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PATRICK HENRY COLLEGE For Christ & for Liberty Tofindoutmore Certified to operate by State Council of Higher Education Virginia 2 THE VIRGINIA HOME EDUCATOR SPRING 2015 HEAV BOARD & STAFF HEAV Board of Directors Anne Miller President Williamsburg Patrick Ryan Vice President Purcellville Kevin Mulhearn Treasurer Yorktown Linda Linder Secretary Manassas Rick Boyer Board Member Rustburg Cherrie Moore Board Member Virginia Beach Advisory Board Lauren Bell Virginia Beach Yvonne Bunn Murfreesboro Craig & Stephanie Konicki Midlothian Joseph & Tiffani Miller Newport News HEAV Staff Anne Miller Interim Executive Director Yvonne Bunn Director of Homeschool Support & Government Affairs Lauren Bell Convention Director Helen Wright Finance & Administration Manager Ann Miranda Office Manager Lora Howard Assistant Office Manager Lisa Workman Director of Special Events Publications Staff Maureen Bittner Director of Publications & Marketing Mary Kay Smith Magazine Editor editor Melissa Barnes Editor Kathleen Lansing Advertising Director advertising Kathleen Dillie Update Manager Karen Sweeney Update Content Editor update Chris Update Editor Arielle Potter Copy Editor & Above-the-Fold Writer Maya Barnes Update Layout Laurie Sitterding Editor Michael Grice Webmaster Alyssa Mulhearn Web-Content Editor Linda Mesibov HTML Coder Susannah Miller Graphic Designer Jennifer Covington Social Media Manager Angela Palomo Transcript Editor Kelly Pedone Communications Coordinator SEND ADDRESS CHANGES TO Home Educators Association of Virginia 2100 W. 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Permission is granted to reprint any news items from this magazine providing proper credit is given all other material is copyrighted. For reprint permission please contact the editor at editor 2015 Home Educators Association of Virginia SUBMISSION DEADLINES Fall 2015 (Issue 3)--June 15 Winter 2015 (Issue 4)--September 15 Spring 2016 (Issue 1)--December 1 Summer 2016 (Issue 2)--March 15 Cover Image Sergey Nivens 16 10 18 FEATURES 10 A Foundation for Character-Healthy Homeschooling Steve & Megan Scheibner DEPARTMENTS 4 5 6 From the Editor Mary Kay Smith From Our Facebook Page From the Director of Homeschool Support Yvonne Bunn 16 18 Do What You Believe Todd Wilson Teaching High School at Home Transformed Regrets Diane Kummer 8 Freedom Watch 22 Classified Ads 2015 VIRGINIA HOMESCHOOL CONVENTION SPEAKERS KEN HAM & BUDDY DAVIS JUNE 1 1-13 2015 MORE INFO ON PAGES 12 & 13 ast summer I watched a hummingbird that had lost perspective. She had flown into our veranda and was up by the ceiling facing the house. It was a sweltering day and this poor bird was hot and scared and bewildered. Her mouth was open and her long tongue hung out. She chirped softly to herself and flew back and forth for more than half an hour trying to find her way out but she couldn t see any opening. She was facing the wrong way. I talked to her I sprinkled her gently with the hose to cool her down and I even prayed for her (okay--you already know I love birds). My last resort since she was so delicate was to get a towel and try to bring her down. But she finally turned around gained perspective and was able to escape. This reminds me of how perspective made a difference in accounts of two different people confronting two big problems. The first was Moses. Numbers 21 and Deuteronomy 3 inform us that the Israelites on their way to the Promised Land went up against Bashan. Og Bashan s king and his army went to meet them for battle. The Lord told Moses not to be afraid and Moses recorded So the LORD our God also gave into our hands Og king of Bashan and all his army. We struck them down leaving no survivors (NIV). Just like that. No special concern just faith and obedience--and perspective. They were looking at the Lord who was with them and not at the circumstances. It isn t until verse 11 that we read what the circumstances were. Og s bedstead was nine cubits in length and four in width. In other words he was a GIANT. Compare that to Saul when confronted with Goliath. In 1 Samuel 17 4-6 we have a full description of Goliath His height was six cubits and a span. He had a bronze helmet on his head and wore a coat of scale armor of bronze weighing five thou- sand shekels on his legs he wore bronze greaves and a bronze javelin was slung on his back. His spear shaft was like a weaver s rod and its iron point weighed six hundred shekels (NIV). Verse 11 says the Israelite army was dismayed and terrified. In fact Saul and his army were incapacitated. What s the difference Goliath was almost three cubits (about four feet) shorter than Og so why the concern with all those details this time Perspective. It wasn t until David came along wanting to remove the disgrace in Israel that things changed. That s because David had perspective. He understood that Goliath was just an uncircumcised Philistine defying the armies of the living God. On what do you need perspective Is it your value as a homeschool mom A problem you re dealing with Don t describe and focus on the details--face the other way Focus on God who is able. 4 THE VIRGINIA HOME EDUCATOR SPRING 2015 Africa Studio Dollar Photo Club L FROM THE EDITOR Mary Kay Smith from our Facebook page... If you started high school classes early which classes did you choose What college-level classes do your children take for dual-enrollment Gina My daughter started high school courses in seventh grade--computer programming. Our son started in eighth grade with a computer course and foreign language. In their high school years the kids took CLEP tests for both high school and college credit (the College Board keeps records for twenty years to transfer credits). To help us navigate the waters of the CLEPS we used http cleplessonplans. Robin Five of my six kids took classes at our community college beginning their junior year of high school. The kids are required to submit ACT or SAT scores or take tests in English and math for placement purposes. Follow HEAV on Twitter From Lego-learning ideas to recipes to encouragement you ll find more resources with us join the online conversation I m new to homeschooling and the thought of it overwhelms me so I prefer a curriculum where the lesson plans and everything else are laid out for me. Any suggestions Erin Before purchasing a curriculum (which can be pretty pricey) I d recommend figuring out how your children learn best. Are they visual learners Auditory Tactile Are they like my daughter who needs to see things at least five times before grasping it or like my son who hears something once and knows it forever No matter what works best for other families if the curriculum doesn t suit your children s way of learning it will be a waste of money and a source of aggravation and frustration for you all. A boxed curriculum can be fantastic--when you get the right one. Note For resource and curriculum ideas check out HEAV s curricula page at http resources curriculum. What is an unforeseen benefit of homeschooling Kaelynn My children have become the greatest of friends and the way they treat each other has vastly improved. They have become each other s teammates playmates lab partners and more. Beau Children learn self worth without having to have it validated by their peers. Maria I like the relationship my children have with each other and the hours and hours they can spend together. That s not something I thought about much when I started out on this journey but I m really seeing the benefits now. Kristen I didn t realize homeschooling would redeem MY education Outside the Box Got scrap wood Here s an idea that s simple useful and virtually indestructible. Reprinted with permission from That s My Letter. http 2013 12 c-is-for-crayon-holder.html SEMINAR Thank you so much for your seminar last June. My husband and I had been thinking and praying about the decision to homeschool. As we sat in your seminar we controlled the tears as best we could because you used the very words we had used in our conversations. You confirmed encouraged and inspired us onto a new path for our family and we began homeschooling our four children in September. Thank you for your hard work Thank you for your dedication and sacrifice Thank you for your time and energy to the homeschool community Sincerely Angie Brummett RELIGIOUS EXEMPTION In the discussion about this policy I noticed a lot of focus on the wording of the statute and how to interpret the specific mention of the pupil. I would like to point out that the pupil is specifically mentioned in the statute because it is the pupil (not the parent) who is being exempted from the compulsory attendance law. The school board is excusing the pupil from attendance at school. The law is worded in such a way that students cannot claim religious exemption apart from the oversight of their parents. This means that the law does not give my child the right to religious exemption from compulsory attendance if I the parent don t agree. Parental consent is recognized as superseding the religious claims of the child alone. This gives weight to parental rights and responsibility. I imagine that the statute was written in such a way as to prevent a rash of students from potentially abusing the religious exemption as a way of skipping out on school attendance. This potential problem was avoided by requiring the student to have parental approval and involvement in order for the school board to exempt the student. The wording prevents the school board from being required to side with the student (by granting him a religious exemption and excusing him from school attendance) against the wishes of his parent while protecting parent-approved religious-exempt students from charges of truancy. Homeschool Parent DIGITAL FORMAT Now get the same great magazine on your tablet & mobile devices--FREE Visit the-virginia-homeeducator. THE VIRGINIA HOME EDUCATOR WWW.HEAV.ORG 5 From the Director of Homeschool Support Yvonne Bunn I recognized the frustration in the voice of the mom on the other end of the phone. Without saying who she was or telling me her story she began the conversation with two questions What do I need to do to put my children back in school Will they take them back Have you ever had one of those days when you thought about quitting I have. In fact I m sure most of us have considered it at least once. Homeschooling isn t easy. There are good days and bad days--and some very bad days that make us think about giving up. Some days the children don t want to do their school work they take ALL DAY to get it done. At times they argue and fuss and irritate each other. On top of that things happen the toilet overflows or you can t get to the bank in time to make a critical deposit or your neighbor makes a hurtful comment. Thankfully not every day is like this but when bad days become a pattern it s good to stop and get a different perspective on what is happening. Maybe answering a few questions can make our homeschool situation work better. AM I SETTING A NEGATIVE TONE It s easy to have other things on our minds from financial pressures to health concerns and everything in between. When we become distracted by stressful family issues we can transfer negative attitudes to our children even though they may know nothing about what concerns us. Without realizing it we may speak in a hurtful way or use a critical tone with our children. Their response may also be negative in the form of words or actions. What can we do If we humble ourselves and ask them to forgive us they almost always will. Asking them to pray with us to have better attitudes and a better day helps everyone refocus. WHAT ARE MY EXPECTATIONS Have you ever doled out assignments and expected everyone to happily run off to their rooms for a few hours and come back with everything done Only in our dreams Some require more attention than others but all children need us. Our direct involvement keeps things moving. The younger ones need one-on-one attention for almost everything. Those with short attention spans focus better when we keep lessons short. Older independent learners need our recognition and encouragement. They need follow-up and oversight and someone to check their work. Don t ignore your kids--make sure you are there for them when they need you. ARE THE CHILDREN FRUSTRATED Just because our children are in a particular grade doesn t mean they are able to work at that level. They may have learning gaps (i.e. they never mastered foundational information needed to do a ave on Yource S n amp Experie C First T HSF Ambassadors help families homeschool through hard times. Visit volunteer to learn more. Bring a First a regular cam ur friend for you & yo Camp Eagle in Fincastle VA utilizes a Bible 30 offweek p a regu lar cam er p we Time Camp 30 of ime Ca f mper ek based program in an exciting action-packed environment to provide campers ages 8 - 18 with a phenomenal camping experience. 10535 Register online today or (540) 366-2431 6 THE VIRGINIA HOME EDUCATOR SPRING 2015 ARE THERE DISTRACTIONS I CAN REMOVE Does it work for everyone to be in the same room together Some children are highly distractible. Are toys put away Is there clutter around Is there a designated place--a desk a table a special corner of the room--where they know they are going to do school work Is there noise in the room from a television radio a video game being played by another family member or a phone conversation WOULD A DIFFERENT DISCIPLINE STRUCTURE HELP Discipline issues don t disappear when we begin homeschooling. In fact lack of discipline can totally derail a homeschool. Focusing on character training early will result in easier homeschool days. It s important to establish what we expect from each child it s our responsibility to train them and help them form good manners and habits. We need to let them know consequences ahead of time and we must follow through with what we said we would do. Changes won t happen overnight but I ve found one principle of discipline to be true consistency is the key. EACH MORNING IS A NEW DAY God gives us one day at a time. No matter how difficult the situation or how discouraged we may become we can be confident that The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases his mercies never come to an end they are new every morning great is your faithfulness. (Lamentations 3 22-23 ESV) Tomorrow is a new homeschool day ELECTRONICS CURRICULUM higher level task efficiently). The work may be too difficult but they don t know how to tell you. Instead they may say they hate a subject or they may refuse to do the work or rush through it not caring how it s done. If we see these attitudes we must take time to stop and calmly go over the material to understand where the problem began. It may have been a few chapters back in a math book or it may have begun last year with work that was never understood. There could even be a learning challenge that has never been evaluated. Children generally want to please us and gain our praise. It s our job as teachers to take the time to identify their academic needs and help them move forward. We homeschool parents can take the time to do this going on in the background It may be a challenge but we can gain control over these things for a more peaceful atmosphere that will help everyone. Hands-on Learning Independent Study or CO-OP Use LEARN HOW TO Solder & Unsolder Read Schematics Use Digital Multimeter Identify Components & their Functions Use an Osilliscope Learn More at FAITH AND REASON At Liberty Law faith and reason are seamlessly integrated into the curriculum and student life. Students are equipped to think analyze and communicate from a Christian worldview. Faculty members teach from the perspective that law originates from God. Student mentors provide their colleagues with emotional spiritual and academic support. STUDY LAW IN AN ENVIRONMENT WHERE YOU CAN GROW IN YOUR FAITH AND REMAIN UNCOMPROMISED IN YOUR CONVICTIONS. INTEGRATING SPONSOR LawAdmissions (434) 592-5300 Christian-Law-School THE VIRGINIA HOME EDUCATOR WWW.HEAV.ORG 7 BILLS IN THE LEGISLATIVE SESSION The HEAV legislative team researched more than 2 000 bills and worked in committee with eight bills specifically related to home instruction a record for any one legislative session. They actively tracked an additional nineteen online. Here are the final outcomes awaiting the governor s signature Year-End Assessment Exemption HB 1753 Parents who begin homeschooling on or after February 1 must provide the results of an assessment but they will not incur consequences for a score below the fourth stanine. FAILED Parental Choice Savings Accounts HB 2238 Parents of children with special needs who have been in public school at least half a year may establish a parent-managed savings account with state oversight that can be used for educational purposes including homeschooling. FAILED Homeschool Information Privacy SB 1383 This legislation requested by HEAV prohibits the superintendent or school board from disclosing to anyone ANY information provided on a Notice of Intent form or in a religious-exemption letter without the parent s permission. PASSED Home Instruction Evidence of Progress HB 1754 and SB 1403 This bill allows the SAT ACT and PSAT tests to satisfy year-end assessments in lieu of achievement tests. PASSED Homeschool Student Participation in Interscholastic Programs HB 1626 The Tebow Bill gives homeschoolers who meet designated qualifications the opportunity to try out for public high school teams if the local school division allows access. PASSED Student Identification Numbers HB 1307 The DOE or school board cannot require students to provide social security numbers but must develop student identification numbers. PASSED Common Core Standards HB 1752 The Board of Education cannot replace the Standards of Learning with Common Core State Standards without the prior approval of the General Assembly. PASSED HEAV and HSLDA worked together for passage. GOOCHLAND COUNTY PUTS AUTHORITY BACK WITH PARENTS HOMESCHOOLING FAMILY STOOD STRONG Doug and Carla Pruiett were among a handful of families affected by a Goochland County School District policy on religious exemption. They say that God took control of the situation when they were pushed to stand for their religious liberties. The Pruietts have homeschooled in three other states but when they arrived in Virginia eleven years ago they learned of the religious exemption statute. We never had that option before though that s exactly why we chose to homeschool Doug says. We believe that it is our responsibility as parents to guide our children and to provide a biblical worldview they don t get in public school. In 2013 the Goochland County School Board adopted a policy that would require children to write a letter stating their religious convictions within thirty days of their fourteenth birthday. Additionally board members reserved the right to call a child in front of the board to answer questions about his religious views and the board could also question if he would prefer to attend a private or public school instead of being homeschooled. The child s answers could have terminated the family s religious-exemption SPRING HOMESCHOOL DAY - MAY 1 Reserve Your Tickets Online Before April 15th And Save Adults 5 - Children 3 - Under 5 Free See and participate in activities such as cooking gardening woodworking flax and wool spinning rare-breed animals schoolhouse lessons and more EASY AS PIE Frontier Culture Museum 1290 Richmond Road Staunton VA 24401 8 THE VIRGINIA HOME EDUCATOR SPRING 2015 540-332-7850 status if it was deemed to be in conflict with his wishes. The Pruiett family said they were taken aback when they received a letter stating that they needed to comply with the new policy. Although their children said they were okay with complying Doug said that he felt a sense of righteous indignation. The family contacted HSLDA to find out about their rights and decided they would move forward in protesting the new measure. The principle we were standing on was so serious Carla says that we never considered another option. Doug called the school board president to discuss the matter. He was told that the other members were willing to reconsider their policy. Next he wrote a letter to the editor of the Goochland Gazette appealing to liberty-loving people to attend the meeting. The result a crowd so large that the proceedings had to be broadcast into other rooms of the administration building. Many of the speakers were not from homeschooling families. Carla believes that the people who supported them viewed the school board s policy as an attack on religious freedom and the First Amendment. The Pruietts were in awe that so many people were moved to attend and speak at the meeting. Everyone had a desire to stand up for religious liberty and the sanctity of family. The Pruietts say they have never been politically active but could not sit idle in this instance. As for their children they have learned the most valuable lesson any parent or teacher could impress upon them. The power of God s hand. We re not rebels Doug says. We didn t go into this with a chip on our shoulder. We went in with fear and trembling. Something monumental happened in that board room that I had never even experienced in church. God orchestrated something and moved in a lot of people s lives. 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Habits when reinforced through praise and correction will become second nature. Finally when children are characterized by new character-healthy habits we will begin to hear that characterization naturally flow from their conversation. It is then that our children will become those sought-after leaders and lights in our communities. STRUCTURE OUR TRAINING. A heart of character habits of character and a new conversation of character are the three pillars upon which we must structure our training. But how do we structure that training We need consistent daily oneon-one training from character-conscious mothers and fathers. It is our commitment and diligence that brings change in our children s hearts. Continued on page 21. m convinced that most homeschooling parents don t make costly investments of time and resources just to raise brighter children who will get accepted to the best colleges secure the most illustrious jobs and have the most lucrative portfolios. No I think the majority of us homeschool because we want to train children who will daily become more courageous more character-healthy and ultimately more Christ-like. However whether through outside classes athletics music lessons or just the busyness of daily living it s so easy to get caught up in filling our days with good activities at the expense of investing time in the best activities--those that produce heart-growth for our children. What an opportunity we have to make a tremendous impact on our world--but only as we train a new generation that elevates virtues over feelings and that chooses behaviors that make their God look great Unfortunately there is no all-inclusive curriculum that can guarantee good charac- children s hearts. No curriculum can mold them into young people of integrity. No curriculum can program them to respond in a courageous and Christ-like manner. 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BILL POTTER n Walking the Battlefield Brings the Dead to Life n Why History is the Most Important Subject You Teach n Developing a Plan for High School Dianne Kummer n Transcript Clinic Dianne Kummer n High School Writing Intensive Andrew Pudewa n The Extraordinary Odyssey An Expedition Through The Human Body Lainna Callentine n Writing Games Kim Kautzer n Creating a Masterpiece Art Camp Sharon Hofer 32ND ANNUAL VIRGINIA HOMESCHOOL CONVENTION JUNE 11 12 & 13 n RICHMOND CONVENTION CENTER 69 FOR THE ENTIRE FAMILY THERE S SOMETHING FOR EVERYONE 59 FOR HEA MEMBERS V RICK BOYER NEW ALL THREE DAYS FREE SHUTTLE BUS SERVICE Avoid traffic Park at Bon Secours Washington Redskins Training Center and ride in comfort straight to the convention door. Also visit local museums during selected hours. n 140 Workshops n 390 Booths in the Exhibit Hall n Chess Championships n Special Buddies program n Children s Program n Single Parents Luncheon n Support Group Leader Luncheon n Instrument Petting Zoo n Young Entrepreneurs n Curriculum Doctors n Teen Writing Clinics n Graduation n Used Curriculum Sale n Photography Workshop n Science Dissection Lab n Robotics Expo n Prayer Stations n NEW College Fair n Expanded Music Competition n Silent Auction n Curriculum Doctors n And much much more BUDDY DAVIS DIANNE CRAFT THE FLYLADY MARLIN & LAURIE DETWEILER nCharlotte Mason Excellence Without Sacrifice nClassical Christian Education-- nDoing Real Things for Teens and nThe 7 E s for Choosing Curriculum Its Value and Benefits (Marlin) Their Families (Hal and Melanie) nNotebooking-- nGreasing the Skids (Marlin) nBallistic Homeschooling (Hal) Creativity with a Purpose nRhetoric--the Formidable nChecks and Balances Teaching nSolving Your Science Struggles Discipline (Marlin) Children to Handle Money Better nImparting a Biblical Worldview than the Government Does (Hal) nThe Importance of Fathers to Your Children in Education (Marlin) nHomeschooling a Houseful (Melanie) nCreative Teaching (Laurie) nTeaching Discernment (Hal & Melanie) nClassical Education for the MORE GREAT SPEAKERS LIKE... 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Allen Dana Mosely (aka Uncle Buck) FREE DVD Evaluation Sampler 800-588-7564 Visit us at Booth 1005 Richard and Minerva Mosely THE VIRGINIA HOME EDUCATOR WWW.HEAV.ORG 15 SPEAKER DO WHAT YOU TODD WILSON I just spoke to a group of homeschoolers in Northern Indiana. It was a great meeting with lots of laughs. I could tell from the tears and nods of affirmation that what we talked about penetrated straight to the moms hearts. Afterwards a group descended on me like buzzards on a road-kill sandwich. So you think we should relax and not push our kids to excellence one of them asked. We can t just let them be lazy and decide what they do or don t want to do another added. I let them fire their questions and then I said I m not telling you to do or not do anything. What do you think you should do One of them said I believe all that you say about relaxing and that each child is a masterpiece but how do you live that out I m not going to tell you how to live it out I said. I believe God will make it clear. You probably already know how to do it--you re just afraid. Just then another lady reduced all the questions into a simple statement. It would be easy if I lived out in the middle of nowhere and didn t have to worry about anyone else. I ve thought about that statement since our conversation. What that lady said is what I believe many moms feel deep in their hearts. They know what is best but the pressure that comes from others causes them to do something different--even when they don t believe it to be best or worthwhile. So I m going to try and help you do what you believe you should do. BUCK UP Do you want a happy home filled with happy kids who love you God and all that you believe in--or a miserable home filled with 16 THE VIRGINIA HOME EDUCATOR SPRING 2015 PRESSURE THAT COMES FROM OTHERS CAUSES MOMS TO DO SOMETHING DIFFERENT--EVEN WHEN THEY DON T BELIEVE IT TO BE BEST OR WORTHWHILE. unhappy kids who may or may not be able to do algebra and who vow never to homeschool their own kids If you choose the first you ll have to chart your own waters and go against the flow. You may have to endure looks of shock or silent judgment not just from non-homeschooling friends and relatives but from other homeschoolers. But you can t live a life of freedom and joy by trying to please others. It just doesn t work. So buck up and stop making choices based on what others think say or do. CHART YOUR COURSE Divide a piece of paper into four columns. At the top of the first column write Essentials. Under that heading list all the subjects YOU believe your children need in order to function in the world. At the top of the second column write Desired. Under this heading list all the subjects you d like your children to know or be exposed to. At the top of the third column write Frustrations. In this column list all the subjects that exist in your present school format that frustrate either you or your children. At the top of the last column write Stupid Stuff. Under this heading list all the subjects that you or your spouse thinks are a waste of time. BURN YOUR SHIPS Although Cortez may not have actually burned his ships to keep his troops from returning I like the idea of making it hard to go back. This is really an important step. I know too many homeschooling moms who know what is true but can t ever get away from the things they hate because they don t burn the ships. So take the piece of paper that you just used to chart your course. Now rip that last column off. You think these items or subjects are stupid and a waste of time so get rid of them. That means if you Pixel Memoirs listed music cancel your lessons and sell the instrument on eBay. If you listed sentence diagramming scratch it from your lesson plan. Everything in this column goes. Now turn your attention to the third column. Take a good long look at it. If these subjects or items are truly causing frustration then do one of two things either figure out a different way to do those things to eliminate the frustration and disharmony OR cut them out and get rid of them. The relationships and joy in your home are much more important than the things that are causing the frustration and relationship breakdowns. That leaves you with two columns. Now adjust your homeschool day to reflect what really matters. It s simple if you will allow it to be. CIRCLE UP THE WAGONS Since you probably don t live in the middle of nowhere and therefore will hear others critical comments make sure you have at least one like-minded friend who has a similar type of list. Then hold each other accountable to your lists. That circle of friends is like a circle of wagons offering protection from the flaming darts of the enemy. Husbands if you re reading this make sure you are one of those wagons reminding your spouse of what matters and what doesn t. I m telling you you re close to having the homeschool you ve always wanted. All you have to do is do what you really believe. Todd Wilson from Familyman Ministries is the author of Help I m Married to a Homeschooling Mom and The Official Book of Homeschooling Cartoons. He will be at the convention in June. THE VIRGINIA HOME EDUCATOR WWW.HEAV.ORG 17 SPEAKER TEACHING HIGH SCHOOL AT HOME IPGGutenbergUKLtd DIANE KUMMER W hen my husband and I started homeschooling our eldest child in 1989 our goal was to make it through kindergarten without causing any irreparable harm to her education or my psyche I looked no further than phonics and math and making learning enjoyable so if anyone would have told me then that twelve years later my husband and I would award our daughter--and later our son--homeschool diplomas at their high school graduations I would have fainted chuckled or cringed at the very thought. As a high school consultant for Home School Legal Defense Association (HSLDA) for the past ten years I ve enjoyed encouraging families who teach their teens at home. I answer their questions offer advice cheer them on when their confidence needs a boost and reassure them when doubts and insecurities drag them down. I understand well the roller coaster emotions of parents who not only want to educate their teens but desire to keep vibrant relationships intact in the process Many times parents ask if I have any regrets relating to homeschooling high school. I have three I regret thinking the burden of homeschooling rested on my shoulders I regret not extending grace as often as I could have and I regret not counting it all joy. The word regret carries the connotation of disappointment sadness and re18 morse however and I learned many years ago that the Lord is the Redeemer and Restorer. God has transformed my regrets into tender-hearted reflections on His mercy as I realize how He was working behind the scenes throughout my homeschooling years. Robbed of the power to drag me down under condemnation my transformed regrets reinforce the truth and promises of God who is always faithful and true. this I gained perspective and peace. On days when I gripped those worries tightly I spun in circles and wasted time and energy. EXTENDING GRACE Grace is unmerited favor--nothing can be done to earn it. How easy it might have been to pour out grace on my children as reminders of the grace the Lord freely extends to them and me Instead I sometimes succumbed to incorrectly associating their school performance with my acceptance and approval. Although it took me years to realize I had done this it took just an instant to receive the Lord s (and my children s) forgiveness for my many failures in this regard. Elyse Fitzpatrick s book Give them Grace Dazzling Your Kids with the Love of Jesus had not yet been written when I was homeschooling but I now highly recommend it for parents who desire to teach model and drench their children with grace. COUNTING IT ALL JOY As I look back it s more apparent than ever that the times of greatest growth in my life (and in my children s lives) occurred during some of our bleakest days. A lengthy illness a clashing of minds a difference in goals and a weariness that brought me to the end of myself are what the Lord used to cement in my mind a better understanding of the glorious I LEARNED MANY YEARS AGO THAT THE LORD IS THE REDEEMER AND RESTORER. THE BURDEN OF HOMESCHOOLING Often weighed down by worries about my children s future I wondered whether they would be admitted to college or equipped for adulthood. I entertained numerous variations of What am I missing It is inevitable that we will worry about some aspect of parenting or homeschooling--sadly our shared human nature makes us anxious creatures. So let me encourage all of us to wrap up those worries and take them to the Lord who causes all anxiety and apprehension to melt away in His presence. On days I remembered to do THE VIRGINIA HOME EDUCATOR SPRING 2015 HELP Is your child or teen working too hard to learn for Kids Teens with Dyslexia Dysgraphia Math Issues Memory Problems Auditory Processing Problems Speech Issues ADD ADHD Sensory Processing Problems Autism Aspergers The COMPLETE PACKAGE of Dianne Craft Products (at a discounted price) Now you can use the same program that Dianne Craft developed when working with bright hard working struggling learners 1st-8th grade to achieve a 2 year growth in reading writing and math in one year. Remove Blocked Learning Gates using this highly successful THREE PRONGED APPROACH Brain Integration Therapy Right Brain Teaching Strategies Targeted Nutritional Interventions Includes Lesson Plans for daily teaching tutoring sessions (45 min each) for remedial Reading Spelling Writing and Math. This replaces the child teen s regular curriculum until he tests at or above grade level in these subjects. Use a totally di erent approach and watch the progress. Make this the breakthrough year for your child or teen Dianne Craft is president of Child Diagnostics Inc. Denver CO For use with teenagers adolescents and young children. THE VIRGINIA HOME EDUCATOR WWW.HEAV.ORG 19 truth that I can do nothing apart from Him. It was not always pleasant but my teens and I had numerous opportunities to work on chipping away at impatience selfishness and anger. The Lord redeemed our trials by deepening the bond of love in our relationships. TRANSFORMING REGRETS As you read through my list of regrets do you see some of your own If you are still in the midst of teaching your teens at home ask God to transform your current list of regrets into opportunities for growing your faith and changing your earthly perspective. With the Lord s help offer these areas of weakness or doubt to the Lord. Read His precious word to be reminded of His amazing faithfulness loving provision and delight over you. God s grace takes the sting out of any regret and transforms it into a heartfelt reflection of His mercy towards us. When I remember instances of my lack of grace when teaching my teens God reminds me to shower them today (even as adults) with much grace By rehearsing the wonders of the Lord (as commanded in Scripture) and how He came through for me during my homeschooling days I am enabled to face new obstacles with a greater appreciation of God s mighty hand of deliverance and strength He will do the same for you. Diane Kummer speaks nationwide at conferences and symposiums her seminars inspiring parents to confidently teach their teens. Diane s articles appear in Homeschool Enrichment and Court Report magazines. Read her free newsletter and blog for helpful tips at www. highschool newsletter.asp and cms q blog teaching-tips. Join Diane at the HEAV convention Her workshops will provide practical help and resources relatable examples and pep talks to keep you going all the way through high school graduation SPONSOR I Pete r 3 15 Summer Camps 20 THE VIRGINIA HOME EDUCATOR SPRING 2015 A FOUNDATION FOR growth ourselves if we hope to see that type of growth in the lives of our children. ENSURE LOVING STABLE FAMILY RELATIONSHIPS. We must begin with first things first. Heart training comes as we carefully evaluate the attitudes actions and outcomes of our family s activities. Our homes ought to be a welcoming oasis first for our own families and then for the others who will come to us looking for friendship fellowship and sanctuary. For that to happen the relationships in our family need to be characterized by unity and love. That doesn t mean that there won t be any strife but it does mean that we will spend the time necessary to address offenses seek forgiveness and restore broken relationships. There is NO activity that is more important than taking the time to assure that your family s relationships are stable and secure. PROJECT CONVICTION AND EXCITEMENT. Is your home peaceful Sometimes the attitudes that need to be adjusted belong to mom and dad Are you settled in your decision to homeschool A firm conviction that homeschooling is the right course will strengthen you to endure even the most taxing homeschooling day. Throw in a good dose of excitement about what your children are learning and you ll be well on your way to building a strong foundation of character-healthy homeschooling. Training our children to have courageous character-healthy Christ-like hearts that will result in a generation of new leaders isn t difficult or complicated but it takes time effort and commitment. Our precious children are worth the effort Want to hear more Steve and Megan will be at the HEAV convention in June HOMESCHOOLING STEVE & MEGAN SCHEIBNER CONTINUED FROM PAGE 10 LIVE LIVES OF CHARACTER. In order for us to train our children to be courageous characterhealthy and Christ-like ambassadors we must be living lives of character ourselves. As we walk through the day instructing our children those character qualities that we want to see exhibited in their lives must be firmly planted in our own lives. We must be committed to living lives of honesty integrity honor courage commitment and more. For us to train our children with authority those traits we are training toward must be the firm reliable foundation of our own hearts attitudes and actions. We must be exhibiting character COMING TO VIRGINIA MARCH 28 Virginia Museum of the Civil War - New Market APRIL 14 How to Begin Homeschooling What You Really Need to Know - Richmond 21 Homeschool High School The Path to Success - Richmond 23 Homeschool Evaluations and Testing Seminar - Lynchburg 24 National D-Day War Memorial Homeschool Day - Bedford For more information see events. THE VIRGINIA HOME EDUCATOR WWW.HEAV.ORG 21 THE WORD OUT We absolutely need YOUR help YOU are our eyes ears hands and feet. Please let your friends church MOPS group local media and online communities know about the convention. Resources are available online at convention promo. Want to advertise here HEAV members receive a free ad Check your mailing label to find if you are a member and when your membership expires. CHRIST CENTERED HOME D COR TABLEWARE AND GIFTS DaySpring s Mary & Martha offers beautiful ways to share your faith through the way you decorate your home and through the gifts you give. 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