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Volume 17  - 11/23/11                                                                                                                                  

Welcome to

Apples of Gold Home School News!

Where you'll find the latest news on activities, updates to events and resources, and ideas to enlarge your homeschool experience.   


Note this important site change: Information is current, however, by the end of the 2011-2012 school year this site will be phased out in favor of the Facebook page Northern Wisconsin Home School Group. If you live in the region and would like to be added to that page to remain updated on area activities and opportunities, please go to the page and send a request to join.

Wisconsin DPI Home-Based Private Education Program Form Link

Follow the link to fill out the form if you are homeschooling in Wisconsin!

Be Sure and Check the Fantastic Links Page

We just added a NEW SITE to the fantastic links page. Fit Douglas County is an entire physical activity guide to all places and things fit & physical in Douglas County. Listed you will find area health centers, tennis courts, swimming, parks & trails, bowling alleys, golf courses, canoeing & kayaking, dance, and more. Also provided are links to all seasonal youth programs, from alpine ski clubs to martial arts. Fantastic Links:  Fit Douglas County:

Deadline Approaching for Local Essay Contest

The deadline for the Bong Memorial essay contest is Nov. 30th. This a great opportunity for area homeschoolers! The rules are as follows:

To recognize the 70th Anniversary of the attack on Pearl Harbor, the Richard I. Bong Veterans Historical Center asks:

“Why is Pearl Harbor Important in American History?”
2011 Middle School Essay Contest
Here is what you do:

In your own words, write a short persuasive essay telling us why you think the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor, December 7, 1941, is significant in American History.  Some questions you might consider are:  Why remember the attack on Pearl Harbor?  Why spend classroom time studying an event that happened 70 years ago?  Do you think this attack changed America forever?  What are some of the lessons learned from Pearl Harbor?

Center staff will read and evaluate all essays. 


The Center will select one winning essay from each grade.  Winners will receive a $50 prize.  Three honorable mentions from each grade will receive consolation prizes.

Winning essays will be posted on the Center’s web site.  The honorable mentions will be listed on the web site

Q Contest is open to all students in grades 6-8 in Wisconsin and Minnesota.

Q Your essay must be 500 words or less.  Only one essay per student may be submitted.

Q Essays may be emailed to the Richard I. Bong Veterans Historical Center – Education Outreach Coordinator – 

Deadline is November 30, 2011 at 5:00 pm. 

Go to for further guidelines, formatting requirements, and submission instructions.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                

Guidelines, Formatting Requirements, and Submission Instructions

  • Contest is open to all students in grades 6-8 in Wisconsin and Minnesota.
  • Your essay must be 500 words or less.  Only one essay per student may be submitted.
  • All essays should:
  • be double spaced
  • have one inch margins
  • include page numbers
  • include an essay title
  • be typed in 12 point font
  • be in Microsoft Word or a compatible format
  • Essays may be emailed, along with the required Student Information, to the Richard I. Bong Veterans Historical Center – Education Outreach Coordinator –  Deadline is November 30, 2011 at 5:00 pm.

Student Information

Please complete the following student information and email, along with your essay, to the Richard I. Bong Veterans Historical Center – Education Outreach Coordinator –  Deadline is November 30, 2011 at 5:00 pm.    

First Name:

Last Name:


School Name:

School Address



Zip Code:

School Phone:

Teacher’s Name:

Teacher’s School Email Address:

Name of Parent or Guardian:

Homeschool Open Gym

Homeschool Open Gym will be held every 2nd & 4th Friday throughout the school year.
Open Gym runs from 1-4 pm @ Mission Covenant Gym, Hwy. P in Poplar.  All homeschoolers are invited. Melanie Gehl is heading it up and is open to other planned activities at that time. Contact her with your ideas and willingness to organize something 715-374-2720 or email . (Examples of planned event: Justin Lilies - meteorologist or some other guest, cooking class, art class, geography class, theatre...   It really could be endless if someone is willing to organize it.) If no one plans a specific activity, the gym court will be divided for basketball, volleyball, and younger kids can enjoy free play. Parent supervision required.

Free Issue of The Old Schoolhouse

The Old Schoolhouse magazine is giving access to its entire current (Fall) issue FREE online. That's the full 212 page issue featuring articles on yummy homemade soups & breads for the holidays, grand-parenting & homeschooling, myths about homeschooling high schoolers and more. Good, encouraging reading to give a boost at this point in the school year! Here's the link:
The Old Schoolhouse is a glossy, full-color magazine packed with information and articles that homeschoolers enjoy reading.

Homeschool Hurricanes Volleyball

The Homeschool Hurricanes based in Poplar, have completed their regular season with a first place Championship trophy for both Varsity and JV teams. Way to go Hurricanes!

There will be a Varsity vs. Alumni and Varsity vs. Coaches & Refs match-off on Mon. November 28th at 7 p.m. Mission Covenant Church gym, Poplar.


Special Presentation to Your Group

A Christian homeschool family from Minnesota, the McCanns, have been blessed to go to China and host camps for Chinese orphans. They would love to share about their experiences in China and plead the cause of the orphan with any homeschool groups or churches interested in missions, adoption, and helping orphans. Bring Me Hope camps are an amazing opportunity for families to be able to carry out James 1:27 together, while they get to know the heart of God. Here is a preview video of what we do in China:

Please contact Maureen at for a 30-minute presentation to your homeschool group about different ways families can help orphans through the organization Bring Me Hope (


LADYSEED -- A Wisconsin Appleseed for Women

Hello Wisconsin Homeschoolers,

The Women of Appleseed in Wisconsin wish to invite you to a Ladyseed.

A Ladyseed is an Appleseed Event just for women.

The Appleseed Project is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization dedicated to history, heritage and marksmanship. We hold family friendly two-day events for all ages that teach the uniquely American skills of marksmanship as a gateway into the history and heritage of our ancestors and the living history they have passed down to us.

We teach the fundamentals of rifle marksmanship, starting out Saturday morning with a safety briefing. Throughout the day you will learn rock solid shooting positions, using a sling for support, Natural Point of Aim, 6 steps to firing a shot, shot analysis, and how zero your rifle. By the end of the two days, you and your family will be able to safely handle your rifles and learn the skills of the Rifleman.

The core of The Appleseed Project is heritage. Rifle skills are becoming a lost art in modern America, but we feel that they are as important today as they were on April 19, 1775 when the first shots were fired on Lexington Green. The Appleseed Project’s mission is to educate everyone about the difficult choices and heroic actions that our great founders made on behalf of us, their “posterity”.

We would like to invite you to come out and participate in the Appleseed Project. Enjoy learning new skills, meeting new people and hearing stories of our heritage that have been lost or taken out of textbooks.

Wisconsin events: states.php?filter=WI&statename=Wisconsin
What to bring:
Reasonable Prices: 

Contact: Laurie Bries at 608-393-6610 or with any questions.


A new book calling for submission!! A book about Christian homeschool families with five/more children.
If you are from one of these families, either parents or children,

As large families are not the norm today in North America or other big cities, we large families really need encouragements, support and tips to go on. Many of us are convicted that it is God’s will to raise and homeschool a large family to glorify Him. However, we are frustrated at times and ask, “does this really work?”, as many of us are without experience. In light of this came the idea of this book.
Let’s encourage each other by submitting an article sharing your experience and God’s grace during your journey! It can be a blog you published before or a new piece that you write for this book. I am very positive that many families will be grateful for your sharing! For guidelines and details, please go to

Deadline : Sept 30, 2011

For questions and submissions, please email
May God continue to bless your family abundantly!

Website for Homeschool Kids, By Homeschool Kids

My name is Amy Garibaldi. I am a homeschool mom from O'Fallon, MO. A couple of months ago, my son came to me with the idea of starting a website for homeschool kids,  by homeschool kids. So, we've finally got it up and running and we would like to share the site with fellow homeschool kids across the country. The address is and we would like to invite your group to check it out. We hope you enjoy it and we'd love to hear any thoughts or suggestions you may have.
God Bless,
Amy Garibaldi

a FREE Book to Supplement Your Math

Action Algebra

Ed Lyons, M.Ed., author of Action Algebra, teacher, homeschooling parent and counselor has a free offer in the area of math, no matter which curriculum is being used. It's called Action Algebra because it reduces the bewildering steps and procedures of arithmetic, pre-algebra, and algebra to just 10 Actions. You can read the book online, download it for free, or purchase a printed copy.  

Mr. Lyons says:

In a nutshell, in the last 6 months I have been able to put together
the pieces of a system of teaching and learning math that I have been
working on for over 20 years. Now I am distributing it at no cost. It
is called Action Algebra because it reduces the bewildering steps and
procedures of arithmetic, pre-algebra, and algebra to just 10 Actions.
As far as I know something like this has never been done until now,
and it has the potential to build a coherent framework of
comprehension in the typical math student while cutting the number of
years to achieve graduation requirements in half. That claim to cut
learning time in half may seem far-fetched, but the typical Arithmetic
to Algebra 1 curriculum spans over 8 years, but after eliminating
duplication, it really covers only 2 to 3 years of content. (It
depends on how much time is actually devoted to applications of math,
such as statistics, probability, and geometry.) So understand it once
the first time, then periodically review it, and the student is there!

1) Basic operations, negative numbers, order of operations, exponents,
roots, units, conversions, polynomials, and equations are all brought
under the umbrella of just ten Actions.

2) I am not re-making math like the "new math" or "fuzzy math" tried
to do. This is standard math explained in the context of a system,
rather than in piecemeal.

3) The book lays out the essentials of arithmetic, pre-algebra, and
algebra in 40 lessons each for a total of 120 lessons, or weeks,
approximately. In conjunction with the worksheets I am making, each
lesson can be extended in depth and breadth, if need be. Each class is
divided into four sections with cumulative review. The premise is that
once the student understands the lesson, they do not need to be
re-taught, but regular review by way of homework or test maintains
sharpness. This is where the time-savings comes from.

4) Point #3 implied a strategy I have used in the classroom called,
Mastery-Review. Like mainstream curriculums, the full Action Algebra
curriculum is organized around topics, and like Saxon, incorporates
continual review. Using the grade sheets in the book, any
homeschooling parent can easily manage their child's progress.

5) The worksheets can be used to supplement any curriculum. This is
the third worksheet generator I have programmed through the years and
this one is my generator-on-steroids. I have tried to cover all
situations and make it customizable at the same time. So far I think I
can fulfill just about any request and I am expecting lots of them.
Fill in the blank, true/false, greater/lesser, multiple choice 4, and
multiple choice 5 are possible on most problems. Answer columns can
also be made to provide practice for standardized tests. Samples are
available on my website. If parents use them as part of the Action
Algebra curriculum, they can cut their math supply bill to 10 to 25%
of the typical cost. That's good news for tough economic times like

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New Site to Share and Exchange Curriculum for Free

There is a new website called Curriculum Share that launched recently, intended to build a homeschooling community where homeschoolers can get free curriculum. In just over 2 weeks they've had almost 1,000 members already sharing their curriculum with other homeschoolers.

Many homeschoolers are one income or low income families, and we struggle with the cost of living, let alone curriculum. With this in mind, the site founders have created a place for homeschoolers where quality educational materials are free of cost. Members of Curriculum Share become part of a community that works together to make sure all of our children receive the best education their parents can give. Curriculum Share is about cutting costs, not corners. You will pay only the cost of shipping agreed upon by you and the person you are getting your homeschool curriculum from.

You can visit the website at


Cable  Natural History Museum

Cable, WI -- has an outstanding calendar of events and exploration for families all year round. Apples of Gold will be adding this site to the Fantastic sites page.


FREE online education  (Free Education) is a site that provides over 300 online courses in a wide variety of disciplines, from math to photography, all for FREE. Mostly college level courses, they do not offer credit or certification, but could be a valuable asset used as an alternative high school curriculum, for enhancing a resume, or to investigate college interests before enrolling in an institution. Here, in part, is the mission of Free-Ed as stated on the website: "Free-Ed.Net is committed to providing an online "school" where users from around the world can study, take courses, and participate in online community learning activities at no cost."


Want to find more events going on in the Superior region? Go the the "fantastic links" page and visit the official Superior, Wisconsin web site.

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