Why this Newsletter?
Cortez - Editor Eclectic Telegraph
As a homeschool mom, who once had a career that involved management
and travel, I recognize that even though my current job is a daunting
one, there is still more I can fit into a day.
Every day I learn something new about homeschooling a bright kid
and I thought it was time to share some of those pearls beyond
our website. Sure, yeah, yeah, I am writing that book and it is
coming along nicely, it’s just more fun to go to the museum
or the Omnimax or the river to kayak than it is to pay attention
to the flow of a book. So why not a newsletter? I have edited
a few over the years. They’re fun.
People have asked so many questions because of the information
I make public at our website, www.brightkidsathome.com
and always make the comment I ought to write a newsletter. So
here it is. Our first online newsletter. You will find that my
style is very conservative some days and very liberal on others.
Depends on the issue I suppose. I figure, that eventually, I'll
either please or offend - everyone.
I chose the name "The Eclectic Telegraph" because it
reminds me of the "Coconut Telegraph", a song by Jimmy
Buffett, but also the name of several Newspapers actually found
in the Caribbean. Though I don't intend this newsletter to model
either items, it is still fun to think about those items (and
places) as write this newsletter. I chose "Eclectic"
because that is really what our homeschool is and my journey has
become. Life as a homeschooler and in constant daily contact with
a highly gifted student brings an energy I can't explain, yet
drains me; makes me think about things in a new way, yet causes
me to stick with tried and true methods; makes me strive for accomplishing
all the tasks I need to, yet causes me to think forward to the
time my student will go to bed and I can have a cup of tea and
listen to Jimmy Buffet in peace and quiet. Eclectic. That's the
description of the path I am enjoying on my journey right now.
Eclectic is also our homeschool "style". We do what
works. We dig in the dirt or the beach sand, we kayak on rivers,
we read, we travel.
I also gave thought to the timing of this newsletter. I receive
the newsletter from my local support group on or around the first
of the month and most of my other magazines come then too, so
I thought that must be true for everyone, so by mid month people
might be looking for a fresh read, maybe something Eclectic.