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Homeschool Update Magazine - 2018, Volume 1, Issue 100


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

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Homeschool Update Magazine - 2018, Volume 1, Issue 100

  1. 1. 2018 IVOLUME 1 IISSUE 100 T H E H E A R T O F H O M E S C H O O L I N G Homeschooling Can't Save Your Child Fathers: Lead, Don't Follow Celebrating 30 Years of Colorado Homeschool Law Homeschool Through Highschool?8 12 14 30 ARTICLES INSIDE THIS ISSUE INCLUDE Rocky Mountain Homeschool Conference SEE DETAILS ON PAGE 21HOMESCHOOL DAY AT THE CAPITOL APRIL 13, 2018 PAGE 2 PAGE 39 100100ISSUES of encouragement
  2. 2. 8:45 am Opening of the House and Senate Legislature 9:45 am Liberty Celebration or Constitution 101 Class ($10, 7th-12th graders) 11:15 am Lunch Break (pre-order Chick-Fil-A!) Noon Rally on the Capitol West Steps APRIL 7, 2017 8:45 am Opening of the House Senate Legislature 9:30 am Liberty Celebration or Constitution 101 class ($10, 7th-12th graders) 11:15 am Lunch break (pre-order Chick-Fil-A!) Noon Rally on the Capitol west steps 1:30 pm Constitution 101 class (identical to 9:30 am; $10) or Free time! Meet with your legislator Self-guided Capitol tour Denver Aquarium field trip (discounted for CHEC!) 6:00 pm Exclusive Evening Banquet with Chief Justice Roy Moore! Also, Don’t Miss: Joy of Homeschooling! Participate in the Banner Sign Contest Showcased in the Capitol all week! Future Statesman Program Purchase a workbook of civics activities learning for the whole family! Register for Free @ Stand for Homeschool Freedom! APRIL 7, 2017 8:45 am Opening of the House Senate Legislature 9:30 am Liberty Celebration or Constitution 101 class ($10, 7th-12th graders) 11:15 am Lunch break (pre-order Chick-Fil-A!) Noon Rally on the Capitol west steps 1:30 pm Constitution 101 class (identical to 9:30 am; $10) or Free time! Meet with your legislator Self-guided Capitol tour Denver Aquarium field trip (discounted for CHEC!) 6:00 pm Exclusive Evening Banquet with Chief Justice Roy Moore! Also, Don’t Miss: Joy of Homeschooling! Participate in the Banner Sign Contest Showcased in the Capitol all week! Future Statesman Program Purchase a workbook of civics activities learning for the whole family! Register for Free @ Stand for Homeschool Freedom! APRIL 13TH, 2018 Homeschool Graduates! Special Guest Speaker Michael Donnelly, HSLDA Stand for Homeschool Freedom! Register for Free at We want your stories! Go to to submit your homeschool graduate's photo and answer a few questions about their accomplishments. We'll feature their story in a poster display in the Colorado State Capitol from April 9-13 celebrating 30 years of Colorado's homeschool law! celebration, complete with cake! Join us for a 30th birthday
  3. 3. Front Cover: Day at the Capitol event. Photography by Tobias Steeves This page: Day at the Capitol event. Photography by Amanda Vaughan CHEC Homeschool Update IVolume 1, 2018 IIssue 100 INSIDE Thematic Features 6 You Have Been Put Here for Such a Time as This BY HEIDI ST. JOHN 10 Lion-Hearted Life Lessons INTERVIEW WITH THE FINES Family Encouragement 8 Homeschooling Can't Save Your Child BY MARCIA WASHBURN 12 Fathers: Lead, Don't Follow BY ISRAEL WAYNE 18 Homeschool Experiences = Entrepreneurial Business BY COREY CHENEY 28 It's Not About Labels BY JUDITH MUNDAY CHEC Events 2 Day at the Capitol PRESENTED BY CHEC 21-24 Rocky Mountain HomeschoolConference PRESENTED BY CHEC Columns 4 Director’s Desk 14 Legislative Liaison 26 Homeschool Leaders 30 Best of Blog 32 Curriculum Review 34 Partner’s Page 19039 Plaza Drive, Suite 210 Parker, Colorado 80134 720.842.4852 I1.877.842.CHEC (2432)
  4. 4. PHOTOGRAPHYBYISTOCK So, you’ve chosen to homeschool. It’s a great choice! But, whether you’ve been down the homeschool road one month or two decades, I have a simple but important question for you: Are you homeschooling in faith? The question is intended to get beyond whether or not there is faith in God generally present in your life and into the specific of whether or not the homeschooling of your children is being motivated and driven by faith. Abraham is a clear example in Scripture of someone with great faith. Yet even in the life of Abraham, we find instances of faithlessness. (Genesis 16:1-3 recounts one example.) I suggest that the question is an important one because according to Hebrews 11:6, it is impos- sible to please God without faith. You probably won’t be shocked to hear me say that I believe that homeschooling is a good thing. In fact, I believe that homeschooling has the potential to provide a better context for the Christian dis- cipleship of children than any other education model out there. But just as with any other area of life, if it is not done in faith, it won’t please God. There are so many areas of life that we could put under the microscope. But for now, we will stick with homeschooling. Let’s consider some contrasts between faith-filled and faith-less homeschooling. Faith-filled homeschooling is an expression of faith-filled obedience to the commands of God regarding the discipleship of our chil- dren and is motivated and driven by trust and reliance on the power and promises of God. Faith-less homeschooling is an exercise of a formula or system that is expected to produce academic, moral, and even spiritual success in the lives of our HOMESCHOOLING Faith-Filled children apart from dependence on the supernatural power of God. Faith-filled parents see homeschooling as an oppor- tunity to model a lifestyle of faith and to provide an environment for the Spirit of God to work as the Word of God is taught through the day. Faith-less parents see homeschooling as a means to achieve some end apart from trusting God. When the going gets tough, faith-filled parents persevere in joy because they are relying on the faithfulness of God, not their own. Faith-less parents either become controlling in an attempt to fix things, or they walk away in disappointment. Faith-filled parents are able to be humble, repen- tant, and transparent before God and their children because they are secure in the forgiveness, love, and cleansing found in the gospel. Faith-less parents struggle to to be ‘real’ by not being honest with God and their children. Faith-filled parents ask and expect God to do great things in their lives and the lives of their children, 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 1 , I s s u e 1 0 0, 2 01 84 DIRECTOR'S DESK
  5. 5. ■ 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 Learn more at CHEC Independent School even when things seem impossible. Faith-less parents align their expectations with their own limited abilities or cultural norms. Faith-filled parents can sleep at night because the results are in God’s hands. Faith-less parents are filled with anxiety and worry until they break. Ultimately, faith-filled parents please God through their homeschooling efforts. Faith- less parents don’t. Do you see any signs of faith-less homeschooling in your home? Let’s not forget that we are sur- rounded by a great cloud of witnesses of those who, through faith, conquered kingdoms, enforced justice, obtained promises, stopped the mouths of lions, and educated their own children. Therefore … let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, looking to Jesus, the founder and perfecter of our faith (Hebrews 12:1-2 ESV).  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 five children: Carson, Christiana, Angelina, Jewel, and Ariel. FAITH-FILLED PARENTS ARE ABLE TO BE HUMBLE AND TRANSPARENT BEFORE GOD AND THEIR CHILDREN BECAUSE THEY ARE SECURE IN THE FORGIVENESS AND LOVE FOUND IN THE GOSPEL. “ “ Enrollment forthe 2017-2018school year closes April 30th! Vo l u m e 1 , I s s u e 1 0 0, 2 01 8 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 TIME AS THIS You Have Been Put Here for Such a I have been homeschooling my kids for almost two decades now, and we have an art/music/ library/spare room that also functions as a schoolroom. Taped around the room, near the ceiling, is a timeline of world history. My husband, Jay, and I have always explained to our children that history is something worth digging into, because history is more than just a series of dates on a timeline. History is really HIStory — God’s story — the unfolding of the Master’s plan. We only get to witness about .001 percent of it, but we can appreciate the rest through the rearview mirror. There are a lot of important dates and people on our timeline: the birth of Christ, the reign of Napoleon, world wars, the Holocaust, and the great revivals. Look closer and you’ll see images of Beethoven, missionary Gladys Aylward, and President Ronald Reagan. There’s even a little sticker that celebrates the birth of the United States. And in 1967, nestled between the appointment of the first African American Supreme Court Justice and the assassination of Senator Robert Kennedy, God did something amazing in the life of the St. John family. In 1967, God decided it was time for Jay St. John to become part of HIStory. And so, on a cool October day, Jay was born into the care of his mom and dad, Lou and Jerry St. John. Not too much later, in 1970, God determined that it was time for me to become part of HIStory. In 1989, our two lives became one, and HIStory continued to unfold as we became parents ourselves. We learn a lot together in our little schoolroom, but one of the most important things I want our children to know is the role they play in God’s story. God’s purposes are eternal, and each child He gives us, like Esther, has been born “for such a time as this.” I want each of my seven children to know that God put them on this earth with a unique purpose. Their births were no less significant in God’s economy than the birth of George Washington or Elisabeth Elliot. Their lives are precious, and I want them to know why. I want our children to learn about men and women who followed God (and those who rejected him) throughout history, because I want them to see that they (my children) are just as much a part of God’s story as anyone else whose picture graces our worn-out timeline. So why tell you about my tattered and yellowed time- line? Because in order for us to train our children for their own journeys of faith, we need to see ourselves on the continuum of HIStory. God is always at work: and He has placed you right here, right now, for such a time as this — to help prepare your children for the war that lies ahead! Make no mistake: in the midst of homework assignments, chores, and the seemingly mundane conversations you have every day with your children, you are preparing war- riors — warriors who will be asked to answer the tough questions culture is asking, asked to give an answer for the hope that lies within them (see 1 Peter 3:15). You are preparing warriors who at some point will be asked to choose between following God’s law and following the culture. And in order to prepare warriors, you have to become a warrior yourself. BY HEIDI ST. JOHN C H E C H O M E S C H O O L U P DAT E I Vo l u m e 1 , I s s u e 1 0 0, 2 01 86 FAMILY ENCOURAGEMENT
  7. 7. If you’ve never thought of yourself as a warrior, it’s okay. Most moms don’t come into motherhood thinking they’re enlisting for battle. Mothers are life givers. We’re nurturers. We plan meals and put on Band-Aids and give hugs ... unless you mess with our babies. Am I right? Mess with a mama’s babies, and you’ll see a warrior born right before your eyes! But make no mistake: we are at war. We’re at war with a culture that blurs the lines between right and wrong, a culture that devalues the sanctity of human life, a culture that marginalizes the family values God put in place. In short, we’re at war with the enemy of our souls. We’re at war with the one the Bible teaches has one purpose: to kill and steal and destroy (John 10:10 NASB). It’s serious business, this job of training up the next generation. A MomStrong mom understands that she is a warrior, not just for her kids but for the generations that follow. Even more important, because she sees herself as a warrior, a MomStrong mom is willing to fight for what God says is worth fighting for. She uses the sword of truth to cut a swath through the lies of the enemy. The apostle Peter tells us exactly who this enemy is: Stay alert! Watch out for your great enemy, the devil. He prowls around like a roaring lion, looking for someone to devour (1 Peter 5:8 NASB). If we’re going to raise a generation of strong children and strong families, we must learn to engage our enemy rather than run from him. The good news is that although Satan is a powerful adversary, God is mightier still. If we remain alert and walk in a right relationship with God, we will always have the upper hand over our enemy. Zephaniah 3:17 has been such a comfort to me as I have come to know my Savior. In my own journey to becoming MomStrong, I’ve realized that I can trust God even in the midst of a fierce battle. He is aware of the struggles we face. His heart is for us. MomStrong moms know that they are engaged in a battle, but they don’t let the fear of the battle distract them from the truth. They know that their children need to see that their mom trusts God no matter what happens in this life. Precious mom, God understands the magnitude of the struggle you are facing, and He wants you to trust Him even as you raise your children in a frightening world. So take courage! God has already let us know exactly what we can expect from Him as we face trials and struggles. There is nothing we will face that God won’t give us sustaining grace for. He will never leave us or forsake us. He never has, and He never will.  Adapted from Becoming MomStrong: How to Fight with All That's in You for Your Family and Your Faith by Heidi St. John. Released September 19, 2017 from Tyndale Mo- mentum. Copyright © 2017. Used by permission of Tyndale House Publishers, Inc. All rights reserved. Heidi St. John is a popular conference speaker, author, and blogger at She and her husband, Jay, are the founders and executive directors of Firmly Planted Family, an organization focused on family discipleship. The St. Johns live in Washington State where they enjoy life with their seven children and grandchildren. Don't freak out! We're here to help. Come to a CHEC Homeschool Introductory Seminar and get the vision, legal info, and nuts and bolts you need to kick off your homeschool. ▪ April 14 in Castle Rock ▪ Homeschool Intro Track featured at the Rocky Mountain Homeschool Conference (see page 23) Interested in helping host a seminar in your home town? Please contact! NEW TO HOMESCHOOLING? Learn more at “ “ GOD IS ALWAYS AT WORK AND HE HAS PLACED YOU RIGHT HERE FOR SUCH A TIME AS THIS—TO PREPARE YOUR CHILDREN FOR THE WAR THAT LIES AHEAD! Vo l u m e 1 , I s s u e 1 0 0, 2 01 8 I C H E C H O M E S C H O O L U P DAT E 7 FAMILY ENCOURAGEMENT
  8. 8. “Mom, Dad — we need to talk….” And then our beloved child, the one we’ve spent the past umpteen years loving, nurturing, and, yes, homeschooling, delivers the news no parent wants to hear. Maybe he has been caught shoplifting. Maybe she is pregnant. Maybe she won’t be homeschooling your grandchildren. Maybe he no longer believes. Whatever it is, you realize that life is not turning out as you had planned for this child of your heart. you still love him. You still want God’s very best for him. You cannot help him work through this new difficulty in his life if you let this present challenge destroy your relationship with him. Don’t make it about you. Your initial response may be to say, “How could you do this to me?” or “What will our friends think?” This is about your son or daughter whom you love unconditionally, by God’s grace. Your concern needs to be about your child, not about your reputation. If not, then deal with the pride you find in your own heart. Realize that your child is a sinner. It should not be a shock to realize that the truth of Romans 3:23 applies even to your precious child. He is indeed a sinner, just like you. He will make choices that disappoint you, just as you make choices that disappoint your Father. Pray. Pray for your child. Pray for your spouse. Pray for your other children. Pray for your child’s grandparents. Pray for yourself. Pray for everyone who will be impacted by your child’s sin. Pray when you first learn about this sin and pray in years to come for total and complete healing and restoration and protection from recurrence. Most homeschooling parents assume, whether con- sciously or unconsciously, that if they homeschool their children, everything will turn out right with their child. After all, we protected him from ungodly influences in textbooks and television. We encour- aged wholesome friendships. We taught him God’s Word. We poured our lives into this child who now stands before us, saying things we never thought we would hear. Our response at this moment will impact our relation- ship with this son, this daughter, for the rest of their lives. It will test our ability to see beyond the present moment of shock and into the heart of our child. So, what should you do when things don’t turn out as you had hoped? Guard your words. In moments of shock it is easy to burst out with words of recrimination and anger. Set a guard before your mouth (Psalm 141:3-4). What you say at this time will likely be remembered long after the emotions of the moment have cooled, for better or for worse. Protect the relationship. Regardless of what your child has done and how betrayed you feel, CAN'T Homeschooling Save Your ChildBY MARCIA WASHBURN C H E C H O M E S C H O O L U P DAT E I Vo l u m e 1 , I s s u e 1 0 0, 2 01 88 FAMILY ENCOURAGEMENT
  9. 9. Look beyond the present. Realize that God is not finished with your child yet. No matter how much you love him, God loves him even more. No matter how much you want to see her walking with the Lord, the One Who created her wants it even more. He will pursue your child just as Francis Thompson describes in his classic poem, “The Hound of Heaven.”1 I fled Him, down the nights and down the days; I fled Him, down the arches of the years; I fled Him, down the labyrinthine ways Of my own mind; and in the mist of tears... But with unhurrying chase, And unperturbèd pace, Deliberate speed, majestic instancy, They beat—and a Voice beat More instant than the Feet— All things betray thee, who betrayest Me. Don’t assume this is your fault. We are not perfect parents; we walk in the light that we have at the time. Remember this: God is the Perfect Parent — and look at how His kids act sometimes. Ask for- giveness for your part in this, both from your child and from God. But also recognize that your child is a free moral agent, flawed by Original Sin just like you are. He has free will and has chosen to exercise it in a way that does not honor his Creator. Grieve for his choice, but don’t let it dominate your own life. Your life is not over and, unless you are dealing with a suicide, neither is his. Use God’s Word for correction. If your child is still living at home under your authority, make the correction fit the crime. Typically when we are dealing with sin of this type the child is past the age of spanking. Grounding from certain activities or relationships may be helpful. But don’t neglect to fill his heart with Scripture. One family assigned their young teen who was caught shoplifting to do a study of the entire book of Proverbs, hand-copying every verse related to honesty, theft, deceit, and lust of the eyes. In addi- tion, he was required to commit certain verses to memory. This helped to instill the Word of God into his mind and heart over a period of weeks, giving him strength to resist future temptations. The Bible is not just another subject to study, but it is the Liv- ing Word to grow inside of us and keep us from sin. Exercise forgiveness. Forgive your child. Forgive yourself. Accept God’s forgiveness. Communicate God’s forgiveness to your child as he repents. Then don’t bring it up again. Allow the Holy Spirit to work in your child — He doesn’t need your help to ONLY JESUS CHRIST CAN SAVE YOUR CHILD. remind your child of his sin and its consequences. To exercise forgiveness means you may have to work at it, just as you do with physical exercise. You may have to repeatedly forgive, just as you would do repetitions of push-ups. Seek godly counsel if you are having trouble dealing with this situation. Do your best as you homeschool your child, but realize that homeschooling can’t save your child. Only Jesus Christ can save him. And remember that only Christ can comfort your heart when your child breaks it.  1 2 Psalm 119:11 says “Thy Word have I hid in my heart that I might not sin against Thee.” © 2017 by Marcia K. Washburn who homeschooled five sons for nineteen years. Need encourage- ment? Write to Marcia@ for a free copy of Encouragement for Homeschool Moms from her Management for Moms series ( “ “ PHOTOGRAPHYBYISTOCK Vo l u m e 1 , I s s u e 1 0 0, 2 01 8 I C H E C H O M E S C H O O L U P DAT E 9 FAMILY ENCOURAGEMENT
  10. 10. We hope our readers will be encouraged by this interview with the Bob and Debbie Fine family of Elizabeth, Colorado. Below, Debbie shares about their journey of homeschooling. Bob manages a successful real estate company, Hallmark Properties, while Debbie manages their home and school. INTERVIEW WITH THE FINE FAMILY PLEASE SHARE SOME BACKGROUND OF HOW YOU MET, MARRIED, AND DECIDED TO HOMESCHOOL. ABob and I were wholeheartedly convinced that we wanted to homeschool our children before we married. We met while attending Kansas State University where I was studying Early Childhood Education. As we were growing in our own love relationships with Jesus, we simultaneously experienced the secular worldview hundreds of young, future public school teachers were receiving. We knew that we could not submit our children to such a godless (often anti-God) system. We became very excited about providing a life and educa- tion for our children where we could keep Christ central, allowing for them to learn everything with the foundation of God’s Word. WHEN YOU FIRST BEGAN HOMESCHOOLING, WHAT WERE YOUR GOALS, AND HAVE THEY CHANGED OVER TIME? AOur heart’s desire was that in the end, our children would most importantly know and love Jesus with all their heart, mind, and soul. Over the years, that main goal has not changed. However, we as parents have grown and changed while traversing the many hills and valleys we had to cross to reach our desire. AS YOUR FAMILY GREW, WHAT CHANGES DID YOU MAKE TO YOUR FAMILY’S DAILY ROUTINE? AAs a new family with 2-3 young children, life was sweet and full, but it was manageable. As we continued to add children to our family the “manage- ability” became less, at least in our own strength. I am thankful that I learned on a deeper level that my hope, my joy, and my ability to “manage” as a mother was dependent on Jesus. He was my lifeline and the only place I could go for the real strength needed for the path ahead. He grew us in love, patience, flex- ibility, and most importantly, faith. The faith in a God so good and so all-sufficient is the faith that would help us to not just survive, but also to thrive, in the challenges that were yet to come. AUGUST 2016 JANUARY 2017 OCTOBER 2017 Lion-Hearted Life LESSONS C H E C H O M E S C H O O L U P DAT E I Vo l u m e 1 , I s s u e 1 0 0, 2 01 810 THEMATIC INTERVIEW
  11. 11. that any good could result from it. God continually assured me that we were “made for this!” As a result, we got to watch Him unfold a story so beautiful that we could never have written it ourselves, a story that wove things into our children’s hearts that blew our wildest imaginations. It changed every single one of us to the core! My family rose to the occasion and continued the homeschooling and life routines at home. The older children schooled the younger children. They solved problems and grew in love for one another, all the while knowing they were joining in the fight for Charlie’s life. We were a team. A team with a mission. They were never bitter or even tempted to wish Charlie had never come so that they could have mom at home and life would be easier. They were a part of something bigger than themselves; they valued Charlie’s life and knew we were going to do everything we could for him. Their love for Charlie was precious, unconditional, and in the end so incredibly inspiring. Inspiring be- cause Charlie was with us for only 18 months, then we had to let go. We spent what would be his last few days with him at home, with Charlie in our arms, rocking, crying, singing to him, praying over him, kissing his plump lips, saying goodbye, telling him how brave he was, stroking his fluffy hair, describing heaven, holding his chubby hands, weeping, thanking God for him … we had to let go. We had to let go of an amazing little lion-hearted Charlie who had stolen our hearts and changed our lives. We had to let go of a boy we really wanted to keep, to do life with. The love we had for him was deep and wide and deeper still. The inspiring part was to watch all nine of our children let go of what had grown to be one of the most valued things in their lives. Moreover, to trust him to a God they knew loved WHAT WERE THE CHALLENGES YOU FACED WITH YOUR SON, CHARLIE. ACharlie Grant, our tenth child and sixth son, entered this world via home birth in September of 2015. He was a beautiful and seemingly healthy little fellow. A few days after his birth I told my husband that the Lord was impressing on my heart to walk “arms wide open,” ready to embrace and walk in whatever God put before me with courage, strength, and dignity. The next morning, our five-day-old Charlie began showing signs of distress, and we rushed him to the hospital ER, hoping it was just a virus (but feeling it wasn’t). It was there that we learned that Charlie likely had Down Syndrome along with some complications that are common to that diagnosis. The hospital staff gave us the option to stop giving him medical interven- tion based on this information. We opted to fight for Charlie’s life. His diagnosis didn’t change anything for us. We loved him just the same, and we knew that he was fearfully and wonderfully made. After nearly losing him in the ER due to complications from treatment, we were life-flighted to the local children’s hospital where Charlie and I would live in the NICU for the next 11 months. Yes, this threw a wrench into our homeschooling “plan.” This was not what I had pictured nor desired. At times I wept over missing my husband and other nine children, and I grieved over what, at times, felt like (with the naked eye) a wrecked life. AS YOU CONTINUED TO HOMESCHOOL, HOW DID CHARLIE’S BRIEF LIFE CHANGE YOU AND YOUR CHILDREN? AIt was suggested to us that it was the perfect time to put our children into public school. I can see where that would have made sense to some parents. However, we are instructed in 2 Corinthians 5:7 to walk by faith, not by sight. Knowing public school was not God’s plan for our family, we continued to homeschool by faith and under very strenuous circumstances. Sometimes it felt so strenuous that I wasn’t sure if I could physically survive it nor see Charlie even more than we did! Our God who is good, sovereign, and trustworthy. It was inspiring. WHAT WORDS OF ENCOURAGEMENTS DO YOU HAVE FOR FAMILIES WHO ARE IN THE MIDDLE OF A MAJOR TRIAL? AOh dear family, if you are in the middle of a major trial then live “ARMS WIDE OPEN!” Arms wide open to a God that loves you, knows your trial, has counted your tears, and has plans to use this for your greatest good! Don’t waste this trial by listening to your weak flesh and believing the naked eye, because they both lie to us; I know this for certain! Don’t settle for surviving this trial, rather see it as an opportunity for a major upgrade in your faith and an opportunity for our King to be glorified! James 1:12 (NIV) states, Blessed is the one who perseveres under trial because, having stood the test, that person will receive the crown of life that the Lord has promised to those who love him.  PHOTOGRAPHYBYISTOCK FAITH IN A GOD SO GOOD IS THE FAITH THAT WOULD HELP US NOT TO JUST SURVIVE, BUT ALSO TO THRIVE IN THE CHALLENGES THAT WERE YET TO COME. “ “ Vo l u m e 1 , I s s u e 1 0 0, 2 01 8 I C H E C H O M E S C H O O L U P DAT E 11 THEMATIC INTERVIEW
  12. 12. Don't Follow PHOTOGRAPHYBYISTOCK LEAD FATHERS: Ionce read a secular study in which children were asked what they thought was the most important academic subject. It turned out that their answers reflected whatever subject with which their father helped them. The reason given was that children as- sume, since dad is busy, if he is going to take time out of his schedule to help with one subject THAT must be the most important one. What this indicates to me is the power of a fa- ther’s influence. Most of us men work jobs. We are busy. However, we can make a tremendous impact on our children if we are strategic in passing on what is most important. What’s a Dad to Do? There are two responsibilities that the Bible seems to lay nearly exclusively at the feet of fathers: ▪ Training and instruction of children (Proverbs 4:1, Ephesians 6:4) ▪ Discipline (Deuteronomy 8:5, Proverbs 13:1, 24, 15:5, Hebrews 12) For about six years, I served as a volunteer chaplain for a county juvenile center here in Michigan. Of the several hundred incarcerated young men that I have interviewed, only one or two said that they had a good relationship with their father. The overwhelming majority had NO connection with, nor had even met, their biological fathers. Anyone who has worked in a prison will tell you that the lack of a positive father relationship is almost absolute in violent offenders. The influence of a father cannot be underestimated. My Approach In my home, I take initiative to make sure that I am leading family worship daily (or as frequently as pos- sible) and that I am staying abreast of my children’s spiritual, academic, and emotional progress. I make sure that I have “conversations that count” with each of them, drawing them out and probing them with age-appropriate questions to see if they have assimi- lated what they have been taught and are developing biblically informed convictions from the information they have received. When I stand before God, He will hold ME account- able for the spiritual training of my children. I can’t hide behind my wife and say, as Adam tried, “This woman You gave me ... she didn’t know what she was doing!” No, I am responsible. The buck stops with me. I am thankful that my wife is a wonderful helpmeet and that she implements well the spiritual blueprints that I am providing for our family, but her role is to come alongside and support the vision that I have received from the Lord and His Word. It’s time for us men to grow up and take responsibility for our own families. There is absolutely no valid excuse to do otherwise.  Israel Wayne is a homeschooled graduate and homeschooling father of nine. He is the Director of Family Renewal, and is the author of a number of books, including Full-Time Parenting: A Guide to Family-Based Discipleship and Education: Does God Have an Opinion? For more information on his ministry, or to contact him, go to his website, BY ISRAEL WAYNE C H E C H O M E S C H O O L U P DAT E I Vo l u m e 1 , I s s u e 1 0 0, 2 01 812 DAD TO DADDAD TO DAD
  13. 13. Refresh your excitement for the journey, be equipped with practical homeschool management tools, and transform your vision for Christian education and discipleship. Learn how to evaluate your curriculum options with a Christian worldview to identify the right fit for every subject for every child, so you can homeschool with confidence. Homeschool Summits is a project of to bring Christian families the resources and encouragement they need to homeschool with confidence and pass on the faith to their children. The free events are hosted online so you can watch practical, encouraging speaker interviews and shop the vendor hall from the comfort of your home! Watch free sessions now! Visit to stay tuned for 2018 events! It was like sitting and having coffee with a friend that is inspiring and encouraging! The Summit totally revolutionized my thinking regarding my goals and reminded me of the importance of keeping Jesus at the center of everything. and
  14. 14. AND REJOICE BY CAROLYN MARTIN Celebrating 30 Years of the Colorado Homeschool Law Today, homeschoolers don’t fear being out in public during the hours when public school is in session. I doubt that any of us has a plan of escape in case someone from the state knocks on our door. If we experience any trouble from the local school district, a lawyer is just a phone call away. Not so for the pioneers who paved the way of freedom for us in Colorado many years ago. Homeschoolers in Colorado have much to celebrate in 2018. The law that protects families from intrusive government oversight was enacted on May 10, 1988 – 30 years ago. The fight to uphold parents’ rights to direct and provide an education for their children began with a small group of families across the state in the 1970s. Before the law, parents were subjected to the process of seeking approval from the State Board of Education and were often turned down or forced to use state-approved curricula. They faced the real threat of truancy charges being brought against them with the possibility of jail time. Yet, they stood steadfast in the belief that God’s di- rectives are higher than man’s law. God favored their cause, and today, we celebrate the 30th anniversary of the Colorado Homeschool Law. Remember Don’t be fooled by the ease of being able to homeschool today! The battle over who controls your children is still raging. If we forget what has oc- curred in the past, we will easily be led back to living under the yoke of government dictates. The Bible is full of examples of the consequences of forgetting who God is, what He has commanded, and what He has done. In Psalm 105, the Lord reminds us to proclaim, to rejoice, to seek, and to remember. Our best weapon in countering darkness and bondage is our dependence on Him and His ways. As we thank God for the mercies and the protection He has bestowed on homeschoolers in Colorado, it is imperative that we actively remember and rejoice over all that He has done and the miracles He has performed on our behalf. Give praise to the Lord, proclaim His name; make known among the nations what He has done. Sing to Him, sing praise to Him; tell of all his wonderful acts. Glory in His holy name; let the hearts of those who seek the Lord rejoice. Look to the Lord and His strength; seek His face always. Remember the won- ders He has done, His miracles, and the judgments He pronounced (Psalm 105:1-5 NIV).  APRIL 8, 2016 The Homeschool Field Trip of the Year! House Senate Opening Constitution Class Stand for Homeschool Liberty! MORE DETAILS ON PAGE 2 APRIL 13TH, 2018 PHOTOGRAPHYBYDUCTRAN C H E C H O M E S C H O O L U P DAT E I Vo l u m e 1 , I s s u e 1 0 0, 2 01 814 LEGISLATIVE LIAISON
  15. 15. The homeschool freedom we enjoy today in Colorado must be guarded carefully. AND WE NEED YOU! Every family in Colorado has an opportunity to get involved, either onsite at the Capitol or from home. You can:  Help read and review proposed bills for their potential effect on home education, parental rights, and religious liberty  Donate to help with costs for legislative liaison work  Subscribe for email legislative updates from Carolyn Martin every two weeks  Join the private Facebook group for live video updates and prayer requests Learn more and sign up for updates at Join with other homeschoolers in Colorado as we remember and rejoice on Friday, April 13th, 2018, at CHEC’s Day at the Capitol (see page 2). United together under His banner, proclaiming His glory, is the only way we can stand strong for freedom for the next generation.  Carolyn Martin is a veteran homeschool mom who serves as CHEC’s Legislative Liaison. She spends a lot of time at the state capitol in Denver to be informed on legislative issues of concern to home educators. If your homeschool group would like her to speak regarding upcoming legislation and coming elections, please contact her via email, Carolyn@ Vo l u m e 1 , I s s u e 1 0 0, 2 01 8 I C H E C H O M E S C H O O L U P DAT E 15 LEGISLATIVE LIAISON
  16. 16. AUGUST 16-19 NEW DATES FOR 2018!
  17. 17. BY COREY CHENEY Homeschool Experiences Entrepreneurial Business= My older sister and I were blessed to be homeschooled by our parents first in Arizona, then in Colorado. When I was just starting school, my dad began a family business so that we could spend more time together. After completing our textbook studies each day, my sister and I were encouraged by our parents to explore many hobbies. We also started small home-based businesses ourselves and helped my dad in his endeavors, one of which was a downtown hot dog stand! During my ‘tween years, Dad would take me to help him get his food cart set-up for the day and assist with lunchtime sales. When he didn’t need my help, I would do my schoolwork on Denver’s 16th Street Mall at an outdoor table adjacent to his cart. On bad weather days, I did schoolwork in a coffee shop near his cart, so he could keep an eye on me through the window! It was a fun experience and I learned a great deal about business, customer service, and the hard work that goes into being self-employed. An even more exciting aspect involved selling hot dogs and other items at a large venue where my dad and grandfather had a contract to supply food for youth sporting tournaments. We served a lot of meals and had a great time working hard, then coming home exhausted from a profitable day. One of the most important things I learned from my homeschool/family economy childhood was that school and work are both good and important, but it is the time in between learning and working that is the most meaningful through the years. The memories we made as a family – often with my grandparents, sometimes with family friends – when we went fishing in the mountains on weekends, worked on improve- ments to our small acreage homestead, or just flat out had a great time talking and laughing with each other were the best parts of our flexible schedule and family life. As I approached adulthood, I tinkered with many things as a possible career, but I knew that working for myself was going to be an important part of my life. Currently, I operate a company that provides a variety of videography services for several different industries, including advertising and independent filmmaking. I love what I do, mostly because of the in- novative equipment I get to use, as well as the people I work with and the places I get to travel for business. I can hardly believe that I have already been to the countries of Belgium, England, France, and Scotland, in addition to traveling throughout the United States. Just think – I get paid for work while traveling! Between the opportunity to be home educated, Dad’s decision to start a family business, my parents’ will- ingness to spend their free time together as a family, and the outlets for creative expression I found through hobbies, my childhood gave me a strong start for my current profession. I am thankful for God’s hand on my life and the experiences provided by my parents. We remain close-knit, helping each other out where and when we can, and look forward to the future God has for us as individuals and as a family.  Corey Cheney founded Provident Media Group in May of 2010. The team at Provident takes pride in their ability to partner with clients to not only fulfill their vision, but improve on it. Experience and technical expertise allow them to use the video medium to tell stories, build brands, and display concepts and products in ways that just aren’t possible through any other medium. Corey can be contacted through the website: PHOTOGRAPHYBYISTOCK C H E C H O M E S C H O O L U P DAT E I Vo l u m e 1 , I s s u e 1 0 0, 2 01 818 GEN2
  18. 18. WANTED: HOMESCHOOL TALENT Do you play a musical instrument, sing, act, or speak? We want you! We're looking for homeschool students and graduates to be a part of our general sessions at the upcoming Rocky Mountain Homeschool Confer- ence. It's a tremendous opportunity to bless homeschool families with your gifts and experience performing in front of a large audience. We have openings for instrumentalists, vocalists, and orators, and we'd love for you to participate! Learn more at rockymoun- WANTED: VOLUNTEER SUPERSTARS Are you looking for a spring/summer family volunteer project? Or do you have a few hours each month free? We're looking to build our volunteer teams for the Homeschool Day at the Capitol (April 13th), the Rocky Mountain Homeschool Conference (June 14-16), and year-round in our Parker office. Complete the form at WANTED: SILENT AUCTION DONATIONS The CHEC Silent Auction (held during the Rocky Mountain Homeschool Conference in June) features great gifts, resources, and products from the practical (curriculum) to the fun (restaurant gift cards) and more. We accept new, quality items for the silent auction, and donations are eligible to be tax deduct- ible. Email for more information. WANTED: BOX TOPS Did you know that every Box Top that you submit to CHEC is worth $0.10 and goes to support the year-round ministry of CHEC? Simply collect then drop off at any CHEC event or at the CHEC office. Collect, then deliver to CHEC. WANTED: DONATIONS Are you passionate about home education and have a desire to help it grow and stay free for generations to come? CHEC works through- out the year to protect homeschool liberty and to serve homeschool families, and as a 501c3 non-profit organization, we depend on donations from families like you to continue the ministry. Make a one-time or monthly recurring donation at Want to join in behind the scenes with CHEC? We have a tremendous team of volunteers who keep things going—and with lots of openings now, we'd love for you to become a part! WE NEEDYOU!
  19. 19. This classic go-to compendium used by countless families in Colorado is now completely updated and streamlined for you! Whether you are just getting started, or you have years of experience, don’t miss out on this fantastic resource! NEED A MAP FOR YOUR HOMESCHOOLING JOURNEY? The Guidebook is an essential and invaluable resource for your children’s lives. —Editor Shari McMinn
  20. 20. PHIL TUTTLEBOB RIENOWVODDIE BAUCHAM JUNE 14-16, 2018 D E N V E R C O LO R A D O CONFERENCE KEYNOTE SPEAKERS “Let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, looking to Jesus, the founder and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy that was set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is seated at the right hand of the throne of God.” Hebrews 12:1-2 Rocky Mountain Homeschool Conference Register now at JUNE 14-16, 2018 D E N V E R C O LO R A D O
  21. 21. KEYNOTE FEATURED SPEAKERS Dr. Rob Rienow has been serving in pastoral ministry for 25 years, has authored several books, and is the founder of Visionary Family Ministries where he shares the biblical message of family discipleship with parents, Voddie Baucham is a husband, father, pastor, author, professor, conference speaker and church planter. He is currently Dean of the Seminary at African Christian University (ACU) in Lusaka, Zambia. Never Too Late: Encouraging Faith in Your Adult Children Encouragement for Single Parents: Engaging the Spiritual Battle A Tale of Two Fathers: How God Can Use Repentance to Transform Your Family Reaching the World Through Your Family Visionary Marriage Phil Tuttle has been President and CEO of Walk Through the Bible Ministries since 2007. He shares God’s Word throughout the world in churches, Bible conferences, Christian education conventions, and corporate gatherings. Revolution: How Millennials Can Change the World and What They Need From the Rest of Us - The Reality Revolution: The Parallels Revolution: The Generations Revolution: The Word Revolution: The Pillar Revolution: The Future Teaching Your Children with Your Grandchildren in Mind Getting Your House in Order Don’t Let Home Education Destroy Your Mar- riage Family Worship: The Forgotten Home Discipleship Tool The Role of the Father in Home Education/Discipleship VODDIE BAUCHAM BOB RIENOW PHIL TUTTLE CONNIE ALBERS Teach Your Child to Learn Independently Words Matter: The Importance of having Critical Conversations Beautifully Broken Facebook, Snapchat, and all Those Apps: What’s a Family To Do? I Appreciate You, Mom! Help Your Child Develop a Debt-Free Mindset You Can Build Close Sibling Friendships VICKI BENTLEY Getting Started Exploring Curriculum Options Organized (Well, Almost!) - Time Management for Busy Moms Blueprint for Success - Building a Framework: Strategies for High School Success Blueprint for Success - Construction Tools: Recordkeeping and Credits Blueprint for Success - “Finishing” Touches: Graduation and Beyond KEN BUCK Standing Strong in the Swamp MIKE CHENEY Several Habits of Highly Effective Business Owners and Employees Apprenticeships, Mentorships, and College Alternatives in Family Economics TOM CLARK Homeschooling Math without a Plan? You’ve Got to Be Kidding! Can Mom or Dad Really “Teach” Story Problems? (And Why Would You Want To?) Teaching Mathematics with Art (or is it Teaching Art with Mathematics?) What is ‘Critical Thinking’ and Can Anyone Do It? DIANNE CRAFT Cognitive Learning Style Screening: How is Your Child’s Brain Wired? Learning Style: How is Your Child’s Brain Organized? Use Both Sides of Your Brain: Stretching Your Child Beyond His Learning Style Structuring a “Healing Teaching” School Day “Let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, looking to Jesus, the founder and perfecter of our faith...” HEBREWS 12:1
  22. 22. STEVE CRAIG Foundational Principles Vision for Homeschooling Introduction to Homeschool Law BABINIEC, ROACH, FINE Putting the Home in Homeschooling JAKE MACAULAY Faith, Values, and the Constitution The War on the Constitution, Why Youth Should Care Preparing Your Students for Effective Christian Citizenship Preparing the Biblical Christian for Engagement in the Culture War SHARI MCMINN What About the Military? The CHEC Guidebook: Why It’s an Essential Resource for Colorado Homeschooling The Nurtured Homeschool BRIDGET MOSLEY Working with God’s Design for Memory The Nuts and Bolts of Studying Smarter TARA ROEHL Engaging Executive Functioning Skills in Your Child: What They Are How to Help Engaging Executive Functioning Skills in Your Child: Strategies and Application for All Environments Imposter Syndrome DR. JONATHAN SARFATI Jurassic Reality: Dinosaurs and the Most Asked Questions The Christian Roots of Science: Busting Evolutionary Myths Bioethics: Issues of Life, Death, and Morality Christianity for Skeptics: Refuting the New Atheists Chess Challenge STEVE MEGAN SCHEIBNER Marriage, Communication, and Friendship 2 ML (Second Mile Leadership for Men) The Toddler Toolbox Woman to Woman: The Mentoring Model The Character Conscious Mom Living on Borrowed Time: The Nine Practices of The Proactive Parent Training Young Men to be Gentlemen in a Feminist Culture Battling with Behavior? KEVIN SWANSON Recovering the Christian Fam- ily in an Age of Brokenness Teaching Literature from a Christian Worldview The Most Thrilling Story in History Making Math and Science Meaningful A Biblical View of Family, Church, and State KIMBERLY TRAUM The Power of Christian The- atre - Reclaiming this Art for the Lord STEVEN VAUGHAN The Importance Benefit of Good Communication Skills Unapologetically Using Communication Skills in Defense of the Faith JOSEPH WEISSMAN The Anatomy of a Gap Year: Its Unique Value and Navigating the Options BRIAN YOUNG Flat Earth False Education Dinosaurs, Ice Age, and the Pre-Flood World Absolutely Incredible and Amazing Animals Pharaohs of the Bible Christianity Under Attack FEATURED SPEAKERS REGISTER AT SAVE $10with codeUPDATEV118EXPIRES APRIL 1ST REGISTER EARLY AND SAVE! FULL CONFERENCE: All general sessions, workshops, exhibit hall, and used curriculum sale. Spouse included! Family add-on is just $30! SHOPPING: Exhibit hall and used curriculum sale. Spouse included! Family add-on is just $10! $ 89 $ 19 $ 99 $ 29 SCHEDULE Registration opens at 7:30 am each day; view full schedule online. WHERE? The conference is held at the Denver Mart located on the northeast corner of I-25 and 58th Avenue. DISCOUNTSAVAILABLEfor pastors,first-time attenders,single moms,and parents ofpreschoolers!
  23. 23. ▪ Youth Entrepreneur Vendor Program ▪ Constitution Class ▪ Hunter Safety Course ▪ Creation Workshops ▪ Pilgrim’s Progress Performances ▪ Used Curriculum Sale ▪ Exhibit Hall with 200 booths! ▪ New to Homeschool ▪ Homeschooling through High School ▪ Study SMARTER, Not Harder: Cognitive Learning ▪ Biblical Family SHOPPING YOUTH FEATURES WORKSHOP TRACKS A CONFERENCE FOR THE whole family! CHEC envisions families honoring Jesus Christ by embracing home discipleship that is Christ centered, parent directed, and free from government control. Join us! Donate at I877.842.CHEC ICall Monday-Friday, 10am to 5pm Christian Home Educators of Colorado FLYING W WRANGLERS The Flying W Wranglers have been making music for over 63 years and are one of today’s premier western music groups. Get ready to have a Yee Haw good time with songs from the Silver Screen cowboy years, good ol’ country classics, and Gospel tunes we love, all together with the Wranglers’ wit and humor! IN MY SEAT: A PILOT’S STORY FROM SEPTEMBER 10TH AND 11TH Steve Scheibner was scheduled to pilot American Airlines Flight 11 one morning in 2001. But at the last min- ute, a rare substitution meant some- one else would pilot that plane...the first plane that hit the World Trade Center on 9/11. Steve will share his captivating testimony about how some- one died in his place, not once, but twice, and how that truth impacts his life—and yours. DOUBLE-HEADER FAMILY NIGHT FRIDAY, JUNE 15, 7PM
  24. 24. PHIL TUTTLEBOB RIENOWVODDIE BAUCHAM JUNE 14-16, 2018 D E N V E R C O LO R A D O CONFERENCE KEYNOTE SPEAKERS “Let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, looking to Jesus, the founder and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy that was set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is seated at the right hand of the throne of God.” Hebrews 12:1-2 Rocky Mountain Homeschool Conference Register now at JUNE 14-16, 2018 D E N V E R C O LO R A D O With complete customization, automatic grading, and a host of other powerful features, you can quickly see why so many parents and students around the globe lovethefreedomofonlinelearningwithMonarch. Wethinkyou’llloveit,too,whichiswhywewantyouto tryMonarchrisk-freefor30days. Monarch just freed up your afternoon. Visit and use promo code MON30CHEC. ™
  25. 25. LEADERSHIP TEAM As the homeschooling movement grows, so do support groups and homeschool co-op groups. All this growth means more organization is needed to handle larger memberships… Form a Board When leading a homeschool group, you should follow the biblical example of Moses, who could not handle the burden of leadership alone. God directed Moses to: Bring me seventy of Israel's elders who are known to you as leaders and officials among the people. ... They will help you carry the burden of the people so that you will not have to carry it alone (Numbers 11:16 NIV). Your group should do the same and establish a leadership team, sometimes called by its more formal name, board of directors. Team selection does not have to be a formal procedure at the start. Simply choose people of integrity with gifts of organization and discernment. Look for people who show an interest and commitment to your group. If they have experience in serving on a charitable or church board it would be extremely helpful. Just Ask Approach potential board members personally, emphasize their strengths and contributions to your organization, and ask if they would be willing to help in a leadership role. BY CAROL L. TOPP Keep it Small and Form Committees Keep your board small, so decisions can be made easily. Every board should have at least three members, a president (a chair), a secretary, and a treasurer. Some boards prefer to add a vice president who will succeed the current president. As responsibilities increase, the size of the board should increase. Many boards like to add registration, events, and membership duties to board members. Most boards assign committees to handle many tasks. Committees meet outside of board meetings. A homeschool co-op of 20-100 families might have a board of about four or five members and two to five committees. Committees for a Homeschool Co-op  Registration  Building Use  Classes Teachers  Events  Financial  Fundraising Committees for a Homeschool Support Group  Membership  New Member Info Welcome  Events Field Trips  Legislative Liaison Define the Task Keep the board member tasks well defined and limited. Some people are reluctant to volunteer for leadership because they fear there is no getting out later. If you define their role specifically and limit the term to one year, they may commit freely. Our co-op found it difficult for the director to make morning announcements because she had so many responsibilities at the start of co-op. Our board looked around and noticed that one particular woman was always there on time (or early), had a strong voice and was already organizing field trips. We asked her to take over the job of doing morning announcements for the next semester. We complimented her organizational skills and prompt- ness! She agreed and our director had a huge weight lifted! “These are great tips for all groups to consider: break up the tasks, look for people who might excel in one area, and delegate responsibility.”  Carol L. Topp, CPA is a homeschooling mother of two daughters and author of Homeschool Co-ops: How to Start Them, Run Them and Not Burn Out. She enjoys using her accounting skills helping non-profit organizations. Her website is www.Homeschool- ©Copyright 2008. PHOTOGRAPHYBYISTOCK Choosing a Are you the leader of a Christian Homeschool Group? CHEC offers a private Leaders Facebook group, conference luncheon, exclusive email up- dates, and other opportunities as a means to strengthen and encourage homeschool group leaders. Want to stay connected so you don't miss opportunities to grow as a leader? Make sure your group is part of the CHEC Homeschool Group Network: C H E C H O M E S C H O O L U P DAT E I Vo l u m e 1 , I s s u e 1 0 0, 2 01 826 HOMESCHOOL LEADERS
  26. 26. Your Country Needs You! You can be an integral part of the fight for freedom by attending your Precinct Caucus on March 6th and volunteering to become a delegate to the State Assembly. Stand for Constitutional principles! It is important to vote in November, but when you attend your Caucus and become a State Assembly delegate you give your vote an incredible force multiplier. If you attend your Precinct Caucus you will be on the ground floor of determining the primary ballot, the general election, and ultimately, who is elected. Only a small percentage of all registered voters attend their party’s Precinct Caucus. If ten people attend the caucus in a precinct of 500, those ten have multiplied the power of their vote as much as 50 times. For those who go on to be delegates, particularly the State Assembly, they make their vote even more powerful. Get the facts, including a video training series for you and your children at: For Life and Liberty! Kevin Lundberg Paid for by the Committee to Elect Kevin Lundberg As a 501(c)3 organization CHEC does not endorse political candidates
  27. 27. PHOTOGRAPHYBYISTOCK Over the past 18 years of helping homeschooling families, I have spoken with numerous parents concerned about their child’s lack of progress. Most had already searched blogs, Facebook groups, and websites trying to figure out what was wrong. Some tried comparing their child to a list describing certain learning difficulties (such as dyslexia, dysgraphia, or Asperger’s), but since most students do not display all the “symptoms” shown, the parent was still in a quandary! They did not have the answers they needed. agnosis through more extensive and specialized testing. Going forward, those test results will guide us toward the best and most appropriate care and treatment. Please understand: I believe the model for decision making used in healthcare should apply when determin- ing the root of your child’s learning challenge! A label is merely the name of a specific problem – it cannot lead to a solution. A diagnostic evaluation, on the other hand, has many benefits. It will uncover the root of your child’s learning problem and will illuminate what has been limiting your child’s progress. It also will reveal how to incorporate his strengths into your in- struction. The diagnosis equips you to choose the most effective teaching approaches and suitable instructional materials! In many cases, a diagnosis relieves the child’s anxiety about his continued feelings of failure. Without an accurate diagnosis of your child’s learning issues, you are likely to waste money on inappropriate (and often expensive) therapies, textbooks, or programs that are a poor match for your child’s needs. A delay in seeking out a specialist for my husband’s care would have allowed his health to decline. In a similar way, a delay in seeking a diagnostic educational evalua- tion wastes time and valuable learning opportunities. Without appropriate instruction, your learner inevitably will fall further behind! A frequent consequence of continuing failure is that too many students incorrectly conclude they lack intelligence! Another important Many of my prospective clients express a lack of self-confidence – both in their knowledge of how to help the child overcome his difficulties and in their own teaching skills. Sadly, I often hear a parent say, “I feel like I am failing my child!” Such feelings seldom reflect reality – but they arise from a lack of knowledge and understanding. Unfortunately, despite having all these uncertainties, some parents choose not to seek a formal diagnostic evaluation. Why? They do not want their child to be “labeled.” You, too, may be among those who have concerns that an evaluation will label your struggling learner. Let me explain! There is a huge difference between a “la- bel” and a “diagnosis.” Here is an analogy. Imagine you are worried that you have a serious medical condition. Would you put off seeing a specialist because you feared he might “label” you? Probably not! You would want a professional to thoroughly examine you and administer appropriate tests to obtain an accurate diagnosis that will indicate the most appropriate and effective treatment. This example became very personal for me this summer. My husband had a painless ½” lump on his neck, and we waited two months for it to resolve on its own. When his doctor ordered a biopsy, it revealed lymphoma. My husband is a “cancer patient”. It was a “label” we did not like, and it did not give us any insight on what to do! Instead of waiting for him to improve, we promptly sought a specialist who provided a precise di- LABELS!BY JUDITH MUNDAY STRUGGLING LEARNERS It's Not About Visit the CHEC Struggling Learners web page at resources-struggling-learners/ C H E C H O M E S C H O O L U P DAT E I Vo l u m e 1 , I s s u e 1 0 0, 2 01 828 STRUGGLING LEARNERS
  28. 28. benefit to diagnostic testing is that you will learn which ac- commodations you must make in your teaching, learning materials, and testing. As a home educator, it is up to you to request a comprehen- sive diagnostic evaluation. You should know that testing to identify disabilities conducted by a public school does NOT obligate you to accept any public school services, an IEP (Individual Educational Plan), or any public school classes! (Editor’s note: both CHEC and HSLDA have funds available for private diagnostic testing if you need to apply for assistance. CHEC does not recommend the use of public funds for this type of need since we believe home education should be “free from government control.”) Do not fail to maintain records of critical accommodations you apply in teaching and testing your homeschooled student. Make sure that the individual who administers your child’s year-end evaluations is using the appropriate accommoda- tions (such as extra time). Looking ahead to post-secondary education, if your child chooses to pursue college, job training, or the military, he will face tests to qualify for entrance or admission. The testing agencies do not allow test accommodations unless you or your child can document he has a specific learning disability and that he needs specific accommodations. Your records and the diagnostic evaluation report will ensure he can receive the same accommodations he required during the early years of his education. Is it time for you to reconsider the negative prospect of labeling your struggling learner and consider all the benefits for you and your child when you seek a diagnosis?  This article first appeared in IEW’s June 2011 e-Newsletter. © 2011, Institute for Excellence in Writing, L.L.C. The above article is available for your personal use or for distribution. Permission is given to duplicate complete and unaltered. Judi Munday has been an educational consultant for 18 years helping families who homeschool children with special needs. She is the author of two books: Teaching a Special Needs Child at Home and at School and Writing a Student Education Plan. Visit her websites to learn effective strategies and teaching tips: and TeachingAChil- Making Connections for Struggling Learners We offer healing intervention to move a child from struggling academically to learning with ease! Vo l u m e 1 , I s s u e 1 0 0, 2 01 8 I C H E C H O M E S C H O O L U P DAT E 29 STRUGGLING LEARNERS
  29. 29. BEST OF CHEC.ORG/BLOG HIGH SCHOOL? Homeschool Through BY DEB ENTSMINGER PHOTOGRAPHYBYISTOCK I was determined not to do it! Trying to teach a strong- willed middle schooler pushed me to my limit, and I was resolved not to homeschool through high school. When the Lord kept closing door after door, my son said, “Mom, I really think God wants me to be homeschooled for high school.” So we pressed on … but you better believe I was crying out to the Lord for help and ideas and the grace to make it! And did He ever deliver! At the start of my son Andrew’s junior year, I happened to hear of a college course entitled The Bible as Literature. I thought, “If it’s good enough for college, we can do it for high school!” So I bought copies of Howard Hendricks’ Living By The Book, and we started working our way through this during fall semester, doing the as- signments at the end of each chapter. Learning to inductively study the Bible is litera- ture analysis at its finest! In the spring we began tackling whole books (starting with an epistle), applying all we’d BEST OF CHEC.ORG/BLOG learned through this course. I can’t even begin to tell you what a blessing that was in our lives. We were learning together, seeking to apply God’s Word, shar- ing the journey together. It not only brought us closer to the Lord but also drew us closer as a family as my husband joined in too. What a gift from God! It helped Andrew learn how to go directly to the Scrip- tures and study them for himself. What a blessing this was when he was in college. No longer did he need to go to a Christian bookstore hoping to find a Bible study when a topic interested or perplexed him; now he had the tools to search the Scriptures himself! And that firsthand discovery is far more impacting than being told something. Even more importantly, we learned how critical it is to apply what you’re learning! Both the wise and foolish builders heard the Word (Matthew 7:24 – 27). The difference was what they did with it! As we sought to be more intentional applying God’s Word to our daily lives, the difference was profound — for us and others around us. That first year of homeschooling high school, Andrew decided to try out for the soccer team at a nearby school. The first day of practice was nearly 100 degrees with high humidity, and the coach told them to run five miles. It was brutal. After throwing up twice, Andrew was so relieved when he crossed the finish line. But then he saw one guy who was really struggling. This guy was overweight and barely able to put one foot in front of the other. Andrew jumped up and exclaimed, “Come on guys, let’s go help him!” And they raced across the field to run the rest of his miles with him. For me, that moment highlights how homeschooling through high school isn’t primarily about academics or preparing your kids to get into college. Though let me say, even though we were rather non-traditional in our homeschooling, Andrew had no problem getting into college or graduating with honors and landing a job with one of the top companies in the country. But in the end, homeschooling is about building character and laying a foundation for living well and loving well. Today there is so much thankfulness in my heart that God made me do it!  Deb Entsminger has been married to her husband Jim for 29 years and was blessed to homeschool their son Andrew all the way up! She currently serves on staff with The Navigators by helping college students grow in knowing Jesus, and training new staff by helping them creatively learn to do this, too! She writes at her blog, Visit for weekly encouragement! C H E C H O M E S C H O O L U P DAT E I Vo l u m e 1 , I s s u e 1 0 0, 2 01 830
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  31. 31. CURRICULUM REVIEW learn the map as they strategize about which destina- tions give them the most points and what route to take as they place their trains. Another great geography game that even younger kids can play and enjoy is Scrambled States of America. Do you remember painfully memorizing all the states and capitals while in elementary school? This game, based on the popular children’s book by the same name, takes that pain away. This is a fast paced and almost zany game that will have your chil- dren absorbing the name, shape, capitol, nickname, and location of the states while having a great time. Timeline is a fun history game which helps kids learn the chronology of historical events. The game has many different variations including major world history events, American history, and the history of inventions. The idea of the game is to create a timeline of historical events while each player tries to get rid of their two- sided cards, which have the event on both sides but the date on only one side. A random card is turned date side up in the center of the table. This becomes the beginning of the timeline. Each player has four cards in front of them which are date side down. The art, life science, inventions, and even the kings and queens of England. The kids practice memorizing rapidly and paying close attention to details while learning some fascinating facts such as major natural resources in Argentina, the year the com- puter mouse was invented, and the medium Claude Monet used to paint The Water Lily Pond. Ticket to Ride is a widely popular game which is great for geography and map studies. While the game takes only a few minutes to learn how to play, it takes many matches to begin to master the strategy involved. The game consists of building trains between destinations and earning points along the way. Ticket to Ride Europe has the players building railroads across a map of Europe with the European names of the countries on it. (I was an adult on an airplane flying to Switzerland when I realized the rest of the world has different names for European countries than we use in the USA!). There are numer- ous expansion packs that can be purchased so the game can be played using a map of Asia, Africa, India, or the USA. Players cannot help but When kids are having fun, learning takes place painlessly and naturally. Most kids would choose playing a game over rote memorization of facts or reading a textbook. Thankfully, there are some amazing educa- tional games which we can incorporate into our homeschools that make learning enjoyable. Here are a few games we have used to enhance learning at our house. Brain Box (available from is a twist on flash cards, turning repetition into a game. The player takes a card and has 10 sec- onds to study it. The player then rolls a die and answers one random question from the back of the card without looking again at the front. If the player gets the question correct, he or she keeps the card. Whoever collects 10 cards first, wins. Brain Box has games covering a variety of subjects such as preschool, geography, LEARNING Fun While BY CINDY PUHEK CURRICULUM REVIEW PHOTOGRAPHYBYISTOCK C H E C H O M E S C H O O L U P DAT E I Vo l u m e 1 , I s s u e 1 0 0, 2 01 832 CURRICULUM REVIEW
  32. 32. player chooses a card and places it on the timeline and then flips it date side up. If the player has placed the card correctly, it stays on the timeline. If the placement is incorrect, the card is discarded and the player takes another card from the pile. It becomes more and more difficult to correctly place cards as the timeline grows longer. The first player to get rid of all their cards wins. I think it’s invaluable for kids to know when different historical events occurred such as the slave trade ending in 1808 and the postage stamp being invented in 1840. I knew nothing about fine art when I first began homeschooling, but I have learned along with my children, and I’ve found some fun and painless ways to be introduced to the great masters and their masterpieces. Dover Publishing has produced four books in a series called Spot the Difference. Each book contains 25 side-by-side pictures of famous works of art. One is the original and the other has multiple subtle and not so subtle changes made to it, and the child must find all the differences. The kids study these paintings closely, and as they search for changes in these great works of art, they feel like they’re playing a game rather than working. Another fun resource for art study is the Go Fish series of card games produced by Birdcage Press. Players try to build matches of famous paintings while playing the classic game of Go Fish. Several different decks of cards can be used with each deck focusing on a period of art such as the Impressionists, post-Impressionists, modern artists, or Renaissance. Young- er players might need to show each other the card they are looking for, but the goal is for the player to ask for the painting by title and artists, “Do you have Merrymak- ers by Carolus-Duran?” Over time, this information about the paintings will become memorized. Some of these games are so much fun that your children will likely choose to play them during their HOMESCHOOL CURRICULUM DESIGNED TO GROW LASTING CHARACTER FROM THE INSIDE OUT. • Open-and-go curriculum • Rich conversation starters • Mobile and print-friendly versions • Service activity options • Join a community of other Character Growers Learn more about our products and services at free time. But even if they do not, assigning them for school can be a wonderful way to take a break from the normal curriculum. Parents, most of these resources are secular, and you will need to preview and perhaps modify some aspects of the game. For example, Go Fish may have a few cards you consider inappropriate art; simply remove from the set. Timeline has some evolution- ary content that we threw out. But in general, these games can provide a “spoonful of sugar” that makes learning delightful.  Cindy Puhek resides in Colorado Springs and has been married to Peter for more than two decades. They are well into their second decade of homeschooling their six children who range in age from toddler to high schooler. Cindy holds a masters degree in chemistry and has written dozens of articles to encourage others in their homeschooling journeys. You can visit her blog at www. Vo l u m e 1 , I s s u e 1 0 0, 2 01 8 I C H E C H O M E S C H O O L U P DAT E 33 CURRICULUM REVIEW
  33. 33. C H E C H O M E S C H O O L U P DAT E I Vo l u m e 1 , I s s u e 1 0 0, 2 01 834 Needing help with homeschooling? Wanting to strengthen your Christian faith? Considering a family business? Beginning to care for your aging parents? The APPRENTICESHIP, MENTORSHIP, ENTREPRENEURSHIP Program was created in 2007. Seeing a need to equip young men and women as they launched into adulthood, CHEC created the AME Program. This ministry now pro- vides networking, training, and workshops, along with recorded and print materials for individuals and families who want to pursue Apprenticeship, Mentorship, and Entrepreneurship as part of their family economies. Mike Cheney, a homeschool dad, entrepreneur, and author, is the driving force behind AME, which is also guided by the CHEC Board of Directors. Interested in learning more? Check out CHRISTIAN FAMILY ELDERCARE was started in 2013. CHEC and Generations saw a need to PARTNER with CHEC Together, we’re motivating parents to disciple the next generation of Christians. Thank you for partnering with us! BY SHARI HOWARD MCMINN Regardless of your season in life, CHEC and its affiliate ministry partners – Generations, AME Program, and Christian Family Eldercare – are here to encourage and edify you in your journey. GENERATIONS enables broader support of both our vision and mission. In 2003, CHEC began to sponsor the weekly Generations Radio Program, hosted by homeschool dad, pastor, and executive director of CHEC at the time, Kevin Swanson. God greatly blessed that simple start and Generations now includes daily broadcasts heard around the world. A publishing house eventually developed which has now become a major force in producing Christian books and curriculum. This ministry is still overseen by the CHEC Board of Directors. To tune in to a broadcast or find valuable resources, go to HONOR GOD Helping Your Family CHEC's Affiliate Ministries: PARTNER'S PAGE
  34. 34. Vo l u m e 1 , I s s u e 1 0 0, 2 01 8 I C H E C H O M E S C H O O L U P DAT E 35 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. COLORADO HOMESCHOOL FAMILY DAYS VIEW MORE UPCOMING EVENTS AT  Monday, February 26, Homeschool Day at the Denver Botanic Gardens  Wednesday, March 7, The Art of Space Homeschool Day at the Space Discovery Foundation  Friday, March 9, Homeschool Skate at Skate City Littleton  Saturday, March 10, Free art class by the Parker Artists Guild  Monday, April 9, All About Grasslands Homeschool Day at the Bird Conservatory of the Rockies  Friday, April 13, Homeschool Day at the Capitol come alongside families caring for the aging members of their households. Christian Family Eldercare is a ministry providing encourage- ment and resources to eldercare families. Find out more at ChristianFamilyEldercare. org. CHEC is so much more than just a state homeschool support organization! We hope you will seek out our affiliate ministry partners for their services and publication materials to strengthen your family now and in the future. Homeschooling is a lifestyle, not just school at home. We at CHEC hope you will partner with us for your home education, Christian walk, family economy, and multi-generational family life. Won’t you join us in honoring Christ as we disciple the next generation?  Shari Howard McMinn is editor of the CHEC Homeschool Update magazine. She has worked on projects for each of CHEC’s affiliate ministries, giving her first-hand knowledge of the guidance and support they provide homeschooling families. Shari can be contacted through her website, PARTNER'S PAGE
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  37. 37. CHEC BOARD OF TRUSTEES: Bill Roach, President George Sechrist, Vice President Brenda Kelly Chad Roach Ian Serff Steven Vaughan CHEC DIRECTORS: Steve Craig, Executive Director Kevin Swanson, Director of Generations Mike Cheney, Director of AME The CHEC Homeschool Update is published triannually by Christian Home Educators of Colorado, 19039 Plaza Drive, Suite 210, Parker, CO 80134. The purpose of the Homeschool Update is to provide information, resources, and leadership for home educating families while effectively communicating the activities, opportunities, and needs of Christian Home Educators of Colorado. The Homeschool Update is free to all who request it. Donations are gladly accepted. The views expressed by contributors and advertisers in this news magazine do not necessarily reflect those of CHEC. Permission is granted to reprint any portion of this magazine, except where noted, provided the following credit is given: “Reprinted from the CHEC Homeschool Update, Volume 1, Issue #100, 2018; 720-842-4852,” Editor: Shari McMinn, Creative Designer: Sarah Lee Bryant, 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: 6,500 Next Advertising Deadline: March 1, 2018 For advertising opportunities with CHEC, go to Copyright © 2018 by CHEC April Homeschool Day at the Capitol Homeschool Intro Seminar Castle Rock May Homeschool Graduation Ceremonies Online Homeschool Summit June Rocky Mountain Homeschool Conference July August Homeschool Intro Seminars August Father Son Retreat October Casterline Single Mom's Banquet What’s NEXT with CHEC 13 14 4-5 14-16 16-19 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 1 , I s s u e 1 0 0, 2 01 838
  38. 38. 100 ISSUESof Update Magazine Celebrating Began as insert in Teaching Home Magazine Added color and titled it Homeschool Update Fresh magazine layout First glossy full color cover Celebrated 25 years of CHEC, new format and branding Became CHEC's independent newsletter A HISTORY OF CHEC'S UPDATE MAGAZINE... 1990 1992 1993 1996 2004 2015
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