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Homeschool Update Magazine - 2018, Volume 3, Issue 103

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

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Homeschool Update Magazine - 2018, Volume 3, Issue 103

  1. 1. T H E H E A R T O F H O M E S C H O O L I N G A Generation Who Knows How to Do Justice Discipling Your Children in the Family Economy Keeping the Home in Homeschooling Thoughts for Homeschooling, Working Moms 8 10 14 26 ARTICLES INSIDE THIS ISSUE INCLUDE 2018 IVOLUME 3 IISSUE 102 COLORADO HOMESCHOOL SPELLING BEE JANUARY 19, 2019 PAGE 9
  2. 2. Security Privacy All-Access Benefits Enjoy the security, privacy, and all-access benefits that come with family enrollment in the CHEC Independent School! Join the CHEC Independent School! LEARN MORE AT CHECIS.org • CHEC Conference Admission • Homeschool Summits Membership • Intro Seminar Admission • High School & Beyond Admission • ID Cards • Report Cards • High School Transcripts • Homeschool Planners
  3. 3. CHEC Homeschool Update IVolume 3, 2018 IIssue 102 INSIDE 6 Growing Together INTERVIEW WITH THE MOODYS 8 A Generation Who Knows How to Do Justice BY KRISTI BROWN 10 Discipling Your Children In the Family Economy BY MIKE CHENEY 14 Keeping the Home in Homeschooling BY MARCIA WASHBURN 22 Slowly by Slowly BY REBECCA THOMAS 26 Thoughts for Homeschooling, Working Moms BY SHARI HOWARD MCMINN CHEC Events 12 Rocky Mountain Homeschool Conference Recap 19 Father Son Retreat Recap Columns 4 Director’s Desk 16 Homeschool Leaders 18 Legislative Liaison 26 Best of Blog 28 Struggling Learners 30 Curriculum Review 32 Partner’s Page 19039 Plaza Drive, Suite 210 Parker, Colorado 80134 720.842.4852 I1.877.842.CHEC (2432) ICHEC.org Front Cover: Photography by Tobias Steeves, AWAAphotos (awaaphotos.com), CHEC Spelling Bee. This page: Photography by Tobias Steeves, AWAAphotos (awaaphotos.com), Rocky Mountain Homeschool Conference. Family Encouragement
  4. 4. PHOTOGRAPHYBYCRAIGFAMILY My daughter Christiana stood perched on the edge of the dock in a half-ready-to-jump position, quivering from a mixture of excitement, dread, and cool lake water chill. She was learning to swim and was about to jump into water that was over her head … without a life jacket! Maybe some of you can relate to the emotions my daughter was experiencing as you prepared yourself for jumping into a new homeschool year. Regardless of the homeschool season you are in, there are always unknown waters before you. Throughout Scripture, we find the encouragement to “be strong” given to men and women who were faced with significant and daunting Kingdom work. While most of us don’t lose sight of the daunting part of homeschooling, we often lose sight of the the fact that the education and discipleship of our children is significant Kingdom work. Let’s be honest, it takes an incredible amount of strength and courage to do this thing we call homeschooling. Though filled with so many joys along the way and eternal rewards to look forward to, homeschooling is not for cowards. And we need reminders and encour- agements to “be strong” because what we are doing is hard and important and worth fighting for — even laying down our lives for. I want to give you three truths found in Scripture that will help you to “be strong” in your homeschooling journey this year. 1. Be Strong … IN THE LORD! There are 32 “be strong” passages in Scripture. The last one is Ephesians 6:10, which is the passage that provides us with the first truth that we need to cling to. This verse says, Finally, be strong in the Lord and in the strength of His might. To be strong in the Lord means that we are not pull- ing ourselves up by our bootstraps and determining to muscle through in our own strength. Rather, we are identifying with, claiming, and appropriating the power of God. The parent who believes they are strong apart from the Lord is in grave danger, which is why we find a warning in 1 Corinthians 10:12 which says, Therefore let anyone who thinks that he stands take heed lest he fall. In reality, we are all very, very weak. So the first step to being strong is to realize that WE are NOT strong. WE are weak … but HE is STRONG! Only as we cling to God’s strength will we see His strength perfected in our weakness (2 Corinthians 12:9). 2. Reject Fear As I surveyed the “be strong” passages of Scripture, the accompanying command “Do not be afraid” clearly stood out. Fear, anxiety, and worry are sins that are as debilitating and deadly as they are common. I know fear and anxiety are sins I struggle with. Do you? As I was teaching my children to swim, it quickly became apparent that the number one danger (aside from the water itself) was their fear of it. On one occasion, I noticed my son swimming along just fine. BE STRONG!BY STEVE CRAIG C H E C H O M E S C H O O L U P DAT E I Vo l u m e 3 , I s s u e 1 02 , 2 01 84 DIRECTOR’S DESK
  5. 5. Suddenly, he became fearful and began to struggle. His fear would have been deadly if I wasn’t right by his side. Fear creeps into our lives so easily the moment we begin to doubt the power of God (2 Chronicles 32:7-8, 1 John 4:4), the presence of God (Joshua 1:9, 1 Chronicles 28:20), or the love and goodness of God (Luke 12:32, Romans 8:32). But there is good news! The power of Christ can free us from the sin of fear and its accompanying vices. We just need to repent of it, forsake it, and ask Him to save us from it. And He will! 3. Obey Finally, we need to obey God. The very first “be strong” passage in Scripture is Deuteronomy 11:8, which says, You shall therefore keep the whole com- mandment that I command you today, that you may be strong, and go in and take possession of the land that you are going over to possess. Obedience is not easy, but it is pretty simple and practical. Scripture gives us such a clear record of the bless- ing that God’s people experienced when they obeyed God AND the subsequent severe chastisement that followed their disobedience. Maybe like me, you have thought, “Man, those dumb Israelites! All they needed to do was obey and life would have been so good for them! What were they thinking?” And then you have probably thought, “Yeah, and I do the exact same thing!” Friends, the recipe for success is really pretty simple. It is wrapped up well in the words of the old hymn which says “Trust and obey, for there’s no other way, to be happy in Jesus, but to trust and obey.” Our first and foremost reason for homeschooling shouldn’t be because the public schools are bad, or because we think we can give our kids a better education, or because we think our kids will turn out good if we do. Our first and foremost motiva- tion should be connected to our desire to obey God’s command for us to bring our children up in the nurture and admonition of the Lord. If you are obediently doing what God has asked you to do, you can be 100% confident that He will give you the strength to do it! Well, I can’t end by leaving Christiana perched on the edge of the dock ... I am happy to say that she did jump and she did swim! When she needed help, I was there for her. Best of all, she reached the shore! And so will you if you stand strong in Christ, reject fear, and obey God as you seek to diligently teach your children His ways!  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. CIVICS CURRICULUM CIVICS CURRICULUM NEW! A complete Colorado history and from a Christian worldview Authored by homeschool grad Julianna Dotten, this curriculum is great for all ages. Purchase now (and preview an excerpt) at CHEC.org/civics Vo l u m e 3 , I s s u e 1 02 , 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. TOGETHER Growing Q COULD YOU SHARE WITH OUR READERS ABOUT YOUR FAMILY AND HOW YOU BEGAN TO HOMESCHOOL? AOver the past 20 years, we have been home educating and discipling our five children. Two of our children have graduated and three are currently in their high school years. We were introduced to the idea of home education through Biblically Correct Tours. One day a friend of ours, Rusty Carter, invited David to come along with him and Bill Jack on a B.C. Tour of the Denver Museum of Nature and Science. That tour changed the trajectory of our family’s life. David was so impressed with the home educated students, he thought we should consider home educating our own children (our oldest child being only 18 months at the time!). I, Jennifer, was skeptical, having only recently recovered from a single year career in public school teaching, and having decided I would “Never!” teach again. However, in addition to both of us praying about it, I attended my first CHEC homeschool conference before our oldest child was two. Because I was so encour- aged by what I learned at the CHEC conference that first year, David attended with me the following year — and we have been attending together ever since! God helped us to trust Him to home educate our children, realizing that home education is not just about academics, it is about discipleship. It is about faith, character, and conduct, in preeminence of academics. Q WHAT IS THE MOST IMPORTANT POSITIVE EFFECT OF HOMESCHOOLING YOUR CHILDREN? AHome education has created a family dynamic which has allowed us to have close relation- ships between parents and children as well as among siblings, because we get to spend more time together than if we had gone the traditional school route. We have time to build relationships, to disciple, to work, and to play with our children. We have time to have in-depth discussions, answer important questions, and to have ‘extended’ family field trips during the prime seasons of our choosing. PHOTOGRAPHYBYISTOCK Q WHAT ELSE HAVE YOU LEARNED ABOUT THE HOMESCHOOL LIFESTYLE? AWe have found that life goes by too quickly! We only have a brief window of time with our children living at home to teach them, to equip them to know and love God, to prepare them to live on their own, and to watch them become courageous citizens of God’s Kingdom. We came to realize that other educational options would not have allowed us the time and flexibility to do these things for and with our children. Q WHAT WOULD YOU LIKE TO SHARE WITH OTHER FAMILIES TO ENCOURAGE THEM? AThe foundation of our family’s home educational journey has been seeking the Lord and striving to do His will in our family’s life. Do we do this perfectly? No, absolutely not, but we continue to persevere! Early in our homeschooling journey, God gave us a family motto to help us in this: “Striving for excellence, in everything, for the glory of God.” This has helped us to remember why we do what we do! In sharing with you, we hope that God will inspire you to consider home educating your children if you don’t already and to continue the worthy race if you already do — soli deo gloria!  INTERVIEW WITH DAVID JENNIFER MOODY C H E C H O M E S C H O O L U P DAT E I Vo l u m e 3 , I s s u e 1 02 , 2 01 86 FAMILY INTERVIEW
  7. 7. PHOTOGRAPHYBYISTOCK 1 Volume + Workbook, 10th-12th Grade, History, 1-2 Credits NEW! — features — • Over 100+ lesser-known providential stories from American History • Full-color 1000+ page textbook covering American History from 1492 to 2018 • Hundreds of Scripture texts illuminating and analyzing American History from a biblical perspective • 1-2 Year Lesson Schedules • Tests, Exams, and Essay Assignments Here is a new curriculum providing a unique Christian worldview approach to the last five hundred yearsof Americanhistory,beginningwithChristopher Columbus in 1492 and ending with Donald Trump in 2018. It is an epochal story of the rise and decline of the most powerful nation on earth . . . the United States of America. This 10th-12th grade level American History course presents history as Christians must understand it — in light of God’s providential hand. Available as part of the 10th Grade Core Curriculum Pack. Finally… A Christian approach to American History Order at Generations.org/curriculum Presented by Kevin Swanson Generations
  8. 8. Weeks before September 11, 2001, I turned fourteen. The events of that day are etched in my mind, particularly because of something my Dad said. When he came home from work, he sat my brothers and me down and told us, “Now, it’s up to you to change the world.” Throughout my childhood and teen years, both my Dad and Mom effectively communicated the idea that God created me – and all His children – with a purpose in mind that involves the world at large. Simply put, we are not on this earth for ourselves alone. We are here to DO JUSTICEBY KRISTI BURTON BROWN literally bring Christ to this world – and while we absolutely do that by spreading the Gospel, we also do it by bringing Christ-like, Christ-focused justice to the world. Many speak of mercy, kindness, and humility. They are essential qualities of a Biblical life. However, justice is, in some ways, a tougher concept. It’s not merely limited to the judicial system or focused on punishment. Instead, “doing justice” is personal. It’s something we can all be involved in. “Doing justice” includes learning God’s ideas for what this world should look like, deeply embedding a sense of His righteousness in our hearts, and then allowing God to use our lives in the small and the big ways to change people, to change systems, to change laws, and to change cultures. In my book, Do Justice: Practical Ways to Engage Our World, I interviewed Reggie Littlejohn, the founder of an organization that saves girls from abortion in China, where they are targeted for death. Reggie shared with me that while she worked as a high-powered attorney who was focused on raking in the dollars, God literally broke her heart over the injustice in this world. In the midst of her personal crises, God showed Reggie that He had a mission of justice for her. She learned of the forced abor- tion and female gendercide in China, and Reggie founded her organization that helps mothers and fathers give life to their daughters in a culture that discards little girls. Reggie shared with me that we can all “ask God to break [our] hearts for whatever breaks His heart” and that “every one of us is called to redemptive work.” For Reggie, that has meant years dedicated to work that saves children and families in a foreign country. But, she firmly believes that every Christian has a place. “In God’s economy,” she says, “the do- nor (who funded the rescue work) saved that child.” Prayer, too, can be a spiritual sacrifice for those who have little money but are willing to dedicate time. Brian Ivie, a film director whose story also appears in Do Justice, shared: “This generation is obsessed with social justice, but rarely the kind that comes at any personal cost. Comment sections, Face- book filters, and Snapchat stories have given the whole world a chance to get angry, but rarely to get involved.” He encourages Christians to “rethink why you’re here.” PHOTOGRAPHYBYISTOCK A Generation Who Knows How to He has told you, O man, what is good; and what does the Lord require of you but to do justice, and to love kindness, and to walk humbly with your God? Micah 6:8 (ESV) He has told you, O man, what is good; and what does the Lord require of you but to do justice, and to love kindness, and to walk humbly with your God? Micah 6:8 (ESV) C H E C H O M E S C H O O L U P DAT E I Vo l u m e 3 , I s s u e 1 02 , 2 01 88 FAMILY ENCOURAGEMENT
  9. 9. It was a pastor in South Korea who changed Brian’s life when he was a teen giving in to damaging secular pursuits. When he was able to witness the pastor personally invest his own life and resources into making a “drop box” for abandoned babies, Brian knew he had found the real deal: a Christian who sacrificed to bring God’s justice to those who could not speak for themselves. While Proverbs 31 is known for its discussion of a virtuous woman, there’s another important verse in the passage that is sometimes neglected. Proverbs 31:8 - 9 (NKJV) reads, Open your mouth for the speechless, in the cause of all who are appointed to die. Open your mouth … and plead the cause of the poor and needy. Throughout Scripture, we see God’s people stepping up and reaching in — getting involved — to serve and save those who have been silenced, those who are oppressed, those who are literally being led away to death, and those who are poor, needy, and downtrodden. If Christians do not bring justice, if Christians do not set things right for these people, we risk that secular activists will step in and rescue them with a fake gospel. The harvest is ripe and the fields are white with har- vest in areas we may not have previously opened our eyes to. Christians are needed to rescue children from abortion. Christians are needed in foster care and adoption. Christians are needed to stop human trafficking. Christians are needed to stop the epidemic of fatherlessness that leads to poverty. Christians are needed to return basic human dignity to the disabled, the sick, the prisoner, and the elderly. Christians are needed to do justice through prayer, through money, through time, and through sacrifice. Our children will learn to do justice as they see their parents doing it. “Doing justice” is a work we can model and do together with our children. We can raise them not only as Christians for themselves and their future families, but as Christians for the world — Christians who will transform and redeem our culture and our world through the justice of Christ.  Kristi Burton Brown is a homeschool graduate and now, a homeschool mom. She is also an attorney who focuses on pro-life and religious freedom issues. Her first book, Do Justice: Practical Ways to Engage Our World was published in the summer of 2017 and is available through Amazon and Christian Book Distributors. COLORADO HOMESCHOOL SPELLING BEE WHEN: Saturday, January 19, 2019 WHO: Homeschooled students in 8th grade or below (exception: Boulder County residents must participate in their county spelling bee) HOW: Register for $25/ student today! Winners advance to the statewide Denver Post spelling bee! CHEC.org/events/spelling-bee Vo l u m e 3 , I s s u e 1 02 , 2 01 8 I C H E C H O M E S C H O O L U P DAT E 9 FAMILY ENCOURAGEMENT
  10. 10. PHOTOGRAPHYBYISTOCK When asked to write on the subject of fathers relating with their children, I recalled the path my wife and I tried to follow. We home educated, worked in our family busi- ness (I like to call it our “family economy”), and lived life — together. Now, we are enjoying the fruit with our adult children. As you continue reading, I hope you’ll glean wisdom from our example of using a family business to disciple your children. By the way, if you don’t have a family business because you work a job outside your home, you can help your children start a small business with the side benefit of additional income. Childcare, dog-walking, and lawn main- tenance are good ones to start with as they are service based with minimal start-up costs. This is a short list of things to consider for working together: Relationship: Throughout the Bible, we are commanded by God to engage in a relation- ship with each of our children. It is the basis of raising them up. It is a difficult thing because of the transparency and honesty required from ev- eryone. It is especially difficult between parents and children because you know one another so well. The deeper the relationship goes, the more everyone’s shortcomings are exposed. Confes- sion and repentance are then required in order to build trust which is the key ingredient in any relationship. Relationship has to come first. The Lord will reassure you through the small, consistent steps of progress you see in your children’s lives when you “do life” together. Working together in a family business builds relationship. Character and Wisdom: The book of Proverbs teaches us how to obtain both, and the consequences of ignoring them. As you develop a strong relationship with your children, they will heed your teaching about character, especially when they see the good displayed in your life. Over the years, wisdom comes. Work and the Purpose of Work (Genesis 1 and 3): A major downfall in our society is that work is viewed as something we must do so that we can eventually do what we want to do. When taught according to God’s purpose and plan, work is restored to its rightful place in our hearts. Teach your children that work is honor- able, worthy, commanded by God, and even enjoyable when done together as a family. Work and Gathering Resources Absent the Right Purpose (Ecclesiastes 2:24, 3:22, 5:19): Mon- etary wealth is easier to tally than wisdom. One current source estimates the modern equivalent of wise Solomon’s wealth to be $2.2 trillion. 1 trillion is 1,000 billions. By comparison, the net worth of the wealthi- est living man in the world at the time of this writing (2018), Jeff Bezos, Amazon CEO, was said to be $105 billion, only 1/20th that of King Solomon! There is nothing wrong with working hard to accrue assets in a family business, even as Solomon did, or Mr. Bezos is doing. However, we need to make sure we are working for the right purpose and teach our children to do so by our own example of seeking and honoring the Lord with our work. Dads, I heartily encourage you to teach your children the blessings of work (Proverbs 20:11). God provides the work of our hands, we are known by how we perform our work, and work is a blessing from God. Therefore, finding joy in the work of our hands is a blessing from God for both fathers and their children.  1 http://www.businessinsider.com/worlds-richest- billionaires-net-worth-2017-6. 2 https://www.quora.com/ What-is-the-estimate-of-king-solomons-wealth-in-todays-econo- my-and-is-he-the-likely-richest Mike Cheney and his wife, Roxie, have been blessed with two children, Annie and Corey. Mike is an entrepreneur, businessman, investor, teacher, and advocate for the family business. He is Director of the AMEProgram.com and of Family Economics for Generations.org. His newly released book, One With Everything: Anatomy of a Hot Dog Stand and Other Great Businesses You Can Start has a companion workbook Business Course Study Guide for students middle school through adult. BY MIKE CHENEY Discipling Your Children in a FAMILY ECONOMY C H E C H O M E S C H O O L U P DAT E I Vo l u m e 3 , I s s u e 1 02 , 2 01 810 DAD TO DADDAD TO DAD
  11. 11. HOMESCHOOL GRADUATION CEREMONY FRIDAY, MAY 17TH IN ELIZABETH or SATURDAY, MAY 18TH IN LITTLETON celebrate YOUR STUDENT’S HIGH SCHOOL graduation WHAT’S INCLUDED: ■ Pomp and Circumstance as graduates and parents enter ■ Special music sung during the ceremony ■ Commencement address and charge to the graduates ■ Parents’ presentation of the diplomas WE TAKE CARE OF ALL THE COORDINATION! Your registration includes participation in the ceremony, a cap and gown, a printed diploma and cover, and ceremony programs. (Optional photo/video package also available.) Vo l u m e 3 , I s s u e 1 02 , 2 01 8 I C H E C H O M E S C H O O L U P DAT E 11 plan now to join the celebration! Register at CHEC.org/events/graduation
  12. 12. Rocky Mountain Homeschool Conference At the 2018 Rocky Mountain Homeschool Conference, nearly 3,000 attendees were encouraged in their vision of home education through dozens of workshops, keynotes, and fellowship opportunities! One of the highlights of the year was hearing from Voddie Baucham, Dean of the Seminary at African Christian University in Lusaka, Zambia. His humor and engaging style had the audience riveted. In addition, Walk Through the Bible’s Phil Tuttle emphasized how God is using the millennial generation. Pilgrim: A Musical, presented by Walk by Faith Theatre, was also packed out on both Thursday and Saturday’s showings. The exhibit hall was filled with a wide array of curriculum providers, homeschool-friendly businesses, and much more. The Thursday evening Exhibit Hall Grand Opening Party was like Black Friday for homeschoolers — awesome deals and giveaways galore! Thank you to everyone who came! We pray the conference was a huge encouragement to you and your family!  RECAP BY JULIANNA DOTTEN REGISTERNOW PLANAHEAD! Rocky Mountain Homeschool Conference KEN HAM HEIDI ST. JOHN KEVIN SWANSON Crowne Plaza Denver Airport Convention Center JUNE 13-15, 2019 RockyMountainHomeschoolConference.com ‘ Were moving! [HOTOSBYTOBIASSTEEVES,AMANDAVAUGHAN,ANDSARAHBRYANT C H E C H O M E S C H O O L U P DAT E I Vo l u m e 3 , I s s u e 1 02 , 2 01 812 CHEC EVENTS
  13. 13. Don't freak out! We're here to help. Come to a CHEC Homeschool Introductory Seminar and get the vision, legal info, and nuts and bolts you need to kick off your homeschool. ▪ October 6 (Castle Rock) ▪ January 12 (Castle Rock) Interested in helping host a seminar in your home town? Please contact josh@CHEC.org! NEW TO HOMESCHOOLING? Learn more at CHEC.org/events Office Volunteers Do you enjoy typing, organizing, and office work? We're in need of several volunteers who can serve at the CHEC Office in Parker on Mondays and/or Thursdays helping with data entry and preparing for events. Our office team is a lot of fun to work with and there's usually some chocolate around to snack on while you help the team! Action: Complete form at CHEC.org/volunteer Box Tops Did you know that every Box Top that you submit to CHEC is worth $0.10 and goes to support the year-round ministry of CHEC? Simply collect then drop off at any CHEC event or at the CHEC office. Action: Collect, then deliver to CHEC. Event Volunteers Are you looking for a family volunteer project? We're looking to build our teams (greeting, event setup, photography, and more) for Homeschool Day at the Capitol and the Rocky Mountain Homeschool Conference. It's a fantastic way to build friendships with others in the Colorado homeschool community! Action: Complete form at CHEC.org/volunteer Donations Are you passionate about home education and have a desire to help it stay free for generations to come? CHEC works throughout the year to protect homeschool liberty, and as a 501c3 non-profit organization, we depend on donations from families like you to continue the ministry. Action: Make a donation at CHEC.org/donate Want to join in behind the scenes with CHEC? We have a tremendous team of volunteers who keep things going — and with lots of openings now, we'd love for you to become a part! WE NEED YOU! BIG NEED! Vo l u m e 3 , I s s u e 1 02 , 2 01 8 I C H E C H O M E S C H O O L U P DAT E 13
  14. 14. Do you ever wonder, If a woman's place is in the home, why am I always in the car? Do you find yourself hurrying children through chores and schoolwork to get to lessons, co-op classes, and sports practices on time? Is there just too much pressure in your life? Help is on the way! We have a love-hate relationship with those outside-of-home activities called extracur- riculars. They really can serve a good purpose when thoughtfully selected. They can fill in gaps in your curriculum; many parents use piano lessons as a music class or gymnastics for management along the way, just as we do. Creativity grows when a child has enough unstructured time to get bored now and then. In my piano studio, I’m often struck by the impact over-scheduling has on children. These children rush in to their lessons, often without all of their music, giving excuses about why they didn’t have time to practice, and then they nearly nod off on the piano bench they’re so tired. These poor tykes are the victims of over-scheduling or, perhaps, their parents’ need for bragging rights. What a contrast with the children whose parents don’t feel the need to schedule every moment of their children’s lives. Often students with less natural talent play better than those with loads of talent but little time to develop it. Here are some suggestions for making extracurricu- lar activities work for your family. • The younger the child, the more time he needs at home. • Consider activities that all or most of the family can be a part of such as church or service activi- ties. You will develop wonderful shared memories Keeping the HOME in Dealing with Extracurriculars BY MARCIA WASHBURN physical education. Extracurriculars provide opportu- nities for social interaction. Children (and parents!) can develop leadership skills and learn to serve oth- ers while participating in supplementary activities. But every parent soon learns the challenges of outside-the-home activities. If overdone, activities may divide the family, stealing time and energy. Children may form new loyalties toward peers, teachers, and coaches, challenging the authority and wisdom of their own parents. If an older child is on a sports team, all of the younger ones get dragged to every practice and game, regardless of nap times or unfinished school work; their needs as little ones take a backseat to the coach’s schedule. It is easy to fall into the trap of signing up your chil- dren for every class or club that comes along. They all sound so interesting! And sometimes, we’re afraid, deep down, that our children are somehow getting cheated by not being in a “regular” school. So we compensate by saying “yes” to too many activities. Your children will do just fine, even if they’re not involved in every activity that catches their fancy. No one can do everything. Children need to learn time HOMESCHOOLING C H E C H O M E S C H O O L U P DAT E I Vo l u m e 3 , I s s u e 1 02 , 2 01 814 MANAGEMENT FOR MOMS
  15. 15. over the years, as well as spending less time in the car. Whether your children sing at nursing homes or raise money for missions, they will learn the joy of serving others. • Check out 4-H with your county extension agent. This organization offers hundreds of projects from electricity and photogra- phy to clothing design, public speaking, and training service dogs. The materials are very economical and offer many hands-on activities; some families even use them for science curriculum. Perhaps other homeschoolers in your area would like to form a 4-H club that meets during the school day. A strong advantage: the club meetings include all ages so you’re not juggling separate schedules. • If you decide to participate in team sports, try to find teams that allow several ages together so you aren’t racing from one practice or game to another multiple times per week. You might choose a city league instead of a competitive league; the time commitment difference is huge. Our boys played city-sponsored soccer for six weeks each spring, but didn’t do the summer-long four-times-a-week baseball with out-of-town travel to games. With five sons, it would have been insane; summer would have been anything but refreshing. • Some large families allow each child to be in just one activity. One may take violin lessons, another is in sports, and another prepares for a nursing career through volunteering at a nursing home. Since the child has selected the activity himself, he is more likely to be enthusiastic about practic- ing and participating. Life on-the-go demands strong organizational skills. Here are some things that have worked at our house. • Before saying “yes” to a new activity, refer to your calendar or planner. How will it fit with what you’re already doing? Are you and your spouse in full agreement about it? Can you afford the necessary equipment, gas, refreshments, time, etc., required for this activity? • Plan to take care of errands while you already have everyone in the car. Many moms make a quick trip to the library for new books before coming to piano lessons in my home. Everyone is eager to devour their latest finds while their siblings take their lessons. • Bring along mending, crocheting, lesson planning, or other work to do while you wait. Or, if not all of your children are involved in the activity, use the precious one-on-one time to read to your little ones or take a walk in the neighborhood while you wait. Even though you’ve been with your children all day, they’ve still had to share your attention with their siblings. It is the rare child, even a homeschooled one, who gets the undivided attention of an adult for even fifteen minutes per day. There are some wonderful options out there with support groups and service opportunities, clubs and classes, lessons and language learning. They add spice to your life and may even develop a career interest in a young person. But, like the herbs and spices you use in the kitchen, they must be carefully selected and used sparingly. You may love oregano in your spaghetti sauce, but you wouldn’t measure it by the cupful! Sprinkle in just enough extras to enhance your routine curriculum and savor the bal- anced life you’ve created.  ©2008, 2018 by Marcia K. Washburn who writes from her 19 years of experience homeschooling five sons. Write to her at Marcia@ MarciaWashburn.com for a free copy of Encouragement for Homeschool Moms from her Management for Moms series. Visit her website at MarciaWashburn.com where you can read additional articles and sign up for her free newsletter. This article was originally published in Home School Enrichment Magazine, Jan-Feb. 2009 and is reprinted here by permission. Please request permission from the author to reproduce. IF OVERDONE, EXTRA ACTIVITIES MAY DIVIDE THE FAMILY, STEALING TIME AND ENERGY. “ “  Friday, October 19, Homeschool Skate at Skate City Littleton.  Monday, October 29, Tiny Tots Inside the Orchestra in Castle Pines  Saturday, November 3, free day at Denver Botanic Gardens York Street  Tuesday, November 6, free night at Children’s Museum Denver  Friday, November 9, free day at the Molly Brown House Musuem  Saturday, November 10, free art class for kids in Parker (origami) VIEW MORE UPCOMING EVENTS AT CHEC.org/resources/ colorado-events-calendar HOMESCHOOL FAMILY DAYS Vo l u m e 3 , I s s u e 1 02 , 2 01 8 I C H E C H O M E S C H O O L U P DAT E 15 MANAGEMENT FOR MOMS
  16. 16. STRATEGIES FOR LEADERS Electronic media helps Christian homeschool group leaders in a number of ways. Look at it as: • a new platform to amplify communication • a source of customer insight • a way to provide exposure to the great people who work within your group • to have direct two-way engagement It is essential to maintain a good reputation – yours and your group’s – in all interaction with digital media. This includes social media platforms, such as Facebook, Twitter, Google+, blogs, websites, email, and any and all elec- tronic communication. 1. Communicate with Biblical values • Always express ideas and opinions in a respectful manner. • Make sure your communications are in good taste. • Be sensitive about linking to content. Redirecting to another site may imply an endorsement of its content. • Do not denigrate or insult others, including competitors. In a real-life lesson, a worker in one company made disparaging ‘tweets’ about a client’s headquarter city. Needless to say, some of the client’s employees followed the individual on Twitter and were offended. Right or wrong, they were upset not just with the individual, but with his company as well. 2. Be yourself — and be transparent The story above illustrates how difficult it is to keep distinct lines between your personal and professional life in the online world. Even when you are talking as an individual, people may perceive you to be talking on behalf of your group. If you blog or discuss homeschooling, Christianity, or other topics related to your group, be upfront and explain that you work for or with your group. However, if you aren’t an official group spokesperson, add a disclaimer to the effect: “The opinions and positions expressed are my own and don’t necessarily reflect those of (your group’s name), their staff, members, volunteers, and serving Board members.” Also, only those authorized by your group may use your organization’s logos and trade dress in commu- nications, so be sure you do not include your groups brand symbols or trade dress – or that of other companies – in your personal blogs or postings. 3. Protect confidential information and relationships Online postings and conversations are not private. Realize that what you post will be around for a long time and could be shared by others. Given that, • Avoid identifying and discussing others – including customers, suppliers, your friends and co-workers – unless you have their permission. • Obtain permission before posting pictures of oth- ers or before posting copyrighted information. • Never discuss proprietary group information, including plans, organization finances, strategies, product launch information, unannounced events, or anything considered “confidential.” 4. Speak the truth If you are in a discussion that relates to your group or its activities, don’t make unsubstantiated claims about these topics. If you need to respond or make a comment on something specific, verify details through your group’s published information. Also, PHOTOGRAPHYBYISTOCK in the Electronic Age Editor’s Note: As leaders, we need to stay on the cutting edge of innovation to keep up with trends and opportunities that our members utilize daily. This is certainly true with technology, in order to keep up with a new generation of tech savvy parents and our students who often use social media as their main form of communication whether we like it or not! I hope you’ll find this article contains practical guidance. C H E C H O M E S C H O O L U P DAT E I Vo l u m e 3 , I s s u e 1 02 , 2 01 816 HOMESCHOOL LEADERS
  17. 17. because situations change, make sure references or sources of information are current. 5. Keep your cool One of the aims of social media is to create dialogue, and people won’t always agree on an issue. When confronted with a difference of opinion, stay cool. Express your points in a clear, logical way. Don’t pick fights, and correct mistakes when needed. Some- times, it’s best to ignore a comment and not give it credibility by acknowledging it with a response. 6. Stay timely Part of the appeal in social media is that the conver- sation occurs almost in real time. So, if you are going to participate in an active way, make sure you are willing to take the time to refresh content, respond to questions, update information regularly, and correct information when appropriate. 7. Be careful with personal information This may seem odd, since many sites are created to help promote sharing of personal information. Still, astute criminals can piece together information you provide on different sites and then use it to imperson- ate you or someone you know – or even reset your passwords. Similarly, “tweeting” real-time about your travels may confirm you aren’t at home – letting someone target your house. So, be careful when sharing information about yourself or others. 8. Don’t be fooled If you do post personal information on a site like Facebook or Twitter, criminals can use it to send you emails that appear to come from a friend or other trusted source – even the site itself. This is called “phishing.” The lesson is: Don’t click links or attach- ments unless you trust the source. For example, be wary of emails that say there is a problem with your account, then ask you to click on a link, and input your username and password. The link may connect to a site that looks exactly like Facebook, Twitter, your bank’s web site, but is really a fake site used to get even more personal information. This ploy can also be used to infect your computer with a virus or keystroke logger. 9. Disable dangerous privileges If a site allows others to embed code – like HTML postings, links, and file attachments – on your page or account, criminals can use them to install mali- cious software on your computer. If possible, disable the ability of others to post HTML comments on your home page. 10. Heed security warnings and pop-ups There’s a reason your security software provides warnings like: • “A process is attempting to invoke xyz.exe. Do you wish to allow this?” • “The process ‘IEXPLORE.EXE’ is attempting to modify a document ‘X.’ Do you wish to allow this?” Never allow or say “yes” to such actions, unless you know that they are safe. Electronic media is growing at an amazing rate. The ability to engage online with your members, friends, and those homeschool organizations who are influen- tial could be an important part of your marketing and ministry strategy. Following these procedures will help ensure we stay on course as an organization, and at the same time safeguard your personal privacy. This article was adapted from the original, written by the Christian Homeschool Association of Pennsylvania (CHAP) leaders, and is reprinted with their permission through ALLIANCE, an affiliation of Christian homeschool organizations throughout North America. Vo l u m e 3 , I s s u e 1 02 , 2 01 8 I C H E C H O M E S C H O O L U P DAT E 17 HOMESCHOOL LEADERS
  18. 18. On the BRINKBY CAROLYN MARTIN PHOTOGRAPHYBYISTOCK On June 16, 1858, Abraham Lincoln gave his famous House Divided Speech at the Illinois Republican State Convention. The speech is so named because of the reference he made to Mark 3:25, If a house is divided against itself, that house cannot stand. “In my opinion, it will not cease, until a crisis shall have been reached, and passed — 'A house divided against itself cannot stand.' I believe this government cannot endure, permanently half slave and half free. I do not expect the Union to be dissolved — I do not expect the house to fall — but I do expect it will cease to be divided. It will become all one thing, or all the other.”1 At that time, the people of the United States were divided along moral lines. Today, we stand divided again and some believe we are on the brink of another civil war. During the Civil War of the 1860s, both the North and the South claimed that God was on their side and used the Bible to justify their positions. Similarly, today, the church stands on both sides of the fault lines. One of the major dividing lines is the definition of marriage. The 2015 opinion by the Supreme Court of the United States (SCOTUS) not only redefined the recognition of marriage in the US overnight, but also moved the basis of identity from the physical to the psychological.2 Whom do you love? Who and what do you feel that you are? Some Christians have embraced the fluidity of marriage and gender, while others hold fast to traditional views. The church and the nation stand at a crossroads. Can we stand if we are divided? While moral issues may have been the driving emotional impetus for the Civil War, crucial issues concerning how our government works were also part of the equation. In the 1860s, states’ rights and the cohesiveness of the Union were at the forefront. Today, we wrestle with the overreach of the execu- tive and judicial branches and the weakness of the legislature. The very pillars and principles that have kept our Republic strong are being undermined. If we were to cease to be divided, what would that look like? The hope has been that all beliefs of conscience could exist alongside each other with mutual respect. With a judicial branch that no longer acknowledges our unalienable, God-given rights and has taken it upon itself to make law, is it even possible that the moral convictions of each of us can be respected? It seems clear that reformation is needed, not civil war. In Colorado, we have been in a battle for over a decade but most of us don’t even know it. A group has been working to fundamentally transform the state of Colorado3 and this could be the year they succeed, if we don’t stop them! Take a look at the bills that have been brought to the legislature this year in my end-of-session report.4 We are on the brink! It is crucial that we, the people, vote in the upcoming election. We need to ‘vote our values’ to make the changes we believe are needed! Be informed on the issues and the candidates. Our government will not represent us if we stay silent. Voting is the first step, take it!  Sign up for my bi-weekly email updates at CHEC.org/Freedom! 1 https://www.nps.gov/liho/learn/historyculture/housedivided.htm. 2 https://www.supremecourt.gov/opinions/14pdf/14-556_3204. pdf. 3 Watch the video “Rocky Mountain Heist” by Michelle Malkin (https://vimeo.com/110204741). 4 Read my 2018 End-of-Session Report for more information (https://chec.org/wp-content/ uploads/2018/07/2018-End-of-Session-Report-Single-Page. pdf) and see my CHEC Blog posts (https://chec.org/category/ chec-blog/?s=legislative+updates) Carolyn Martin, CHEC Homeschool Legislative Liaison, 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 3 , I s s u e 1 02 , 2 01 818 LEGISLATIVE LIAISON
  19. 19. 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 CHEC.org/freedom PHOTOGRAPHYBYSARAHLEEBRYANT(SARAHLEEPHOTO.COM) Since 2003, more than 4,000 men and their sons have attended the Father Son Retreat. Each year, the retreat team prays that the relationships between fathers and sons will be repaired, refreshed, and strengthened as a result of the work the Lord does in their lives during and following this annual event. This year we experienced the reality of God’s Word and work in our lives through the lessons taught by Kevin Swanson, Scott Brown, Dr. Lew Sterrett, and Logan Creighton. Here are a couple of comments we’ve received from men who attended this year: “This retreat brought me closer to my sons and recharged our relationship. It’s a great reminder of what is important in life: God and family.” “I got to have some deeper spiritual conversations with my son and share with him things I see in him that I'm proud of.” Learn more about the Father Son Retreat at www.ColoradoFatherSon.com and stay tuned for 2019 plans!  Vo l u m e 3 , I s s u e 1 02 , 2 01 8 I C H E C H O M E S C H O O L U P DAT E 19 CHEC EVENTS
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  22. 22. SLOWLYBY REBECCA THOMAS Slowly by It was a gruesome scene. A lovely bride, her gown and veil covered in blood, stood in the midst of an attack by a menagerie of evil- looking creatures, while her impending doom was left to the imagination of the observer. I was standing in my local Goodwill store. Huh? Okay. So, it’s October. I get that. But still…. I maneuvered my way throughout the store, dodging some of the most grotesque Hallow- een costumes that I have seen this season and finally arrived at the check-out. The checker lady and I chatted about my purchase (which involved neither blood nor vampires), and I grabbed my bag to leave. But then I hesitated. “Just as a point of feedback,” I checked to see if she was listening. Yep. “Um … I find your entry display to be rather … offensive.” She stared at me blankly. I tried again. “The display … you know, the bride, the blood ….” Her eyebrows furrowed indicating that she could not understand my point. “I wouldn’t want to bring my kids in here to see that,” I finished, looking her in the eye. The eyebrows were really furrowed now and she was squinting at me. “Oh. Well, sorry about that,” came the reply. “Have a nice day.” Indeed. When I was young, Halloween decorations mostly involved ghosts, jack-o-lanterns, and a witch or two. I’d venture to say that my grandfather’s childhood involved no Halloween decorations at all. Now, it is nothing to see vampires dripping with blood, decapitated victims, rotting corpses and evil creatures — all on display at your local retail store or in someone’s yard. Folks are loving the wicked costumes more than the “innocent” dress-ups of old. Children revel in the disgusting even more so than the scary. And yet, hospital ERs are filled with terrified individuals wringing their hands in worry, accident scenes are approached in dread, death is quickly shrouded, morgues overflow with the despairing, and terrorism strikes fear in the nation. But, for one month of the year, people celebrate these horrors with delight! Excuse me, but how did we become so indifferently backward? When did craziness become accepted as truth? Why is absurdity considered normal? The answer can be found in a term that my Ugandan friends use: slowly by slowly. A little compromise here, a little subtle change there. Year upon year, generation upon generation, every category of life is affected … • “Let’s just say 'Happy Holidays' at school, okay children? It will make everyone feel included!” PHOTOGRAPHYBYISTOCK Do you ever wonder if homeschool graduates are successful in life as adults? Our Gen 2 column seeks to encourage you that the answer is, “Yes!” Here is a timely piece written by a busy mom who enjoys using her writing skills to bring honor and glory to Christ. C H E C H O M E S C H O O L U P DAT E I Vo l u m e 3 , I s s u e 1 02 , 2 01 822 GEN2
  23. 23. • “I’d prefer that our daycare would keep to gender- neutral toys. Some children are sensitive.” • “Of course, our public-school building can be used for public events! Oh, but nothing ‘religious’ mind you. Separation of church and state, you know.” • “I’m sorry, but the county just passed a law that says you cannot dig on your own property. At least, not without a permit. It’s an environmental thing, you see.” • “I wouldn’t want to offend anyone in my congre- gation by speaking about specific sins in my sermons.” • “Yes, we would be happy to keep a copy of 'Suzie Has Two Daddies' on our library shelf. We pride ourselves in having a diverse selection of books!” • “The Biblical Days of Creation were not 24-hour days. They were millions of years. Now the Bible and science can agree!” The enemy has dangled the lies, sprinkled them with sugar, and our culture has eagerly bitten, no, gorged itself on them! Little appetizers, tasty finger foods, pretty dainties that have made us sick from the inside out and blinded us from the outside in. I’d wager that if Satan had served those lies as large doses of foul medicine, it would have been harder to swallow them. Or at the very least, made it easier to vomit them up. In [Christ] was life; and the life was the light of men. And the light shineth in darkness; and the darkness comprehended it not (John 1:5). America has removed Christ. By so doing, we have removed both life and light. It has been replaced with death and darkness, which produces irrational thinking. So, I understand, dear Goodwill clerk. I understand that blank stare, because it’s pretty hard to see when you’ve been blinded. By God’s grace, there is hope, although it is not without challenge. As Christians, we are Light-Bear- ers for a specific reason.To open [the world’s] eyes, and to turn them from darkness to light, and from the power of Satan unto God (Acts 26:18). We have two advantages in this fight: Light is more powerful than darkness, and God always wins! Our key to victory is as simple a plan as the devil’s: slowly by slowly. Stone upon stone, line upon line, precept upon precept, faithful every day to speak, live and shine the light of Jesus Christ. Let us learn to recognize the little compromises and reject them! Let us be alert to the subtle undertow of wrong thinking! Let us reject the attitude of complacency that has turned Christians into bystanders! Let us be faithful to disciple our children in the infallible doctrines of God’s Word! Then they too will be able to identify and dispel the gray shades of darkness. The kids and I are starting our school year tomor- row. Day-in, day-out discipleship within one small home, within one small community, within one dying culture. Such a little thing. Such a big thing. Slowly by slowly. Will you join me? Be not overcome of evil, but overcome evil with good (Romans 12:21).  Rebecca Thomas is a homeschool graduate, living life’s adventures in the Pacific Northwest with her sweetheart husband, Joshua. They have ten delightful children and an assortment of winged and fluffy animals. Making Connections for Struggling Learners 303.680.5551info@connecteducationco.com www.connecteducationco.com We offer healing intervention to move a child from struggling academically to learning with ease! LET US BE FAITHFUL TO DISCIPLE OUR CHILDREN IN THE INFALLIBLE DOCTRINES OF GOD'S WORD. THEN THEY WILL BE ABLE TO IDENTIFY AND DISPEL THE GRAY SHADES OF DARKNESS. “ “ Vo l u m e 3 , I s s u e 1 02 , 2 01 8 I C H E C H O M E S C H O O L U P DAT E 23 GEN2
  24. 24. “Our mission is to aid Colorado homeschool families in the procurement, growth, protection, and allocation of the assets and resources that God calls them to steward.” “Our mission is to aid Colorado homeschool families in the procurement, growth, protection, and allocation of the assets and resources that God calls them to steward.” FOR MORE INFORMATION, CALL US AT (720)598-9230 | HOMESCHOOLFAMILYALLIANCE.COM Putting the Home in Homeschooling Homeschooling families have special considerations when buying a home. School room or no school room? Big bedrooms? What about the ability to look out over the yard and watch your children playing outside? Come to the Rocky Mountain Homeschool Conference to learn from 3 professional homeschooling dads who “have been there and done that” to make the decision a bit easier. You will get some sage advice on the kind of house to look for, a balanced biblical approach to financing a home, and ways to protect your investment properly. Putting the Home in Homeschooling Homeschooling families have special considerations when buying a home. School room or no school room? Big bedrooms? What about the ability to look out over the yard and watch your children playing outside? Learn from professional homeschooling dads who will share sage advice on the kind of house to look for, a balanced biblical approach to financing a home, and ways to protect your investment properly. “Aiding Colorado homeschool families in the procurement, growth, protection, and allocation of the assets and resources God calls them to steward” FOR INFORMATION, CALL US AT (303)422-6123 HOMESCHOOLFAMILYALLIANCE.COM
  25. 25. calvary.edu CALVARY UNIVERSITY is on homeschoolers – Homeschool scholarships – Early College online or on campus – Courses start every eight weeks – A TOTAL COMMITMENT to solid Biblical education in every class and every program calvary.edu
  26. 26. BEST OF CHEC.ORG/BLOG WORKING MOMS Thoughts for Homeschooling, BY SHARI MCMINN PHOTOGRAPHYBYISTOCK If you are homeschooling, teaching and being with your children should be your priority. However, some families need both parents to work to make ends meet, and single parents most likely need to work at least part-time if not full-time. My late husband and I were continually self-employed and made the decision to work together in our family business so we could tag- team in homeschooling our growing family. Now that I am a widow, I continue to work in my own home-based businesses so I can be available to homeschool the youngest 3 of my 11 children. In sharing my story of being a working, homeschooling mom, I hope you will take stock of what is necessary to intentionally parent and homeschool, fitting work-for-pay around the BEST OF CHEC.ORG/BLOG main focus of a Christian home education for your children. As homeschooling moms, we each should: a) priori- tize our lives according to how God leads us, b) agree with our spouse or determine as a single parent as to the details, and c) adjust to the needs of our individual children. From there, each family can make their own decisions. My priorities should not make others feel guilty about their priorities — and vice versa! For example, my priorities at this stage in my life are 1) continue to homeschool my children through their high school graduation; 2) complete my work to pay our bills and do so in between their schoolwork and extracurricular activities; and 3) give myself some time off when I can. Here are my suggestions for working homeschool moms: Downtime — Whether it's soaking 15 minutes alone in a hot bath, walking up and down your block while you watch your kids in your front yard, listening to a podcast in your car while waiting on your students’ extracurricular activities, or enjoying a ladies’ annual retreat, we all need to be refreshed for the marathon called homeschooling. Plan now for daily, weekly, monthly, and annual breaks. Home — It’s called homeschool because we are supposed to be home, schooling! You save both money and time the more you stay home with your students. If our homes are reasonably organized and inviting, perhaps our kids might want to be home with us more than they want to be away from home without us? Meals — Three per day plus a snack keeps families fueled, healthy, and connected. Take the time to prepare meals from scratch and have your kids help with planning, shopping, cooking, and clean-up. Toddlers can set the table, tweens can prep produce, and teens can cook simple dishes to help you after a long day of school and work. Sure, we all sometimes eat-out while in between errands and sports, but the more we eat-in at home, the more our family connects with memorable routine. Mealtime is also a great time for devotions or discussing current events. Paying work — Schedule your work aka “job” each day around school and other daily activities. Some moms work at night, weekends, or the graveyard C H E C H O M E S C H O O L U P DAT E I Vo l u m e 3 , I s s u e 1 02 , 2 01 826
  27. 27. shift when Dad is home. Others can divide their time throughout the day as I do — I work two hours in the morning before homeschooling, two hours in the later afternoon, an hour in the evening after supper before relaxing, and if needed, a half-day on the weekend. Working on my laptop in the kitchen helps keep me accountable to my kids while I do internet research and remain accessible for their needs. Visit CHEC.org/blog for weekly encouragement, with articles like:  Pursue a Christ-Centered Curriculum  One Season at a Time  How to Create a High School Transcript Routine — Adults and children, including teens, do better with an expected routine. Your schedule might change somewhat depending on the day of the week or the season, but be consistent throughout the year. Day after day, week after week, month after month, a steady routine helps all family members know what to expect, progressing slow and steady so we can win the race. School — Establish when and where you will do school. Your students should know when they start and end their day, and where they should be for each task. You can help them individually part of the time, and they can learn as a group at other times. Schedule what works for you and train them to your expecta- tions. Once they are used to a particular pattern, they will comply and work independently as they mature. Having older students help younger ones is not only a help to you but also builds their sibling relationships and individual knowledge. Whether at the kitchen table, on desks in the teens’ bedrooms, or the living room sectional, school can happen anywhere it works for your household. Having an organized storage system for supplies and books is helpful to control clutter and makes lesson supplies easy to find. Sleep – How much do you need to be the glue that holds your family together? Be sure you get a good night’s sleep, and if you need a midday nap, take it! Based on my experience, kids need at least 8-10 hours for optimal brain function and cheerful coopera- tion. I know I need 9 hours! Volunteer work — There are never enough volun- teers in Christ’s Kingdom! Whether for church, kids club activities, or the local nursing home, pick some- where to serve and have your kids help you weekly or at least monthly. Compassionate care is a crucial thing for them to learn, and you can have fun doing it together. Baking treats with your kids and taking them to elderly neighbors is a great way to serve the Lord. KISS: Keep It Simple, Silly! You can do a lot if your priorities are in order. Focus first on Christ, second on your family and yourself as their nurturer, and third on everything else. The more focused your family’s life, the more you can accomplish with a merry heart and cheer- ful disposition. Prioritize your life so you don’t burn yourself out. In homeschooling the precious children which the good Lord has seen fit to place in your family, you are laying up for yourself treasures in Heaven which neither moth nor rust can corrupt (Matthew 6:19-20).  Shari Howard McMinn is the staff editor for CHEC’s Homeschool Update magazine. Shari has homeschooled for 25 years with 4 more to go. She is a published non-fiction author, professional editor, and public speaker. She can be contacted through her website, sharimcminn.com. This classic go-to compendium used by countless families in Colorado is now completely updated and streamlined for you! Whether you are just getting started, or you have years of experience, don’t miss out on this fantastic resource! NEED A MAP FOR YOUR HOMESCHOOLING JOURNEY? Get your copy at CHEC.org! NEED A MAP FOR YOUR HOMESCHOOLING JOURNEY? This classic go-to compendium used by countless families in Colorado is now completely updated and streamlined for you! Whether you are just getting started, or you have years of experience, don’t miss out on this fantastic resource! This classic go-to compendium used by countless families in Colorado is now completely updated and streamlined for you! Whether you are just getting started, or you have years of experience, don’t miss out on this fantastic resource! NEED A MAP FOR YOUR HOMESCHOOLING JOURNEY? Vo l u m e 3 , I s s u e 1 02 , 2 01 8 I C H E C H O M E S C H O O L U P DAT E 27 BEST OF BLOG
  28. 28. PHOTOGRAPHYBYISTOCK charts. 'It's God working through me, Mom.' And, I know she is absolutely correct. Our local newspaper, the Valley Courier, gave Amarah a weekly column called, Amarah's Corner 'Kids Like Me,' which runs every Thursday. All of this began only when I withdrew Amarah from a local school and began homeschooling Amarah via the CHEC Independent School. I knew Amarah was struggling in public school and requested a psych evaluation. It revealed, among other things, PTSD, depression, anxiety, and her processing ability was 'below average to far below average.' These results put her in special education but needed services were not accommodated by the school. I was terrified at the thought of homeschooling but that was when we found CHEC. Thank You, Jesus! If not for CHEC, none of this would have hap- pened. I still remember the first night here at home when we had just begun homeschooling. Amarah was sitting across the room from me with her notebook across her lap. She looked at me with wide-eyes and said, 'You mean my writing will count as a grade?' I smiled and told her, 'Yes, your writing will count as a grade!' I saw the light in her eyes and in her smile; she has never looked back. I cannot tell you how very thankful I am for CHEC — you saved my baby and helped her discover her God-given passion in the same moment.”  Vicki White and Amara live in the San Luis Valley in Colorado. You can read one of Amarah’s weekly newspaper columns at https://alamosanews.com/article/ amarahs-corner-kids-like-me-recieve-a-terrible-gift. The CHEC office received a note from a homeschooling family who has a struggling learner. We wanted to share their testimony of how Christian home-based education has made a positive, signifi- cant difference in the life of one student. “CHEC has made it possible for my precious little granddaughter, Amarah, to discover the gifts God blessed her with and she has begun to develop those passions. A man's gift maketh room for him and bringeth him before great men. (Proverbs 18:16, KJV) Amarah has a publisher waiting for her stories. The first series is called, 'My World.' Each charac- ter is based on one of her emotions — everything she endured/survived as the child of addicts who abused Amarah and her baby sister in multiple ways. By the grace of God, I was able to retrieve my little granddaughters out of foster care, received temporary custody, and custody perma- nency of Amarah was granted in 2012/2013. Amarah’s birth mother — my daughter — drank alcohol and used drugs during her pregnancy with Amarah. This damaged the spatial area of Amarah's brain. Anything to do with numbers is a struggle for her. She can hardly do basic addition/ subtraction or comprehend time. However, Amarah's creative imagination, coupled with writing and her ability to give presentations (about life as the child of an addict), is off the FIND SUCCESSwith Homeschooling! Kids Like Me Can STRUGGLING LEARNERS C H E C H O M E S C H O O L U P DAT E I Vo l u m e 3 , I s s u e 1 02 , 2 01 828 STRUGGLING LEARNERS
  29. 29. book Sir Quinlin and the Swords of Valor states this passion for total surrender in this way: “Quinlin was amazed at how simply saying yes to the Prince one evening … had dramatically changed his life … He was thankful to be free from the mundane walk many knights of the Prince chose.” In the book Sir Dalton and Shadow Heart, Dalton is being corrupted by false doctrine, and as a result his sword breaks, and he is imprisoned by a powerful Shadow Warrior. The knights’ swords represent the Word of God, and Sir Dalton powerfully illustrates the importance of knowing God’s Word and using it accurately. But my personal favorite book is Lady Carliss and the Waters of Moorue, which is about a female knight who was trained to use the sword privately at home. In other words, she was homeschooled, and the other knights resent how seriously she takes her service to the King. I felt very comforted as I read Lady Carliss’ story because much of what she experienced in not fitting into the crowd, including the religious crowd, is something my own homeschooled children have experienced as well. The War of the Realms Series takes place in modern times and tells the story of a young man who ac- cidentally gains the ability to see into the spirit world. This trio of books is unique in that the first book, The their family Bible time. So, he set out to write books that communicate the spiritual truths of the Bible in storybook form. He hoped to inspire kids to read the Bible for themselves through these stories. Chuck’s second series of books was The Knights of Arrethtrae. This series of six books takes place in the same imaginary world as The Kingdom Series, but these books focus on knights of the realm and the battles they fight. The knights represent the dedicated Christians training and serving God. The battles they fight include fighting drug addiction, fighting tyranny, uncovering the dangers of false doctrine, and escaping from the trap of living for selfish pleasure or worldly fame and riches. These fictional knights show young people how seriously they must train to serve the King and how intense the battle really is between good and evil for the souls of men. And these amazing principles are woven through plot- driven books that are hard to put down. When I finish a Knights of Arrethtrae book, I leave it with a renewed commitment to live my life for God without compromise. The Knights of Arrethtrae Finding quality literature to give to our children is a challenge these days. Finding stories that don’t defile our children’s imaginations is difficult enough but finding stories that actually edify and encourage is almost impossible. This is why I am so grateful for Chuck Black and his books in The Kingdom Series, The Knights of Arrethtrae Series, and The War of the Realms Series. All of these young adult books are designed to communicate spiritual truths in an engaging way which holds the readers’ attention and inspires them to live their lives for God. About 10 years ago, Chuck Black, a retired fighter pilot and homeschooling dad of 6, began writing The King- dom Series. This set of six books tells the story arc of the Bible as a parable set in medieval times without magic or wizardry. Chuck had noticed his children engaged more with the narrative stories in the Bible during LITERATURE Chuck Black BY CINDY PUHEK CURRICULUM REVIEW PHOTOGRAPHYBYISTOCK C H E C H O M E S C H O O L U P DAT E I Vo l u m e 3 , I s s u e 1 02 , 2 01 830 CURRICULUM REVIEW
  30. 30. which have now been etched into their awakened conscience.” If you’re looking for literature that your kids will enjoy reading and that will also challenge them to live wholeheartedly for God, I recommend Chuck Black’s books. He proves the power of a good story to permanently impact someone’s life, and he uses this power to encourage his readers to repent of sin, join the spiritual battle, and live sacrificially for God.  Cindy Puhek resides in Colorado Springs and has been married to Peter for more than two decades. They are well into their second decade of homeschooling their six children who range in age from toddler to high schooler. Cindy holds a masters degree in chemistry and has written dozens of articles to encourage others in their homeschooling journeys. You can visit her blog at www. homeschoolenrichment.com/blogs. Cloak of Light, is told from an unregenerate human perspective. The second book, Rise of the Fallen, tells much of the same story as the first book, but it is told from an angel’s perspective. And the third book, The Light of the Last, is told from both the human and the angelic perspectives. These books, which are in many ways reminiscent of Frank Peretti’s work, vividly portray the spiritual battle taking place all around us and illustrate the power of prayer. God’s sovereignty in the events of history and the affairs of men, and His calling on a person’s life are also woven through the storylines. Once again, one of Chuck Black’s main heroic characters in these books is a homeschooled young woman, and it is very encouraging to my kids to see homeschoolers portrayed in such a positive light. Our kids need to read stories that encourage them to trust God. They need to know that God keeps His promises, that serving Him is the greatest adventure they could ever know, and that the longing they have in their hearts for greatness is only found in a relationship with Him. Our children also need to know compromise is deadly, friendship with world makes them an enemy of God, and sin always has conse- quences. Chuck Black beautifully displays these truths in his stories in a way that any pre-teen or teenager will enjoy. My 13-year old son loves these books and says what he likes best is he can learn important things through these really great stories. Another avid reader of the books said she finishes a book feeling challenged to live out the principles in these stories in the real world. Mark Hamby, president of Lamplighter Publishing, said, “Chuck Black is a word crafter who is able to weave Kingdom principles into the fabric of one’s moral imagination. The characters he has created and the passions they exude will motivate readers to follow their examples, Want to connect with other homeschoolers across Colorado? We created the Colorado Homeschool Discussion Group so you don't have to take on your homeschooling journey alone. Join us for year- round homeschooling support! www.CHEC.org/FBgroup Vo l u m e 3 , I s s u e 1 02 , 2 01 8 I C H E C H O M E S C H O O L U P DAT E 31 CURRICULUM REVIEW
  31. 31. C H E C H O M E S C H O O L U P DAT E I Vo l u m e 3 , I s s u e 9 9 , 2 01732 •US Thank you so much for following God’s calling to start this ministry. The Lord has used it as a major teaching tool in our lives, and I’ve only listened to 3 of the videos so far! •Netherlands Thank you so much for making this available — and free of charge! My family and I live in the Netherlands…and don't have these people, this information, or experience…. So it's a real blessing to be able to glean from others, even across the world. •Australia The last few years seem to be one foot in front of the other. I'm now walking on cloud nine.... You have no idea how God's timing is per- fect... The speakers were great. •Madagascar I have decided to homeschool my 3 kids. As [a] pioneer in my homeschooling journey, I struggle with many social pressure[s], and ...God [has provided this resource] to nurture my skills. •Kenya My hubby and I have listened to two talks already, fantastic stuff. What a great blessing to us all the way here in Kenya. God bless you guys! •England We live in Newcastle, England, and there are not many homeschoolers over here... [after the Summit] we feel more than ever committed to homeschool and bring our children up in “the nurture and admonition of the Lord.” •Colorado Hosts Danny Megan Craig We decided to host a small online event or webinar that could reach folks all over the state. We wanted to provide immediate value that would eventually bring families into the community of CHEC for long-lasting encouragement, but weren’t quite sure where we should start. available anytime. But now we had a rather large difficulty: hosting an event of this scale would reach far beyond Colorado, and we didn’t have the funds or the staff to pull it off on our own. Enter Generations. Generations was founded in 2007 as a subsidiary of CHEC, under director Kevin Swanson (previously director of CHEC). God might- ily blessed the ministry and today, the Generations radio program, events, curriculum, and discipleship materials serve Christians around the world! This timely, biblical ministry addresses the needs of Christian parents seeking to disciple their families in the truth of God’s word and its relevance to all areas of life. (You can learn more at Generations.org.) Enter the virtual summit concept. Brought to us by a founding leader of CHEC, Sandy Lundberg, this idea seemed perfect for what we wanted to accomplish — virtual summits would provide free, pre-recorded video content for a limited time period, with the option to upgrade to an “All-Access Pass” to a membership zone with all video content WORLDWIDE! Reaching Families Back in early 2016, the CHEC board, staff, and volunteer leaders gathered for our annual brainstorming and planning weekend. A key focus of our discussion was how we could reach new families with the vision of biblical, Christ-centered education and discipleship here in Colorado. BY KATIE WARD PARTNER'S PAGE
  32. 32. Vo l u m e 3 , I s s u e 9 9 , 2 017 I C H E C H O M E S C H O O L U P DAT E 33 COMING THIS FALL! 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 CHEC.org/donate 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 Both CHEC and Generations share the same board of directors, and during a regular board meeting, the team discussed making these online summits a joint effort between CHEC and Generations. Thus, in May 2017, HomeschoolSummits.com was born as a project of CHEC and Generations. This partnership brings to Christian families the resourc- es and encouragement they need to homeschool with confidence as they pass on the faith to their children. Since then we’ve since hosted three events (with another on the way!), reaching more than 30,000 families in over 100 countries. 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. Refresh your excitement for the journey, equip you with practical management tools, and transform your vision for education and discipleship. practical help to your own home in a personable, inter- view-style format. Behind the scenes, the events and website are run by a team of CHEC and Generations staff based in Colorado, Missouri, and Washington. As we look back, we see God’s hand on each detail of this project, and are grateful for how He has brought fruit that we truly believe will last into eternity — parents being called up to raise their children to love the Lord. As we look to the future, our prayer is that we would embody the calling in John 15 to abide in Christ and see Him bring fruit: If you abide in me, and my words abideinyou,askwhateveryouwish,anditwillbedonefor you. By this my Father is glorified, that you bear much fruit and so prove to be my disciples (John 15:7-8). To God be the glory!  Katie Ward is a homeschool grad who lives south of Kansas Ctity, Missouri with her parents and four siblings. She lived in Colorado during her high school years, when her family volunteered with CHEC, and she now works remotely as Marketing Manager over CHEC’s communications and publicity, including the Homeschool Summits project. She is passionate about encouraging families in a multi-generational vision for loving God and others, and enjoys working on ministry projects with her family, her church, and the homeschool community. She can be contacted at katie@chec.org. Receive Christ-centered help and hope for deciding what matters to your family, creating a workable homeschool plan, and keeping your path centered on the eternal — even when life happens. Hosted for free October 22-27! Each summit is hosted for free during the “live event” dates with both live and pre-recorded sessions. After the event, you can watch selected content for free (plus shop the vendor hall and options), or upgrade to a low-cost All-Access Pass to watch the videos anytime, download audio or transcripts, and more! Daniel and Megan Craig, homeschool grads from Elizabeth, Colorado, host each video session with well-known speakers, bringing biblical wisdom and Register for free at HomeschoolSummits.com PARTNER'S PAGE
  33. 33. Visit CHEC.org/events to learn more! 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 3, Issue #102, 2018; 720-842-4852, CHEC.org.” Editor: Shari McMinn, sharimcminn.com Creative Designer: Sarah Lee Bryant, sarahleephoto.com 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 admanager@CHEC.org. Circulation: V1 V3: 5,500  V2: 6,500 Next Advertising Deadline: November 16, 2018 For advertising opportunities with CHEC, go to CHEC.org/advertising Copyright © 2018 by CHEC What’s NEXT with CHEC Visit CHEC.org/events to learn more! October Online Homeschool Parenting Summit November Casterline Single Mom's Banquet January 2019 Spelling Bee Homeschool Intro Seminars High School Beyond Seminar February 2019 Refresh: Ladies' Encouragement Day Meet Your Legislator Day April 2019 Homeschool Day at the Capitol May 2019 Homeschool Graduation Ceremonies June 2019 Rocky Mountain Homeschool Conference C H E C H O M E S C H O O L U P DAT E I Vo l u m e 3 , I s s u e 1 02 , 2 01 834 CHEC EVENTS
  34. 34. www.AMEprogram.com • Practical full year study on establishing and operating a business enterprise built on a biblical foundation. • Easily teachable – just follow the steps with simple level assignments • Relevant – learning occurs through application • Instruction from Proverbs and Ecclesiastes on wisdom, character, and work • Study through the process of starting and running a business while building an actual business plan • Grasp and understand basic economics, money management, and personal finance. • Use the knowledge gained to ACTUALLY start and operate a REAL family business. • 17 lessons divided into 36 weeks at four hours per week, about 45 minutes per day • 136-140 hours of study • Includes reading, research, follow up tests, worksheets, and quizzes See it at the Generations Booth, AME booth at the conference, or at generations.org or ameprogram.com The Curriculum/ Study Guide for the book, One with Everything: anatomy of a hot dog stand and other great family businesses NEW FROM GENERATIONS AND AME! Relevant – learning occurs through application The Curriculum/ anatomy of a hot dog stand See it at generations.org or ameprogram.com
  35. 35. It's a free online event with videos from top speakers to help you learn to focus on God’s simple plan for family discipleship, recharge your motivation, faithfully take action to raise children who love God and others. NONPROFIT ORG US POSTAGE PAID DENVER CO PERMIT #792 Christian Home Educators of Colorado 19039 Plaza Drive, Suite 210 Parker, Colorado 80134 Change Service Requested Dear families: If you no longer want to receive this magazine, please contact the CHEC office and ask to be removed from our mailing list. Thank you. 720.842.4852 I1.877.842.CHEC Ioffice@CHEC.org Parenting Foundations • Child Training • Relationships • Challenges • Launching Young Adults October 22-27, 2018 Register now at HomeschoolSummits.com/Parenting THE 4TH HOMESCHOOL SUMMITS EVENT IS BROUGHT TO YOU BY AND FREE!

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