Listening: My children are talking about how they would spend the lottery money if we won…but you have to play to win… :/
Loving: It's MAY and school is almost over. We will be doing reading and math will #4 and #5 all summer. It's kind of a bitter sweet because this is going to be #2's last year homeschooling. He'll still be a senior next year… and taking mostly college classes. This is a GREAT thing.. but makes me a little sad.
Thinking: This coming Sunday is graduation at the local high school which also means it's Graduation Sunday at our church. (Why they do it on Mother's Day.. I have no idea) Since I'm the youth leader at my church I get the honor of celebrating the Seniors at my church. We honor them by parading them in front of the church 🙂 and then having a lunch after church before graduation.. so their parents don't have to worry about cooking a meal between church and graduation.
Wanting: To take a nap.
Needing: To get my lists done for everything I need to do this coming weekend.. I need a grocery list, miscellaneous list of stuff to purchase or bring to church.
Stalking: The Adopt Shoppe on Facebook. I love love love her stuff!
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.
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!
Scott A. Woodruff, Esq.,
Home School Legal Defense Association"
Last week I spent sometime at the Midwest Parent Educators Homeschool Conference. I love looking in the vendor area.. and always wish I had money to buy each and every book or program that would benefit my kids.
View of the vendor hall
Here's one of my kids favorite spots.. Miller Pad and Paper!
I went to the following conference sessions:
Raising a Mighty Man of God Kevin Swanson
This session was packed. There were probably 200+ people in the room, and the speaker lost me when he said; "The problem with our society today is that 25-30 year old men are living in their parents basement. Why are they living there? They can't get a job, because their female counterparts have taken them." AACCK..
Entrepreneurship: Seven Disciplines of Biblical Business Success Russ McGuire
This one was really for #2. It was informative, and I think he learned a few things.
Justin, #3.5, some bird and #3.
Help! My Child Won't Sit Still!! Margaret Porch
This was a good one. Took lots of notes.. after I took my ADHD meds.
#3.5 and #3 they couldn't get hooked up to the internet…
Strategies for the Struggling Reader Margaret Porch
This one was really good. I think I'll be able to apply this stuff to one of my struggling readers.
You want to know something you usually only see at a homeschool conference?
I take #4 to speech at our local public school for a couple of hours everyday. #5 goes with me to do his school work while #4 is there working on his R's and L's. Each day we walk by the cafeteria and smell the food, each kid takes a turn trying to guess what the kids are having each day… and the same thing happens.. they beg and beg to stay and eat lunch. I promise them we will eat someday, and our someday came on Tuesday.
They did great standing in line, getting the silverware, napkin and food… but apparently homeschooling doesn't teach a kid everything they need to know in life.
Like how to open a milk carton.
He asked for help from a friend sitting next to him…
And was on his way to drinking chocolate milk and eating his mashed potatoes and chopped steak with gravy.