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Connection a magazine for idaho home educators Fall 2015 Is Behavior Modification Damaging Our Children page 10 Back in the Saddle page 8 Dear Anonymous I Was That Mom page 6 FORMAL MOMENTOUS REVERENT CELEBRATION 2 CHOIS COnneCtIOn Fall 2015 A P P L I C AT I O N D E A D L I N E I S J A N UA RY 1 2 0 1 6 Visit the website for more information and to apply online . S D ave MAY the 21st ate 2016 LET HELP YOU write the final chapter of YOUR HOMESCHOOL STORY Connection a magazin e for idaho hom e educators INSIDE the issue FALL 2015 FEATURES 6 Dear Anonymous I Was That Mom 10 Is Behavior Modification Damaging Our Children 14 Home Education & the Great Commandment NEW THIS ISSUE Homeschool Spaces 4 18 30 Featured Idaho Blogger Recipes for Busy Homeschool Families 8 CHOIS Tidbits 20 Encouraging Moms 22 Bright Beginnings 26 OutWords 28 Discovering Idaho Fall 2015 CHOIS COnneCtIOn IN EVERY ISSUE 3 SubScribe Today Connection A MAGAZINE FOR IDAHO HOME EDUCATORS Fall 2015 Is Behavior Modification Damaging Our Children 10 1 YEAR 10 Name Street Box City State Zip Code Phone Mail this form and checks to CHOIS P.O. Box 45062 Boise ID 83711 Back in the Saddle 8 Dear Anonymous I Was That Mom 6 G reat H omescHool s paces B ook n ook Email or go to to subscribe online CHOIS does not want financial hardship to keep anyone from being connected so please accept a complimentary subscription if you are unable to pay. CHOIS exists to inspire Idaho parents to educate their children at home to promote parent-led family-funded relationship-based home education and to preserve homeschool freedoms. We are a non-profit organization committed to encouraging homeschooling families. The CHOIS Connection a quarterly magazine seeks to provide encouragement and help for Idaho homeschooling families. ................................. WEBSITE Please visit us at LIKE US A faithful community where we share our days with you. CHOIS FOLLOW US Get on-the-go homeschool updates and see what we are up to. CHOIS PIN US Check out our boards on the things many homeschool moms love. CHOIS WAYS YOU CAN HELP Spread the word about CHOIS to family and friends. Like us on Facebook and encourage your friends to Like us too. Collect Box Tops for Education for CHOIS. Donate to the CHOIS Silent Auction. Join us in our effort to connect the whole state. Check out the website for volunteer needs. Pray for the CHOIS Board of Directors and volunteers we really need it We are a family of 5 living in 1008 square feet. Living (and homeschooling) with limited space can require some creativity I enjoy the challenge of packing function and fun into small spaces. One such project was transforming our hall closet into a Book Nook. I found some basic inspiration online then added my own flair. The first order of business was removing the sliding doors and track as well as the closet shelf and rod. Next I painted an accent color on the closet walls giving it a nice pop My husband built a sturdy plywood seat. I built simple wooden shelves using leftover materials. The lowest shelf and the side shelves are front-facing which allows little ones to view book covers. After painting the seat and shelves white I added a cushion and some pillows. And voil The Book Nook is a favorite corner of our little home. Not only a functional space in providing book storage but also a fun and cozy space where my girls enjoy reading or quiet time. -Elizabeth Thompson Kuna 4 CHOIS COnneCtIOn Fall 2015 A Word From The Editor by Linda Patchin Homeschool Friends Are you excited for a brand new school year I love getting back into the regular routine that autumn generates. I hope that you feel prepared to start fresh again. Do you have any first-week traditions A friend of mine always begins the first day of the new school year with a schoolsupply scavenger hunt. Her children love following her cryptic clues and picking up their treasures along the way. For example her first clue might say something like Round and round it goes and when it stops everyone knows. She would place one school supply such as a package of new pencils in the dryer along with a second clue to find the next item. What a great way to get your kids excited about their new learning tools Of course I always wrote a welcome on our black board on the first day of school and I would take each child s first day photos beside it. I think it is important to celebrate the milestones along the journey This edition of the CHOIS Connection offers several great articles about getting started on a new school year. Enjoy reading them. PUBLISHER CHOIS EDITOR Linda Patchin MAGAZINE LAYOUT & DESIGN Diana Childress COVER PHOTO CREDIT Anna Marshall with Beautiful You Custom Portraiture Copyright 2014 by Christian Homeschoolers Of Idaho State. CHOIS Connection is published quarterly by Christian Homeschoolers of Idaho State. 2014 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. SUBSCRIPTION Subscribe by mail (see page 25) or online at http www.chois. org chois-connection subscribe ADDRESS PO Box 45062 Boise Idaho 83711. Phone (208) 866-5773 WEBSITE ADVERTISING Rates are available upon request by email at advertising chois. org or by calling (208) 866-5773. CHOIS reserves the right to refuse without explanation any advertisement it deems unsuitable. Moving Please send your new address to info so that you can stay Connected an old maid this octogenarian subscribes and donates to the magazine and ordered several books about homeschooling because she finds the topic interesting and she wants to encourage family members who homeschool. Martha s mother taught her classic languages and literature when she was a young girl. Martha you are an inspiration I hope I have half of your enthusiasm and style when I am in my eighties. Once again we have several new looks to this edition of the magazine and we hope that you enjoy reading it. If you have a graduating senior this year please do not miss applying to graduate in the CHOIS graduation ceremony next May. We are just beginning to build our 18th annual convention so save the dates for June 2-4 2016. May this new school year be your best ever I would like to give thanks for Connection reader Martha in Newberg Oregon. Martha is a shining example of a life-long learner. Despite being what Martha calls DIGITAL FORMAT Now get the same great magazine on your tablet & mobile devices --- FREE --Visit Harvey Breaux 208-573-1157 25 Hartman Boise ID 83704 harvey Fall 2015 CHOIS COnneCtIOn 5 Feature Article Dear Anonymous I was that Mom If you know I received an email from Anonymous recently. She writes I am not sure I want to be a parent some days much less homeschool. I am very confused...after talking to one mom I want to homeschool then after talking to one mom I want to do public school again. I am trying to teach my kids using Abeka but I got very far behind and now am overwhelmed at how much they have missed. I think they are too far behind to be put into public school. I feel horrible that my 5 year old is missing kindergarten and making regular friends. We belong to a church group that meets on Thursdays. It isn t the same as everyday friends. I am at the end of my rope. Confused not knowing the right thing to do. I have been praying but don t see an answer. by Heidi St. John that God has called you to homeschool your children then He has already equipped you for the job. Don t be shaken. Keep trusting. You re His and He ll never let you go. 6 CHOIS COnneCtIOn Fall 2015 You know sometimes I wish there was a giant coffee shop where we could all meet once a week. Because if we could meet once a week I think we would discover that our struggles are very similar. Even though we live in different circumstances and have unique families our struggles are common struggles. Motherhood is challenging. Homeschooling adds a new level to that challenge. I d love to tell you that there are 5 Easy Steps to homeschooling or 5 Ways to KNOW you ve made the right decision but there aren t. However I can tell you a few things that the Lord has been patiently teaching me over 22 years of parenting. Here are a few of them My family does NOT have to look like ANYONE ELSE S family. Period. Not in curriculum. Not in parenting. Not in style of dress. Not in the way we eat. We were a unique family. This realization has brought me much freedom--and it is a constant reminder to me of the need I have to be on my knees before the Lord in prayer. It s a daily surrender. Sometimes I must wait for an answer. It rarely comes quickly. Whenever I feel horrible about a social situation (for example I might wonder about my children missing out on regular school or missing out on a movie that another of their peers was allowed to watch) then it is a sure sign that I am being motivated by guilt rather than being led by the Spirit. Yes we need to change our minds sometimes. But more often than not this mommy guilt is simply unnecessary emotional tyranny. Whenever I am not nourishing my spirit I open myself up it. Busy mom give yourself time to think and pray when you feel this tug. Often a conversation with your husband and time with the Lord will give you the peace you are seeking. Curriculum can be a terrible task-master. By this I mean that if our curriculum is pushing us so hard that we can t enjoy the learning process it s probably time to find another curriculum or seek to modify the one we are using. Some moms flourish under curricula like the one you mention. Others have found that a different approach suits them better. Be open to a new approach. Remember you re never as far behind as you think you are. Breathe. Your worst day of teaching at home is likely better than you judge it to be. Your investment will go farther than you think it will. It will have an impact for eternity. So slow down. Build relationships with your children especially while they are young. It is foundational to who they are going to become. Homeschooling should not make you an island. Find a homeschool co-op or support group. If your church does not have a support system for you consider finding one that does. We NEED each other. Period. Find your people. The growing years are short. Five-year-olds need their mom more than they need a social network. I m not suggesting that they don t need friends far from it Rather I m suggesting that YOU need friends too. Find moms who have children of similar ages. Plan play dates and go to the library and zoo together. This will give you and your child a social outlet. Finally plant with the harvest in mind. What do you want to see in your adult children I know it s hard to imagine at this stage but in just a few short years if you persevere you will be encouraging a mom who is where you are right now. Heidi St. John has been married to her husband Jay since 1989. Together they have seven children and one grandson The St. Johns children range in age from under five to adult. They have homeschooled kids all the way through high school. A favorite conference and radio speaker Heidi approaches marriage and parenting with humor and grace. I know. I was that mom. The best homeschooling advice I ever received from another mom had very little to do with an action. It was about an attitude. She encouraged me to be confident in who God has called me to be. SO LET ME ENCOURAGE YOU. Be real. Love your kids. Teach them. Be flexible. Be honest. Find support. Trust that the results of the investment you are making will be worth the sacrifice. And then commit yourself to becoming the wife and mother you were created to be. In Psalm 16 verse 8 David writes I have set the LORD always before me. Because he is at my right hand I will not be shaken. B e encouraged Y ou can do it Y ou ve already been equipped This is the key. If you know that God has called you to homeschool your children then He has already equipped you for the job. Don t be shaken. Keep trusting. You re His and He ll never let you go. Fall 2015 CHOIS COnneCtIOn 7 CHOIS Tidbits Back in the Saddle by Linda Patchin T he lazy days of summer have passed and it s time to get back in the saddle again. On a recent trip to the Oregon Trail Museum I was struck by how similar pioneer experiences were to homeschooling. We could learn much from these hardy souls. As you begin saddlin up for another school year here are a few things to ponder courtesy of the Settlers of the West. 8 a Rough Trails THe lazy dayS Of Summer Have paSSed and It S tIme tO get baCk In tHe Saddle agaIn. Pioneers expected the trail to be difficult. Those who had gone before them described their experiences in great detail and their books were well-read by future emigrants. What motivated these good people to leave behind the comfort and security of home for an uncertain course They had a reasonable expectation of what the future held if they remained where they were. Their trek was inspired and fueled by a hope for something better. They knew that their present difficulties were a temporary burden that would result in something better for their family. How about you Are you ready to keep on trekking even when the road ahead is long and dusty Do you keep your eye on the prize that s waitin at the end of your ride Have you left behind the comfort and ease of the neighborhood school for the uncertainty of teaching your own Homeschooling is a great adventure. There will be many good times and some difficult days ahead. Count on it. Giddy-up Pardner Present difficulty is a temporary burden on the way to something better. CHOIS COnneCtIOn Fall 2015 Ya Can t Take it With Ya Folks on the Oregon Trail knew that their space was limited. They had to prioritize their possessions. Essentials only Many foolishly took along sentimental items that were jettisoned when the going got rough. The trail was littered with clutter which lightened their load. What are you holding on to that would be better left alongside the road The notion that you are inadequate to teach your children. The vague idea that your children are missing out on something. Dump It DOn t Hang On tO IdeaS tHat are HOldIng yOu baCk and pOSSIbly preventIng yOu frOm reaCHIng yOur DeStInatIOn. months of food stores being contained in such a small space. Obviously pioneers had to maintain order in their home-onwheels. And the same is true for us today. It is very difficult to concentrate on a task when one is surrounded by clutter. Time spent looking for school supplies is wasted time. Find a place to keep your stock and insist that your children maintain their tack. In other words teach your children how to pick up after themselves. Keep the wolf of clutter at bay. These life skills must be modeled as well as taught. Invest in bookcases and storage baskets. Use them. Homeschools can accumulate a lot of stuff. Stuff becomes clutter very quickly. Don t try and understand it just rope throw and brand it and soon you ll be livin high and wide. Be the Trail Boss The Oregon Trail was no joy ride. Starting out too soon resulted in swollen river crossings that could be perilous. Starting too late meant that there would be little water or forage crossing the area which ran parallel to what is today I-84 crossing southern Idaho. Snow on The Blues made the journey nearly impossible to complete. It was the job of the trail boss to keep all of the wagons in the train rollin rollin rollin . You don t have to plan your whole year in September but it is wise to set some mileposts. Failing to plan usually means planning to fail. How far along do you need to be in December to reach your destination by May Sage Advice Guidebooks warned prospective travelers of the dangers they might encounter on the journey. They provided short cuts and suggestions. The pioneers knew the importance of finding a good wagon train and not straggling behind where they would be easy pickin for rustlers. Are you a lone ranger or have you found a group to circle the wagons with during attacks No one should make this journey alone If you have not found a community of fellow homeschoolers then start your own. Look for others who share your interests. Do you have a favorite resource that nourishes you and gives you helpful hints Take advantage of the many excellent guidebooks that will help you avoid pitfalls reduce burden and provide inspiration. Be on the Lookout Emigrants on the Oregon Trail had to keep a sharp eye out. Their trail was well known by rustlers raiders and varmints of every kind. We also need to be on the lookout for those who might wish to rob us of our precious time. Homeschooling is a full time job. Teach your family members and friends to respect your time by not answering their phone calls or emails and by avoiding social media during teaching hours. If you want others to take homeschooling seriously you must take it seriously yourself. Saddle Sores Ride long enough and they are bound to crop up. Pioneers were prepared with salves and extra padding. They understood that wounds were inevitable on a journey as arduous as their own. Stopping to water the oxen slowed their journey but the rest and refreshment which stopping provided allowed them to reach their destination. This ounce of prevention was worth a pound of cure.Settle into your new school year slowly so that you and your young uns can adjust with greater ease. Start with a single subject on the first day and add a new subject each day until you are up and trotting. Take time to make adjustments and to see what works and what doesn t. Keep your eyes peeled for good watering holes. Intentionally schedule down time. Use it to catch up if you get behind or so that you can take advantage of learning opportunities that pop up along the way. Accept the inevitability of saddle sores. Be prepared for colds flus new babies cholera typhoons and rattlesnakes to take their best shot at waylaying your schedule. Plan ahead but accept the unexpected as one more of God s good gifts. Sidetracks are an adventure too Keep a Clear Eye Successful settlers had a vision of what the end of the trail looked like. They kept that vision foremost in their minds especially when ever-present hardships were fast upon them. They had both short and long-term goals. What is your vision What does the end of the journey look like to you It is important to have and maintain a mission statement. Cowboys used to say Aim for something or you ll hit nothing. What are you aiming for Short-term goals such as learning the multiplication table and long-term goals like watching your graduate saunter across the stage should be written down and annually reviewed. Hold on tight and enjoy the ride. I wish you and your family many great adventures together in this new school year. Happy trails to you until we meet again Linda Patchin hit the end of the trail four years ago when her youngest graduated from her homeschool. She continues riding hard for the CHOIS brand. Corral Your Ponies The average prairie schooner was ten feet long and four feet wide and contained around a thousand pounds of food for a family of four. Imagine all of your worldly possessions and three 9 Fall 2015 CHOIS COnneCtIOn 9 Feature Article Modification Is Behavior DamagIng Our ChIlDren 10 CHOIS COnneCtIOn Fall 2015 By Dr. Scott Turansky author of Motivate Your Child A Christian Parent s Guide to Raising Kids Who Do What They Need to Do Without Being Told W hen we emphasize rewards to change a child s behavior we enter some dangerous territory in the child s heart. Behavior modification works because it takes advantage of a child s selfishness. Too much behavior modification in a child s life actually increases that selfishness. Kids might do what we ask but there s a deeper price we re paying that must be considered. Let s step back a minute and see the science of behavior modification developed. In the early 1900s Ivan Pavlov made an exciting discovery as he worked with dogs. If he consistently rang a bell just before he fed the dogs he could eventually train the dogs to salivate by simply ringing the bell even without the food. And over the next few years a complete system of behavior modification was born. In the 1920s John B. Watson began using the same strategies on people. In fact it wasn t long before behavior modification became a primary way to help people stop smoking lose weight and deal with a host of other behavioral issues. In time behavior modification influenced the classroom as well and teachers used it to help children learn. By the 1950s behavior modification had also become the primary tool for parenting. Giving rewards and punishment to children worked quite well to modify their behavior. Unknowingly to many however a problem began to develop in the way people think. Many of those kids take longer to grow up today because in the end behavior modification may get kids to jump through short-term hoops but it does little to build in kids life skills to handle the adult world. It s time to re-evaluate the heavy use of threats and incentives throughout our culture because of its negative impact. Here s why. A continual reliance on external motivators enhances a person s selfishness as it exchanges a little gratification for a desired behavior. Children raised in homes where external motivation dominated the leadership strategy ask different questions about life such as Are you going to pay me for this Not only does behavior modification encourage selfishness but it also removes the moral motivations necessary for healthy and mature decision making. Kids then tend to ask the question What s in it for me instead of What s the right thing to do Of course these children grow up to be leaders in the culture both inside the church and out. It may be time for a paradigm shift similar to the one experienced by Samuel when God said to him God created people to be different from animals. He gave each person a spiritual heart and that heart affects the learning process. The heart contains things such as emotions desires convictions and passion. In short the heart is a wrestling place where decisions are made. A person s tendencies come from the heart. When a child lies to get out of trouble that s a heart issue. If a man reacts with anger each time his coworker is annoying that s a heart issue too. sImply fOCusIng On behavIOr may prOvIDe sOme quICk Change but lastIng Change takes plaCe In the heart. A reward punishment approach isn t wrong it s just incomplete and in the end lacks the depth for long-term and lasting change. Even God uses reward and punishment to motivate people to follow him. However he calls us to greater motivations as well. Love gratefulness and a sense of mission are inner motivations God gave to people in a different way than he does with other forms of animal life. Moving toward a heart-based approach to change in children and adults instead of relying heavily on behavior modification has several practical implications. For example the key to behavior modification is consistency. The more consistent you are the faster you ll see change. The emphasis is on performance and can easily result in kids who look good on the outside while having significant problems on the inside. Consistency can teach kids to appear good clean and nice but to help them change their hearts other strategies must be employed. In fact consistency isn t as important for heart change as is life experience and creativity. Fall 2015 CHOIS COnneCtIOn Man looks at the outward appearance but the Lord looks at the heart. (1 Samuel 16 7) The problem is that behavior modification embraces humanistic thinking the belief that people are just a higher form of animals. If you re going to train dogs to salivate then behavior modification works well. If you re trying to train a child to make right choices then a whole different approach is far more effective. A biblical worldview leads to different conclusions. attItuDes Of selfIshness anD Often InCrease entItlement In the hearts Of kIDs whO are raIseD On heavy DOses Of rewarD anD punIshment. 11 As a parent Rhonda found a heart-based approach in parenting particularly helpful. I used to feel guilty all the time because I couldn t be consistent. I have four kids to teach and a house to run. Invariably I d have to sacrifice consistency in an area with one or more of my kids to accomplish my other tasks. When I realized that there s more to parenting than just being consistent it freed me up to work on bigger goals with my kids. The consistency trap produced a lot of guilt in me. Now I realize that there s much more to parenting and I feel freed up to use other tools as well. I m continually asking questions about my children s hearts and I m learning a lot about how to mold and influence them to go in the right direction. I m seeing more change in my kids with this new approach. If you re training dogs in a laboratory then consistency is essential. But if you re trying to raise children then you want to build character develop moral strength and foster a heart that follows after God. Simply threatening children or offering rewards misses the mark. the hOlD heart theIr Is where peOple COnvICtIOns. It s where they DevelOp OperatIng prInCIples abOut lIfe. Kids already have convictions but many of those convictions are incomplete or erroneous. For example a child may believe that if my brother is annoying then I have the right to punch him. Or if I m unhappy with the situation then my bad attitude is justified. An attitude is fueled by beliefs. If a child believes that his job description of life is to have fun then work of any kind can be annoying. Simply rewarding kids for positive behavior may get them to perform for a time but giving them a vision so that they understand right and wrong produces greater results. Kids are then more willing to put their hearts into their work and aren t dependent on the latest gimmick. Reaching the next generation with a godly passion for life starts now. Parents must look beyond the current school assignment. Morning routines in a family aren t just about getting the school work done. Rather they re a laboratory where self-initiative is developed. Helping children learn Bible facts or memorize verses is not the end of the classroom experience. Rather it s about building character and encouraging perseverance and a strong work ethic. Parents don t have to abandon rewards but the way they give them is important. Instead of saying You memorized your verse so you get a star you might say Here s your star for completing your verse but remember the real reward is in taking a piece of God s Word and placing it into your mind and heart so you ll be able to use it to guide your thinking. tOO anD Day muCh emphasIs On rewarD punIshment enCOurages yOung peOple tO beCOme mODern pharIsees. Jesus criticized the spiritual leaders of his day. In Matthew 23 25 he says Woe to you scribes and Pharisees hypocrites For you clean the outside of the cup and of the dish but inside they are full of robbery and self-indulgence. Jesus brought a new message that spirituality is about the heart. We must get that message into our parenting and into our classrooms. We must become more interested in our own hearts as well not just our actions. It s not about looking organized and orderly. It s about having a heart that follows after Jesus. Dr. Scott Turansky and his wife Carrie have five children and three grandchildren. Scott has co-authored twelve books on parenting and speaks around the country teaching parenting seminars in churches and schools. He is the cofounder of the National Center for Biblical Parenting an organization that offers Christian Parenting Conferences and biblical parenting resources for churches and individual parents. 12 CHOIS COnneCtIOn Fall 2015 Fall 2015 CHOIS COnneCtIOn 13 Feature Article COMMANDMENT by S teve D em me & Home Education the GREAT O ur journey to homeschool our children began before we were married. In seminary I had a class on Christian Education and another on Christian Schools. One of the papers I wrote was entitled The Millenial View of Education. If there was a millennium in the future what would education look like I was seeking a vision for education instead of trying to go back to the good ol days. I set out to be like Josiah who was reading the Bible for the first time. With my old hardback concordance I looked up every word that had something to do with educating children such as teach teacher instruct instruction instructor etc. After searching through these passages I came to the conclusion somewhat radical in the 1970s that parents were to be the primary instructors of their children and the curriculum was to be based on the word of God. While there were verses throughout the scripture Proverbs and Deuteronomy contributed the lion s share of the pertinent passages. 14 CHOIS COnneCtIOn Fall 2015 s Deuteronomy 6 5-7 s And these words that I command you today shall be on your heart. After graduation my wife and I were married and God gave us children. A few years later we attended our first homeschool conference and began meeting families who were home educating their children. We loved the fruit that we saw in the relationships between parents and teens and decided to home educate our sons. One of the key portions of scripture that directly addresses teaching our children is found in Deuteronomy 6 7. I often read this passage and wondered how I was to apply this command You shall teach them diligently to your children and shall talk of them when you sit in your house and when you walk by the way and when you lie down and when you rise. Should I be leading regular family worship times What did it look like to talk of God s commands when I sit in my house walk by the way lie down and rise I wanted to follow God s design for families and wondered how to apply this scripture. After many years of trying and failing family worship became a staple in our home. I taught workshops on how we made this a habit in our family and even wrote a book about it. I also taught about discipling our children and modeling our faith in front of them as we walk by the way and sit in our homes. Then one day a parent approached me at a conference and asked me why I started with the 7th verse and skipped the 5th and 6th verses. I said I did not know and at my first opportunity read them. Deuteronomy 6 5-6 You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your might. And these words that I command you today shall be on your heart. A light bulb went off in my mind and I saw the order in which the Holy Spirit had orchestrated His divine blueprint for family discipleship. What we were doing as a family was right and profitable but I missed the order in which the Holy Spirit has orchestrated His Word. There is a reason verses 5 and 6 precede verse 7. Before I can teach my children to love God and His word I the teacher must love God and His word. been shown how much God loves me I am finding that I love God more than ever. My newfound appreciation for God is in direct proportion to the revelation of His love for me. God has taken the initiative and made me know that I am His and He is mine. One day a parent apprOaCHed me at a COnferenCe and aSked me wHy I Started wItH tHe 7tH verSe and SkIpped tHe 5tH and 6tH verSeS. Before I can expect to teach my children to know and have a relationship with God I must be in a heart relationship with God myself. I began asking God to help me to love Him with all my heart soul mind and strength. I didn t know how He would answer this prayer but since it is clearly according to His will I knew He would. I expected that I would wake up one morning and experience some sort of quickening in my heart and find my affections being drawn heavenward. But God surprised me by how he answered my heartfelt request. My love for God has increased but not how I anticipated it. Over a period of several months God began making me aware of His affection for me. Through a series of experiences and scriptures His Spirit has been teaching revealing and conveying to my heart how much He cares for me. Through these providences He has been communicating to me how much He loves and even likes me. One day I remonstrated God and said I know that you love me but I want to love you with all of my heart. Then it dawned on me this is how our heavenly Father operates. We read in 1 John 4 19 that we love because he first loved us. As I have Fall 2015 CHOIS COnneCtIOn I never doubted that God loved me because this truth is taught plainly in Scripture. However the verse that the Holy Spirit used to make me know how much He loved and liked me was John 15 9 As the Father has loved Me so have I loved You. Abide in My love. The Father and the Son have an incredibly tight intimate relationship. As I read the gospel of John I see how much God the Father loves Jesus the Son. Then to think 15 that Jesus loves me as much as His Father loves Him is incredible. I am believing as never before how much God loves me and find myself loving Him more than I ever have. Deuteronomy 6 6 goes on to say And these words that I command you today shall be on your heart. I also need to ask God to enable me to love the Word of God and have it on my heart. The divine order of the whole passage in Deuteronomy 6 5-7 makes so much sense. When I love God with all my heart and have His Word on my heart then I am equipped to teach my family to love God and His word. When God and His Word are the desire of my heart talking about God and His words will flow when I rise up walk by the way lie down and sit in my house. I see with new eyes that the best thing I can do for my family is to fall in love with God and His Word. A heart relationship with my heavenly Father is what prepares and equips me to teach my children. In hindsight I see that my desire to teach my children is what led me to discover the pattern in Deuteronomy 6. Interestingly this is the same passage that Jesus quotes when asked what is the great commandment in Matthew 22 36 Teacher which is the great commandment in the Law 37 And He (Jesus) said to him You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind. 38 This is the great and first commandment. I confess that I never gave much thought to whether I loved God with all my heart or not. But as I pondered on the wisdom and the beauty of this command and the order in which it is found I discovered that I really wanted to love God with everything in me and love His word so that when I teach my children diligently they will know and sense that this message is from my heart and is the most important pursuit of my life. Wanting to be a faithful diligent parent has led me to be a better Christian. Perhaps this is what happened with Enoch in Genesis 5 22 Enoch walked with God after he fathered Methuselah. He is also mentioned in Hebrews 11 5 By faith Enoch was taken up so that he should not see death and he was not found because God had taken him. Now before he was taken he was commended as having pleased God. May God help us to love Him with all our heart so that we may pass this love on to our children and grandchildren to the glory of God. Steve and his wife Sandra have been married since 1979. They have been blessed with four sons three lovely daughters-in-law and three special grandchildren. Their fourth son John has Downs Syndrome and lives with them in Lititz PA. Steve has served in full or part time pastoral ministry for many years after graduating from GordonConwell Theological Seminary and has served on the board of Joni and Friends Eastern PA. He is the author of Math-U-See and the founder of Building Faith Families. s Deuteronomy 6 5-7 s 10% Discount on Wills & Trusts for CHOIS & ICHE Members Call 939-2600 now for your Free Initial Consultation 16 CHOIS COnneCtIOn Fall 2015 Learn more at Northwest Nazarene University delivers the flexibility of fully online degrees built on a century-long legacy of Christian education. online Fall 2015 CHOIS COnneCtIOn 17 featured IdaHO blOgger Rob James would you introduce yourSelf and tell uS about your family S homeSchool journey The short story is that I m a 40-something dad with a baby three kids a crumb sweeping Labrador and my wife ... the soul-catching love of my life. The longer story is that I used to be a professional photographer who taught high school English. Homeschool was always our intention but until we moved to Boise it didn t seem like a logistical possibility. Kansas City doesn t have a strong community and the laws are much more repressive. Idaho and its favorable family laws made it a reality however so we started soon after the final circus act arrived last fall. you to Start First I love writing and marvel at the power of the internet to propagate a message. I thought about writing a blog sure. In the homeschool community it s kind of cliche not to blog. In the beginning I just wasn t sure I had a unique story to tell. Two things happened early this year to change that. In January I put together a little method to help my son learn how to estimate numbers. After struggling with the methodology he had learned in school something clicked. Our made up patched together little idea worked. A couple of months earlier he couldn t identify place value past the tens place. Suddenly I found him rounding numbers on scratch paper for fun well into the millions. What motivated What bloggerS to do you read Who do you look up to That s a really big question. I read Matt Walsh religiously. His work is incendiary relevant and always topical. What amazes me about Matt is how fast he generates real content. He notoriously writes 2 000 word posts. What makes him a superb blogger however is the speed at which he rolls out relevant work. In homeschool circles I truly admire Erica Arndt and what she s done with the Confessions of a Homeschooler brand. Refreshing funny encouraging ... AND REAL Subscribe to the Circus What Will readerS find on your blog I hope my readers will come to see it as a virtual joint a cool place to hang out for a few minutes each week. One week I might talk about the futility of trying to hide muffins from my kids (don t judge ... you do it too). The next week I might try to tackle internet safety and some killer new photography tips. Inherent in it all will be a crisp humorous take on homeschool life followed by an occasional yet fearless dive into the deep waters of family-related politics. hoW Would Someone deScribe your blogging Style My writing is pretty eclectic. I don t follow any traditional rules in that my posts won t reveal any particular formulas. For example I know a lot of writers like to maintain word limits but I prefer to focus on content. If something needs to be 1500 words. It needs 1500 words. If anything describes me though it s that I want the fun part of life to shine through. Life is hard enough. If you have to wade through 1500 words they might as well be fun ones. A few months ago I received an email from a young man who began homeschooling his son after his wife died. He knew me from some encounters on a stay at home dad website and reached out I think because he saw me as a male voice in an otherwise messy lonely world. And let s get serious. Homeschooling can be a messy lonely world. We talked for a few days about burdens and how his role seemed more like a task than a blessing. After days of emailing I realized that I suffered from the same sense of inadequacy. 18 CHOIS COnneCtIOn Fall 2015 Men like me are everywhere and we share similar stories. In the beginning I imagined it would be a temporary gig while my wife finished her degree. Then my baby daughter became four kids plus a dog and just like that I was homeschooling. It took 9 years and a lonely guy from California to teach me that this gig was indeed a career and although it s been a chaotic circus I can t imagine my life without it. After that I re-adjusted my focus entirely. I see as a ministry now because I know there are men out there who could use an occasional idea or even a new point of view. The idea that someone (man or woman) might just pull up a stool and learn something really keeps me going. Fall 2015 CHOIS COnneCtIOn 19 Mirror Mirror by Angela Snodgrass I t s that time of year - the time we shake the sand off our feet pull out the alarm clock and stow the camping gear back in the attic. The slower relaxed days of summer give way to a bit more routine and September brings with it a measure of excitement and anticipation. We greet the UPS man by name as he drops off yet another box of books and no matter how old our kids are we still love the thrill of buying new school supplies. Oh wait...maybe that s just me. Why do I love back to school shopping so much Loads of freshly sharpened pencils....yes please The smell of new crayons Oh how I love them We have a BUCKET FULL Y ALL but I still keep buying them. I may have a tiny problem. So you ve purchased curriculum spent copious hours planning and loaded up on coffee but still something seems to be niggling around in the back of your head. You re excited to jump back into things but at the same time find yourself comparing notes with friends stalking other homeschoolers on Facebook and cruising Pinterest late at night. Suddenly that niggling feeling begins to take shape and you recognize it for what it is COMPARISON. Stop right there Friends nothing can steal your joy faster than looking into the mirror of comparison because you see we will always fall short. Not because we re not good enough but because we re using the wrong mirror. The mirror of those around us is nothing but a poor reflection. God s plan is found by holding up the mirror of His Word. Only then will you see an accurate image the image of who God created YOU to be and what He has planned for your family. When my kiddos were little and we were just beginning our homeschool journey there were several things I found myself doing without giving them much thought attempting to grow a garden baking my own bread and wearing a denim skirt. I know some of you are smiling right now because you can relate It wasn t until a couple of years into it all that I began to ask myself WHY I was doing those things. What was my motivation See I had fallen into the trap of comparing myself to other homeschool moms I admired. In my well meaning but misguided thinking I was under the impression those things were what a good homeschool mom should do. Oh how those shoulds get us into trouble If we re not careful the shoulds become our gospel and we miss out on the beauty of the journey. Please don t get me wrong. If you have a green thumb bake your own bread and have a closet full of skirts then more power to you but I was doing them for the wrong reasons. I realized that staring into the wrong mirror had caused me to be more intent on looking the part than on walking out God s unique plan for our family. I don t enjoy gardening and Costco makes great bread so...there you go Each onE should tEst his own actions. thEn hE can takE pridE in himsElf without comparing himsElf to somEbody ElsE. galatians 6 4 While comparison between homeschool moms has been around...well as long as homeschool moms social media has driven the comparison game to a whole new level. We see grand adventures magnificent family get togethers picture perfect family memories and entire family unit studies including a trip around the country in an RV and we pause. These small snippets sewn together with a thread of carefully worded captions makes our reality pale in comparison. Or so we think. Have a Pinterest account A recent survey found that over 60% of Pinterest users found themselves dissatisfied and depressed with their current situation after perusing Pinterest. Not surprising. I love Facebook and Pinterest and use them both often but if we don t guard our hearts these 20 CHOIS COnneCtIOn Fall 2015 things can begin to sow seeds of comparison and discontent... or water what s already growing. We begin to care more about what others think than about pleasing the Lord. God gave you the life you have for a reason because you are needed to fulfill a unique role in His plan that only you can fill. If we re busy trying to make sure our family looks like our homeschool Pinterest board we re creating a poor reflection while missing out on the amazing things He has prepared just for us to accomplish. My family is loud and crazy...probably looks nothing like you might expect a homeschool family to look. We are nuts about college football love to do school in our jammies and struggle to get all our subjects done most days. We ve tried learning Greek and Latin but that hasn t worked out so well. We re constantly working on attitudes (the kids and mine ) and we aren t afraid of healthy conflict. Could we pose for a homeschool magazine cover Well we clean up pretty well so we might fool most people into thinking we ve got it together but those who do life with us know we re just a normal family doing our best to raise our kids to love Jesus. Seeking His will wholeheartedly in the middle of our mess allows us to do things for His kingdom we couldn t do without embracing who He created us to be. Let s be honest. The root of most of our comparison is fear. Fear we re not doing it right. Fear we re not doing enough. Fear of what others will think. Fear of ( ). I get it. Those comparisons fueled by fear convince us we re not OK. I prayed to the Lord and he answered me. He freed me from all my fears. Psalm 34 4 COMPARISON WILL CONSISTENTLY CLOUD THE CLARITY OF GOD S CALL ON YOUR LIFE. Friends God doesn t want you to walk in fear but in freedom He wants you to step off the path of comparison and look fully into His face. He DELIGHTS in you just the way you are (Psalm 37 23) Not the Pinterest you or the perfect homeschool mom you but the messy in your sweats losing your patience don t know what s for dinner and don t feel like doing school today you. You are His uniquely chosen to do His good works according to the giftings He s given you. You are loved (Insert big hug here.) As we begin another year in this marathon of homeschooling let me encourage you to spend time looking to Jesus and His plan for your family. Resist the urge to make your family fit into whatever homeschool box you may have created but give each person the room to grow into who God created them to be...even if it looks completely different than you thought it should . Then when the temptation to compare comes knocking you won t even have to answer the door...unless it s the UPS man with more books...then you should definitely answer Angela and her husband Mike graduated their oldest last May Woohoo Three more to go. She doesn t garden but did plant some flowers this summer that she was able to keep mostly alive... and she s pretty proud of that fact. Oh Taste And See Recitals Neil And Susanne Buckley 559-4660 Graduation Showers Weddings Milestones A Homeschool Family Fall 2015 CHOIS COnneCtIOn 21 By Copper Webb Patterns 22 CHOIS COnneCtIOn Fall 2015 for the Preschooler Dr. Jane Healy writes in her book Your Child s Growing Mind Brain Development and Learning from Birth to Adolescence After years of studying young children s learning I am increasingly convinced that PATTERNS are the key to intelligence. Patterning information really means organizing and associating new information with previously developed hooks. B y recognizing developing and expanding a preschooler s natural ability to see and follow patterns we give our children an effective problem-solving tool that will last for a lifetime. The preschool years are a unique period of education where rather than focusing on specific bits of information the majority of school time should be spent on building character developing habits and learning foundational concepts. One essential concept for all students is patterns. Our Creator filled the universe with patterns. Consider the movement of planets the change of seasons the growth and development of living things. Even the languages the world speaks are built on repetitive and predictable patterns. Music and poetry are based on patterns and rhythms. Dance is a pattern of movements. Not only are patterns everywhere in our lives but they bring along with them order and beauty providing predictability and connection. Recognizing and understanding these patterns helps us make sense of our environment and our world. We don t have to look too far to see how often patterns are used daily in adult careers. A meteorologist predicts an incoming snowstorm based on the patterns of warm and cold fronts where they originate the directions in which they move and the climate conditions they will confront. The stock trader looks for trends - patterns - in the stock market. Designers of all kinds create beautiful and functional patterns ranging from the pattern in fabric to the way rooms are arranged in a house to the order of images in a TV commercial. The physician recognizes patterns of health and illness. Sequences T he first step to recognizing patterns is to identify sequence. Helping your preschooler understand the concept of sequence develops both literacy and scientific inquiry skills. In order to study change something they will do all throughout their academic years a student must first learn to attentively observe then follow and record a process. You can start drawing attention to sequences in the toddler years. An easy fun way to do this is by singing songs about your at-home routines. Family rhythms are a great way to illustrate how one thing follows another. My four-year-old daughter is a fan of the PBS show Daniel Tiger s Neighborhood so we have borrowed Daniel Tiger s bedtime routine song Bath time B rush teeth PJ s story and song then off to Bed One sequence exercise is as simple as having your child gather their favorite stuffed animals and place them in a line on the floor. Ask your child questions about the order of the toys wHICH anImal IS firSt wHICH IS next wHICH IS laSt wHICH anImal IS before tHe lIOn wHICH anImal IS after tHe panda bear To encourage use of new vocabulary words have your preschooler rearrange the stuffed animals and then quiz you on the sequence. The much-loved children s book We re Going on a Bear Hunt is fabulous for building vocabulary words associated with sequences with its focus on words like OVER UNDER and THROUGH. Another great hands-on sequencing activity is to create with your preschooler a picture book of an oft-repeated family activity. For example A Webb Family Instructional Manual How to Make a Peanut Butter and Jelly Sandwich. Help your child draw and color pictures of the step-by-step process and assemble the drawings into a book. Or use a camera to take pictures of your child completing each part of the task then print the pictures and allow your little one to create a book by gluing the pictures in order onto sheets of paper. When you read aloud to your preschooler take time to ask your child questions about sequencing events within the story. If you were reading Goldilocks and the Three Bears ask questions like What did Goldilocks do FIRST - eat the porridge or fall asleep in Baby Bear s bed And THEN what happened NEXT What was the LAST part of the story Fall 2015 CHOIS COnneCtIOn 23 Patterns O nce your preschooler has a solid understanding of sequence the next step is teaching patterns. It s essential to make learning this concept as hands-on as possible. Children who can identify relationships and organize input at a sensory level often have an easier time organizing thoughts and ideas. It is wise to focus on helping children make physical and mental connections through lots of self-organizing play activities. Point out patterns in your child s play. ( You parked two small cars and then a big car in a row. If I add a small car what would come next ) Identify patterns as you pick up toys or fold laundry. ( Big dinosaurs go in the blue tote small dinosaurs go in the red tote. Put Daddy s socks in this pile and your socks in that pile. ) Formulate rhythmic patterns by clapping tapping and stomping. Or beat a pattern on a homemade drum or rhythm sticks. Create movement patterns as you re playing outside with your child. Such as march march spin jump march march spin jump. String colorful cereal or beads onto yarn to create beautiful patterned necklaces. Have your child read the pattern back to you ( Pink blue green yellow pink blue green yellow... ) Use blocks Legos or other small toys to make a repeated pattern that stretches across the room. How far can you keep the pattern going Provide a special treat like rainbowcolored goldfish crackers M&M candies different colors of grapes or an assortment of berries and have your child create a pattern with their snack before eating it. Empty ice cube trays and egg cartons make great receptacles for building patterns. Fill them with colorful beads buttons plastic lids cut up drinking straws or whatever you have available in your home that makes a good manipulative. Make a paper card for Grandma and use stickers or stamps to build a pattern across the cover. Perform finger plays rhymes or songs that allow your child to experience growing patterns. Head Shoulders Knees and Toes and BINGO are favorite pattern songs at our house. CREATE AND EXTEND PATTERNS Children who can identify relationships and organize input at a sensory level often have an easier time organizing thoughts and ideas. Start by recognizing patterns in the world around you. Encourage your preschooler to notice how patterns appear in their daily environment in places like CLOTHING AND SHOES Stripes plaids prints. What kind of tracks do your shoes make when you walk through dirt or make prints with wet soles NATURE Explore your yard or the park and look for patterns in flowers garden plants bark leaves rocks etc. What patterns can be found in the coats of some animals How about in a spider s web Sea shells Butterfly wings STORES Yes even shopping trips can turn into fruitful pattern hunts. Look for patterns from the bottom to the top of the store in floor tiles the product displays all the way up to the lights hanging from the ceiling. BOOKS While you re reading aloud look for patterns in the text or in the storyline. Encourage your child to join you in saying recurring or repetitive words sentences and refrains. IDENTIFY PATTERNS 24 CHOIS COnneCtIOn Fall 2015 Do you know the chant My Name is Joe This chant adds a word and an action to each verse (hooray for gross motor activities ) Hi My name is Joe and I work in a button factory I ve got a wife and a dog and a family. One day my boss came up to me And he said Hey Joe Are you busy I said No He said Turn the button with your left hand. Repeat verse 5 times. Continue to do each action as you add a new one. 1) Left hand 2) Right Hand 3) Left Foot 4) Right Foot 5) Head Hi. My name is Joe and I work in a button factory. I ve got a wife and a dog and a family. One day my boss came up to me And he said Hey Joe are you busy I said YES Copper Webb is a second-generation Idaho homeschooler. Copper and her husband Mike live in Meridian with their four children ages 2 4 6 and 8. (Can you identify that pattern ) Copper occasionally blogs with a toddler on her lap. Fall 2015 CHOIS COnneCtIOn 25 OutWords Gearing Up for Backpacking By Ken Frederick Is your family a backpacking family For Idaho families considering taking up backpacking gearing up for this sport is an important consideration. Spending more means you can get lighter equipment (that gets my attention) and modern hi-tech gear offers convenience. Older simpler equipment however is less expensive. Which way is best Over the past 20 years technology has influenced backpacking a lot. (Saying technology has influenced backpacking is like saying technology has influenced the telephone.) Equipment is lighter today than it was in my dad s generation. Things are fancier and supposedly better in terms of safety capability and usefulness. Electronic devices like GPS units satellite phones personal locator beacons and smart phone apps offer fantastic capabilities to hikers of today. But as I think over the equipment used today versus what was used a couple of generations back two important observations emerge. First equipment is definitely more expensive today than it was 40 or 50 years ago--even taking into consideration the value of our currency in the two different eras. While a backpacking stove and fuel enables me to stop and cook a meal anywhere the cost of those items alone exceeds what my dad would have paid for his entire set of backpacking gear. While we tend to get what we pay for the perception that backpacking costs a lot of money is too bad. Knowledge of what you are doing where you are going and how to safely enjoy the experience is far more important than having the latest gadgets and the most modern backpacking system. Second although a lot of today s equipment is clearly an improvement over the gear of yesteryear wise outdoor recreationists exercise caution about putting too much trust in technology--especially when it concerns one s safety. An electronic device is worthless if the batteries are depleted or if its data is bad to begin with. Nylon clothing boot laces and other gear melts if it gets too close to the fire or if a spark lands on it. Even simple plastic cookware can let you down because it cracks easily in really cold weather. Backpacking is a journey on foot into the wild places of God s creation. Backpackers venture into the wilderness to experience self-reliance beauty solitude and simplicity. The gear you use is important but the time you spend the memories you forge and the fellowship you enjoy are more important. Families need not spend much to reach those goals. Ken Frederick and family have their headquarters in Meridian. 26 CHOIS COnneCtIOn Fall 2015 Comparing equipment used today versus what was used a couple of generations back. Backpacks My dad s pack was essentially a large canvas bag stretched over a wooden packboard. My pack has an aluminum alloy frame which carries a tough nylon container with multiple pockets flaps and compartments. My pack is way lighter than my dad s. However with its capacious size and multiple compartments and compression straps my pack can hold more gear than I can comfortably carry. Water My dad carried water in a 1-quart canteen also a military surplus item. I carry water in a 1-liter hard plastic water bottle. The bottle has marks on it to tell me how many milliliters of water I am quaffing. Truthfully though I pay no attention to the gradation marks. Water consumption is dictated by thirst. Knives My dad carried a pocket knife a small hatchet and a folding saw in his pack. These three tools met all of his cutting sawing and pounding needs inherent to setting up camp cleaning fish peeling spuds etc. I carry a pocket knife a folding saw and a multi-tool. A hatchet is too heavy so I usually have to hunt up a rock to pound tent pegs. When hunting I carry a portable saw with interchangeable bone and wood blades. It is handy but I usually struggle to fit everything back into the hollow aluminum handle when I repack. Coffee My dad brewed his favorite beverage in a small coffee pot. He spent many relaxing moments patiently waiting for his coffee to finish percolating. I usually bring a few packages of instant coffee along with some packets of sugar and imitation creamer. I merely have to boil water add the powders and my coffee is ready. Instead of waiting for the coffee to percolate I sit back and wait for my cup of coffee to cool down. Grills and Stoves My dad cooked meals over a fire. He carried a small grill (wrapped in newspaper) that fit into his pack. He arranged the fire ring so that the grill would sit above a bed of glowing coals--level and secure. He could fry meat or place a pan or coffee pot on the grill. I cook meals using a small backpacking stove which burns pricey fuel ( 8 per quart). Bedding My dad slept in a feather-filled mummy bag placed on a small piece of canvas ground-cloth. I have two sleeping bags for backpacking a summer bag and a winter bag. I place my sleeping bag on an inflatable foam sleeping pad that keeps me warm and comfortable. Well mostly comfortable. Pots and Pans My dad cooked trout in an aluminum frying pan placed on the aforementioned grill. The pan was the main feature of a standard World War 2 military surplus mess kit which also contained a knife fork and spoon and a plate. I cook trout (on those occasions when I actually catch one) in a small Teflon coated frying pan. It is a bit heavier than the mess kit version (I have one of those too) but it distributes the heat more effectively than aluminum. Water Filtration My dad filled his canteen directly from creeks and springs when he hiked. Back in his day he did not have to worry about bacteria protozoans spores cysts or other microscopic creepy-crawlies. I fill my water bottle using a fancy filtration pump system. It takes me quite a bit more time to fill my bottle as it took my dad in the 1950s and 60s but I want to avoid ingesting giardia cysts or other germs. (I learned that lesson the hard way.) Navigation When he needed to navigate in the backcountry my dad used a map. But navigation was not a challenge because he usually knew the area in which he was hiking. (Most of my dad s hiking involved the pursuit of deer or elk and he usually hunted in areas he knew well.) My dad had the advantage of knowing the land and innately understanding where roads were where his camp was and where his hiking and hunting partners were. When necessary I navigate using a compass and a topographic map. Although I have thought about buying a GPS I have not gotten around to it. Clothes My dad wore jeans a flannel shirt and leather boots while hiking. I wear jeans a flannel shirt and leather hiking boot when I m hunting or backpacking. I guess in some respects I still do things the way I learned to do them when I was young. Fall 2015 CHOIS COnneCtIOn 27 Discovering Idaho NORTHERN PACIFIC RAILROAD MUSEUM Located in Wallace the building that houses the Northern Pacific Railroad Museum was once a bustling train depot during the age when railroads were king of transportation. More recently it was slated for demolition due to construction of I-90. Thanks to the interest of locals it was preserved and now houses a railroad museum open to the public. The Northern Pacific Railroad purchased interest in the Coeur d Alene Mining District and consequently brought lines through North Idaho in 1887. These new rail lines connected Idaho s Silver Valley with coastal seaports. The railroad was responsible for populating the mining and lumber mill towns and for hauling silver ore concentrates. The Northern Pacific Railroad Museum had it s beginning in 1901 as a train depot for passengers during the height of the silver boom as well as loading and transporting freight during Idaho s economic boom. Constructed of brick from China and concrete panels made from mine tailings the train station stood in beautiful and unique contrast to other western architecture. The Chateau style depot is a two-story structure with brick on the first floor and stucco covered concrete on the second story accompanied by a three story turret. It was built according to a Northern Pacific Railway stock blue print plan and is a reflection of the tastes of the company and times. The Chateau style was quite popular in Canada in this period and was frequently used in railway buildings and railway hotels. In 1986 the construction of interstate I-90 from Seattle to Boston began and included plans for the freeway to flow through the center of Wallace. Because the entire town of by Connie Seward Wallace was listed on the National Registry of Historic Places the freeway construction was forced to skirt the town by a few hundred yards. However the Northern Pacific Train Depot had to be moved 200 feet across the south fork of the Coeur d Alene River to its current location in order to make way for the massive freeway columns. A visit to the depot museum transports you back to another era with exhibits exploring the rich history of railroading in the Coeur d Alene Mining District and of the depot itself. As you enter the museum you step into the re-creation of an early working railroad station. One room is set up as a ticket agent s office complete with a telegraph a working 1908 Candlestick telephone and a brass bell used in a round house as a signal that an engine was returning. Another room is set up as a woman s waiting room where ladies & young children could enjoy a smoke free environment apart from the rougher population of transient men. The second floor houses exhibits full of rotating memorabilia such as the rare 13-foot glass map of the Northern Pacific Railroad. Amongst the hands on items that students can explore is a working N scale model railroad train complete with lights. Children can also ring the brass bell or call their parents on the Candlestick phone. Visitors can drop in seven days a week 9am-5pm April through October. Special presentations can also be arranged for groups. Curator Shauna Hillman and other docents are available to dress in costume and give your group a lively history of railroad and mining. Shauna also offers walking tours of Wallace for an additional fee. The Northern Pacific Railroad Museum also includes a gift shop stocked with special items related to railroading. Connie Seward and husband Quentin home schooled their children through high school in the Treasure Valley. Their family continues to enjoy discovering Idaho together. 28 CHOIS COnneCtIOn Fall 2015 Contact Information nOrtHern paCIfIC r aIlrOad muSeum & g Ift SHOp PO Box 469 219 Sixth Street Wallace Idaho 83873 208-752-0111 npdepot HOurS Of O peratIOn Open 7 days a week April-October 9 00am-5 00pm ICHE BULLETIN BOARD admISSIOn fee Family- 8.00 Adults 3.50 School Groups 5.00-fifteen students Bus Tour groups- 30.00 (35 participants) Walking Tour-Around 35.00 for 30 minutes to 1 & hours (fee amount negotiable) SpeCIal eventS Annual Depot Days-held the Saturday before Mother s Day each year. Includes a Classic Car & Motorcycle Show and lodging discounts at local hotels. Under the Freeway Flea Market-Labor Day weekend each year. Held under the freeway viaduct next to the Northern Pacific Railroad Museum. Contact the museum for vendor applications. January 2016 Testing Preparation Letters Mailed March 2016 testing registration has closed. Information letters are mailed in January. Go to the website for suggested test preparation materials Scope and Sequence and other testing information. Legislative Pie Day February 3 2016 Applications are posted on the website to participate in this annual Statehouse reception for our legislators. Deadlines to apply Music (December 1) Displays (January 9) Pies (January 21) Hundreds of home-baked pies are needed for our lawmakers favorite event of the session. Your help is appreciated. Online ICHE Memberships Join ICHE or renew online. 25 memberships are effective for one year. To find your expiration date click on Join ICHE. Curriculum Connections H IStOry - railroading silver ore mining & Northern Idaho history SCIenCe - geology-silver ore tranSpOrtatIOn - railroad arCHIteCture - Chateau style e COnOmICS - investments & interest Follow us on Facebook IdahoCoalitionOfHomeEducators Follow us on Facebook IdahoCoalitionOfHomeEducators Fall 2015 CHOIS COnneCtIOn 29 MiniWightman Family BaBies Dutch Nampa The ec i Pe s ak fas t r Bre fO r B u sy faM i li e s IngredIentS 1 cup Milk or milk substitute 1 cup flour 6 eggs cup butter melted dash of salt 1 teaspoon vanilla dIreCtIOnS In her Toddler Toolbox workshop at the CHOIS Convention Megan Scheibner talked about the importance of serving nutritious breakfasts to minimize behavior problems in small children. Here are a few tried and true recipes that our readers have shared with us. Preheat the oven to 400. Coat 24 cups in a standard muffin tin with cooking spray. Combine all ingredients in a blender or food processor. Blend until combined and completely smooth. Fill muffin cups about half way. Bake in the oven for 13-15 minutes until puffy and golden. Pancakes will settle into cups when removed from the oven. Fill with your favorite toppings and serve OatMeal cOttage cheese Pancakes These make a quick high protein breakfast. We like to serve them with Greek yogurt and fresh fruit. - The Vassar Family Nampa IngredIentS Do you have a recipe you would like to share n e x t i S Su e Crock-Pot Meals for Busy Homeschool Moms Submit recipes to info 1 2 cup oatmeal 1 2 cup cottage cheese 1 teaspoon of vanilla 2 eggs dIreCtIOnS Blend all ingredients in blender. Spray skillet with cooking spray and cook just like silver dollar pancakes a few small ones at a time. 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