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A new magazine for home-schooling parents made its debut last month.

Home Schooling: The Education Alternative offers parents hands-on materials and practical information for use in their home classrooms.

"You won't find any religious materials inside, nor will you find any preachings on how to teach moral and family values," writes R. Patrick Gates, the journal's editor in chief, in his introduction to the October issue.

The premier issue includes articles on course planning, educational resources, and creative writing, as well as helpful hints for parents.

The magazine will be published 10 times a year. Individual subscriptions are available for $37 from: Home Schooling, Circulation Department, 470 Boston Post Rd., Weston, Mass. 02193.

Sharing his experiences as a black student at mostly white schools, a 1991 graduate of Emory University has published a guide to help minority students enrolled at predominantly white academic institutions succeed in their new surroundings.

Eugene Williams Jr. wrote The "Raisin-in-Milk" Syndrome: Ten Survival Tips for Black Students at Predominantly White Colleges & Universities for high school and college students, teachers, parents, and guidance counselors.

Mr. Williams says he hopes his book will enable current and future minority students to "identify rough spots early, rather than trip over them later."

Copies of the book are available for $10 each plus $2 shipping and handling from: Comptex Associates Inc., P.O. Box 6745, Washington, D.C. 20020.

The Cricket Magazine Group, which already has three successful children's magazines for differing age groups, has created a third--this one for the very young.

Baby Bug, designed for children ages 6 months to 2 years, debuted last month, joining the publishing group's other mainstays: Cricket (ages 9 and up), Ladybug (ages 2-6), and Spider (ages 6-9). Marianne Carus, the editor in chief, sees the new entry as a way to start youngsters on the path to literacy. "It's never too early to start reading aloud to a child," she observed. "Even babies can sense that reading together is a warm, wonderful experience."

The magazine will include illustrated nursery rhymes, simple stories, poems, and activities.

Each issue will also come with a special section that offers suggestions for how adults can most effectively use the publication.

Subscriptions are available for $29.97 for nine issues. Call (800) 827-0227.

To subscribe to the Journal for a Just and Caring Education (Publishing, Sept. 21, 1994), call Corwin Press Inc. at (805) 499-0871. Individual subscriptions cost $35 for a year.

--Megan Drennan

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