Learn why we celebrate Veterans Day

Veterans Day, also known as “Armistice Day,” honors the end of World War I, and it is a day dedicated to the cause of world peace.

The Department of Veteran Affairs has set up a Veterans Day Web site that offers a teacher’s guide for busy moms who home school their children, a patriotic fact sheet, a history project, and even a first person account of the burial of the unknown soldier. Visit the White House Lessons of Liberty, the Veteran’s Experience, which is an opportunity for Americans to learn more about our country and its values, as well as the people that have been called upon to defend its freedom. Read more…

Homeschooling must meet a standard of education

Did you know that it is considered illegal in the state of California for a parent without a teaching credential to homeschool his or her child?

I didn’t either. But I’ve been reading about the brouhaha set off by a recent memo from the California Department of Education to all counties, districts and schools. It reiterated the state’s position that parents who homeschool their children without supervision from their local school districts are breaking the law: “Homeschooling is not an authorized exemption from mandatory public school attendance.” Read more…

Entering system tricky for homeschoolers

While parents of Pinellas County schoolchildren navigate the district’s “controlled choice” plan, Joanne and Eric Schulman have learned that those who homeschool their children have some special challenges. Read more…

Speaking with … Wynonna

Phoning from Canada, Wynonna Judd has her hands full. Sure, there are the back-to-back concerts she has to perform. But she’s also getting her children’s lesson plans ready for the day.

“I teach,” says Judd, 38. “I homeschool. When I’m in the studio recording, I have a nanny/tutor to teach my kids.” Read more…

Proposed homeschool bill divides parents

Lynn Kopishke, an Oxford parent who homeschools, agrees with the Pennsylvania legislators who want to drastically reduce the state’s and school districts’ oversight of homeschooling families. Read more…

Coping With the Expenses of Home Education

The evidence is overwhelming: Home schooling works – and works very well. Most of us know that, but it is nice to be reminded, especially when we start adding up the expenses for the coming school year – books, school supplies, tutors, outside classes, computer paraphanalia and extra-curricular activities. And if that isn’t enough, most home-school families are living on one income. Read more…

Tea Time – Terri Camp

Sometimes I get so busy making sure my children get the three R’s, that I forget to add the T. The T? What is the T? The T for me stands for TIME. I must often remind myself that I desire to spend time with my children. Read more…

Homeschooler Wins Reading Rainbow Competition

One of the most precocious writing talents you’ll come across struggled with phonics when she was in preschool.

Haley Stewart’s mother, Susan, admits to having been a little concerned about Haley’s progress at the time. Six months later, with her mom homeschooling her, Haley was reading at a second grade level. Read more…

A different path

Kimberly Fox has a 2-year-old propped on her hip, is wearing an Old Navy shirt and at 11 a.m. hasn’t yet left the house for the day.

She is a mechanical engineer by training, and this was not always her idea of a perfect career day. But it is a busy workday she has settled into happily.

A Bolingbrook mother of three, Fox homeschools her children. Read more…

Children flex voting muscle

…About 80 home-school students voted Friday, with about 25 percent casting absentee ballots.

“I am so pleased we are doing this because it brings the children more in tune with issues like the sales tax,” said Joslyn Edge, coordinator for the Independent Thinker Home School Group. “This may get them a little more excited (about voting) as they get older.” Read more…

Students paddle down ‘America’s longest Main Street’

ON BAYOU LAFOURCHE (AP) – It’s a homeschool field trip concentrating on culture and ecology. It’s an Americorps project to pinpoint trash. It’s a chance for people who live alongside Bayou Lafourche and people who have seen it only from cars to get an inside view of what’s called the longest Main Street in America. Read more…

Teen’s lab tests find bacteria in airplane water tanks

The questions of a 13-year-old science prodigy helped launch an investigation into the safety of airplane tap water.

Water testing done by the Wall Street Journal found salmonella, fecal coliform and other bacteria, just as the Alamo boy had reported.

Zach Bjornson-Hooper, a home-schooled student, is a seasoned flier who has traveled to the South Pacific, Europe, Mexico and other exotic destinations with his family. Read more…

Home-schoolers making play to participate in districts

There are some things Stephanie Hebda just can’t do at home � like dive into a six-lane pool and compete in the freestyle or the breaststroke. That’s why the 14-year-old home-schooler from Ross is a member of the North Hills High School swim team. Read more…

Rules trip up home-schoolers

Directors of two university-hosted regional science fairs said Wednesday they have no choice but to discriminate against home-schooled students because of rules by the state�s governing board for extracurricular activities.

The Arkansas Activities Association�s constitution prohibits its 525 member schools from competing against nonaffiliated schools during events such as athletics, Quiz Bowl, band, chess club and science fairs. Read more…

AAA says home-schoolers not eligible for sanctioned events

The mother of a Rogers girl claims her home-schooled daughter is being discriminated against because the child cannot compete in public-school interscholastic science fairs.

An official of the Arkansas Activities Association, which oversees such events, however, points out that the organization’s constitution requires participants be from accredited schools that are members of AAA. Read more…

Home-school team does more with less

They may not be your traditional volleyball team, but they know how to win.

They don’t have a school to call their own, but these girls are right at home. Read more…

November Whistleblower to feature in-depth look at homeschooling revolution

A devastating look at the current state of public schools in America � and the resulting revolution in homeschooling � is the topic of the upcoming November 2002 edition of WND’s acclaimed monthly print magazine, Whistleblower. Read more…

Homeschooling, the ultimate in parental involvement, is typically dominated by white, often Christian, parents.

But that stereotype is beginning to shift, experts say.

More minorities are turning to homeschooling as a method of educating their children. Read more…

Student wins top homeschooling award

Woodlands resident Christopher Bauer, 18, is one person on a short list of individuals who may be able to graduate from high school and junior college at the same time.

Bauer recently was named as one of the nation’s top 10 recipients for America’s 2002 Outstanding Homeschool Students, which is an annual award presented by Homeschooling Parent Magazine. Read more…

Homeschooled Girl’s help leads to burglary suspect’s arrest

Sarah Eliason, 11, startled a man rifling through her mother’s wallet in the family’s home, at 2905 E. Superior St., shortly after 9:30 a.m.

Sarah, whose mother was out on an errand, stumbled onto the burglar as she came down a stairway to get ready for home school. Read more…