Readers and Writers for the Homeschool Gazette:

I have been running the Gazette for about 3 years.  Over those three years, we have seen plenty of changes.  Our first change was moving to the WordPress site that we still use today.  Our most recent change was the inclusion of polls into the Gazette.

Now, a new change is coming. The Gazette will now be published on a quarterly basis (winter, spring, summer, fall) in hopes to increase the number of articles published per issue.

Also, we will no longer be meeting monthly for writing sessions.

You can still send in submissions anytime to, but a week before publication we will post a reminder for all writers.

Editor of the Homeschool Gazette

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Newspaper Jargon

For Journalists at Heart:

Here is a fun quiz of newspaper terminology (jargon) for you to try.  Words like “Beat” “Libel” and “Jumpline” are reviewed.  See how many you know:

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Giving Back in the Winter


We all feel good when we help other people, a feeling that only gets heightened by listening to Christmas songs on the radio.  Here are some excellent ways to give in the holiday spirit:
1.  Donate to a food shelf.  (Ralph Reader) Most community centers and places of worship have boxes for non-perishable food to donate.  Why not get a family a warm dinner?  Some ideas are: soup mixes, other boxed dinners, creamed corn, and candy, soap, shampoo, and deodorant.
2.  Why stop in just your community?  Send food to around the globe!  (Feed My Starving Children).
3.  Shovel sidewalks and driveways, especially for the elderly, others in need, people who are sick, and people on vacation.  If you want to be a real tycoon, charge a quarter for every driveway you shovel where the person who lives there is perfectly able to shove it for his-or her- self.
4.  Donate old sleds, winter toys, winter clothes, and shovels to those who need some.
5.  Find one of those trees that has cards saying what a child in a poor family wants (I’ve seen them at churches and YMCAs) and buy them that thing.  It’s like giving a christmas present to someone you’ve never met before, and it makes you feel good.
6.  Visit a home for the elderly.  you can sing christmas carols, help decorate, play games, and write letters for them.
7.  Dig out fire hydrants around the city to leave them accessible in case of an emergency.

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E. Aster Bunnymund and the Warrior Eggs at the Earth’s Core – BOOK REVEIW

By Basie

The book E. Aster is the second book in The Guardains series. There are two series. The Guardians are chapter books and the Guardians of the Childldhood are picture books. In E. Aster there are alot of adentures. Trains did not exist in it. The bunny made the first trains that looked like eggs. It’s so fun to read. There is a magic village and a wizard who made the village. His name is Ombric. He lives in a tree in the village. William Joyce and Laura Geringer they wrote The Guardians. William Joyce illustrated the books which are amazing because some of them look like they are on black paper with white and grey drawings.

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George’s Cosmic Treasure Hunt– BOOK REVIEW

By Beth

If you have read the first book of the series of these books call George’s Secret Key to the Universe you can read the second book. George and his friend Annie go into a portal made from a super computer and go to Mars and Titan (the biggest of the 60 moons on Saturn). The book was written by Stephan Hawking and Lucy Hawking. At the end of the book there were a few chapters that talked about scientific facts, which I liked.

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Architecture Monthly

(Editors Note:  Due to technical difficulties, Ethan’s article was not fully published last month.  I am re-publishing it this month because of the mistake.)

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By Ethan L. (11)

Prairie Style

            Our first style this month, Prairie School, was inspired by Frank Lloyd Wright’s love of the landscape of his childhood! His designs featured low angles and flat roofs with overhangs. Flat walls of clean stucco and very lateral faces are a big part of Prairie style architecture. You can identify a Prairie style building by its low massing (silhouette), overhanging eves, geometric designs, and lattice windows often featuring rectangles and geometric pictures wheat or grass. Frank Lloyd Wright’s vision will always be frozen in the everlasting beauty of Prairie style.

Classic Greek

            Greek architecture is said to be the origin of nearly all Western Architecture. When you think of Greek architecture, you think of the big triangular top, bull’s-eye window, and pillars. Greeks really were kinda the first to come up with such craftsmanship. Classic Greek often features a pediment or large triangular overhang. The pediment may include details such as dentals hanging from its edges (the dentals usually go around the whole building). An easy way to remember the dentals is that they look like teeth. Another feature of the pediment is the bull’s-eye window. The bull’s-eye window is circular and sometimes has leading (small pieces of lead or other materials in between the panes of glass forming a pattern).

Now we will talk about one of the most distinct features of Greek architecture, the pillars. Pillars are identified by their top or capital.  There are four main types of capitals; Tuscan, Doric, Ionic, and Corinthian. We will cover all of them. Tuscan has a square plaque (top piece) and is generally plane in the sense that there are no carvings. Doric is pretty much the same as Tuscan with a circular plaque but still pretty plain. Now we’re getting fancy, Ionic capitals have small carved scrolls at the top with a basic circular plaque. Corinthian capitals have large intricate plant carvings of leaves and other items from nature. Columns can be smooth or fluted (vertical indents in the column).

Most Greek designs are symmetrical (if you cut it half, one half would be a mirror image of the other). Have you been to Washington DC or seen pictures of the Lincoln Memorial or the Supreme Court?  Even the White House is Greek! That is all will cover in this Architecture Monthly. Tune in next time for more exciting architecture and beauty J.

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Criteria for the Homeschool Gazette

  1. ALL articles should be non-fiction.  Homeschool Gazette is a place for homeschoolers to be able to write non-fiction articles in a newspaper-like style.  The specific criteria for articles, as described by Wikipedia, are:

°         Articles are on a well-defined topic or topics that are related in some way.

°         The writer is objective and shows all sides to an issue.

°         The sources for this news story are identified and are reliable.

 These are the criteria for real newspapers.  The Homeschool Gazette is obviously written by kids, and the articles are not expected to be professional, just to stay within basic guidelines.

  1. If possible all submissions should be sent in documents able to be opened on a Microsoft computer.  Word and Excel documents would be perfect, or if you type it into the E-mail that would work great too.  Pictures should be JPEG, Bitmap, or PNG if possible.  This DOES NOT mean that if you can’t send on article in this format you shouldn’t send the article.
  2. EVERYTHING you send should be appropriate for all ages.

Also, please do not send anything in an Adobe Reader format, as I am unable to post anything from Adobe Reader.

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