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Homeschool Book Clubs Customize Experience
Shared Experience

Homeschool Book Clubs Customize Experience

by Samantha Bell

Whether seated in a circle of chairs or in a hollowed out redwood tree, homeschool kids read and learn in environments that cater to their individual learning styles. From North Carolina to California, homeschool book clubs are therefore as different as the families they serve, each one created to meet the needs of students in its community. Most of all, these book clubs give homeschooled students the freedom to experience good books. […]

Star Story Keeps Military Families Close
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Star Story Keeps Military Families Close

by Erin Simpson

When Brenda Ehrmantraut found out that her brother, a member of the National Guard, would be deployed for a year, she knew his departure would have a huge impact on her two young nephews. She wrote a story about a nightly game of catch using the North Star. Now a planetarium show, Night Catch keeps military children close to their loved ones, even when they are oceans, mountains, or deserts apart. […]

Story & Art Walk Margins of Bipolar
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Story & Art Walk Margins of Bipolar

by Meagan Frank

Kathy Brandt processes the world through writing, while her son Max Maddox processes the world through art. Coming together to write the story of their experience with Max’s bipolar disorder challenged and changed both of them. Their willingness to expose their pain has started a necessary conversation in the mental health community and provided comfort for families experiencing similar challenges. “I want the book to be a sign of hope…” says Max. “I want to save a life or two.” […]