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Description: This is the Fall 2013 Edition of CHOIS Connection, a publication of Christian Homeschoolers of Idaho State. Articles in this issue discuss back-to-school topics, whining children and the Common Core State Standards.
H OI S C Fall 2013 A creative way to kick off the new school year. back to scHool treasure HuNt WHINING AN AMERICAN EPIDEMIC Again Already Common Core State StandardS a magazine for Idaho home educators connection Copyright 2013 by Christian Homeschoolers Of Idaho State. CHOIS Connection is published quarterly by Christian Homeschoolers of Idaho State. 2013 CHOIS Connection. All rights reserved. No material may be reproduced in any form without the express written permission of the publisher. CHOIS is solely responsible for its content. DISCLAIMER The articles contained in this publication have been prepared for and are intended to provide information that may be useful to Idaho home educators. The reader must evaluate this information in light of the unique circumstances of any particular situation and must determine independently the applicability of this information thereto. COLUMNISTS The views of guest columnists do not necessarily reflect the views of CHOIS. ______________ FREE SUBSCRIPTION Send name and address to info chois.org or mail to address below ADDRESS PO Box 45062 Boise Idaho 83711. Phone (208) 424-6685 WEBSITE www.chois.org ADvERTISING Rates are available upon request by email at advertising chois.org or by calling (208) 424-6685. CHOIS reserves the right to refuse without explanation any advertisement it deems unsuitable. Moving Please send your new address to info chois.org so that you can stay Connected a magazine for Idaho home educators PUBLISHER CHOIS EDITOR Linda Patchin MAGAZINE LAYOUT AND DESIGN Diana Childress STUDENT PHOTOGRAPHERS Kylyn Maschek back cover Tim Nelson pg 12-13 ON THE COvER Pictured on the cover are Rusty Therese Tyler Trey Tarah Trista Taliah Tamaya and Titus. The Rogers have been blessed with 7 beautiful children and have been home schooling for over 6 years. 2 CHOIS Connection fall 2013 www.chois.org So subtle are the seeds of comparison so deadly are their tender roots. _ __ BEYOND COMPARE 4 Contents CHOIS connection Fall 2013 16 ___ Is there anything more annoying than whining _ __ COMMON CORE STATE STANDARDS Again Already 8 ___ WHINING AN AMERICAN EPIDEMIC 18 ___ 10 Authorization to go someplace you have no inherent right to be. BUILDING PASSPORT In celebration of the 150th anniversary of the founding of Boise Julia Davis Park offers two walking tours. HISTORICAL HEART OF BOISE 12 ___ 20 ___ How do we escape the undertow that threatens to sweep us away from the high ground of the 1948 Declaration UNDERTOW THE ICING ON THE ACADEMIC CAKE Curriculum Review of Music Art and other joy-filled subjects. 14 ___ 22 ___ UNAPPRECIATED BERRIES Making goodies from berries hidden in plain sight. BACK TO SCHOOL TREASURE HUNT A creative way to kick off the new school year. 25 ___ IOS OR DROID So Mr. Geek which do you prefer www.chois.org fall 2013 CHOIS Connection 3 chois tidbits that H Beyond Compare The article also claimed that Similarly the common myth that homeschoolers miss out on so-called socialization opportunities often thought to be a vital aspect of traditional academic settings has proven to be without merit. While this report is wonderfully affirming it comes as little surprise to homeschooling parents. We know that we have found the most effective means of educating children as we enjoy the privilege of discipling them in our faith. Social skills are an added bonus. The article claims that parents are choosing to homeschool their children at a rate seven times faster than the number who are choosing to enroll their children in traditional K-12 schools and that the number of homeschooled children has grown seventy-five percent since 1999. They do not specify where By Linda Patchin they got their figures which seem impossibly high to me. While the rest of the world is processing all this good news it would be wise for those of us who are already engaged in homeschooling to ponder it anew. For you see there once was a day when we did not enjoy positive press. It was December 3 1984 when the Lewiston Morning Tribune writing on the topic of home education stated that Society has some selfish interest in seeing that everyone....gets some education. A parent who denies his child an education cripples that child for life...and the government owes that child protection from such a parent even if that means stashing such parents in jail. At the time public opinion widely equated home education with no www.chois.org ave you heard the good news about homeschooling A recent Breitbart report stated Any concerns about the quality of education children receive by their parents can be put to rest by the consistently high placement of homeschooled students on standardized assessment exams. 4 CHOIS Connection fall 2013 education and this editorial preferred to see parents jailed rather than educating their children at home. Homeschoolers responded by providing their children with the very best education possible. Our high achievement scores in those early decades were a reflection of our determination to prove that homeschooling could work. We were defensive in our response to critics. We had to be. We were struggling for our very existence. Times have changed and we need to change with them. We really do If it is true that we have won the statistical battle over determining the best educational method then why are we still so defensive If homeschooling is beyond compare then why are we still engaging in comparison ourselves www.chois.org From here to there none can compare. In fact when we signed up to homeschool our children we told ourselves that we were removing them from comparison. We were removing them from labels which categorize their uniqueness into four or fewer capital letters all of which end in the words disorder syndrome or disease. Acronyms which define our children by an area of weakness rather than by their many areas of strength. We sought to remove the pressure of letter grades which are subjective. What does it really mean to earn an A from an easy grader or a C from the teacher whose content and expectations are exceptional Diligent daily teaching provides us feedback on how well our students are learning. We know how they are doing. We just know. Many of us participate in annual standardized testing because we want to affirm that our kids are making progress as compared with a national standard. Correctly interpreting the data is essential. The scores represent a range not an absolute. Scores can be used to help us select curriculum and to see if our student is rising or falling from the baseline they established the first time they took the test. When I receive test scores I stick the adhesive score strip onto the outside of a file folder and put the paperwork inside. I then examine the test score strips collectively. I compare each subject area score with the score received in previous years on the same subject test. If scores stay the same or rise slightly I assume that we are on track. If scores fall I try to discern a reason. Once I make my annual comparisons I put the file away until the next year s results arrive. But this was not always the case. In my early years when I was still insecure about teaching I shared test scores with my children. And my children shared their test scores with other children. This was not good I did not recognize it at the time but my high achiever was becoming arrogant about his perceived intelligence. He actually thought that the grade equivalent score meant that he could skip to the higher grade. Later I learned that grade equivalent is the most misunderstood score and the least reliable indicator. A high grade equivalent score means that my student scored the same as the average student in the higher grade would score on my student s test not how my child would score on the higher grade level test. It does not indicate that my child knows the same information as the older student. And a 50th percentile ranking is not a failing score it s the statistical average. fall 2013 CHOIS Connection 5 COMPARISON breeds dissatisfaction. It pokes its bony finger in the face of God demanding to know why He made us so. COMPARISON drives us places we do not want to go. On an endless quest for something better another activity another class another textbook...a different child. COMPARISON destroys contentment. A child is content with his cookie until he sees that his sister s is slightly larger. COMPARISON swells one with pride while it suffocates another with inadequacy. Superior scores made my child feel superior. The intellectual elitism that grew from early comparison ensnared us into selecting a college based upon scholarship opportunities rather than wiser criteria. And then there was my late bloomer. Truth be told I was just as proud of my student who struggled for average scores as I was of my student who made high scores an easy annual tradition. But my average student didn t know it. He never felt like he measured up even when his scores began to rise because he knew his siblings scores were higher. I knew that he was putting tremendous effort into learning in fact far more effort than his siblings. Should I have been less proud of his 6 CHOIS Connection fall 2013 hard-earned scores than I was of those easily-earned higher scores My response to queries should have been more generalized and encouraging. You did well. We need to work a little harder on math. I am proud of you. Honestly wouldn t that have told him more about his progress than a percentile ranking Grandma and the nosy neighbor They needed even less information. We are proud of their scores. Period End of conversation. So subtle are the seeds of comparison so deadly are their tender roots. To whom are we comparing our child anyway. Can we even begin to compare the unique soul which God gave us to nurture with the child of another. Homeschooling should not be a competitive sport Let s quit comparing and run our own race looking not at what others are doing but focusing on what the Author of the race has planned for us. Right now the media is singing our praises. We can receive this praise or we can deflect it to the One to whom all praise is due. For it was God who fashioned our little ones together. He whispered to our hearts that we could school them. He enables and equips us for the daily task. He prepares the fertile soil of our children s minds and He causes the seed to grow. We eagerly witness the growth and await the fully-formed plant which will produce fruit of its own. We pray for healthy plants. We pray for good fruit. We work toward these goals knowing that God will supply our needs. And we wait. We wait for God s plan to be fulfilled in us and in our children. And we thank Him for granting us this incredible opportunity to experience parenting in a way that few have ever known. We thank Him for this opportunity to shepherd the hearts of our children and the hearts of generations to come. May He enable us to truly live beyond compare. Linda Patchin and her husband Paul homeschooled their four children from birth through high school. They are very proud of the achievements of each of their adult children and rejoice in knowing that they are all walking with the Lord. www.chois.org ICHE BULLETIN BOARD iche-idaho.org 2014 Testing Preparation Letters Registration for March 2014 testing has closed. Letters with detailed testing information will be mailed the first week in January 2014. Go to the website for suggested test preparation materials Scope and Sequence and other testing information. Legislative Pie Day January 29 2014 Applications are posted on the website to participate in this annual Statehouse reception for our legislators. Deadlines to apply Music (December 1) Displays ( January 17) Pies ( January 14). Hundreds of home-baked pies are needed for our law makers favorite event of the session. Your help is appreciated. Online ICHE Memberships You may join ICHE or renew your membership online. 25 memberships are effective for one year. To find your expiration date go to Join ICHE on the website. You Can Homeschool A Closer Look DVD view this encouraging and informative DvD on the ICHE website. www.chois.org fall 2013 CHOIS Connection 7 legal update COMMON CORE S TAT E S TA N D A R D S A gA i n A l r e A dy by Barry Peters Esq. A Nation at They are the long sought cure for all that ails public education in Idaho. Or they are a dangerous and deceptive federal interference with local control of education. It depends on who you ask. What are they They re the Common Core State Standards. In reality they re simply the latest effort to lurch back up the descending escalator that we know as public education. They are the most recent iteration of a decades-long cycle of hand-wringing disappointment leading to a hopeful course correction followed by even more anguished disappointment and hand-wringing. Rinse and repeat. Students would be regularly tested to document their academic progress. Or the lack thereof. And teachers would be evaluated then rewarded or penalized -- based upon the progress of their students. 8 CHOIS Connection fall 2013 In many ways this cycle goes back at least to A Nation at Risk the 1983 report issued by Ronald Reagan s National Commission on Excellence in Education. Confirming our suspicion that American public schools were failing the report documented the fact that our students were stumbling academically. They were failing to keep up when compared either to prior generations in this country or to present-day students in other countries. The initial reaction to the highlighting of this truth was a demand for accountability. No longer would schools and teachers be presumed to be effective in their efforts. Instead metrics were instituted to insure accountability. RISK This initiative led to the Outcome Based Education movement which began in the 1990 s. Each state made a list of what students were expected to know in each subject at each grade level. These were the original state standards. Next assessment tests were developed and administered to see whether students were measuring up to those standards. Each state chose or created its own test. Idaho chose the Iowa Tests. By selecting these nationally-normed tests the academic progress of Idaho s students could be compared with that of students from across the nation. Unfortunately Outcome Based Education had little to offer in terms of recourse against educators or schools whose students were struggling. By the turn of the century it became evident that Outcome Based Education was not making a significant difference in the success of our students. Instead it was simply measuring and reporting on the academic failure of our students. As a result a new and improved solution was demanded. Outcome-Based Education Enter President Bush and the U.S. Department of Education. They pressed for the No Child Left Behind Act (NCLB) which Congress dutifully passed and the President signed in 2002. And great rejoicing swept across the fruited plain. Finally students and teachers would be held genuinely accountable. Under that Act not only were states required to set standards and administer tests to determine students progress but certain benchmarks were required to be met by each school as a whole. Individual students scores in each subject were divided into four groups -Advanced Proficient Basic and Below Basic. Students who scored in the Advanced and Proficient ranges were deemed to have made Adequate Yearly Progress. Those scoring in the Basic and Below Basic categories were not. The NCLB Act required schools and districts to produce more and more students making Adequate Yearly Progress over time. In keeping with the name of the Act by 2014 it was expected that every student in America would be making Adequate Yearly Progress in math and reading. Not a single student would be left behind www.chois.org Any failure to reach the mandated percentages of students making Adequate Yearly Progress would be met with strict consequences. The schools and districts that were failing would effectively be put on probation. If the failures continued they would eventually be taken over by the state though it was never really spelled out what the state would be to magically turn the ship around. For several years the system seemed to make progress. Student scores in Idaho initially improved. But that was in significant part because educators quickly learned what would be on Idaho s assessment test. That allowed teachers to drill the materials that would be tested more fully while giving short shrift to the materials that were not on the test. But then the scores plateaued. Yet the progress mandated by NCLB continued its relentless escalation. When the number of Idaho students making Adequate Yearly Progress began to lag behind the Act s requirements Idaho s Department of Education responded by redefining Adequate Yearly Progress to lower the bar. Not only would those students scoring in the Advanced and Proficient ranges be deemed to have made Adequate Yearly Progress but half of the students in the Basic range would arbitrarily be treated as though they had made such progress as well. So again the number of students making the required progress nudged up. But again the progress plateaued. And again the hand-wringing commenced. required in each state. The retooled standards and tests were roughed out about five years ago by a private nonprofit organization known as Achieve Inc. Once that early work was accomplished Achieve enrolled the National Governors Association Center for Best Practices and the Council of Chief State School Officers to support these new efforts. Both of these groups are essentially national trade associations based in Washington D.C. along with almost every other state in the country quickly adopted those standards in an effort to land the federal dollars. But alas Idaho was not one of the winning states that received any of those funds. Despite our eager embrace of the standards we were rewarded with none of the much needed financial assistance. But as a consolation prize states that adopted these new standards were allowed to apply for a waiver of the NCLB progress requirements. Idaho did so and in October of 2012 we were Never mind that the new Common Core standards that Idaho has now adopted are entirely untested. Across the nation as state governors and education superintendents grappled with the looming disaster of large-scale failure under the NCLB requirements they were quick to seriously consider the life-preserver offered by Achieve. By embracing the new Common Core State Standards they could hope to be given a do-over Mulligan for the failures mounting under the NCLB. Then the U.S. Department of Education stepped up with its own bait-and-switch scheme in order to entice large scale adoption of these state standards. officially released from the requirement of meeting (or even testing for) the Adequate Yearly Progress of our students. Never mind that the new Common Core standards that Idaho has now adopted are entirely untested. Even now not a single state has implemented and tested them to see whether or not the academic achievement of students taught to these new standards really improves. We and the rest of the country simply took the monetary bait offered by the U.S. Department of Education. When that proved illusory we settled for a consolation prize in the form of a waiver of the NCLB requirements. By doing so we were saved from the embarrassment of having to acknowledge that many of the students in our public school were indeed being left far behind. Just when it looked like all was lost the Common Core State Standards movement came to the rescue. Continuing the basic approach of Outcome Based Education the movement sought to redefine the standards and assessment tests www.chois.org At the time it did so the nation was struggling in the midst of the Great Recession in 2009. As part of the several stimulus programs that were enacted to rekindle the economy the U.S. Department of Education set aside 4.35 billion under its new Race to the Top Program ostensibly to reward educational innovation with federal tax funds. States were allowed to compete for a share of those funds. In that competition states would be given bonus points for adopting the Common Core State Standards. Idaho The BaiTed hook Barry Peters is an attorney in private practice with offices in Eagle Idaho and is one of the legal advisors for both ICHE and CHOIS. His law practice focuses on the areas of wills trusts probate and real estate contracts. fall 2013 CHOIS Connection 9 Can I trust you Do you really care about me Can you actually help me Can I trust you Do you really care about me Can you actually help me Can trust you Do you really care about me Can you actually help me Can I trust you Do you really care about me Can you actually help me Can I trust you Do you really care about me Can you actually help me Can I trust you Do you really care about me Can you actually help me Can I trust you Do you really care about me Can A you actually help me Can I trust you Do you really care about me Can you actually help me Can I trust you Do I you really care about me Can I you actually help me Can I trust you Do you really care about me Can you actually Feature article ding Buil ort ssp Pa I have dozens of passports and I need to renew them constantly. No I m not James Bond or Jason Bourne. I don t fly from country to country using alternative identities to evade the NSA CIA or MI6. by Ken Sande passport is an authorization to go someplace you have no inherent right to be. In relational terms it is the permission that people give to others to enter into their lives to learn their secrets to know their struggles to offer advice and correction. 10 CHOIS Connection fall 2013 just love people. I enjoy meeting understanding encouraging and helping them. And for that I need a lot of passports. One for my wife two for my children over thirty for my relatives and close friends and dozens more for the new people I meet and counsel every year. f you want others to allow you into their lives--to have real relationship with them--you must earn a relational passport. The best way to do so is to relate to others in such a way that they would answer yes to three key questions each of which encompasses a variety of sub-questions that roll around in people s minds when they are thinking of opening up to you www.chois.org u n I e y o n I e y o n I e y o n I e y o n I e y Will you guard my secrets especially the embarrassing ones Will you lose respect for me or judge me if I allow you to see how badly I ve blown it Will you be gentle and patient even when I m exasperating Will you reject me if I don t do everything right Will you assume the best about me or will you jump to conclusions and blame me for all my problems Can I trust you with the fine china of my life Can I trust you Are you just politely tolerating me or simply fulfilling an obligation Or do you really want to help me Why How could anyone love a person with such problems Will you take time to listen to me Do you care enough to push past my outer defenses and patiently help me sort out the tangled mess in my heart Will you love me like Jesus does even when I m not very loveable Have you been there for me Do you really care about me Are you able to deal with my issues How are you doing with your own challenges and struggles What kind of experience do you have Do you have a track record of successfully solving these kinds of problems If this problem is beyond the two of us do you have the humility and wisdom to help me find another person who has the experience I need Can you actually help me L et these questions echo in the back of your mind as you relate to others. Ask God to enable you to answer them by engaging others with his humility patience compassion kindness gentleness forgiveness honesty and wisdom (Col. 3 12 James 3 17). If you do so you ll be well on your way to building more passports than you ever dreamed. www.chois.org How does Jesus model the qualities that build passport (Rom. 5 8 John 15 11 Matt. 11 28 Mark 10 21) Whohasthestrongestpassportintoyourlife How did he or she earn it Howyoucanyouimitatethesequalitiesandactions Reflection Questions If you would like to get more relational wisdom from Ken Sande delivered to your inbox please register at this site http www.rw360.org email-sign-up fall 2013 CHOIS Connection 11 res pieces Undertow by Res Peters Parents have a prior right to choose the kind of education that shall be given to their children. Universal Declaration of Human Rights 1948 the High Ground In the wake of Nazi Germany s fall the newly formed United Nations (UN) was eager to protect children from state indoctrination. To further reinforce the 1948 Universal Declaration of Human Rights the General Assembly in 1966 also passed binding provisions in two core treaties that together provided ...respect for the liberty of parents...to choose for their children schools other than those established by the public authorities... to ensure the religious and moral education of their children in conformity with their own convictions. - International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights 1966 - International Covenant on Economic Social & Cultural Rights 1966 12 CHOIS Connection fall 2013 With these very specific assurances of parental rights in place how then did we arrive today with three UN treaties before us that purposefully deny those very parental rights Historically two principles have distinguished domestic law from international law. Domestically all nations are sovereign making laws only for themselves. Therefore international law deals with how nations treat other nations not how individual nations govern within their borders. National sovereignty is not to be violated by international law. Additionally rights granted to government fall into two categories. Negative rights define what government cannot do or take from its citizens. Freedom of speech and religion the right to a fair trial and other rights granted by our Bill of Rights would be examples of this. Conversely positive rights specify what services the government must provide for its citizenry. Examples could include requiring the government to provide housing health care employment or education and the oversight of those entitlements. Beginning in the 1960 s a movement arose to break down the barriers of the timehonored distinctions between domestic and international law. Universal human rights treaties were created by the UN to promote and entice international socialism among its member nations. Abandoning the doctrine of state sovereignty it attempted to create an International Bill of Rights. Originally the 1966 treaty contained five components of human rights law. The civil and political prongs were drafted as negative rights the government could not take from its people. The economic social and cultural prongs as positive rights specified what nations must provide for their citizens. Ultimately a split occurred with the Soviet Union and its allies supporting the economic social and cultural rights and opposing civil and political rights. Those member nations refused to embrace a declaration of civil rights such as freedom of speech and of the press for their people. www.chois.org the rising tide The vote Unanimous The impetus The evils perpetuated by Nazi Germany The body The United Nations General Assembly On the other side only the civil and political rights were supported by the United States and the western nations. At an impasse the treaty was forced to separate into the two 1968 covenants both of which supported parental rights. Although the UN has relentlessly pressed for economic social and cultural treaties the United States has never ratified one with those rights at the core of the treaty. But long ago the tide had begun to turn. As early as 1941 progressive President Franklin D. Roosevelt had initiated the momentum for international freedom from want. And the fact that the United States was willing in 1968 to sign a binding international human rights treaty handing our national sovereignty over to the UN in the civil and political spheres has contributed to the advancement of that concept. Since 1968 three other progressive presidents have signed binding human rights treaties that if ratified by the senate would replace our parental rights with a UN committee in Geneva. That handful of international experts would decide and enforce what they view as the www.chois.org best interests of the child. By 1980 President Carter had signed the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW) followed in 1995 by President Clinton signing the Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC). In 2009 President Obama signed the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD). That treaty would effectively strip all educational and treatment rights from parents of the disabled substituting in their place the state. This dangerous treaty not only specifically does not define disability it mandates rights to abortion education and procedure for the disabled and bans spanking. With the definition of disability an unstated and evolving concept this perilous treaty leaves every child open to that label. And while obligating the United States to fund other nations disability programs it fulfills its socialist goal of freedom from want by forcing redistribution of wealth internationally. All that remains for these treaties to become binding on our nation is senate ratification. the Undertow Supported by President Obama the push for ratification of all three treaties is in play with the CRPD first up. But if the CPRD ratification is successful by extension all three treaties will effectively have been adopted since the CPRD technically requires compliance with the general provisions of CEDAW and the CRC. This would include CEDAW s abortion rights and demands for the disarmament of all people. And concerning the CRC the CPRD incorporates the identical standard for control of children with disabilities. The tide has risen. How do we escape the undertow that threatens to sweep us away from the high ground of the 1948 Declaration Calls calls and more targeted calls. Last December s CRPD senate ratification vote failed narrowly by only five votes because of your calls. fall 2013 CHOIS ...continued on page 26 Connection 13 Feature article Clues Challenges Mys tery Back-to-School Treasure Hunt Fun Surprises R id d le s am work Te by N ancy Man os R acing too The back-to-school treasure hunt became a tradition that lasted many years in our home education adventure. The night before our first day of school after the girls went to bed and the house was quiet I got to work writing clues--silly rhyming clues that made us all giggle. The treasure hunt started with their first clue which they had to work together to solve. It was important to me that this was a teamwork activity not a competition to see who could finish first. Each clue would lead them to another clue hidden somewhere else in the house. Some years I hid prizes with each clue so they collected treasure along the way. Other years the treasure was discovered all at once at the end of the hunt. The prizes often included new school supplies--crayons markers erasers rulers notebooks colored pencils art supplies etc.--and there were candy treats as well. One year we splurged on an electronic dictionary for each of the girls. Other years the rewards were things like beanbag chairs a board fter a few years of homeschooling we found ourselves in a bit of a rut that created an undesirable sense of monotony. This went against the grain of the joyful learning experience I desired and worked so hard to cultivate for our daughters. In talking with my husband and really looking at our routine I realized that our life had become one long continuous stream of schooling without any significant celebrations or milestones to mark the end of one season and the beginning of the next-- particularly the celebration of a new school year. This was especially true during the years where we took very little time off during the summer months. And of course there were many years where it felt like math or grammar or spelling were never ending because we just continued on from one level to the next. So in a moment of inspiration I came up with the idea to do a back-toschool treasure hunt to kick off the new school year. It was the perfect activity to build an atmosphere of excitement and celebration for the girls ... and for me 14 CHOIS Connection fall 2013 A game a new DvD or an Adventures in Odyssey CD set. If you re looking for a fun easyto-implement and inexpensive way to celebrate the start of a new school year you might consider doing a backto-school treasure hunt. Laughing together celebrating milestones and working together have all built some very special long lasting happy memories for our family and I hope they do the same for your family as well Here are some examples of clues to help you get started. (I know They re corny. Go ahead and laugh. It s okay. Really ) Nancy Manos and her husband James have two daughters whom they homeschooled all the way journey was a through high school. The Manos home education challenging experience and Nancy is passionate about encouraging others in the homeschool adventure. Nancy and James have been on the rich rewarding sometimes board of directors for Arizona Families for Home Education (AFHE) since 2004 where Nancy serves as the Convention Director as well as the Editor and Arizona Home Education Journal. Graphic Artist for AFHE s quarterly magazine the www.chois.org (to be handed to th CLUE 1 e children to get them started) O ur back to sc hool treasu hidden with p re has been leasure Look for Clue 2 near a tool used to measu re [Hide Clue 2 whe re you keep mea suring cups or sp oons] CLUE 2 hole in the toe Right foot left foot feet go u must know where To find Clue 3 yo you keep socks [Hide Clue 3 where or shoes] CLUE 3 CLUE 4 Words and phrases people and places To find Clue 5 look between the pages Scrubb Clue 4 won a-dub-dub t be foun But you mig ht be surprise d in the tub d to find it n earby [Hide Clue 4 so mewhere nea r the bathtub or in the linen closet] [Hide Clue 5 on a bookshelf or where you keep your library books] You re gett in Hurr y Do g warmer n t stumble The treasu re you seek In a drum can be fou where you nd r clothes ta ke a tumb le [Hide the tr ea sure in the dryer] CLUE 5 www.chois.org fall 2013 CHOIS Connection 15 F eature article Whining an american epidemic I don t wanna go to sleeeeeeep... What s a parent to do by Ginger Plowman Is there anything more annoying than whining Perhaps but off the top of my head I can t think of it. I participated in a four-day interview with Dennis Rainey on FamilyLife Today concerning one of my books. During the course of the shows a poll was conducted to help determine which behavior problem among children was most prominent in the home and the most difficult for parents to address. Whining took the poll by a landslide. In addition to the conclusive evidence of the poll as well as my personal observations after strolling through Wal-Mart on any given day as a national speaker and parent educator I have listened to parents all over the country express heartache over their inability to control whining. Clearly whining has become an epidemic in America. Children who whine in an attempt to get what they want lack healthy communication skills. Parents mustn t blame the child for this behavior. Rather they must understand that children whine simply because they are allowed to whine. Moms and dads who permit their children to whine (by ignoring or giving in) hinder them from learning to communicate appropriately in a way that pleases God and brings happiness to all involved. Children who use demanding forms of communication to express their wants and needs are in bondage to their emotions and lack of self-control. An enslaving addiction to whining does not make for a happy child. However children who learn to communicate properly learn that selfcontrol is a prerequisite for contentment joy and good living. While parents agree that whining is an annoying and inappropriate form of communication many simply do not know how to address it. 16 CHOIS Connection fall 2013 I have to go to the baaathrooooooom... WRONG WAYS TO HANDLE WHINING SCOLDING According to the Bible scolding is an angry response that will stir anger in the heart of your child A gentle answer turns away wrath but a harsh word stirs up anger. (Proverbs 15 1) A mom who responds to whining by yelling Stop that whining right now or you re going to get it is training in anger and not modeling the self-control that she so desperately desires her child to learn. Correcting wrong behavior should never be an I ll show you or a Boy you re going to get it now mentality. It should be given with an attitude of I love you too much to allow you to live an undisciplined life. IGNORING AND OR GIVING IN Parents have a responsibility to train their children in wisdom for daily living. When children whine it should be viewed as a precious opportunity to train them in self-control not as a frustrating moment of inconvenience for mom or dad. To ignore them is to shirk your responsibility to train them. To give in by granting them what they whine for is to reward and reinforce wrong behavior. Mooooommyyyyyyy I want some juuice... SO WHAT S A PARENT TO DO The Bible teaches that wrong behavior is merely the outward manifestation of the real problem which is the heart For out of the overflow of the heart the mouth speaks (Matthew 12 34b). A wise parent will reach past the outward behavior and address the issue of the heart which in the case of whining is self-control. The Bible also teaches that parents are to bring their children up in the training and instruction of the Lord (Ephesians 6 4). This requires that we not only correct them for wrong behavior but that we instruct them in right behavior. Therefore we must take it a step further than merely telling them not to whine. We must teach them to communicate with self-control. www.chois.org STEP Ask your child if he is speaking with a self-controlled voice. You might ask Sweetheart are you asking Mommy for juice with a self-controlled voice You might add Mommy will never give you what you want when you whine. God wants you to use self-control even with your voice. 1 3 STep plan To a Whine-Free living Explain that it is love that motivates you to train him. You might say Honey I love you too much to allow you to speak foolishly. Here s what Mommy is going to do to help you learn self-control. You may wear the No Whine Watch and when the buzzer goes off in three minutes you may come back and ask for juice the right way. STEP 2 STEP Follow through. When the buzzer goes off have the child come back and ask for juice with a selfcontrolled voice. It may be necessary to demonstrate the correct way to speak to help your child along. In doing this you are correcting him for wrong and more importantly training him in what is right. 3 AVOID POWER STRUGGLES If the child refuses to come back and ask the right way perhaps deciding that he doesn t want the juice after all don t force him to come back when the buzzer goes off as that can encourage a power struggle. Simply don t offer the juice and let it go. However the next time he does ask for juice (or something else) in a whiney voice repeat steps one through three again. Be consistent in training. Never give in to whining. And follow through with this plan each and every time an opportunity presents itself and you ll have a whinefree life (and a more joyful self-controlled child) before you know it Ginger Plowman author of Don t Make Me Count to Three Heaven at Home and No More Whining Three Easy Steps to Whine-Free Living speaks at women s events parenting conferences and homeschool conventions across the country. No More Whining Three Easy Steps to WhineFree Living comes complete with parent s manual and children s book and No Whine Watch and is available through Ginger s website www. gingerplowman.com. fall 2013 CHOIS www.chois.org Connection 17 discovering idaho historical women callers looked forward to dressing up and being served delicious treats on the finest china while catching up on news from the east. Such was not the case with Julia. She didn t wait for the finery but graciously met the footsore travelers camped with their wagons offering them help and a heartfelt welcome to Boise. It was in 1863 along this dusty thoroughfare that a handful of enterprising individuals set up shop hoping to profit by offering services and goods to the ever-transient populace. Thomas Jefferson Davis was amongst these early businessmen and it was at his primitive log cabin that the city of Boise was plated on July 7 1863. Ten streets were laid out with city lots divided between the eight men present. Bolstered by the protection of cavalrymen from the newly commissioned Fort Boise commerce picked up sharply. Tom had shown himself to be of outstanding character from the moment he arrived in Idaho and it has been noted that he tried his hand at every pioneer business except that of the saloon. Tom s primary occupation in Boise was selling fruit and vegetables and he soon had 442 irrigated acres near the river planted with 7 000 apple trees. On April 26th 1863 he married a lovely Canadian woman Julia McCrum. Julia was as kind as she was lovely. It was customary for women of her era to pay a welcoming visit to newcomers once they had settled into their new homes. These In 1907 at the age of 60 after assisting a traveler with typhoid fever Julia sickened and died. Tom chose to immortalize his beloved wife by donating 43 acres of his original river front land to the city of Boise as a memorial park. Today the 89 acres of public park still stand as a fitting reminder of Julia Davis a woman full of grace and charm. Picnic tables nestled beneath large old trees dot the spacious grounds beaconing visitors to take a rest. One can meander through the fragrant Memorial Rose Garden which holds over 2 300 roses along with a gazebo and many benches. There is a band shelter shaded walkways canopied with trees and a lagoon fitted with swan paddleboats for the young at heart. Also located here are the Boise Art Museum Idaho State History Museum Boise Zoo Discovery Center of Idaho and the Black Museum of Idaho along with an impressive statue of Abraham Lincoln who was an acquaintance of Tom s. In celebration of the 150th anniversary of the founding of Boise Julia Davis Park offers two walking tours. This is a wonderful opportunity to brush up on your history while contemplating the lives well lived of Julia and Tom Davis. www.chois.org of Boise by Connie Seward arious Native American tribes traveled for peacefully gatherings at hot springs near the base of Table and Castle Rock long before French fur trappers commenced traveling through the wooded Boise River valley early in the 19 century. Before long scores of desert weary wagon train immigrants began pouring into the area seeking momentary shade and water at the Boise River s soothing edge Next came miners headed for points a day s journey north or south of the river. 18 CHOIS Connection fall 2013 v Julia Davis Park Young learners and those new to Boise as well as local history enthusiasts will benefit from this free educational tour. The one-hour walk begins at the Idaho State Historical Museum with free parking conveniently located nearby. A knowledgeable docent dressed as Julia Davis will lead visitors on a tour of the park while relating historical information leading to an understanding of how and why Julia Davis Park is the cultural and historic heart of Boise. This tour is offered at 4.00pm during First Thursday on September 5th 2013. Docent led Tour Walking Tours Quest for the Golden Apple Self-Guided Tour Idaho Sesquicentennial Celebration www.history.idaho.gov for a complete listing of statewide events projects resources and an online tool kit to help organize your community celebration. Boise Sesquicentennial Celebration www.boise150.org for a complete listing of commemorative activities and history vignettes. Old Boise Walking Tour October 11th 12 1.30pm free tour begins at 106 North 6th Street Boise 83702 Morris Hill Cemetery Walking Tour October 18 6.00-7.30pm 317 North Latah Boise Idaho History Center www.history.idaho.gov idaho-150 Lincoln Legacy Exhibition expected to be available mid to late November. This one of kind twelve hundred square foot collection consists of books documents images and artifacts. 2205 Old Penitentiary Road Boise ID 83712 208-334-2620 Idaho State Historical Museum 610 North Julia Davis Drive Boise 83702 5.00-Adult 3.00 student with ID 3.00 children 6-12yr Free under 6yr. Tuesday-Friday 9am-5pm Saturday & Sunday 10am-5pm www.history.idaho.gov Essential Idaho 150 Things that Make the Gem State Unique Museum Comes to Life September 28th 9-4 During this free event the museum and grounds come to life with expert exhibitors entertainment from the past and a multitude of hands on activities. You can watch jousting or a black powder rifle being fired. You can try your hand at the mores code or panning for gold. Dutch oven food is available for purchase as well as kettle corn and other old time treats. The Pioneer village and Idaho Historical museum are open free of charge. Additional Celebration Resources Additional tours are available for your family or home-school group by contacting Kathleen Barrett at kathleenbarrett cableone.net or 208338-9108. The entire tour is accessible by strollers and all ages are welcome. Groups are limited to approximately two-dozen participants. Families are invited to participate in an educational scavenger hunt tour of Julia Davis Park. This is a great way to encourage exploration skills teamwork and problem solving. Students relish the chance to leave books behind on this active learning adventure. On this fun interactive trek you will learn facts about the city of Boise the Davis family Idaho Native Americans Julia Davis Park and apples and orchards. The quest begins at the Broadway Bridge with 13 stops spanning the entire expanse of park. By walking to each site reading the information kiosks and recording simple answers on the scavenger hunt map your family will discover the location of the golden apple. Pick up your free copy at the Boise Parks and Recreation Administration Office 1104 Royal Blvd. in Ann Morrison Park or download the free app or print a PDF version map from the Julia Davis Park website at http parks.cityofboise.org media 6541 QuestforGoldenApple.pdf With the vote of Congress and a deft stroke of his pen Abraham Lincoln signed into law Idaho Territory on March 4th 1863. On July 7th 1863 Boise became a city. Together Idaho and Boise are celebrating their 150th anniversaries. As part of the sesquicentennial celebrations the Discovering Idaho column offers historical information with a related field trip. Additional celebration resources are listed at the conclusion of the article. www.chois.org Connie Seward and her husband Quentin recently completed home-schooling their 4th generation Boise children. Though school days are past they are excited about the many handson-history learning opportunities available during the sesquicentennial celebrations. fall 2013 CHOIS Connection 19 resource review The Icing By Kristi Kronz M.A. _________________________________________________ Although we all tend to think in terms of essentials when it comes to those foundational academic subjects which serve as the backbone of our student s education (e.g. Language Arts Math Science Bible and History) it is important to also include subjects which often bring creative and joy-filled learning opportunities throughout your year. These were (and still are) the class times which my children look most forward to during our homeschooling day. I d like to share a few with you and encourage you to add a little icing to your academic cake this year _________________________________________________ Curriculum Review of Music Art and other Joy-filled Subjects ven if all you re able to manage is listening to some classical music on the radio every few weeks music has the potential to be an extremely valuable part of every child s life. From studying an instrument through private lessons to studying the life and musical styles of composers the study of music and its various entities is one subject I wouldn t want my children to be without. n excellent resource for younger children is the Famous Children series by Ann Rachlin. These easy-to-read biographies of the major composers (she also features several artists) from Bach to Tchaikovsky can be found at your local library and are filled with fun and interesting facts about the composers. Read them while listening to famous selections of the specific composer s work and you ll give your student a better understanding of music and what it takes to create it. Music E A 20 CHOIS Connection fall 2013 similar and yet more advanced opportunity to learn about the music and lives of famous composers is listening with your students to the vox series entitled The Music Masters. Although a bit of an investment (about 60.00 for the new 18 cd set -- look for it used) these audio cd s will serve a whole passel of children over several years. Featuring narration offering a biographical sketch of the composer along with several selections of music these one-hour cd s have been wellused in our family of musicians and non-musicians alike. A small booklet inside each cd case also provides program notes and additional reading suggestions. The curriculum itself could easily be incorporated into any weekly car excursions (such as piano lessons ) you might have as a part of your homeschooling year. A www.chois.org on the Academic Cake Art W hile I know there are some amazingly creative moms out there who thrive on doing arts and crafts projects with their kids I m afraid I am not one of them Most of us either can t afford or find appropriate art classes for our children however I do think that the simple study of art and artists does add to a solid education at home. Over the years our family has studied art in a variety of ways -- both hands-on with professional artists (family members on both sides) and at home in the comfort of our cozy homeschool room. One curriculum which I happened upon and highly recommend is Harmony Fine Arts at Home (www.harmonyfinearts.org) written by (newly retired) homeschooling mom Barbara McCoy. She offers Art and Music Appreciation curriculum for grades 1 through High School. Download as an ebook for slightly less or buy the printed version (shrink wrapped and needing to be put into your own notebook) for under 20.00. I ve been a fan of Barb s informative blog for years and have enjoyed her tasteful writing which has made art appreciation a pleasant topic to delve into for a season a semester or a year. or actual drawing instruction during the elementary years the Draw Write Now drawing and handwriting course for kids written by Marie Hablitzel and Kim Stitzer is excellent fun and offers the ability to add in some history science and penmanship all in the name of art I pulled seven of these books off my shelves and have fond memories of using every one of them ranging in subject from Native Americans to animals and their habitats. Each book offers three separate art subjects to choose from (i.e Christopher Columbus autumn harvest and the weather are the art subjects for Book 2) and gives unique and easy-to-succeed instruction of several drawings within each category. Suggestions for background material as well as specific copywork is given on every page. For less than 10.00 per nonconsumable book you can choose according to your history or science subject matter and add some art in when the need arises. Geography G eography is just one of several academic areas that is often overlooked in homeschools today. While most history curriculums incorporate some geography into their lesson plans I think it is useful to study it alone for its own merits. We did just that one semester not too many years ago and I found a wealth of great material on the topic. I F f you re looking for a manageable curriculum which you can use for various grade levels Trail Guide to World Geography ( 13.99) is an fantastic choice. Written by Cindy Wiggers (also the author of The Ultimate Geography and Timeline Guide) this 125 page book is an excellently written informative and easy to use guide for primary intermediate and secondary school students. The four-day week curriculum is designed to be used in conjunction with a grade-appropriate atlas almanac and Uncle Josh s Outline Map Collection cdRom for daily mapping and researching of various geographical regions. Students create a notebook of their findings and maps. Elementary and middle school students can easily spend between 30 minutes to an hour a day on the daily assignments. High school students will need to alot more time in order to fully make use of this thorough curriculum. A T here are several free downloadable e-books for various high school art appreciation classes located on her website. www.chois.org www.chois.org lthough not required the addition and use of the books Geography Through Art by Sharon Jeffus and Jamie Aramini and Eat Your Way Around the World by Jamie Aramini alongside the Trail Guide to World Geography rounds out this study to make it an unforgettable and highly anticipated subject each day To give your hands-on learners some extra opportunities to solidify their learning add in a daily or weekly Geopuzzle. Winner of several awards these puzzles are unique in that each piece is the shape of a country or state. Well designed sturdy and covering all continents and the world Geopuzzles are a worthy investment ( 15.00 per puzzle) for long term use. ...continued on page 28 fall 2013 CHOIS fall 2013 CHOIS Connection 21 Connection 21 outwords Unappreciated Berries I n the last issue of CHOIS Connection I wrote about dads spending outdoors time with their sons. In this column I d like to focus on an activity that may be a more appropriate for parents to do with their daughters. Berry-picking is a time-honored Idaho pastime. Our state is famous for huckleberries but that is not the only berry that thrives in the Gem State. Several other kinds of tasty berries are growing in plain sight. These unappreciated berries are great for jams jellies syrups pies and other kinds of preserves. Making Goodies from Berries Hidden in Plain Sight he common blue elderberry (Sambucus cerulea) grows all over the state and it is an abundant source of a small juicy berry. Elderberries grow on tall bushes bearing long pinnate leaves. The multiple branches of an elderberry bush grow from a central hub and droop and lean outward. The stalks and branches are hollow with a light pithy center. Mature elderberry bushes reach 12 to 15 feet in height. The fruit of the elderberry plant ripens in late summer. Ripe berries hang in large clumps from the elderberry bush s branches. The berries are colored a light blue to a dark almost purple T color. The typical powdery blue color comes from a dusty coating on the berries. Individual berries are small but a large clump will contain hundreds of individual fruits. We harvest the berries using a pair of loppers or handheld clippers. Get a stick and pull down the enticing clumps higher in the bush. You will soon have a bagful of berries. Clipping the berry clumps in this way will not cause any long-term damage to the plant. In the fall bears seek out elderberry bushes to gorge themselves on the fruit. They will pull down and break off branches--sometimes laying waste to the entire bush. ext rinse the berry clumps thoroughly with cold water to wash off dust and debris. Don t be surprised if you find that an insect or two has hitched a ride home. I prefer to immerse the clumps in ice water. This helps keep the berries fresh and it enables the berries to be more easily stripped from the stems which is your next step. Elderberries are chiefly valuable for their juice which we make into jellies and syrups. One caution with elderberries the cooked berries are completely edible and safe but ingesting raw berries or raw juice in large portions is linked to the build-up of toxic compounds in the human body. Since jellies and syrups are cooked I have never had a negative experience with elderberries. round cherries are another common yet unappreciated berry. Ground cherries are distinct from other berries for two reasons. First they ripen much later than other wild berries. Second they require more work to harvest process and prepare. But they are worth the extra effort Ground cherries grow in rural areas along ditches canals fence lines and roadsides. The ground cherry bush is plain looking. It has light green leaves and rarely gets more than two feet tall. In late summer the fruit begins to appear. But there is a catch The berries grow inside of light green globeshaped pods scattered within the plant s foliage. Each globe hides a single berry. As fall progresses these little globe-shaped pods dry out. Their coverings turn to a beige colored paper-thin husk. This curious effect has given ground cherries an alternate name Chinese lantern fruit. G N 22 CHOIS Connection fall 2013 www.chois.org y mid to late October ground cherries are ripe and ready for harvest. After you have located a ground cherry patch pick a few of the largest husks and open them to find out the quality of the berry patch. A ripe berry will have turned to a pale yellow or light orange color inside its papery husk. If you find large yellowish or light orange berries you have hit the jackpot. (A large ground cherry is about the size of a marble.) Pick a bagful One hint for efficient ground cherry picking before pulling the pod from its stem gently squeeze the husk to feel if it contains a berry large enough to suit your purposes. If the plant has had marginal growing conditions husks may contain small and withered berries. hen you get home processing ground cherries takes some work. Carefully open each husk and remove the berry. Your fingers will get sticky because the berries exude sugar. Discard any ground cherries that are withered or too green. When you accumulate a bowlful of fruit wash your treasure in cool water. Ground cherries can be eaten raw. They have a flavor that combines a fruity sweetness with something that reminds me of a tomato. My family likes to make jam out of ground cherries. We use a recipe found in an old Euell Gibbons wild edibles book but recipes to make ground cherry preserves can be found on the internet. From personal experience I can assure you that ground cherry jam is terrific on waffles crepes and even toast. B W ne other underappreciated berry is the rose hip. Also known as rose haws the rose hip is the fruit of the wild rose bush. They are very common growing in pastures along fence lines and next to canals and ditches. After wild roses bloom in the spring their green seed pods grow during the summer. During September rose hips ripen to a red or orange color. The rose hip contains six to ten seeds but this fruit is not treasured for the seeds. The good stuff is the pulpy material between the shiny covering of the hip and the seeds inside. This flesh is nutritious - high in vitamin C - and gives substance to a wonderful jelly. Carefully pick rose hips by pulling them off their stems. Wear gloves because sometimes the rose hip wants to stay with its plant and you are going to have to navigate a few thorny branches occasionally to reach the prime fruit. Throw away any hips that are too green malformed or show evidence of worminess. You should be easily able to tell a good healthy rose hip from a marginal one. O D ownload directions and follow them carefully. We like rose hip jelly spiced with a bit of nutmeg a whiff of cinnamon and a sprinkle of cloves. You will need to add sugar and a spritz of lemon juice. Rose hip jelly is one of the tastiest of the wild berries jellies and jams I know of. hen picking these wild berries beside a road or field inspect the whole plant carefully to determine if the plant may have been sprayed. If the plant shows any signs of withering disease or yellowing it is best left alone. When in doubt go to another spot. Keep looking and you should be able to find a healthy specimen from which to harvest berries. These berries are there for the picking. They are relatively easy to find and identify and they usually grow in large quantities. The work you put into finding picking and preparing these treats is well worth it--especially when you enjoy your own homemade wild berry jellies and syrups when it is snowy outside but warm in the kitchen. W A www.chois.org fter washing them put the hips in a saucepan cover with water and bring them to a boil. After they have cooked and softened for 10 or 12 minutes start mashing the fruit and keep cooking it. You will want to reduce the rose hips to a well cooked pot of thick orange-colored juice. When the hips are well cooked pour the juice through a few layers of cheese cloth or a strainer. Discard the left-over pulp. Ken Frederick and family live in Meridian Idaho. Ken s interest in foraging was inspired by the American naturalist and wild food stalker Euell Gibbons in the 1970s. fall 2013 CHOIS Connection 23 GeEk out. ftahlils PCS Edventures Lab offers hands-on learning experiences to build skills in Science Technology Engineering and Math for students grades 4 to 12. VISIT NEWLEARNINGNEWWORLD.COM FOR MORE INFORMATION LAB LOCATIONS TOURS AND REGISTRATION. ASK ABOUT GROUP RATES FOR HOMESCHOOL FAMILIES TM PCS EDVENTURES LAB STEM EDUCATION 208.343.3110 x101 info edventures.com www.NewLearningNewWorld.com 24 CHOIS Connection fall 2013 PCS www.chois.org www.chois.org iOS or Android By Ken Barnes began this column nearly 3 years ago by answering the question Windows or Mac Essentially the answer was If your PC does what you need it to do then it is a good PC. Now with mobile devices outselling computers a similar question has arisen iOS or Android And guess what. My answer is still basically the same advice from a geek I If your mobile device does what you need it to do then it is a good mobile device. ut I cannot leave it at that. I still have over 500 words to go to fill the page I find it interesting that the comparisons between the two mobile operating systems (OS) is similar to the comparisons of the 2 computer operating systems we looked at before. iOS is Apple s OS for the iPad iPhone and iPod Touch. Just like Apple computers only devices made by Apple use it and only apps approved by Apple are available in the App Store. This tight control of both the hardware and software environment makes it much easier to control their quality and security - and price. ndroid created by Google runs on devices made by all sorts of manufacturers some good and some not so good just like Windows PCs. Even though Google (again just like Microsoft) may have certain specifications that devices must meet they do not have total control over the quality and design of the devices. And if you have seen many Android devices you may have noticed a lot of differences in basic features like the Phone app or Contacts or even the app launcher. o how does iOS compare with Android from the user s perspective How does one decide which to buy when in the market for a new smartphone or tablet First consider the part you will have most direct interaction with the apps. There may be some apps on one device that you like better than on the other or that might only exist on one but not the other. So if you have a certain app that you must have then buy the device that has it. econdly if you are already invested in either the Apple or Google worlds then I suggest you stay with what you are familiar with. You should also expect more compatibility between devices and software especially when it comes to sharing music videos etc. A f money is an issue Apple devices can be a little pricey but Android devices are all over the board. Just beware - less expensive devices are often missing features or have inferior construction. I So Mr. Geek which do you prefer ell I prefer the Android device for this simple reason Options. With Android I have a greater choice of devices with various features that simply aren t available with iOS devices (some have SD card slots HDMI output physical keyboard greater variety of screen sizes etc.). I also have more configuration options like changing the on-screen keyboard and adding widgets. I m a geek and we geeks love being able to mess with configuration settings to make our devices unique to ourselves. While it is possible to jailbreak an iOS device to change a few more settings it is not something most users would feel safe trying. f you need a new mobile device do not buy the first cool device a salesman shows you. Do some research before heading to the store. You can Google iOS vs Android to find approximately 171 000 000 web pages to learn from the experience of others. Surely some of those will be helpful. B S W S I vs www.chois.org Ken Barnes and his Android-using family have been homeschooling in Nampa since 2003 and they expect to continue until 2023. So they are halfway there fall 2013 CHOIS Connection 25 Undertow ...continued from page 21 In June the CRPD senate committee hearing was postponed because of your calls. Our collective voice is working. Undertow or high ground. The choice is ours. 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Emily Patchin DESIGNER www.HowBeautifulFloral.com Emily howbeautifulfloral.com 208.921.4593 www.chois.org fall 2013 CHOIS Connection 27 ...continued from page 21 Further Areas of Study and Resource Recommendations I I encourage you to seek out your student s individual areas of interest and find resources that will not only provide academic growth but more importantly encourage joy-filled and life-long learning. ve enjoyed roaming our home and book shelves to discover the many elective courses I ve been privileged to learn alongside or provide for my students. There are so many out there that truly serve as the icing on the homeschooling cake. I encourage you to seek out your student s individual areas of interest and find resources that will not only provide academic growth but more importantly encourage joy-filled and life-long learning. A few more of these extras which we have used in our homeschooling and the resources we ve used and enjoyed follow. Don t just take my word for it though -- research them yourself and enjoy the process Engineering Building Big DvD series by David Macaulay The Art of the Catapult by William Gurstelle K NEX education division - Bridges. Spech Communication Secrets of Great Communicators by Jeff Myers (DvD and text) Sound Speech by BJU Press (an excellently written Biblically minded text on the topic). Nature Study E very family and every child can benefit from regular time studying God s creation. Whether it is a daily walk through your neighborhood or a field trip to a nature preserve I encourage you to take advantage of all that nature provides which encourages further study investigation and conversation with your children. here are several nature study notebooks on the market but we ve found that simple hard-back spiral bound artist books work well. Together with a nice set of colored pencils a nature guide for birds or plants or insects and some worn-in walking shoes you and your kids can get a lot of learning in without turning a single workbook page T T o help you get a head start my handsdown favorite resource over the years has been a little book series by Toni Albert of Trickle Creek Books. These consumable ecojournals (A Kid s Winter EcoJournal etc. -- one for each season) are absolute gems At less than 10.00 per journal I believe them to be a worthy investment that you can refer back to year after year. Filled with beautifully drafted sketches journal entries from the author various hands-on projects using nature and blank lines for you or your student to journal your own thoughts and observations these books span the ages and keep you anticipating what comes next. I enjoyed these as much as my kids did and still read through them on occasion to help me jump start each season. Human Anatomy Body of Evidence DvD series with study guide by Dr. Merton (Answers in Genesis) for Home Schoolers from Pearables (possibly the sweetest Home Ec curriculum I ve ever seen -- covering all areas of homekeeping from nutrition to hospitality and everything in between). Home Economics Home Economics Economics Biblical Economic by R.C. Sproul Jr. (text study guide and tests) and Whatever Happened to Penny Candy by Richard J. Maybury. Logic The Fallacy Detective and The 28 CHOIS Connection fall 2013 28 CHOIS Connection fall 2013 Kristi Kronz lives out and loves history along with her three children and husband on their hobby farm in southwest Idaho. Thinking Toolbox both by Nathaniel and Hans Bluedorn (noteworthy and humorous read-alouds with discussion opportunities for the whole family). www.chois.org www.chois.org The Home School Foundation is a nationwide organization whose mission is to bless home school families and further the cause of homeschooling. HSF is the charitable arm of the Home School Legal Defense Association founded in 1994 as a non-profit 501 (c)(3). These two Home School Foundation organizations are very closely tied in their mission to help and support the home school community. Through various funds HSF offers assistance to homeschooling families with specific needs ... widows single parents special needs military families curriculum relief disaster relief and more. Many of our state s home school families have been blessed through assistance from HSF this past year. HSF also works through a volunteer Ambassador program. Ambassadors work together to identify needs and organize and implement local service projects such as repairing a widow s roof helping a single mom with yard maintenance or putting together backpacks of school supplies for home school children who would otherwise do without. In addition ambassadors organize fundraisers to benefit home school families in their state who need financial assistance. Would you please consider volunteering as an Idaho ambassador for HSF Ambassadors make the work of HSF personal and tangible as they help struggling home school families To do so please visit www.homeschoolfoundation. org volunteer. HSF Ambassadors help families homeschool through hard times. Visit www.homeschoolfoundation.org volunteer to learn more. Home School Foundation ... the charitable arm of HSLDA 10535 fall 2013 CHOIS www.chois.org www.chois.org Connection 29 news worthy 2013 Congressional Gold Medalists received their awards in Washington DC in June. Thane Seward son of Connie and Quentin Seward of Boise and Emily Peel David and Lynda Peel of Boise are homeschooled in Idaho. C reated in 1979 by Congress the award program aims to encourage youth ages 14-23 to engage in wide-ranging character-forming experiences specifically 400 hours of community service 200 hours of a sport or physical activity 200 hours of personal development in the arts and a four-night expedition for those striving for the ultimate Gold Medal award. (There are six levels of awards from the highest Congressional Gold Medal to the first stage Congressional Bronze Certificate.) 30 CHOIS Connection fall 2013 www.chois.org www.chois.org fall 2013 CHOIS Connection 31 Christian Homeschoolers Of Idaho State P.O. Box 45062 Boise Idaho 83711 Bountiful HARVEST A H O M E E D U C A T I O N weary while doing good for in due season we shall reap if we do not lose heart. Galations 6 9 And let us not grow June 5-7th 2014 College Church of the N azarene 504 E. Dewey St. Nampa Idaho StAte HomeScHool convention 16th AnnuAl www.chois.org