Tag Archive | Homeschool

Homeschool Conferences

Here are two homeschool conferences that I know about with the links to the websites.  While they are still a ways off it helps to plan ahead and it is cheaper to get the early bird discounts. 🙂

Midsouth Homeschool Convention

Memphis, TN

March 3 – 5, 2011

Speakers include:

Dr. Susan Bauer,

Ken Ham,

Doug Phillips, …

Tim Hawkins will be entertaining.

CHEF of Alabama Convention

Gardendale First Baptist

Gardendale, AL   (part of B’ham metro area)

June 23-24, 2011

Speaker: Kevin Swanson

New thing that is planned is that families of preschoolers may attend free to be introduced to homeschooling.

If you know of other Homeschool Conventions in other locations you can add the info in the comments.


Homeschoolers Are Abusers According To the Media

I have been very busy lately and hardly had a chance to read any news.  But yesterday I did read an article about a missing young girl.  There was one sentence in that article that said “Because the girl was homeschooled, ….

So in addition to the sadness about the little girl who no one knows where she is, I was also saddened by the need to point out that she was homeschooled.  First of all she wasn’t homeschooled, she was home.  There is a big difference!  Just keeping your children out of public school is not homeschooling.  Abusers keep their children hidden away at home; homeschoolers live with and teach their children at home and in public.  The difference is like night and day.

Just yesterday my children were seen in public and private by probably a hundred people.  They had their private violin lessons.  Then we shopped at Sam’s Club.  We bought gas.  We then spent a long time at Academy Sports contemplating Bows and Arrows for my middle son.  The men working the hunting section would remember us well.  Then last night we ate at Red Lobster to celebrate our oldest son’s recent birthday.  Believe me at least the waiter there would remember bringing endless plates of shrimp to starving boys!

Over the past few days my children have been seen by no less than several hundred people.  Over a hundred have interacted enough with us to remember if they were to see our pictures or be asked about us.  (Which of course blows away the “lack of socialization” claim!)

True homeschoolers aren’t hidden away at home!  We might have a couple of days where no one outside of the family sees us but those are rare now that the children are older.  Even if we did nothing else like shopping or school activities, we are at church at least twice a week.  Accountability isn’t an issue.

My point is just because a child is home and not in public school don’t call it “homeschool”!  There is a big difference.

Terry has written about the same issue today.  Funny how often that happens!  Hers is a well reasoned argument while I just ranted. 🙁


Nina & Pinta – Field Trip

The Nina and The Pinta

coming to Guntersville, Alabama

Oct. 6 – 13

Get more information on these replicas at http://www.thenina.com/

The Niña – Most Historically Accurate Columbus Replica Ship Ever Built

The Niña is a replica of the ship on which Columbus sailed across the Atlantic on his three voyages of discovery to the new world beginning in 1492.  Columbus sailed the tiny ship over 25,000 miles.  That ship was last heard of in 1501, but the new Niña has a different mission.  We are a floating museum, and we visit ports all over the Western Hemisphere .

Pinta – Our Second Columbus Replica Ship

Pinta was recently built in Brazil to accompany the Nina on all of her travels. She is a larger version of the archetypal caravel and offers larger deck space for walk-aboard tours and has a 40 ft air conditioned main cabin down below with seating. Pinta is available for private parties and charters.

Click here to see if the ships will be in a location near you.


Homeschooling Is a Privilege to Cherish

Homeschooling our children is quickly becoming a privilege for us to cherish because the time is short that we will be allowed to continue.  Enjoy while we still can.

Sweden Bans Home-schooling, Religious Instruction

The Kingdom of Sweden took a dramatic turn toward totalitarianism with the adoption of a sweeping new education “reform” package that essentially prohibits home schooling and forces all schools to teach the same government curriculum.

In addition to abolishing any remaining distinctions among schools, the new education act also prohibits home schooling for religious or philosophical reasons. Home education can be allowed only in “exceptional circumstances” like extreme bullying, Neuman explained. Lawyers have said the new condition basically means never.

Regulation of home schooling was already impossibly strict in Sweden, where, as reported recently by The New American, social service workers took a seven-year-old boy from his parents because he was being educated at home — even when it was technically legal. But under the new rules, home education will be all but done away with.

“It’s a fear that [home schooling] doesn’t work appropriate[ly],” press secretary Neuman explained, though she admitted there was no report or evidence to back up the fear.

Even a member of the political party sponsoring the new education act refused to support it because of the restrictions on home schooling and fears that it could be a prelude to mandatory day-care and pre-school. The opposition parties in Parliament voted against the law for several reasons. Among them: It was rushed, and the Supreme Court’s advisory council criticism was not properly taken into account.

Other changes in the new law include tougher standards for becoming a teacher, and the idea that government day-care (for children as young as one year old) should be considered “school.” The act will also give the “Swedish Schools Inspectorate” the authority to shut down educational institutions that do not bow down to the government’s rules.

Regimes that have banned home schooling in the past include the National Socialists (Nazis) in Germany, since Hitler feared it could lead to “parallel societies,” and the Soviet communist dictatorship, where government was the sole arbiter of what children would learn.


Plug Your Favorite Homeschool Curriculum

Since I’ve already mentioned the sale at Alpha Omega Publications I decide to share what curriculum we use.

We have used many workbooks bought from Sam’s, Wal-Mart and book stores.  Comprehensive Curriculum of Basic Skills was a favorite in the younger ages.  We’ve used both individual subject workbooks and combination subject workbooks.

For a couple of years we used Weaver from Alpha Omega Publications.  It is a unit based curriculum which was a totally different style then we had used before.  The children enjoyed the extra activities and the fun things but due to the wide age ranges they didn’t care to all sit together and work on the subject matter as a group.  The faster ones wanted to move on and the slower/younger ones had trouble keeping up.  That style probably works much better if you have children close in age and not too separated in ability.  I decided I’m just really not a good unit study person. 🙁   I have Weaver Volume 1 and Volume 2 plus all the stuff in immaculate condition if someone is interested.  Shipping would be a major issue since this is several large notebooks. 

We’ve used School of Tomorrow Workbooks but my older children preferred the Alpha Omega Publications Lifepacks better.

Throughout highschool we have mostly used the Alpha Omega Publications SOS.  This is computer based but doesn’t require the children to be online.  They work from CD’s or the program can be totally installed so that it doesn’t require CD’s for each subject.  You can network computers such that the curriculum is on one computer and the other computer can work off of it.  This way I can see the school work or even grade it on my laptop while another child is sitting at the main computer doing their school.  Now granted it takes a little computer know how to network and keep it up and running.  But since my Mr. IT works fulltime now I’ve found my 15 year old daughter is able to handle the installation and the computer kinks. Just for some reason moma is clueless. 🙁  

The kids like the instant feedback of knowing what problems are wrong and being able to move on ahead.  Parents still grade written (typed-out) answers and reports.  Plus there is always the occasional misgraded problem or more often mistyped answer that must be dealt with.  Mom likes the reusable curriculum and calculating grades and assigning the workdays so that the curriculum spaces appropriately for the number of school days.

But of course when we get right to the truth of the matter the children learn much more just by being avid readers and by actually living life day-to-day.  The curriculum fills in some gaps and meets the state requirements. 🙂

So what do you use and why?  Feel free to add links to your favorites.


When God Abandons the Public Schools – Tim Challies

When God Abandons the Public Schools

Yesterday morning I was in despair. In the morning paper I had read about a new health curriculum that was to be introduced to the public schools here in Ontario. Beginning next school year, students were to receive a thorough indoctrination in sex education. And as you probably know, my wife and I have chosen to enroll our kids in public schools. We were despairing, wondering how we would deal with this new reality. Would this be the last straw, the situation that would force us to consider alternatives? Would this be a one-day program for which we could easily withdraw our children from school? Or would it be something they would be taught over the course of the entire year? Questions abounded; answers were few.  …

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Tim Challies asked that the post not turn into a public / private / homeschool debate in his comments.

But what are your thoughts?

Can something like this ignore the public / private / homeschool debate?


Homeschool Resource – Freebie of the Day

I was sent a link to this resource and thought I would pass this on to you.


I was able to get a States and Postal Code download yesterday.  Helpful since I have two that need that now.

Also as part of signing up for the weekly email  there was a link provided to download a lengthy pdf of a unit study on the Book of Virtues by William Bennett.  I may try a unit study again with my littler ones.  My oldest two disliked them tremendously and preferred more independent school work.

It is amazing how much is available now for free and to download for homeschooling.  When I first started homeschooling 13 plus years ago there really wasn’t much available and even less support for those who were trying to navigate homeschooling.

HT: Jeanette