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  Private Schools, Maine Law, and Parental CHOICE
Submitted by Steve Moitozo on Friday, March 19, 2004 - 11:58opinion/editorial

Parent's choice, Private Schools, and Maine Law (730 words)

From the Sun Journal to the Boston Globe to the Miami Herald, why all the media about our Lewiston private school? Because resourceful high school seniors in Florida found a way to avoid exit exams by transferring their credits to our Maine high school. Maine families can learn a lesson from this.

As flattered as we are, when news travels, the issues can become clouded. So, as the founder and administrator of the school, please allow me set the perspective.

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  Including Family Tree Research In a History Curriculum
Submitted by levyzoo on Saturday, July 19, 2003 - 17:33curriculum

My disclaimer: The Bible tells us to not be tied up with "endless genealogies". I personally don't think researching my family history falls into that category, but some families may. Use your own discernment & enjoy the endless history you uncover about your family tree.

My sister began our family tree research years before the computer was commonly used. She interviewed relatives, mailed off payments for vital records, and wrote her research by hand. As I picked up where she left off, my job was much easier...most records can be obtained free from the Internet or swapped among cyber-relatives via genealogy message boards. I've dug into the Mayflower branch we have on my mother's side, finding wills, relationships to Presidents, and even arrests! My father's family came to Vermont from Canada, and many French-Canadian records are on the web, unfortunately not always in English. My husband's Jewish family emigrated to NYC from Russia in the early 1900's, and is my most challenging tree to date. Doing research, I've met unknown or long-lost relatives, discovered historical facts I never knew (or cared to!), and developed a respect for these old families who wanted to make the best life possible for their children.

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  Walking the Inspired Tightrope
Submitted by martikay on Friday, June 13, 2003 - 11:15curriculum

God works in mysterious ways! Agree?
I always envisioned myself a career person, but...

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  Teach Kids About Money.... Or You'll Pay For It!
Submitted by Steve Moitozo on Friday, May 16, 2003 - 17:44opinion/editorial

We teach our kids many subjects, some of which they will never use again once they have graduated from high school. Money is the one subject we can teach that will be used or misused every day for the rest of our child's life. So if money is such an important subject, why aren't we doing a better job of teaching our kids about its creation and care?

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  We did it...
Submitted by stephen moitozo II on Wednesday, May 07, 2003 - 19:25

I was nine and my sister was seven when my parents decided to homeschool us. At the time, my father owned a manufacturing company and my mom was a school nurse. Each morning we would get ready for the day and begin by doing devotions and then reading. My mother would read us things like "The Chronicles of Narnia" for an hour or so, then we would do our other subjects. At first we used Alpha Omega's LifePacs, because the private school that Steph and I went to used them and it seamed like the simplest way to get started.

At the time, the only way to get them was to order them through the school along with their order. There was no BookmobileOnline or Amazon, heck there was no Internet! There were no conventions, no used book swaps, no catalogs. It was much different back then.

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  Honey, I've been thinking...
Submitted by stephen moitozo II on Thursday, May 01, 2003 - 19:55

My parents got to thinking about the time Steph and I had spent with them while we were sick. At the time, my sister an I were going to a private school that was 45 minutes away.

Our schedule was rigorous, it was up at 6:00AM and off to school at 7:15AM. Then we'd get picked up at 3:30PM and return home around 4:15PM. We'd play for a while, eat dinner, do home work and go to bed at 8:00PM.

The more my parents discussed this, the more convinced they became that homeschooling was a real option for our family. At the time only three families were homeschooling in our state of Maine. The idea that our family could re-claim at least eight hours per day seamed worth it, not to mention the flexibility and educational advantages!

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  Here we go again...
Submitted by stephen moitozo II on Wednesday, April 30, 2003 - 07:13

My sister and I would finish our dealings with the chicken pox after both having had them TWICE! By the time we were done with the chicken pox she and I had missed over a month at school, each. Yet, even with all that time away from school, we were right on track. We hadn't missed anything!

After we were healthy and had returned to school, my dad asked my mother how much time per day she had spent with my sister and I on our school work. The answer: "About an hour and a half."

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