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Homeschool Update Magazine - 2018, Volume 2, Issue 101


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

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Homeschool Update Magazine - 2018, Volume 2, Issue 101

  1. 1. 2018 IVOLUME 2 IISSUE 101 T H E H E A R T O F H O M E S C H O O L I N G Living on Borrowed Time What I Learned From My Atheist Father Preparing for the Empty Nest Homeschool Graduate Highlights6 10 12 14 ARTICLES INSIDE THIS ISSUE INCLUDE JUNE 15-17, 2017 29SEE DETAILS ON PAGE JUNE 14-16, 2018 Rocky Mountain Homeschool Conference
  2. 2. 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. Learn to decide what matters to your family using Christ-centered values, create a workable homeschool plan, and keep your path centered on the eternal — even when life happens. 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! "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
  3. 3. Front Cover and This Page: The Rocky Mountain Homeschool Conference event. Photography by Sarah Lee Bryant/ CHEC Homeschool Update IVolume 2, 2018 IIssue 101 INSIDE Family Encouragement 6 Living on Borrowed Time BY MEGAN SCHEIBNER 8 Priorities BY AMBER FOX 10 What I Learned from My Atheist Father BY ROB RIENOW 12 Preparing for the Empty Nest BY MARCIA WASHBURN 14 Homeschool Graduate Highlights COMPILED BY JOSH ERBER 16 Single-Parent Homeschool: Can it Work? BY KIM SORGIUS CHEC Events 9 Day at the Capitol Event Recap PRESENTED BY CHEC 29-56 Rocky Mountain Homeschool Conference PRESENTED BY CHEC Columns 4 Director’s Desk 18 Struggling Learners 20 Homeschool Leaders 22 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. When you think of a homeschool student “success story,” what is the first thing that pops into your mind? Early graduation? Multiple college scholarships? Graduating at the top of the class from a prestigious university? Skipping college altogether and becoming an independently wealthy entrepreneur by the age of 25? Getting noticed at a young age and be- ing put on the fast track for political influence? As homeschooling parents, I think it is impor- tant for us to have a clear and biblical vision for what homeschool success looks like for our own children. You’ve heard the saying “If you don’t know where you are going, any train will take you there.” But having the WRONG vision can be more harmful than having NO vision! When I was seven or eight years old, my older brother dared me to shoot him in the forehead with a practice bow and arrow that we were playing with. I am not sure what spawned the challenge, but his idea was that I would shoot and either miss or he would duck, and that in either case he would escape as the unharmed victor. I don’t remember having any malicious intent but I was a foolish seven- or eight-year-old and didn’t give the consequences of my actions much thought. One thing was clear though, I certainly knew what I was aiming for…my brother’s forehead! Well, I was no archer, but would you know it, I shot him right in the middle of the forehead! Thankfully, since I was young, I wasn’t able to release the arrow with much power, the arrow had a blunt tip, and my brother had a hard head. The arrow bounced off of his head without leaving any lasting damage behind and we are still good friends today. So what is your vision for success for your children? Be careful what you aim for, because you might just hit it! I think a really helpful passage of Scripture to consider when thinking through what homeschool “success” looks like for your kids is 2 Timothy 2:20- 26. The book of 2 Timothy records some of Paul’s last words, and they are especially applicable to this topic because they are written to give guidance to a young person whom Paul was training for a position of influence. In verse 21 Paul says, Therefore, if anyone cleanses himself from what is dishonorable, he will be a ves- sel for honorable use, set apart as holy, useful to the master of the house, ready for every good work. Now there is a great vision for success! That is what I want for my children! I want them to be vessels that are prepared for honorable use, ready for every good work that God will direct them to, whether they become janitors, business men, or scientists. Isn’t that your heart as well? This is a vision for success that is so much higher than mere college and career readiness. So how then is a young person prepared for honor- able use? It is a two-step process. First, our young people need to learn to cleanse themselves from that which is dishonorable. In verse 22, Paul instructs Timothy to flee youthful VESSELSBY STEVE CRAIG Useful 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 1 01 , 2 01 84 DIRECTOR’S DESK
  5. 5. passions. Youthful passions could include a wide range of sins that young people are especially prone to. But in this passage, it specifically refers to a bent towards foolish argument and prideful debate. That is the opposite of what 1 Peter 3:15 describes when it says that we should, always be ready to give a defense to everyone who asks you for a reason for the hope that is in you; with meekness and fear. The homeschool movement has developed a great many brilliant debaters, some of whom are as yet unus- able vessels to God because they have not cleansed themselves from youthful passions. Second, whenever we are “putting off” that which is dishonorable (Romans 13:12-13), we must be quick “put on” that which is honorable (Romans 13:14). In verse 22 Paul tells Timothy to pursue or chase after righteousness, faith, love, and peace. These are the marks of an honorable vessel that is ready for every good work! I love attending our CHEC high school graduations where parents have the opportunity to publicly acknowledge the successes and accomplishments that God has worked through their graduates, and to bless and challenge them into a new season of usefulness in God’s kingdom. My prayer is that someday, my wife and I will stand on that stage with our own homeschool gradu- ates and be able to say with all of our hearts that, by God’s grace, our graduates are prepared for true success. They have become useful vessels for Christ because they have cleansed themselves from what is dishonorable and are running after righteousness, faith, love, and peace. As a result, they have become vessels that are ready for Christ to use for EVERY good work.  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. Rocky Mountain Homeschool Conference SPEAKER ■ An easy alternative to submitting a Notice of Intent ■ Simple online enrollment ■ One low price includes your whole family ■ Report to CHEC rather than a school district ■ Extra assessment options JOIN THE CHEC INDEPENDENT SCHOOL! Learn more at CHEC.ORG/independent-school CHEC Independent School ENROLLMENTOPENS IN JUNE! Vo l u m e 2 , I s s u e 1 01 , 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 BORROWED TIME For our family, September 11, 2001 was person- ally redefining. Before September 11th, we’d been busy carrying out our daily duties. My husband, Steve, was pastoring a growing church, flying for the airlines, and serving in the Navy reserves. (Yep, the man is nuts… I’ve gotten used to it!) I was homeschooling our seven children, (#8 would be born in Guatemala City just 14 days after the attacks) fulfilling my roles as a pastor’s wife, and settling into our home nestled in the Maine woods. We were content! We were passionate about our relationship with the Lord, passionate about our family, and passionate about training children who loved and served Jesus. We had our future all mapped out and life was good. God used the events of September 11th, and the reminder of our own mortality, to shake up our comfortable plan. He took the horror of the terrorist attacks and used them to write our God Story. He took our passion that, honestly, in retrospect, was just smoldering and blew on it with His providential breath. He took what was a flickering flame and turned it into a blazing fire. Suddenly, our passions seemed too small. It wasn’t enough to be focused on our family, our church, and our little community. God, through September 11th, had given us a vision that was so much bigger than anything we could have ever imagined. Instead of simply being passionate about our own relationship with the Lord…God made us passion- ate about using our God Story to make sure others knew Him, too. Instead of simply being passionate about our family…God developed in our hearts a passion for families all across America. Living on WHEN AMERICAN AIRLINES FLIGHT 11 CRASHED INTO THE WORLD TRADE CENTER ON SEPTEMBER 11, 2001, OUR NATION WAS CHANGED FOREVER. AS BUILDINGS FELL AND WAR WAS DECLARED, AMERICA WAS REDEFINED, REALIGNED, AND, AT LEAST TEMPORARILY, REUNITED AS A COUNTRY. BY MEGAN SCHEIBNER 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 1 01 , 2 01 86 FAMILY ENCOURAGEMENT
  7. 7. Instead of simply being passionate about training our own little clan…God gave us a passion to equip other parents to train a new generation of coura- geous, Christ-like, and character-healthy leaders. God took the blueprint of our lives and magnified it to SuperSized! Rather than simply preaching a sermon from behind the pulpit of our little church in Maine, Steve was sharing the timeless and beautiful story of substitutionary atonement, as seen in our film, In My Seat, with hundreds and thousands of people. Instead of teaching small groups of ladies about mothering their children and managing their homes, I found myself speaking at conferences and ladies events around the country. Can I be perfectly honest with you? It was scary at first! Sometimes, as exciting as God’s plan seems, shaking up the status quo can be a bit intimidat- ing. What about our eight children? What about homeschooling? What about our normal life? What about structure, and routine, and “we’ve always done it this way”? So many questions, and in the beginning, I just couldn’t see how this change was going to work out. What if we stepped out in faith and fell over the edge of a cliff? (Does anyone else think like me?) This is what I’ve learned. (And, to be frank, I’m still learning.) God never calls us to serve Him without providing for our needs, calming our fears, and preparing the path before us. In the years since September 11, 2001, I’ve been amazed at how He has opened doors, how He has softened hearts, and how He has been glorified in the results…results that look like changed hearts, strengthened families, and courageous kids. On September 11, 2001, our oldest daughter was 13 years old and Taylor, our adopted treasure from Guatemala, was yet to be born. We had two kids in braces, two kids learning to read, two preschoolers, and two kids in diapers! Times have changed: the diapers are gone, they’re all voracious readers, and although we still have some in braces, at least it isn’t the same two! I worried about what God’s bigger picture would mean for our family life and our com- time… after all, they are teenagers!) support us by binding books, packing boxes, and graciously car- ing for one another when we are on the road. They certainly have a different life than their older broth- ers and sisters experienced, living in the woods in Maine, but they have embraced the change and they make us proud to be their parents. Steve still flies for American Airlines. It’s a great “part-time” job that allows him to focus on our ministry at He has turned the core values and ethics class he developed and taught to 10,000 sailors into a vibrant course for companies and community leaders. He’s spoken at Governor’s prayer breakfasts, summits, colleges, and schools. His plate is full (as always), but he’s never been happier. We’re so excited about what God is going to do in Colorado! We’re thrilled to have the opportunity to share with other homeschooling moms and dads those things that God has taught us in the last 26 years of homeschooling. We’re excited to teach and speak about parenting, realizing that none of us will ever be better homeschoolers than we are parents. And, of course, we’re glad to share Steve’s story from September 11th. I know you’ll be encouraged and challenged as you grapple with discover- ing what it means to live like a “Borrowed Time Believer.” Just think, by the time we meet each other face-to-face, it will be time to plan your next homeschooling year! Until then, don’t grow weary of doing well! (Galatians 6:9). God is aching to bless your obedience as you homeschool your children to His honor and glory! Megan and Dr. Steve Scheibner will be featured speakers at the CHEC Rocky Mountain Homeschool Conference in June and will share their complete 9/11 story. You can learn more about their life and ministry at her blog, fortable family dynamic. As always, His plan was so much bigger, bolder, and better than mine. Today, my four oldest kids are all grown, married, and involved in their own brand of courageous culture changing. Whether it’s through directing and producing God-honoring films, running community family-health programs, mentoring young women, or serving in the United States Air Force, these kids have grasped God’s “bigger than yourself!” passion. They love their Lord, their spouses, (and for some, their children) and their younger brothers and sisters. They are our greatest cheerleaders and prayer warriors. The youngest four are our hands-on workers. They understand the call that God has placed on our family and they wholeheartedly, (at least most of the THROUGH SEPTEMBER 11TH, GOD GAVE US A VISION THAT WAS SO MUCH BIGGER THAN ANYTHING WE COULD HAVE EVER IMAGINED. “ “ Rocky Mountain Homeschool Conference SPEAKER Vo l u m e 2 , I s s u e 1 01 , 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. Laundry, dishes, kids, marriage, parenting, homework, housework...AHHH!! If you aren’t careful, your responsibilities can quickly overwhelm you and you’ll feel like you’re sinking in over your head with no way out. You want to handle it all, but it just doesn’t seem possible. You may even question your abilities as a homeschooler and have no idea what the next step will be, but you know that if you don’t act fast, everything is going to crumble! So what do you do when you feel pulled in a million different directions? How can you possibly keep up with it all? 2 Corinthians 5:9 states, So whether we are at home or away, we make it our aim to please Him. The secret is in your priorities. Step back for a minute and evaluate every hat you wear as a homeschooling parent. Can you identify each responsibility you have? How do you handle each thing, without losing your mind? Before you decide that you can’t possibly homeschool another minute, lend me your ear and let’s talk. Grab the nearest piece of paper (even though it might have coffee stains) and jot down each of your priorities. What are they? Your faith? Your spouse? Your home? Write down everything you wish you could do in a day and then let’s prioritize. Once you’ve written down all of your responsibilities, take a deep breath and let’s arrange them. I promise, once you do this, you’ll feel so much better! Matthew 6:33 reminds us, But seek first His kingdom and His righteousness, and all these things will be added to you. So, ask yourself questions, like: “If I don’t manage to do ____today, will it matter?” If it does matter, that particular priority needs to go high up on the list. “Is this activity contributing to my family in a positive way?” i.e. sports, clubs, extracurricular activities, etc. “How will doing ______or not doing ____affect my family’s attitude and ability to function?” “What changes can I make to prioritize things more efficiently?” Brainstorm other questions to ask yourself in order to determine the level of priority each item should be assigned. After you take the time to arrange your priorities in order of importance you should feel a small amount of relief. For me, just knowing which things to give atten- tion to will help me feel a little less chaotic. Then, begin to assign a time to handle each item. Stick to it! You’ll be amazed at how much better you feel just knowing that things will be handled (even though you can’t get to them all at once!). Being a homeschooler is not easy, for sure. But with the proper balance, you can make your time homeschooling much more enjoyable and effective for everyone. Prioritizing your responsibilities will make your household peaceful and enjoyable. You’ve got this! See the difference getting your priori- ties in order will make!  Amber Fox is a homeschooling mom of seven kids. With twelve years of experience homeschooling, she knows what overwhelmed looks and feels like. To learn more about how to handle your priorities, check out her new book, The Homeschooling Housewife: Juggling it All, One Priority at a Time. Visit her blogs, thehome- and PHOTOGRAPHYBYISTOCK PRIORITIESBY AMBER FOX 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 1 01 , 2 01 88 FAMILY ENCOURAGEMENT
  9. 9. Celebration cake was donated by Masterpiece Cakeshops and Living Water Car Wash 2018 EVENT RECAP Homeschool Day at the Capitol, hosted on Friday, April 13th, was a wonderful day of celebrating the 30th anniversary of Colorado's homeschool law. Thank you to the hundreds of families who par- ticipated by donating, attending, and praying! Here are some snapshots of the day: CHEC released the new Colorado Civics Curriculum Posters throughout the Capitol showcased the lives of homeschool graduates (see page 14!) 900+ homeschoolers attended the homeschool rally PHOTOGRAPHYBYLEXIELLADOTTEN,TOBIASSTEEVES(AWAAPHOTOS.COM),AMANDAVAUGHAN,SARAHBRYANT Living History Days fife drum corps led the March to the Capitol Thank you to our sponsors! Thank you to our sponsors! Michael Donnelly, HSLDA Staff Attorney Director of Global Out- reach, was the keynote speaker Dr. Jenna Ellis taught the Constitution Class in the Old Supreme Court Chambers Logan Wilson shared a dramatic pre- sentation on the life of John Paul Jones Vo l u m e 2 , I s s u e 1 01 , 2 01 8 I C H E C H O M E S C H O O L U P DAT E 9 CHEC EVENTS
  10. 10. PHOTOGRAPHYBYISTOCK FOR JESUS: It is a special thing when our children love what we love. Shared passions for hobbies, sports, and music bind us together and strengthen our relationships. Dad, did you know it is possible to shape and form the passions of your children by your living example? I grew up in New England with a father who was passionate about the Red Sox professional baseball team. My father did not know the Lord, so he had no spiritual life to share with me. But he loved the Red Sox and by the time I was only six or seven, I was excited about the Red Sox, too! How did that happen? What did I experience, even as a small boy, that caused me to be passionate about a group of men who threw and batted a little leather ball around a field? The simple answer is that I came to love the Red Sox because my father loved the Red Sox. When they were on television, he brought out a bunch of snacks and drinks, inviting me to share the experience with him. He spent his time and money to travel with me to see them play. He spent his money on Red Sox hats, shirts, and banners for my room. (I think there might have even been some underwear with the team logo on it!) And now, despite my marrying a Cubs fan, my children are Red Sox fans. Step back and consider this phenomenon for a moment. My atheist father shaped a passion in my heart! Through his passion, and his investment of time, enthusiasm, travel, and money, he played an active role in encouraging my heart to share, receive, and follow in his passion. Men, we are called by God to shape the hearts of our children. We are called by God to lead them in their loves and passions! God used the Great Command- ment from Deuteronomy 6:5-7a to change my life as a father and transform our family: You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your might. And these words that I command you today shall be on your heart. You shall teach them diligently to your children, and shall talk of them when you sit in your house.... God wants me to love Him and love His Word with my whole heart, and He calls me to help my children do the same. If an atheist father can lead his child to love a baseball team, how much more does God desire to use us to lead our children to love Jesus Christ more than anything? (When I join you for the CHEC homeschool conference in June, I can't wait to tell you the story of how my father was saved at the age of 90!) Our loves and passions flow down to our kids. Let's ask the Lord to help us enthusiastically get up on Sunday mornings and lead our families to wor- ship. Let's ask the Lord to give us such pleasure from reading His Word together as a family that our children eagerly want to participate. Let's ask God to show us how we can spend time and money to help our children discover the greatness of God. Most of all, let's ask the Lord to fill our hearts with such a love for Him that our children love Him even more.  Dr. Rob Rienow’s most important ministry is loving his wife Amy and partnering with her to lead their seven children to love God. He is the founder of Visionary Family Ministries (www.visionaryfam. com), a pastor, international conference speaker, and the author of several books including Visionary Parenting and Visionary Marriage. The Rienow family lives in West Chicago, Illinois. BY ROB RIENOW Rocky Mountain Homeschool Conference SPEAKER What I Learned From My Atheist Father Cultivating a Love 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 1 01 , 2 01 810 DAD TO DADDAD TO DAD
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  12. 12. Congratulations! You have graded the last paper, closed the last textbook, and filed the last test score. Your last child has gradu- ated from your homeschool. You are a Homeschooling Vet! Just as surely as the birth of your firstborn changed your life forever, the graduation of your lastborn marks a for- ever change, too. bookshelves. I’ll renew all those neglected friendships. I’ll go back into the workforce.”2 Regardless of what these coming years include, this is also the time to prepare yourself and your children for changing roles. One way is to assemble a Family Notebook that contains all of the essential documents and instructions needed for your legal and financial affairs. Doing so will not only help you organize your affairs, but it will open the conversation with your children about your desires as you age.3 You may only be forty-five, but it is never too early. Along with preparing for changing roles, we also need to give thought to new goals. While most of us face the empty nest years with a mixture of excitement and dread, the adjustment period can be daunting unless we have made some thoughtful preparations for this new season. In his excellent book, Halftime, Bob Buford says that many of us spend the first half of our lives seeking success. He advises us to also set a goal of working toward significance during the second half of our lives. Preparing for the empty nestBY MARCIA WASHBURN Perhaps your new graduate will stay at home, taking college classes online or apprenticing with a business owner.1 Perhaps he will go off to college, serve in the military, or get married. One way or another, you now have a young adult who will at some point be leaving your home. Is there a lump in your throat yet? Perhaps that lump of loss in your son or daughter’s moving away will be replaced at some point with the blessing of grandchildren! Your loving support will reap great rewards as you spend time with this next generation through babysitting, mentoring, play- ing, or even later helping with homeschooling them. For example, one grandma I know taught all of the language arts classes for her granddaughters. Other grandparents provide emotional or financial support. Ask God to show you how you can support your children as they homeschool your grandchildren — an intergenerational blessing! Or perhaps you are thinking, “At last, I’m free to do my own thing. I’ll tackle all those unfinished projects. I’ll read all of those books gathering dust on my 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 1 01 , 2 01 812 MANAGEMENT FOR MOMS
  13. 13. When your children were at home, you had God-given authority over them. However, adult children are no longer in our circle of authority but have moved into our circle of counsel and affirmation. They want to know that we still care about them, and will need special support from home, especially when they first move away or are facing the challenges that come from living independently. But we also must trust that God knows who they are, where they live, and what they need. We cannot helicopter above them, watching their every move as we did when they were toddlers. As our children establish their own homes, they will make their own choices. Some choices will be wise, some not so wise. Indeed, they will be much like us! Remember: you will always be their parent, but you no longer are their authority. Your children are com- manded to honor you, but that doesn’t mean that you still rule over them. You are in a position of advisor not commander over your adult children. Waiting to be asked for advice will be a challenge; put a guard before your tongue. Don’t interfere with your adult children’s marriages. There is a reason for all of those not-so-funny mother-in-law jokes. Trust that God will direct their lives as He has directed yours. Be patient with them as they grow, just as God was patient with you in your own inexperience. The main rule for parenting adult children is this: pray more and advise less. Recently I have learned to trea- sure Philippians 1:3-11. Just as Paul was writing with the heart of a parent to his children in the faith, he ex- pressed our parental longings of the heart, too. Using this passage as a basis, pray that your children’s love may abound more and more so that they may discern what is best. Be confident that He who began a good work in them while they were in your home will carry As home educators, we are already working on a significant goal during the first half — discipling our children in the fear and wisdom of the Lord. But Buford’s point is well taken — we do need to consider what God has for us as empty nesters. Look for the thread of evidence that identifies who you are, what your gifts are, and how He may intend for you to use those gifts. Don’t wait until your last child graduates before beginning to prepare for the second half of your life. The Bible doesn’t authorize retirement in the American sense of the word. We are called to wear out, not to rust out! Sometimes there is a change of responsibili- ties, especially as our energy levels change. But we are called to continue to give of our best — especially now that we actually have something of value to share — our experience. Pray thoughtfully about whether service to the homeschooling community should con- tinue to be a part of your ministry. It can be your way of giving back in honor of those who have pioneered the way for you. Whether you mentor young mothers, host meetings in your home, write newsletters, assist with Bible Bees, or serve your state homeschool organization, you are needed and will be welcomed with open arms. In addition to preparing for service, we should prepare ourselves for the relational challenges ahead. One of the challenges of middle age is the adjustment to having your family live someplace else. What we have been training our children for all of these years — fol- lowing God’s calling on their lives — has happened. And now we don’t know just what to do with ourselves and how to keep the family ties close as we untie the apron strings and shoot our arrows out into the world.4 WE NEED TO CONSIDER WHAT GOD HAS FOR US AS EMPTY NESTERS. DON'T WAIT UNTIL YOUR LAST CHILD GRADUATES BEFORE BEGINNING TO PREPARE FOR THE SECOND HALF OF YOUR LIFE. “ “ it on to completion after they leave. Pray that they will be filled with the fruit of righteousness through Jesus Christ. When we pray Scripture, we can be certain that we are praying in God’s will. We cannot predict how the second half of our lives will play out — only God knows that. Caregiving for an elderly parent may replace traveling for awhile. But trust Him to guide you as you prepare for those empty nest years just around the corner.  1 For non-college options for homeschool graduates, see the Apprenticeship/Mentorship/Entrepreneurship program at http:// 2 Editor’s note: a number of parents have found friendships and a sense of purpose in using their homeschooling skills by volunteering throughout the year at the CHEC office, Day at the Capitol, Intro and High School workshops, or at the annual CHEC conference in June. 3 Request your free 44-page ebook, The Family Notebook, from 4 For encouragement and strategies for releasing your children into the world, see the chapter, Releasing Our Arrows, in Marcia’s ebook, Management for Moms: Managing Your Children. Available at ©2018 by Marcia K. Washburn. See her resources at MarciaWashburn. com. Request your free ebook, The Family Notebook, from Marcia@ Vo l u m e 2 , I s s u e 1 01 , 2 01 8 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. Displayed in the Rotunda of the state Capitol building were dozens of photos and biographies of Colorado homeschool graduates for legislators, staff, and visitors alike to review during CHEC’s 2018 Homeschool Day at the Capitol. It was inspiring to learn what our state’s home educated grads are doing with their lives! Here are a few that Josh Erber, our CHEC Events Coordinator, selected to share with you. Lance Corporal Eddie McMinn grew up in Fort Morgan, CO and graduated from homeschool in 2015. He is currently deployed as a U.S. Marine. He shared, “I was adopted at age seven into a large homeschool family. We lived on a rural farm where I learned teamwork and to work hard. I was able to study at my own level and have my parents tutor me one-on-one in subjects that I at times struggled with. My lifelong dream since I was a young boy was to become a United States Marine. My parents were able to help me study for and pass my ASVAB. My recruiter appreciated that I was already physically fit and a marksman. I am now happily married.” Eddie’s favorite homeschooling memory is quite unusual! “I remem- ber the day I went out, far out into our farm field and shot a rattlesnake with a bow and arrows. When I came back and told my parents, they didn't believe me. My Dad walked about 1/2 mile and brought home the dead snake to show Homeschool Colorado Graduate Sarah Cranor graduated in 2003 from her family’s homeschool in Gunnison, CO. A violinist, she performs with several musical groups at various venues, including the Indianapolis Baroque Orchestra, Burn- ing River Baroque, Sun Sneeze New Music’s Bloomington Bach Cantata Project, the Oregon Bach Festival, Junges Stuttgarter Bach Ensemble, and Weimarer Bachkantaten-Akademie. Sarah is pursuing a Doctor of Music at Indiana University where she is an Associate Instructor. She also runs a successful business, Sarah’s Violin Bags LLC, which sells instrument bags world-wide. She is married to conductor Alejandro Gomez Guil- len and they plan to homeschool their children. Sarah fondly recalls the day she learned vowels, “Dad came running in the house during school, to have us get in the truck to see a flock of Sandhill Cranes. I remember identifying all the vowels in the writing on the truck mirror, objects may be closer than they appear!” She shared that homeschooling gave her “the confidence and self-discipline to pursue any subject I might be curious about!” PHOTOGRAPHYBYKATIEWARD HIGHLIGHTS Sarah Cranor Lance Corporal Eddie McMinn 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 1 01 , 2 01 814 GEN2
  15. 15. Mom it had in fact been shot dead with two arrows!” He always liked Isaiah 40:31, But those who wait on the Lord shall renew their strength; They shall mount up with wings like eagles, They shall run and not be weary, They shall walk and not faint. Jon Wyre was homeschooled grades 1-12 along with his four younger siblings in Pagosa Springs, CO. After graduation in 1998, he attended Harding University in Searcy, Arkansas where he met his wife Miriam. He graduated with degrees in both Missions and Computer Sci- ence. Jon and Miriam are now homeschooling their three elementary age children and reside in Fort Collins. Jon is a software engineer for JCA, Inc. which is a consulting firm dedicated to the techno- logical and operational needs of leading nonprofit organizations. His favorite homeschool memories include skiing with friends on homeschool ski days and singing in the homeschool choir. He shared, “I was able to spend lots of time outside the classroom in real world situations, learning the value of a good work ethic, showing respect to others, and learning what it meant to be a man of integrity.” Stephanie (Kehm) White was homeschooled K-12 and graduated in 1997. She began her schooling before the current C.R.S. regarding home education were in-place. She shared, “Every six weeks we took curricula to [the local] school for progress checks. Apparently, my sweetness won over the principal!” She attended community college, transferring to UNC, earning two Bachelors and one Master degree. Afterwards, she worked as a therapist and was able to bless countless patients. Married to Steve, she now stays home with her two sons. Regarding her favorite memories, “I have so many good ones. I loved my childhood! I loved reading in front of a fire on a cold day with hot tea and kitties, and doing school on the back deck in the spring on nice days listening to the wind in the trees.” Her verse is 2 Corinthians 4:16-17, Therefore we do not lose heart. Though outwardly we are wasting away; yet inwardly we are being renewed day by day. For our light and momentary troubles are achieving for us an eternal glory that far outweighs them all.  This is your student’s year to attend our 2018 Speech Debate Camp Aug 6th-11th. Find Details Register here: Training homeschool students in the art and science of public speaking and debate excellence, so they can speak boldly winsomely to change the world for Christ. 1. We facilitate opportunities for training and competition. 2. We promote the development of a Biblical worldview. 3. We share the benefits of speech and debate around our communities and the world. For more information about us, please visit: What Does Stoa Mean? In ancient Athens people gathered under long colonnaded porches of public buildings to test competing ideas and listen to the oratory, logic, and debate of politicians, philosophers, and poets of the day. The porch, or stoa, became a symbolic feature of classical Greek architecture. In the same way that the stoa existed to provide a place for public speaking, debate and the exercise of rhetorical skills, we provide a place to train our students in discourse, apologetics, and intellectual inquiry, rooted in the fear and admonition of the Lord. Speaking Boldly Winsomely. Changing the World for Christ. “Let no one despise you for your youth, but set the believers an example in speech, in conduct, in love, in faith, in purity.” (1 Timothy 4:12) Wyre Family White Family Vo l u m e 2 , I s s u e 1 01 , 2 01 8 I C H E C H O M E S C H O O L U P DAT E 15 GEN2
  16. 16. BEST OF CHEC.ORG/BLOG Single-Parent HOMESCHOOL: BY KIM SORGIUS PHOTOGRAPHYBYISTOCK In 2009, I became a single mom, and my homeschool dreams seemed more like a fantasy. How in the world would I homeschool as a single mom? How would I have time? Wouldn’t I need to work? I felt like the door to homeschooling had been slammed shut. Perhaps you’re facing these questions, too. Maybe your friends and family are telling you to put the kids in school. Or maybe you’ve gotten BEST OF CHEC.ORG/BLOG past that, but you still can’t seem to keep your head above water as a homeschooling single mom. What- ever your story is, remember that the picture-perfect homeschool mom we all thought we’d be doesn’t actually exist. Real life is messy, even when you love Jesus. It’s messy when you homeschool, and even when your family gathers ‘round the table with Bibles in hand. The truth is that all siblings fight, good mommas burn bread, and even Christian homeschooling families walk through tragedies. It’s time we throw out the crazy lies and focus on strategies we can use to accomplish what God has called us to do. Single mom, you can homeschool successfully! 3 Practical Tips For Single Mom Homeschooling Although we can’t give into the lie that we are inca- pable of homeschooling as single moms, we must understand that some of our circumstances are indeed different. This homeschooling thing is going to be a huge sacrifice. And sacrifice needs resolve. Have a Strong Vision This is the most important tip that I can offer you. There will be hard days. There will be ugly people and ugly words sent in your direction. You’ve got to gird yourself with truth and resolve to beat them. Having a vision for why you homeschool and a resolve to stick with it even when things get tough is the most important thing you can do as a single mom. The Bible says, Where there is no vision, the people perish (Proverbs 29:18). I always reword that for homeschooling: Where there is no vision, the homeschool perishes. If we don’t know where we are headed, we can’t get there. But if we do know what we want, even when we get a little off course occasionally, we will still ultimately get there. A strong vision is simply writing down thorough answers to these questions: • Why do you homeschool? • What do you hope to accomplish? • What do you want your children to become through this experience? Can it Work? 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 1 01 , 2 01 816
  17. 17. Once you’ve got your answers, post them some- where where you will see them often. You might even create a vision board using images and phrases from magazines to help you stay focused. Think Outside the Box Every homeschooler needs to think outside the box, but single moms have no choice in the matter. The most effective way to adapt is with your time. School doesn’t have to happen from 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. every day. It will need to work around your schedule. Some single parents school more at night or on the weekends. You might also work in the morning and homeschool from 1:00 p.m. until finished. Some families only school 3 days per week, fitting the subjects into longer days.1 Don’t let tradition dictate your life. Nontraditional curriculum may be part of the solu- tion. Computer-based programs minimize/decrease the workload so you won’t need intensive parent interaction. Finally, don’t get hung-up on location or style. It’s okay to school from a backpack in the doctor’s office. It’s okay for the kids to work on assignments while you are working on something else (including a job), and it’s okay if you skip the arts and crafts projects. Really. I promise. Stop Doing Everything I know you already know this; trouble is, we often don’t know how to stop. First, if there is any possi- bility of help, get it. Don’t hesitate to let your family members or friends help with schooling or other responsibilities. Since I don’t have family in town, I’ve paid a mother’s helper (an older homeschool girl) a small yet reasonable wage to help clean, cook, and even babysit so that I can work. The most effective thing you can do is train your kids to help. It’s important to establish a good chore routine and teach them to work indepen- dently on their school work. It’s often easier to do things ourselves, but single moms cannot make this mistake! Our time and abilities are even more Visit for weekly encouragement, with articles like:  Why Constitutional Literacy? by Jenna Ellis, Esq.  Strengthening Your Marriage in the Midst of Homeschooling by Dianne Doty and Nancy Patterson  Thoughts on Dyslexia by Andrew Pudewa  Why (and How) to Teach Your Children Civics by Julianna Dotten limited than other moms, but this is not an impos- sible feat. Of course, the single mom’s most precious com- modity is time. You only get 24 hours in a day and the list of demands is more than most of us can really do. We need to look for creative ways to mark things off of our list, so here are five things I completely skip to make life easier. • Creating a portfolio [for school records]. Instead, let your kids do it. • Having a lesson plan book. Oh yes, I did say that. • Cleaning your house. Again, teach the kids to help. • Meal planning and fancy recipes. Find a dozen staple meals that work for you and do the prep work ahead of time on your day off work. A crockpot is your friend! I pray these tips encourage you on the single-mom homeschooling journey. If our eyes are fixed on Jesus, we can rest firmly in the protection and provision of our gracious God. We probably won’t get much quiet time and the kids may list “work” as our hobby. However, in the end, this small sacrifice in the big scope of things could make the difference in our children’s decision to sacrifice their lives for the One who gave it all up for us. It’s worth every moment.  1 Editor’s note: check your state homeschool laws to make sure you are following them. Colorado requires at least 172 days a year. This article is excerpted and reprinted with permission of the Texas Home School Coalition and the author. It originally appeared in Review magazine. Visit Kim Sorgius is the owner of Not Consumed Ministries, a vibrant community for moms. Practical and transparent, Kim shares from her heart how to live a life “Not Consumed” both in the little things and the difficult trials. She has had the privilege of homeschooling her four children and loves walking alongside other moms on this journey. With her M.Ed. in Early Childhood and Curriculum development, she creates high- quality products helping families live #NotConsumed. IT'S TIME WE THROW OUT THE CRAZY LIES AND FOCUS ON STRATEGIES WE CAN USE TO ACCOMPLISH WHAT GOD HAS called us to do. “ “ Vo l u m e 2 , I s s u e 1 01 , 2 01 8 I C H E C H O M E S C H O O L U P DAT E 17 BEST OF BLOG
  18. 18. PHOTOGRAPHYBYISTOCK Homeschooling children with special needs can be challenging. Support groups, community groups, family, and churches can help us keep going. In this article, I hope you’ll find some suggestions to make finding, joining, and participating in a group a blessing for you and your student. some more remote geographical areas, you may not find any suitable groups. If so, look online. Facebook and Yahoo have many groups. Some are private, so ask others in the group to invite you to join and gain approval; if you don’t know someone in the group already, ask the admin- istrator to add you. Some online homeschool forums have subgroups for families with special needs. Other online groups serve homeschoolers with particular challenges. Search Facebook or Yahoo for groups with “homeschool” plus whatever condition your child has. Or try a general homeschooling special needs group. Post a brief introduction, read other’s posts, and learn. [Editor’s note: groups might yield a few local homeschool support groups for you to investigate and sources/struggling-learners/ has additional help for families of struggling learners.] Remember, good online groups can be addictive! Beware of the sense of intimacy created by sharing needs. People may not be what they seem, so guard your privacy. Don’t let time online isolate you from your family and community, or rob you of sleep. Virtual communities mustn’t take the place of real communities. If you have kids with special needs, imagine arriving at a new support group. You may be thrilled your sixth grader just learned to count to a hundred, or worried that a new speech therapist isn’t working out. Will anyone understand? It can feel lonely. So why keep looking for support? We were made to be in community. People need us. Someone else may have a child like ours. Our sensitivity, humor, and perseverance can encourage others. Your child also has special needs. Hopefully, other families can become your support. How can we approach a new homeschool support group? First, focus on a specific goal you might have for your child such as socialization, and find others with that same goal. Second, don’t be overly sensitive to others' comments or jealous at the success of other students. Third, be ready to rejoice with other parents on their children’s accomplish- ments. Fourth, look to connect with others who will see and celebrate your child’s progress and perseverance. You may have to try several groups to find a good fit. Maybe you found a great group, but no one has a child with anything like your child’s challenges. In BY KATHY KUHL STRUGGLING LEARNERS SUPPORT Finding 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 1 01 , 2 01 818 STRUGGLING LEARNERS
  19. 19. Another source of support is other families with special needs, even if they don’t homeschool. One homeschooler found it easier to explain homeschooling to parents of non-homeschooling children with autism, than to explain autism to homeschoolers. Local advocacy groups can also help us learn. My family was educated and encour- aged by our local ADHD group. In any special needs support group, folks may be slow to respond, or forget to reply. Don’t take it personally. Remember how little free time parents have when helping a child with special needs. Look beyond formal groups, too. Calling a friend can help you get through a tough day. Can your ex- tended family help? My sister-in-law, a homeschool veteran, suggested some resources and encouraged me. My father came and taught history once a week for years. Several parents have told me cousins have been special friends for their children. WE WERE MADE TO BE IN COMMUNITY. PEOPLE NEED US. SOMEONE ELSE MAY HAVE A CHILD LIKE OURS. HOPEFULLY, OTHER FAMILIES CAN BECOME YOUR SUPPORT. “ “ BIBLE FAMILYCONFERENCE Aug 10-11, 2018 in Washington, DC | Presented by Generations Build Your House on the Rock! Ray Comfort Founder, Living Waters Museum of the Bible Guided Tours of DC Ken Ham Founder, Answers in Genesis Steve Green President, Hobby Lobby Founder, Museum of the Bible Kevin Swanson Founder, Generations Joel Beeke Founder, Reformation Heritage For many Christian families, there has been a slow but steady decline in their devotion to the Word of God. The Bible is no longer central in their family life and education. As a result, these families have disintegrated because they were not “founded on the rock.” Now is the time to lay again the foundation of God’s Word in our homes. With firm reliance upon the Holy Spirit of God, the Bible Conference will equip you and your family to: • Teach the Bible, that the generation to come might know the works of the Lord • Integrate the Bible into every single school subject for your children • Sing the Bible, making melody in your heart to the Lord • Memorize the Bible, from young to old • Believe the Bible, no matter the cost • Live the Bible, in all of family life • Stand on the Bible, in a culture that has rejected its authority Make it a Family Vacation! $129 $59 $269 $149PER IND IVID UAL PER FAMILY %+ 45 Through June 30 with code CHECOFF Experience the Bible Like Never Before! Churches can support you with love and prayer. Some churches have special needs ministries. To encourage that, give your church leaders Stephanie Hubach’s book, All Things Possible, and other excel- lent resources published by Joni and Friends. Finally, be realistic. Some of us join groups to get support, but leaders and members may barely be keeping up themselves. So, look to help, as well as to be helped. Be patient and lean on the Lord.  After Kathy Kuhl homeschooled her bright, distractible, dyslexic son for grades 4-12, she interviewed 64 homeschoolers of students with learning disabilities and wrote Homeschooling Your Struggling Learner. She blogs at Vo l u m e 2 , I s s u e 1 01 , 2 01 8 I C H E C H O M E S C H O O L U P DAT E 19 STRUGGLING LEARNERS
  20. 20. GROUP LEADER Homeschool support group leaders are among my heroes. You have added Homeschool Group Leadership to your already-full platter of responsibilities elsewhere. You serve as shepherds to your little (or large) flock of homeschool families. Your roles may include organizer, counselor, cheerleader, disciplinarian, teacher, emcee, peacemaker, press agent, and more. Christian leadership is a servant role. In I Peter 5, shepherds are reminded to be diligent and to serve willingly, not just for duty’s sake or for the recognition of others. Leaders must gently lead those who follow without being bossy or self-serving. Homeschool parents tend to be a pretty inde- pendent lot, so the homeschool support group leader will have his or her hands full in directing the group. In smaller groups, decisions about policies and activities are often made by con- sensus. Larger groups often have a governing board and various committee heads. Be willing to make changes to the way your group does business as times and members change, not relying on “we’ve always done it this way” tradi- BY MARCIA WASHBURN Bootcamp tions. However, be careful not to throw out successful practices just for the sake of change. In my experience with homeschool groups as both a member and a leader, I have come to realize there are some tried and true practices which help leaders remain viable: Prepare. Pray before accepting a leadership position. Be sure your spouse is in agreement about the decision or, better yet, serve as a couple. Pray regularly for those you serve. Seek the Lord’s guidance about the activi- ties and projects your group is considering. Open and close your meetings with prayer. Realize that any fruit from your ministry will be a result of God’s blessing. Study scripture passages and characters that relate to leadership. Note the different leadership styles of Moses, David, Nehemiah, Paul, and others. Seek out Christian leadership books that teach biblical principles. Study resources written for homeschool support group leaders. Determine the group’s mission. To lead well, you must clarify the purpose and profile of your group. Does it exist to provide activities and co-op classes? Is it primarily a political action group? Is it mostly for emotional support for the moms? Do you have lots of beginning homeschoolers or a mix of experience levels? What is the age range of the chil- dren? When you have a clear target in mind, you can more wisely select activities to benefit your members. Lead wisely. Good leaders are like giraffes: they look far down the road, seeing both opportunities and challenges that others don’t yet see. Consider carefully the mission of your group. Do your present activities and policies support that vision? What hazards might lie ahead? How can they be avoided? For example, discipline issues are never pleasant, even in homeschooling groups. The wise leader en- courages the group to set policies that will be in place when troubles come. As a young homeschool sup- port group leader, I enthusiastically led our group on a tour of the state capitol building. Foolishly, we had not yet set the policy that children must stay with their own parents for the duration of the tour. We moms stood visiting in the rotunda when, to our horror, two middle-school-aged boys came sliding down the brass banisters! This was certainly not the example of home education we wished to present for our legisla- tors. We set a new policy at our next meeting. Control your enthusiasm. Avoid the temptation to plan too many activities. Do fewer things, but with excellence. If lack of partici- pation continues to be a problem with your group, 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 1 01 , 2 01 820 HOMESCHOOL LEADERS
  21. 21. 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! ■ July 21 – Pueblo ■ August 4 – Castle Rock Interested in helping host a seminar in your home town? Please contact! NEW TO HOMESCHOOLING? Sign up at CHEC.ORG/EVENTS carefully examine whether your activities are truly meeting the needs of the group. Or, perhaps, you are enthusiastically planning too many activities and “wearing out the saints.” Homeschooling families must guard against overextending themselves in out- of-home activities. Indeed, we must keep the “home” in homeschooling. And don’t try to do it all yourself — learn to delegate. Observe your members and try to match necessary tasks with their talents. When a person is doing something she’s gifted to do, it will be a pleasure for her and a blessing for the group. Do you have lots of “takers” and not very many “givers” in your group? Consider adopting a policy requiring parents to assist in a certain number of projects each year in order to have their families participate — sort of a “sweat equity” arrangement. Brand-new homeschoolers and mothers of newborns may be excused from this requirement, if the group agrees. We do indeed want to bear each others’ burdens without grumbling, but still teach others the joy of giving of themselves. Don’t forget that many teens are quite capable of assisting in the planning and execution of events. If no one volunteers to head up an activity or ministry within your group, don’t assume that you should do it just because you’re the leader. Ask yourself: Is this really important? What would happen if this task doesn’t get done? Will the group fall apart? Is there another way to do it? Over the years our group did lots of activities, but we also allowed many to “die” when no one offered to lead. That homeschool sup- port group, founded by three homeschool moms back in 1983, continues to thrive today. Train your replacement. I know you love your job as a homeschool sup- port group leader, but eventually someone else will need to step into your place, either temporarily or permanently. Watch for volunteers who are faithful to the Lord, reliable, solidly established in their local church, and who exhibit developing leadership qualities. Pray individually and together with the prospective leader before and during the mentor- ing process. Ask your mentee to do smaller tasks, allowing her to gradually do more and make some decisions on her own. Give her access to good leadership materials.1 Each year, reevaluate your personal role in the homeschool support group. Ask God to lead you as you continue to shepherd the group or move on to other areas of service. You may never know this side of heaven how you have benefitted the lives of those you serve as a homeschool support group leader.  NOTE: 1 See Tim LaHaye’s Transformed Temperaments (Liv- ing Books: 1993) for a great analysis of personality types and leadership styles of biblical characters. Useful in your family relationships, too! ©2011-2018 by Marcia K. Washburn who served in leadership roles of her local homeschool support group for nineteen years. Visit Marcia- to view her book, Activity Days for Homeschool Groups and Families, that includes a wealth of wisdom and ready-to-go, hands- on activities for families, homeschool support groups, and co-ops. Write to her at Marcia@ for a free copy of The Ideal Homeschool Mother. Vo l u m e 2 , I s s u e 1 01 , 2 01 8 I C H E C H O M E S C H O O L U P DAT E 21 HOMESCHOOL LEADERS
  22. 22. RISING BY CAROLYN MARTIN Flood Waters PHOTOGRAPHYBYISTOCK A flood of legislation has popped up across the nation in response to the horrific parental abuse being reported in the news. When an abusive family happens to be homeschooling, there is a knee jerk reaction to “do something” to “fix” homeschooling. That “something usually comes in the form of increased regulation and oversight by the state. Be- lieving that increased regulation for homeschoolers will protect children, lawmakers put forth proposed legislation such as background checks, fire safety inspections, annual evaluations, and quarterly home visits. Despite there being no evidence that any of these additional burdens on families will have any impact on child abuse, these ideas flourish in the atmosphere of wanting to “do something.” In early March, the Colorado General Assembly did not target home education, but they have been swept up in the wave of trying to solve societal problems by doing something — often at the expense of our unalienable rights. The dominant problem the progressive legislators seek to conquer this session is youth suicide. Their answer is to empower children at the expense of a parent’s God- given authority to direct the upbringing, care, and education of their children. In many minds at the Capitol, Christianity has become an antiquated ideology that is past its time, and Christ is seen as a crutch to be thrown off. If faith causes action, it is in opposition to the community the state champions. In an inclusive environment where immoral behavior is touted as normal and contrary beliefs are seen as dangerous, a Christian who advocates truth and requires obedi- ence is not welcome. While lip service is still paid to religious liberty, the ability to act according to your conscience is in grave danger. As a Christian homeschooling family, our family’s desire was to lay a foundation for life set firmly on the Word of God and to establish a hedge around our home to His glory. We allowed culture to perme- ate our lives on our terms and with God’s direction — always with a heart towards redemption. While it was never easy before, the pull of today’s culture towards compromise has gained strength in every arena. Putting your budding ballerina in a ballet class at the local studio could land your precious girl face-to-face with a boy changing in the dressing room. Engaging with the state school system at any level exposes your child to the humanistic and socialistic mindset the teachers have been taught. Not to mention, the concerted effort to produce literature, art, and entertainment in the image of the new tolerance — never asking our children to aspire to something greater than themselves. The walls have been breached and the floodwaters are crashing in. The opportunity to speak into the darkness is upon us. Will we stand against those who would ask us to hide our faith? It is imperative that we leave behind a country where our unalienable rights are secure for our posterity. We need to speak up (vote and learn how to counter the cultural narrative), stand up (for the innocent and for the truth), and show up (numbers matter and voices are magnified).  Will you? Sign up at! 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. 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 1 01 , 2 01 822 LEGISLATIVE LIAISON
  23. 23. 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 to 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 Vo l u m e 2 , I s s u e 1 01 , 2 01 8 I C H E C H O M E S C H O O L U P DAT E 23
  24. 24. can be used as a final test covering the material in that unit. This curriculum would be very easy to use. The target age is middle schoolers, and they, as well as older students, could handle the material independently. Parents could also use this with younger students or with a group of multi-aged students, but a bit more parental involvement would be required. I really liked the excerpts from original documents included in the curriculum. I once read that the only way to truly learn history is to go back to the original sources, and Julianna Dotten has made these original sources accessible by putting short, easy-to-read selections in each lesson. Students get a little taste of The Mayflower Compact, The Federalist Papers, The Constitution, and The Declaration of Independence along with many other historical documents, books, and speeches. I also appreciate the strong Christian emphasis in this curriculum. The goal is not simply to teach a student how the government works, but to teach God’s standards for government and His requirements of citizens. One section in the unit on along with some fascinating state history through an engaging and easy to use curriculum called Colorado Civics. Colorado Civics is divided into 8 units and covers The Founding of Our Government, The Three Branches of Government, The Bill of Rights, The Election Cycle, Patriotic Holidays, Patriotic Symbols, Colorado History, and Godly Citizenship and Political Action. This study will take your child through the foundations of the federal government and teach them how the federal government runs. It then explains the history of Colorado and shows the students how they can become politically involved. Each unit is divided into subunits which typically include a reading section, a fun terms section in which vocabulary words are defined, a list of book suggestions for additional reading, an excerpt from an original document, a learning journal question, and/ or a suggestion for a hands-on activity. The amount of time required to complete each subunit depends on how many of the activities a parent wants a student to complete. The basic reading and journaling could be completed in a day. When the student reaches the end of the unit, there are questions for review which The Colorado revised statutes require a homeschool student to be taught civics (a social science dealing with the rights and duties of citizens), history (and as residents of Colorado — our state’s history), and regular courses of instruction in the Constitution of the United States. Fulfilling this section of the homeschool law has often been difficult for homeschooling families. Curriculum that addresses government, civics, and Colorado state history has been virtually non-existent. CHEC recognized this need and asked homeschool graduate Julianna Dotten to create such a curriculum. She determined it would aid parents in teaching their students the difference between a primary and a caucus, and how the three branches of government work, CIVICSCIVICS BY CINDY PUHEK CURRICULUM REVIEW PHOTOGRAPHYBYISTOCK and more! NEW! 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 1 01 , 2 01 824 CURRICULUM REVIEW
  25. 25. the Founding of Our Government deals with the biblically defined jurisdictions of the family, the church, and the government. This section ends with reading Romans 13 which describes the God-given purpose of government. The entire last unit of this curriculum teaches about godly citizenship and political action. It looks at what the Bible says is the duty of the Christian towards the government while addressing topics such as paying taxes, praying for leaders, and working hard. The Colorado History unit is a fascinating look at the colorful history of Colorado. This state was founded by mountain men, gold seekers, and miners. Julianna shares their stories rather than just relating dry facts. Students will learn about Zebulon Pike, the explorer for whom a large mountain on the Front Range is named. They will be inspired by Father Dyer, a pastor who felt called to preach the gospel to the miners, gamblers, and murderers who founded Colorado. Stories about Indian conflicts, the rise of the railroad, and the Unsinkable Molly Brown are all contained in this fascinating unit. Lesser-known men and women who were crucial to the founding of our state are included for a full breadth of our history. The other resources listed in this unit will also be very useful. I don’t think even a native Coloradoan will have heard of all the local field trip opportunities for hands-on history learning listed in this chapter. Julianna Dotten has written an easy-to-use, comprehensive curriculum which will fill a need for homeschooling families seeking to fulfill the civics and history requirements within the homeschool law and non- public school law. Students who complete this course will have a much better understanding of the foundations and functions of government and learn some great stories about the Centennial State. I think every homeschooler in Colorado should invest in a copy.  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 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 2 , I s s u e 1 01 , 2 01 8 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 1 01 , 2 01 826 But one thing is certain: we cannot do it without you! Here are a few ways we could use your help immediately: DONATIONS Are you passionate about home education and have a desire to help it grow and stay free from government control for genera- tions to come? CHEC works throughout the year to protect homeschool liberty and part of our general sessions at the upcoming Rocky Mountain Homeschool Conference. It's a tremendous opportunity to bless homeschool families with your gifts and also experience performing in front of a large audience. We have openings for instrumentalists, vocal- ists, and orators, and we'd love for you to participate! Learn more at rockymountain- VOLUNTEER SUPERSTARS Are you looking for a spring/summer fam- ily volunteer project? Or do you have a few hours each month free? We're looking to build our volunteer teams for the Rocky Mountain Homeschool Conference (June 14-16, 2018), the 2019 Homeschool Day at the Capitol, and year-round in our Parker office. Complete the form at PHOTOGRAPHYBYTOBIASSTEEVES to serve homeschool families, and as a 501(c) (3) non-profit organization, we depend on donations from families like yours to continue the ministry. Make a one-time or monthly recurring donation at HOMESCHOOL TALENT Do you play a musical instrument, sing, act, or speak? We want you! We're looking for homeschool students and graduates to be a PARTNER with us! CHEC's donor-funded ministry serves thousands of families throughout Colorado (and around the world), through our events and resources. Powered by your generosity, we share practical homeschool help and encouragement for Christ- centered, parent-directed education that is free from government control. PARTNER'S PAGE
  27. 27. Vo l u m e 2 , I s s u e 1 01 , 2 01 8 I C H E C H O M E S C H O O L U P DAT E 27 For 28 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, Homeschool 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. Go to to donate to any of these funds: • General Fund • Colorado Homeschool Freedom Fund • Event Scholarship Fund • Sign Language Interpreting Fund • Casterline Single Moms • Struggling Learners 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 deductible. Email for more information. BOX TOPS Did you know that every Box Top that you sub- mit to CHEC is worth $0.10 and goes to support the year-round ministry of CHEC? Collect then drop off at any CHEC event or at the CHEC office. SHOP Mention CHEC when you shop at Office Depot (any store!) and help CHEC earn free supplies! We will earn credits equal to 5% of your qualifying school supply purchases. When you check out, simply give our school ID#. (School Name: Christian Home Educators of Colorado; ID#: 70206154.)   Saturday, May 12 — Free children’s art classes by the Parker Art Guild  Thursday-Saturday, May 16-19 — Colorado Christian Writ- er’s Conference (discount for homeschoolers!)  Saturday, June 2 ­— free day at the Denver Art Museum  Sunday, June 3 — free day at the Denver Museum of Nature and Science  Tuesday, June 5 — free day at Denver Botanic Gardens York Street VIEW MORE UPCOMING EVENTS AT HOMESCHOOL FAMILY DAYS PARTNER'S PAGE
  28. 28. 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 2, Issue #101, 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: July 25, 2018 For advertising opportunities with CHEC, go to Copyright © 2018 by CHEC What’s NEXT with CHEC Visit to learn more! June Rocky Mountain Homeschool Conference 14-16 July August Homeschool Intro Seminars August Father Son Retreat 16-19 October Casterline Single Mom's Banquet Online Homeschool Summit January 2018 Spelling Bee Homeschool Intro Seminars High School Beyond Seminar 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 1 01 , 2 01 828
  29. 29. PHIL TUTTLEROB 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 JUNE 14-16, 2018 D E N V E R C O LO R A D O Presented by Christian Home Educators of Colorado
  30. 30. Rocky Mountain Homeschool Conference LEARN HOW TO REGISTER ON PAGE 54! ABOUT THE CONFERENCE The conference is full of help and encouragement for homeschool families at 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: Homeschool How To’s Worldview Vision Relationships Encouragement SHOPPING Stop by the Vendor Hall, Used Curriculum Sale, Youth Vendor Area, and Silent Auction — see page 48 for more information and page 49-50 for vendor listings. FELLOWSHIP FAMILY FUN Bring your whole family for a full weekend! Everyone will enjoy shopping in the vendor hall, participating in the General Sessions, watching the Pilgrim Musical (see page 32), and joining in the Friday evening Double-Header Family Night. Plus, make time for breaks and meals to meet with old and new friends. Get ready to have your family’s encouragement tank filled up! THIS CONFERENCE IS EVERYTHING YOU NEED TO BEGIN HOMESCHOOLING OR GET CHARGED UP FOR A NEW YEAR: CHEC HOMESCHOOL UP DA T E I 2018 R OC KY MOUNTAI N H O M E S C H O O L C ONFERENC E30
  31. 31. RockyMountainHomeschoolConference.comHOMESCHOOLING FAMILY DISCIPLESHIP CURRICULUM FAIR WORLDVIEW FELLOWSHIP ENCOURAGEMENT FOR BEGINNERS 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, 2018. 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, experienced homeschool parents and grads ready to help you navigate the event and answer your questions. Plus, stop by to purchase a copy of the Colorado Homeschool Guidebook and Colorado Civics Curriculum! MENTOR MOMS BOOTH Stop by this booth in the vendor hall to chat with a veteran homeschool mom about 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 and bolts. NEW TO HOMESCHOOLING TRACK This all-day track on Thursday will guide you through following the homeschool law, managing a home while educating, choosing curriculum, keeping records, and more! CHEC HOM ESCHOOL UP DA TE I 2 01 8 ROC KY MOUNTAI N H O M E S C H O O L C ONFERENCE 31
  32. 32. Rocky Mountain Homeschool Conference FOR THE WHOLE FAMILY Workshop tracks are dedicated sessions that cover a specific topic. You’ll find each track designated by the shaded rooms on the schedule. ▪ New to Homeschool ▪ High School Beyond ▪ Cognitive Learning ▪ Biblical Family Come see this live performance of Pilgrim, a musical based on John Bunyan’s Pilgrim’s Progress by Walk By Faith Theatre! When and where: Thursday and Saturday afternoons in the Annex. Play chess with Dr. Jonathan Sarfati, a former New Zealand chess champion who specialized in playing multiple opponents simultaneously! Bring your own chess board. When and where: Saturday, 1:00-3:30pm in Vendor Hall Demo room. Workshop Tracks Live Musical Chess Competition 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 cow- boy years, good ol’ country classics, and Gospel tunes, along 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 minute, a rare substitution meant someone 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 someone died in his place, not once, but twice, and how that truth impacts his life — and yours. Double-Header Family Night Friday, June 15th, 7pm CHEC HOMESCHOOL UP DA T E I 2018 R OC KY MOUNTAI N H O M E S C H O O L C ONFERENC E32
  33. 33. RockyMountainHomeschoolConference.comHOMESCHOOLING FAMILY DISCIPLESHIP CURRICULUM FAIR WORLDVIEW FELLOWSHIP ENCOURAGEMENT AME YOUTH ENTREPRENEURS VENDORS Youth entrepreneurs can sell their wares in the Youth Vendor sec- tion of the exhibit hall and participate in the business plan com- petition, gaining valuable instruction and feedback that will help them in their entrepreneurial endeavors. Plus, the Apprenticeship, Mentorship, and Entrepreneurship program will hold two exclusive training sessions! When Thursday, Friday, and Saturday Where Vendor Hall Demo Room Cost $30 add-on to your family’s full conference pass includes an entry in the business plan contest, training workshops, and participation in the youth vendor exhibit area. Ages Homeschooled graduates and students (ages 13 and older who live with their parents); business must belong to the youth (it cannot be the family business) COLORADO HUNTER SAFETY COURSE Acquire your Colorado Hunter Safety certificate with other home- school students! The course will be conducted by Colorado Parks and Wildlife personnel on-site at the Denver Mart. Shooting profi- ciency portion will happen off-site. When Thursday 10:30-3:30; Friday 10:30-4:30; Saturday 9:00- 12:00 (with breaks) Where Onsite at the Denver Mart. (A required practicum will be held offsite, but transportation is provided.) Cost $10 add-on to your family’s full conference pass Ages Homeschooled youths ages 12 and up YOUTH FEATURES CONSTITUTIONAL LITERACY COURSE Jake MacAuley, CEO of the Institute on the Constitution, will guide students through a four-session course on understanding the US Constitution as well as the worldview and political theory of the American form of government. When Friday, 10:30-4:30 pm (with breaks) Where Room Expo G – 5 Cost $15 add-on to your family’s full conference pass Ages Homeschooled youths 9th grade and older CHEC HOM ESCHOOL UP DA TE I 2 01 8 ROC KY MOUNTAI N H O M E S C H O O L C ONFERENCE 33
  34. 34. Rocky Mountain Homeschool Conference 2018 KEYNOTE SPEAKERS VODDIE BAUCHAM Voddie Baucham wears many hats. He is a husband, father, pastor, author, professor, conference speaker, and church planter. He has served as Pas- tor of Preaching at Grace Family Baptist Church in Spring, Texas; as an adjunct professor at the College of Biblical Studies in Houston, Texas and Union University in Jackson, Tennessee; and has lectured at Southern Seminary. Voddie makes the Bible clear and demonstrates the relevance of God’s Word to everyday life without compromising the centrality of Christ and the gospel. Those who hear him preach find themselves both challenged and encouraged. He is currently Dean of the Seminary at African Christian University (ACU) in Lusaka, Zambia. Teaching Your Children with Your Grandchildren in Mind Getting Your House in Order Don’t Let Home Education Destroy Your Marriage Family Worship: The Forgotten Home Discipleship Tool The Role of the Father in Home Education/Discipleship PHIL TUTTLE Phil Tuttle has been a vital member of the Walk Thru the Bible family for years, serving first as Senior Vice President for International Ministries, and Global Teaching Pastor before becoming President and CEO in 2007. A native of Illinois, Phil received his BA from Wheaton College in 1980 and his M.Th. from Dallas Theological Seminary in 1984. Phil shares God’s Word throughout the world at churches, Bible conferences, Christian education conventions, and corporate gatherings. He is the author of numerous books, lives in Georgia with his wife Ellen, and serves as a teaching pastor at his home church, The Bridge. Revolution: How Millennials Can Change the World and What They Need From the Rest of Us (Josiah) – The Reality Revolution: The Parallels Revolution: The Generations Revolution: The Word Revolution: The Pillar Revolution: The Future ROB RIENOW Dr. Rob Rienow considers his most important ministry to be loving his wife and partnering with her to lead their seven children to love God. Rob has been serving in pastoral ministry for 25 years and is the founder of Visionary Family Ministries where he shares the biblical message of family discipleship with parents, couples, and church leaders around the world. He is the author of several books including Visionary Parenting and Visionary Marriage. 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 CHEC HOMESCHOOL UP DA T E I 2018 R OC KY MOUNTAI N H O M E S C H O O L C ONFERENC E34
  35. 35. RockyMountainHomeschoolConference.comHOMESCHOOLING FAMILY DISCIPLESHIP CURRICULUM FAIR WORLDVIEW FELLOWSHIP ENCOURAGEMENT CONGRESSMAN KEN BUCK Congressman Ken Buck is a Republican from Wind- sor, Colorado, serving his second term in the United States House of Representatives. He serves on the House Judiciary Committee and the House Rules Com- mittee. Rep. Buck served for 12 years as a District Attorney before coming to Congress. As a representative, he has focused on passing a balanced bud- get amendment and on co-founding the Congressional Reformers Caucus to make government work better for the people. Rep. Buck enjoys returning to his home in Colorado because he can spend time with his wife Perry, his son Cody, and his daughter Kaitlin and her husband. Standing Strong in the Swamp MIKE CHENEY Mike is an entrepreneur, businessman, investor, teacher, advocate for the family business, and author of the book One With Everything: Anatomy of the Hot Dog Stand and Other Great Family Businesses You Can Start, and its companion study guide. He works with real estate invest- ment, brokerage, and property management clients; serves as Director of the AME Program; is Regional Representative for the National Center for Family Integrated Churches; and teaches on mentorship and discipleship as foundational elements of the family economy. Several Habits of Highly Effective Business Owners and Employees Apprenticeships, Mentorships, and College Alternatives in Family Economics TOM CLARK Tom Clark is a life-long teacher of mathematics and science with more than 50 years of class- room and tutoring experience at all levels, from elementary through adult. The concepts for VideoText Interactive began 32 years ago as he and his family discussed the ‘why’ philosophy and what eventually became the production materials of the VideoText Interactive program. He is convinced that everyone has the ability to understand mathematics. His wife Alice, his two children, and his brother and sister have all helped bring this program to homeschool- ers everywhere. Now everyone can enjoy the benefits of truly understand- ing mathematics. 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? CONNIE ALBERS Connie Albers has spent much of her adult life as a homeschool mom and ‘mompreneur.’ Bal- ancing her own roles as wife, business partner, speaker, homeschool expert, consultant, and active volunteer, she has learned to discover resilience and joy within the busy- ness of life. She understands the challenges of balancing life, work, and homeschool. Connie and her husband, Tom, have been married 33 years and homeschooled their five children ­— all of whom graduated from the University of Central Florida. She is a speaker and author for NavPress, a spokeswoman, and owner of The Albers family lives in Winter Garden, Florida. 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 Vicki is the mother of eight daughters and has been the foster mom of over fifty children. She has homeschooled 17 children since 1988, alongside her husband Jim, and has been a support group leader since 1991. She served on the executive board and convention committee in Virginia and has addressed state and national conventions, university teacher organizations, and other groups. Vicki is the author of many books and homeschool helps, including My Homeschool Planner, Home Education 101: A Mentoring Program for New Homeschoolers, and High School 101: Blueprint for Success. She currently is a Toddlers to Tweens consultant and Group Services director for HSLDA. 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 2018 SPEAKERS CHEC HOM ESCHOOL UP DA TE I 2 01 8 ROC KY MOUNTAI N H O M E S C H O O L C ONFERENCE 35
  36. 36. Rocky Mountain Homeschool Conference 2018 SPEAKERS DIANNE CRAFT, MA, CNHP A leader in Alternative Teaching Strategies, Dianne Craft has a master’s degree in special education and specializes in cognitive brain training to make learning easier for bright, hard-working students. She has 25 years’ experience teaching children to learn using her successful “Three-Pronged Approach” to reduce and eliminate learning disabilities. She teaches parents how to start their own cognitive at-home therapy to help sharpen thinking and long- and short-term memory skills. Children have overcome learning struggles such as dyslexia, dysgraphia, dyscal- culia, and auditory processing problems using these tools. She special- izes in natural treatments for kids, and is president of the consulting firm Child Diagnostics, Inc. Cognitive Learning Style Screening: How is Your Child’s Brain Wired? Organizing the Brain for Learning Use Both Sides of Your Brain: Stretching Your Child’s Memory Structuring a “Healing Teaching” School Day STEPHEN CRAIG Stephen Craig is the Executive Director for Chris- tian 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, CO, with their five children: Carson, Christiana, Angelina, Jewel, and Ariel. Foundational Principles Vision for Homeschooling Introduction to Homeschool Law BOB FINE As a homeschooling father of 10, Bob knows the needs for a homeschool home, no matter the size of the class. Bob was raised in the real estate busi- ness and has an extensive background in the profes- sional construction and remodeling industry. He enjoys using these gifts to overcome obstacles and educate his clients in making informed deci- sions for selling and buying homes where Christian discipleship happens. Putting the Home in Homeschooling JAKE MACAULAY Jake MacAulay is a homeschooling father of four and serves as the Chief Executive Officer of the Institute on the Constitution (IOTC), an educational outreach with curriculum that presents the Founders’ biblical view of law and government. Jake is an ordained minister and former syndicated talk show host who has spoken to audiences nation- wide and has established the American Club, a constitutional study group in public and private schools. Jake has been seen on Yahoo News, Fox News, The Blaze, AP, CBS, NBC, The Weekly Standard, and more. 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 HOWARD MCMINN Shari Howard McMinn is mother to 11 children and has homeschooled for 24 years. On staff with CHEC, she is editor for The Homeschool Update magazine and is also Advertising Manager. Shari additionally volunteers by presenting the Nuts Bolts portion of the Homeschool Introductory Seminar and various conference workshops. Audiences enjoy her witty storytelling and are moved by her powerful Christian testimony as she shares her extensive knowledge. What About the Military? The CHEC Guidebook: Why It’s an Essential Resource for Colorado Homeschooling The Nurtured Homeschool BRIDGET MOSLEY M.ED. As a child, Bridget felt God calling her to help children who, like her brother, were bullied for their learning struggles. Over the past 30 years, she has answered His call as a learning specialist, reading clinic director, speaker, consultant, and curriculum designer. Bridget also draws from her experiences as a homeschooling mom who worked with her daughter to overcome dyslexia. She co-founded the online learning center, a clinic that equips parents with a cognitive- educational curriculum to help their children make rapid, life-changing, academic gains. Families achieve these gains by overcoming common learning challenges such as weaknesses in auditory processing, working memory, and processing speed. Study SMARTER, Not Harder: Working with God’s Design for Memory Study SMARTER, Not Harder: The Nuts and Bolts of Studying Smarter CHEC HOMESCHOOL UP DA T E I 2018 R OC KY MOUNTAI N H O M E S C H O O L C ONFERENC E36
  37. 37. RockyMountainHomeschoolConference.comHOMESCHOOLING FAMILY DISCIPLESHIP CURRICULUM FAIR WORLDVIEW FELLOWSHIP ENCOURAGEMENT 2018 SPEAKERS BILL ROACH A homeschooling dad of 5 and grandfather to 6, Bill enjoys helping homeschool families love God more. With over 25 years in the financial industry with a special emphasis on insurance, Bill is thank- ful for the lessons God has taught him along the way. As President of CHEC the last 10 plus years, he is well aware of the challenges facing homeschooling families. Putting the Home in Homeschooling TARA ROEHL MS, CCC-SLP Tara Roehl, MS, CCC-SLP, owns and operates a private tele-practice clinic in Colorado that focuses on social cognition, executive function- ing, and the use of technology in therapy. She is co- founder and president of Hacking Autism, a non-profit with a mission to fund, create, and support opportunities that improve the personal and professional lives of people on the autism spectrum. Previously, she has worked in Illinois, California, Rwanda, and the Philippines in both public schools and private practices. She is a homeschool graduate and now a homeschooling mother of two. 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 Dr. Sarfati, a dual citizen of Australia and New Zealand, holds a Ph.D. in physical chemistry, and was a co-founder of an apologetics society in New Zealand. He joined Creation Ministries Inter- national in Australia in 1996, and now lives in the USA with his wife. He has authored numerous books on origin issues, defending biblical young earth creation, and refuting arguments for evolution including Refuting Evolution, and his latest book The Genesis Account. A chess master and former New Zealand chess champion, he specializes in playing multiple opponents simultaneously. Jurassic Reality: Dinosaurs and the Most Asked Questions The Christian Roots of Science: Busting Evolutionary Myths Biological Robotics: Incredible Design in Life Bioethics: Issues of Life, Death, and Morality Christianity for Skeptics: Refuting the New Atheists Chess Challenge (see page 32) MEGAN SCHEIBNER A writer, blogger, conference speaker, home- schooling mother of eight, and most impor- tantly, the wife of Steve, Megan Scheibner is a trained Christian counselor who uses her degree in communication to counsel and teach women of all ages. She is the co-author of Parenting Matters: The Nine Practices of the Proactive Parent, and travels extensively, equipping parents with the tools to confidently train the next generation. Megan has authored thirteen books, including In My Seat: A Pilot’s Story from September 10th- 11th, the companion to her husband Steve’s 9/11 testimony. Megan’s heart is focused on discipleship, blogging practical words of encour- agement at When not writing, she enjoys feed- ing teens and cuddling her grandchildren. Marriage, Communication, and Friendship The Toddler Toolbox The A to Z of the Character Healthy Homeschool The Disciple-Making Mom DR. STEVE SCHEIBNER Called “America’s Parenting Doctor” by Glenn Beck, Life Leadership, and others, Dr. Steve Scheibner, the President of CharacterHealth Cor- poration, has dedicated his life to equipping parents to train a new generation of courageous, Christ-like, and CharacterHealthy leaders. Using his background as a Naval aviator, church-planting pastor, and airline pilot, he co-authored and teaches, Parenting Matters: The Nine Practices of the Pro-Active Parent. Additionally, he captivates audi- ences worldwide with his testimony, In My Seat: A Pilot’s Story from September 10th-11th. His YouTube video of the same name has been used to reach millions for Christ. Steve’s been married to Megan for 30 years, and together they have homeschooled their eight children for 23 years. Marriage, Communication, and Friendship 2 ML (Second Mile Leadership for Men) In My Seat: A Pilot’s Story from September 10th and 11th Training Young Men to Be Gentlemen in a Feminist Culture Battling with Behavior? CHEC HOM ESCHOOL UP DA TE I 2 01 8 ROC KY MOUNTAI N H O M E S C H O O L C ONFERENCE 37