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Homeschool Update Magazine - 2019, Volume 1, Issue 104

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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 - 2019, Volume 1, Issue 104

  1. 1. 2019 IVOLUME 1 IIS T H E H E A R T O F H O M E S C H O O L I N G Will the Christian Home School Disappear? Teaching Purity In an Impure World The Battle is Upon Us Self-Care or Soul-Care?4 8 20 30 ARTICLES INSIDE THIS ISSUE INCLUDE Rocky Mountain Homeschool Conference SEE DETAILS ON PAGE 23 HOMESCHOOL DAY AT THE CAPITOL APRIL 25th, 2019 PAGE 2
  2. 2. 8:45 am Attend the Opening of the Colorado House or Senate 9:30 am Tour the Interactive Booths 11:15 am Lunches Served (Pre-order Chick-Fil-A when you register) Noon Rally on the West Steps APRIL 7, 2017 8:45 am Opening of the House Senate Legislature 9:30 am Liberty Celebration or Constitution 101 class ($10, 7th-12th graders) 11:15 am Lunch break (pre-order Chick-Fil-A!) Noon Rally on the Capitol west steps 1:30 pm Constitution 101 class (identical to 9:30 am; $10) or Free time! Meet with your legislator Self-guided Capitol tour Denver Aquarium field trip (discounted for CHEC!) 6:00 pm Exclusive Evening Banquet with Chief Justice Roy Moore! Also, Don’t Miss: Joy of Homeschooling! Participate in the Banner Sign Contest Showcased in the Capitol all week! Future Statesman Program Purchase a workbook of civics activities learning for the whole family! Register for Free @ Stand for Homeschool Freedom! APRIL 7, 2017 8:45 am Opening of the House Senate Legislature 9:30 am Liberty Celebration or Constitution 101 class ($10, 7th-12th graders) 11:15 am Lunch break (pre-order Chick-Fil-A!) Noon Rally on the Capitol west steps 1:30 pm Constitution 101 class (identical to 9:30 am; $10) or Free time! Meet with your legislator Self-guided Capitol tour Denver Aquarium field trip (discounted for CHEC!) 6:00 pm Exclusive Evening Banquet with Chief Justice Roy Moore! Also, Don’t Miss: Joy of Homeschooling! Participate in the Banner Sign Contest Showcased in the Capitol all week! Future Statesman Program Purchase a workbook of civics activities learning for the whole family! Register for Free @ Stand for Homeschool Freedom! THURSDAY, APRIL 25TH, 2018 Schedule Visit these fun booths with the whole family to engage in learning together: ▪ US Constitution Quiz ▪ Capitol Day Photo Booth ▪ The History of Homeschooling in the US Colorado ▪ Flag History Etiquette ▪ Roles and Levels of Government ▪ Capitol Building Self-Guided Tour ▪ Biblical Jurisdictions ▪ American History ▪ Colorado History Bill Jack leads trainings at TeenPact Leadership Schools, is a faculty advisor for Worldview Academy, and has a passion to raise up a generation that has the vision to reach their culture with the gospel. Enjoy your right to homeschool everyday by making a stand on this day! Register for free at CHEC.org Interactive Booths Speaker Bill Jack HELD ON THURSDAY THIS YEAR!
  3. 3. Front Cover: Day at the Capitol Event. Photography by Tobias Steeves, AWAAphotos (awaaphotos.com) This page: Day at the Capitol Event. Photography by Sarah Lee Bryant (sarahleephoto.com) CHEC Homeschool Update IVolume 1, 2019 IIssue 103 INSIDE Family Encouragement 8 Teaching Purity in an Impure World BY SAM BLACK 10 Home on the Range INTERVIEW WITH THE GILLHAMS 12 The Questions You Can't Answer BY MARCIA WASHBURN 15 Your Faith Matters BY ERIC JONES 16 Making Sibling Memories BY AMOS WILSON 30 Self-Care or Soul-Care? BY MAGGIE COMBS CHEC Events 2 Day at the Capitol PRESENTED BY CHEC 23-26 Rocky Mountain HomeschoolConference PRESENTED BY CHEC Columns 4 Director’s Desk 18 Homeschool Leaders 20 Legislative Liaison 28 Struggling Learners 30 Best of Blog 32 Curriculum Review 34 Partner’s Page 19039 Plaza Drive, Suite 210 Parker, Colorado 80134 720.842.4852 I1.877.842.CHEC (2432) ICHEC.org
  4. 4. PHOTOGRAPHYBYISTOCK Aquestion like this may come across as provocative or improbable in the minds of those involved in this movement, but the trending statistics should give us reasons for pause. In AD 2000, there were about 4.3 million students attending Catholic, sectarian (e.g. Lutheran), and conservative Christian schools in America. This dropped to 3.4 million by 2010.1 Enrollment in “conservative, evangelical” Chris- tian schools dropped from 900,000 to 614,000 between 1995 and 2011.2 The overall percent- age of children enrolled in private schools dropped from 14% to 8% (between 1959 and 2011).3 Despite the world producing an increas- ingly secularized education, eliminating prayer and the Ten Commandments, and introducing various sexual perversions, American families increasingly turned away from privatized Christian education. The Decline of Christian Homeschooling Meanwhile, the Christian influence in homeschooling fared similarly, with the movement being defined more so by a location change for the education of a child. Although there were benefits to shifting a social setting from a state-run institution to a home, this did not automatically ensure a Christian education. There were Wiccans, classical humanists, and Muslims who homeschooled their children. The location of the schooling did not dictate that the philosophy of education and curriculum used was God honoring. Thus, homeschooling produced a mixed bag of philosophies, making it difficult to pin down the movement during the 1980s, 1990s, and 2000s. According to a 2016 NCES survey, only 51% of homeschoolers chose this alternative for religious reasons.4 The majority were more concerned with the public school environment (80%) and poor academic offerings in other options (61%). When asked about DISAPPEAR? Will the Christian Home School the “most important reason” the family chose the homeschooling option, only 16% pointed to “reli- gious instruction.”5 Overall, interest in religious instruction among homeschooling families dropped from 83% in the 2007 survey to 64% in the 2012 survey, and then down to 51% in the 2016 survey.6 According to the NCES data, within a period of nine years the com- mitment to religious instruction dropped by about 40%. Certainly, there are still some concerned and com- mitted Christians left in America. There are Christian leaders who continue to labor in the waning Christian [institutional] school and Christian homeschooling movements. However, it has come to the point that there is no distinctive philosophical approach for Christian education — nothing to rally around and nothing to work for. It would be good therefore to summarize the irreducible and essential elements that constitute a Christian education movement against secularism in our day. BY KEVIN SWANSON Our Homeschool Update readers typically hear from CHEC Executive Director Steve Craig in this column. In this issue, we have the privilege of an excellent message from Kevin Swanson, Executive Director of Generations, one of our affiliate ministries. C H E C H O M E S C H O O L U P DAT E I Vo l u m e 1 , I s s u e 1 03 , 2 01 94 DIRECTOR'S DESK
  5. 5. The Irreducible, Essential Elements 1. We cannot concede that a “secular” educa- tion is neutral, while Christian education is biased. Every education has a worldview (religious) foundation that includes a basic understanding of reality, origins, ethics, and truth. When our children are discipled in schools representing the wrong [anti- Christian] worldview, they will often fail to carry on the Christian faith of their parents and grandparents. 2. Christ must be presented as the source of all wisdom and knowledge (Colossians 2:3). Christ must be preeminent in all things — including science and history (Colossians 1:18). There cannot be two distinct forms of knowledge — the secular and the sacred — in the Christian mind. While there are two revelations of knowledge (natural revelation and special revelation), they reveal the same truth concerning God, man, and the world. To ignore Christ in discussions on epistemology (the theory of truth) or metaphysics (the theory of reality) is to imply there are sectors of God’s creation in which He has no part or control. This mindset is apostasy for Christians who purport to teach knowledge in the schools or the textbooks. 3. According to the Holy Bible (Proverbs 15:33, Proverbs 22:4), humility and the fear of God must serve as the foundation of knowledge and learning. The world appeals to pride and rejects the fear of God, the significance of God, the glory of God, and even the existence of God in education. For Christians, academic pride is the destruction of knowledge. 4. The Word of God must be integrated throughout a Christian education. The secular- sacred divide does not exist in a Christian education. Deuteronomy 6:7-9 presents the Word of God as a “frontlet” before our eyes, on the posts and gates of the house. This obliterates a “secular” education as a separate kind of knowledge. There is nothing to which the Word of God does not tie in. 5. The purpose of the Christian education is not to glorify man, but to glorify God. The integration of the worship of Christ in a classroom may seem odd, only because Christian education has been replaced by secular man-centered education in THE WORSHIP AND PRAISE OF GOD SHOULD NOT APPEAR STRANGE IN THE HISTORY TEXTBOOK AND THE SCIENCE CLASSROOM. [WE] SHOULD BREAK OUT IN PRAISE AND WORSHIP TO THE FATHER. “ “ public and private schools and home schools over the last 150 years. The worship and praise of God should not appear strange in the history textbook and the science classroom. Teachers and speakers in our [Christian homeschool] conferences and classrooms should break out in praise and worship to the Father. 6. Faith and prayer are essential for the success of a Christian education. We do not encourage self-confidence, but instead God-confi- dence in the Christian education and training. While the disciples were busy rowing all night, and making little progress at that, Jesus was in the mountains praying. Then, He walked over the water, climbed into the boat, and “immediately they were on the shore.” His seminary was held in a boat, and His approach to solving problems involved faith. He wanted the disciples to exercise faith in all of their experiences [as should we]. 7. Christ-like discipleship and education takes place in the context of life and always requires life-integration. The one who hears the Word but does not do the Word is like the man who sees himself in the mirror and quickly forgets what he looks like (James 1:23-24). Education cannot be reduced to stuffing facts into the minds of the students. If the knowledge learned does not produce love and works that edify and build up, the knowledge is worthless (1 Corinthians 13:1-3). Although education in America is in decline academi- cally — at least according to recent reports — that is not our main concern. With all the pressures on us from the world, it is easy to lose sight on the things that matter most. The first question to ask ourselves as parents regarding our children’s education is: “What would Jesus want us to do?” When we seek His kingdom first in our children’s education, He promises He will provide for all our material needs (Matthew 6:33). If we seek His kingdom first, our children will make the grades, get into the right college, and earn a good living— or whatever our hopes are for them as a result of homeschooling [if that is the Lord's will for their life]. Our focus must be a curriculum and education that is Christ-centered, Scripture-based, and puts God’s Kingdom first! Let us focus on Christ-centered faith and character in every hour and every class, beyond anything else. We are looking for humility and the fear of God, including worship and praise in the history class and the science class. The academics are sec- ondary. Then, we will look to God to bless our work. As homeschooling families, the call to a distinctively Christian education is the greatest need of the day. Passing on the faith to our children should be the most urgent desire, prayer, and commitment of every Christian parent. May God bless your family with this thought in mind, that the next generation might know them, the chil- dren yet unborn, and arise and tell them to their children, so that they should set their hope in God (Psalm 78:6,7a).  [1] https://nces.ed.gov/pubs2012/2012045_2.pdf. [2] Ibid. [3] https://www. census.gov/content/dam/Census/library/working-papers/2013/acs/2013_ Ewert_01.pdf. [4] https://nces.ed.gov/nhes/dataproducts.asp#2016dp. [5] Ibid. [6] Ibid. Also, reference https://nces.ed.gov/pubs2009/2009030.pdf. Kevin Swanson served as the Executive Director for CHEC from 1999-2009. He has taught in Christian schools, colleges, and Christian homeschool conferences over the last 30 years. With his wife Brenda, they have homeschooled their five children out on the eastern plains of Colorado. Kevin has developed Christian curriculum for high schools and college students, available at Generations.org. He has also written a number of books on worldview, the Christian family, providential history, popular culture, and Christian education. Vo l u m e 1 , I s s u e 1 03 , 2 01 9 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. 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
  7. 7. 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 Security Privacy All-Access Benefits INCLUDED IN YOUR ALL-ACCESS BENEFITS... • CHEC Conference Admission • Homeschool Summits Membership • Homeschool Introductory Seminar Admission • High School Beyond Seminar Admission • Teacher Student ID Cards • Report Card Template • High School Transcript Template • Homeschool Planners Enrollment for the 2018–2019 school year closes April 30th!
  8. 8. PHOTOGRAPHYBYISTOCK TEACHING PURITY In an Impure World “Dad, what does *!$#! mean?” My son’s pronunciation of the crude sexual term even at 10-years-old was flawless. I kept my eyes on the road, driving as though he had asked how ice cubes are made. I took a deep breath and asked a few questions to give myself time to think of a good reply. He answered in brief. Then I provided him all the details, includ- ing a biblical perspective. This is not a question I would have asked my dad. Shame, a dark cloud, even anger, would come with asking about much less. No, not safe. Safety. Trust. These are characteristics I wanted my son to see in me. Ask anything. It will be okay. Don’t ask Google. Don’t ask your friends. Your mom and I are here, and we’ll always tell you the truth to the best of our ability. Today, most moms and dads are better prepared to talk about sex than their parents, but much more is required of us because our culture is forcing sexual messages at our children. It’s not just words, either. Depending on the study, the average age for kids to be exposed to pornography is between the ages of 9 and 12. Between 9 and 12 … and that’s the average! That means a lot of kids who are younger are seeing porn, too. Many kids are going from total innocence to such hard-core-you-can’t-even-imagine porn. It happened to my son. He was just 8 when another 8-year-old boy showed him porn on an iPod. This friend came from a Christian home and didn’t even have wifi because his parents wanted to protect him, but of course, he found the Internet everywhere else, from the library to McDonald’s. Today the refrain is, “It’s not if a child will see porn, but when.” Parents rightfully want to preserve a child’s inno- cence, but knowledge about sexuality doesn’t harm their innocence. In fact, it can help preserve it. Many parents fear that providing information about sex to their children will make them curious. But every kid is curious, and not talking about it leaves our children unprepared. God created sex, and He made it to be good. Our job as Christian parents is to teach our children God’s plan for sex, even when our culture seeks to warp that design. Obviously, this topic is bigger than one article, but here are some basic tips and great resources to help you parent well in a sexualized culture. Fight False Security Fight the voice in your head that says, “This won’t happen to my child.” No parent plans for their child to be exposed to sexual content. It just happens … often when least expected. Be on guard! Start Now Learn now, grow now, and plan now how you will talk to your kids. Procrastination destroys good intentions. You’ll be tempted to say it’s too early or too late. Kill that thought because your 4-year-old and your 16-year-old need your guidance. Recently, a parent told me her 6-year-old child was exposed to porn by another 6-year-old with a smart device. Protect Your Devices Install accountability and filtering software, like Cov- enant Eyes (CovenantEyes.com), on your devices. If a device can’t be monitored with software and lacks strong parental controls, don’t buy it. Unprotected devices are an invitation to serious issues. BY SAM BLACK C H E C H O M E S C H O O L U P DAT E I Vo l u m e 1 , I s s u e 1 03 , 2 01 98 FAMILY ENCOURAGEMENT
  9. 9. Also, filtering-only is not enough; accountability/ monitoring software is a must. Filters teach nothing, except how to get around a filter. Accountability creates conversations and opportunities for dis- cipleship. Parents are their kids’ best resource, and accountability software is simply a tool that helps parents better engage their kids about what they see and do online. [When parents are in close relation- ship with their children and are also accountable to the same software system, kids realize that their parents aren’t just stalking their every move but care about handling internet issues with wisdom.] Read These Great Resources Here are some amazing resources that will guide you in training and discipling your kids. 1. Luke Gilkerson at IntoxicatedOnLife.com has a fantastic guide called Having the Talk. It pro- vides seven lessons to introduce your child to biblical sexuality and will give you confidence and reduce confusion about what to say. 2. Hal and Melanie Young have a wealth of resources on their site RaisingRealMen.com. Among them is a book they wrote called Love, Honor, and Virtue: Gaining or Regaining a Bibli- cal Attitude Toward Sexuality. It’s written to and for teen guys to help them navigate our cultural minefield. 3. Good Pictures Bad Pictures is a great book you can use with your young kids to help them understand why pornography is dangerous and how to reject it. You can find it at ProtectYoungMinds.org. 4. Equipped: Raising Godly Digital Natives is an easy read packed with tips that help you guide your child in a pornified world. This free e-book shows parents how to have honest conversa- tions about self-image, sexuality, sin, and shame, and provides proven methods for train- ing children to be media literate. Get Equipped and other free e-books at CovenantEyes.com/ ebooks.  Sam Black is VP of Development for Covenant Eyes. We are pleased to announce that Covenant Eyes is a Premium Partner for CHEC’s 2019 Rocky Mountain Homeschool Conference. Sam will be speaking several times on topics of interest to families regarding internet accountability. Don't freak out! We're here to help. Come to a CHEC Homeschool Introductory Seminar and get the vision, legal info, and nuts and bolts you need to kick off your homeschool. ▪ April 13: Castle Rock ▪ June 12: Onsite at the Rocky Mountain Homeschool Conference Interested in helping host a seminar in your home town? Please contact Josh@CHEC.org! NEW TO HOMESCHOOLING? Learn more at CHEC.org/events “ “ ACCOUNTABILITY CREATES CONVERSATIONS AND OPPORTUNITIES FOR DISCIPLESHIP. Vo l u m e 1 , I s s u e 1 03 , 2 01 9 I C H E C H O M E S C H O O L U P DAT E 9 FAMILY ENCOURAGEMENT
  10. 10. Roy and Brandee Gillham live on their family’s working cattle ranch near Peetz, Colorado in the far northeast corner of the state. Their little cowpokes have been home discipled since birth. This winter, their family endured a faith-testing experi- ence when their youngest son, Waitley, battled and survived a life-threatening lung infection. Praise the Lord! INTERVIEW WITH THE GILLHAM FAMILY PLEASE SHARE WITH OUR READERS HOW YOU MET, STARTED YOUR FAMILY, AND THEN DECIDED TO HOME EDUCATE YOUR CHILDREN. ARoy and I met while working on our degrees at Colorado State University. Our first date was at a church event where I gave my life to Christ. We dated for three and a half years, then got married in July 2003. I was a certified teacher and taught one very long year of public high school. By the summer of 2004, I was ready to begin our family. However, God planned for me instead to teach four years at the collegiate level before we were eventually blessed by the birth of our first son, Jake. A short 21 months later, Matt joined our herd. Despite being a certified teacher with a passion for teaching, like so many others I didn't believe my ability was designed for teaching my own children. Our plan was for me to go back to “work” as soon as our youngest was in school. Unexpectedly, I was diagnosed with cancer when my boys were only three and five. I finished six months of chemotherapy just three weeks before Jake was supposed to start kindergarten. Since he was going to be a fourth generation Gillham at the local school, I was not about to upset the apple cart. Until I did! By March 2014, I was feeling better and the Lord laid Proverbs 22:6 on my heart: Train up a child in the way he should go, and when he is old, he will not depart from it. I didn’t realize at the time that this verse is often considered the ‘homeschool mantra,’ but it led us to consider home education. I already had experience teaching preschool at home with my boys, so after Jake finished his kindergarten year at the local school, we began our journey of homeschooling. Despite the doctors telling us we could have no more children following my particular chemotherapy treat- ment, we had our third son, Waitley, in April 2017. Now our fourth son will arrive in April 2019! Home on the range C H E C H O M E S C H O O L U P DAT E I Vo l u m e 1 , I s s u e 1 03 , 2 01 910 FAMILY INTERVIEW
  11. 11. YOUR FAMILY RANCHES IN A REMOTE AREA. HOW DO YOU COMBINE HOMESCHOOL WITH THE OTHER ASPECTS OF YOUR BUSY LIFE? AMy lil’ cowpokes love that they can get all of their book work completed in the morning with me, have lunch, then head outside to work with my cowboy husband. This is actually a huge motivator for my boys to stay on task while doing their school work with me. With my husband they are learning real life lessons and work skills such as fence building, machine repair and maintenance, livestock care, horsemanship, and wise stewardship of the land. We are blessed to get to do school and life together as a family every single day. For example, three years ago my two oldest boys started an egg business. They became responsible on their own for a flock of about 50 chickens (the number changed due to our dogs!). They learned hard work, marketing, and money management. This past summer, I hired them to work for Mama Sons Con- struction Company. They learned to apply for the job, negotiate wages, and show up to work — all to build a chicken coop to house their egg-laying birds. EXPLAIN YOUR LEADERSHIP ROLE IN YOUR LOCAL HOMESCHOOL SUPPORT GROUP AND THE HEART YOU HAVE FOR ENCOURAGING OTHER LEADERS THROUGH YOUR VOLUNTEER WORK WITH CHEC. AI have been serving on the leadership team of The Vine Homeschool Co-op for a few years, helping our team plan and coordinate the activities for each semester. I enjoy planning field trips for our group as well as hosting and attending our monthly mom’s night out. The Lord has given me the gifts of admin- istration and leadership, and my heart is to bless the families that participate in The Vine. In addition to my local volunteer work, I have been so blessed by CHEC and the Rocky Mountain Homeschool Conference that I desired to give back. In 2017, I began coordinating the Leadership Luncheon held during the conference. Recently, I began to encourage other group leaders by launching an interview series called “Leaders That Lead the Way.” Further, I chose to participate in the Homeschool Freedom Team (https://chec.org/resources/colorado- homeschool-freedom/) as I am so thankful for our freedom to homeschool in the state of Colorado. I am amazed by those who went before us to make this path available, and I am willing to stand up and do my part to maintain that freedom. I firmly believe we will never regret the time we invest in our children and other home educating families as we train the next generation to stand on the very words of Jesus Christ.  Vo l u m e 1 , I s s u e 1 03 , 2 01 9 I C H E C H O M E S C H O O L U P DAT E 11 FAMILY INTERVIEW
  12. 12. s homeschoolers, our focus is on the young people around us. We parent them, teach them, love them, and clean up after them. It is easy to concentrate so much on our children that we forget that they aren’t the only ones having birthdays — our parents are, too. Sometimes, we fail to notice important signs that our parents need our help. ▪ “Has this ever happened before?” ▪ “What medications and supplements does your mother take? How often? What is the dosage?” ▪ “Does she have a DNR?” ▪ “Who is her primary care doctor?” ▪ “Do you have a Medical Power of Attorney?” ▪ “What is the name of her insurance provider?” Suddenly, you realize how little you know about the details of your mother’s life. You wish you had started the conversation with her before this emergency. You have no idea where to find the information the medics are requesting, and besides, you want to stay with her, not go searching through her house to find it. Most of us cannot imagine that the mother who sings in the church choir and cheerfully organizes dinners for the family reunion will ever lie helpless on a stretcher in the back of an ambulance. But it doesn’t take a statistician to tell us that she is get- ting older each day and that few people are able to completely care for themselves in their older years. As Christians, we agree that we should honor our parents. This may include many things: visits, cards, phone calls, or help with home maintenance projects. We teach our children to respect their elders, and we talk about the promise of Heaven for believers. As they get older, we address issues such as respect for life from conception through natural death. As part of the management of our family, there is an important part of honoring our elders that we some- times forget. Or, if we recognize its importance, we hesitate to address it because it makes us uncom- fortable. For the sake of our parents, ourselves, and even our children, we need to address aging and end-of-life issues. Consider this scenario: your mother lives several hours away, and you and your family try to visit her several times each year. But this time, what started as a typical visit quickly introduces you to a whole new world of responsibilities and decisions. While eating out at her favorite restaurant, your mother complains of a sudden headache and then collapses. You call 911 and the medics arrive promptly. That’s when the questions begin. YOU CAN'T ANSWER The Questions BY MARCIA WASHBURN PHOTOGRAPHYBYISTOCK A C H E C H O M E S C H O O L U P DAT E I Vo l u m e 1 , I s s u e 1 03 , 2 01 912 MANAGEMENT FOR MOMS
  13. 13. We tend to avoid discussions of illness, disability, and death because they are unpleasant, or maybe we think it is bad luck to talk about such things. But it is far better to discuss essen- tials in advance than to scramble for life-saving information when we are emotionally upset. My own mother got it right. She loved me so much that she compiled a Family Notebook of information (and informed me of its location) that I would need when the inevitable time came that she would need care or would graduate to Heaven. She started the notebook while in her 50s, but I didn’t need it until she was in her 80s when she came to live with us. Meanwhile, I had the comfort of knowing it was there whenever the need might arise. Mother included financial, medical, and legal information that she updated regularly. She stated her preferences for her own memorial service. Everything was in order, such that we didn’t even require an attorney to settle her estate after she died. Here are some tips that could save you many anxious mo- ments with your own parents. ▪ If your parents live at a distance, get acquainted with their neighbors and exchange phone numbers. If your mother doesn’t answer your calls, you will want to know someone who can check on her. A neighbor was the one who first alerted us to behavioral changes in my mother-in-law that proved to be early signs of dementia. This led to more frequent in-person visits and, ultimately, to moving her in with us. ▪ Some families find it awkward to discuss legal matters and final wishes. Perhaps you and your spouse can take the lead by letting your siblings and parents know that you are gathering important information for your own Family Notebook. Encourage them to do the same. ▪ Explain to your parents how grateful you will be to have all the information you need in one place if they become incapacitated, or when they die. They need not show you the details at this time if they wish to preserve their privacy, but you will be glad to have it if one of them is suddenly crippled by a stroke or heart attack and you become the decision-maker on their behalf. ▪ Encourage your family members to prepare important legal documents such as a will, a Medical Power of Attorney [with a signed HIPPA form], and a Durable Power of Attorney. Copies of these should be included in the Family Notebook. If these documents do not exist, the government makes all decisions regarding your loved one’s medical and financial affairs, as well as determining what will happen to any minor children. Most people would prefer that someone who knows their wishes would make those decisions, rather than a government employee who doesn’t know the family. These are not pleasant issues to think about, but every day we spend on this planet we are growing older. Few of us will escape without requiring some type of care. Take the time to set your affairs in order and encourage those you love to do the same. Your family will commend you for it when they are the ones caring for you.  © 2016–2018 by Marcia K. Washburn. Through the years, Marcia has cared for four adult relatives in her home. Her book, Home-Based Eldercare: Stories and Strategies for Caregivers, is available at MarciaWashburn.com and at ChristianFamilyEldercare.org. This article is adapted from one that originally appeared in the August 2016 Christian Family Eldercare newsletter (see ChristianFamilyEldercare.org for more articles). A TEST OF A PEOPLE IS HOW IT BEHAVES TOWARD THE OLD. EVEN TYRANTS AND DICTATORS MAKE A POINT OF BEING FOND OF CHILDREN. BUT THE AFFECTION AND CARE FOR THE OLD, THE INCURABLE, THE HELPLESS ARE THE TRUE GOLD MINES OF A CULTURE. — ABRAHAM J. HESCHEL “ “ Making Connections for Struggling Learners 303.680.5551info@connecteducationco.com www.connecteducationco.com We teach healing intervention for you to do at home with your child. We will support you for a full school year! Vo l u m e 1 , I s s u e 1 03 , 2 01 9 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. Refresh....JOIN US FOR A DAY OF ENCOURAGEMENT FELLOWSHIP WITH OTHER HOMESCHOOLING LADIES IN THE AREA! ANDIE DAVIDSON SPEAKERS LISA WILSON Come learn what Scripture teaches about soul care and how to value it in your life. Come worship together, share burdens and joys, and build one another up in the Word. Come and be refreshed! WHEN: Saturday, March 16, 2019, 8:30 am – 5:30 pm WHERE: Bethany Evangelical Free Church (6240 S Broadway, Centennial, CO 80121) WHO: All adult ladies are welcome (including nursing mamas and their infants) REGISTER: $20 for early bird registration (no refunds are offered on the registration cost, but you may register at the door if space allows) LUNCH: Pre-order a Chick-fil-a box salad when you register (cost is $10), or bring your own lunch Register at CHEC.org/refresh
  15. 15. PHOTOGRAPHYBYISTOCK MATTERS As I was reading through the story of Noah this morning, I had some interesting thoughts about the importance of a father's faith and how it can bring blessing and protection to his entire family. Men, our faith matters! Noah was a righteous man and was considered blameless. So when God decided to purge the earth of the evil that man had created, He recognized Noah and made plans to save him. However, we see that God ended up saving more than just Noah. He also decided to save Noah’s wife, his sons, and his sons’ wives. It is interesting that Scripture does not men- tion that any of these family members were righteous and blameless or walking with God. So why were they spared? Was it because God had to repopulate the earth and needed them for that task? God could have started all over with just Noah and his wife. Was it because the sons helped their father build the ark and this was their reward? Was it the faith of the sons and their wives that saved them? In Hebrews, it only mentions that it was the faith of Noah that actually saved his entire family from the pain and destruction of the epic flood (Hebrews 11:7). Do not think that I am advocating that a father’s faith can provide eternal salvation for his family. For, you see, the ark only saved them from the serious storms of this life and the judgment of God for a period of time. They all eventually died and were accountable to God individually. However, as men, we can never underestimate the importance that our faith plays in the life of our entire family. The faith and obedience of a father can protect his family from many storms in this life. It can provide that spiritual “hedge of protection” that is wide enough to shelter others (Job 1:10). Men, it is humbling and exciting to know that our faith affects more than just our lives. When we say yes to God and pursue Him, our families are blessed. Let’s not take our role as fathers and spiritual leaders of our families lightly. We can set the tone, provide a covering, and affect generations to come. The stakes are high, so let’s put our trust in God, circumcise our hearts to the Lord, and live out who we are in Christ. May we “find favor in the eyes of the Lord” and be called “righteous and blameless among the people,” just as Noah was. And may our families be invited onto the ark in times of trouble and turmoil because of our faith.  Eric Jones is a homeschool dad, the Lead Pastor of Evident Life Church in Gilbert, Arizona, and the Director of the East Valley House of Prayer (EVHOP). Eric and his wonderful wife, Velvet, have been married for 20 years and are blessed with one daughter and three sons. This article is used with permission from the Alliance of Christian Home Education Leadership article archives. BY ERIC JONES Your Faith to Your Family Vo l u m e 1 , I s s u e 1 03 , 2 01 9 I C H E C H O M E S C H O O L U P DAT E 15 DAD TO DAD
  16. 16. BY AMOS WILSON “Amos, did you know that Jonah was swallowed by a big dog?” This question came from my four-year-old sister as she stood barefoot in my garden, her curly brown hair a crazy mess in the wind. Today was gardening day. Once a week I came to work on the garden at the family's house, and my arrival was usually greeted by several of my nine younger siblings — most often my six-year-old brother Jed — running out of the house with a dozen questions for me to answer. On one such occasion, Jed informed me that “Today was fun- school,” and I was going to teach them. “All right,” I said, “What do you want me to teach you?” “Give us another science lesson!” Jed said excitedly. I was a bit taken aback at this. Were I to teach science, I would most likely lead my poor students astray. Yet, not to be undone by my brother's request, I asked, “Another? When did I teach you science?” “Don't you remember? That's what you told us about last time, with James I and the Stuarts of England?” “Ah!” I said, “But that’s not science, that's history.” Jed shrugged. Apparently all subjects were the same to him. “Can you tell us more?” Growing up as a homeschool scholar in Denver, both of my parents were non-stop teachers. They took seriously the verse in Deuteronomy 6:7 to teach at all times. No matter what we were doing — gardening, family devotions, dishwashing, deer-processing, na- tional popcorn appreciation day, MMs — everything was a good excuse to teach. Following my parent's example, my older brothers would spend all of their lunch break teaching us everything they had learned that day in their high school studies. This was one of the things I loved about homeschooling: it blurred the line between life and study with no compartmentalization about learning. History, science, math, and making breakfast were all interrelated subjects. To learn and to teach were just as natural a part of everyday life as eating and drinking. I discovered that anything I learned during the course of my studies was not just a fact to be put into short-term memory for an upcoming test; it would become a part of my life as I shared it with all 11 of my siblings. No piece of information was too small or too menial. I think it was this example of everybody teaching ev- erybody random facts which led Maggie to approach me that day in the garden. “Amos, did you know that Jonah was swallowed by a big dog?” I smiled at this. Apparently she had learned this in devotions and thought it was interesting, so she was going to tell me about it, interrupting my history lesson of the Jacobite Revolution, which was led by the Stuarts. “How's that, Maggie?” I asked. Maggie giggled. “Because, in Hebrew, the word 'dag' means 'fish,' so Jonah was swallowed by a big 'dag!'”  Amos C. Wilson is a homeschool graduate, born and raised in Colorado. He now resides in Manhattan, Kansas, with his lovely wife Magali, and they are expecting their first baby. He works as a general contractor, and writes poetry along with Christian fiction. Check him out on Facebook, or on his blog: SermonNotesPoem.Wordpress.com. PHOTOGRAPHYBYISTOCK Making Sibling MEMORIES C H E C H O M E S C H O O L U P DAT E I Vo l u m e 1 , I s s u e 1 03 , 2 01 916 GEN2
  17. 17. Encouragement provides the emotional fuel that enables people to hold longer, reach farther, and dig deeper than previously believed possible. John Maxwell says that encouragement is 51% of leadership. I believe that. As a leader, your role is to give people hope, to build them up, and help them believe in themselves in a greater measure than they have before. In short, to live a better life. Do others see you as an encourager? Encouragement isn’t something that you do from a checklist of “things to do today.” It’s a way of life for a leader. Encouragement is not a soft expression from a weak leader. The tough- est of good leaders understand that it’s something core [fundamental] to sustained influence. Es- sentially, sincere encouragement comes from a deep love of and belief in people and a desire to see them experience life in a better way. Encouragers naturally draw people to them. Let me raise the bar on the definition for encourage- ment. As a leader in a local [group], if you are an encourager, people will naturally migrate to you. When they see you, they smile and instinctively walk toward you. This is not about a charismatic person- ality. It doesn’t matter if 5 people seek you out or 55 people seek you out. The point is that people will literally move to you because you cause their life to be a little brighter. I’m not talking about people who want permission for something, an extension cord, or keys to the storage area — but people who just want to be around you! Let’s be honest; life is wonderful, but it’s difficult. True? Do you have any financial challenges? How’s your health? Do you have kids? Life is good, but it has plenty of challenges. Life will press people down, so anyone who consistently lifts people up PHOTOGRAPHYBYISTOCK Are you the leader of a Christian Homeschool Group? Be strengthened and encour- aged through CHEC's private Leaders' Facebook group, conference luncheon, exclusive email updates, and other oppor- tunities. Want to stay connected so you don't miss opportunities to grow as a leader? Make sure your group is part of the CHEC Homeschool Group Network: CHEC.org/groups. Encouragement (sincerely) gains the ability to influence — mean- ing to lead! If you are a leader in a local [group] and people don’t migrate to you, there is a reason. You need to discover what it is. Ask someone you trust, who loves you, and will tell the truth. For now, start encouraging others. Do it sincerely and often.  [This article was published May 26, 2016 on churchleaders. com. It is reprinted here with permission of the author.] Dr. Dan Reiland is Executive Pastor at 12Stone Church in Lawrenceville, Georgia. He can be contacted at: Dan.Reiland@12stone.com. IS51%BY DR. DAN REILAND C H E C H O M E S C H O O L U P DAT E I Vo l u m e 1 , I s s u e 1 03 , 2 01 918 HOMESCHOOL LEADERS
  18. 18. This classic go-to compendium used by countless families in Colorado is now completely updated and streamlined for you! Whether you are just getting started, or you have years of experience, don’t miss out on this fantastic resource! NEED A MAP FOR YOUR HOMESCHOOLING JOURNEY? The Guidebook is an essential and invaluable resource for your children’s lives. —Editor Shari McMinn
  19. 19. THE BATTLE BY CAROLYN MARTIN The family structure, home education, parental rights, and religious liberty are all under attack! With this last election, Colorado turned in a direction that will take us away from personal liberty and freedom. Now that big govern- ment progressives are in positions of power throughout our state government, the likelihood that our fundamental rights will be eroded is a reality we must face. In the last legislative session, several ‘blue’ states brought forth legislation to further regulate homeschooling. California sought home visits and the creation of an advisory commission to recom- mend changes to the homeschool law. Hawaii legislators proposed background checks for homeschool parents and child welfare investigations. Thankfully, these attempts were stopped by a multitude of dedicated homeschooling families who showed up and raised their voices in opposition. The assaults across the nation have not gone unnoticed by influ- encers in Colorado. There will be an effort to increase oversight of homeschoolers this year, and most assuredly, we will experience attacks on parental rights and religious liberty. The bills infringing on parental rights that were killed over the past several years are likely to pass now with barely a whimper. An attempt to lower the age of consent for minors to direct their own mental health care will be made, with the only question being how much it should be lowered, to age 10 or 12? It would not be surprising to see a bill mandating vaccines which strips religious and personal exemptions from the current statutes. In the face of this opposition, we must continue to tell all who will listen that parents have a fundamental right to direct the upbringing, care, and education of their children without government intrusion. As for religious liberty, our new governor said in an interview that you have to “separate your individual moral beliefs with what you believe in the public sphere,” propagating the idea that the first amendment merely secures your right to private worship. This leaves your God-given, unalienable right to live and act according to your conscience shredded on the altar of political correctness. If what we believe must be sequestered inside the four walls of our churches and our homes, we will not be able to live the life Jesus calls us to live. At the Capitol in Denver, I have personally heard traditional Christian beliefs publicly admonished for not being consistent with the goals of our state. The state claims its mission is to “eradicate all discrimination.” In order to accomplish this, laws will need to be strengthened to silence any opposition in the public sphere. In this arena, we must stand strong on the truth of the living God and remain true to our conscience, no matter where we find ourselves. We need all hands on deck to fight the battles that will surely come. Participate with these action steps: 1. Prayer is our foundation. Join me in praying for the protection of homeschooling families across this state and for the leaders of our state to have a renewed understanding of the inalienable rights given to each of us by our Creator (1 Timothy 2:1-4). 2. Strengthen your own understanding of the biblical foundation for home education and discipleship. Here is a helpful article to start with: HomeschoolEnrichment.com/articles/ view/education-the-bible-has-more-to-say-than-you-think. Make sure you are prepared to give an answer for why parents should be free to homeschool their children. 3. Reach out to your legislators personally — we’ve made your first step simple and quick by including a postcard for you to use in the center fold of this issue. If the need arises, be ready to stand with me at the Capitol and speak truth. (Visit CHEC.org/Freedom for helpful articles on navigating your outreach to legislators.) 4. Keep up with what’s happening at the Capitol by subscrib- ing to the CHEC Blog at CHEC.org/blog. 5. Join me at the rally on Homeschool Day at the Capitol on Thursday, April 25, 2019: visit CHEC.org for details. Let’s show our representatives how much we care about our freedom and our posterity! Carolyn Martin is a veteran homeschool mom who serves as CHEC’s Legislative Liaison. She spends a lot of time at the state Capitol in Denver to keep informed on legislative issues of concern to home educators. If your homeschool group would like her to speak regarding upcoming legislation and future elections, please contact her via email, Carolyn@CHEC.org. Is Upon Us PHOTOGRAPHYBYTOBIASSTEEVES,AWAAPHOTOS(AWAAPHOTOS.COM) C H E C H O M E S C H O O L U P DAT E I Vo l u m e 1 , I s s u e 1 03 , 2 01 920 LEGISLATIVE LIAISON
  20. 20. Connecting with your state legislators is a crucial act of citizenship. Your engagement with the political process begins with your relationship with your representatives. We hope that you will take this opportunity to send a postcard to your Colorado House Representative and Colorado State Senator. Instructions for filling out the postcards provided in the center of this issue: 1. Print your legislator's name and title above the mailing addresss. (Find their names here: http:// leg.colorado.gov/find-my-legislator) Example: The Honorable insert Senator/Representative and full name 2. Write a message that is as personal as possible. Sample: Dear insert Senator/Representative and full name, Thank you for representing our community in the Colorado Assembly. We are a homeschooling family and we encourage you to uphold our unalienable fundamental right to provide and direct the education and upbringing of our children. Join me at Homeschool Day at the Capitol on April 25th at noon on the west steps. Praying for your protection and strength during this session. Sincerely, Your Name 3. Sign it! Include your email and/or phone number. 4. Stamp mail: Make sure you add a $0.35 stamp. That's it! This is a great first step in building a relationship with your state legislators, a crucial act of citizenship. Contact Carolyn Martin (Carolyn@chec.org) if you'd like help making future connections. The homeschool freedom we enjoy today in Colorado must be guarded carefully. 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 the CHEC blog for regular legislative updates from Carolyn Martin every two weeks  Subscribe to our email list for prayer updates and join the private Facebook prayer group Learn more and sign up for updates at CHEC.org/homeschool-freedom POSTCARD INSERTS ARE STAPLED HERE Send these postcards to your legislators now!
  21. 21. A Biblical, non-insurance approach to health care As believers in Christ, we are called to glorify God in all that we do. Samaritan members bear each other’s burdens by sharing the cost of medical bills while praying for and encouraging one another. Members can choose between two membership options for sharing their medical needs: Samaritan Classic and Samaritan Basic. Monthly costs: (Ranges based on age, household size, and membership level) Individuals $100-$220 2 Person $200-$440 3+ People $250-$495 As of July 2018 Find more information at: samaritanministries.org
  22. 22. KEVIN SWANSONHEIDI ST. JOHNKEN HAM JUNE 14-16, 2018 D E N V E R C O LO R A D O CON FER ENCE K E Y NOTE SPEA K ERS Rocky Mountain Homeschool Conference Register now at RockyMountainHomeschoolConference.com JUNE 13-15, 2019 D E N V E R C O LO R A D O
  23. 23. KEYNOTE SPEAKERS The president and CEO of Answers in Genesis, the highly acclaimed Creation Museum, and America’s latest major tourist attraction the Ark Encounter, Ken Ham is one of the most in-demand Christian speakers in North America. Ken hosts the daily radio program, “ANSWERS with Ken Ham,” heard on more than 900 stations in America and is one of the editors and contributing authors for AiG’s Answers magazine. Strong Faith R.E.A.L. L.I.F.E. Homeschooling Homeschooling Held Hostage The SEVEN Most Important Things We’ve Learned in 25 Years of Marriage EPIC: The Fight for Faith and Family in a New Age Biblical Discernment in an Unbiblical Age Pastor Kevin Swanson and his beautiful wife, Brenda, live with their five children on the eastern plains of Colorado. Formerly Executive Director of CHEC, Kevin currently hosts a daily family radio program called “Generations” and serves as the Executive Director of Generations. Over the years, his family has teamed up to produce radio programs and news broadcasts, publish and distribute Christian books, and organize evangelistic outreaches and conferences. He is the author of over 20 books and is the editor of the Christian Discipleship Curriculum, a bibli- cally-based curriculum designed for the Christian family. The Four Pillars of a Rock-Solid Education Gospel-Based Character Training (by the Book, God’s Book) The Blessings and Challenges of Raising Daughters The Blessings Challenges of Raising Sons The Homeschool High School — The Success Factors that Matter Most Understanding the Times — How Did We Get into This Mess? Gospel Reset Developing a Truly Christian Worldview Why the 20’s Generation Will Change the Church Culture How to Raise Godly Children in an Ungodly World KEN HAM KEVIN SWANSON A family experience TO EQUIP YOU FOR YOUR HOME EDUCATION JOURNEY! RESOURCESTRAINING ENCOURAGEMENT Heidi St. John approaches marriage and parenting with humor and grace. Her passion to encourage moms and set them free to be who God has created them to be will encourage you. Heidi has been mar- ried to her husband Jay since 1989. Together they have seven children and two grandsons. The St. Johns’ homeschooled their children through high school. Heidi is the author of seven books, including her most recent, Prayers for the Battlefield: Staying MomStrong in the Fight for Your Family and Your Faith. Join Heidi at MomStrong International, an online ministry where women come together for Bible studies, Scripture writing, and fellowship. HEIDI ST. JOHN PRESENTING THESE WORKSHOPS:
  24. 24. FEATURED SPEAKERS CAROL BECKER Developing a Plan for Highschool Highschool Record Keeping and Help Charting Your Way Through Highschool for College, Workforce or Military You Can Homeschool…If You Make it Through Tomorrow DIANNE CRAFT Structuring a Healing Teaching Day Dyslexia on a Budget Autism / Asperger’s at Home Restoring the Neurotransmitter Warehouse S.M. DAVIS Expectations: The Enemy of Relationships and Gratitude The Life Transforming Power of Kindness Breaking Family Curses Changing the Heart of a Rebel Freedom from Anger Strategy for Victory in Spiritual Warfare MIKE DONNELLY The Compelling Case for Homeschooling Go Home and Love Your Family DOUG FAVELO A Comparison of Classical Education and the Charlotte Mason Pedagogical Philosophy Teaching History from a Christian Perspective Strategies for Teaching Latin in the Home College Years: Why Go to a Liberal Arts College? Art History in the Homeschool DENNIS NAOMI GUNDERSEN Building a Good Conscience in Your Child The Place of Literature in Character Building Courtship and Dating: So What’s the Difference? Doing Family Worship Without Being a Bible Scholar Deadly Weakness in the Strong Man: Moral Lessons Fathers Must Teach Their Sons From Grumbling to Gratitude TYLER HOGAN Demystifying Learning Styles History Starts Here: Digging into the Past Loving Geography—Even If You Can’t Fold a Map! Writing Boot Camp for the Almost-Graduated Mixed Messages: Teaching Kids Media Discernment Confessions of a Homeschool Graduate BILL JACK Tearing Up Tracks Leading to Destruction Artificial Authority (Matthew 23) Seven Habits of Highly Suppressive People (Romans 1:21-23) What Were They Thinking? — What are You Thinking? The Four Duties of a Good Soldier of Christ Jesus (II Timothy 2:1-3) Fortitudine Vincimus (By Endurance We Conquer) The Resolute KEN LAWRENCE Redeeming the Culture Through the Visual Media Can Hollywood Be Redeemed? Technical Tips for Redeeming the Culture Though Video DR. JOBE MARTIN Speeding Toward a Socialist America Developing Discernment in Our Culture of Deception From Dinosaurs to Dung Beetles: Examining God’s Environmental Clean-Up Systems Amazing Animals and Attributes of the Amazon Discovering the Wonders of Alaskan Creatures JENNA DEAN MARTIN Remind Me Why I Am Homeschooling? The Tone in the Home BRIDGET MOSLEY Three Simple Strategies to Enhance Memory Retention Brain-Friendly Spelling Strategies Reading Deeply in a Digital World Road Signs… TARA ROEHL Executive Functions of Speech Diagnostic Speech Assessments Road Signs to learning disabilities ISRAEL WAYNE The History of the Homeschooling Movement Education — Does God Have an Opinion? How Can I Defend My Faith? Christians and Pop Culture (Evaluating the Arts) The Second Generation Homeschooling Movement Waiting for True Love ...AND EVEN MORE SPEAKERS: DETAILS ON THE WEBSITE! Biblical Discipleship Ministries Mirren | Taryn | Jenna Dee | J 2212 Chisholm Trail | Rockwall, TX 75032 | P: 972-771-0568 | F: 972-771-058 drjobe@bdmin.org | www.biblicaldiscipleship.org | www.creationproclaims.co FULL CONFERENCE PASS LIMITED TIME EARLY REGISTRATION PRICE! All general sessions, workshops, and exhibit hall SHOPPING PASS ONLY INDIVIDUAL $65 for the entire family Free for CHEC Independent School Members: see website for details INDIVIDUAL $29 for the entire family $ 55 $ 19 The Crowne Plaza Convention Center is located just off I-70 at Chambers Road. Make it a fun family weekend by staying at the hotel (exclusive limited-time rate of $139.00 +tax for attendees). Get a full hot breakfast buffet at the Terrace Restaurant (for all room occupants), then walk across the grand atrium to attend the conference! STAY ONSITE AND ENJOY YOUR CONFERENCE GETAWAY Free parking! RockyMountainHomeschoolConference.comREGISTER AT
  25. 25. MAKE TAKE WORKSHOPS and more— see website! Hands-on learning is powerful — and homeschool moms and dads, now it’s your turn! Come enjoy the Make Take Workshops with bring-it-home projects that you can share and use in your family, homeschool, or co-op. Available as add-ons ($5/person) to your full conference pass; space is limited. Workshops include: ▪ Objectively Evaluating Your Student’s Writing ▪ Documenting Your Child’s Homeschool With a Keepsake Journal ▪ Developing a Biblical Vision and Mission Statement ▪ Using Hands-on Activities to be a More Effective Teacher ▪ Multiplication Made Easy FOR 2019! NEW VENUE: CROWNE PLAZA all new CHEC envisions families honoring Jesus Christ by embracing home discipleship that is Christ centered, parent directed, and free from government control. Join us! Donate at chec.org/donate. CHEC.org I877.842.CHEC ICall Monday—Friday, 10am to 5pm Christian Home Educators of Colorado S P O N S O R E D B Y This is all on top of shopping in the exhibit hall (don’t miss the Thursday Grand Opening Party!), general sessions, and workshops! Visit the website to learn more! CHILDREN’S ACTIVITIES Bring your whole family to the 1-hour AMAZING CHEMISTRY SHOW filled with fire, explosions, foam, and fun for all ages. The message of Jesus Christ is clearly communicated using powerful illustrations! This event is immediately followed by the FAMILY SCIENCE EXPERIENCE — a highly interactive event, allowing families to explore over 150 individual hands-on science experiences at their own pace. Everyone participates! ($10 add-on per family.) FAMILY NIGHT EXPERIENCE! AMAZING CHEMISTRY SHOW FRIDAY AT 6:30PM Bring your kids for these incredibly fun activities filled with learning opportunities! Designed for children ages 6–12, each program is professionally run by trusted organizations with adult supervision. Parents may attend with their children at no charge. (Limited space; available as add-ons to full conference pass.) ▪ Kids in the Book Live (Thursday, presented by Walk Thru the Bible, $10/child) ▪ Children’s Creative Crafts (Friday, presented by Ellen McHenry’s Basement Workshop, limited space, $10/child) ▪ Learn with Legos (Saturday, presented by Bricks4Kidz; limited space, $20/child)
  26. 26. AOP Homeschooling Uncluttered Alpha Omega Publications makes it easy, enjoyable, and affordable to teach your children. With complete curriculum options that promote academic excellence and Christian values, you never need to gather materials from the four corners of your home for the next lesson. Instead, you can simply appreciate the time you have together each new day. See how much you love learning with AOP. Visitaop.comtodaytofindtheright homeschoolcurriculumforyourfamily.
  27. 27. PHOTOGRAPHYBYISTOCK Cloud-based technology is a game-changer in the world of e-learning, removing barriers and paving the way for successful learning, especially for struggling middle and high school students. There are many wonderful book-based homeschooling materials, but students with dyslexia, dysgraphia, and ADHD often need the help of assistive technology features to support learning differences. If you are spending “too many” hours with your older students reading aloud or acting as a scribe, it may be time to try something new. The digital worlds of Google, Apple, and Microsoft all offer accessibility features that are waiting to be found and used on current devices. The implementation of technology and figur- ing out the best online pedagogy for a learner with disabilities can get tricky. It’s important to know your child’s strengths and weaknesses and the task at hand in order to figure out which features to try. Efforts to provide greater access to engaging online content and supports can end up leading to more distractions and possible power I hope you’ll check out some of these features and find the digital sweet spot for your child so, hopefully, some of his or her struggles will turn into personal strides. Once your struggling learner is better able to understand the material to be learned and show what he or she knows, you can sit back and watch the wonder of lifelong learning happen, knowing that you have set them up for success in this digital world. Do you feel alone in this effort to figure out which tech is best? Connecting with others can help! I’ve created a group on Facebook for this very purpose: IST Tech Savvy Solutions. Also, I host a free webinar series at www.TheyMayNotKnow.com. My complimentary 15-minute phone consults can be scheduled at www. InnovativeSpeech.com. Finally, my book which features top tech picks is Assistive Technology in Special Educa- tion: Resources to Support Literacy, Communication and Learning Differences.  [1] https://mediatechparenting.net/contracts-and-agreements/ Joan Green is a licensed and certified speech-language pathologist with many years of experience helping children and adults who have communication, cognitive, literacy, and learning challenges. Readers may learn more from her website or contact her at InnovativeSpeech.com. struggles between parent and child. Take a look at the parental controls and restrictions on devices as well as how to create a 'digital family contract.'1 These will assist you with specific expectations when it comes to using technology to keep everyone safe and productive. Just think … as a homeschooling parent, you have the ideal situation to determine, together with your student, the nature of the technology tools and strategies for when and how to use them. A collaborative mindset will be a great lesson on its own that may foster a love of learning, a [confident and appropriate] sense of autonomy, and bring peace back into your home. [An accountability app such as covenanteyes.com can help families safely navigate online sites, track time usage, and enable family conversations regarding appropriate internet use.] Here are a few assistive tech tips for older students: Reading: Take advantage of text-to-speech features that read aloud the words on a screen. Also, visual clutter and distracting notifications [that pop-up when using technology] can be minimized. I’ve highlighted five of my favorite resources for making reading easier at http://bit.ly/2RfP54k. Writing: Speech recognition enables students to dictate rather than type. The “voice typing” feature on the toolbar in Google Docs is a great tool to explore. BY JOAN GREEN STRUGGLING LEARNERS Visit the CHEC Struggling Learners web page at CHEC.org/chec-blog/ resources-struggling-learners Finding the Digital SWEET SPOT C H E C H O M E S C H O O L U P DAT E I Vo l u m e 1 , I s s u e 1 03 , 2 01 928 STRUGGLING LEARNERS
  28. 28. 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! HomeschoolSummits.com and An Attendee Says... I have been too focused on external behavior and not really targeting my kids' hearts.... I started implementing some of the advice [from the Summit] and I am noticing a heart difference in my kids already! I was so discouraged and this Summit was the kick in the pants, plus a breath of fresh air, that I desperately needed. “ “ Our next free online event, Curriculum 2.0, is coming March 25-30!
  29. 29. BEST OF CHEC.ORG/BLOG CARE? PHOTOGRAPHYBYISTOCK BEST OF CHEC.ORG/BLOG It’s 10 a.m., and you haven’t showered or gotten dressed. Your teeth are unbrushed, and your coffee is cold. You have just reminded your toddler for the 57th time not to put his hands down the back of his pants. You expertly juggle your newborn in one arm while dishing out a moderately healthy snack for your toddler with the other. You are a mother, and you feel bone- weary. Our culture has offered up a solution for the frazzled and frantic mom who never manages a moment alone: self-care. It’s almost impossible to visit a motherhood website, blog, or play group without running into it. The concept of self-care is simple: if the plane is going down, you should put your oxygen mask on first before assisting others. But if your motherhood plane is about to crash and burn, God is the only source for the oxygen you need to survive the fall. Self-care encourages coffee runs, nap times spent reading novels, pedicures, happy hour with girlfriends, new clothes, massages, exercising, deco- rating homes, and lavender bubble baths. There is nothing inherently bad in this list, but the problem lies in the elevation of these good things as necessities for surviving (or even thriving in) motherhood. Self-Care or SOUL- BY MAGGIE COMBS C H E C H O M E S C H O O L U P DAT E I Vo l u m e 1 , I s s u e 1 03 , 2 01 930
  30. 30. Why self-care isn’t enough Self-care will never fill the void in your heart meant for God alone. It is the diet soda of motherhood: instead of offering satisfaction, it leaves you endlessly thirsting for more. Self-care buys into the world’s wisdom of putting your needs front and center, but the Bible tells us that true satisfaction and joy only come through Jesus. When motherhood feels overwhelm- ing, instead of adding self-care to your already too long to-do list, meet with your Provider-God for soul-care sustenance. Soul-care and self-care may look the same from the outside. They both may involve getting physical rest, reading good literature, eating well, creating art, and exercising. But self-care comes from the attitude of self, of building your kingdom, of idolizing your own needs. Soul-care seeks to know God better through both His Word and His world and humbly accepting your human limitations. Self-care can’t give the kind of life that your weary body truly needs. Jesus calls you to come to Him to learn and rest, Come to me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls (Matthew 11:28–29). 4 Methods to Transform Your Rest from Self-Care to Soul-Care 1. Remember who you are First, soul-care admits that God made you from dust. Your body and your abilities are finite. The lists you create for your days are often beyond the abilities of your human body. Here’s the issue with self-care: you are not God. Self-care inherently focuses on what you can do for yourself, but soul-care turns your eyes upward for God’s provision. By establishing that you can’t be God, it frees you to accept your weaknesses then receive His unending strength. Soul-care flows from the humble recognition that our physical bodies are finite and ineffectual, but God gives us supernatural grace that is everything we need for life and godliness. 2. Remember whose you are God the Father created you; Jesus redeemed you; the Holy Spirit sanctifies you. Self-care is about taking ownership and control of your physical needs. Soul- care entrusts your needs to the God who created you, sustains you, and saves you. 3. Give your mind true oxygen To be good soul-care, your method for rest must allow you to learn more about God and draw nearer to Him. Self-care aims to give physical and psychological renewal, but soul-care accesses the true spiritual oxygen your soul craves. Last summer I spent a week in Colorado’s Summit County for the first time. The first three days of the trip, my body refused to transition to the scarcity of oxygen. My mind was foggy and confused. I knew I needed to be a watchful and wise mother in this physically-dangerous environment, but my brain couldn’t compute, wouldn’t focus. This was actually a familiar feeling. As a mom, I often feel muddled from lack of rest, unable to understand how to practically apply wisdom to the intricate chal- lenges of motherhood. I feel overwhelmed and unsure. These are sure signs that I am depriving myself of spiritual oxygen. Moms, when you feel the need for self-care, the first thing you should do is put your nose in your Bible and breathe God’s Truth deeply into your soul. The Word of God and the Truth of the Gospel will reorient your thinking. They are the oxygen your brain needs to correctly understand your circumstances. 4. Humble yourself to receive spiritual transformation Soul-care is about rest, but it’s also about sanctifica- tion. Your regular self-care activities transform into soul-care when they are a means of opening your heart to the Holy Spirit. Pray for God to reveal Himself to you. Recognize what a gift of amazing grace it is for the stony places of your heart to be made into flesh. Confess your sins and your utter inability to do life without God. Re- mind yourself that in your weaknesses are opportunities to receive God’s unending strength (2 Corinthians 12:9). Let whatever activity you choose lead your heart to the life-giving, life-changing awesomeness of God. Dear Mom, if you’re exhausted, your soul will find rest in God alone. If you feel weak, God will be your strength. If your soul is desert-dry, God is the stream of living water. When you feel attacked, God is your refuge. When you lack wisdom, God provides it. When motherhood is more than you can manage, don’t run to self-care for the break the world says you deserve. Instead, care for your soul by giving it more oxygen from the pure, life-giving breath of God.  [Republished with permission from ReviveOurHearts.com/blogs/.] Maggie Combs is a wife, mom of three boys, writer, and speaker. When motherhood overwhelmed her, God drew her closer to him through writing her first book, Unsupermommy: Release Expectations, Embrace Imperfection, and Connect to God’s Superpower. Find more of her practical application of the Gospel to motherhood at www. UnsuperMommy.com or on Instagram and Facebook. Visit the CHEC Blog for more encouragement at CHEC.org/blog Vo l u m e 1 , I s s u e 1 03 , 2 01 9 I C H E C H O M E S C H O O L U P DAT E 31 BEST OF BLOG
  31. 31. CURRICULUM REVIEW The filmmakers’ track has the campers working as the film crew. They rotate through the positions and work on everything from directing and sound recording, to camera work and lighting. The campers gain an impressive amount of experience in the fine arts of camera angles, white noise, and the protocol used on a set. In 2018, the camp made a short film called Return on Investment, based on the Parable of the Unforgiving Servant and the Parable of the Talents. The campers commented that attending the camp was one of the best experiences of their lives. “We were not just told what to do. We were shown what to do and then we had a chance to actually do it!” one camper exclaimed. The campers were impressed that there was a strong focus on how to glorify God through film while mak- ing a quality film which glorifies Him. Additionally, there was great comradery among the campers as they did goofy things such as deciding to speak with fake foreign accents as the filming went into the late hours of the night! Alumni from previous camps have gone on to begin their own production companies and work on multiple projects, including documenta- ries and independent feature-length films. Now in its 12th year, the camp has helped train scores of artists in the craft of filmmaking. To avoid spending time in a classroom during the camp itself, campers complete intense online training before at- tending camp. Then students attend the camp, which is a weeklong immersion into either filmmaking or acting (with separate tracks for each) as the campers film a short, original script. Ken states that the goal of the camp is to “equip the next generation of Christian filmmakers with the training and skills necessary to effectively use the visual media for the glory of God. We believe the best way to do this is with the small group, hands-on method we use.” Rich Swingle is the coach for the acting portion of the camp. Rich has an impressive resume of acting credits in film, stage, and audio drama. He teaches the acting campers how to ‘get into character’ and then ‘get out of character.’ [That’s acting lingo for put- ting on a character’s actions and attitude just like one puts on a costume.] At the 2018 camp, Rich arranged a video conference with the Kendrick brothers’ acting coach who was working on the set of Overcomer at that time. She taught the campers the same acting tips she was teaching the Kendrick brothers’ actors. The acting track campers became the stars of the short film being created at the camp. Summer camps can be a great way to augment our children’s educations. Getting outdoors with hands-on experiences brings learning to life. We have some wonderful opportunities for summer camps here in Colorado, including the Rocky Mountain Christian Filmmakers Camp and the Alpha Omega camps and day excursions. The Rocky Mountain Christian Filmmak- ers Camp is held annually on the Western Slope at Ministry Haven in Norwood, Colorado. The camp was started by Ken Lawrence in 2007 after attending the San Antonio Christian Film Festival. He felt Christian filmmakers needed more hands-on training and instruction than could be gained through a filmmakers confer- ence or through workshops at a film festival. As a result, he began inviting people experienced in filmmaking to come as mentors to a weeklong camp. SUMMER CAMPSBY CINDY PUHEK CURRICULUM REVIEW C H E C H O M E S C H O O L U P DAT E I Vo l u m e 1 , I s s u e 1 03 , 2 01 932 CURRICULUM REVIEW
  32. 32. This year, the Rocky Mountain Christian Filmmakers Camp will be held June 23–29, 2019. To find out more information and to register, visit their website at ChristianFilmmakers.mykajabi.com. Alpha Omega Institute (www.DiscoverCreation. org) is a ministry located in Grand Junction, Colo- rado. They are dedicated to equipping Christians to answer questions about creation, evolution, and the Bible while helping participants understand the foun- dational importance of Genesis to Christian doctrine. One way they do this is by hosting creation vacation adventures. Participants experience the wonders of God’s creation while receiving in-depth teaching about the scientific basis of creationism. This year, the Alpha Omega Institute is taking a group to Yellowstone during Labor Day weekend (August 30 – September 3). Experienced teachers and frequent CHEC conference speakers, Dave and Mary Jo Nut- ting, will lead a bus tour through Yellowstone National Park. While visiting all the famous sites within the park, the teachers will work to equip families to survive “the evolutionary, naturalistic worldview philosophies that are so prevalent in our society today.” The accommodations are rustic bunkhouses with nearby bath houses, but this helps keep this all- inclusive learning adventure very reasonably priced. Upon request, Alpha Omega Institute also takes groups on weeklong River and Rock Adventures held in Colorado near the Royal Gorge. Groups can also arrange for guided day trips to the Colorado National Monument or to the Dinosaur Museum, which are both located in western Colorado. If you have actors, actresses, and filmmakers in need of hands-on movie making experience in your house, or if you would like to spend your vacation being equipped to combat false philosophies, we have wonderful resources right here in Colorado. Consider spending a week in June at the Rocky Mountain Christian Filmmakers Camp making a short film, and discover the power of this media for telling God’s story. Or spend some time in Yellowstone with the Alpha Omega Institute, uncovering the lies of evolu- tion and the beauty of God’s truth.  Cindy Puhek resides in Colorado Springs and has been married to Peter for more than two decades. They are well into their second decade of homeschooling their six children who range in age from toddler to high schooler. Cindy holds a master's degree in chemistry and has written dozens of articles to encourage others in their homeschooling journeys. You can visit her blog at www. HomeschoolEnrichment.com/blogs. COMMUNITY One of the keys to a great education. classicalconversations.com/chec-connect More than 50,000 families worldwide find support, encouragement and fellowship in weekly Classical Conversations communities. Connect with a community today! Vo l u m e 1 , I s s u e 1 03 , 2 01 9 I C H E C H O M E S C H O O L U P DAT E 33 CURRICULUM REVIEW
  33. 33. C H E C H O M E S C H O O L U P DAT E I Vo l u m e 1 , I s s u e 1 03 , 2 01 934 SERVING Our journey into homeschooling was quite accidental. My eldest daughter was 11-years-old and was attending public school. At that time, our second child came along and we were planning to follow the same path. pumpkin pie has about a million things (maybe I’m exaggerating a little) that my daughter is allergic to. The school staff assured her that there was nothing in the pie my daughter was allergic to. So, they headed home, where our little 3-year-old started digging in. Just a few moments after shoving some pie into her cute little face, she began sneezing. She kept on sneezing for about 20 minutes (not exaggerating). Then came the wheezing. Then… well, I will leave it to your imagination. We decided at that moment to keep her at home! Thus began our journey into homeschooling. It is now 15 years later. We’ve since had three more kids, homeschooling each of them from the start. We brought our eldest home after the seventh grade. She’s since graduated high school and is married. My pie-eating 3-year-old is now a happy PARTNER with CHEC Together, we’re motivating parents to disciple the next generation of Christians. Thank you for partnering with us! We enrolled her, at 3-years-old, in a preschool class for a couple of days a week. We didn’t think much about some pretty severe food allergies she had been diagnosed with because we figured the school would take them as seriously as we did. After detailing all of her allergies to the staff, including the nurse, things went along okay for a while — until November at least. As Thanksgiving quickly approached that year, her classmates worked diligently with their little hands to create toddler-sized pumpkin pies to take home and enjoy eating for the holiday. My wife picked up our daughter from preschool that day and was shocked when they gave her the handmade pie. If you know my wife, you know she has a mind that could be classified as a military-grade “allergy- guided missile.” She knows from experience that HomeschoolersBY CHRIS GALANEK PARTNER'S PAGE
  34. 34. Vo l u m e 1 , I s s u e 1 03 , 2 01 9 I C H E C H O M E S C H O O L U P DAT E 35 Name Address City State Zip Phone Donation Amount $ ☐ One time donation $ ☐ Monthly donation $ ☐ Or go to CHEC.org and click To set up an automatic monthly credit card or ACH/ bank transfer, call the office at 720-842-4852. PLEASE REMOVE THIS SECTION AND MAIL WITH YOUR DONATION TO: 19039 Plaza Drive, Suite 210 Parker, Colorado 80134 For 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, 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. and healthy 18-year-old, thriving in her college classes. The first lesson we learned about homeschooling was that nobody would care for our kids like we do. We’ve learned many other lessons since then — including that Christ must be at the center of everything we do, including school, and that relationships are both an emphasis and a fruit of home edu- cation. As we live life together, we must learn and grow together. Our relationships have never been closer, and this is the fruit of our Christian faith being lived out together. Early on in our journey, some friends suggested we check out Christian Home Educators of Colorado. There, we found like-minded believ- ers who shared many of the same goals we had for our family. When we were offered an op- portunity to serve with CHEC, we were excited to give back and jumped right in. This led to a position on the Rocky Mountain Homeschool Conference Committee and eventually to my wife and I serving as Conference Coordina- tors. As seasons of life changed, and family demands grew, we passed the baton to a new generation of leaders. But that didn’t end our involvement with the organization. I am a Computer Scientist by education and profession, serving a large bank in Colorado as an Enterprise Solution Architect. There was a place at CHEC for me to bring my professional experience to bear as the organization’s IT Manager, where I now help with general office technology needs, as well as the continued feature build-out and support of the CHEC In- dependent School website. I am grateful for the work I get to do for CHEC because it allows me to serve Christ through an organization whose mission and vision I support and believe in. Do you have professional experience or skills you could use in service for Christ? I encour- age you to prayerfully consider if you could use them to contribute to the many needs in the ministry of CHEC. You can click on the Sign Up to Volunteer button at CHEC.org/connect/volunteer.  Chris Galanek is an enterprise solution architect in the financial services industry, where he focuses on providing flexible and scalable solutions and innovative thought leadership. He also serves CHEC as IT Manager, and previously served as Conference Coordinator for CHEC’s annual homeschool conference. Chris has been married to Jenny for 27 years, and they have five children. HOMESCHOOL FAMILY DAYS VIEW MORE EVENTS AT CHEC.org/resources  Wednesday, February 20, Homeschool Pro- gram with Bird Conservatory of the Rockies  Friday, March 8, All About Raptors homeschool day with Bird Conservatory of the Rockies  Saturday, March 9, free clay sculpting class by the Parker Art Guild  Friday, March 15, Homeschool Skate at Skate City Littleton (12-2 pm)Contact Diane Ellison at otdcellison@yahoo.com for more information  Friday, April 12, Homeschool Skate at Skate City Littleton  Saturday, April 13, free graphite art class by the Parker Art Guild  Sunday, April 28, deadline for the Western Governor’s Association “Celebrate the West” art competition PARTNER'S PAGE
  35. 35. www.AMEprogram.com Saturday, 9-4pm Spring 2019 Metro Denver – Location and Date to be announced More information coming soon at our website: ameprogram.com/ sprconf2019 Charting the Course FORYOURFAMILYBUSINESS COMING SPRING 2019 More than a dozen real, relevant talks, including: • Wisdom, Character, Work, Wealth – What did Solomon learn and what must we never forget? • Helping Visionaries Count The Cost • Money 101: Real Basic Relevant Skills for young people • Own a job or own a business – what’s the difference? • Grow your business/the power of your brand • The Serial Entrepreneur – how to have more than 1 successful business • Mentorship- Involve your children: why and how? • Business exit strategies- how to finish well Many sessions in QA format Fantastic pricing on resources from AME and Generations “He made the storm be still, and the waves of the sea were hushed. Then they were glad that the waters were quiet, and he brought them to their desired haven. ”– Psalm 107: 29-30 Mike Cheney Bill Roach Dale Johnson Steve Vaughan Ian Serff Shari McMinn Chad Roach Kevin Swanson SPEAKERS Dale Schamel Ken Murphy
  36. 36. DATA ENTRY SPECIALISTS 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! 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. Collect, then deliver to CHEC. VOLUNTEER SUPERSTARS Are you looking for a spring/summer family volunteer project? Or do you have a few hours each month free? We're looking to build our volunteer teams for the Homeschool Day at the Capitol (April 25th), the Rocky Mountain Homeschool Conference (June 13-15), and year-round in our Parker office. Complete the form at CHEC.org/volunteer. HOMESCHOOL TALENT Do you play a musical instrument, sing, act, or speak? We want you! We're looking for homeschool students and graduates to be a part of our general sessions at the upcoming Rocky Mountain Homeschool Conference. It's a tremendous opportunity to bless homeschool families with your gifts and experience performing in front of a large audience. We have openings for instrumentalists, vocalists, and orators, and we'd love for you to participate! Learn more at RockyMountainHomeschoolConference.com/audition. 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!
  37. 37. CHEC BOARD OF TRUSTEES: Bill Roach, President George Sechrist, Vice President Brenda Kelly Chad Roach Ian Serff Steven Vaughan CHEC DIRECTORS: Steve Craig, Executive Director Kevin Swanson, Director of Generations Mike Cheney, Director of AME The CHEC Homeschool Update is published triannually by Christian Home Educators of Colorado, 19039 Plaza Drive, Suite 210, Parker, CO 80134. The purpose of the Homeschool Update is to provide information, resources, and leadership for home educating families while effectively communicating the activities, opportunities, and needs of Christian Home Educators of Colorado. The Homeschool Update is free to all who request it. Donations are gladly accepted. The views expressed by contributors and advertisers in this news magazine do not necessarily reflect those of CHEC. Permission is granted to reprint any portion of this magazine, except where noted, provided the following credit is given: “Reprinted from the CHEC Homeschool Update, Volume 1, Issue #103, 2019; 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: March 1, 2019 For advertising opportunities with CHEC, go to CHEC.org/advertise. Copyright © 2019 by CHEC March Refresh: Ladies Encouragement Day April Homeschool Intro Seminar Homeschool Day at the Capitol May Homeschool Graduation Ceremonies June Rocky Mountain Homeschool Conference July August Homeschool Intro Seminars October Casterline Widows' Banquet What’s NEXT with CHEC 16 13 25 17-18 13-15 Visit CHEC.org/events to learn more! C H E C H O M E S C H O O L U P DAT E I Vo l u m e 1 , I s s u e 1 03 , 2 01 938
  38. 38. 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 HOMESCHOOL GRADUATION CEREMONY MAY 17TH AND 18TH IN ELIZABETH AND 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.) Registration deadline APRIL 30 plan now to join the celebration!Register at CHEC.org/events/graduation

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