Homeschooled boy makes it 2 in a row

This year the spelling bee will be televised on ABC Thursday night.
Seventh-grader Jonathan Horton of Gilbert will represent Arizona for the second year in a row at the Scripps National Spelling Bee in Washington D.C., on June 1.
Last month, the 13-year-old defended his state title, when after nearly four hours, he spelled ‘ipecac’ and then ‘osphresis’ (sense of smell). Read more…

13 home-schooled grads celebrate at ceremony

BINGHAMTON — Stephen Nichols of Endicott graduated from high school Saturday even though he’s never attended a formal school.
Nichols was among 13 home-schooled students who received diplomas at Binghamton’s Calvary Baptist Church as part of Region 6 Loving Education At Home (LEAH) of the Southern Tier. Read more…

Blogging Unites Homeschooling Families

I rarely link to press releases but this is an exception.
Take homeschooling and blogging – two very rapidly growing trends, put them together, and you have the recipe for success. When Gena Suarez, Publisher of The Old Schoolhouse Magazine, first came up with the idea for HomeschoolBlogger, many in the homeschooling community didn’t even know what a blog was. Yet Gena had been researching blogging and saw it as a wonderful way to unite homeschoolers – creating a type of online homeschool support group community. Read more…

Homeschooled Spelling wiz crams for his biggest test

I know this family. They are part of my HS group. (They got the name of the group wrong in the article.)
At only 13, Ethan Johnson is already a seasoned veteran when it comes to the National Spelling Bee.
Ethan, a home-schooler from Bristol, Ontario County, heads back to Washington, D.C., today for his second trip to the annual Scripps Howard National Spelling Bee.
‘I’m not really that nervous,’ he said this week. ‘Nervousness isn’t going to help you spell the word.’ Read more…

Illinois Catholic Homeschoolers Convene

JOLIET—Parents and supporters of homeschool education gathered May 19-20 at University of St. Francis in Joliet for the 2006 Illinois Catholic Homeschool Conference and Vendor Fair. It was the second time the Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic Homeschool Group of Joliet coordinated the conference that attracts over 500 participants from across the country. Read more…

Homeschoolers Learn A B C’s of Keeping Fit

ONE day last spring Lea Massey was flipping through her local newspaper when she noticed an advertisement for a fitness class for home-schooled children. Ms. Massey, who lives in Edmond, Okla., and teaches her four children, rejoiced. It was exactly what she had been looking for. Read more…

Plucky Parents Choose Home Schooling

Moscow may be jam packed with sights, but 9-year-old Alina Gersib spends her days at home, pretending she’s Michelangelo painting the Sistine Chapel or a Roman soldier serving Caesar.
Her family’s apartment, in the city’s southern reaches, is her artist’s studio, or battlefield, as the case may be, filled to the brim with stacks of math tests and kids’ novels. There’s also a microscope for examining slides of pond life. Read more…

Yummy Carnival of Homeschooling

Dana of Principled Discovery is hosting the 21st Carnival of Homeschooling with a mouth-watering dinner theme.
Welcome to the 21st Carnival of Homeschooling! As the formal school year is wrapping up for many of us, I chose to organize a progressive dinner party to help get everyone acquainted as we travel the blogosphere. Unless otherwise mentioned, all entries were submitted by the contributors. Let this serve as your map as we travel from place to place to enjoy the treats that have been prepared for us. Read more…

Homeschooler plans early graduation

A few months ago, I got a surprise. I found out if I worked really hard, I could graduate from high school this spring, a year earlier than I thought I would.
That’s the advantage of being a home-school student. Read more…

Homeschoolers take to the stage

Christian Home Education Fellowship (C.H.E.F.) students from the Four Corners brought their acting and theatre skills to the stage recently when they performed the musical comedy ‘Cactus Pass.’ Read more…

Homeschoolers Graduate

Some more good press for homeschooling.
This Mother’s Day was particularly special for Freida Earp and Sandy Kozol. They saw years of work and love pay off in two rather unusual graduations.
Mrs. Earp’s 26-year-old daughter, Christina, finished a six-year college career with a double degree from Western Illinois University-Quad Cities. She finished her first three years of higher education at Scott Community College after 13 years of homeschooling. Read more…

Homeschooler Heads to National Geographic Championship

A local student will be competing Tuesday for a $25,000 college scholarship. Devin Matthews, 12, a sixth grade lake area home school student, will be traveling to Washington, D.C. for the national championship of the National Geographic Bee. Read more…

Homeschooling poorly monitored

The backward assumption is that parents need oversight from government.
Marin’s public school districts have failed to provide proper oversight of home schools, according to a report issued this week by the Marin County Civil Grand Jury.
Under state law, home schools must file a private school affidavit with the state Department of Education for exemption from the compulsory public school system. Read more…

Happy homeschoolers

Kerrie Tate, a former public school teacher living in Webster Groves, has a saying she has grown fond of using.
‘Education is not the filling of a bucket, but the lighting of a fire,’ said Tate, quoting William Butler Yeats. ‘People say that will be on my tombstone.’ Read more…

13-year-old Homeschooler to go to college

This is one unusual girl.
MAPLEWOOD, Minn. – A 13-year-old Minnesota girl is getting ready for college this fall.
Eighth-grader Fiona Manzella has been admitted into the gifted program at Mary Baldwin College in Virginia.
The Maplewood girl has completed her high school course work, taken the SAT and is ready to move across the country for her new life. Manzella was home-schooled by her mother, Teresa, who also home-schools her 10-year-old son. Read more…

Homeschooler’s seat on school board thrills, rankles

Having a home-schooling parent on the Metro School Board thrills some taxpayers who’ve long felt disenfranchised from the system, but it worries traditional education advocates who say Kay Brooks doesn’t have the experience or background to do a good job. Read more…

20th Homeschool Carnival

Check it out!
Here at Home Sweet Home, we love science, animals and astronomy. So I decided to use one of our favorite things to study as a theme for this carnival. I hope the living creatures you find here will add to your enjoyment! Read more…

Homeschooling has many benefits

A homeschooler dispels some myths.
As home-schooling becomes more and more popular among American families, the public still regards it as, at best, an unknown phenomenon.
I can understand the popular idea that home-schooling is a recipe for ‘un-socialization.’ For many kids, the thought of staying home all day is a death sentence for a social life. For all the readers who don’t know anything about home-schooling, here’s a little insider’s view on two of the most common questions. Read more…

Shakeup at Patrick Henry College

PHC is a college that is popular with homeschoolers (because of their affiliation with HSLDA). There is serious trouble between the leadership and faculty.
A contentious debate at Patrick Henry College that began over theological differences, the interpretation of Scripture, and academic freedom has prompted 5 of the school’s 16 full-time faculty members to announce they will not be returning to the conservative, Christian college next year. The announcements bring the total number of departing professors to nine in the past year, not including two adjuncts, as well as four senior executives who left in the past 18 months, departing professors say. Read more…