, includes several skills; some are easy, and some are difficult. Children demonstrate phonological awareness when they identify words that rhyme, break words into syllables or count the number of syllables in a word, and change the first sound in a word (the onset) to make a new word.

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California Vaccine Mandate Referendum (SB277) Needs Signatures To Overturn It!

By Joy DuPuis and Nicolina Pederson (See www.sb277referendum.com)

The purpose of this article is to bring awareness of the encroachment of parents’ rights to decide the welfare of their families, by the state of California. In the future, this may be any state or federal agency, however. When our autonomy is whittled away, a little […]

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