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Homeschool Update Magazine - 2017, Volume 1, Issue 97


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The spring edition of The Homeschool Update, a triannual publication by Christian Home Educators of Colorado.

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Homeschool Update Magazine - 2017, Volume 1, Issue 97

  1. 1. 2017 IVOLUME 1 IISSUE 97 T H E H E A R T O F H O M E S C H O O L I N G Tried & Tested Tools Dad to Dad: Never Say Never FAQs for Parents of Struggling Learners Introducing CHEC's Legislative Liaison 6 12 28 36 ARTICLES INSIDE THIS ISSUE INCLUDE Rocky Mountain Homeschool Conference SEE DETAILS ON PAGE 19 GUEST SPEAKER JUDGE ROY MOORE HOMESCHOOL DAY AT THE CAPITOL APRIL 7, 2017 PAGE 2
  2. 2. APRIL 7, 2017 8:45 am Opening of the House Senate Legislature 9:30 am Liberty Celebration or Constitution 101 class ($10, 7th-12th graders) 11:15 am Lunch break (pre-order Chick-Fil-A!) Noon Rally on the Capitol west steps 1:30 pm Constitution 101 class (identical to 9:30 am; $10) or Free time! Meet with your legislator Self-guided Capitol tour Denver Aquarium field trip (discounted for CHEC!) 6:00 pm Exclusive Evening Banquet with Chief Justice Roy Moore! Also, Don’t Miss: Joy of Homeschooling! Participate in the Banner Sign Contest Showcased in the Capitol all week! Future Statesman Program Purchase a workbook of civics activities learning for the whole family! Register for Free @ Stand for Homeschool Freedom!
  3. 3. Front Cover: Day at the Capitol event. Photography by Amanda Vaughan This page: The Rocky Mountain Homeschool Conference event. Photography by Sarah Lee Bryant/ CHEC Homeschool Update IVolume 1, 2017 IIssue 97 INSIDE Thematic Features 6 Tried Tested Tools and the Four Threats to Freedom BY BILL JACK 10 Serving the Lord Together INTERVIEW WITH THE JOHNSONS Family Encouragement 12 Never Say Never BY ROBERT HARDER 16 Preparing for the Marathon BY MARCIA WASHBURN 24 Training for Life BY PETER BRINGE 28 FAQs for Parents of Struggling Learners BY SHARON HENSLEY CHEC Events 2 Day at the Capitol PRESENTED BY CHEC 19-22 Rocky Mountain HomeschoolConference PRESENTED BY CHEC Columns 4 Director’s Desk 26 Homeschool Leaders 30 Best of Blog 34 Curriculum Review 36 Partner’s Page 19039 Plaza Drive, Suite 210 Parker, Colorado 80134 720.842.4852 I1.877.842.CHEC (2432)
  4. 4. PHOTOGRAPHYBYISTOCK Psalm 145 is an incredibly encouraging passage of Scripture that is sure to put a breeze in your sail if you spend any amount of time in it. In this Psalm, David expresses his contagious excitement about God, which is fueled by a detailed listing of the characteristics of God and His works. REMEMBERING BY STEVE CRAIG It is a Psalm of joyful enthusiasm about God, which erupts in public declarations of God’s fame and songs of praise as it spreads among the people and through the generations. In verse four we have the glorious picture of the con- tinuous conveying of the splendor and majesty of God and His works from generation to generation when David says, “One generation shall commend your works to another, and shall declare your mighty acts.” My wife and I have a great desire to see our children caught up in the succession described here of those who have been so overwhelmed by the greatness of God’s Kingdom and so transformed by the power of His works, that they cannot help but commend God and His works to the world around them and the generation that follows them. This desire is at the core of our choice to homeschool. We envision a family legacy that is marked by con- tinuing faithfulness to God through the generations as well as a potency of Christianity that changes the culture of those generations. If this is your desire as well, I invite you to join me in considering one of the keys to this vision: creating a practice of remembering God and His works in your family. The Sin of Forgetting A frequent sin of God’s people in Scripture was the sin of forgetfulness. Forgetfulness can easily go unchecked because it hides behind apparent harm- lessness. Our children say “I didn’t MEAN to disobey … I just forgot.” But, as we can see in Scripture, the sin of forgetting God and His works is nothing short of deadly. That’s why we find the stern warning in Deuteronomy 4:9 which says, Only take care, and keep your soul diligently, lest you forget the things that your eyes have seen, and lest they depart from your heart all the days of your life. Make them known to your children and your children's children.” Christian counselor and author David Powlison said “The only way we ever sin is by suppressing God, by forgetting, by tuning out His voice, switching chan- nels, and listening to other voices. When you actually The Practice of C H E C H O M E S C H O O L U P DAT E I Vo l u m e 1 , I s s u e 97, 2 0174 DIRECTOR’S DESK
  5. 5. Make a List One of the exercises that is repeated quite often in the Psalms is the enumeration of the mighty works of God and the attributes of His character and kingdom. Psalm 145 is certainly one example of this. I counted at least 27 references to different attributes and works of God in this Psalm. These are all things I know, but also things that somehow tend to slide to the background of my consciousness … which is not where they belong. The most significant realities of life are the character- istics of God and the great things he has done for you and others. How do you move these realities to the forefront of your mind and keep them there? remember, you actually change. In fact, remembering is the first change.” Popsicle Sticks Don’t you love it when God chooses to show you something about yourself or teach you a spiritual lesson through your children? I think this is one of the amazing ways our children are a blessing to us. Sometimes my children remind me what childlike faith looks like. Other times I am reminded of the magnitude of my dependency. Perhaps most often, I catch glimpses of what my own sins must look like through my Father’s eyes since He sees beneath the veneer of adult sophistication. For example, we were reading Psalm 145 just the other night during our evening family Bible time when I noticed that one of my children had several popsicle sticks fastened together with a rubber band. It never ceases to amaze me how some of the most random and makeshift “toys” can bring such amusement to a child. I usually find this childish trait to be quite pre- cious … but not so much during family Bible time! There we were, being reminded by God’s Word of God’s might, kingdom, mercy, and great care for us … and there was my child, preoccupied with a small bundle of popsicle sticks. I had the diversion set aside, hoping this might create better focus on what was really important. Even from a distance, those popsicle sticks continued to allure and distract. It was actually pretty frustrating. Then it hit home how it must appear to God when I am preoccupied with the trifles of this present life, rather than with the splendor of who He is, what He has done, and what He is doing in my life and throughout history. I might be too grown up to fiddle with popsicle sticks during a Bible study, but the sin I struggle with is very much the same as what I saw my child yielding to. As we finished our Bible time that night, I asked God to forgive my child and my child’s daddy for getting distracted by things like popsicle sticks, when our fascination should be with Him. It seems if I want to see more of Psalm 145 in myself and my family, a good place to start is repenting of the ways in which I fall so short of what I see pictured there. Verbalize and Vocalize I believe this Psalm teaches us that if we want to see our children become excited about God, they need to hear our excitement about God. I love hearing my dad retell the events of his life and how he sees that God directed, protected, and provided for him. These stories will always be treasured memories. Not too long ago, my dad told me, “Stephen, we can’t see the future, but we can see the past.” His point was to encourage me to bolster my faith by remembering God’s past faithfulness, as I had heard him do so many times. One of the differences between men and women is that men are often slower to verbalize their thoughts or they do so with less frequency. This is not a good tendency when it comes to our thoughts about God. My children need me to open my mouth and speak about it. They need to hear me tell them the great things that God has done in my life. The more frequently, spontaneously, and organically, the better! Final Thought So, let’s get to work with raising a generation that spreads the fame of our great God in our culture and to the next generation by building and ingraining into our family the practice of remembering God and His works. Our children won’t be able to solve all of the world’s problems, but we can teach them to tell the world about a God who can. Then our mouth was filled with laughter, and our tongue with shouts of joy; then they said among the nations, The LORD has done great things for them. The LORD has done great things for us; we are glad (Psalm 126:2-3).  Steve Craig is the Executive Direc- tor for Christian Home Educators of Colorado. He and his wife Tara are second generation homeschoolers and have a passion to inspire others toward biblical discipleship in the home. Steve and Tara live in Parker with their four children: Carson, Christiana, Angelina, and Jewel. A FREQUENT SIN OF GOD'S PEOPLE IN SCRIPTURE WAS THE SIN OF FORGETFULNESS. THE SIN OF FORGETTING GOD AND HIS WORKS IS NOTHING SHORT OF DEADLY. “ “ You take the time to remember them. You rehearse them. You recount them. You are wildly more impressed by them than you are by the stats of your favorite athlete or the boards of those you follow on Pinterest. You might even make lists about them. When my wife sends me by the grocery store, I need a list if there are more than two to three items. Otherwise, I will forget. If you don’t want to forget all of God’s benefits (believe me, there are more than two to three), try making a list. Start with the lists you find in Scripture, like in Psalm 145, and then make it personal to you and your family. Vo l u m e 1 , I s s u e 97, 2 017 I C H E C H O M E S C H O O L U P DAT E 5 DIRECTOR’S DESK
  6. 6. TESTED TOOLS TRIED AND and the four threats to freedom BY BILL JACK PHOTOGRAPHYBYISTOCK Asevere hailstorm thrashed our roof, paint, and gutters this summer while I was on the road with Worldview Academy Leadership Camps. I spent weeks repairing the damage. The last step was to replace the shredded screen wire, and I found myself working with a tool that I regularly used when I was 15 years old, working at my dad's lumberyard in southern Illinois. Back in 1965 part of my job was to replace glass and repair screens — I fixed scores of them. As I worked, I recalled that I, also, had my dad’s old radio sitting on a nearby shelf. It was on constantly at the lumberyard, tuned to the local AM station. I did not even know if it still worked. I blew the dust off, plugged it in, and ... nothing for several seconds. Then, it came to life. I realized the radio was so old it had tubes that have to warm up before it received the signal — much like me in the morning! Working with that old tool and listening to that old radio, I could not help but remember all the life lessons I learned watching Dad run his business as a Christian. I realized he left me so much more than antique tools and an old radio. Dad’s public commit- ment to Christ gave me tools for life, and his public prayers and testimony to God’s provision still ring in my ears today. I still hear his voice, and his words still guide me long after his death. The temptation is to become nostalgic about the old United States that relied on dependable tools and listened to the voice of truth, because we now find our country has discarded the tested traditions of our fathers and has turned into political correctness, sexual deviancy, and atheistic self-sufficiency. The reality is that each generation of Christians is challenged to abandon truth and grace, to lay down trusted tools, and to tune their ears to secularism. Currently Christians face four ominous threats to the future of our nation and our faith: 1. Moral Bankruptcy Our country is spending the moral capital of the previous generation without regard to replenishing the necessary deposits in the next generation. Even the church has ignored the moral issues of the day and has not addressed the culture with the Truth claims of the Bible. For example, every two weeks students at Worldview at the Abbey go out and engage students in con- versation in the park across the street from the local high school. The police officer monitoring activity in the park told me, “These students need this.” He said he had appealed to the ministerial alliance and asked them for help in reaching the high school students. When I asked if any Christians had shown up to share Jesus, he shook his head, “No.” Even students who come to our leadership camps have suffered the moral bankruptcy of the culture and the insolvency of cultural Christianity. Their experiences have led to, for example, the following conversation with a homeschooled girl who was experiencing … 2. Confusion This girl asked, “What do you think of Caitlyn Jenner?” I responded, “You mean ‘Bruce’?” To which she answered, “She wants to be called ‘Caitlyn.’” I said, Abe Lincoln asked a group of people once, ‘If you call a sheep's tail a leg, how many legs does a sheep have?' The answer Abe gave was, ‘Four. It doesn't matter what you call the tail; it is still a tail.’ As far as Bruce Jenner goes, check his DNA.” To which she retorted, “But he claims to be a Christian.” C H E C H O M E S C H O O L U P DAT E I Vo l u m e 1 , I s s u e 97, 2 0176 FAMILY ENCOURAGEMENT
  7. 7. wv LIBERTYI responded, “He very well may have trusted Christ, but he is shaking his fist in the face of God and say- ing, ‘You don’t define me; I do!'” Christians have been deafened by the shouts from secular commentators, pundits, politicians, and even preachers who are quick to cite a verse out of context to silence Christians in the public square. Thus the third threat is more ominous than the first two. It is the threat of … 3. Biblical Illiteracy Whenever a Christian attempts to address, for ex- ample, the failure of public school teachers to teach biblical values to students, the typical response is, “Well, you know I am a Christian, but … Jesus said that we have to render unto Caesar … and since the school is taxpayer supported, well I, as a Christian public school teacher, have to tread lightly. Jesus did say to render to Caesar that which Caesar puts his name on — if a coin, then pay your taxes. However, whose image is on every person who ever lived? It is not the secular state's. Better question: Whose image do you want to be stamped on the hearts and minds of the little children sitting at those school desks? The secular state's image or God's? Many Christians do not know what Bible verses mean or how to apply them in the culture. Thus biblical illiteracy results in … 4. Lack of Concern for Liberty Whenever Christian florists, photographers, or bakers refuse, for example, to participate in an event, such as a same-sex wedding ceremony, on the grounds that it is a violation of their conscience, the state is quick to find them guilty of violating anti-discrimination laws. The church's response is to immediately request a “Religious Freedom Restoration Act” to exempt the church from having to abide by state statutes applied to the Christian businessman. In doing so, the church becomes nothing more than another special interest group seeking privileges from the omnipotent state. Liberty is not preached in the pulpits nor exercised by the people in the pew. How often have you heard a prayer in church that starts with, “Father, thank you for allowing us to live in a country where we can gather freely to worship You…”? Really? Is that true? What about the photographer, florist, or baker whose act of worship is honoring God with his or her craft? Are they free? We Christians should be walking Liberty Bells. The Christian should boldly proclaim: “I believe in liberty for all, not liberty for some. If we do not have liberty for all, we will have liberty for none.” When the children of Israel returned from captivity and began to rebuild the city walls, their enemies plotted to kill them. Nehemiah ordered the people to carry bricks in one hand and their swords in the other. He stationed a trumpeter to sound the alert of any impending attack with him, and Nehemiah exhorted the people in Nehemiah 4:20, “In the place where you hear the sound of the trumpet, rally to us there. Our God will fight for us.” We should remember to use those tried and tested tools from God's Word to recognize the threats and rally to that point on the wall where the attack is most imminent. We must prepare to build where we can, but also to battle where we must. Be assured: our God will fight for us!  Bill Jack is faculty advisor for Worldview Academy, an academic leadership program that seeks to train Christian students to think in accord with a Biblical worldview. Bill and his wife, Tabby, live with their three children in Colorado. To schedule Bill as a speaker or for more information visit EACH GENERATION OF CHRISTIANS IS CHALLENGED TO LAY DOWN TRUSTED TOOLS AND TUNE THEIR EARS TO SECULARISM. WE SHOULD RECOGNIZE THE THREATS. “ “ Vo l u m e 1 , I s s u e 97, 2 017 I C H E C H O M E S C H O O L U P DAT E 7 FAMILY ENCOURAGEMENT
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  10. 10. LORD Serving TOGETHER the INTERVIEW WITH THE JOHNSON FAMILY THIS IS YOUR SIXTH YEAR HOMESCHOOLING, AND YOUR CHILDREN SPAN A WIDE AGE RANGE. HOW HAS YOUR CHRISTIAN DISCIPLESHIP IN HOME EDUCATION GROWN FROM WHEN YOU BEGAN? A When we began to home educate, we were anxious how our children would measure academically and whether we were homeschooling “correctly.” Our focus has changed completely. Now, we are more dedi- cated to studying Scripture and standing strong in the spiritual battles around us. We are much more aware of how worldly things press upon ourselves and our children. We used to think we would be teaching our children and the limit of the learning would be with them. However, our own inadequacies as parents were identified as the Holy Spirit convicted us, and moved our family from drinking thick milk and pureed food to huge pieces of spiritual meat! This caused our family to serve together as a team for the body of Christ, whereas before we served individually and often felt disconnected. DID YOU ESTABLISH A VISION IN YOUR FAMILY’S HOMESCHOOL? HOW HAS YOUR VISION DEVELOPED OVER TIME? A Yes. Originally our vision was academic-based, about each child’s self-improve- ment, specifically focused on our children's grade level learning. We slowly began to customize the curriculum we used for each student while we increased instruction from the Bible. Now we are focusing on biblical character traits, spiritual gift- ings, building relationships, and increasing each family members’ love for learning. Academics are Waylon Johnson is the owner of Johnson Taxidermy in Brighton, Colorado, and is also a full-time machinist in Niwot. He and his wife Stephanie have been happily married for 14 years. They enjoy serving the LORD together, exploring the great outdoors, teaching experiential history, and supporting their local communities. There are four children in the Johnson family: three daughters and one son. Together, their family is learning how to love God, love people, and disciple others more effectively. C H E C H O M E S C H O O L U P DAT E I Vo l u m e 1 , I s s u e 97, 2 01710 THEMATIC INTERVIEW
  11. 11. We see how comfortable our children are to discuss and defend their faith with friends, family, strangers, especially across generations. Adults sometimes ask our children profound theological questions, and they can answer them. It is wonderful to see their sanctification starting so early! YOU BOTH HAVE BEEN LEADERS IN MINISTRIES FOR YEARS. HOW DO YOU BALANCE YOUR FAMILY LIFE, HOMESCHOOLING, MINISTRY, AND WORK? A To balance it all, we protect our priorities in this order: God, spouse, children, household responsibilities, outside ministries. Communication in our marriage and family is essential, and staying focused on specific tasks and callings is necessary. A major component for us is the ability to pull back from ministries or delegate tasks to others if there's an issue within our family which needs resolution before it becomes out-of-control. Ensuring our fam- ily’s needs are met first enables us to pour ourselves into others. God has provided many opportunities to us for helping families in need, mentoring couples, guiding still a priority, but it is through a biblical lens that all teaching is filtered. WHAT ARE ARE SOME WAYS YOUR FAMILY MAINTAINS AN ACTIVE, STRONG CHRISTIAN FAITH? A Primarily we pray for God’s protection and strength every day. We also eat, learn, play, pray, work, and worship together as a family daily. We not only belong to a local body of believers but, as a family, we require ourselves to actively serve and get plugged into ministries that match our spiritual gifts. If spiritual gifts are not evident in our younger ones, we include them in our family’s serving. In addition to our local body, we learn and serve together in AWANA at another church in a neighboring town. We purposefully immerse ourselves into each body of believers and focus on using our spiritual gifts to build up and edify others to further God’s kingdom. WHAT ARE YOUR CHILDREN DOING WITH THEIR LIVES OUTSIDE OF HOMESCHOOLING? WHAT BENEFITS DO YOU SEE IN THEIR LIVES BECAUSE OF CHRISTIAN HOME EDUCATION? A One of our children has a strong desire to volunteer in the community and actively pursues opportunities to do so. Another child has immense compassion for struggling mothers and seeks to serve as a mother's helper with friends and family. Also, our kids are learning to manage a household effectively at a young age, hopefully preparing for future success in their homes one day. We believe that early responsibility equals early maturity, and because we spend so much time with our children, we see this fruit in all they do. When we've experienced a rough season as a family, our kids weren't sent away to school all day while we parents dealt with the heavy hitting stuff. They have learned how to live life through the trials, right along with us. These times have enabled us to point them to Christ, which in turn has allowed them to increase their faith, hope, and ability to cope. individuals, and leading groups. Being available to support the body is a strong focus of ours. We par- ents both make ourselves available to others, yet in different ways. Waylon works in a secular workplace, and his co-workers come to him when they need honest answers, complimenting him on his work ethic and ability to be calm in a stressful environ- ment. Steph has the spiritual gift of faith and uses this to remind others of what God has done and how they can expect God to move in their lives. We also set aside one night a week to celebrate being a family. One child gets to decide with mom what to prepare for dinner. They make the ingredient list, shopping list, and do all of the meal prep and cook- ing (with mom’s help as necessary). Then, that child also gets to choose a family activity to do for the evening. We might watch a movie, play a board game, have a nerf gun war, or go to the recreation center to swim (among many other ideas). The rest of the fam- ily spends the evening reminding that one child what a joy they bring to our lives, recounting each unique way this child has blessed our lives, all to His glory! We call this Johnson Joy Night, and each child is so excited for it, no matter if they are on the receiving or the giving end. It has been a wonderful way to enjoy being a family.  WHEN WE'VE EXPERIENCED A ROUGH SEASON AS A FAMILY, OUR KIDS WEREN'T SENT AWAY TO SCHOOL ALL DAY WHILE WE PARENTS DEALT WITH THE HEAVY HITTING STUFF. THEY HAVE LEARNED HOW TO LIVE LIFE THROUGH THE TRIALS, RIGHT ALONG WITH US. “ “ PHOTOGRAPHYBYISTOCK Vo l u m e 1 , I s s u e 97, 2 017 I C H E C H O M E S C H O O L U P DAT E 11 THEMATIC INTERVIEW
  12. 12. I REALIZED HOMESCHOOLING IS ONE OF THE WAYS I DISCIPLE MY KIDS, AND NOW I AM A VITAL PART OF IT. PHOTOGRAPHYBYISTOCK SAY NEVER Never Early in our marriage, my wife and I told ourselves that we would never homeschool our children. We were going to have three kids, maybe four, never more. Private schools were a possibility, government schools were a non-starter, and homeschooling was never in the plan. My wife said she would never drive a 15-passenger van. Never tell God, “Never.” Our preconceived “nevers all changed as God worked in our hearts and I spent time with other godly men who mentored me. My wife and I just celebrated the birth of our 9th child, who was born on my 40th birthday. Our 15-passenger van is now our most indispensable vehicle. For many years, I left homeschooling to my wife. Homeschooling was one thing, and where I intersected with my family was another. God showed me He does not compartmentalize this way. I began to ask myself, “What more important thing has God given me to invest in than my wife and children?” I realized homeschooling needed to be one of the many ways I disciple my kids, and now I am a vital part of it. I frequently spend time in the company of godly men who also homeschool; we often discuss how we can become better husbands and fathers. Whenever I hear of some practice a family has that I might be interested in implementing, I ask myself how it might apply to our family’s life. I encourage you to do the same as I share three activities that have become integral to our family. The year 2017 marks the eighth year that we will read through the entire Bible as a family. A man commented to me once that he wanted his chil- dren to learn to read so they could read the Bible. Genius! We take turns reading by paragraph, and we follow a one-year chronological arrangement of the Bible. We stop and discuss passages as needed, but this is not a replacement for our individual study time. Family meals are precious to us and we make them memorable. We pray and thank the Lord, fellowship as we enjoy my wife’s cooking, then read aloud a good book after our meal. I can kill two birds with one stone: I skip second helpings, and instead read to my family. We enjoy novels, biographies, devotionals, missionary newsletters, political commentary, science books, field manuals, whatever. It is a special time spent together. A clearly defined bedtime routine, all together as a family, has been essential to reducing evening chaos. Our routine consists of the following; we adjust as needed for seasons in our life: ■ each of the kids tells me what they did that day ■ we read a book aloud BY ROBERT HARDER “ “ C H E C H O M E S C H O O L U P DAT E I Vo l u m e 1 , I s s u e 97, 2 01712 DAD TO DAD
  13. 13. COLORADO HOMESCHOOL FAMILY DAYS VIEW MORE UPCOMING EVENTS AT ■ and we sing songs. We always conclude with: ■ one particular song ■ short prayers from youngest to oldest ■ and we sing the Doxology. Those final three inviolate steps mark the conclu- sion of our day. For the little kids, it is a clear marker that their next action is climbing into bed. For the older kids, it marks the transition to our various evening activities. Other contributions I make to my family’s homeschool lifestyle include: ■ encouraging my wife as she plans and teaches throughout the year ■ helping my older children with their math and science ■ leading and participating in routine chores around the house ■ taking care of our kids so my wife can have a refreshing break. Praise God that He has worked in my heart, and godly men have encouraged me. How can I ignore what my kids are learning or how they spend their days, relegating it all to my wife? These things are an extension of what I desire for my family. Husbands and fathers, I implore you: em- brace the role God has given you, and find new ways to disciple your family!  Robert Harder is a lieutenant colonel in the United States Air Force (USAF) and is an Assistant Professor of Computer Science at the USAF Academy in Colorado Springs. Robert and his wife Gabrielle have been happily married for 18 years and are rearing nine children who range from infant to 16-years-old. Both he and his wife grew up in Christian homes. Dads can contact Rob at for more encouragement and edification.  Monday, Febraury 27, Be A Botanist Homeschool Day at Denver Botanic Gardens  Tuesday, February 28, Inside the Orchestra Tiny Tots performance  Thursday, March 2, Colorado Symphony Brahms Symphony No. 3 open rehearsal for students  Tuesday, March 7, Children’s Museum at Marisco Campus, Denver, Free Evening  Tuesday, March 7, Free Day at Denver Botanic Gardens Chatfield Farms  Friday, March 10, Four Mile Historic Park Free Day  Monday, March 13, Denver Museum of Nature and Science Free Day  Monday, March 20, Plants 101: From Roots to Seeds Homeschool Day at Denver Botanic Gardens  Tuesday, April 4, Children’s Museum at Marisco Campus, Denver, Free Evening  Friday, April 21, Homeschool Skate at Skate City Littleton (Call Di- ana Ellison at 303-795-6109; cost $5/skater including skate rental) Vo l u m e 1 , I s s u e 97, 2 017 I C H E C H O M E S C H O O L U P DAT E 13 DAD TO DAD
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  16. 16. The story is told about a man who watched a neighbor laboring heartily at sawing down a tree in his backyard. After observing him, he sug- gested the exhausted man stop to sharpen his saw. The man re- plied, “I don’t have time to sharpen my saw — I have to get this job done.” of Scripture in favor of pre-digested books and ar- ticles. The Word should be our main course of study each day, with other teaching as side dishes. Learn from Others. Most of us start homeschooling because we know someone who has made the same choice. This person often acts as a mentor to us, saving us much time and effort, as well as offering support along the way. Likewise, a local support group is invaluable and gives you access to decades of experience. Many support groups have guided discussions on topics of interest, while others invite guest speakers. Our widely scattered rural group arranged to have two meetings a month — an activity day with children, followed by a sack lunch picnic, and a parent meet- ing two weeks later. This guaranteed that we had frequent access to other homeschoolers. We can learn from others through printed re- sources. Ask your homeschooling friends for books that have helped them. I remember hungrily devour- ing the articles in homeschool magazines as they arrived; it was like receiving an at-home conference. MARATHON Prepare for the BY MARCIA WASHBURN We smile at such foolishness, but how often do we continue pushing ahead, doing things the same way we’ve always done them without stopping to ask advice, read the owner’s manual, or sharpen our skills? Teaching our children is very much on- the-job training, isn’t it? We need to pursue every opportunity to grow as parent-teachers. Here are some ways that work. Study the Manufacturer’s Handbook. God cre- ated our children. He didn’t simply start the process at conception and wait to see what would happen — He actually wove together each bone and sinew. Nor did the Lord leave parents without instruction in how to raise these little ones on loan from Him. He left behind the Owner’s Manual, that we call the Bible. Make a habit of searching for principles of parenting and teaching recorded in Scripture. What positive and negative examples do you see? How did Jesus teach His disciples enough in three short years to last a lifetime and beyond? What does the practical book of Proverbs tell us about dealing with character issues such as jealousy, greed, controlling the tongue, and hard work? We must not slight the meat C H E C H O M E S C H O O L U P DAT E I Vo l u m e 1 , I s s u e 97, 2 01716 MANAGEMENT FOR MOMS
  17. 17. PHOTOGRAPHYBYISTOCK We never outgrow our need for the training and encouragement we can receive at a homeschool conference. The sense of celebration and fellowship that comes from thousands of other homeschoolers at a conference will carry you through many dis- couraging days at home. Fill in the Gaps. You may feel you don’t have the educational background to teach your children, es- pecially in the higher level subjects. Research shows that the parent’s own educational level has little, if any, impact on the success of their homeschool teaching. Success in homeschooling is more directly correlated with commitment than competence. Children whose parents have only a high school education routinely score as well as those with college training. A friend of mine, who has no college background, laid down her own interests through the four years her oldest son was in high school to do self-assigned homework in math — a subject she had struggled with in school. Working and reworking every trigonometry and calculus problem until she could do it involved a very real crucifixion of self for her. Her son successfully completed his degree in wildlife biology and her daughter has completed a rigorous master’s in speech pathology program, thanks to their mother who taught herself the science and math she had never learned in high school. Homeschooling parents often begin to realize the gaps in their own education when they teach their own children. Expect to learn along with your children. The repetition you’ll get as you teach the material will lock it into your own brain very effectively. As you search for ways to explain new concepts, you will be working those facts into your memory, as well. You’re not the only one who may require remedia- tion. Winston Churchill did not learn well in school. He evaluated himself to determine the gaps in his education. He studied to close those gaps, asking his mother to ship books to him while he served in the British military. This largely self-educated man produced over fifty books and thousands of speeches. Re-Creation for the Homeschool Parent. Per- haps the most neglected part of a homeschool mom’s in-service training is the concept of recreation. As we pour ourselves out day after day, we eventually begin to dry up, losing our joie de vivre. We can become 24/7 teachers, neglecting our roles as wives, mothers, daughters, and friends. Despite a grueling schedule as Britain’s Prime Minis- ter during WWII, Churchill understood the necessity of rest. He recognized that leaders — and you are a leader in your family — can be deceived into thinking their work is so important that only they can do it right. Soon they are working harder and longer and becoming less productive. But simply resting is sometimes not as effective as directing our thoughts to something new. Churchill was fond of saying, “A change is as good as a rest.” Our brains tend to continue to think about our most recent concerns when we lie down to rest. We must change our thoughts to something new to get the full re-creating effect of rest. Churchill rested from his many duties by pursuing dozens of hobbies included acting, butterfly collecting, swimming, bricklaying, fencing, music, travel, and farming. When my five little wigglers were young, very little of my work stayed done for very long. A child’s finished paper soon required grading; clean laundry soon re- quired washing; and the next meal required planning. In the midst of the temporary-ness of my daily work, I discovered the joy of cross stitching. I could work at it in bits and pieces of time and eventually have a PURSUE EVERY OPPORTUNITY TO GROW. BE CURIOUS. TRY NEW THINGS. completed project for my wall — one that, unlike my daily chores, would stay finished. Be curious about the world around you. Jesus said that He came to give us an abundant life.5 Don’t allow yourself to get locked into a self-made prison of mea- ger living. You are a person, not just a homeschool mom. Try new things — eat an artichoke, take a different route to a destination, try a new hobby. Browse through biographies in your library and learn about someone new to you. Your children need to see you researching subjects of interest that are totally unrelated to what you’re teaching them in class. Subscribe to magazines that interest you, or borrow them from your local library.6 God didn’t call us to homeschool because we could do it on our own. He knows we will need help from others and from Him. As we listen to Him in prayer, He will often whisper a totally new teaching idea or send us to a Scripture that sheds light on a concern we face. Homeschooling is a lifestyle, not merely an academic choice — a marathon, not a sprint. Eat, rest, and recreate wisely so you can finish your race well.7  NOTES 1 Psalm 139:13-16 2 Sacred Parenting by Gary Thomas is a favorite for thoughtful reflection. Also, don’t miss the CHEC Guidebook available at 3 There are many excellent choices in addition to the CHEC Update, among them Home School Enrichment, The Old Schoolhouse, The Teaching Home, and Practical Homeschooling. Sign up at for their free Homeschool Life newsletter. 4 Christian Home Educators of Colorado (CHEC) offers an out- standing conference every June. See for details. 5 John 10:10 6 My personal favorites are World, Reader’s Digest, and Country Woman. All of these are family friendly, so you needn’t fear what your children might see if they flip through them. 7 Hebrews 12:1-2 ©2005-2017 by Marcia K. Washburn who writes from nineteen years of experience homeschooling five sons. See MarciaWashburn. com for a special price on her book, Activity Days for Homeschool Groups and Families, filled with fun hands-on learning activities. You can contact Marcia at marcia@ This article is adapted from one that appeared in the 2006 CHEC Update, First Quarter, and is used by permission. “ “ Vo l u m e 1 , I s s u e 97, 2 017 I C H E C H O M E S C H O O L U P DAT E 17 MANAGEMENT FOR MOMS
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  20. 20. CONFERENCE FEATURES Shopping at 200+ Exhibit Hall Booths and Used Curriculum Sale Fellowship I Encouragement I Family Movie Night KEYNOTE SPEAKERS Twin brothers David and Jason Benham are former pro- fessional baseball players, bestselling authors, speakers, and nationally acclaimed entrepreneurs whose business success earned them a reality show with HGTV. When their show was abruptly cancelled because of their com- mitment to biblical values, the brothers chose not to back down and encourage others to do the same! They are married to Lori and Tori, and altogether the couples have nine children. Dr. Joel Beeke is a pastor, seminary president, and pro- fessor of Systematic Theology and Homiletics. He has contributed 2,000 articles to books, journals, periodicals, and encyclopedias. His recent books are Parenting by God’s Promises and Prepared by Grace, For Grace. He and his wife, Mary, have three children. Mary Beeke prepares pastors’ wives for ministry life as a leader of Ministry Wives Institute and offers thoughtful counsel in her book, The Law of Kindness. BENHAM BROTHERS’ SESSIONS... Living Among Lions: Thriving Like Daniel in Today’s Babylon Whatever the Cost Todd Wilson is a dad, writer, conference speaker, and former pastor. Todd’s humor and realness have made him a favorite speaker at homeschool conventions across the country and a guest on Focus on the Family. As founder of Familyman Ministries, his passion and mission are to remind dads and moms of what is most important through seminars, books that encourage parents, and a weekly email for dads. Todd and his wife Debbie homeschool six of their eight children (two have graduated) in northern Indiana. TODD WILSON’S SESSIONS... Get Real What to do When Your Plan Doesn’t Go According to Plan Irresistible Parenting The Unbeatable Team This We Believe Life After Graduation DR. BEEKE’S SESSIONS... Holding Fast to Christ Who Holds Fast to You Bringing the Gospel to Our Children Helping Our Children Discern God’s Will Handling Peer Pressure Discpling Through Family Worship Discipling Our Children as Prophets, Priests and Kings Michael Farris is recognized as one of the pioneering lead- ers of the modern homeschooling movement. Mr. Farris has served as the founding president of both the Homeschool Legal Defense Association and Patrick Henry College, has litigated cases before the highest courts of America, and has testified before both the House and Senate. Mike cur- rently serves as the president, CEO, and general counsel of Alliance Defending Freedom, chairman of the Board at HSLDA, and chancellor emeritus at Patrick Henry. Mike and his wife Vickie have 10 children and 19 grandchildren. MICHAEL FARRIS’ SESSIONS... Constitutional Literacy: It’s For You and Your Children Why We Should Have Hope in the Midst of Hard Times The Coming Attack on Homeschooling From the Legal Elites DR. JOEL BEEKE BENHAM BROTHERS MICHAEL FARRIS TODD WILSON
  21. 21. OTHER SPEAKERS INCLUDE REGISTER AT SAVE $10 with code WINTER EXPIRES APRIL 1ST “Let us hold fast the confession of our hope without wavering, for He who promised is faithful.” HEBREWS 10:23 JASON CHURCHILL Ensuring They Know the Reason for Their Hope Tools and Tactics to Counter the Culture KATHERINE DANG The Biblical Origin, Purpose, and Principles of Each and Every Subject Home: The First Divine Sphere of Government Teenagers or Youth? The Providential Interpretation of History The First Things to Learn and Teach About Government STEVE DEMME BiblicalPrinciplesof CommunicationfortheFamily Math You Understand How to Get Started Having Regular Times of Family Worship Seeing Fractions is Understanding Fractions Elementary Algebra Taught Concretely Celebrating Hope and Redemption in the Valleys of Life RENEE ELLISON Homeschooling a Resistant Child: Diagnosis and Strategies Twelve Optimal Ways to Trigger the Brain—With any Subject Matter The Two Most Common Homeschooling Academic Pitfalls—and How to Avoid Them The Power of a Focused Mother Top-Notch Home Management Strategies How to TRAIN Your Children, Not Just DISCIPLINE Them How to Raise a Holy Child HUGH FITZPATRICK Why Your Children Should Read Christian Biographies and Why You Should Too DR. HEATH LAMBERT Help and Hope: Christians and Counseling The Bible and Anxiety Help and Hope for Families Dealing with Sexual Identity Issues Pornography and the Grace to Change BRIDGET MOSLEY Huh?...Improve Working Memory so Your Child Can Learn More Easily Ferocious Readers: 3 Simple Ways to Help Your Child Devour Books PATRICK NURRE Mountain Building: Geological Apologetics Let Your Kids Pick Up the Rocks The Geology of Colorado from a Biblical Perspective Genesis and the Ice Age Why You Need to Teach Geology Again and Again and Again and How to Do It Egyptian Chronology and the Bible KEVIN SWANSON Family Life: A Simple Guide to the Biblical Family ANDREW PUDEWA The Four Language Arts The Profound Influence of Music on Life Overcoming Obstacles to Competence in Composition Reaching the Reluctant Writer Rebuilding Your Educational Paradigm Conquering Corrupt Culture by Raising Christian Communicators Fairy Tales and the Moral Imagination Teaching Boys and Other Children Who Would Rather Make Forts All Day NORM WAKEFIELD Equipped to Love I Will Be With You: The Most Powerful Words You Can Speak What’s a Mom to do With Teenage Sons? Tearing Down the Walls Preparing Teens for Christ-Centered Relationships It’s a Matter of Identity: Leading Your Children to Know Who They Are How to Create a Gospel Culture in Your Home The Power of Humility in Parenting HAL MELANIE YOUNG Ballistic Homeschooling Passing the Baton Raising Real Men A House NOT Divided Parenting Preteens Shining Armor—Sons’ Battle for Purity My Beloved and My Friend Romance and Marriage for Homeschool Graduates JUST BEGINNING? Attend the Intro Track on Thursday for sessions just for beginners!
  22. 22. REGISTER EARLY AND SAVE! BRING THE WHOLE FAMILY! Register with the Family add-on to include grandparents and children of any age who live with you. FULL CONFERENCE: All general sessions, workshops, exhibit hall, and used curriculum sale. Spouse included! Family add-on is just $30! SHOPPING: Exhibit hall and used curriculum sale. Spouse included! Family add-on is just $10! $ 89 $ 19 $ 99 $ 29 THURSDAY, JUNE 15TH General Session - 8:30 am Workshops - 10:30-4:30 pm Shopping - 3:30-8:30 pm FRIDAY, JUNE 16TH General Session - 8:30 am Workshops - 10:30-4:30 pm Shopping - 10:00-6:30 pm SATURDAY, JUNE 17TH General Session - 8:30 am Workshops - 10:30-3:15 pm Shopping - 10:00-3:45 pm Closing General Session - 3:30-4:30 pm DOORS OPEN AT 7:30 AM WHERE? The conference is held at the Denver Mart located on the northeast corner of I-25 and 58th Avenue. DISCOUNTSAVAILABLEfor pastors,first-time attenders,single moms,and parents ofpreschoolers! FAMILY THEATER NIGHT 7:00 pm SPECIAL DISCOUNT FOR UPDATE READERS! Save $10 on registration using the code WINTER (expires April 1st) CHEC envisions families honoring Jesus Christ by embracing home discipleship that is Christ centered, parent directed, and free from government control. Join us! Donate at I877.842.CHEC ICall Monday-Friday, 10am to 5pm Christian Home Educators of Colorado
  23. 23. Register now at TODD WILSONMICHAEL FARRISBENHAM BROTHERSDR. JOEL BEEKE Rocky Mountain Homeschool Conference JUNE 15-17, 2017 D E N V E R C O LO R A D O CONFERENCE KEYNOTE SPEAKERS As a member of the Colorado Senate, I have plenty of op- portunities to wrestle with and influence just about every aspect of life within our state. This role has given me a unique perspective. However, I believe that all of us have an influence on the world around us, and I am encouraged to see an IMPACTING The Culture For my wife and myself, we began our homeschooling adventure about thirty years ago, and we are just starting to realize the generational results in our own family and in so many other families with whom we have had the privilege of working alongside. As our children become adults, they bless others as they step up and take on the respon- sibilities God places before them. They are engaging the culture as Jesus commanded: Go, and make disciples, teaching them… Their efforts, and ours, will have a lasting impact. At the State Capitol, I make decisions that make a difference, but as parents teaching our children at home, we are changing our families and our world. Don’t forget to look up from the messiness of daily life and remember what you are working toward — multi-generational blessings.  Kevin Lundberg and his wife, Sandy, taught their three children at home and helped found Christian Home Educators of Colorado in 1990. Today he serves in the Colorado State Senate as a member of the Joint Budget Committee. increasingly positive impact from the homeschool community. When CHEC calls for families to come down to the Capitol and show strong support or opposition to a bill in the legislature, it has a direct and immediate connection. In 2016, scores of you came out to the hearing for a bill that would have required parents to directly report to the State Department of Health if they chose to not follow the state immunization schedule for their children. By God’s grace, that particular bill never made it out of the House. But this issue is still not resolved, and there may be more work required in 2017. Sometimes our influence takes a lot longer to be seen, as with the long-term effect of CHEC's annual “Homeschool Day at the Capitol.” Through the years, we have gained a healthy respect from the po- litical community because they know we are always there in large numbers and are always watching what they do. Even if at first our influence seems small and remote, years later we see the great effect. Homeschooling parents are raising a generation to lead our state forward for many decades ahead. With God's guidance and blessing, the real impact of our work will resonate far into the future. BY SENATOR KEVIN LUNDBERG Vo l u m e 1 , I s s u e 97, 2 017 I C H E C H O M E S C H O O L U P DAT E 23 FAMILY ENCOURAGEMENT
  24. 24. PHOTO GRAPHY BY ISTO CK LIFEBY PETER BRINGE Training for Education is supposed to prepare us for life, to develop our character and skills so that we can become successful adults. As I reflect upon my homeschool experience, I am thankful for the fact that I was encouraged to prepare for my particular vocation, as well as life in general. Education can become too academic when it is pursued abstractly, apart from one's particular situation and his need to earn a living. Like- wise, education can become too narrow when it focuses only on preparing someone to earn a specific degree for their future career. In addition to basic required subjects in my family's homeschool, we spent a lot of time involved with history, music, and the outdoors. When discussing with me what vocation I would pursue, some people warned me that music and outdoor pursuits would not make much money. I did consider becoming a historian or a full-time musician, but at age 15, I decided to pursue the calling of a pastor and am currently studying at seminary. Some might wonder then, why did I continue to spend time playing music, encamp- ing at historical events, and hunting? Were these mere hobbies? Were they simply fun things to do if I had any time left over after serious study? PHOTOGRAPHYBYISTOCK A benefit for homeschooling that most anybody can recognize is that it allows for flexibility and freedom. As I was growing up, my parents believed it was important to pass on to us many things that would not be considered typical school subjects. In addition to reading, writing, science, and math, we had the freedom to study butterflies, fishing, gardening, historical reenact- ment, and music. In the no man's land between school and play, often called “hobby,” my siblings and I had flexible time to develop many skills that would enrich our lives in the future. Over the years, I learned to play the fife, guitar, Irish flute, penny whistle, violin, and to sing. These musical skills led to opportunities for me to sing and play music with my mother at local farmer's markets, coffee houses, boutique stores, and private historic dance events. While in Missouri, I joined a fife and drum corps at age 10; when we moved to Colorado, my brothers C H E C H O M E S C H O O L U P DAT E I Vo l u m e 1 , I s s u e 97, 2 01724 GEN2
  25. 25. and I were able to start our own troupe. My family and I were able to use these musical skills to serve our community, further political causes, enrich our church, and simply enjoy making music with each other. Music wasn't just a job for us; it was, and still is, a part of our lives. Even though I have moved back to Missouri, have a family of my own, attend college, and work several jobs, music still plays a significant role in my life despite my busy schedule. Growing up, I learned to love history. Some of my earliest school memories include my mother reading aloud to us the Old Testament historical narratives. Her efforts to inculcate in us an enduring love for history paid off as it quickly became my source of delight. As I grew older, Mom did not need to assign history schoolwork to me since I gladly studied it in my free time. My Christmas gift list would often include things like an obscure journal of a Scottish soldier in the Thirty Year's War. Reading these types of books then led to our family volunteering at a lo- cal historical site and attending encampment events. In addition to music and history, I gained a love of science through time spent outdoors. Our family spent time together collecting insects, exploring off-trail, hiking, hunting, photographing nature, and sitting around campfires studying stars. Many of these activities involved science but we did not do these to make learning science fun. We studied sci- ence as a way to appreciate these experiences. Of course, not everything I did in my childhood free time was fruitful. Things we do for fun are not neutral. For example, I wish I could take back every minute I spent playing computer games and use it otherwise. Perhaps that was something I had to figure out for myself. I am not saying that it is wrong to play computer games, but I do not think playing them added value to my life. Today, in addition to being a student for pastoral ministry and a deacon at my church, I am a music instructor and historical interpreter. While these interests are not my main calling as an adult, they currently assist me to make ends meet while in seminary. I teach fife to students in the fife and drum corps where I was a member as a youth. I lead tours and special programs at the historical site where my family volunteered when I was younger. These opportunities have allowed me to spend my “work” time telling stories which give children and adults a living experience of the past. I continue to play music at the local farmer's market as well. While I eagerly await the season of my life when I can spend the bulk of my time pursuing pastoral ministry, these childhood hobbies developed valuable skills which help “pay the bills” at this stage of my life. Even when I move on to my primary vocation, I hope to use these skills for the enrichment of my family, church, and community. There are many things about homeschooling for which I am grateful, but one of them is that my parents gave me training for life that extended beyond school subjects and typical vocational studies. Their goals were much higher than adequate test scores. They hoped for a mature Christian who delighted in the beauty and truth of God's creation and providence. I am thankful for this broad vision. The activities of my childhood have given me accomplished skills and developed character traits that will be valuable for my whole life. I appreciate the cultural wealth I have 15% OFF FOR HOMESCHOOLERS I WAS ENCOURAGED TO PREPARE FOR MY SPECIFIC VOCATION AND FOR LIFE IN GENERAL. MY SIBLINGS AND I DEVELOPED MANY SKILLS THAT WOULD ENRICH OUR LIVES IN THE FUTURE. attained. May God give me the wisdom to increase this deposit and to use it wisely for His glory.  Peter Bringe lives in Lake Saint Louis, Missouri with his wife, Melody, their son Alfred, and another child due in March 2017. He is a homeschool graduate, and his parents and siblings continue to live in Elizabeth, Colorado. He has a BA in Bible/ Theology from Whitefield College and is working on his MDiv at Covenant Theological Seminary. He serves as a deacon at Covenant Family Church (OPC), works as a historical interpreter at the Historic Daniel Boone Home, and is an instructor with the Lewis and Clark Fife and Drum Corps. Readers can contact him at Vo l u m e 1 , I s s u e 97, 2 017 I C H E C H O M E S C H O O L U P DAT E 25 GEN2
  26. 26. OUR LEADER Following Leading up to November 8, 2016 and in the months since, there has been much debate and unrest about the leadership of our great country. Sadly, many Americans have misplaced their hope. As those who proclaim to believe in Christ as the risen Savior, to be followers of Jesus, and soldiers in His army, our hope for making this world a better place is in Him, not man. As much as policies and laws impact our earthly life, they should not alter from where our hope comes. Our confident assurance is in God's unfailing love (Psalm 147:11) and protection (Psalm 33:20). Our hope is that God, through Christ, is the solution to all of BY TANYA POE our problems (John 3:16), and that He is good and does good (Psalm 119:68a). Because there is no authority except from God (Romans 13:1b), we cling to the hope that the Lord is our rock, our fortress, and our deliverer just as He was when He delivered David from the hands of Saul and all his enemies (2 Samuel 22:1-2). Although we may not have direct control or signifi- cant influence over the leadership of our country, the good Lord has placed all of us in some position of authority. Husbands are called to lead their wives (Ephesians. 5:23). Fathers (and mothers) are commanded to train their children (Ephesians 6:4). Mothers are to comfort (Isaiah 66:13), and older women are to encourage younger women (Titus 2:4- 5). Elders are told to oversee and care for the church (Acts 20:28). Church leaders and teachers are given to equip and encourage believers until all are fully united in their understanding and reflection of Christ (Ephesians 4:11-13). And at the very least, each of us has authority over ourselves because each of us “will give an account of ourselves to God” (Romans 14:12). Positions of leadership in this world are many and varied, but they all share a common thread: they are put in place by God (Romans 13:1c). As Christian leaders we share a common goal: to make disciples of all nations, teaching them to obey all of God's commands (Matthew 28:19-20). In early October 2016, CHEC hosted its first official Homeschool Leader Retreat, held at the beautiful Glen Eyrie near Garden of the Gods in Colorado Springs, CO. It was a wonderful time of refreshment and renewal, not only for the brief escape from our usual responsibilities, but also because of the pru- dent reminder that the best leaders are the best followers of Christ. Believers are called to be imitators of Christ (1 Corinthians 11:1), not to seek our own good, but the good of others (1 Corinthi- ans 10:24) that many may be saved (1 Corinthians 10:33). We are to lead like Jesus. Jesus came to do the will of God, not His own (John 6:38), He came to serve, not to be served (Mark 10:45), and ultimately He came into the world to save sinners (1 Timothy 1:15b, 1 John 4:10). In his focus on biblical leadership, retreat speaker Kevin Swanson taught that a leader is “one who knows where he is going and encourages others in that direction.” As followers of Christ whom the Lord has put in place to lead, we (striving to be like PHOTOGRAPHYBYISTOCK C H E C H O M E S C H O O L U P DAT E I Vo l u m e 1 , I s s u e 97, 2 01726 HOMESCHOOL LEADERS
  27. 27. ■ An easy alternative to submitting a Notice of Intent ■ Simple online enrollment ■ One low price includes your whole family ■ Report to CHEC rather than a school district ■ Extra assessment options JOIN THE CHEC INDEPENDENT SCHOOL! LEARN MORE AT CHEC.ORG/INDEPENDENT-SCHOOL CHEC Independent School ENROLLMENTOPEN UNTILAPRIL 30TH Christ) have the opportunity and responsibility to encourage others to grow as disciples, followers of Christ who are actively deepening their relationship with Christ and increasingly being led by His Word and Spirit. Mr. Swanson outlined seven characteris- tics that describe what Christ-like, biblical leadership should be: ■ Awareness of the spiritual elements ■ Possession of a strong faith with outrageous optimism ■Afocusonthemainobjective:theKingdomofGod ■ Fear what God thinks, not man ■ Sacrificial love for others ■ Faithful in the small things ■ Peacemaker Blair Watkinson shared additional insight on leading like Jesus when situations of conflict arise. (And what position of leadership/authority does not have its mo- ments of disagreement or argument?) Mr. Watkinson taught that there are four pre-requisite personal characteristics to resolving conflict biblically, whether as someone in the middle of conflict or one mediating between others: humility, gentleness, patience, and loving forbearance. No matter our position of leadership or how many to how few God has given us to influence, we need to encourage and edify ourselves and others continually. Seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness (Matthew 6:33). Do not love this world or the things of this world (1 John 2:15a). Let us set our minds on things above, not things on earth (Colossians 3:2). Our hope, and calling as leaders, is to follow Christ.  Tanya Poe has been blessed by a relationship with Jesus Christ as her personal LORD and Savior for the past 12 years. The LORD blessed Tanya with being married to her life-long friend, Jeff, in 1996. Shortly after coming to know the LORD, they were blessed with Aubrey (2007) and Isaac (2009). When her daughter was two, Tanya was called home to school her children. Prior to that, Tanya had worked in public education (and never even considered homeschooling an option!). Tanya can be reached at Vo l u m e 1 , I s s u e 97, 2 017 I C H E C H O M E S C H O O L U P DAT E 27 HOMESCHOOL LEADERS
  28. 28. PHOTOGRAPHYBYISTOCK Q: I'm not a trained teacher. How could someone like me ever be equipped to homeschool? A: As a Christian, I believe first and foremost that if God calls you to do something, then He will equip you to be able to do it. Look at the disciples of Jesus. They were not trained pastors or leaders. They were fishermen and tax collectors! Yet, they preached some of the greatest sermons and wrote letters that guide millions of lives today — all by the power of the Holy Spirit. If God can take a bunch of fisher- men and build a universal church — He can surely give you what you need to homeschool one small child! As a teacher, I can tell you that nothing going on in the school system is magic. Most good teaching is a lot of common sense with some creativity mixed in. You likely taught your child how to use the toilet and how to put his toys away. There is not a huge amount of difference be replaced by positive action if we train ourselves to step back and not allow our emotions to control us. This can be a long journey, but is a big part of our own process of maturity! Q: What do I do if my child is resistant or won't listen to my instruction? A: Children with learning disabilities can be resistant when they are frustrated. However, there is a dif- ference between children who are frustrated over difficult work (who probably need a break) and a child who is defiant or won't take instruction. Even if you must take time away from academics, establishing respectful obedience from your child is vital to suc- cessful homeschooling. In my home, I use the “one more rule” when children start to become resistant to difficult work. We finish one more of whatever we are doing and then take a break — along with the reminder that we will return to finish the work later. This allows all of us (me, too) a chance to cool down and release the frustration that between those skills and academics. There definitely are many ways of teaching that will work better than others, so it is important to learn from others who are more experienced in this field. This can be done through books, audio recordings, workshops, or by working with consultants and others experienced in special education. You don't have to know all the things to do, but you do have to be willing to learn. Finally, as a mother (or father), don't think that first you need to learn patience before you can be a good teacher for your child. Patience is most often developed through difficult circumstances — not beforehand! It is important we acknowledge that our kids try our patience. We are not perfect. We get frustrated because we have to explain things multiple times or because our kids just don't “get” what we are trying to do with them. When frustration occurs, it is important to look objectively at the task we are attempting. If what we are asking our child to do is re- ally too hard, we may need to back up or change the way we are teaching. If our child's difficulties are just part of his disability, then we may need to dig in and persevere through, even if the progress can only be measured in baby steps. Either way, frustration can Essential FAQs for PARENTS BY SHARON HENSLEY STRUGGLING LEARNERS of Struggling Learners C H E C H O M E S C H O O L U P DAT E I Vo l u m e 1 , I s s u e 97, 2 01728 STRUGGLING LEARNERS
  29. 29. builds over something difficult. No one can learn with their heart pounding and their eyes filling up with tears! Those are the times for a break and a hug. We often take a walk or do some house cleaning. Then, it is easier to sit back down and resume work with a clear head. During the time we are breaking, I have a chance to think through how we should approach the difficulty we are encountering. Sometimes I realize we need to back up and review something else before re-tackling the difficulty. On the other hand, if the resistance was the start of a defiant attitude on the part of one of my children, a break spent vacuuming the house or walking the dog usually allows them to calm down and return to work without having to have a confrontation. Q: What is the best curriculum to use? A: In general, the best curriculum is the one you modify to fit the unique needs of your child. There are no perfect curricula, so a better question than what curriculum to use is “What are the most important teaching techniques to use with my special needs child?” A curriculum cannot solve learning difficul- ties, but solid teaching will take your child to his or her potential. There certainly are curricula and books more suited to children with learning disabilities than others. In general, you will be creating a group of resources based on your child's weaknesses and their interests and strengths. Meet your child where he/she is. If he is in fifth grade, but can only read by himself at first grade level, then use remedial reading and low level/ high interest reading material (such as High Noon Books from Academic Therapy Publications) to work on reading, but read history, science, and literature to him (or invest in textbooks on tape from Recording for the Blind and Dyslexic from at his comprehension level. The most important thing you can do when teaching children with learning problems is to make them THINK up to their intellectual potential. Almost all children with learning struggles are passive learners. They truly believe that unless information just soaks into their heads, there is nothing they can do to aid the learning process! Our job as teachers is to acti- vate our children to become as engaged as possible in the learning process. No matter what curriculum you use, you engage your child by asking questions and pushing them past their “I don't knows.” The two most important questions to ask any child are: “What does this mean?” and “How are you going to remember this?” Now, with more severely disabled students, these questions may not be feasible, but even my autistic daughter can be pushed to engage in the learning process by my asking her questions and not allowing her to do things the same way every time we do a task. This forces thinking — even on her limited level — to take place. Q: How do homeschool children develop language and social skills? A: Children who learn at home do have good language and social models — their parents and siblings! A family is the most fundamental social unit of all. Family and community interactions such as church, scouts, sports, and homeschool groups provide our children with opportunities to use language and social skills in a variety of settings. At home, we can work on specific social skills and practice them in a safe environment free from teasing and ridicule. Of course, this doesn't mean that our children won't have language or social difficulties if they are at home. Just as the different attention and processing issues come home with a child, the language and social areas are no exception. We do have to set aside the time to incorporate these skills into our homeschool, but home is a completely adequate place to teach our children behavior and language skills.  Sharon Hensley is the author of Home Schooling Children with Special Needs and provides consulting (often via phone) to families home teaching children with learning challenges. She holds a Master's Degree in Special Education and has worked with a variety of special needs children and adults including her daughter, Alison, who is on the autism spectrum. Sharon lives with her husband and daughter at Hume Lake Christian Camps in California. She blogs at and can be reached at THE MOST IMPORTANT THING YOU CAN DO WHEN TEACHING A CHILD WITH LEARNING PROBLEMS IS TO MAKE THEM THINK UP TO THEIR INTELLECTUAL POTENTIAL. “ “ Vo l u m e 1 , I s s u e 97, 2 017 I C H E C H O M E S C H O O L U P DAT E 29 STRUGGLING LEARNERS
  30. 30. BEST OF CHEC.ORG/BLOG ECONOMY The Family BY CHAD ROACH PHOTOGRAPHYBYISTOCK When folks in the big, wide world find out I don’t have a formal high school diploma, much less a college degree, I often get re- sponses ranging from bewilderment to out- right shock. It’s just a matter of perspective, I guess. I sometimes forget that being taught math or English by my parents is weird enough, but to then claim that my parents, pastor, and other close mentors could have also taught me how to be intelligent, make money, and live a happy, normal life — all without the usual college or “job” experience … that is well nigh crazy! I’m one of those homeschooling experiments that didn’t stop at the end of “high school” (whatever that is). My dad took me to work with him every BEST OF CHEC.ORG/BLOG Visit for weekly encouragement, with articles like:  Teaching Science  The Secret to a Clean House  Balancing the 3Rs and Bible  Encouragement for the Second Half day starting at age 15-years-old. I’d spend half the day studying and half the day working with him. Some evenings, he’d mentor me on making sales calls. My education as a teen was far more than the seven books in my backpack — it was the relationships, chal- lenges, and learning opportunities of real life. In fact, I learned many of the most important lessons of my education as I was working beside my dad. I started my first sales business at 17, and it wasn’t easy. With my dad’s coaching, I continued to pursue various correspondence studies in business, commu- nication, and law, as I worked in my sales business. I was accepted into a law school when I was 17, but soon found that the sales I was doing was more lucra- tive than even the legal business would be, so with my parents’ encouragement I decided to wholeheartedly pursue entrepreneurism and mentorship. And it wasn’t just my parents’ mentorship — I was mentored several days a week by my pastor in everything from theology and history to speaking and administration. The second business I started was selling gold and silver bullion, and in a few short years, two of my sisters and my dad and I were all working at least part-time for the business. By the time my siblings and I were in our teens, a family dynamic that had started with a spirit of service and volunteering had turned into a lean, mean, productive machine — both in ministry and in the business world. Almost by accident, our “homeschooling” family was now a thriving center of work and productivity. My younger sister became one of the most competent con- ference coordinators I know, as well as the self-taught accountant for all my businesses and a graphic designer. All told, over the last 10 years I started over five busi- nesses in sales, real estate, investments, and precious metals — all with the involvement of my parents and siblings. Today, I’m married and have two cute little boys and a baby on the way. Two of my sisters are C H E C H O M E S C H O O L U P DAT E I Vo l u m e 1 , I s s u e 97, 2 01730
  31. 31. also married. My wife and I together still work with my parents and siblings in ministry as well as in several of the family businesses. The idea of families working together is simple: fami- lies that love God together and love learning together also happen to love doing things together. They can get a lot done when everyone kicks in. During the early years, we all helped with homeschool conferences, hospitality, father/son retreats, overseas missions, and countless other projects. As a 12-year-old, it didn’t feel like work to me — it was an opportunity to join the “big people” and contribute to the projects and vision that our family believed in. Here’s what our family learned along the way. Family, education, and work don’t have to be separate boxes that each individual must keep neatly labeled on the different shelves of life — they are a way of life, braided together in the nurturing context of Christian discipleship. I didn’t just get homeschooled (or home- discipled, as my parents thought of it) through high school — my discipleship never stopped. My parents weren’t interested in letting the deep relationships forged through a decade or two of love and training get dissolved by the modern world’s way of thinking, working, and living. At least not without a fight. Don’t get me wrong — it wasn’t all easy. I’m sure there were times where my parents would have loved to for- get that I and all my crazy businesses ever existed. My pride, selfishness, or laziness would bump up against someone else’s sins, and our family would have to resolve all the same conflicts you find in any typical workplace. I can personally relate to every mother-son tension that ever existed. God’s grace in bending my heart toward diligence, love, and honor to my parents through my young adult years is nothing short of a miracle. An ongoing miracle at that! I’m not saying that going to college or having a “job” is wrong or even inferior. God calls different people to different things, and you can’t run a nuclear submarine with your eight-year-old daughter by your side. But I think it’s time that we as Christians (not to mention homeschoolers) take the God-given principles of discipleship and push them as deep into life as we can. And while that will look different for every family, I think we will be delighted and perhaps even surprised where it will take us. The adventure of a family economy — a family working and serving together for the glory of God — is one of the most rewarding and exciting journeys I could ever imagine. The relational, spiritual, and financial fruits stunned us — we didn’t know how rewarding and productive it would be to work and serve with those we were closest to. Instead of coming home from work to the family, we never have to leave. I can’t wait until my boys get a little older. I hope and pray I can raise them like my parents raised me. By God’s grace, I’m going to try!  (This article was originally published in the 2016-17 Generations Maga- zine and Resource Guide, then subsequently posted on the CHEC blog.) Homeschooled his entire life, Chad Roach lives with his wife Becky and their two boys in the Denver area. A serial entrepreneur and one of the founding members of the Generations ministry, Chad’s heart is for families to grow, serve, and work together for God’s glory. Some of the family businesses he started can be seen at and Vo l u m e 1 , I s s u e 97, 2 017 I C H E C H O M E S C H O O L U P DAT E 31 BEST OF BLOG
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  33. 33. immersed in God’s Word as he or she reads the nar- rative. The authors of Lamplighter books sought to give examples of the blessings of obedience to God’s Word and God’s ways and of the consequences of disobedience. Both are clearly illustrated in these stories. I am an avid reader of Lamplighter books for several reasons. First, these old books transport the reader to another place and time. Most of the titles were written between the mid-1800’s and the turn of the century, and most of the authors describe what was their current culture. I love being transported into the Victorian England countryside or early 1900's small town America to a time of evening tea, carriages, and servants. Different eras of time had different priori- ties and different moral standards, and it’s fascinating getting a glimpse into my forefathers’ and foremothers’ hearts and minds and lives through these books. I also love the way many of these books make a distinction between religious people and true Christians. During this era, everyone impact on my family and I can attest that Lamplighter is fulfilling their mission: “To make ready a people prepared for the Lord, by building Christ-like charac- ter ... one story at a time.” What makes Lamplighter books different? First, they are gleaned from literature written during an era when authors sought to edify and instruct through their stories. Spiritual truths come alive when il- lustrated in the lives of well drawn characters about whom the reader cares. Lamplighter has books which illustrate how to use the full armor of God (Ned Franks, One Armed Sailor), forgiving one‘s enemies (Out of the Pit), returning good for evil (Amy and Her Brothers), detecting different forms of pride (Pride and His Prisoners), methods of evangelism (Teddy’s Button) and the cost of discipleship (The Young Pilgrim) just to name a few. Another thing that sets Lamplighter books apart is they are full of God’s Word. Lamplighter footnotes the reference of any biblical quote within their stories. A reader cannot help but be Charlie Jones is quoted as saying, “You will be the same person in five years as you are to- day except for the people you meet and the books you read.” Because books are so powerful, I always seek to read edifying stories to my family which will cause us all to seek to know God better. Unfortunately, worthwhile books can be very hard to find in the minefield of literature which is riddled with books that tear down rather than build up. This is why I am very grateful for Lamplighter Ministries which publishes books and produces radio dramas containing spiritually rich and engaging stories. Lamp- lighter books and audios have made a huge LITERATURE Edifying Family BY CINDY PUHEK CURRICULUM REVIEW PHOTOGRAPHYBYISTOCK C H E C H O M E S C H O O L U P DAT E I Vo l u m e 1 , I s s u e 97, 2 01734 CURRICULUM REVIEW
  34. 34. attractive.” The books are often like sermons with a “spoon full of sugar” in the form of an engaging story that makes the truths easier to understand and apply to my own life. I need to hear these stories. My children need to hear these stories. If you’ve never read a Lamplighter book or listened to a Lamplighter audio drama, I hope you’ll do so. God just might use the biblical truths communicated through the story to change your life.  Cindy Puhek resides in Colorado Springs and has been married to Peter for more than two decades. They are well into their second decade of homeschooling their six children who range in age from toddler to high schooler. Cindy holds a masters degree in chemistry and has written dozens of articles to encourage others in their homeschooling journeys. You can visit her blog at www. who was respectable went to church, so what made a true Christian different from the rest of society was their complete dedication to Christ and His causes. Based on the examples of Christians set forth in these books, it’s appar- ent that much of what we call true Christianity within the present-day church falls far short. Finally, these books often focus on “sins of the spirit” rather than “sins of the flesh.” It’s very convicting to read about the sinfulness of pride, fear, love of ap- probation (praise), and the wicked spirit of emulation (rivalry, competition). Many of these attributes have evolved from vices to virtues within our Western culture, and it is refreshing to see them dealt with Biblically. The characters in the books are always examining themselves and seeking to serve the Lord from pure motives. Reading these old books has made me see how selfish my motives often are and has challenged me to seek forgiveness and sanctification in areas I didn’t even realize needed to be sanctified until the mirror of these books revealed the stains in my character. In 2009, Lamplighter began a new venture of turning its books into radio dramas. The first radio drama produced was Sir Malcolm and the Missing Prince and since then 19 other books have been dramatized. These dramas can be can be purchased as CDs or MP3s. They can also be heard on 1800 radio outlets in 30 countries on a weekly basis with the hope of increasing this offering to a daily radio program in the near future. Reaching the lost with the truths of God’s Word is one of the primary thrusts of the radio dramas. Lamplighter has received testimonies from people who stumbled onto Lamplighter Radio Theatre while flipping through radio stations in the car and the stories impacted their lives. Mark Hamby, founder and president of Lamplighter ministries, says, “Mil- lions of people are out there who are thirsting for life transforming truth. No more froth. No more [empty] entertainment. They want something that’s going to change their lives. And God’s truth transforms and sets free.” Along with making road trips more entertaining, one of my favorite aspects of the radio dramas is the way they encouraged my family to read the books. The audios were my first introduction to the richness of the Lamplighter materials, and I was very quickly hooked. I began purchasing and reading the books, and I was delighted when I saw my children also reading the books. The radio dramas are edited versions of the full narrative, and the books give the “rest of the story” about the characters we fell in love with as we got to know them over the air waves. It’s hard to adequately express the life changing potential from the truths communicated through the books and dramas offered by Lamplighter. Mark Hamby says, “The only opportunity for revival in this culture is to get people to start thinking God’s thoughts again, to start hearing God’s Word again. And we’re going to do it in a way that’s inspiring and Families can also listen to weekly episodes of Lamplighter Theatre at www. listen-online. Vo l u m e 1 , I s s u e 97, 2 017 I C H E C H O M E S C H O O L U P DAT E 35 CURRICULUM REVIEW
  35. 35. C H E C H O M E S C H O O L U P DAT E I Vo l u m e 1 , I s s u e 97, 2 01736 INTRODUCING CHEC's Legislative Liaison PARTNER with CHEC Together, we’re motivating parents to disciple the next generation of Christians. Thank you for partnering with us! BY CAROLYN MARTIN Hello, I’m Carolyn Martin. I am excited about keeping watch on the issues affecting our ability to freely homeschool in Colorado. My journey in politics began with an epiphany from the Lord — before I even knew Him — while living outside Washington D.C. where I was immersed deeply in the liberal ideology that perme- ates the area called The Beltway. Out of seemingly nowhere, a seed was planted in my mind that the U.S. Constitution was not just dusty and irrelevant, but a brilliantly designed document of simplicity founded on the only principles strong enough to undergird the profound freedom so many of us long to realize in our lives. The seed germinated after I became a Christian and began our family. My husband Todd and I started homeschooling our three children in upstate New York — one of the most regulated states in the union. In 2004, we moved to Colorado. Immediately after settling in, I was in contact with Treon Goossen. Because the caucus system made it so easy, I began getting involved in politics at the local level. As homeschoolers, we know that schooling and discipling our children involves learning on our part as well. For me, that meant discovering a love for American history and God's providential hand in it. Two years ago, I felt compelled by the Lord to go up to the Capitol in Denver to pray for our nation, our state, and our representatives. What I found there was worse than I had anticipated or imag- ined. The Twilight Zone would have been putting it mildly. I do not believe the ideas propagated in the Many of you are familiar with Treon Goosen’s tireless work for over 30 years to secure and maintain homeschool freedom in Colorado. After Treon’s passing last year, CHEC began the search to find a qualified individual to join CHEC’s staff for the purpose of carrying on the work that Treon did for so many years. We are pleased to introduce Carolyn Martin as CHEC’s new Homeschool Legislative Liaison. Carolyn is a veteran homeschool mom who has the drive and heart for our state’s legislative process, and will work hard to ensure our continued freedom to home educate our children here in Colorado. v PHOTOGRAPHYBYISTOCK PARTNER'S PAGE
  36. 36. Vo l u m e 1 , I s s u e 97, 2 017 I C H E C H O M E S C H O O L U P DAT E 37 Donate to the Homeschool Freedom fund and help CHEC stand strong with homeschool advocacy, public policy, and the defense of homeschool freedom in Colorado. Make your contribution at Name Address City State Zip Phone Donation Amount $ ☐ One time donation $ ☐ Monthly donation $ ☐ Or go to and click To set up automatic monthly credit card or ACH/bank transfer, call the office at 720-842-4852. PLEASE REMOVE THIS SECTION AND MAIL WITH YOUR DONATION TO: 19039 Plaza Drive, Suite 210 Parker, Colorado 80134 For 26 years, CHEC has been at the forefront of the battle for home education and discipleship. CHEC serves thousands of families every year through our events, Update magazine, widows fund, special needs fund, the CHEC Independent School, and more. We receive phone calls throughout the week that give us a chance to provide advice, encouragement, and an extra “boost” to homeschoolers when the going is tough. CHEC depends on your generous donation to both continue and expand our mission. halls of the Capitol represent the vast majority of Coloradans, but it is those very ideas that threaten the way of life in our state. Education, parental rights, and religious freedom are all under attack. There are some who call them- selves experts who believe that the state knows best how to educate and raise children, and they will stop at nothing to achieve their goal. What can be done to combat this intrusion by the state? When Franklin Graham held the Decision America Tour rally on the west steps of the Capitol last March, he directed Christians to the prayer of Nehemiah 1:5-10. It's not enough to pray if we have not first repented of our failures as individuals, as a church, and as a nation. Repentance and prayer are key because they bring us closer to the will of the Father. However, He may be asking you to do even more. Consider partnering with CHEC by taking action: ■ Analyze bills and attend committee meetings to be informed, then inform others ■ Attend CHEC’s Day at the Capitol; encourage your homeschool group to attend en masse ■ Develop a relationship with your elected rep- resentatives through emails, letters, meetings (Visit for a link to find your legislators) ■ Donate monthly or annually to help fund CHEC's Legislative Liaison position at CHEC. org/donate ■ Educate yourself and your family on the legisla- tive process and our Constitution ■ Pray for Colorado’s Constitutionally protected freedoms, including home education ■ Pray for our elected officials as they work on our behalf, and for their personal lives ■ Testify to the biblical truth before a committee on a particular issue being examined ■ Work in your community by volunteering during election time and in civic matters I am excited the Lord has placed me here in this position for such a time as this. There is much work to be done, but with His empowerment and His guidance, I trust that His will can be accom- plished through each of us! If you sense the Lord calling you to help, please get in touch with me. If you want to keep up with what is happening at the Capitol, subscribe to the CHEC blog and email alerts. No matter what, keep praying and trusting the Lord.  Carolyn Martin and her husband, Todd, began homeschooling their three children in upstate New York before moving to Colorado in 2004. Her passion is to see homeschooling remain free from government intrusion for future generations. For legislative questions, email SEE PAGE 2 GUEST SPEAKER JUDGE ROY MOORE PARTNER'S PAGE
  37. 37. CHEC BOARD OF TRUSTEES: Bill Roach, President George Sechrist, Vice President Kevin Lundberg Brenda Kelly Ian Serff Todd Strawser Steven Vaughan CHEC DIRECTORS: Steve Craig, Executive Director Kevin Swanson, Director of Generations With Vision Mike Cheney, Director of AME Todd Strawser, Director of Christian Family Eldercare The CHEC Homeschool Update is published triannually by Christian Home Educators of Colorado, 19039 Plaza Drive, Suite 210, Parker, CO 80134. The purpose of the Homeschool Update is to provide information, resources, and leadership for home educating families while effectively communicating the activities, opportunities, and needs of Christian Home Educators of Colorado. The Homeschool Update is free to all who request it. Donations are gladly accepted. The views expressed by contributors and advertisers in this news magazine do not necessarily reflect those of CHEC. Permission is granted to reprint any portion of this magazine, except where noted, provided the following credit is given: “Reprinted from the CHEC Homeschool Update, Volume 1, Issue #97, 2017; 720-842-4852,” Editor: Shari McMinn, Creative Designer: Sarah Bryant, Ad Manager: Heidi Botkin Advertising Policy Ads are published on a space-available, first-come, first-served basis and are subject to approval. Payment must be made by the deadline to reserve ad space. New advertisers must include complete product description. We reserve the right to refuse any ad submitted. CHEC’s mailing list is not sold or rented. Advertising in this magazine provides an excellent opportunity to reach homeschooling families likely to be interested in your product or service. Questions may be directed to Circulation: V1 V3: 5,500  V2: 7,500 Next Advertising Deadline: March 15, 2017 For advertising opportunities with CHEC, go to Copyright © 2017 by CHEC YOU! YOUR Want to join in behind the scenes with CHEC? We have a tremendous team of volunteers who keep things going—and we have lots of openings now and we'd love for you to become a part! VOLUNTEER SUPERSTARS Are you looking for a spring/summer family volunteer project? Or do you have a few hours each month free? We're looking to build our volunteer teams for Homeschool Day at the Capitol (April 7th), the Rocky Mountain Homeschool Conference (June 15th-17th), and year-round in our Parker office. Action: Complete the form at HOMESCHOOL TALENT Do you play a musical instrument, sing, act, or speak? We want you! We're looking for homeschool students and graduates to be a part of our general sessions at the upcoming Rocky Moun- tain Homeschool Conference. It's a tremendous opportunity to bless homeschool families with your gifts and gain experience performing in front of 1,000+ people. We have openings for instrumentalists, vocalists, and orators, and we'd love for you to participate! Action: Learn more at GRAMMAR PEOPLE If you have an eye for spelling, punctuation, and grammar, then we need you! We're look- ing to build our team of publication proofers who volunteer from home to review magazine and print publications. Action: Contact DONATIONS FOR SILENT AUCTION Help keep event costs low for families! The CHEC Silent Auction (held during the Rocky Mountain Homeschool Conference in June) features great gifts, resources, and products from the practical (curriculum) to the fun (restaurant gift cards) and more. We accept new, quality items for the silent auction, and donations are eligible to be tax deductible. Action: Email BOX TOPS CAMPBELL'S LABELS Did you know that you can collect Box Tops for Education and Campbell's Soup Labels to benefit CHEC? Simply collect your items and then mail or deliver to CHEC (or drop off at any CHEC event). Action: Collect, then deliver to CHEC C H E C H O M E S C H O O L U P DAT E I Vo l u m e 1 , I s s u e 97, 2 01738
  38. 38. February Spelling Bee ELIZABETH Refresh: Ladies' Encouragement Day DENVER March High School and Beyond Seminar CASTLE ROCK April Homeschool Day at the Capitol DENVER May Homeschool Summit ONLINE Homeschool Graduation Ceremony LITTLETON June Rocky Mountain Homeschool Conference DENVER July/August Homeschool Intro Seminars AROUND THE STATE Aug/September Father Son Retreat FRASER October Casterline Single Moms' Banquet DENVER November Homeschool Group Leaders' Retreat What’s NEXT with CHEC 4 4 4 7 20 Visit to learn more and register 15-17 31-3 20 10-11 Vo l u m e 1 , I s s u e 97, 2 017 I C H E C H O M E S C H O O L U P DAT E 39 CHEC EVENTS
  39. 39. NONPROFIT ORG US POSTAGE PAID DENVER CO PERMIT #792 Christian Home Educators of Colorado 19039 Plaza Drive, Suite 210 Parker, Colorado 80134 Change Service Requested Dear families: If you no longer want to receive this magazine, please contact the CHEC office and ask to be removed from our mailing list. Thank you. 720.842.4852 I1.877.842.CHEC There are a gazillion curriculum options out there. How do you find the right ones for your family? Announcing... The Homeschool Curriculum Summit A One-Stop- Virtual-Shop to... • Understand your curriculum options • Find the best fit for your family’s style • Learn firsthand from writers, providers, and parents like you • PLUS get access to curriculum discounts and free resources! Be the first to know when registration opens! Sign up for updates today at GenerationsSPONSORED BY Coming in May 2017 FREE Registration!