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Homeschool Update Magazine - 2017, Volume 2, Issue 98


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

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Homeschool Update Magazine - 2017, Volume 2, Issue 98

  1. 1. 2017 IVOLUME 2 IISSUE 98 T H E H E A R T O F H O M E S C H O O L I N G How to do Family Worship Dad to Dad: Out of the Mouth of Babes Who has the Hearts of Your Children? Brain Glitches And Hope6 14 18 20 ARTICLES INSIDE THIS ISSUE INCLUDE HOLDING FAST in opeH JUNE 15-17, 2017 Rocky Mountain Homeschool Conference 29SEE DETAILS ON PAGE
  2. 2. Ken Ham Buddy Davis Kevin Swanson Emeal Zwayne Israel Wayne But for Christians committed to passing on the faith to the next generation, these challenges present a fresh opportunity to shine the light of the Gospel into a lost and lonely world. Join families from across the country for the Noah Conference in Cincinnati, OH August 11-12, 2017. Based on lessons from the life of Noah, the Noah Conference will prepare you to engage your kids, disciple them in an ungodly generation, and launch them into life as faithful ambassadors of Jesus Christ. $349 $239 P E R FA M I LY (Includes Ark Admission) $139 $85 P E R I N D I V I D U A L (Includes Ark Admission) FAMILY TICKETS INDIVIDUAL TICKETS I n a world of transgender bathrooms and common core classrooms, American Christians are facing unprecedented attacks on the biblical family. Get more details on conference features and lodging options at Thrilling family vacation destination just minutes away from the Noah Conference at no additional cost to you! August 11-12 in Cincinnati Speakers Get 34% Off! Register with code CHEC by April 30
  3. 3. Front Cover and This Page: The Rocky Mountain Homeschool Conference event. Photography by Sarah Lee Bryant/ CHEC Homeschool Update IVolume 2, 2017 IIssue 98 INSIDE Thematic Features 6 How to do Family Worship BY DR. JOEL BEEKE 8 Anchored to the Rock INTERVIEW WITH THE SENNES 10 Teenager or Youth? BY KATHERINE DANG Family Encouragement 12 One Season at a Time BY MARCIA WASHBURN 14 Out of the Mouth of Babes BY STEVE DEMME 16 Educated for Real Life BY ISAAC AND HEIDI BOTKIN 20 Brain Glitches and Hope BY BRIDGET MOSLEY CHEC Events 11 Day at the Capitol PRESENTED BY CHEC 29-56 Rocky Mountain HomeschoolConference PRESENTED BY CHEC Columns 4 Director’s Desk 18 Best of Blog 22 Homeschool Leaders 23 Legislative Liasion 24 Curriculum Review 26 Partner’s Page 19039 Plaza Drive, Suite 210 Parker, Colorado 80134 720.842.4852 I1.877.842.CHEC (2432)
  4. 4. Absolutely invisible... well, almost. But for that protruding foot, those candy wrappers that had escaped from their hiding place, the soft but noticeable sound of surreptitious activity, and a rather obvious shape on our living room sofa that looked just like a two-year-old covered with a blanket, you wouldn’t have even known she was there. Yes, this is a picture of my daughter cleverly concealing herself (or so she thought!) as she feasted on forbidden sweets. I’m sure none of your children have ever attempted something like this. But alas, MY children deal with many of MY tendencies. Hiding is instinctive to all human beings. From our first parents, Adam and Eve, to my little daughter, the innate desire to hide from God and from others that which we know to be wrong is something that is present within all of us. One of the most important lessons that a child should be taught as early as possible is that God always sees them. This is exactly what we are taught from Proverbs 15:3, which says, The eyes of the LORD are in every place, keeping watch on the evil and the good (NKJV). A question I ask my children daily from their children’s catechism is, “Does God know all things?” to which they reply, “Yes, nothing can be hid from God!” My goal in repeating this question so regularly is that I want to instill in my children the knowledge that they can never hide their sin from God. Either when hiding under a blanket or when they are grown and away from those who provided accountability in their childhood, God always sees them! It is my prayer that this truth becomes much more to them than a deterrent from sinful behavior. My desire is that they happily embrace it, and they learn and experience a life that is lived transparently and obedi- ently before God is the best life they can have. This can be described as a life lived coram Deo. The phrase, coram Deo, literally means in the presence of or before the face of God. R.C. Sproul believes coram Deo is the big idea of the Christian life. The idea which captures the very essence of our faith. “To live coram Deo is to live one’s entire life in the presence of God, under the authority of God, to the glory of God.” The most effective way to instill this lifestyle in our children is to model it for them. We need to ask our- selves the hard question, “Do I live coram Deo? Is my life, as well as my spouse’s, lived transparently and obediently before God as well as our children?” Many parents hide their own disobedient lifestyles behind hypocritical facades that are in reality just as effective as my two-year-old’s blanket. AND, most of the time our children know us for who we really are. In fact, a study produced by Generations, called the Gen 2 Survey, found the biggest factors determining the faith direction of millennials were parent-teen GOD SEES YOU!BY STEVE CRAIG C H E C H O M E S C H O O L U P DAT E I Vo l u m e 2 , I s s u e 9 8 , 2 0174 DIRECTOR’S DESK
  5. 5. Just how do you find joy and fulfillment when you are shrouded in obscurity? A life that is lived coram Deo, rests and rejoices in the knowledge that the smallest of choices and the most insignifi- cant of actions are seen by God. Nothing goes unnoticed or unrewarded by Him. To use a Facebook metaphor, if you know that He likes the ‘posts’ of your life, no one else’s ‘posts’ will matter much to you. God sees our sin (the bad), but He also sees our joyful obedience and love (the good). relationships and the hypocrisy OR authenticity of parental faith. As I reflect on my own upbringing, I have come to the conclusion the most significant factor influencing my faith direction was the knowledge, that while my parents were not perfect, they were for real. Their lifestyles were characterized by the same obedience they expected from me AND a willingness to own-up, even to their children, when it was not. They weren’t hiding behind what they weren’t. Our children are watching to see if we are for real. Really obedient. Really sorry when we’re not obedi- ent. Really coram Deo. The other truth that we must model before our chil- dren is that a life lived coram Deo is not only a safe and secure life, it is also a life that experiences the greatest purpose and meaning. For many homeschool parents (especially mothers), much of life is lived in the trenches with little chance that their daily investments, sacrifices, and toil will be noticed by the big world outside of their home. FOR MANY HOMESCHOOL PARENTS, MUCH OF LIFE IS LIVED IN THE TRENCHES. JUST HOW DO YOU FIND JOY WHEN YOU ARE SHROUDED IN OBSCURITY? “ “ ■ 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 Our children will be attracted to a coram Deo lifestyle when they witness that our choices are dictated by a faith that rests happily in the reality that God is a rewarder of those who diligently seek Him (Hebrews 11:6 NKJV). If they perceive that the notice and smile of God is not enough for us, how can we think that it will be for them? Homeschool parent, on your hardest day, God sees you! I trust that you will be able to find great satisfaction and joy in your calling as you fulfill it coram Deo.  Steve Craig is the Executive Director 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. ENROLLMENTOPENS IN JUNE Vo l u m e 2 , I s s u e 9 8 , 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. PHOTOGRAPHYBYISTOCK FAMILY WORSHIP Given the importance of daily family worship as a potent force in winning untold millions to Gospel truth throughout the ages, we ought not be surprised that God requires heads of households do all they can to lead their families in worshiping the living God. As Joshua declared, As for me and my house, we will serve [or worship] the Lord (Joshua 24:15 NKJV). worship twice a day, try 10 minutes in the morning and 15 in the evening. Be consistent. Lead family worship with a firm, shepherding hand and a soft, penitent heart. Speak with hopeful solemnity. Expect great things from a great covenant-keeping God. According to Scripture, God should be served in spe- cial acts of worship by families today in the following three ways. Suggestions for Daily Instruc- tion in the Word of God God should be worshiped by daily reading and instruction from His Word. Through questions, answers, and instructions, the parents and children are to interact regarding sacred truth (Deuteronomy 6:6-7). When reading and teaching the Bible, consider these suggestions. 1. Have a reading plan. Read 10 or 20 verses from the Old Testament in the morning and 10 to 20 from the New Testament in the evening. Or read a series of parables, miracles, or historical portions. Read the entire Bible over a period of time. A whole Bible makes a whole Christian. 2. Involve the family. Family members who can read should have a Bible to follow along. Set the tone by reading with expression as the living, breathing book it is. Assign portions to be read by each family member, teaching how to read articulately, reverently, and with expression. How to do Family worship will require some preparation. Have your Bibles ready and a Scripture passage selected. Catechisms and books with ques- tions and answers for children are very helpful. Sometimes you might read through a book like John Bunyan’s Pilgrim’s Progress and discuss it together. Set your times for family worship then carefully guard them like a precious jewel. If you JOEL R. BEEKE C H E C H O M E S C H O O L U P DAT E I Vo l u m e 2 , I s s u e 9 8 , 2 0176 FAMILY ENCOURAGEMENT
  7. 7. 3. Be plain in meaning. Be plain in applying scriptural texts. If a sin is rebuked in the Word call the family to keep watch against it; if a duty is command- ed, press it upon them; if a promise is offered, urge your family to trust it and receive its comfort. 4. Encourage family dialogue around God’s Word in-line with the Hebraic procedure of household question and answer (cf. Ex. 12:26–27; 13:14–15). Use the Family Worship Bible Guide (Grand Rapids: Reformation Heritage Books, 2017) to help you. Read aloud the thoughts for each Bible chapter. Dialogue about the thoughts expressed. Answer the questions asked. 5. Be pure in doctrine. Don’t abandon doctrinal precision when teaching young children; aim for simplicity and soundness. 6. Be relevant in application. Sharing your own personal experiences when appropriate provides con- crete illustrations, but do that simply and concisely. Ideally, tie together biblical instruction with what you recently heard in sermons. 7. Be affectionate in manner. Proverbs continu- ally uses the phrase my son, showing the warmth, love, and urgency in the teachings of a God-fearing parent. When you must administer correction to your children, do that with heartfelt love. Tell them you must convey the whole counsel of God because you can’t bear the thought of spending eternity apart from them. My father often said to us with tears: “Children, I cannot miss any of you in heaven.” Tell your chil- dren: “We will allow you every privilege an open Bible will allow us to give you — but if we say “No” to you, you must know that flows out of our love.” 8. Require attention. Proverbs 4:1 says, Hear, ye children, the instruction of a father, and attend to know understanding (KJV). Don’t allow children to leave during family worship. Daily Prayer Before the Throne of God Does not the command to pray without ceasing (1 Thessalonians 5:17 NKJV) include when we are with our families? Again, here are some specific guidelines for leading the family in prayer. 1. Be short. With a few exceptions, don’t pray for more than five minutes. Tedious prayers do more harm than good. Teach with your eyes open; pray with your eyes shut. 2. Be simple without being shallow. Pray for things that your children know about, but don’t become trivial. Don’t reduce your prayers to self- centered, shallow petitions. 3. Be direct. Spread your needs before God, plead your case, and ask for mercy. Name your children and their needs one by one on a daily basis. That holds tremendous weight with them. 4. Be natural yet solemn. Speak clearly and rev- erently. Don’t use an unnatural high-pitched voice or a monotone. To hold attention, don’t pray too loudly or softly, too fast or too slow. 5. Be varied. Develop variety in prayer by remem- bering and stressing the various ingredients of true prayer such as calling upon God to hear your prayers; adoring God for His titles and attributes; declaring your humble dependence and need; confessing family sins; asking for family mercies (both material and spiritual); interceding for friends, churches, and the nations; giving thanks for God’s blessings; and bless- ing God for His kingdom, glory, and power. Use a prayer list to remember needs. Mix these ingredients with different proportion for variety. Daily Singing of the Praise of God Psalm 118:15 says, The voice of rejoicing and salva- tion is in the tents of the righteous (KJV). That is a clear reference to singing. Every Christian family should own a few copies of a good psalter (psalms set to meter and music) and hymnal from which to sing. 1. Sing doctrinally pure songs. There is no excuse for doctrinal error no matter the good tune. 2. Sing Psalms first and foremost, without neglecting sound hymns. Remember that the Psalms are the richest gold mine of deep, living, experiential, scriptural, piety still available to us today. 3. Sing heartily and with feeling. As Colossians 3:23 says, And whatsoever ye do, do it heartily, as to the Lord, and not to men (NKJV). Meditate on the words and discuss a phrase. Conclusion Pray each night with your spouse that God will bless your feeble efforts that day at family worship to the well-being of the precious children entrusted to you. Cling to God’s promise: Cast thy bread upon the waters: for thou shalt find it after many days (Ecclesi- astes 11:1 KJV).  Joel R. Beeke (Ph.D., Westminster Seminary) is president and professor of systematic theology and homiletics at Puritan Reformed Theological Seminary, a pastor of the Heritage Reformed Congregation in Grand Rapids, Michigan, editor of Banner of Sovereign Grace Truth, editorial director of Reformation Heritage Books, and a prolific author. Rocky Mountain Homeschool Conference SPEAKER Vo l u m e 2 , I s s u e 9 8 , 2 017 I C H E C H O M E S C H O O L U P DAT E 7 FAMILY ENCOURAGEMENT
  8. 8. INTERVIEW WITH THE SENNE FAMILY PLEASE SHARE THE BACKGROUND STORY OF YOUR OWN UPBRINGING, EDUCATION, AND WORK EXPERIENCE. AI (Brenda) was raised in a Christian home in a small farming community in northern Mississippi where families were related or had known each other for generations. At home, I was taught that our whole family was expected to make a contribution by working on our family farm and also by helping Daddy in his construction business. I attended public school. During my elementary years we began each school day with prayer, and the Bible was taught regularly. I (Tim) grew up in Durango, Colorado in a very secularized family. We went to church when I was very young but things like Darwinian evolution, secular philosophy, and Freudian psychol- ogy were just accepted as fact in our household. I worked at a ski resort after high school then joined the U.S. Army. I made the Army a career and stayed in for nearly 24 years. While assigned to Fort Jackson, South Carolina, a very gentle and patient believer who was also my roommate led me to the Lord! After the Army, I worked for a general contractor for a time; then about four years ago I started a business building and restoring custom cabinets and furniture. I have a Bachelor’s degree in Organizational Management from Colorado Christian University. HOW DID YOU MEET, MARRY, AND BEGIN YOUR FAMILY? AWe met in Oklahoma in the summer of 1987 while Tim was an instructor at the U.S. Army Field Artillery School. At the time I (Tim) needed assistance with a project, and Brenda offered to help. She really went out of her way to help and I was very impressed; I knew right away there was something very special about Brenda and decided that I wanted to get to know her better. Our relationship was very casual at first, but it didn’t take long to discover what a wonderful person she is, and we were married in Bad Kissingen, Germany in 1988. In God’s provi- dence it took some time for us to have children, but looking back the Lord’s timing was perfect. Tim and Brenda Senne recently celebrated 28 years of marriage. They give thanks to God for the blessings of living in Colorado and homeschooling their children. Brenda was born and raised in northern Mississippi and is a full-time homemaker and homeschooling mom. Tim is from Durango, Colorado, served in the U.S. Army, and is a self- employed cabinet and furniture maker. Their family volunteered to help with CHEC’s Casterline Banquet last fall. ANCHORED to the ROCK C H E C H O M E S C H O O L U P DAT E I Vo l u m e 2 , I s s u e 9 8 , 2 0178 THEMATIC INTERVIEW
  9. 9. card making. She started piano at age seven and plays every Sunday during worship. Jeremiah (13) loves reading the Bible and is very artistic with a variety of media. He also enjoys history as well as hunting, fishing, and climbing 14’ers. Our family activities include just about any outdoor recreation, especially Nordic and alpine skiing, hiking, and camping. One of the great benefits of homeschooling is the flexibility it provides. For example, during our spring break two years ago, we visited the Gettysburg National Battlefield historical park in Pennsylvania to provide a hands- on approach to understanding the American Civil War. Prior to our visit, we read-up on the causes of the war and some narrative history of the various battles and campaigns. Walking the battlefield and visitor center made the history come alive and helped all of us to better understand what life was like during the Civil War era. Last year we visited some of the historical sites around Boston, Mas- sachusetts. To add some variety we also visited a maple syrup producer in upstate New York and participated in tapping the maple trees, gathering sap, and making the syrup. Those experiences are going to stay with us the rest of our lives especially because it was a time of growing together as a fam- ily while learning and having fun. WHEN DID YOU DECIDE TO HOME EDUCATE YOUR CHILDREN? WHAT WERE YOUR GOALS AS YOU STARTED OUT, AND HOW HAS YOUR VISION CHANGED OVER THE COURSE OF YOUR FAMILY’S HOMESCHOOL JOURNEY? AWe discussed and prayed about schooling options and decided to homeschool well before our children were of school-age. That decision was based on the belief that our primary responsibility as parents is to raise our children in the discipline and instruction of the Lord (Ephesians 6:4), and that we are obligated before God to Impress on our children the Word of the Lord (Deuteronomy 6:7 NIV). Providentially, as we were considering options for educating our children we met a homeschooling family. They gave us the opportunity to observe homeschooling up-close. The mother in that family was herself homeschooled. She was able to share with us a wealth of experience regarding methods, legal requirements, choosing curricula, and so on. As believers, everything we do in raising our children is or should be done out of a desire for them to be con- formed to the likeness of Jesus Christ. In that regard our vision for educating our children has changed very little over the years. Early on, we had a strong desire to decide which textbooks and other materials to use as opposed to having someone else who doesn’t share our worldview make those decisions. More impor- tantly, providing a biblical foundation for learning each subject is central to our approach; it informs every aspect of our homeschooling environment. We have discovered that we’ve achieved better results with some curricula than others; that is mostly a result of the learning styles of our children. WHAT ARE THE AGES OF YOUR CHILDREN, THEIR TALENTS, AND HOW DO YOU INCORPORATE THOSE INTO HOMESCHOOLING? WHAT DOES YOUR FAMILY DO TOGETHER FOR FUN? AAbigail (16) is particularly interested in theol- ogy, physics, and astronomy, as well as knitting and SINCE A STRONG MARRIAGE IS SO IMPORTANT FOR HEALTHY FAMILY LIFE, WHAT ARE SOME THINGS THAT YOU HAVE DONE TO INVEST IN YOUR MARRIAGE? ADaily prayer time together is vitally important in our marriage, as well as our regular family devotions. Taking time to listen to one another is also of great value. The simple act of listening is a demonstration of the way we appreciate one another and value the contribution we both make to the success of our mar- riage and family. BASED ON YOUR EXPERIENCE, WHAT IS THE PRIMARY PIECE OF ADVICE YOU WOULD GIVE TO FAMILIES WHO ARE NEW TO HOMESCHOOLING? ADon’t allow temporary struggles to cause you to lose sight of the ultimate objective. If our goal was merely to produce well-educated children and produc- tive citizens, we may succeed in doing so while failing at our greatest responsibility—which is to lead our children to Jesus Christ and encourage them in their relationship with Him as their Savior. One other bit of advice: seek out veteran homeschoolers as mentors, then learn from their experience and wisdom.  AS BELIEVERS, EVERYTHING WE DO IN RAISING OUR CHILDREN SHOULD BE DONE OUT OF A DESIRE FOR THEM TO BE CONFORMED TO THE LIKENESS OF JESUS CHRIST. “ “ PHOTOGRAPHYBYISTOCK,SENNEFAMILY Vo l u m e 2 , I s s u e 9 8 , 2 017 I C H E C H O M E S C H O O L U P DAT E 9 THEMATIC INTERVIEW
  10. 10. The Bible strongly suggests four stages in the development of a full generation: infancy, from birth to 7 years (Jonah 4:11, I Samuel 1:21, 24, Luke 10:13, 15-16, 18:15, 17); childhood, ages 4-12 years, (Proverbs 22:15, Ephesians 4:14, II Timothy 3:15, Galatians 4:1- 3, I Corinthians 13:11); youth, 13 years old to age 19 (Ecclesiastes 11:10, 12:1; Lamentations 3:27, II Timothy 2:22); then, to arrive at adult- hood upon reaching 20 years of age (Numbers 14:29, Isaiah 45:8, I Corinthians 16:18). Each stage forms the foundation of the next. The question at hand is whether parents are raising up generations who have, or do not have, the capacity to give account of themselves to God for their decisions and actions by the age of twenty. For the Scriptures teach, So then every one of us shall give account of himself to God (Romans 14:12 KJV). The Bible warns, Beware lest any man spoil you through philosophy and vain deceit, after the tradition of men, after the rudiments of the world, and not after Christ (Colossians 2:8 KJV). Worldly wisdom, or “vain deceit” and the “traditions of men,” cannot lead nor incline an individual’s mind and heart to follow or pursue “after Christ.” Modernism from its experts and laboratory studies has developed its “Frankenstein,” the teenager, for whom parents must subscribe to a mandatory list of psychological needs, requirements, and demands if their child is to become socially adjusted to an ever-progressive world. First, the teenager must become socially and emotionally emancipated from the domination of his parents. He is encouraged to be “rebellious” or get free from the restraints of parental control. Second, the teenager must be allowed to fit in with his con- temporaries, to find his own society in which he may have prestige and acceptance and to which he gives allegiance. Third, the teenager must explore and experience new relationships before he can discover for himself what is right and what is wrong for him, to achieve thereby independence from the influence of his parents. And, meanwhile and finally, parents must support— (morally and materially)—their teenager until he achieves full independence from them. By contrast, the Scriptures refer to those seven years before adulthood as the years of youth. Clear, specif- ic essential instructions are given for youth to follow if they are to develop the character and conscience prerequisite to adulthood. First, exercising humble, respectful subjection to lawful authority— God (Ecclesiastes 12:1), parents and elders (Exodus 12:1), and civil rulers (Romans 13:4)—will temper the sin of youthful pride. Second, youth are instructed to improve their capacity to bear burdens and hardships of all kinds—physical, emotional, intellectual, and spiritual (Lamentations 3:27, I Samuel 17:11, Genesis 37:27-28). Third, the Scriptures instruct youth to ex- ercise a good conscience and good government over their sensual appetites (Ecclesiastes 11:10, II Timothy 2:22, Genesis 39:7,8 9,10-12). Finally, besides fulfilling his appropriate duties to God, family, and to others, one is obligated to himself to pursue his God-given purpose and place in this world (Daniel 1:8, Luke 2:42, 46, 49). Parents are the deciders as to whether the aims, content, and methods of the education of their children will result in raising up a generation of teenagers or a generation of adult men and woman prepared to be independently dependent upon God and accountable to Him at home, in business, in the church, and in the nation.  Katherine Dang is a popular Christian speaker who is president of the Philomath Foundation, founder of Philomath Publications, and a home education consultant. Rocky Mountain Homeschool Conference SPEAKER PHOTOGRAPHYBYISTOCK TEENAGER OR YOUTH?BY KATHERINE DANG C H E C H O M E S C H O O L U P DAT E I Vo l u m e 2 , I s s u e 9 8 , 2 01710 FAMILY ENCOURAGEMENT
  11. 11. Fife drum march to the Capitol EVENT RECAP BY KATIE WARD Colorado's annual Homeschool Day at the Capitol was held on Friday, April 7, 2017. The state of Colorado recognized this day as Home Education Day by proclamation of the governor, and over 1,500 registered for the day's activities. It was a privilege to join with you to learn about our government, honor God in the public arena, and show our legislators that we will stand together to maintain our liberty. We are grateful to God for the freedom He has granted us! May we be faithful to preserve it.  Jenna Ellis teaching the Constitution 101 class at the Capitol MARK YOUR CALENDARS! Day at the Capitol  April 13th, 2018 Liberty Celebration at Pillar of Fire Church Picnic lunches Colorado homeschool rally Chief Justic Roy Moore PHOTOGRAPHYBYTOBIASSTEEVES,AMANDAVAUGHAN,DUCTRAN Vo l u m e 2 , I s s u e 9 8 , 2 017 I C H E C H O M E S C H O O L U P DAT E 11 CHEC EVENTS
  12. 12. Women often groan when they hear about the Proverbs 31 woman who seem- ingly could do it all, have it all, and be it all. She seems so perfect—something we could never be. But scholars tell us that the description we read is a summary of her entire adult life. She didn’t do all of those things all at once. Her children rise up and call her blessed (Proverbs 31:28a NKJV) probably didn’t happen until they were adults with little ones of their own. That’s when our children really begin to understand what we have done for them, isn’t it? citizenship activity, continuing education, and ministry, but they are not the main focus of these busy years. The primary responsibilities in the Production years are stabilizing the family income and raising godly children. Most homeschooling families find themselves in this season. ▪ Provision (40-60 years): This is a season of showing hospitality and entering into more in- depth ministry opportunities than were possible in earlier years. The home is financially stable, the children are raised and moving out on their own. Dad and Mom now have the experience to be able to mentor others. I was 38 when my last son was born, so I straddled both the Production and Provision seasons as I raised my family well into my fifties. ▪ Protection (60-end of life): It is now possible to contribute more actively in the areas of citizen- ship and ministry without neglecting the family. Education and finances are generally no longer the focus. Having raised their own children well, people in this season have earned an audience and are often invited to serve in their churches and communities. One Season BY MARCIA WASHBURN So often we feel guilty that we can’t be active in as many out-of-home activities and ministries as we might like. After all, there is so much good to be done in a hurting world — church activities, political causes, serving the homeless or elderly, and on and on. How can we do all of this and still run our house- holds, teach our children, and love our spouses, too? The answer is, we can’t. And we shouldn’t feel guilty about it. Gregg Harris, homeschool pioneer and pastor, reminds us that there are four seasons in our lives divided into roughly twenty-year blocks. Sometimes these seasons overlap and ages will vary. In each season there will be elements of education, career, ministry, and citizenship, but the focus on each of these areas varies with the seasons. ▪ Preparation (0-20 years): These are the years when we learn basic living skills and prepare for a career, whether in the workplace or in the home. Education, both formal and experiential, is the major focus of this season. ▪ Production (20-40 years). Harris calls these the “Business and Babies” years. There may be some AT A TIME C H E C H O M E S C H O O L U P DAT E I Vo l u m e 2 , I s s u e 9 8 , 2 01712 MANAGEMENT FOR MOMS
  13. 13. PHOTOGRAPHYBYISTOCK difficulties or who simply don’t practice (believing they will magically absorb the ability to play by showing up for lessons every week). The home management techniques and shortcuts I learned while managing the boys’ education and activities in the early years are now paying off as I juggle ministry and marriage, speaking and writing, caregiving and piano teaching, not to mention a major home remodel construction project! I would never be able to deal with the many demands on my days now if God hadn’t trained me in the ‘Bootcamp of Homeschooling’ years ago. We never know what God might have in mind for our future. Occasionally He gives us hints, but mostly He just homeschools us, assigning classes that we may or may not enjoy because He knows what will be needed for the next season of our lives. We can be thankful that no matter when He calls us home, we are only accountable for being faithful in the season in which we currently find ourselves. We don’t have to live in every season at the same time — we can live in our current season guilt- free. And at the end of the day we can say, “It is finished. I have done what my Father has called me to do this day.”  © 2017 by Marcia K. Washburn who will be hosting the Christian Family Eldercare booth at the Rocky Mountain Homeschool Conference June 15-17 in Denver. Stop by and say “Hi,” as she would love to meet you! For more from Marcia, see and “LIKE” her Facebook page at https://www. As mentioned earlier, the seasons of life overlap to a degree. Certainly you will want to vote as soon as you can do so legally even if you cannot be more politically active. Without a doubt you will help at church when you are able, but not to the detriment of your family if you are in the season of Production. I didn’t begin serving beyond the local level until my children were well past the dependent stage. Writing and public speaking are new chapters in my life that I would never have attempted during the survival years of birthing, breastfeeding, and burping babies. But as our sons matured, God began opening doors to write and speak, encouraging other homeschool moms and dads both across the country and internationally. I never dreamed that the training God gave me through those 19 years of homeschooling would prepare me for the ministry opportunities I have now. Giving birth to six babies helped me find the courage to put on a shoulder-length glove and as- sist a sow as she struggled to deliver a too-large piglet. Surviving my midlife, near fatal E. coli infection assured me that God would watch over me when I taught home education seminars in the Ecuadorian jungle and in St. Petersburg, Russia. Caring for children when they were helpless has prepared me for caring for my mother-in-law as she becomes less capable of caring for herself due to Alzheimer’s disease. The contentment I learned as a stay-at-home mother has eased the feelings of isolation I feel as a full-time caregiver now. The patience I learned teaching my boys helps me as I work with piano students who have learning HOW CAN WE DO ALL OF THIS AND STILL RUN OUR HOUSEHOLDS, TEACH OUR CHILDREN, AND LOVE OUR SPOUSES TOO? THE ANSWER IS, WE CAN'T. “ “ COLORADO HOMESCHOOL FAMILY DAYS VIEW MORE UPCOMING EVENTS AT  Friday, May 19—Homeschool Skate at Skate City Littleton  Saturday, May 20—Bloomapalooza at the Butterfly Pavilion  Sunday, June 4—Free Day at the Den- ver Museum of Nature and Science  Friday, June 9—Free Day at Four Mile Historic Park  Saturday, July 22, Insectival at the Butterfly Pavilion - celebrate Rosie's 21st birthday!  Friday-Saturday, July 28-29, Delta Aquarids Meteor Shower  Tuesday, August 1, Free Day at Den- ver Botanic Gardens Chatfield Farms  Tuesday, August 1, free day at the Molly Brown house (some restrictions apply)  Monday, August 21, Total Solar Eclipse Vo l u m e 2 , I s s u e 9 8 , 2 017 I C H E C H O M E S C H O O L U P DAT E 13 MANAGEMENT FOR MOMS
  14. 14. PHOTOGRAPHYBYISTOCK MOUTH OF BABES Out of the The very next day, one of the dads informed me that he had read the entire book the previous night! Before he had left home that morning, he spent some time with his eight-year-old daugh- ter. He asked her if there was anything she would like to share with him so he could pray for her. She looked him in the eye and asked, “Did you learn that at the conference?” The dad and I looked at each other and burst into laughter just talking about it. Later, as I pondered his words, my heart was stirred. This short and wonderful father-daughter interaction spoke to me on several levels. First, the dad diligently read the book in one evening and applied what he learned at the first opportunity. He was not only a hearer but a doer of the word. Kudos to him! Second, he is a lifelong learner. He devoted two days to attend a conference to become a better husband and father, and to be with other kindred spirits who are seeking the same things. My eyes well with tears as I write these words. I love men like this for investing their precious time preparing to be a better servant leader in their home. May God bless and keep them! Third, eight-year-old children don’t miss much. That precious child was right on target. She knew her parents were attending a conference and was not surprised when they were different at home as a result. What an impression her dad made on her as she witnessed this humble man learning and growing. We read in Genesis that Abraham was 99 years old and still being taught life lessons from his heav- enly Father. One of my sons told me that the most encouraging thing about me is that I am always learning and growing. May God help us to always be growing in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. Jesus has another name for humble, lifelong learners. He calls these committed individuals “disciples.” And not only disciples, but also brothers, sisters, and friends. For whoever does the will of My Father in heaven is My brother and sister and mother (Matthew 12:50 ESV). Dads, I want to encourage you to be the best husbands and fathers you can be. The week before Father’s Day, I will be presenting several workshops to help you become servant leaders in your home. I’m looking forward to meeting you then at the CHEC Rocky Mountain Homeschool Conference in Denver! May our good God bless and keep us ever learning and growing.  Steve Demme is the author of Math-U-See and the founder of Building Faith Families. In addition to his weekly podcasts he produces a monthly newsletter and other resources to strengthen and encourage parents. Learn more about these at www.buildingfaithfami- BY STEVE DEMME Rocky Mountain Homeschool Conference SPEAKER Last summer I had the privilege of speaking at a state homeschool convention. I led a few men’s workshops and offered my book The Christian Home and Family Worship for free to those who would commit to reading all 90 pages within 30 days of the event. C H E C H O M E S C H O O L U P DAT E I Vo l u m e 2 , I s s u e 9 8 , 2 01714 DAD TO DADDAD TO DAD
  15. 15. I stood in the middle of the stage shaking. This was the fifth and final round of the 2016 senior semifinals at the National Bible Bee. I knew if my recitation was flawless, I had a shot at being a finalist. Was this real? Were my dreams of the past eight years about to become a reality? So far in my National Bible Bee career, God in His infinite mercy had withheld my heart’s desire of becoming a finalist. In the first part of Philippians 4:12, Paul states, I know both how to be abased and I know how to abound (KJV). I had learned the difficult lesson of abasement; now I wondered, was I ready to learn how to abound through Christ? I have competed in the National Bible Bee since it’s inception in 2009. I attended my first nationals in 2013 feeling pretty confident. I was crushed when I didn’t advance beyond the preliminary round. After failing to advance to the semifinals the following year, I began to realize my priorities were all wrong. I wanted glory for me, not glory for God. I am so thankful God did not give me what I wanted right away because if He had, I never would have learned the valuable lessons of surrender and trust which He taught me. At the Nationals in November 2016, my goal was dif- ferent. I wasn’t going for me this time. My goal was to glorify God and do my very best for Him. After taking the 225 question multiple-choice test and quoting five passages during the preliminary round, I scored in the top 15 and advanced to the semifinals. I was asked to recite Isaiah 25:6-9, which happens to be one of my favorite passages! I smiled and started quoting; in the middle of the passage something clicked and I quoted like never before. The words coming out of my mouth were clear and pas- sionate. I realized with joy that God had opened my lips so they could speak forth His praise. I continued to see God’s hand on the competi- tion and experienced joy as I stood on stage with the other finalists. I prayed a lot that morning, surrendering the finals to God, asking Him to put my will in sync with His. In the end, I placed second, and I felt so humbled that God would hand-pick me from among so many worthy contestants! The National Bible Bee has taught me so much about who God is and how I should live. I have become an avid Bible reader, memorizer, and I have learned to surrender everything to God. Through the Bible Bee, I have learned how to lose and how to win because, I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me (Philippians 4:13 NKJV).  Danika Puhek is the oldest daughter of Cindy and Peter Puhek who homeschool in the Colorado Springs area. NATIONAL BIBLE BEEBY DANIKA PUHEK Glory to God at the Vo l u m e 2 , I s s u e 9 8 , 2 017 I C H E C H O M E S C H O O L U P DAT E 15 FAMILY ENCOURAGEMENT
  16. 16. BY ISAAC AND HEIDI BOTKIN Educated for When Heidi and I (Isaac) were born, our respective parents began to pray about how we should be educated. When they choose to teach us at home, it wasn’t for lack of options. Isaac’s parents lived in Washington D.C. suburbs absolutely surrounded by private schools, and Heidi’s father was actually teaching at a well-respected Christian school in Ohio. PHOTOGRAPHYBYISTOCK Real Life prepared us for where we are today, and what we are doing. First, our educations prepared us for our work. By figuring out how to teach us at home, our parents demonstrated discipline, and taught us to be self-disciplined. More importantly, they taught us how to learn; how to teach ourselves. Isaac has worked as an employee, freelancer, and manager, in several different fields. Even though he wasn’t trained in every one of those areas, his parents equipped him to train himself and do the work. Second, our education prepared us to be parents. By having us, and all of our sib- lings, at home, our parents gave us a front row seat watching how parenting works. We were around to see great parenting in action, all day, every day. Now that we have children of our own, we still feel over- whelmed a lot, but we also have an excellent example to guide us. Third, our education gave us unique oppor- tunities. Instead of being stuck in classrooms with our peers, our parents took us interest- ing places and introduced us to fascinating And even in those early days of home education, there were various co-ops and pre-packaged curricula that they could have used, ways of moving a “regular” education from classroom to home without any other major changes. These would have been easier, faster, and in many ways cheaper than how our parents ended up teaching us. But they wanted to give us educations that were completely different in their focus, not just their location. To do so was hard, time-consuming, and expensive in many ways. We’ve watched our parents change careers, take massive pay cuts, and move across the country (or around the world) just so they could teach us diligently and according to their understand- ing of scripture (Deuteronomy 6:7). Today, they would say that it was all worth it, and so would we. Their efforts have perfectly PHOTOGRAPHY BY ISTOCK C H E C H O M E S C H O O L U P DAT E I Vo l u m e 2 , I s s u e 9 8 , 2 01716 GEN2
  17. 17. OUR PARENTS MODELED PERSONAL SACRIFICE BY GIVING UP HIGH-POWERED CAREER OPTIONS TO INSTEAD PURSUE WORK THAT WOULD PROVIDE MORE OPPORTUNITIES FOR real-life character training. people. Our flexible schedules allowed us to work alongside our parents, serve the Body of Christ, and fight spiritual battles in Kingdom work long before we “graduated.” All of the academic and book-learning parts of education had a very real, practical, hands-on component. As important as all of those, and so many other things are, it was the way that our parents went about teaching those things that really mattered. Our parents used our home education to show us the real meaning of success, and prepare us for a life of service, sacrifice and a life lived devoted to the Lord (1 Timothy 1:5). They could have told us these things when we got home from government school, but by devoting so much time to us, and making so many sacrifices to keep us close to them gave us an example to follow. Our parents modelled personal sacrifice by gladly giving up high-powered career options to pursue jobs that would include us kids, work that would provide more opportunities for real-life charac- ter and training. They illustrated the meaning of service by bringing us to widows' homes, pro-life rallies, nursing homes, orphanages, and homeless shelters. They showed us that true success can’t be measured in college degrees, paychecks, number of cars, or even spheres of influence. Success can only be measured using God’s standards (James 1:27). This is not to say that we had perfect parents, or a perfect education. In fact, our parents would be the first to point out that the first thing that they demonstrated to us was their own imperfection, and their need for repentance and humility, prayer, and constant reliance on the Lord. Thankfully, they daily demonstrated that repentance, humility, and reliance on the Lord. In short, they saw home education as more than just an alternative to other kinds of school. It was more than just a way to keep us from getting bullied in the locker room, or to make time for other activities, or to get us into a better college. They were trying to make us a part of their daily lives, to involve us in the real world, and teach us to love, honor and glorify the One who made us. Now, it should be noted that our two families are very different in many ways, and the actual mechan- ics and subjects of the education were pretty varied. One family taught Latin with varying levels of reten- tion, and the other family had better success with math. Within each family, every child was different, and everyone got a different education, tailored to them. In fact, our families are different enough that the only things that our respective educations really had in common were those things that we mentioned earlier: being completely involved in our parents’ lives, an emphasis on discipline and character, lots of real-life ministry that allowed our parents to demonstrate our place in the world while still working to protect us from worldly influences (Romans 12:2), a trust in the Lord and study of His Word, and reliance on Him. This is why we are confident that our parents were able to prepare us for our adult lives, not just for where we are today, but but for wherever we will be to- morrow. We are also confident that if we can teach our own children these Biblical principles that our parents emphasized, and be the same kind of example to them, we will be able to give them the tools they need for wherever the Lord calls them.  Isaac and Heidi Botkin have one son and a second baby on the way. They are raising their family in middle Tennessee in the midst of ever-changing areas of work and ministry including video, design, manufactur- ing, ministry work, and community outreach. They blog at Did you know CHEC collects Box Tops for Educa- tion? Each qualifying box top is worth 10 cents to CHEC, and every little bit helps us return the investment to Colorado families. Simply collect the box tops and then drop them off at a CHEC event or the office (or mail them to us). Learn more at LABELS FOR EDUCATION This program ends soon! We need 2200 points to reach our goal. Deliver your labels to CHEC by June 30th! SAVE YOUR BOXTOPS! Vo l u m e 2 , I s s u e 9 8 , 2 017 I C H E C H O M E S C H O O L U P DAT E 17 GEN2
  18. 18. BEST OF CHEC.ORG/BLOG THE HEARTS Who has BY NORM WAKEFIELD PHOTOGRAPHYBYISTOCK In the past months, I have received the trou- bling news of four young people who have left their homes without the blessing of their parents. Such occurrences seem to be on the rise. We might expect children of parents who are un- believers to make a bolt into premature indepen- dence, but these young people I know have bolted from parents that have a sincere love for their children and a commitment to train them in God's ways. BEST OF CHEC.ORG/BLOG Visit for weekly encouragement, with articles like:  Tips for Teaching Sons by Shalyn Roach  Only One Director and One Audience by Vicki Lewis  Homeschooling Your Adopted Child by Shari McMinn When we hear of a young person behaving in such a way, questions leap into our minds. What caused this behavior? Could the parents have done anything to prevent it? Could this happen to us? If our own teen- age son or daughter is discontent, contentious, and disrespectful, then bringing up the subject may evoke fears that can almost be tasted. Although I don't think I have all the answers to the questions above, I believe God's Word provides helpful insight and hope that may be encouraging and directive. If we wish to prevent teenage mutiny, the hearts of our children must be our primary concern. Who has the heart of your child? What does this have to do with the problem? The Dynamics of the Heart What is your understanding of the relationship between the heart and the will? My observation is that many Christian parents have erroneous ideas on this topic. Biblically speaking, the heart refers to that central governing aspect of our souls involving our thinking, understanding, conscience, and spirit. Proverbs 23:7 indicates that the thinking in our heart determines who we are. So our mind, our thinking, and our under- standing are functions of the heart. The apostle John implied that our conscience is another aspect of our heart when he wrote, We shall know by this that we are of the truth, and shall assure our heart before him, in whatever our heart condemns us; for God is greater than our hearts, and knows all things. Beloved, if our heart does not condemn us, we have confidence before God (1 John 3:19-21 NASB). Another word used synonymously with heart is the term spirit. God prophesied through Ezekiel, And I shall give them one heart, and shall put a new spirit within of your children? C H E C H O M E S C H O O L U P DAT E I Vo l u m e 2 , I s s u e 9 8 , 2 01718
  19. 19. them. And I shall take the heart of stone out of their flesh and give them a heart of flesh (Ezekiel 11:19 NASB). Some theologians consider the spirit to be that aspect of our heart which relates to God. That may be so, but in all three — the mind, the conscience, and the spirit — we relate to God. Whatever function it plays, the spirit is an influential, powerful, motivating force. A False Notion About the Heart If we aren't careful, we may base our relationships with our children on a false notion regarding the nature of man. That false notion is that the will dictates the condition of the heart. When we operate out of this false presupposition, we think that if we can just convince our children of what is right and wrong, they will act accordingly. Parents who think this way also tend to think their children can become Christians by simply exercising their free will to choose to accept Jesus Christ as their Savior. That makes sense if one thinks the action of the will dictates the condition of the heart. The problem with that kind of thinking is that it is un- true. If parents teach their children that one particular action is the right thing to do and another action is unrighteous, will their children then exercise their will accordingly? Not always. The apostle Paul, in Romans 7, stressed the helplessness of a man who knows what is right but doesn't have the power of the Holy Spirit at work in his heart and life. Wretched man that I am! The problem isn't the will, but the heart. Paul wrote, For I know that nothing good dwells in me, that is, in my flesh; for the willing is present in me, but the doing of the good is not (Romans 7:18 NASB). Therefore, it is important that we... Learn the Truth About the Dy- namics of the Heart and Will The truth about the will of the natural man is that it is not free to act righteously. The Bible teaches that the natural man's will is in bondage to the spirit condition of the heart. “As a man thinks in his heart, so is he,” goes the proverb. When choices are made, yes, the will is acting. However, the will always chooses ac- cording to the inclination of the heart. That prevailing inclination is based on the person's understanding and thinking within his heart. No person will ever choose to do anything contrary to the condition of his heart.  Interested in the rest of this article? Find Part 2 on the blog to discover three insights into keeping the heart of your child. Norm Wakefield combines his knowledge of Jesus Christ and the Scriptures with his homeschool experience to equip parents, children, and young adults for the challenges they face, and how the Gospel applies to all relationships and circumstances in life. Norm lives with his wife, Alma, in Bulverde, Texas. They have four children, and 14 grandchildren whom they help to home educate. Learn more at www.spiritofelijah. com. JOIN THE VOLUNTEER TEAM! CHEC is made up of an incredible team of volunteers. Volunteers help... ■ host events like Intro Seminars ■ serve at the conference Used Curriculum Sale ■ enter data and sort files at the CHEC Office ...all while building relationships and investing in the next generation. We’d love for your whole family to join us! Learn more at Rocky Mountain Homeschool Conference SPEAKER Vo l u m e 2 , I s s u e 9 8 , 2 017 I C H E C H O M E S C H O O L U P DAT E 19 BEST OF BLOG
  20. 20. PHOTOGRAPHYBYISTOCK Simply put, a ‘brain glitch’ is a slight weakness in one’s thinking process that makes it harder to learn (or to show what one knows). Here are three common glitches. When I start working with a student, I first share my own learning struggles — my brain glitches — with him/her. We all have brain glitches of one kind or another; there is no perfect brain. Next, I encourage the student’s parents to share about their glitches. In this way, the fear that lurks behind a brain glitch promptly exits the room. The last thing I want is for the student to think he is alone. If he thinks this, he can’t learn efficiently because the first So, working memory has a profound effect on our learning ability. For example, it allows us to keep track of where we are in a multi-step math problem or compare and contrast two concepts. If we struggle to store relevant information temporarily, we will struggle to learn. Weak Auditory Processing Auditory processing is the ability to hear individual sounds within words. While children with poor auditory processing skills hear just fine, they have difficulty learning to read and spell because it’s so much harder for them to accurately and rapidly ‘map’ or connect each sound in a word to the letters in that word. Poor auditory processing can also cause kids to mispronounce words. Instead of “baptized,” they might say “bap-a-tized” or “li- bare-y” instead of “library.” Such glitches keep kids from covering as much material as their peers because they work so slowly, quickly fatigue, and struggle to complete assignments. They soon fall behind and become discouraged. Additionally, these glitches also strain family relationships because of the ongoing frustra- job of the brain is to protect itself from danger, like feelings of isolation. I want my student to know he’s not the only one who struggles to learn. I also reas- sure the parents that their child is not lazy. In fact, he is working harder than most kids because brain glitches make learning much more laborious. There are several ways a brain may glitch. If your child is a struggling learner, he may have one or more of the following glitches: Slow Processing Speed Processing speed is the rate or tempo at which you carry out simple tasks like completing easy math cal- culations or reading a short, simple passage. Some researchers describe slow processing speed as a water hose with a partially blocked valve. The rate of task completion is sluggish and inordinately slow. Inadequate Working Memory Working memory is the ability to briefly hold or store information in our minds for a few seconds while taking in more information. Learning requires us to ‘hold on’ to several bits of information so that we can apply them to what we already know. brain BY BRIDGET MOSLEY, MED STRUGGLING LEARNERS Glitches Hope C H E C H O M E S C H O O L U P DAT E I Vo l u m e 2 , I s s u e 9 8 , 2 01720 STRUGGLING LEARNERS
  21. 21. tion they bring to both kids and parents. These students often have a lot of ‘smarts.’ They can build intricate lego structures, have uncanny memories for details of particu- lar topics of interest, or create beautiful juxtapositions to drive home a theme in their writing. While these learning glitches are certainly significant, the greatest learning obstacle is the shame and isolation that stem from fears about brain glitches. The parents may worry, “What are we doing wrong?” or, “Is our child lazy?” The child may think, “I’m stupid!” or, “There’s some- thing wrong with me!” This is the time to hold fast in hope, claiming God’s promises. Let’s remember He will see to completion the good work He has started in each of us, and our children. Being confident of this very thing, that He who has begun a good work in you will complete it until the day of Jesus Christ (Philip- pians 1:6 NKJV). We also have hope because God has graciously designed our brains. Specifically, let’s look at three of His concepts which make learning much easier: 1. Neuroplasticity God created us to be readily changed by the gentle, daily demands life places on our brains. These experiences build neural pathways in the brain, and this is called “neuroplasticity.” If you help your child practice a specific skill, very deliberately, about five times a week, you can help him improve nearly any brain glitch. God makes our brains highly malleable. He wired us to learn. 2. Deliberate Practice Deliberate practice is not your ordinary practice. Rather, it is highly intentional, targeted training to develop a skill that a child is almost ready to do. De- liberate practice maximizes performance because you help your child grow a little bit every day. It’s the kind of practice that is neither too easy or too hard. For example, if your child is learning to read, you would have him read a passage at his comfort level, several times that day until he could read it fluently. You would time him and encourage him to read just a little faster each time. This type of practicing causes the connections between brain cells to rapidly thicken so that kids can learn more quickly and deeply. So, set small, specific, achievable goals each day, practice daily, and celebrate these pocket-sized achievements. Eric Lindros, a former professional ice hockey player, summed it up well: “It’s not necessarily the amount of time you spend at practice that counts; it’s what you put into the practice.” 3. Automaticity With a lot of consistent practice comes automaticity: the effortless, quick retrieval of information. At this level, your child’s brain subconsciously and thought- lessly retrieves and uses the foundational, key bits of information you’ve taught so that he can learn. For example, kids who know their multiplication facts to automaticity are freed to focus their full attention on a new math concept. When foundational material is efficiently retrieved and applied, or automated, a child flourishes and learning becomes easier and more appealing. When your child struggles or seems stuck, ask yourself if he is getting consistent, daily opportuni- ties to practice well and automate key skills. God has designed our brains to grow quickly IF we practice daily and automate essential skills. At the 2017 CHEC conference, I’ll show how you can help your children overcome common brain glitches by applying powerful principles like deliberate practice and automaticity in fun and engaging ways. Please join me! There is no shame in acknowledging and working through the brain glitches we all have. God would have us come together, rejoice in His gracious design, and learn more ways to help our children grow and reach their God-given potential. There is and always will be great hope in Him.  Bridget Mosley, MEd, is a former homeschooler who has helped thousands of families over the last 29 years. She is a Cognitive Learning Specialist at WowzaBrain. com, an online learning center that coaches parents to help their children work through their brain glitches. She is also a consultant to “Baby EyeQ”™ brain gym. SET SPECIFIC ACHIEVABLE GOALS EACH DAY, PRACTICE DAILY, AND CELEBRATE THESE POCKET-SIZED ACHIEVEMENTS. “ “ Rocky Mountain Homeschool Conference SPEAKER Free Online Events to Equip You for Christ-Centered Homeschooling! Vo l u m e 2 , I s s u e 9 8 , 2 017 I C H E C H O M E S C H O O L U P DAT E 21 STRUGGLING LEARNERS
  22. 22. OUR ANCHOR As we come alongside each other as leaders, we are reminded by Scripture of our need to encourage each other daily: As iron sharpens iron, so a man sharpens the countenance of his friend (Proverbs 27:17 NKJV). How can we do this if we ourselves are discour- aged, as if we are adrift without tethering? Picture yourself walking around a reservoir on a windy day, the waves lapping at the lakeshore. There is a 20-feet-long pier on which you can walk out over the water. Venturing out, you notice a small boat loosely tied to a dock at the end. The waves gently bump the boat against the dock. The closer you get, the more the boat is moving. Then you see it: the knot securing the boat is loose, and apparently no anchor holds the boat fast. Glancing around, you are unable to locate the boat’s owner. You pick up your pace BY MARK AND AMBER BAUGHMAN knowing the boat will float away if you don’t secure it to the dock. As you race down the pier, a rope slips from its tie-down allowing the boat to drift out into the current. You bend over to reach out and grab the rope but you just miss it! You look around in dismay, not knowing what to do as the boat drifts farther away. Christ is our strength, our refuge, our security. If we anchor ourselves to Christ, we can be held fast, even supported and encouraged. If the little boat in the story had been anchored or rope tied securely to the dock, it would have stay tethered despite the wind and waves. The drifting, solitary boat will now be directed by the elements, wherever the wind and waves push it, even to destruction against the rocks. As leaders in our church, homes, ministry, homeschool group, or workplace, we need to keep ourselves anchored in Christ, tethered to the Word of God, holding fast, enabling us to minister to others. The more you give yourself to others through loving service in Christ, the more you need to be tethered to the dock. Increased intimacy with Christ will positively affect all your interactions with others: your spouse, children, friends, co-workers, and those God has put in your path to witness to. Don’t be set adrift like the boat; call on Him in prayer and praise to be your anchor, your lifeline! Anchored securely in Christ, you can take oppor- tunities to sharpen other leaders as your own life is sharpened by them! This is the goal of CHEC’s network of homeschool groups, and of our upcoming LEADERS LUNCH on Friday, June 16 at the Rocky Mountain Homeschool Conference. More details will be sent via email to all groups in our network. If you are unsure if your homeschool group is a part of our network, learn more at groups.  CHEC's Homeschool Group Network brings together Colorado homeschool groups to give leaders support and to help families connect with their local communities. Find a group or learn how to connect your group to the network at Mark and Amber Baughman are the new Homeschool Leadership Directors for CHEC. They live in Castle Rock where they have homeschooled their six children for over two decades, and they have recently been promoted to grandparents. Amber started the Castle Rock Christian Homeschool Group 18 years ago. They look forward to networking with homeschool leaders in Colorado. 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 2 , I s s u e 9 8 , 2 01722 HOMESCHOOL LEADERS
  23. 23. BATTLEGROUND BY CAROLYN MARTIN Surrounds Us PHOTOGRAPHYBYISTOCK Walking into the room there is a heaviness in the air and a presence of darkness. The topic to be discussed today could be educa- tion, health care, life, mental health, parental rights, religious freedom, or any of a myriad of other issues that are caught in the middle of this war for the soul of humankind. Make no mistake, we are at war against a well-equipped and experienced adversary who seeks to devour, destroy, and kill. The scene described above is a weekly occurrence in committee meeting rooms at our State Capitol in Denver. Not all the issues bring a firestorm, but every bill that is brought forth brings to light oppos- ing viewpoints. This reveals the enemy’s greatest weapon: divide and conquer. For those who fight for truth and justice, this reveals a deficiency in our worldview, and a reliance on man’s knowledge instead of on God’s truth. The battleground is found not only in our legislature but also our schools, our courts, our churches, and even in our families. Anywhere hope and truth sprout, the counterfeit springs to action promising happi- ness and fulfillment grounded in this temporal world. Take for example a bill brought forth this year that will prevent parents from seeking help from a professional counselor to guide a gender or sexually confused child to wholeness using God’s truth. Because the bill’s sponsors espouse a secular worldview that says our identities are fluid, they believe it is abusive to stand on biblical truth when providing counsel. Their solution is built on a foundation of lies, leaving behind a wake of pain and suffering. How do we battle the lies all around us? First, we must examine ourselves to see if we have fallen prey to the lies spread throughout our culture. A Barna Survey1 found that only 19% of born again believ- ers, or one in five, have a biblical worldview! The transforming power of the Gospel is the only hope for a culture steeped in the hopelessness of worldviews that deny the reality of God. The hope and truth of Jesus Christ cannot permeate our culture if we don’t even believe it ourselves. We must become well- skilled at articulating what we believe and why. Second, we must live God-centered lives, being guided by His Holy Spirit to do the works He has prepared for us. Each of us has been uniquely made to engage this world with the love and hope of our Savior. The Body of Christ cannot function properly without each one of us doing our part. He has a battle plan; let’s make sure we are performing our unique part! If your family or homeschool support group would like to join me in the good fight for true freedom, please email me at and I can share with you a number of ways to become involved with the battle at your local and our state levels.  1 “Barna Survey Examines Changes in Worldview Among Chris- tians over the Past 13 Years.” barna-survey-examines-changes-in-worldview -among-chris- tians-over-the-past-13-years/ (accessed March 5, 2017) 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 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 The Vo l u m e 2 , I s s u e 9 8 , 2 017 I C H E C H O M E S C H O O L U P DAT E 23 LEGISLATIVE LIAISON
  24. 24. was reading at a first grade level. After working with the Wowza Brain program for one year, and admitting they were not as faithful to it as they should have been, her son had advanced two grade levels and could independently read for the first time! My friend showed me some of Wowza’s materials and they looked like fun, directed, and creative ways to implement the training Teri had recommended. I signed up the next day. Wowza Brain begins with a reading assessment. If the child is a pre-reader, he or she begins with Level 1 which is designed to teach letter sound and letter shape recognition. If the child already has good command of the alphabet, he or she begins with Level 2 and this was where my son began. Level 2 consists of 25 games designed to make reading automatic and covers skills such as sight word recognition, distinguishing between ‘b’ and ‘d,’ and blending sounds to make words. One of the games is called ‘Find and Tap’ in which a child taps a letter on the page, says the letter’s sound, and then taps a picture that is also on the page that begins with the same sound. The game begins with the child doing this at 50 beats per minute on the metronome, and he works his way up to 90 or 100 beats per minute! I decided to get my son tested when I realized he was considerably delayed in learning to read compared with his four older siblings. I received help from Teri Spray at Christian Cottage Schools (www. in assessing my son’s brain glitches. Christian Cottage Schools has been helping Colorado homeschooling families successfully educate their children for decades. Teri determined my son’s thinking was ‘disordered’ and felt he would benefit from working with a metronome. She said the beat of the metronome has been found to triple a child’s progress in different areas of learning by changing the processing of the brain and helping it make new neural connections. It also helps a child work in rhythm and increase his or her concentration. Teri sent us home with some information and ideas on how to begin. About a month later I was having dinner with a friend and told her about my son’s learning challenges and the ways we were integrating the metronome into our schooling. She told me she had also used a metronome with her son a few years prior through a program called Wowza Brain Training (www. At the time, her brilliant 10-year- old son who was well advanced in math and science When a child is experiencing serious learning challenges, homeschooling can seem impossible! Fortunately, families with a struggling learner have access to many helpful resources. My homeschool hit a learning challenge roadblock when my fifth child was not reading fluently after two years of phonics training. I quickly discovered that homeschooling had uniquely positioned me to give my son the extra instruction he needed to overcome his learning glitches. Thanks to the help I found through Christian Cottage Schools and Wowza Brain Training, my son is on his way to becoming a fluent reader. RESOURCES for Struggling LearnersBY 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 2 , I s s u e 9 8 , 2 01724 CURRICULUM REVIEW
  25. 25. On the website there are video instructions for each game and other helpful information to train parents (called coaches) to help their children. The program is most effective if the coach and child work together 30-45 minutes per day, five days per week. Along with the very informative, easy to use website, a Wowza Brain specialist checks-in with the coaches once a month. I have had several conversations with Dr. Bridget Mosley, who is my specialist and the creator of Wowza Brain Training. She is caring and encouraging and has sent me additional materials that were not included in the Level 2 games but she felt would help my son. Bridget has also helped assess my son’s reading progress and has given recommendations on where to focus our efforts. If a family lives in the Colorado Springs area, they are welcome to work with Bridget through her office, but I have found the website and phone calls very effective in assisting me with helping my son at home. CHEC’s Homeschool Introductory Seminars are held throughout the year to give parents the vision, legalities, and nuts and bolts they need. A seminar is coming to a city near you in July and August! Interested in helping host a seminar in your home town? Please contact! NEW TO HOMESCHOOLING? Sign up at CHEC.ORG/EVENTS Learning glitches can be a disguised blessing. I cherish the extra time I spend with my son during our intensive instructional sessions together each day. In working to overcome his learning glitches I feel like we are doing something big and significant, like climbing a mountain. When he ‘summits this mountain’ and begins to read independently it’s going to be cause for great celebration. Don’t let a learning struggle become the proverbial straw that breaks the homeschooling camel’s back. Homeschoolers already have the structure and relationship with their children that makes a parent acting as a reading coach seem natural. With great resources such as Christian Cottage Schools and Wowza Brain Training, any parent can become a learning disability specialist for his or her child.  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 master's degree in chemistry and has written dozens of articles to encourage others in their homeschooling journeys. You can visit her blog at www. WITH GREAT RESOURCES AVAILABLE, ANY PARENT CAN BECOME A LEARNING DISABILITY SPECIALIST FOR HIS OR HER CHILD. “ “ Vo l u m e 2 , I s s u e 9 8 , 2 017 I C H E C H O M E S C H O O L U P DAT E 25 CURRICULUM REVIEW
  26. 26. C H E C H O M E S C H O O L U P DAT E I Vo l u m e 2 , I s s u e 9 8 , 2 01726 SERVING CHEC PARTNER with CHEC Together, we’re motivating parents to disciple the next generation of Christians. Thank you for partnering with us! BY STEVE VAUGHAN My first introduction to homeschooling came through our acquaintance with a family in small town western Kansas. My wife and I had no children at the time, had ourselves been public schooled, and wondered why in the world would anyone want to teach their children at home when there were trained professionals to do so, for free! I mean, we turned out okay. Little did we know that God would keep this unique family in the deep recesses of our minds and bring them to the forefront in due course. After moving to Colorado, and having our first child, God’s providence directed us to bring my be of immense help to us. With a little less fear and trembling, we embarked on this new adventure called homeschooling. Little did we know how CHEC would become an integral part of our lives in coming years. Several years into this journey, my wife began to help offset the cost of our family’s CHEC conference registration through volunteering. It started with help- ing stuff the bags for the attendees. Then, when our children were older, they helped with directing people to the vendor hall and workshop rooms. In 2005, our family had grown to five children with another on the way, and we needed to find a bigger home. Enter Mike Cheney, Realtor, and homeschool dad. In the process of finding our new abode, we be- came great friends with the Cheney family. Mike and Roxie were then the CHEC Conference Coordinators, so were well-trained in securing volunteers. A year or so later, Mike asked if Jennifer and I would be willing to serve on the Conference Committee as the Vendor PHOTOGRAPHYBYSARAHLEEBRYANT wife, Jennifer, home from working full-time to raise our family. I was a home care nurse which had me on the road 30,000+ miles each year. Consequently, I lis- tened to plenty of Christian radio and news programs. The more I heard, the less I wanted our children to attend any public school. But we were not income endowed enough to afford a good private school. Time for a decision was quickly running out as our oldest daughter was nearing school-age, God had blessed us with a son, and child number three was on the way. The only option I thought viable was homeschooling. How hard could that be? We were about to find out. After convincing my wife she could at least teach the elementary school level, we, or more appropriately she, began looking for support. I’m not certain where, but we heard about the existence of homeschool support groups, and an organization called CHEC. A quick call to them yielded several support group options in our area. They also informed us of their annual homeschool conference that would prove to PARTNER'S PAGE
  27. 27. Vo l u m e 2 , I s s u e 9 8 , 2 017 I C H E C H O M E S C H O O L U P DAT E 27 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 27 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. Assistants. Through prayer and consideration of the time involved, we agreed to serve and remained in that position for three years. Mike was also the coordinator for the Father Son Retreat. After attending my first year, Mike asked if I would serve as the Camp Nurse. I quickly agreed. Then I found out that this position also involved help- ing with registration, room assignments, setting up activities, and anything else Mike could think of! But, I got to patch-up small wounds, give IV fluids, remove a damaged fingernail, assess broken bones, as well as assist in saving a young woman’s life who was having a reaction to some medication. This continues to be one of my favorite CHEC volunteer opportunities as it utilizes all of my skills sets! In 2010, the Workshops Chairman resigned due to other commitments. Mike asked us to consider moving up into this role, which would require a good deal more work. With more prayer and discussion, Jennifer and I felt God lead us to accept it. I had never been a chairman before, so was initially hesitant to lead. Everyone on this committee had more experi- ence than me. What if I made a bad decision? What if the conference turned out horrible? The buck stopped with me! During our first big meeting, an important decision needed to be made, and made by me. I gave a pleading, “Help me out here” look toward my assistant. With a twinkle in his eye, like a mother bird urging her young to spread their wings and fly, he shoved me out of my nest of comfort, told me it was my decision to make, and I needed to make it. In spite of that, or more likely because of it, I served as Workshops Chairman five years. During that fifth year, I was asked to consider becom- ing a CHEC Board member. Honored and humbled, I accepted the invitation, surviving both the interviews and voting process. Shortly after this, I was also asked to be the Director for the just launched CHEC Midwifery program. CHEC really wanted an RN for the position. I was a bit reticent about taking on a third position. I still had a business to run, coached a speech and debate team, helped pastor a church, and had a number of other duties. After some prayer, I said I would give it a try. At the first Board meeting, holding three separate positions, a strange thought came to me: I, as the Chairman of the Workshops Committee was answer- able to Chris Galanek, Conference Coordinator at that time. Chris and I were on the same level as Directors of CHEC programs, and Chris was also answerable to me since I was also a Board member. I was answerable to me as a Director and a Board member. The song I’m My Own Grandpa started coursing through my brain! I decided that I needed to give something up, and after consulting with the Board, resigned my Workshops Chairman position. Shortly after that, the providence of God separated the Midwifery program from CHEC oversight to become its own ministry, and I was left with just being a CHEC Board Member … and co-hosting Generations Radio, Camp Nurse and sometimes a speaker for the Father Son Retreat, sometimes a speaker for the CHEC Conference, and helping teach High School and Beyond Seminars. Serving CHEC and the thousands of homeschooling families it assists is addictive! I know it sounds like a lot, but it doesn’t feel like a lot. I have come to know and love all who are involved as CHEC leadership and staff. I get to experience how God has brought together some of the most qualified men and women to lead this organization. I get to see their love for our Lord, for each other, and for all the families who are homeschooling in Colorado. It is an honor and a privilege to be part of this organization which has become a huge part of our lives, and I wouldn’t have it any other way. Thinking of volunteering in a small way to start serv- ing with CHEC? The upcoming conference is a great place to start! has a listing of volunteer needs and ways to donate both your time and finan- cial resources.  Steve and Jennifer Vaughan live in the Denver metro area with their children who have all been home educated and who serve CHEC alongside their parents. Their oldest daughter, Ashley, is currently pursuing a degree in music through Lumerit Education, while working as the CHEC Independent School Registrar. PARTNER'S PAGE
  28. 28. 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 2, Issue #98, 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: August 1, 2017 For advertising opportunities with CHEC, go to Copyright © 2017 by CHEC June Rocky Mountain Homeschool Conference July/August Homeschool Intro Seminars Aug/September Father Son Retreat October Casterline Single Moms' Banquet November Homeschool Group Leadership Retreat January 2018 Colorado Homeschool Spelling Bee February 2018 Ladies' Encouragement Day What’s NEXT with CHEC 15-17 31-3 20 10-11 27 3 Visit to learn more! C H E C H O M E S C H O O L U P DAT E I Vo l u m e 2 , I s s u e 9 8 , 2 01728
  29. 29. Presented by Christian Home Educators of Colorado 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
  30. 30. CHEC HOMESCHOOL UP DA TE I 2017 R OC KY MOUNTAI N H O M E S C H O O L C ONFERENC E30 Rocky Mountain Homeschool Conference LEARN HOW TO REGISTER ON PAGE 54! ABOUT THE CONFERENCE The conference is full of help and encouragement for homeschool parents on every stage of the journey. Plan effectively by checking out all the different opportunities: WORKSHOPS Check out the speakers (pages 34-38) and schedule (pages 40-45). Watch for the tags to find workshops that fit your needs: New to Homeschooling Track New! High School Beyond Track Encouragement Homeschool How To’s Relationships Vision Worldview SHOPPING Stop by the Vendor Hall, Used Curriculum Sale, Youth Vendor Area, Silent Auction—see page 48 for more information and page 49-50 for vendor listings. FELLOWSHIP FAMILY FUN THE CONFERENCE IS EVERYTHING YOU NEED TO BEGIN HOMESCHOOLING OR GET CHARGED UP FOR A NEW YEAR:
  31. 31. CHEC HOM ESCHOOL UP DATE I 2 01 7 ROC KY MOUNTAI N H O M E S C H O O L C ONFERENCE 31 RockyMountainHomeschoolConference.comHOMESCHOOLING FAMILY DISCIPLESHIP CURRICULUM FAIR WORLDVIEW FELLOWSHIP ENCOURAGEMENT ABOUT THE CONFERENCE Are you just beginning? COME GET INFORMED AND LOADED WITH TOOLS TO START YOUR HOMESCHOOLING OFF RIGHT. Does CHEC provide a Continuing Education Form? Yes! CHEC provides a Continuing Education form for those attendees who are required to obtain continuing education hours (e.g. foster parents or Colorado teacher certification). Please ask for a form at the CHEC Info booth near the main entrance. Fill in the form with the workshops you attended, and have each workshop presenter sign the form next to their workshop. Once you have completed the form, come back to the CHEC Info Booth and a CHEC representative will sign it for you or mail to the CHEC office. Deadline to have the form completed is July 15, 2017. Please note that you will need to check with your licensing agency to find out which workshops qualify for continuing education hours. CHEC INFO BOOTH Located just inside the main entrance, this booth has helpful homeschool parents and grads ready to help you navigate the event and answer your questions. Plus, stop by to purchase a copy of the new Colorado Homeschool Guidebook! MENTOR MOMS BOOTH Stop by this booth in the vendor hall to chat with a homeschool mom about anything—parenting, special needs, the best place to pick up lunch—you name it. WORKSHOPS Workshops with the Homeschool How-To’s tag are especially geared to help you with beginning nuts bolts. NEW TO HOMESCHOOLING TRACK This all-day track on Thursday will guide you through following homeschool law, managing a home while educating, choosing curriculum, keeping records and more! To RSVP for free, checkmark the New to Homeschooling box when you register for the conference. What’s the Guidebook? Attend the workshop on Thursday or Friday at 10:30-11:30!
  32. 32. CHEC HOMESCHOOL UP DA TE I 2017 R OC KY MOUNTAI N H O M E S C H O O L C ONFERENC E32 Rocky Mountain Homeschool Conference AME YOUTH ENTREPRENEUR VENDOR Youth entrepreneurs can sell their wares in Youth Vendor section of the exhibit hall and participate in the business plan competition, gaining valuable in- struction and feedback that will help them in their entrepreneurial endeavors. Plus, The Apprentice- ship, Mentorship, and Entrepreneurship program will hold two exclusive training sessions! When Thursday and Friday at 10:45-11:45am Cost $30 add-on to your family’s full conference pass Ages Homeschooled graduates and students ages 13+ who live with their parents (business must belong to youth, cannot be the family busi- ness) RESUME BUILDING NETWORKING Students entering grades 9 and beyond this fall are invited to join this program to learn the basics of how to prepare for their first job. Instructor Rick McFaddon will present 3 hours of instruction on resume writing, interview preparation and practice, and learning the “how” and the “why” of networking. When Friday at 1:00pm-4:30pm Cost $20 add-on to your family’s full conference pass Ages Homeschooled youth in high school (grades 9-12) and older YOUTH FEATURES ACADEMY OF ARTS DRAMA PROGRAM Join the Academy of Arts Ministries in performing a drama on the life of the Apostle Paul on Friday night of the conference! Participants will spend two days of intensive drama training and rehearsal in prepara- tion for the performance on Friday night. When All day Thursday and Friday Cost $20 add-on to your family’s full conference pass Ages Homeschooled graduates and students ages 13 and older CONSTITUTION CLASS Dr. Jenna Ellis, lawyer, professor, speaker, and home- school graduate, will guide students through a four- session course on understanding the US Constitution as a legal document. Students will learn how there is a profound misunderstanding of where our funda- mental rights come from, what power our American government has to regulate our rights, how we can read and understand what the Constitution means through the principles of Originalism, and how we can use our constitutional knowledge to advocate for true liberty and religious freedom in today’s culture. When Thursday at 10:30am-4:30pm Cost $15 add-on to your family’s full conference pass Ages Homeschooled graduates and students ages 13 and older
  33. 33. “Our mission is to aid Colorado homeschool families in the procurement, growth, protection, and allocation of the assets and resources that God calls them to steward.” FOR MORE INFORMATION, CALL US AT (720)598-9230 | HOMESCHOOLFAMILYALLIANCE.COM Putting the Home in Homeschooling Homeschooling families have special considerations when buying a home. School room or no school room? Big bedrooms? What about the ability to look out over the yard and watch your children playing outside? Come to the Rocky Mountain Homeschool Conference to learn from 3 professional homeschooling dads who “have been there and done that” to make the decision a bit easier. You will get some sage advice on the kind of house to look for, a balanced biblical approach to financing a home, and ways to protect your investment properly.
  34. 34. CHEC HOMESCHOOL UP DA TE I 2017 R OC KY MOUNTAI N H O M E S C H O O L C ONFERENC E34 Rocky Mountain Homeschool Conference 2017 KEYNOTE SPEAKERS DR. JOEL BEEKE Dr. Joel Beeke is a pastor, seminary president, and professor of System- atic Theology and Homiletics. He has contributed 2,000 articles to books, journals, periodicals, and encyclope- dias. 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. 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 BENHAM BROTHERS Twin brothers David and Jason Ben- ham are former professional 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 commitment to biblical values, the brothers chose not to back down and encour- age others to do the same! They are married to Lori and Tori, and altogether the couples have nine children. Living Among Lions: Thriving Like Daniel in Today’s Babylon Whatever the Cost Getting Your Kids on Board: How Dad Passes a Vision to His Children MICHAEL FARRIS Michael Farris is recognized as one of the pioneering leaders of the modern homeschooling movement. Mr. Farris has served as the founding president of both the Homeschool Legal Defense Associa- tion and Patrick Henry College, has litigated cases before the highest courts of America, and has testified before both the House and Senate. Mike currently serves as the president, CEO, and general counsel of Alli- ance Defending Freedom, chairman of the Board at HSLDA, and chancellor emeritus at Patrick Henry. Mike and his wife Vickie have 10 children and 20 grandchildren. 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 TODD WILSON 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. Get Real What to do When Your Plan Doesn’t Go According to Plan Irresistible Parenting An Unbeatable Team Life After Graduation This We Believe
  35. 35. CHEC HOM ESCHOOL UP DATE I 2 01 7 ROC KY MOUNTAI N H O M E S C H O O L C ONFERENCE 35 RockyMountainHomeschoolConference.comHOMESCHOOLING FAMILY DISCIPLESHIP CURRICULUM FAIR WORLDVIEW FELLOWSHIP ENCOURAGEMENT JASON CHURCHILL Jason and his wife Jennifer have been home- schooling their four children for more than 15 years in Colorado Springs. Along with being a husband and father, Jason has served in multiple positions within both local and state homeschooling organizations. Combining his passion for homeschooling with over 20 years of teaching and writing on the truth of Christianity, Jason recently completed a curriculum on defending the faith for all ages. Jason’s greatest passion is the Triune God and seeing the Gospel impact multiple generations of families. Ensuring They Know the Reason for Their Hope Tools and Tactics to Counter the Culture DANIEL CRAIG Daniel Craig is passionate about home education, discipleship and worldview. As a first generation homeschool graduate, he completed his Bachelor’s Degree in Music and has pursued Seminary Studies in Philosophy and Apologetics. As the founder of LifeLaunch, a grow- ing ministry with the mission of launching the next generation through powerful mentoring relationships and real-life integration, Daniel shares his expertise and first-hand experiences with parents and students at conventions and seminars across the country. He is also an accomplished tenor and has blessed audiences around the country with majestic and powerful songs of worship to God. Daniel currently resides in Colorado with his beautiful wife, Megan. The Power of Mentorship: Secrets to a Truly Higher Education STEPHEN CRAIG Stephen is the Executive Director for Christian Home Educators of Colorado. Stephen and his wife Tara were both homeschooled for all of their primary and secondary school years. One of Ste- phen’s primary life goals has been to raise a godly family for the glory of Christ and he has a strong belief in the significance of home education and home discipleship toward accomplishing that end. Stephen and Tara live in Parker with their four children, Carson, Christiana, Angelina, and Jewel. Stephen will be teaching part of the New to Homeschooling track. ALEX BABINIEC Alex is a homeschooling father of four. He has nearly 15 years of experience assisting families with their mortgage needs. He understands what a blessing it can be for his clients to own a home where they can disciple their children. Alex has a dedicated team whose focus is on providing the best solution for each family’s needs. Putting the Home in Homeschooling (Panel Presentation) CAROL BECKER As a High School Consultant for HSLDA and mother of two homeschool graduates, Carol relishes the opportunity to encourage and equip homeschooling parents as they raise the next genera- tion of leaders. She has a passion for science and holds a BS and MS in Engineering. Over the years, Carol has led high school students through English, Algebra 1, and Geometry programs, as well as helping students prepare for the Timed SAT writing essay. Carol currently tutors writing students from middle school, high school, and community college. Carol will be teaching the High School Beyond track. MIKE CHENEY Mike and his wife, Roxie, have been blessed with two children, Annie and Corey, whom they have home educated since birth. The Cheneys are involved in several entrepreneurial ventures. As the Director of the national AME Program (Apprenticeship, Mentorship, Entrepreneurship), Mike has a passion for sharing a vision for discipleship in all kinds of businesses. The Cheneys are blessed to have served CHEC as Confer- ence Coordinators from 2001-2012. Mike also served as CHEC’s Opera- tions Director from 2002-2011. Mike will be leading the AME Youth Entrepreneur training as part of the Youth Features; see page 32. 2017 SPEAKERS