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Update Magazine - 2016, Volume 2, Issue 95
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Update Magazine - 2016, Volume 2, Issue 95

  1. 1. 2016 IVOLUME 2 IISSUE 95 T H E H E A R T O F H O M E S C H O O L I N G Watching for Daddy Hymns for the Christian Home Discipleship 101 for Dads Struggling Learners ARTICLES INSIDE THIS ISSUE INCLUDE 4 8 10 20 29 AUTHOR COMING! Dr. Tedd & Margy Tripp SEE DETAILS ON PAGE
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  3. 3. CHEC Homeschool Update IVolume 2, 2016 IIssue 95 INSIDE 19039 Plaza Drive, Suite 210 Parker, Colorado 80134 720.842.4852 I1.877.842.CHEC (2432) ICHEC.org Thematic Features 6 Christ the Cornerstone BY TESSA POWELL 8 Hymns for the Christian Home BY MARCIA WASHBURN 10 Discipleship 101 for Dads INTERVIEW WITH BILL WARD 14 What’s Most Important? BY KELLY CRAWFORD CHEC Events 12 Day at the Capitol PRESENTED BY CHEC 24 Homeschool Leadership Retreat PRESENTED BY CHEC 29-55 Rocky Mountain Homeschool Conference PRESENTED BY CHEC Front Cover: The Rocky Mountain Homeschool Conference event. Photography by Sarah Lee Bryant/www.sarahleephoto.com This page: The Rocky Mountain Homeschool Conference event. Photography by Winslow Robbins/www.thewdesigner.com Columns 4 Director’s Desk 18 Best of Blog 20 Struggling Learners 22 Curriculum Review 26 Partner’s Page
  4. 4. C H E C H O M E S C H O O L U P DAT E I Vo l u m e 2 , I s s u e 9 5 , 2 01 64 PHOTOGRAPHYBYCRAIGFAMILY t was another first for me, and for my son Carson. A recent trip to visit grandparents in balmy Houston turned out to be the beginning of my son’s bike riding career. After about 15 minutes of working with him, I was pretty sure it was going to take the full dura- tion of our trip for him to catch on. I had never taught someone to ride a bike before so it was a learning experience for both of us. But the next thing I knew, he was off and riding... all by himself! WATCHING for DaddyBY STEVE CRAIG One of the great pleasures of parenting is experienc- ing all of the simple joys of life again through our children. The beauty of a ladybug crawling across your hand. The coziness of new pajamas. The happy satisfaction that your favorite breakfast brings. The wonder of a bedtime story. And yes, the freedom and empowerment of learning to ride a bike. I knew very quickly that one of my first jobs upon re- turning to Colorado after our trip to see grandparents would have to be the purchase of a bike for Carson. The truth is I was probably as anxious to find a bike for him as he was to get one. Daddies like to give good things to their children, and I am no exception. Well, this time around, neither Craigslist nor Walmart pulled through for me. But you’ve just gotta love Amazon Prime. Ordered a bike on Friday afternoon for $60 and had it the following Monday. (Assembly was required but nothing that a couple wrenches and 30 minutes couldn’t handle.) A meeting prevented me from assembling the bike that evening, but Carson was promised that daddy would get on it when he got home from work the next day. When my wife came downstairs the following morn- ing, she found Carson perched on the back of our living room sofa, a location that provides a four-year- DIRECTOR’S DESK old the best view of our driveway and the street in front of our house. He hadn’t even had break- fast, but he was already watching and waiting for daddy. It was going to be a long wait. I had just wrapped up an early morning appointment when my wife texted me a picture of the scene that she had captured. (The same photo featured above.) They say that a picture is worth a thousand words and this was certainly one of those pictures. That was all it took to persuade me to delay my work schedule for the few minutes required to swing by our house and assemble Carson’s new bike. There are a number of Scriptures that come to mind when I look once again at this picture of my little boy waiting for his daddy. I want to pause upon this scene to contemplate the many lessons that it teaches us. Matthew 7:11 says, “If ye then, being evil, know how to give good gifts unto your children, how much more shall your Father which is in heaven give good things to them that ask Him.” Now I’m not much of a dad compared to my heavenly Father, but even I can’t resist the urge to get good things for my chil- dren. The bike for example. The joy I experience as a parent in seeing my children’s happiness motivates me to want to provide good gifts for them. Not only did I buy the bike, but I was also pretty anxious to I
  5. 5. Vo l u m e 2 , I s s u e 9 5 , 2 01 6 I C H E C H O M E S C H O O L U P DAT E 5 DIRECTOR’S DESK thee to inherit the land: when the wicked are cut off, thou shalt see [it].” Homeschool dad and mom, there’s no need to worry. No need to get all bent out of shape over the outcome of things, including our homeschool endeavors. When Daddy shows up (and He most certainly will get it operational, no matter what I needed to ac- complish that day. James 1:7 says, “Every good and every perfect gift is from above, and cometh down from the Father of light, with whom is no variableness, neither shadow of turn- ing.” I wonder how differently we might arrange the priorities of our lives had we greater confidence in the unwavering and invariable goodness of our Daddy. When Carson’s daddy woke up that morning, there were any number of “pressing” items on his agenda for the day. But for Carson, his agenda was really pretty simple….wait for daddy to come home. That’s it. Nothing more. Nothing less. Carson knew that when daddy got home, good things would happen. No doubt about it. First, the tools would come out. There does seem to be an innate love of tools in boys of all ages. For the dads that are reading, close your eyes and picture yourself in the tool section of Home Depot. Ahhhhh- hhh! You know the feeling! But this time, the tools weren’t going to come out to fix a leaky sink or to knock an item off the honey-do list. The tools would come out and after a few twists, turns and probably an “Oops, did that wrong,” voilà! Carson would have a bike. Carson’s posture of watchful repose that morning reminds me of Psalm 37:7 & 34, which says, “Rest in the Lord, and wait patiently for Him. Fret not thyself because of him who prospereth in his way, because of the man who bringeth wicked devices to pass… Wait on the LORD, and keep his way, and he shall exalt goodness of his daddy, expects good things to come from his daddy, and waits expectantly until it happens. One of the challenges homeschooling parents face is the temptation to build expectations on a system that will produce good things for us and for our children. Good character. Good insulation from the culture. Good education. Good careers. And perhaps most importantly, a good reputation...for our children, too. And so we gradually begin to shift our expectation from our Father, the very fountain of abundant life, and we begin to agitate for satisfaction from other means. Friends, the true beauty of homeschooling is found in the opportunity that it provides fami- lies to arrange their entire family “agenda” around that Person in whom and from whom pours immeasurable goodness. Carson was not found waiting on the tools that morn- ing, longingly watching for them to self-activate and assemble his bike. Not that tools were immaterial to the job that he hoped would be done. They certainly were, and there were certainly some tools that would work better than others. But at the end of the day, Carson knew that what was most essential to the bike being put together was for his daddy to come home. The good thing he was hop- ing for depended ultimately on his daddy showing up. That is exactly how we need to be looking at home education and discipleship. I would argue that homeschooling has the potential to be the best tool for the education and discipleship of your children. But I can also assure you that nothing good is going to happen unless your Father shows up. So let us put our hope in Him alone. Let us wait patiently and expectantly on Him and may we ar- range all aspects of our family agenda around the One from Whom all blessings flow. HOW DIFFERENTLY WE MIGHT ARRANGE THE PRIORITIES OF OUR LIVES HAD WE GREATER CONFIDENCE IN THE GOODNESS OF OUR HEAVENLY DADDY. I WONDER 15% OFF FOR HOMESCHOOLERS for those who wait for Him), good things, very good things will happen. While Carson in- herited a $60 hunk of steel, our Father promises that we will be exalted to inherit the land. It is certainly beyond the scope of this article to unpack and convey all of the goodness that our Father promises to us in this passage and throughout Scrip- ture. My objective here is simply to challenge all of us with the example of a little boy who believes in the Steve Craig is the Executive Director for CHEC. He and his wife Tara are second generation homeschoolers and live in Parker with their four children: Carson, Christiana, Angelina, and Jewel. Rocky Mountain Homeschool Conference SPEAKER
  6. 6. C H E C H O M E S C H O O L U P DAT E I Vo l u m e 2 , I s s u e 9 5 , 2 01 66 FAMILY ENCOURAGEMENT Churches are fond of incorporating it into their names. It is a fine word, evocative of a sense of stability, a firm foundation, and ultimately a remembrance of Christ himself. Most Christians are vaguely familiar with what a cornerstone is — a stone without which the entire structure would crumble into a pile. Today, physical cornerstones are used for sentimental reasons, to chronicle a portion of history by sticking time capsules in them. CHRIST THE CORNERSTONELaying the Foundation for a Proper Education BY TESSA POWELL consume all manner of propaganda thrown at them, relegating them to be “tossed to and fro by the waves and carried about by every wind of doc- trine, by human cunning, by craftiness in deceitful schemes” (Ephesians 4:14). But we can clearly see that this is an incomplete education. When we con- template the definition of “maturing a human being,” we must ask the question, “maturing into what?” Maturing into someone who possesses the skills of literacy, but no skill for discernment? Conversely, the Christian call to education is consistently equated in the Bible with the knowledge of Christ. Paul writes throughout his epistles of “the knowledge of the Son of God, to mature manhood” (Ephesians 4:13), urging us to “be not conformed to the world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind” (Romans 12:2). “Except ye be converted, and become as little children, ye cannot enter the Kingdom of God. “This call to childlike faith in Matthew 18:3 is not to justify Cornerstones are no longer crucial or foundational to modern construction practices. Unfortunately, mainstream society also seems to have decided we can do without the true Corner- stone, and modern education has been the first to suffer the loss. As Dorothy Sayers said over sixty years ago in her piece called “The Lost Tools of Learning,” “We let our young men and women go out unarmed, in a day when armor was never so necessary. By teaching them all to read, we have left them at the mercy of the printed word. … and when whole classes and whole nations become hypnotized by the arts of the spell-binder, we have the impudence to be astonished.” Education is the means to an end. It is the process of maturing a human being through the communica- tion of ideas and information, a tool which can be wielded by persons of any motivation or persuasion. Our society has effectively ensured that, with just enough education, children are able to efficiently The term “cornerstone” has become a mainstay in Evangelical Christianity today. FAMILY ENCOURAGEMENT
  7. 7. Vo l u m e 2 , I s s u e 9 5 , 2 01 6 I C H E C H O M E S C H O O L U P DAT E 7 FAMILY ENCOURAGEMENT ■ An easy alternative to submitting a Notice of Intent ■ Simple online enrollment ■ One low price includes your whole family ■ Report to CHEC rather than a school district ■ Extra assessment options JOIN THE CHEC INDEPENDENT SCHOOL! STARTING TO PLAN FOR 2016/2017? LEARN MORE AT CHEC.ORG/INDEPENDENT-SCHOOL CHEC Independent School ENROLLMENTOPENS IN JUNE! a static, infantile understanding of God and life, but to look forward with keenness and excitement to the continuation of growth and understanding. “The stone that the builders rejected has become the cornerstone. This is the Lord’s doing; it is marvel- ous in our eyes.” Psalm 118:22-23 reminds us that the problem of the rejection of Christ is perennial, and certainly not unique to our time. Christ is the Cornerstone of our faith and the universal Church. It is by Christ all things were made (Colossians 1:16); in Christ we live, move, and have our being (Acts 17:28); and through the knowledge of God we may attain eternal life (John 17:3). And it is Christ who must be made the Cornerstone of the way we educate. We may live in a day with foolish and hasty builders, but by God’s grace and with Christ as the Cornerstone we may build for our children a strong foundation made of the transformative knowledge that leads to life everlasting. Tessa Powell was home educated, and will graduate from Chambers College in May with her MCLA in Christian Education. She teaches select K-5 classes at CHESS and enjoys working with her students and their families. PHOTOGRAPHYBYISTOCK With the Word of God foundational, Colorado Heritage Education School System seeks to assist, equip, and encourage homeschooling families in their endeavor to promote their children’s growth — both spiritually and academically, through the CHESS Independent School, Enrichment Academy, Diploma Program, and standardized testing services. For more information, visit www.coloradoheritage.org, call the office at (970) 346-0099, or email us at office@coloradoheritage.org.
  8. 8. C H E C H O M E S C H O O L U P DAT E I Vo l u m e 2 , I s s u e 9 5 , 2 01 68 FAMILY ENCOURAGEMENT PHOTOGRAPHYBYISTOCK HYMNS for the Christian Home The theme for the upcoming Rocky Mountain Homeschool Conference is “Christ the Cornerstone.” As you prepare your family for the messages you will hear, consider studying some of the great hymns of faith that speak of the firm foundation of the Christian faith. Every generation contributes its own hymns and spiritual songs. A hymn isn’t great merely because it is old, and a praise song is not great simply because it is new and fresh. Evaluate each song or hymn on its own merits: Does it lead believers to worship? Is it theologically sound? Does it have enough depth of insight to encourage the singer to “chew” on it, deriv- ing deeper meanings with repeated hearings? We don’t yet know which of today’s praise songs and hymns will become classics. In our eagerness to em- brace the new, let’s not forget those traditional hymns that are so rich in meaning that they have survived to become classics. Activities for Studying Hymns Consider singing the same hymn every day during your family worship time until you are familiar with it — perhaps a Hymn of the Week. Take advantage of your child’s natural ability to memorize. Learn as many hymns (all the verses) as you can. The music makes remembering the words easier. Parents, you learn them, too. You will be surprised how many times the Lord will whisper words that you need from the storehouse of Scripture and hymns that you’ve hidden in your heart along with your child. Write the words on a note card and learn the hymns as you go about your daily tasks. I still treasure the hymns that I memorized while walking between buildings during my long ago college days. It is fascinating to hear how the hymns came to be written and to learn more about the men and women who wrote them. Do an online search for “hymn stories” at one of the major Christian booksellers to find books that interest you. Net Hymnal.org (http:// nethymnal.org/ttl/ttl-a.htm) lists hymns by title. Just type the title into the search box on their webpage and it will take you straight to the words. In some cases, there will be additional information about the hymn including some fascinating stories. Play quiet hymns and Bible choruses to greet the new day — they set the tone for worship so much better than the blaring of the TV. I like to collect recordings of Christian music played on different instruments — hammered dulcimers, mandolins, fife & drum, harp, and even bagpipes. Hearing folk instruments from many countries reminds me of the worldwide Church and the fellowship we enjoy with believers near and far. Ask God, the Father of music, to show you how to bring music into your home. Soon you and your family will be “making a joyful noise.” Here are some of my favorite hymns on the theme of Christ, the Cornerstone. BY MARCIA WASHBURN FAMILY ENCOURAGEMENT
  9. 9. Vo l u m e 2 , I s s u e 9 5 , 2 01 6 I C H E C H O M E S C H O O L U P DAT E 9 FAMILY ENCOURAGEMENT PHOTOGRAPHYBYISTOCK The Wise Man Built His House Upon the Rock This well-known children’s song helps all of us understand the importance of setting our lives on a firm foundation with Christ as the Cornerstone. Consider pairing this song with the story of the Three Little Pigs for added insights. Listen to the hymn at this link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v =ens48Apw9Cs&feature=related. A Mighty Fortress Written by Martin Luther between 1527 and 1529, this favorite is often sung on Reformation Sunday, the Sunday closest to October 31. This was the day in 1517 that Luther nailed his Ninety-Five Theses on the church door at Wittenberg. Perhaps Luther was thinking of Wartburg Castle as he wrote this hymn. He was whisked away by masked horsemen and hidden there for his own protection at one point in his life. The words are based on Psalm Wartburg Castle, Eisenach 46. Here is a link for this beloved hymn: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Yk8U58vfOoc. How Firm a Foundation This is a fascinating look at hymnody using “How Firm a Foundation” at this link: http://www.youtube. com/watch?v=szskMfmbMf8. The narrator talks about how poets find melodies for their hymns. The Solid Rock A large gathering of men singing with piano ac- companiment and words are at this link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DWdNgXSd46Y &feature=related. TAKE ADVANTAGE OF YOUR CHILD’S NATURAL ABILITY TO MEMORIZE. LEARN AS MANY HYMNS AS YOU CAN! “ “ SAVE YOUR BOXTOPS! Did you know CHEC collects Box Tops for Education? Each qualifying box top is worth 10 cents to CHEC, and every little bit helps us return the investment to Colorado families. Simply collect the box tops and then drop them off at a CHEC event or the office (or mail them to us). Looking for other ways to support CHEC? Learn more at www.chec.org/connect/support. © 2016 by Marcia K. Washburn. The above article is excerpted and adapted from Marcia’s unique, award-win- ning music appreciation course, Beethoven Who? Family Fun with Music, available at MarciaWashburn.com. The Church’s One Foundation Sung by a congregation with piano and organ in the traditional style, with words displayed at this link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=molBcp8S_Ng. There are many hymns that proclaim the firm founda- tion of Christ upon which the Church is built. Extend your own search beyond those listed here to enrich your family’s own times of worship. You can access more these activities via the easy click links at chec.org/blog.
  10. 10. C H E C H O M E S C H O O L U P DAT E I Vo l u m e 2 , I s s u e 9 5 , 2 01 610 FAMILY ENCOURAGEMENT YOU HAVE SPENT THE PAST TWO DECADES OF YOUR LIFE HOMESCHOOLING YOUR CHILDREN. WHY DID YOU AND YOUR WIFE DECIDE TO TAKE THIS APPROACH TO DISCIPLING YOUR CHILDREN? A When our oldest child turned 5, my wife and I attended the local school’s kindergarten roundup, which turned out to be eye-opening for us; we realized that the “schooling” offered was more about her psychological health than about the 3 R’s. What our daughter really needed at the age of five was what we were already teaching her at home. We first heard about homeschooling on Dr. Dob- son’s radio show. After our experience at the local school, we began considering homeschooling and realized that it would allow us to have our daughter with us for the THEMATIC INTERVIEW DISCIPLESHIP 101 for DadsINTERVIEW WITH BILL WARD majority of her teachable hours, and we could continue to be the primary influencers in her little life. And that’s what we wanted — to influence our daughter (and then the rest of our children) to love the Lord. HOW DID YOU IMPLEMENT YOUR VISION FOR FAMILY DISCIPLESHIP WHEN YOUR CHILDREN WERE YOUNG? A As young parents seeking the Lord, we learned that the moral training of our children (as communicated in Scripture) was much more im- portant than their academic training: “Seek ye first the kingdom of God and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you” (Matthew 6:33). Thus, we placed priority on teaching our children scriptural principles and the importance of respecting the authority of their parents. We wrote out character-based house rules on a large poster board that we hung in our dining room. The rules included things like “Thankfulness for what we do have; not comparing, coveting, or complain- ing about what we don’t have,” and we often referred back to the rules. When one (or many) of the children were struggling with obedience, we would talk about the rules as a family and why they were important. As a family, being an active part of our local church was paramount in the vision of our homeschool. We named our homeschool “Green Tree Christian School” (from Psalm 52:8 “But I am like a green olive tree in the house of God”) and we wanted all the children to be involved in Sunday worship as well as service opportunities with the church. When the children were young, we also began at- tending Bible and homeschool conferences together as a family, such as the CHEC conference. Looking back, we are so grateful for the impact these speakers and their messages had on our family, as we learned the importance of creationism, biblical worldview, the biblical family, and more. WHAT PRACTICAL MEASURES DID YOU TAKE TO INCREASE THE BENEFITS OF FAMILY DISCIPLESHIP AS YOUR CHILDREN ENTERED THEIR YOUNG ADULT YEARS? A Through some visionary Bible teachers, I learned of the need as a father to cast a biblical vision for our family while our children’s hearts were tender. I wrote, with input from my wife and children, our first Family Mission Statement when our oldest (of 5) was 16 years old. We displayed it in the living room, and we would review it when we had discussions about new opportunities. If something wasn’t closely related to our mission, we most often passed on it. C H E C H O M E S C H O O L U P DAT E I Vo l u m e 2 , I s s u e 9 5 , 2 01 610 PHOTOGRAPHYBYISTOCK
  11. 11. Vo l u m e 2 , I s s u e 9 5 , 2 01 6 I C H E C H O M E S C H O O L U P DAT E 11 FAMILY ENCOURAGEMENTTHEMATIC INTERVIEW we needed it ourselves! After several years, we saw the need for biblical parenting instruction continue to grow, and we sought to lead the class at our church to reach families there. For 10 years now, we have taught parenting, marriage, and family discipleship courses based out of our church. Each class has also given us the opportunity to share the testimony of our family and how God led us into home-based discipleship. God showed us He really meant what He told us in Deuteronomy 6: “And these words I command you today shall be on your heart. You shall teach them diligently to your children...” Over the years we have seen many families we have discipled turn to homeschooling as their choice for discipling their children, which has given us great joy! IF A HOMESCHOOL FAMILY ATTENDS A CHURCH WHERE THE MAJORITY OF MEMBERS AND LEADERS DO NOT HOME EDUCATE THEIR CHILDREN, WHAT CAN THEY DO TO MAINTAIN A VIBRANT PRESENCE IN THEIR CHURCH WITHOUT BEING DISCOURAGED THAT THEY ARE IN THE MINORITY? A It’s important to seek the Lord for His wisdom in being part of a local church. When you have become part of a church family, then you should blossom where you are planted! We have found that serving together as a family in our church is a wonderful way to be actively involved, get to know others, and teach the value of serving to our children. From carnivals and camps to fellowships and VBS, opportunities abounded for our family to serve together and show our commitment to being part of our church family. We carefully chose what we participated in as a family, then we jumped in wholeheartedly. Humble, grateful servants are recognized and greatly appreciated by church lead- ers, and they bring a godly encouraging spirit to a church, rather than a divisive one. Over the years we have learned that if you aren’t part of a family-inte- grated church, instead of bemoaning it, you should 11 We also began attending, together as a family, as many Bible-teaching seminars and conferences as we could. They were instructive, encouraging, and a great source of fellowship with believers on similar paths. Family meetings also became a mainstay: potential projects, goals, trips, and household responsibilities were hot topics. We still continue these “calendar meetings” and we love fellowshipping and discussing life issues while we’re working on plans together. We also began to realize the importance of fellowship with like-minded families, and often hosted other fami- lies for a meal or held larger gatherings at our home. WITH ALL OF YOUR CHILDREN NOW GRADUATED FROM YOUR FAMILY HOMESCHOOL, HOW DO YOU CONTINUE TO DISCIPLE YOUR ADULT CHILDREN? A We still have family goals that I refresh at the beginning of the year, and then I ask each child to write their own corollary goals in the areas of spiritual growth, relationships and learning, and health. Each son and daughter have been challenged to seek God for His calling for their life, and to write it down in a personal mission statement. Meeting one-on-one with each of my children remains a challenge (trying to coordinate schedules), but it repays far beyond the effort put forth. Coaching them through relationship, school, and job situations has been a joy for us as parents. My wife goes through discipleship books with my daughters, and I do the same with my sons. But, walking with the Lord myself, working to strengthen my marriage relationship, and setting the example of trusting God through difficulties is the greatest thing I do now for their discipleship. YOU HAVE A DISCIPLESHIP MINISTRY WITHIN YOUR CHURCH. PLEASE SHARE ABOUT THAT. A When our children were very young, we began facilitating a biblical parenting class in our home for some close friends — mostly because pursue becoming a church-integrated family. We have found that being in the minority (as related to home education) has actually strength- ened our family unity overall; we are committed to following the Lord as a family and serving Him wholeheartedly where He has us, rather than waiting for “better” or different circumstances. The body of Christ has a large diversity of gifts, local churches, and saints, and we have realized that we are the ones who are “different,” and God loves us too. The bottom line for our family has become ‘It’s not about us, it’s all about Jesus!’ and all we are doing is for His glory alone! IF A FAMILY WANTED TO ENCOURAGE THEIR CHURCH LEADERS TO CONSIDER HOME EDUCATION AS A KEY TO FAMILY DISCIPLESHIP, WHAT SUGGESTIONS DO YOU HAVE FOR THEM? A Begin by diligently discipling your own children at home! If it’s not working at home, it’s not ready to export. Ask yourself, ‘Is my family an example others want to follow?’ If not, recommit to working on the fundamentals at home, so that when your family is with the church they are orderly and a joy to others. Make sure you know your local and state rules for homeschooling; participate in your lo- cal homeschool groups; and thereby represent homeschooling families to the church. You will become a resource your pastors can refer others to. By your testimony, favor may be won for ministry opportunities that no one expected. For example, in our large contemporary church, we recently were asked to start a family-integrated Sunday school class! This is our testimony: The Lord has done great things for us, and we are glad! Bill Ward and his wife Karen educated their five children at home through high school. They live near Kansas City, Missouri. They are passionate about sharing a vi- sion for the parental privilege of teaching, training, and mentoring children in the ways of the Lord.
  12. 12. C H E C H O M E S C H O O L U P DAT E I Vo l u m e 2 , I s s u e 9 5 , 2 01 612 CHEC EVENTS EVENT RECAP BY KATIE WARD PHOTOGRAPHYBYSAVANNAHFINE,ZACHROACH,ASHLEYVAUGHAN On April 8th, over 1,700 homeschoolers joined together at Homeschool Day at the Capitol to follow the words of the Psalmist: “Oh give thanks to the Lord; call upon His name; make known His deeds among the peoples!” (Psalm 105:1) CHEC EVENTS MARK YOUR CALENDARS! Day at the Capitol April 7, 2017 ▶ Opening of the Legislature at the Capitol Building Homeschoolers shared the Pledge of Allegiance, and then Colorado sena- tors shared strong encouragement for homeschool families during the long opening of the Senate. Afterwards, families toured the Capitol building and experienced a reenactment of Patrick Henry’s speech. Constitution Class High school students and families learned from homeschool grad, lawyer, and professor Jenna Ellis about our country’s foundation of biblical truth. ▶
  13. 13. Vo l u m e 2 , I s s u e 9 5 , 2 01 6 I C H E C H O M E S C H O O L U P DAT E 13 CHEC EVENTS ◀ Liberty Celebration The CHESS homeschool choir opened in song, and then Pete Olson shared his family’s story of their fight for homeschool freedom in Colorado. Actor Dick Stenbakken dramatically presented the story of the Philippian Jailor, en- couraging families in the testimony of Christians standing for truth in the face of persecution. CHEC’s Homeschool Introductory Seminars are held throughout the year to give parents the vision, legalities, and nuts and bolts they need. A seminar is coming to a city near you: ■ Pueblo (7/23/2016 ) ■ Grand Junction (7/30/2016) ■ Parker (7/30/2016) ■ Colorado Springs (8/6/2016) Sign up for the seminar closest to you! NEW TO HOMESCHOOLING? INTERESTED IN HELPING HOST A SEMINAR IN YOUR HOME TOWN? PLEASE CONTACT JOSH@ CHEC.ORG! CHEC.ORG/EVENTS ■ Westminster (8/6/2016) ■ Buena Vista (8/13/2016) ■ Loveland (8/13/2016) ▶ Noon Rally at the Capitol Homeschoolers followed fife & drum in a march around the Capitol, ending on the west steps of the Capitol. Over a thousand gathered to glorify God and express gratitude and support for homeschool freedom. We rejoice for each family who came, the beautiful weather, and for God’s continued grace in granting us homeschool liberty!
  14. 14. C H E C H O M E S C H O O L U P DAT E I Vo l u m e 2 , I s s u e 9 5 , 2 01 614 FAMILY ENCOURAGEMENT aise a hand if you can remem- ber what year the American Revolution was fought? Can you find the length of the hy- potenuse? Do you know what a hypotenuse is? What element on the Periodic Table is abbreviated Sn? What about Os? Can you identify an intransitive verb in a sentence? How about a diphthong? And have the answers to any of these questions helped you be a more successful person? As a homeschooling mom, you have probably felt the load of guilt from “not doing enough.” And by “enough,” you likely are comparing your homeschool curriculum with either your memory of school or with others around you as they at- tempt to “do school.” It is imperative that we ask ourselves the ques- tion: “What is really important in the education of my children?” instead of assuming that the system has it figured out. (Because put your finger on the pulse of the society around you, and tell me if you think, by and large, we are giving the next generation the tools they need to be successful?) Do we want our children to be good at school, good at tests… or educated in a meaningful way that will benefit them in their real lives? Force yourself to think outside of your experience and see the difference between schooling and educating. We only have so much time in a day, and so many days in a year, and just like that, our children are done with their education. So what matters? Is it not true, that we believe an education is the key to [earthly] success? So why is it that so much of what is included in a standard education has nothing to do with being FAMILY ENCOURAGEMENT successful? And shouldn’t we be concerned enough about that to question the status quo? It’s a given that I believe everything should be undergirded with our love and fear of the Lord. The following are more practical things as it relates to earthly success. Here is my opinion of what really matters when it comes to a practical preparation for life: Financial Literacy Honestly, I think this is at the top of the list of things that will MOST impact our children in their practical lives. Because no matter what academic subjects are mastered in school, if a person grows up without a solid foundation of how money works, how to manage it and make it and how to keep it, it will mat- ter little what he does for a living or what he scored on his ACT. The truth is, we’re preparing our kids to have a fam- What’s Most IMPORTANT?BY KELLY CRAWFORD PHOTOGRAPHYBYISTOCK
  15. 15. Vo l u m e 2 , I s s u e 9 5 , 2 01 6 I C H E C H O M E S C H O O L U P DAT E 15 FAMILY ENCOURAGEMENT Relationships and Conflict Resolution Because, life and people. Problem Solving We have two choices as we live life. Complain and despair, or find solutions to our inevitable problems. We need to be talking prolifically to our children about the right choice of facing our problems head on with an optimistic, problem- solving stamina. Largely, a person’s success will depend on his willingness and ability to solve life’s problems. Character Even though this is listed last, it really encom- passes the others and isn’t necessarily just an item in the list. Diligence, honesty, integrity – these are the traits that, along with the afore- mentioned things, will serve our children well, bringing them success in their endeavors. The ily and make a living. That’s pretty much what we all grow up to do, one way or another. On the financial side of things, our kids have more opportunities than ever before to make money doing what they love. But, they have to have an intelligent grasp of economy in the real world. We love Dave Ramsey’s Foundations in Personal Finance for high school. The Three R’s Reading, Writing and Arithmetic. Our children need a good foundation in these three, and after that, the sky is their limit. We live in an age where information is infinite. Our children have anything they want to know at their fingertips. They just need to know how to ac- cess that information and the freedom to do it. We can’t learn a fraction of everything. So why not learn what we’re interested in, because that’s the only thing that we will retain anyway. Really, our job is pretty simple. And if we think that their education is limited to what we impart to them, we’re wrong and we do them a grave disservice to let them think that. Nondenominational Conference Village Seven Presbyterian Church 4050 Nonchalant Circle Colorado Springs | 80917 (719) 591-7481 mefmusic.org FREE 5 DAY EVENTFOR ALL AGES* FEATURED SPEAKER DEL TACKETT Author of “The Truth Project” Speakers: DelTackett, Ian Leitch Pastor Jeff Anderson Pastor ClevelandThompson Judy Reamer Musicians: Lori Jean Smith Babbie Mason Greg Buchanan Burchfield Brothers Jerry Nelson Reggie and Ladye Love Smith The Burchfield Family RAISING UP WORSHIPERS OF JESUS CHRIST AROUND THE WORLD! 35th Annual *No nursery or child care provided. RaisingUpW orshipers of Jesus Christ Aroun dtheWorld 2016 WORD & WORSHIP CONFERENCE JUNE 20-24 Kelly and her husband Aaron enjoy country life in the South with their eleven children. Kelly is a national speaker, author and blogger at GenerationCedar.com where you can read about her real life and real struggles as a mom. Bible bears it out and so does experience. Character is best taught by our living example, so we have our work before us. Let us live lives worthy of emulation. So what I really want to say to you, my fellow homeschooling mama, is this: chill out. It’s OK if your kids can’t answer all the questions on Jeopardy. Granted, that would be impressive, but we shouldn’t be about the business of impressing. You’re doing more than you think. The endless worksheets aren’t going to make a big difference in your child’s ultimate success. Even the test scores can be a decoy from true learning. Keep it simple and homeschool on. FAMILY ENCOURAGEMENT
  16. 16. C H E C H O M E S C H O O L U P DAT E I Vo l u m e 2 , I s s u e 9 5 , 2 01 616 FAMILY ENCOURAGEMENT Rocky Mountain Homeschool Conference SPEAKER Such a simple question! But is the answer that obvious? Not when it comes to high school algebra! And I’m not talking about some new way to add algebraic fractions. I’m referring to the age-old practice of teaching two years of algebra in high school which, presumably, make up a complete course in algebra. Called Algebra 1 and 2, or Beginning Algebra and Advanced Algebra, the implication was that each comprised one-half of a complete algebra course. However, if you look at the table of contents in any second-year alge- bra book, you will find that at least fifty percent of the book is a repeat of first-year algebra. So really, there are no Algebra 1 and Algebra 2. These courses came about as a result of school scheduling. Years ago, when it was the norm to require two high school math credits to graduate from high school, a study of algebra was a natural beginning credit. It was generally taught “mechanically,” utilizing many formulas and rules, a lot of practice and repetition. For another math credit, geometry was taught for a year. It was considered “another discipline,” involving logical reasoning and proof, and it gave students “another math experience.” That took care of the required credits. The next year, students interested in going further in their study of mathematics were offered the opportu- nity to continue and finish their study of algebra. Of course, because of the “procedural” way it was taught initially, students simply didn’t remember much of that first year. So, they started over, re-studying many of the same things. This time however, it was called “Advanced Algebra.” This has been perpetuated through the years, primarily because of that traditional implementation. When you try to memorize rules, formulas, tricks, and shortcuts, without really knowing why they work, it will take a lot of drill and review just to remember the material for a test. Yet that approach is often consid- ered to be the normal way to teach algebra. Therefore, one of the most fragmenting things we have done in mathematics education is to “forcibly in- sert” a geometry course into the middle of an algebra course. Algebra is a single course, a “complete” course, divided only by concept areas. It is the study of relations (equations and inequalities), and it develops by degrees (as defined by the exponents). It begins, very logically, with a study of first-degree relations (all of the exponents are 1), and continues to develop by exploring other types of exponents. Included are higher-order relations (with integer exponents), rational-degree relations (with fractions as exponents), and literal degree relations (when the exponents are variables, or “letters”). As such, algebra is the basic language of all upper level mathematics courses, including geometry. Geometry not a prerequisite for Advanced Algebra, in fact you really need a good understanding of algebra, as a complete course, before you can fully understand a complete geometry course. That means there is a “disadvantage,” from an instructional point of view and from the viewpoint of subject integrity, when you study geometry in the middle of an algebra course. Of course, all of this would be irrelevant if algebra were taught analytically, without dependence on rules and shortcuts. If students were taught the why of algebraic principles, less repetition and practice would be necessary, and algebra could be studied in one school year. Then, the two “halves” would truly make a “whole.” Thomas Clark, president of VideoText Interactive, is a life-long teacher of mathematics and science with 49 years of experience at all levels. As a result, he is convinced that everyone as the ability to understand mathematics. In the last 20 years, he has focused on the development of multimedia pro- grams that challenge traditional methods of instruction by emphasizing the “why” of mathematics, and has further directed his attention toward helping homeschooling parents become more effective instructors. Do Two Halves Really Make a WHOLE?BY TOM CLARK FAMILY ENCOURAGEMENT PHOTOGRAPHYBYISTOCK
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  18. 18. C H E C H O M E S C H O O L U P DAT E I Vo l u m e 2 , I s s u e 9 5 , 2 01 618 BEST OF BLOG Contrary to anticipating today’s popular “norm” that one’s children rebel once they hit their teen years, our parents decided to homeschool us in order to take preventative steps to not let us fall prey to that possibility. Their plan was to instill a deep love and trust in the Lord Jesus into our hearts and minds. The Lord wants your children to not rebel and love Him even more than you do, so what measures can parents take to instill a deep love for Jesus in their “little arrows” (Psalm 127)? To train us to love the Lord Jesus, our parents proactively looked to the future in prayer and plan- ning for ways to avoid certain pitfalls that they saw other Christian youth embracing. They realized that if a deep knowledge and love for the Lord was PHOTOGRAPHYBYISTOCK.COM taught, and each child daily bathed in prayer, by God’s grace, rebellion could be replaced with a love for the Lord and His Word. “And thou shalt teach them diligently unto thy children, and shalt talk of them when thou sittest in thine house, and when thou walkest by the way, and when thou liest down, and when thou risest up (Deut. 6:7). With this in mind, they purposefully planned for our future in several ways. Plan to base all teaching on Scriptural principles The foundational teaching in our home was based on 1 Corinthians 6:20, “For ye are bought with a price: therefore glorify God in your body, and in your spirit, which are God’s.” Our parents taught us that if we did everything out of a love for the Lord and with the motivation to “please Jesus” in all we did, then we would never have to worry about pleasing our parents — that would happen automatically! In our case, this thought process helped to lift the desire to obey above emotions of the moment directed in frustration at a person. To help us understand Who we were giving our love and obedience to, our parents spent a lot of time explaining the character and nature of our loving Lord so we would understand how infinite BEST OF BLOG Visit the CHEC blog for weekly encouragement, with articles like: ▶ Colorado History Field Trips ▶ Smart Kids Who Hate to Write ▶ Organizing Your Homeschool Go to CHEC.ORG/BLOG to read more! He was compared to our finiteness. We learned about the different names of God, His care for His people throughout history and memorized verses about His nature. One of the most impactful of these verses was Proverbs 15:3, BY TARYN AND MIRREN MARTIN
  19. 19. Vo l u m e 2 , I s s u e 9 5 , 2 01 6 I C H E C H O M E S C H O O L U P DAT E 19 BEST OF BLOG “The eyes of the LORD are in every place, beholding the evil and the good.” God’s Word let us know that anything Dad and Mom “missed” was before the eyes of the Lord! Pre-decide on a plan of action To help instill a love and respect for the Lord in us, Dad and Mom pre-decided to do several things. From the time we were very young, Scripture memory was a large part of our youth. Mom diligently typed out 3x5 cards with our current Scripture memory passages and always had them in her purse, ready to pull out at any stop light, grocery store line, or time-consuming event in our day. This prepared us with biblical answers to daily decisions or trials. Chapters specifically applying to areas of life where we were struggling were “strangely” always the ones chosen, and “surprisingly” many of those pressing issues we were struggling with started to melt away as we put God’s Word and His principles into practice. Psalm 119:11 says, “Thy word have I hid in mine heart, that I might not sin against thee.” Our parents very purposefully chose a passage of Scripture to be the illustration of our family’s goal in life — Colossians 1:9 -14, with the target verse being 1:10. This has especially been our Dad’s prayer for us every day since we were small. Nearly all young children will respond to gentle, loving instruction based on God’s Word, because children have been created to love, forgive, trust, and not doubt at that age. Knowing Dad was consistently praying Colossians 1:10 for us all made a profound impact, “That ye might walk worthy of the Lord unto all pleasing, being fruitful in every good work, and increasing in the knowledge of God.” Our parents taught us to spend time in His Word daily so that we could also develop a personal re- lationship with Him. We read the Bible daily as a family. They would bring the Word alive through ex- planations, insights, and ap- plications. Sometimes there was laughter (we serve the God who created the emotions of joy and happiness!), but other times it was seriously studying a wrong action that did not please the Lord. These times instilled a deep respect for the Bible as the ultimate authority in all of life’s situations. To help us understand more of a practical knowledge of God’s love and care for His children, Dad and Mom spent hours reading missionary biographies and Foxe’s Book of Martyrs to us. Here we met life-changing Christian examples of faith like George Mueller, Hudson Taylor, and others. Through the examples of Mueller and Taylor never explicitly telling others of monetary needs, we made the same decision as a family. Almost nothing could have been more life-changing as young children then when our parents would let us know some new economic “crisis” that had assailed us, but that we could trust the Lord to provide for our every need. Our parents would remind us that “this is how we know God is real.” We would then put some small item representing our answer to prayer in our Taryn and Mirren Martin are daughters of Dr. Jobe and Jenna Dee Martin and work full time in their family’s ministry, Biblical Discipleship Minis- tries. They were homeschooled until attending college where they studied Elementary and History Education, ending with doctorates in History. As the Lord gives opportunity, they also enjoy a side ministry within BDM to young ladies. Their desire for young ladies is that they understand the importance and fulfillment found in a personal relationship with the Lord Jesus Christ. From the time we were very young, Scripture memory was a large part of our youth. Mom typed our Scripture memory passages on 3x5 cards and always had them in her purse, ready to pull out. “ “ “Stones in the Jordan Cabinet” in the living room. This cabinet is a daily reminder of our God’s loving and detailed provision for our needs, as well as a testimony to all who enter our house. What did we learn from all this? The answer for both of us is that we know God is real because we have a personal relationship with Him as our Savior and Redeemer. Because of this, we have unshak- able faith in His infallible Word and its promises for us. Even if our family had not seen a lifetime of answered prayers, we would still have faith and trust in Who He says He is. Homeschooling provided the perfect protected platform for Dad and Mom to emphasize all the character qualities of our Creator and Savior, Jesus Christ, and to thus instill a deep love and devotion to Him in us from a very early age. As Mark 12:30 reminds us, “And thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind, and with all thy strength: this is the first commandment.”
  20. 20. C H E C H O M E S C H O O L U P DAT E I Vo l u m e 2 , I s s u e 9 5 , 2 01 620 STRUGGLING LEARNERS There are many bright, hard-working kids who have to work too hard to learn. They dislike school because they don’t feel very successful. These kids have not learned to use both sides of their brain for memorizing and understand- ing material. We, as teachers, can change a frustrating, unhappy year to a successful one by making them feel as smart as they really are. How do we do this? By teaching them to use both sides of their brain using alternative teaching strategies. Plan A and Plan B Teaching Methods Plan A emphasizes more left brain, auditory learning strategies, such as: memorizing math Smart But FEELING DUMBBY DIANNE CRAFT, MA, CNHP picture of the word in his head and can easily spell it forwards and backwards. It transfers the words into their long term memory. Reading: Sight word memorization helps struggling readers by adding visual memory techniques like color, picture, weird and emotion to the sight words. The bonus is that they will also be able spell the word. Phonics can be easily taught using the practice of “imbedding.” Imbedding the phoneme (au/aw) directly onto a picture that gives that sound. The brain receives the information as a unit, and stores the pho- neme and picture together. Almost all students tend to make two years growth in reading level, in a year, using this imbedding strategy. Writing: When writing paragraphs, book reports and short compositions, a successful visual strategy is “Right Brain Webbing.” Since the student is able to see the “whole” paper before writing it, the paper practically writes itself. Once they are good at this technique, then they can apply this to any writing program. (email: craft@ ecentral.com, and put “Right Brain Webbing” in the subject line for a free copy of this method). Math: Instead of worksheets and black and white flash cards, memorize math facts using color, PHOTOGRAPHY BY ISTOCK facts with black and white flash cards; spelling words by writing them repeatedly, or memorizing the pho- nics rules. All of these more left brain methods do not work well for these students. To help these struggling learners become more successful, we need to look into using more Plan B teaching methods. Plan B is a method of teaching which involves practices that train the student to use both sides of his brain. How does this work? Visual memory strategies take much less of the student’s learning “battery,” because they employ right brain teaching strategies. One such strategy is “imbedding” the data on a picture which places information in the brain in a unit. Using this technique for memoriza- tion along with other visual memory hooks such as color, humor, emotion, and picture, more infor- mation will be retained. Plan B involves learning together on a white board as much as possible. Use the “Smart Part” of their Brain Teach subjects differently: Spelling: Consider putting aside the spelling exercises for now and show the student how to use his strong “Photographic Memory.” This will bring “instant success” as the student will learn to see a “My child hates school. He doesn’t feel as smart as his siblings and friends. What can I do to help him feel smarter?” STRUGGLING LEARNERS ? ?NEWCOLUMN!
  21. 21. Vo l u m e 2 , I s s u e 9 5 , 2 01 6 I C H E C H O M E S C H O O L U P DAT E 21 STRUGGLING LEARNERS ? picture, weird and emotion, to the multiplication or addition facts. When teaching math concepts, remember to “model, model, model.” Spend 85% of your math time showing how to work a problem on the board. Only 15% of each les- son would be independent work on problems. Study Skills for Tests: Work with the students studying for a test by making notes of a history or science chapter on the white board, using pic- tures and symbols with blood and ooze where appropriate, to remember the facts and chronol- ogy of events. These memory hooks always raise test scores in even the most struggling student. Become Your Child’s “Thinking Partner” When you become your student’s “thinking partner,” you view correcting tests and papers as a teaching tool, rather than just an end point. For example, if a student does poorly on a test, instead of turning the test back to him with a bad grade, take the unmarked test to him and go over the questions orally. If you find he didn’t understand the material, then you could set up a time to re-teach the part that he didn’t understand. However, if you found that he did understand the material, but didn’t mark the correct answer or follow your directions, you might decide to guide him through his next tests. He could even take his tests orally with you until he becomes confident taking the tests. Show him how to strategize taking tests. Much good or damage can be done when correct- ing a student’s writing assignment. To encourage more writing, consider assigning points for each good writing strategy in the paper. You won’t ignore mistakes but instead, each week when you prepare to write the next paper, you can talk about the things you want to improve on that paper. “Harvest” spell- ing mistakes for the student’s personal list to study. Smart and Feeling Smart The teaching method used with struggling students makes all the difference in the world in how they learn, and most importantly, how they feel about themselves as learners. ?? Dianne Craft has a Master’s Degree in Elementary and Special Education and is president of Child Diagnostics, Inc. She has 25 years’ experience teaching bright, hard-working children and teens. She is also a Certified Natural Health Professional. Dianne uses a “Three Pronged Approach” to eliminate learning blocks. She will be giving 4 workshops at the 2016 CHEC Convention on these easy teaching methods. To see the teaching products she has developed, go to www.diannecraft.org and watch some YouTube clips. Rocky Mountain Homeschool Conference SPEAKER I teach continuing education courses for teachers. In an assignment paper I received from one of my third grade teachers, she wrote about a student she was working with, using the visual memory method of teaching multiplication tables. She wrote that, “Ev- eryday Evan would say things such as ‘I’m so smart,’ ‘I love this school,’ and ‘My brains are going to pop out!’ This teacher went on to say that while using these teaching strategies with her whole class, “the unexpected joy was how smart her students began to feel. This success is addictive!” JOIN THE VOLUNTEER TEAM! Volunteer 2016Volunteer 2016 CHEC is made up of an incredible team of volunteers. Throughout the year, volunteers help... ■ host events like Intro Seminars ■ greet at larger events like Day at the Capitol ■ enter data and sort files at the CHEC Office ■ capture event memories through photography ...all while building relationships and investing in the next generation. We’d love your whole family to join us! LEARN MORE: CHEC.ORG/VOLUNTEER
  22. 22. C H E C H O M E S C H O O L U P DAT E I Vo l u m e 2 , I s s u e 9 5 , 2 01 622 CURRICULUM REVIEW Along with Shakespeare’s Macbeth, Worldviews in Literature introduces students to the works of Nathaniel Hawthorne, Mark Twain, Ernest Hem- mingway, and John Steinbeck. The writings of these literary giants run counter to a biblical worldview and students are taught how to recognize the author’s arguments and refute them with Scripture. In Worldviews in Culture, students are taught to analyze popular movies and music in order to rec- ognize the philosophies being proclaimed. Students are then taught to determine if these philosophies agree with or contradict the Bible. A teacher’s guide is also available which is full of materials to make this course easy to teach. There is a daily schedule which breaks the book into pieces that can be completed in 36-weeks. There are also worksheets and tests which allow concepts to be reinforced and grades to be easily assessed. My family is looking forward to using this curriculum with our high school senior next school year. Science is another area of study in which it’s im- portant to keep the Creator central. Dr. Jay Wile has been a huge blessing to homeschoolers by creating materials for science classes that are designed for a homeschooling audience. Dr. Wile assumes the student using his materials does not have access to new curriculum Worldviews in Conflict (www. masterbooks.com). Most Shakespearean study guides focus on the characters, plot, themes, poetry, and overall ge- nius of Shakespeare. While Worldviews in Conflict examines all of these aspects, it goes a step further by examining Shakespeare’s underlying view of reality. It leads the student to ask questions such as, “What is the ultimate cause of everything that happens? Is man responsible for his sins? Is God sovereign or is there some other ultimate cause that directs events in this universe?” However, Worldviews in Conflict is much more than a literary guide. It is broken into three sections: Worldviews in Philosophy, Worldviews in Litera- ture, and Worldviews in Culture. Worldviews in Philosophy introduces students to the great thinkers who helped shape the western world and teaches students to analyze ideas from a biblical worldview. For example, after reading John Locke’s An Essay Concerning Human Understanding, students are asked the question, “How does Locke’s theory fit with Romans 2:14-15?” In this way, students are able to compare what the Bible teaches with what godless human wisdom teaches. CURRICULUM I’m always looking for curriculum that helps students build on Christ as the cornerstone of their education. In this article I want to introduce you to a high school philosophy/literature course and a high school chemistry course which effectively do just that. My 17-year old daughter and I were plan- ning her English curriculum for the year when she told me she only wanted to read Shakespeare’s Macbeth if she could study it with Kevin Swanson. Thankfully, it is possible to study Shakespeare with Mr. Swanson as Macbeth is one of the pieces of literature discussed in Kevin Swanson’s Cornerstone BY CINDY PUHEK CURRICULUM REVIEW PHOTOGRAPHYBYISTOCK
  23. 23. Vo l u m e 2 , I s s u e 9 5 , 2 01 6 I C H E C H O M E S C H O O L U P DAT E 23 CURRICULUM REVIEW a subject matter expert so he goes to great lengths to illustrate his concepts and make them under- standable. The books are written in an engaging, conversational style. The labs in his books are pretty foolproof, and he explains in detail what happened in the experiment and why it happened. God is also masterfully woven throughout his books as Dr. Wile teaches students to recognize God’s creative work in the physical world. Dr. Wile has recently published a new chemistry book with Berean Book Publishers (www. Bereabuilders.com) called Discovering Design With Chemistry. This book is much like his previous chemistry book, but contains some improvements. There is a re- producible scheduling guide printed in the textbook to help students pace themselves for 36 weeks of study. Another helpful aspect of the book is that important information to memorize is offset in boxes or is typed in bold. Dr. Wile has also been able to increase the level of sophistication of the labs in this book since the price of lab equipment has gone down considerably in recent years. With the reasonably priced $70 lab kit that needs to be purchased with the book, students can complete labs like determining the number of water molecules in a hydrated compound and determining the concentration of a hydrogen peroxide solution. This new textbook will help guide homeschoolers successfully through their chem- istry coursework as it simultaneously helps them counteract evolutionary theory by teaching them to recognize God‘s design in chemistry. 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. You can visit her blog at http://home- schoolenrichment. com/members/ coloradomtgirl. One of the primary goals of my homeschool is to equip my children to enter adulthood with the ability to cast down imaginations, and every high thing that exalts itself against the knowledge of God (2 Corinthians 10:5). Curriculum such as Worldviews in Conflict and Discovering Design with Chemistry help me achieve this goal by training students to recognize anti-biblical philosophies and equipping them with apologetics and Scriptural knowledge. Rocky Mountain Homeschool Conference SPEAKER
  24. 24. C H E C H O M E S C H O O L U P DAT E I Vo l u m e 2 , I s s u e 9 5 , 2 01 624 FAMILY ENCOURAGEMENT Dear Colorado Homeschool Leader, I am excited to share with you some of the new plans that God has laid on our hearts at CHEC for supporting those of you who co-labor with us in serving the homeschool community in Colorado. CHEC is in the process of hiring a Homeschool Leadership Liaison to be a part of the CHEC staff team. This new position is being created to broaden and deepen the services that has been provided previously by the Support Group Liaison. CHEC desires to continue to build relationships with and support the variety of leaders who serve through support groups, co-ops, umbrella schools, and various kinds of enrichment groups. A significant way that we are looking to serve you in the coming months is by hosting a Homeschool Leadership Retreat, tailored to meet your needs as a homeschool leader. We will provide content that will help you in your leadership role: an opportunity to just relax and network with other leaders. The Homeschool Leadership Retreat will be held at the beautiful Glen Eyrie Castke in Colorado Springs, October 7-8. Space will be limited for this special overnight retreat so stay tuned for more information and registration details. As someone who has also been involved with serving homeschoolers for a number of years, I am well aware of the hard work and sacrifice that is involved. Looking back at my own homeschool experience, I benefited greatly by the faithful labor of homeschool leaders whom God has used to make the homeschool movement what it is today. By God’s grace and enabling power, the handful of families who bucked the modern day humanistic education system back in the 70’s and 80’s have multiplied into thousands of families across our country today who have a renewed zeal to disciple their children. Homeschooling is projected to grow dramatically during the coming years as second generation homeschoolers, like myself, begin to homeschool their own children. Now, as much as ever, your faithful leadership is needed for guiding the millions of new homeschoolers who will join our ranks in the coming years. CHEC counts it a privilege to be able to serve alongside you and we want to do our best to be a blessing and support for you. Sincerely, Steve Craig CHEC EVENTS PHOTOGRAPHYPROVIDEDBYGLENERYIE(GLENEYRIE.ORG) HomeschoolLeadership Retreat Held at Glen Eyrie Castlein Colorado Springs October 7-8, 2016 Registration opening in July
  25. 25. Vo l u m e 2 , I s s u e 9 5 , 2 01 6 I C H E C H O M E S C H O O L U P DAT E 25 FAMILY ENCOURAGEMENT Being a support group leader is a great thing. You get to help new homeschooling families discover what a wonderful adventure they have embarked upon. I remember our very first homeschool activity. It was a field trip during which I found families like ours. They made sure their children behaved well and said please and thank you. The children were polite and interested in what was going on around them. They were avid learners. Thank goodness for whoever arranged that event! I had felt like a misfit before and now I suddenly belonged. I had hope! Later as a support group leader myself, I planned meetings to help parents with everything from “What do Daddies do?” to “How to Help Your Special Needs Learner.” I met and worked with moms whose styles of homeschooling differed drastically from mine. I learned from them and borrowed a number of ideas that my kids ended up loving. What a stretch it was to learn to accept others’ variety. Over the years I have had the opportunity, as you do, to encourage excellence in homeschooling. I didn’t just want to keep my children home and protect them from the bad things in society, but I wanted to help them excel academically and discover their strengths and talents. We trained into them a strong work ethic, prac- tical life skills, and healthy socialization. They learned SO much more than they would have in a conventional school. When I hear of adults who were homeschooled poorly and grew up resenting it, I am sad. There can be so much more! And parents get to keep learning too! Don’t feel that as a support group leader you have to have all the answers for every person. It just is not possible. You can ask a more seasoned homeschooler or contact CHEC for assistance. And be prepared for God to bring new things into your path. He may even challenge your own weaknesses. That doesn’t disqualify you from being a leader, it just makes you real and normal. Face it and grow! Don’t feel that in order to be a support group leader your kids or your homeschool must be perfect. Of course there will be things that you are working on. Help your children feel accepted as they are. This is how God treats us! The important thing is that they have time with you, plenty of your attention, and they are progressing – academically and spiritu- ally. Perfection is an impossible goal. Be sure to take time out for breaks. Have a personal getaway as well as family getaways. In the early years of homeschooling we did not have many resources for new homeschoolers. Most of the “How to” training was one-on-one. You can imagine the numbers of calls some support group leaders were having to take. I took about 10 many days. The earth will not stop turning if you don’t answer the voice- mails for a week. Let people know you will get back to them when you return. Enjoy the time off; don’t feel guilty. Protect yourself for the long-haul. Looking back, I am so thankful for the support group leader who took time to talk to me early in my 2nd year of homeschooling. She helped me sort out my guilt feelings, my hopes and dreams, and even my fear of the hard work ahead. Blessings on all the sup- port group leaders who care and reach out to other newbies. BY LINDA STAHNKE PHOTO: CHRIS WARDEN AND HIS SON NOAH (WWW.NOAHSMIRACLE.COM), TAKEN BY LISA KITTO, ALL COLORADO HOMESCHOOLERS LEADERS Ode to Homeschool Linda Stahnke is the author of Intentional Parenting: A Guide for Christian Families. She and her husband, George, have been married for 40 years. They have 5 children and 16 grandchildren. They both work at Focus on the Family in Colorado Springs. For more go to www.IntentionalParenting.us. FAMILY ENCOURAGEMENT
  26. 26. C H E C H O M E S C H O O L U P DAT E I Vo l u m e 2 , I s s u e 9 5 , 2 01 626 FAMILY ENCOURAGEMENT Recently my family has been studying the book of Mark. The Gospels never cease to convict, challenge, and encourage me in my walk with Jesus! Having Compassion MAKING A DIFFERENCE seemed to heal randomly and without any particular agenda in mind. He healed both Jew and Gentile. He healed young and old. Male and female. It even appears that He healed both believer and unbeliever. But why did He heal? I believe He did so for many reasons. I know He was authenticating His Godhead by displaying His power and glory. And surely it was a tool to grow faith in His disciples. But one particular motivation for His healing and miracles became clearer to me recently. On five different occasions in the first several chapters of Mark we read about Jesus being moved with compassion or love. In Mark 1 He had compassion on the leper He healed. In Mark 5 we read about the demon-possessed man who Jesus healed out of compassion. And in Mark 6, Jesus was moved by compassion for the large crowd of thousands who were hungry. PHOTOGRAPHYBYISTOCK And each time we journey through them, I learn something new. Isn’t that the wonder of eating of the Bread of Life? It never fails to give nutrition for the day, sometimes for the current hour. In this recent journey through the Book of Mark, I noticed Jesus healing people...a lot. Maybe I noticed it more because my body is getting old and starting to wear down, and maybe that causes me to relate more to people who are in pain or have a physical need. But it seems that every time Jesus was turning around, he was healing somebody. After we are struck with the understanding of the awesome power of Christ to heal life-long problems in a nanosecond, with or without a word, with or without a touch, with or without Him being in the presence of the one who is sick, we are completely astonished. The incredible power of God is amazing! And I noticed something else, too. Jesus FAMILY ENCOURAGEMENT PARTNER with CHEC PARTNER’S PAGE C H E C H O M E S C H O O L U P DAT E I Vo l u m e 2 , I s s u e 9 5 , 2 01 626 Together, we’re motivating parents to disciple the next generation of Christians. Thank you for partnering with us! BY BILL ROACH
  27. 27. Vo l u m e 2 , I s s u e 9 5 , 2 01 6 I C H E C H O M E S C H O O L U P DAT E 27 FAMILY ENCOURAGEMENT As I read these passages, my heart was immediately convicted about my own lack of love or compassion for people. Why do I do what I do in life? Whether it is in my business, as a husband or father, or even as an elder in the church — what motivates me? I must confess that too often, it is love for self, rather than love for God or others. In Mark 6:34 Jesus gets off the boat and notices a large crowd and has compas- sion for them. And I wonder. I wonder what I would have done if I had been there. I don’t think my first reaction to seeing 5,000 plus people would be com- passion. I think it would be something like, “Okay, we have our work cut out for us, let’s go.” I have had opportunities to minister or speak to thousands at a time, but I don’t remember compassion being a big part of my thoughts. I do remember thinking things like, “This is going to take a lot of work,” or “I wonder if I said the right things,” or, “Did I perform to the expectation of the crowd?” Love? Compas- sion? Maybe somewhere down the line.... Recently, we had a meeting in my home with several ministry partners involved in supporting the work of CHEC. It was a blessing to interact with those who have a love and vision for the ministry of discipleship in our state. Part of the vision for the future of CHEC that I shared that night included my heart’s desire to see CHEC help folks love God and each other more. I realize that the landscape of Christian homeschooling has evolved over the years. Many more folks are choosing to homeschool as part of the discipleship of their children. And everyone may be doing it dif- ferently than I am doing it. And that’s okay…in fact, it’s more than okay. It’s beautiful. Each of us has to decide how we are going to love God with OUR own heart, soul, and mind. We can’t love God for other people! And that diversification is a wonderful part of God’s beautiful landscape in His Kingdom. The challenge for an organization like CHEC is to figure out how we can most effectively minister to people. With a limited amount of time, energy, and resources, we must have wisdom. Our heart’s prayer is to meet folks where they are and to help them take the next step where God desires them to go. Besides wisdom, it takes an immense amount of humility, diligence — and compassion. I Corinthians 13 reminds us that love, or compassion, is the most important part of the equa- tion. Without it, we are nothing. Zero. Nada. Fruitless. Worthless. Really, nothing good at all. My prayer for CHEC is that in all we do, we would first be known as those who love God and care about obeying Him, and that secondly, there would be no doubt in any one’s mind that we love others more than we love ourselves. May it be seen in every conference we do, every seminar we put on, every call we answer each day in the office, and in every product we sell. If you would like to join us in this small part of God’s Kingdom, I invite you to reach out to me at bill@chec. org or call me at 303-422-6123. I would love to share PARTNER’S PAGE Vo l u m e 2 , I s s u e 9 5 , 2 01 6 I C H E C H O M E S C H O O L U P DAT E 27 Name Address City State Zip Phone Donation Amount $ ☐ One time donation $ ☐ Monthly donation $ ☐ Or go to CHEC.org and click To set up automatic monthly Credit Card or ACH/ Bank Transfer call the office at 720-842-4852. PLEASE REMOVE THIS SECTION AND MAIL WITH YOUR DONATION TO: 19039 Plaza Drive, Suite 210 Parker, Colorado 80134 For 26 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. this vision and how God has shaped and molded it over these last twenty years. Sometimes it’s hard to believe that I have been a board member of CHEC for that long. I remember thinking when I joined on, that this may be something I could do as long as I felt that the Spirit of God was in the midst of what we were doing. Two decades later, I must admit that there have been times that I have wondered if the Spirit was lead- ing us or if He was quenched in our midst. But this is the walk of the Christian, isn’t it? And at the end we say, “To God be the Glory, great things HE hath done!” With some humility and compassion I hope to make it another twenty years. And I’m sure by then I will be a bit more needful of that healing in the Gospel of Mark! Share the Encouragement! Many families would struggle finding a way to attend this year’s Rocky Mountain Homeschool Conference due to financial difficulties. Would you consider making a donation to the scholarship fund to en- able these families to be encouraged and equipped? Just go to chec.org/donate and designate your gift “Event Scholarship.” Bill Roach has served on the CHEC Board for over 20 years and more than half of them as President. He and his wife Shalyn are enjoying the wonder of being grandpar- ents to Kaden, James, and Bryce. His passion right now is to be more compassionate to those around him.
  28. 28. C H E C H O M E S C H O O L U P DAT E I Vo l u m e 2 , I s s u e 9 5 , 2 01 628 CHEC BOARD OF TRUSTEES: Bill Roach, President George Sechrist, Vice President Kevin Lundberg Brenda Kelly Ian Serff Todd Strawser Steven Vaughan CHEC DIRECTORS: Steve Craig, Executive Director Kevin Swanson, Director of Generations With Vision Mike Cheney, Director of AME Todd Strawser, Director of Christian Family Eldercare The CHEC Homeschool Update is published triannually by Christian Home Educators of Colorado, 19039 E. Plaza Drive, Suite 210, Parker, CO 80134. The purpose of the Homeschool Update is to provide information, resources and leadership for home educating families, while effectively communicating the activities, opportunities and needs of Christian Home Educators of Colorado. The Homeschool Update is free to all who request it. Donations are gladly accepted. The views expressed by contributors and advertisers in this news magazine do not necessarily reflect those of CHEC. Permission is granted to reprint any portion of this magazine, except where noted, provided the following credit is given: “Reprinted from the CHEC Homeschool Update, Volume 2, Issue #95, 2016; 720.842.2432, CHEC.org.” Editor: Shari McMinn, sharimcminn.com Creative Assistant & Designer: Sarah Bryant, sarahleephoto.com Ad Manager: Heidi Botkin Advertising Policy Ads are published on a space-available, first- come, first-served basis and are subject to approval. Payment must be made by the deadline to reserve ad space. New advertisers must include complete product description. We reserve the right to refuse any ad submitted. CHEC’s mailing list is not sold or rented. Advertising in this magazine provides an excellent opportunity to reach homeschooling families likely to be interested in your product or service. Questions may be directed to admanager@chec.org. Circulation: V1 & V3: 5,500 V2: 7,500 Next Advertising Deadline: August 1, 2016 For advertising opportunities with CHEC, go to chec.org/advertise. Copyright © 2016 by CHEC June Rocky Mountain Homeschool Conference DENVER July/August Homeschool Introductory Seminars AROUND THE STATE September Father Son Retreat FRASER Highschool & Beyond Seminar PARKER October Homeschool Leadership Retreat COLORADO SPRINGS Casterline Banquet for Widows & Single Moms PARKER 16-18 1-4 17 7-8 21 What’s NEXT with CHEC Visit CHEC.org/events to learn more and register!
  29. 29. RockyMountainHomeschoolConference.com JUNE 16-18, 2016 D E N V E R , C O LO R A D O Rocky Mountain Homeschool Conference Presented by Christian Home Educators of Colorado AUTHOR OF COMING! Dr. Tedd and Margy Tripp • See inside for more
  30. 30. CHEC HOMESCHO OL UP DA T E I 201 6 R OCKY MOUNTAI N H O M E S C H O O L CONFERENCE30 Rocky Mountain Homeschool Conference I LOVE HOMESCHOOL CONFERENCES! ALWAYS HAVE, ALWAYS WILL. Growing up as a child, attending our state’s homeschool conference was one of the highlights of my year. To tell you the truth, I’m not sure I logged any workshop attendance as a homeschool kid, but boy do I remember how much fun the exhibit hall was! Well, I still like shopping the exhibit hall, but now as a homeschool dad, at- tending the conference has a far deeper purpose and meets a far greater need in my life. Someone recently shared, “Whether we realize it or not, teaching our kids, we reproduce who we are, and consequently, homeschooling families have a constant need for renewal and encouragement in Christ. This is the reason to have regular Christian homeschooling conferences….” This statement is so true. More than anything, the Rocky Mountain Homeschool Conference is an opportunity to have our vision for homeschooling refreshed and to be reenergized by teaching that reminds us of the significance of and need for the sacrifices we make every day as homeschool parents. I think this is the primary thing that keeps me and thousands of other home- school families coming back to homeschool conferences year after year. Speaking of renewing our vision for homeschooling, we are really excited about this year’s lineup of speakers, including Dr. Tedd Tripp, author of the well known parenting book Shepherding A Child’s Heart. In addition to over 90 workshops dealing with every imaginable aspect of the homeschooling journey, we have also added three special activities for youth and families — the CHEC Family Choir, a Colorado Hunter Safety course, and AME’s Youth Entrepreneur & Vendor Program. While the workshops, exhibit hall, and special activities (including Friday’s Family Movie Night) are sure to make this the Colorado homeschool extrav- aganza of the year, I think what tops it all in terms of encouragement is just being together and fellowshipping with so many like-minded families. Attending a conference with thousands of other homeschoolers will certainly remind you that you are not alone! The Rocky Mountain Homeschool conference is an event that is put on for families like yours, by families like yours, and we are already looking forward to three fun-filled, family-filled, and most importantly, Christ-filled days together with you in June! Can’t wait to see you there! Steve Craig Executive Director & Conference Coordinator TOPICS PAGE All About Workshops ......32 2016 Speakers ..........34-37 Workshop Schedules > Thursday...................40 > Friday........................42 > Saturday....................44 All About Shopping.........46 Vendor Listings.........47-48 Where and When? ............53 Registration Info..............55 WELCOME MESSAGE
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  32. 32. CHEC HOMESCHO OL UP DA T E I 201 6 R OCKY MOUNTAI N H O M E S C H O O L CONFERENCE32 Rocky Mountain Homeschool Conference ALL ABOUT WORKSHOPS WOW!WHERE DO I START? The conference is full of help and encouragement for homeschool parents on every stage of the journey. Here are some tips for planning your days to be the most effective. GENERAL SESSIONS These special session times feature not only a message from a keynote speaker, but also include congregational worship, special music, and more. We love gathering as a group to learn together — don’t miss it! HOMESCHOOL HELP Need some practical advice about curriculum, homeschool laws, and more? Stop by the CHEC Info Booth or the Mentor Moms booth to talk to home- school veterans and have your questions answered. JUST BEGINNING? This track of workshops will be held all day on Thursday in Expo G-4. It’s geared to equip you with what you need to start well. Learn about Colora- do law, record keeping, choosing curriculum, balancing housekeeping and schoolwork, managing schoolwork with multiple grades, and more. Just look for the “For Beginners” tag.
  33. 33. 2016 R OC KY M OUN TA IN H O M E S C H O O L CONFERENCE I CHEC HOMESCHOOL UPDATE 33 RockyMountainHomeschoolConference.comHOMESCHOOLING FAMILY DISCIPLESHIP CURRICULUM FAIR WORLDVIEW FELLOWSHIP ENCOURAGEMENT ALL ABOUT WORKSHOPS WORKSHOP TAGS Trying to decide which workshop is right for you? We’ve assigned topical tags to each one to help you know what to expect. Tags include: Practical How-Tos For Beginners High School & Beyond Struggling Learners Home Management Encouragement Family Discipleship & Relationships Parenting Worldview For Dads Second Generation
  34. 34. CHEC HOMESCHO OL UP DA T E I 201 6 R OCKY MOUNTAI N H O M E S C H O O L CONFERENCE34 Rocky Mountain Homeschool Conference 2016 SPEAKERS TEDD TRIPP Tedd Tripp is the President of Shepherding the Heart Ministries, a non-profit organiza- tion, whose mission is connecting the hearts of God’s people to the power and grace of the Gospel. Tedd has developed and teaches materials that encourage the people of God to understand Gospel hope for the ways that human beings are pushed and pulled by the thoughts and attitudes of the heart. Tedd is known around the world for the best-selling child rearing book, Shepherding a Child’s Heart, and as the presenter of Shepherding a Child’s Heart Seminars. TODD FRIEL Todd Friel is an American radio and television host, Christian author, and evangelist. He is the host of “Wretched Radio,” a daily radio broadcast, and the “Wretched with Todd Friel” television broadcast on FamilyNet. ISRAEL WAYNE Israel Wayne is an author and conference speaker who has a passion for defending the Christian faith and promoting a biblical worldview. He is the author of several books and has been a regular columnist for several homeschool magazines. Since 1995, Israel has traveled the nation speaking on family, homeschooling, revival, discipleship, and cultural issues. Aiming for both the head and the heart, Israel’s goal is to challenge audi- ences to take every thought captive and make it obedient to Christ. DANIEL BOBINSKI Daniel Bobinski is a homeschooling dad, a workplace training consultant, and the Director of Family Experience Ministries. He holds a Master’s Degree in Education and thoroughly loves helping people learn how to connect more deeply with their family and with God. Daniel is the author of numerous books and also writes for several nationwide publications. TOM CLARK Thomas Clark, president of VideoText Interactive, is a life-long teacher of Mathematics and Science with 49 years of experience at all levels. As a result, he is convinced that everyone has the ability to understand Mathematics. In the last 20 years, he has focused on the development of multimedia programs that challenge traditional methods of instruction by emphasizing the “why” of mathematics, and has further directed his attention toward helping homeschooling parents become more effective instructors. SONYA SHAFER Sonya Shafer is a popular homeschool speaker and writer, specializing in the Charlotte Mason Method. She has been on an adventure for nearly 20 years studying, researching, practicing, and teaching the gentle and effective methods of education. Her passion for homeschooling her own four daughters grew into helping others, and then into Simply Charlotte Mason, which publishes her many books and provides a place of practical encouragement to homeschoolers. To minister to younger mothers and those dealing with special needs, Sonya shares her heart through several writing and speaking platforms. KEYNOTE SPEAKERS
  35. 35. 2016 R OC KY M OUN TA IN H O M E S C H O O L CONFERENCE I CHEC HOMESCHOOL UPDATE 35 RockyMountainHomeschoolConference.comHOMESCHOOLING FAMILY DISCIPLESHIP CURRICULUM FAIR WORLDVIEW FELLOWSHIP ENCOURAGEMENT DIANNE CRAFT Dianne Craft is a former homeschooling parent, and has a Master’s Degree in Elementary and Special Education. She has 25 years’ experience teaching bright, hardworking children and teens who have to work too hard to learn. As president of the educational consulting firm in Denver, Child Diagnostics, she has worked with more than 3,000 families across the country, helping their struggling learners become successful eas- ily, inexpensively, and in the home setting. Her practical, unique teaching strategies are used by parents and teachers everywhere, helping kids feel as smart as they really are. MIKE CHENEY Mike and his wife, Roxie, have been blessed with two children, Annie and Corey, whom they have home educated since birth. The Cheneys are involved in several entrepreneurial ventures. As the Director of the national AME Program (Apprentice- ship, Mentorship, Entrepreneurship), Mike has a passion to share a vision for discipleship in all kinds of businesses. The Cheneys are blessed to have served CHEC as Conference Coordinators from 2001-2012. Mike also served as CHEC’s Operations Director from 2002-2011. Mike will be leading the AME Youth Entrepreneur training. BILL JACK Bill Jack is faculty advisor for Worldview Acad- emy, an academic leadership program that seeks to train Christian students to think and live in accord with a biblical worldview so that they will serve Christ and lead the culture. Bill’s passion is to raise up a generation with a vision to reach their culture with the Gospel, the valor to engage that culture with the truth, and a reliance on the virtue of the Word of God. DIANE KUMMER Diane and her husband Tom homeschooled their two children from kindergarten through 12th grade using a variety of teaching options. Both of their children went on to college, and are now well into their careers. She joined the staff of Home School Legal Defense Association nine years ago to help develop HSLDA’s Homeschooling Thru High School program and website. As an HSLDA High School Consultant, Diane regularly speaks nationwide at homeschool conferences and presents high school symposiums where she shares from her experiences and her imperfect (but real) homeschooling days! BRIDGET MOSLEY Bridget Mosley is a wife, former homeschooling mom, and loving sister. As a child, Bridget ached for her brother as others teased him cruelly because of his learning disability. Bridget felt God calling her to help children like him. Over the last 25 years, she has answered God’s call as a classroom teacher, special educator, reading clinic director, speaker, consultant, assessor, adjunct professor, cognitive trainer and co-founder of WowzaBrain.com. Bridget loves to help parents figure out their children’s learning glitches and show them how to help their children learn more easily. DAVE AND MARY JO NUTTING Dave and Mary Jo Nutting are the Founders and Directors of Alpha Omega Institute. They were col- lege math and science instructors when they first grappled with the problems of evolution and became convinced of the evidence for Creation. Their per- sonal contact with students convinced them of the importance of the issue, not only in science, but in evangelism and Christian growth. Since founding AOI in 1984, they have spoken extensively, giving presentations for churches, universities, camps and tours both in the USA and internationally. 2016 SPEAKERS
  36. 36. CHEC HOMESCHO OL UP DA T E I 201 6 R OCKY MOUNTAI N H O M E S C H O O L CONFERENCE36 Rocky Mountain Homeschool Conference 2016 SPEAKERS STEPHEN CRAIG Steve and his wife Tara were both homeschooled for all of their primary and secondary school years. Steve’s father, Neil Craig, is the President and Executive Director of Christian Heritage Home Educators of Washington, making Steve both a second-generation homeschooler and a second-generation homeschool leader. One of Steve’s primary life goals has been to raise a godly family for the glory of Christ, and he has a strong belief in the significance of home disciple- ship toward accomplishing that end. Steve cur- rently serves as the Executive Director of CHEC. SCOTT DAVIDSON Scott Davidson, husband of Andie and homeschooling father of eight, lives in Parker, Colorado. Five years ago Scott and Andie founded Paideia Missions in order to share their homeschooling experience with other nations around the world. They are deeply committed to the idea that education and discipleship are best when integrated with a biblical Christian worldview, striving to do so by creating a home filled with joy, creativity, and purposeful involvement in the Kingdom of God. CINDY PUHEK Cindy Puhek holds a Master’s Degree in Chem- istry and is a freelance writer who resides in Colorado Springs. She and her husband, Peter, have been married for 21 years, and are well into the second decade of homeschooling their six children, who range in age from preschooler to high schooler. Cindy seeks to encourage other homeschoolers by sharing the ups and downs and twists and turns of her own home- schooling journey. TERI ONG Teri Ong is a veteran homeschooling mom who taught her seven children beginning in 1985. She and her husband Steve founded Colorado Heritage Education School System in 1991, and Chambers College in 1998. She lives in Greeley, Colorado, with her children and grandchildren nearby. PETE OLSON Pete Olson and his wife Roxy were some of the very first to home educate in Colorado in the early 1980’s. Having degrees from CSU and Denver Seminary, he has also taught in Christian day schools and still teaches classes for home education students. Pete presently serves as the Pastor of Good Shepherd Bible Church in Arvada, Colorado. MIKE SNAVELY Mike Snavely, the son of missionaries, was reared in South Africa. He and his wife, Carrie, were also missionaries there, and home educated their three children. In 1995, he founded Mission Imperative — a creation-oriented ministry. His prime ministry is speaking, and he has produced many seminars related to biblical origins. Mike is also an inductee into the “Creation Science Hall of Fame.” TODD STRAWSER Todd Strawser holds a deep conviction to see the Gospel of Christ advance and for the Christian church and family to thrive. Todd is a CHEC Board Member and has served with CHEC in various capacities since 2009 after moving back to Colorado following a career in the military. In addition to raising and home educating their seven children, Todd serves as the Director of Christian Family Eldercare, a national network dedicated to encouraging, equipping, and enabling relationship-centered eldercare.
  37. 37. 2016 R OC KY M OUN TA IN H O M E S C H O O L CONFERENCE I CHEC HOMESCHOOL UPDATE 37 RockyMountainHomeschoolConference.comHOMESCHOOLING FAMILY DISCIPLESHIP CURRICULUM FAIR WORLDVIEW FELLOWSHIP ENCOURAGEMENT KEVIN SWANSON Homeschooled himself in the 1960s and 70s, Pastor Kevin Swanson and his wife, Brenda, are now homeschooling their five children. Kevin has 43 years of experience in the homeschooling movement and serves as the Director of Gen- erations– a ministry he founded to strengthen homeschool families around the country. As a father who wants to leave a godly heritage for his own five children, Kevin’s passion is to strengthen and encourage the homeschooling movement all over the world, and to cast a vision for generations to come. BROOK WAYNE Brook Wayne is a second generation home- schooling mother, having been homeschooled by her parents. Faithful wife to Israel and loving homeschool mother of nine children, Brook has coauthored an audiobook and speaks nationally on marriage, parenting and homeschooling. MARGY TRIPP Born in 1945, Margy Tripp grew up in a pastor’s home in western Pennsylvania, graduated from Nyack (Missionary) College, and was married to Tedd Tripp on June 8, 1968. She is the mother of two sons and a daughter, and has nine grand- children. Traveling with “Shepherding the Heart Ministry,” teaching Bible studies and counseling at Grace Fellowship Church, writing, and speak- ing are a large part of Margy’s current ministry. MIKE WINTHER As the Founder and President of the Institute for Principle Studies, Mike Winther is passionate about American government, Christian ethics, and economics. He has spoken compellingly to thousands around the world on how the Christian worldview ought to impact and influence our understanding of government, ethics, econom- ics, and education. TODD SCHMIDT Todd Schmidt is the Hunter Education Coordina- tor for Colorado Parks and Wildlife and has held the position for the past two years. Prior to this position, he worked as a District Wildlife Manager (aka Game Warden) for 8 years; 3 years in the Evergreen District, and 5 years in the Black Hawk District. He enjoys all things in the great outdoors including hunting, fishing, camping, and hiking. It’s especially rewarding to pass on the hunting heritage to those who have never hunted before! Todd Schmidt will be leading the Hunter Safety Certification Course. STEVEN VAUGHAN Steven has been married to his wife, Jennifer, for almost 30 years. They have six children rang- ing in age from 25 to 10. Steven helped plant a church that he co-pastors, coaches a speech and debate club, and is on the national policy debate committee. He is a musician, coffee roaster, wine maker, and is on the Board of CHEC. Over the last 20 years of homeschooling, the Lord has seen Steven and his family through many trials, great and small, teaching them to trust in Him only. NEIL CRAIG Neil Craig has been Minister of Music in several churches and has served as arranger, accom- panist, and Director of Music of an international Bible-teaching ministry. Neil is President and Executive Director of Christian Heritage Home Educators of Washington and instructs and directs the annual Christian Heritage Chorale. He and his wife, Mary, are on the Christian Heritage Board. Neil Craig will be conducting the CHEC Family Choir. 2016 SPEAKERS
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