Archive for September 2011
“Jesus said unto her, ‘I am the resurrection, and the life: he that believeth in me, though he were dead , yet shall he live.’” John 11:25
Genevieve Anabelle (Bernard) Seifert
November 3, 1924-September 2, 2011
Please pray for our family as we grieve.
I will most likely be taking a blogging break this week as we make arrangements and prepare to travel. Please pray for wisdom and clarity of mind, especially for my father and his brother. Most importantly, pray that God might be glorified in all these things. Thank you.
By His Grace,
A beautiful article from my friend David d’Escoto at World Net Daily today:
Back in the ’90s there arose a short-lived trend among professing Christians of wearing bracelets that displayed the capital letters “WWJD” (What Would Jesus Do). This new fad caused people to talk about Jesus Christ and how Christians should actually try to model Jesus in all areas of their lives.
The Bible teaches us, “Whoever says he abides in him [Jesus] ought to walk in the same way in which He walked” (1 John 2:6), and “Be imitators of me, as I am of Christ” (1 Corinthians 11:1). Sixteenth-century pastor John Calvin referred to Jesus as the “Grand Model” for all Christians to follow and learn from. Jesus modeled so much for us during his earthly ministry. For example, He modeled how to pray, how to handle temptation, how to speak the truth in love, how to stand against evil, and how to really train and disciple others.
Christian parents should look at Jesus’ life as the perfect example of how parents should train, teach and love their own little disciples – their children. It is interesting to note that Jesus, on occasion, publicly called His disciples “children” (Mark 10:24). Eighteenth-century Bible commentator John Gill noted “it was common with the Jews to call [their] disciples … ‘children.’” When reading the gospels we get an intimate view of how Jesus discipled and loved His own “children.”
Click here to read the rest: http://www.wnd.com/index.php?fa=PAGE.view&pageId=340277
You’ll be glad you did!
How does Jesus’ example in teaching His disciples affect how you educate your children? Please share your thoughts by leaving a comment!
By His Grace,
What’s the most annoying question anyone has ever asked you about homeschooling? Chances are, this one is right up there–
Do they let you do that?”
Seriously? Are these children that I carried, birthed, and nursed theirs? Or, how about this one–
Is that legal?”
No. And thanks for asking, by the way. I was hoping you’d turn me in.
Okay, so maybe we’re finally at a point in this country where most homeschoolers don’t have to worry about nosy neighbors calling the truancy officer, but there are still laws that homeschooling families are obligated to comply with. Yes, homeschooling is legal in all 50 states, but each state has it’s own laws in regards to education. Everything from compulsory attendance ages to curriculum requirements to recorded keeping rules are different from state to state.
So where do you go to find out what’s what?
Well, you have a few choices.
You could contact your state’s educational authority, department of public instruction, or local school district, but I don’t recommend it. Why not? Because state and local authorities are often ignorant or even intentionally misleading about what is actually required by law. While I want to be careful to not paint with a broad brush, many homeschoolers have found public school officials to be mistrusting of and hostile toward homeschooling families. It’s hard to get quality, accurate information about homeschooling laws from someone who’d like to see your kids enrolled in a government school.
Another option would be to contact a nation-wide homeschool advocacy group. There are a couple of these out there, and they can be very helpful. Often, though, you really want (or need) to talk to someone who is an expert in homeschooling in your state.
This is why I love my state’s homeschool advocacy organization. Why, just this week I was able to look up how a recent change in Wisconsin’s kindergarten law would affect my 5 year old, and when my electronic homeschool enrollment report is due. You should find yours, so you can love them, too.
But where do I look? And who do I trust? A quick internet search might turn up dozens of sites, and who knows which ones are actually run by a legitimate homeschool advocacy group, and which ones are just trying to sell you something.
And then, I had an idea…
This blog has readers from all over the country. What if we were to come up with a “master list” of reputable state homeschool advocacy groups? We could, together, create a fantastic resource for new homeschooling families who aren’t sure where to start.
Wanna help? (Would you, please?)
Leave a comment below including a link, contact information, or both for your state (or perhaps, a state you used to live in) homeschool advocacy organization(s). Please only leave links to real, legitimate homeschool advocacy groups (NO SPAM) that you are personally familiar with.
I’ll go first. Scroll waaaay down to the bottom and look for “Wisconsin”.
As more information is shared, I will update the list. I hope it will be a blessing to many families for a long time to come.
District of Columbia
Georgia home Educator Association (GHEA) – Christian Organization (They provide downloadable forms that do not include the spaces for the information that the state form TRIES to collect from you that you are not legally required to provide.)
258 Sandy Lake Cir.
Fayetteville, GA 30214
Telephone: (770) 461-3657
Fax: (501) 638-5264
Home Education Information Resource (HEIR) – Non partisan and Non sectarian
http://www.heir.org/ (website only, no other contact information at this time)
Illinois Christian Home Educators (ICHE)
Mailing Address: ICHE P.O. Box 307 Russell, IL 60075-0307
email: fill out form on the “contact” page of their website
Illinois Homeschool PAC
email: fill out form on the “contact” page of their website
Indiana Association of Home Educators (IAHE)
PO Box 217
Stilesville, IN 46180
NICHE – Network of Iowa Christian Home Educators.
WRITE to NICHE at:
Dexter, IA 50070
CALL the NICHE Voice Mail at:
(800) 723-0438 (in Iowa)
(515) 830-1614 (all other areas)
Midwest Parent Educators:
Mailing Address: Box 14391, Lenexa, KS 66285-4391
Office Phone: (913) 599-0311
(Primarily for Kansas but information regarding activities in Kansas City on both sides of the state line.)
Christian Home Educators of Kentucky (CHEK)
mailing address: PO Box 1288, Bardstown, KY 40004-1288
P.O. Box 32308
Fridley, MN 55432
Greater Minnesota (toll free): 1-866-717-9070
Missouri (see Kansas)
Oregon Christian Home Educators Network (OCEAN)
Mailing Address: 17985 Falls City Rd, Dallas, OR 97338
Phone: (503) 288-1285
Texas Homeschool Coalition (THSC)
mailing address: THSC, PO Box 6747, Lubbock, TX 79493
phone: (806) 744-4441
fax: (806) 744-4446
Home Educators Association of Virginia (HEAV)
P.O. Box 6745
2248-G Dabney Road
Richmond, Virginia 23230
The Organization of Virginia Homeschoolers
PO Box 5131
Charlottesville, VA 22905
Homeschool Helpline: (866) 513-6173
Wisconsin Parent’s Association:
–Call the WPA Voice Mail at 608-283-3131 and leave a message. A WPA representative will return your call.
Wisconsin-CHEA (Christian Home Educators Association)
–email: use the email button on the “contact” page