Portrait of young talent

This kid has talent. How much of this would be developed if she were in a one-size-fits-all school?

Nikki Zaferatos isn’t a typical 14-year-old.

Nikki loves to listen to Spanish radio and opera music. Her favorite book is the Bible. And her artwork rivals that of a professional, in the opinion of her fans.

Nikki is the featured artist this month at Tempe’s Gold Bar Espresso. She does portrait art, usually of celebrities, that many have mistaken for photographs. She remains modest about her talent. Read more…

Homeschooling Can Help Every Parent

Although the author no longer homeschools, she is very supportive in this article.

I started off parenting my school age children by educating them at home. After five years the situation no longer worked for us and we chose public schools. The kids love their schools and teachers but I still feel grateful for the years we were able to educate them at home. Home education of any variety can be a polarized issue in the United States. As more children are educated at home many parents will consider this option. There is so much wonderful information about homeschooling available now through the internet and local libraries and even some schools. Read more…

Homeschoolers run into public school roadblocks

The writer has a good point: If the school requires reporting from homeschoolers, they should share some reponsibility for their education and allow them to take classes.

Fritz and Nancy Beiswenger of West Goshen homeschool their 14-year-old daughter Bethany.Mary Hill of East Goshen homeschools her 14-year-old daughter Maureen Hill. That says something in itself. Homeschooling is costly and time-consuming. Parents who do it typically are very concerned about the quality or substance of the education their child or children would get or is getting in local public or private schools. They opt to teach their kids themselves. Read more…

NEA teaches a lesson in exclusion

An excellent article. However, I don’t know why she is so surprised at the NEA’s stance.
I was surprised to read that the National Education Association passed a resolution at its recent Los Angeles convention to exclude home-schoolers from participation in extracurricular activities in public schools. The article I read went on to say that the NEA opposes parents home schooling their children unless they are state-licensed teachers and use a state-approved curriculum.
Naturally, I found this quite unbelievable. Considering the high scores posted by home-schoolers on nationwide tests, the stellar achievements of home-schoolers on nationwide academic competitions, and the accomplishments of home-schoolers in college and the work force, I would have assumed that those interested in improving the educational results for our children would be intrigued, at the very least, by what home-schoolers are doing to get such wonderful results. Read more…

An Assignment from God

For most religious homeschoolers, it is a very clear call form God.

�An assignment from God� is how Noreen Shorey and Ann Harrell view their profession.

Shorey and Harrell homeschool their children and while they admit there are many challenges that come with their job, they said the benefits far outweigh the stumbling blocks. Read more…

African Americans: Staying at home, feeling at home

The negative reactions faces by some homescholing African-Americans are different than those faced by most homeschoolers.

After studying to become a schoolteacher, Stacie Johnson was eager to teach children the three R’s.

So she never imagined that, after teaching third-graders for several years in North Carolina and Tampa, she would trade in the classroom for her family room — where the lessons continue, hugs are payment, and class size is limited to her two daughters. Read more…

Generous Home Educators Reach Out to Homeschooling Hurricane Victims

It’s not too late to help.

(AgapePress) – Home-schooling families across the United States are lending a helping hand to fellow home schoolers who have sustained heavy losses due to Hurricane Katrina.

After Hurricane Katrina hit New Orleans and the Mississippi Gulf Coast, the Home School Legal Defense Association (HSLDA) asked its members to donate to a special ‘Hurricane Emergency Response’ program. The home-education advocacy group set up the special program to help displaced home-schooling families that lack employment or need to replace lost or destroyed curriculum materials. Read more…

Parents debunk myths of home schooling

Homeschoolers need to keep debunking the myths. Otherwise ignorance will continue to reign.

�Home schoolers are not �in touch� with what�s really going on in the world.�

�The kids won�t be able to attend college.�

�The kids won�t know how to function in the real world.�

�But what about socialization?�

These are a few of the negative comments that home school parents in Cass County have heard through the years; misconceptions they hope to change in the minds of others. Read more…

The Good News About Homeschooling

A thorough, well reasoned article supportive of homeschooling.
An estimated 2 million American children will not go back to school this September. They are part of a small but growing home-schooling movement. According to the latest U.S. Department of Education figures, from 1999 to 2003, home-schooling grew by 29 percent.
In Lane County, about 1,800 kids are currently home-schooled, up from less than a thousand 10 years ago, according to the Lane Education Service District. These numbers don’t tell the whole story, because some home-schoolers choose not to register with the ESD. Read more…

5-year-old girl’s story published

This is not the first time a homeschooler won the Reading Rainbow contest.

HUDSONVILLE — Some people wait half their lives to be published; Meredith Bomers waited until she was 5.

Meredith, a home-schooled first-grader this fall, took third place in a nationwide writing contest sponsored by ‘Reading Rainbow,’ a children’s program on PBS. She submitted a story about her grandfather and the relationship she had with him before he died last year. Read more…

Schooling in orthodoxy

It’s all about the worldview…

SOUTH BEND — In the finished basement of the Parker Ladwigs’ home, a timeline stretches around the walls chronicling the events of the Bible, world politics and the Roman Catholic Church.

It gives King David and the Last Supper the same historic authenticity as it does Abraham Lincoln and Pope John Paul II. It is the handiwork of Parker Ladwig, a 40-year-old home-schooling father of five and a professional librarian. Read more…

Home-school lawsuit against state is ended

I’m not sure this can be entirely called a victory for the state. This actually now opens up sports to homeschoolers. There are still some issues however.

A U.S. District Court Judge yesterday sided with the state in a $7.7 million lawsuit filed against the Maryland Public Secondary Schools Athletic Association alleging that the state was discriminating against home-schooled students by disallowing them from competition against public-schoolers.

Judge J. Frederick Motz ruled that a compromise, called The Standards of Competition, proposed by the MPSSAA allows home-schoolers to compete against public schools provided they follow a series of rules, including age and academic restrictions, created by the state. Read more…

A return to the past … at home learning

South Carolina Homeschooling is portrayed in a favorable light.

Jessie Mae Dumas, 8, of Myrtle Beach, said she knows all the countries bordering China and recited the 14 names without hesitating.

Courtney Gray, 12, of Georgetown, said she learns a lot from reading, loves writing compositions and plans to be a pediatrician.

Adam McCumbee, 18, of Holden Beach, N.C., said he really likes mathematics, and it helps him when he works with his father, Mike McCumbee, doing custom interior trim for homes.

These students enjoy learning, like school and love their teachers. They said they don’t get bored; they work at their own pace and at their own levels. There’s nothing about their education they don’t like. They don’t attend the same school, but they get the same schooling. They are home-schooled. Read more…

Home schooling’s benefits still debated

The only reason there is still a debate about this is that some people never learn.

Although resistance to home schooling has decreased in recent years, the National Parent Teacher Association, National Education Association and National Association of Elementary School Principals oppose it. Read more…

Home-schoolers begin classes when convenient

We don’t follow the crowd either. If nothing else, it allows off-season vacations.

It was the first day of school for the four children of Pam and Kevin Lang Tuesday, but only the family’s kindergartner took a ride to her classroom.

Kevin loaded Bethany into the car, drove around the block and pulled back into the driveway. Bethany got out of the car, where Pam welcomed her to school with a photo.

Home-schooled families aren’t required to start the school year any particular day. Some families stick to the calendar set by public schools in the community to give their children options for events scheduled around the traditional school year. Others plan around the family’s schedule. Read more…

New Mexico �a good state for homeschooling�

Let’s keep it that way. In the article they equate the lack of government tax breaks with freedom.

With six children to teach and another on the way, Yvonne Elswick has gone through plenty of struggles as a mother and a parent who homeschools her children.

The recent eastern New Mexico transplant was happy to find out the same independence she had in Denver also exists in New Mexico. Read more…

Staying home to learn

From the why to the how of homeschooling, this is a positive article. There are lots of resources listed.

The thought of staying home for school is as foreign as the idea of no homework to thousands of students who have gone back to school this fall after a summer break.

But more than 2,000 students in South Dakota go to school without going to a school, and many don’t take summers off.

According to the U.S. Department of Education, 1.1 million students were home-schooled in the United States in 2003. Read more…

Home-taught kids happy with how they�re educated

ALTHOUGH they sometimes �get a bit tired of each other�, Skye Pringle, 10, and his sister, Taflin, 8, enjoy being taught at their Schoenmakerskop home by their mother, Heidi, and neither would choose to go to a mainstream school.

Home education is becoming a popular option in the province, said Adele Breedt, chairman of the Eastern Cape Home Schooling Association.

�It allows the child to be the individual he was created to be. He doesn�t have to conform to suit someone else�s ideal,� she said. Read more…

Home schools stay the course

Not long ago, Lisa Littler and thousands of other North Carolina parents would have been considered lawbreakers for educating their children at home.

But now, 20 years after home schooling was legalized by the state Supreme Court, the movement continues to grow and mature.

Not only did a record number of home schools open this past year, but more families than ever are choosing to stay with home schooling. Read more…

Homeschool to public school (sports)

For once, a sensible attitude toward homeschooler sports team participation.

Working out the details will be the difficult part, but if there’s a practical way to allow home-schooled children to take part in public school extracurricular activities, there’s nothing wrong with that. Read more…