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If you Live in Kansas.. and Homeschool You should Read This.

I received an email from Midwest Parent Educators (a homeschool group).. if you live in the state of Kansas I hope you'll read this note below and call or email our Kansas State Board of Education Members.

Some Homeschooled kids I love…

Dear MPE member family in Kansas,

We received this letter from HSLDA following up on the statement by the Chair of the KSBOE proposing homeschool legislation:

"The Kansas State Board of Education has agreed to discuss homeschool legislation and regulation at its meeting on September 18–19. This issue has received much media attention. However, state law gives the Board no jurisdiction over non-accredited private schools (which includes homeschools).

It would be appropriate for the Board to operate within its proper boundaries and not stray into the area of homeschooling.

Action Requested

1. Before September 18, please write, call or email the elected member of the State Board of Education who represents your district. Your message can be as simple as, "The State Board of Education has no jurisdiction over non-accredited private schools. Please leave homeschooling off your agenda."

2. Tone is important! If your communication is respectful, polite and courteous, it will give board members a good impression of homeschool families.

3. This website shows what counties are assigned to which of the 10 districts. Below the map, click on your district number to get contact information for your board member.


One board member was quoted as saying she would like to have a conversation about legislation for homeschoolers. It is not appropriate for the Board to be having conversations about regulating homeschooling since the Board has no jurisdiction over non-accredited private schools.

Kansas has a sensible legislative framework for homeschooling that has worked well for many decades. No change is necessary. The framework involves a low level of wasteful red tape (a one-time registration as a private school), but a high level of performance: a homeschool parent must be prepared to prove his or her competence as a teacher if challenged.

HSLDA sent a letter to Board Chair David Dennis on Wednesday, September 15, about the Board's plans to discuss homeschool legislation. A copy of our letter is on the HSLDA website on the Kansas homepage.

HSLDA is working closely with Kansas homeschool organizations on this issue.

Thank you for standing with us for freedom!

Sincerely Yours,

Scott A. Woodruff, Esq.,
Senior Counsel
Home School Legal Defense Association"

First Day of School Cookies

We have a local bakery in Ottawa that we love… and for the last couple of years I started buying the kids a first day of school cookie…

Keim bakery, ottawa, kansas, first day of school, cookies, apple cookies

Some cute cookies huh?

#5 loves his apple cookie

I'm not sure why #2 is making that face.

#4 and #3

#6 didn't wake up in time to get his picture with the group.. but he still likes a good cookie from Keim Bakery.

If you are ever in Ottawa Kansas.. stop by Keim Bakery… they have good cookies… and really good cheeseburgers.

eBay Pet Peeves: Book Sellers that May or May Not have Bad Descriptions

Have you ever bought a book on eBay?  How about Amazon?  I think it's important to support other eBay Sellers, so I always look for what I need there first.  You may know that I homeschool… but you might not know that 90% of my books come from the internet.

If you haven't bought a book on Amazon or eBay lately you are missing out on some really good prices and some really frustrating wording.  Today I was trying to find a 2nd grade math book for #5 and trying to decide between two different business math books for #2.

I wrote a blog last year about what kind of curriculum I use  HERE.

The second grade book I have always used is now selling for $67.00 new.  I bought the same book last year for $18.99 new.  Usually Math books for 2nd grade and under are more like workbooks (where you tear the pages out)… that's what type of book this one is.  For some reason the same book is 58.00 higher a year later. 

I found lots of books to purchase, but most of them had this problem: BAD DESCRIPTIONS.

**keep in mind this is a workbook, so it's important that it not be written in.  I don't care if one or two pages are done.. but I don't want one that's half way finished!  I looked at quite a few math books and many of them seem to have the same issue… none quite as bad as this one..

"USED Paperback–Not filled in. This book may or may not have all of the characteristics listed below as to its condition due to use and shelf life: cover scuff/scratches/indents, bent/exposed corners and edges, pencil/pen markings on white page edges of book and inside, wrinkled/folded pages or contain a school ID number/name or sticker or both on or inside the book-otherwise this book is tightly bound with little to NO highlighting and in GREAT CONDITION. May or may not contain all 6 workmats in the back. "


So the first sentence says USED Paperback– Not filled in.  (This means to me that it hasn't been marked in) Then the seller starts with the MAY or MAY NOT.. and they say pencil/pen markings on white pages.. um.. Ok  which do I believe?  The "not filled in" or the "May or May not have pencil/pen markings" ?  How about the last sentence.. "May or may not contain all 6 workmats in the back"   What the French Toast?  Seriously?

I truly believe these sellers are just covering their butts!  Do you think a glassware seller would be able to say : "May or May Not contain chips or cracks?"  or how about someone selling a pair of Levis?  "May or may not be a size 8 and may or may not have a broken zipper."

This is for a "used Good" book on Amazon.. "May contain highlighting/underling/notes/etc.  May have used stickers on cover"

This type of  wording is pretty common on Amazon.  I think it is COMPLETELY wrong and a seller should not be able to say it May or May not have.. I realize they are doing it because they have multiple copies of the same book.. but really.. why in this day and age of Amazon and eBay are book sellers allowed to get by with this?  While searching last week for #5's Silver Burdett Ginn 2nd Grade Math book, I asked 6 sellers (who had the book listed as used) if the book had been filled out.  Do you know how many sellers answered me? -0- 

What's your eBay Pet Peeve?

First Day of School 2011

Yesterday I posted our 1st day of school photos from years past. HERE It looks like this year isn't much different.

There are the 2 models.. and the 2 that look like they want to be somewhere else.  There is also the 1/2 naked baby.  We aren't sure about him.

When I look at this picture… I see #4 standing there in front.. looking cute, #5 in the yellow STILL trying to talk instead of get his picture taken..  #3 is trying to smile while holding her brother back.. I don't know what is wrong with #2…  he looks like he just lost his best friend.  Then there's #6.. the baby.  I think he's looking for something to drool on or maybe wondering why his mother doesn't dress him in the morning.

Just in case you wanted to know what a homeschooling mother's desk looks like…



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