Homeschooler in goat-milk-soap business

If not for homeschooling, we wouldn’t have a ready supply of goat-milk soap?

MINERAL POINT – Clare Wiesbrook is a 16-year-old who likes being at home. It’s where she goes to school, raises livestock and runs a business – Lacey’s Lathers Goat Milk Soap.

The main ingredient for the soap comes directly from her herd of dairy goats. And the first goat in that herd, Lacey, now 7 years old, has the honor of having a line of soaps named after her.

Cathy Wiesbrook -mother, home-school teacher and soap-making assistant – said the farm work and soap business have developed responsibility and maturity in her youngest daughter. ‘Clare can deal with anybody. She’s on the phone with the feed company and talking to the vet. She takes care of all of that.’ Read more…

Author tells how to ‘raise your own children’

What a novel concept. This book is right in line with a lot of homeschooler’s philosophies.

‘Would I, should I, could I . . . how?’

When it comes to raising your own children at home, Watertown author Carey Keavy has all the answers in her book ‘Raising Your Own Children.’ Read more…

Do-it-yourself school split

The Charlotte Observer has a sure to be controversial exhortation for parents to leave the oversized and failing public school system there.

While proponents of a Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools split felt disrespected after they were largely ignored in a House education committee meeting at the General Assembly last week, they are not stuck in the system they disapprove of.

Supporters of a bill that would break up the state’s largest school system believe CMS is unwieldy and ineffective, and they want school leaders who will be more responsive to their needs. Many of them drove three hours to Raleigh for the hour-long committee hearing, but believed the breakup idea didn’t receive sufficient consideration from state lawmakers.

In dramatic contrast, recently another group of North Carolina parents achieved a remarkable political victory in almost lightning-quick fashion. Weeks ago, as part of his budget recommendations, Gov. Mike Easley had proposed moving the state’s Department of Non-Public Education from the Department of Administration’s oversight to the Department of Public Instruction’s. DNPE watches over the state’s homeschoolers and other private education institutions. Read more…

Homeschooler Invents Family Business

A great achievment for such a young man.
A backpacking trip spawned a family business that brings light to people across the United States and around the world.
Barclay Henry wanted a small, dependable flashlight that wouldn�t need replacement batteries while he walked from Mexico to Canada on the Pacific Crest Trail. His younger brother, Ben, made a flashlight from a cordless phone battery, a 35 mm film container and a light-emitting diode.
By the time Barclay reached Oregon, Ben had refined the flashlight to its bare essentials � a nine-volt battery and a tiny snap-on plastic cap that includes a waterproof switch and two light-emitting diodes.
The little light drew rave reviews from backpackers along the trail. Vic Henry, Ben�s dad, realized his son might be on to something, and encouraged Ben to seek a patent on the design as a home-school project. Read more…

Home schooling leaves home

A local co-op like many others but it might inspire you to start one too.

Jokingly, Justin Riebe, 9, said he can hardly wait to grow a baby chicken… just to see if his cat will eat it.

Under the University of Illinois Extension home-schooling program, Riebe will grow a chicken. This, of course, comes right after he finishes studying gardening, which he has for the past six weeks. Read more…

This country singer truly is ‘Young’

Homeschooling lets children persue their dreams at a younger age.

Since she was 6, Jordan Leigh Young of Harrodsburg has sung country/gospel music at jamborees, festivals and other events all over Kentucky, including performances for the state legislature and Gov. Ernie Fletcher.

And she’s 12 years old.

While she’s still in school, Jordan and her 7-year-old sister Braden are homeschooled. Read more…

Some homeschool outside the home

Not all that unusual, this is the kind of thing that makes homeschooling great.

Robin Muench and her children Anya and Josef spend their mornings and early afternoons at home in a structured learning environment � but the afternoons are reserved for music lessons and field trips.

�A number one big thing we love (is) going to the library,� said Muench, a homeschooling parent. �It�s definitely a mixture. We�re definitely structured, but we certainly make use of other things, too.�

Many homeschoolers spend at least part of their schooling hours outside of the home, and some area organizations and businesses have taken notice. Read more…

Texas recognizes home education; proponents laud benefits

This story is just the facts but very positive.

Texas Gov. Rick Perry declared last week Home Education Week in Texas and encouraged in the proclamation ‘all Texans to recognize the importance of home schools and the dedication of parents who choose this option.’

In 1989, Gov. William Clements declared the first Home Education Week proclamation and established a Texas tradition. Many families came to Austin to support the freedoms of parents who teach their children at home. McKinney Courier-Gazette Online

Ohio dispute pits Catholic vs. homeschools

When money is involved, it’s not just the governemnt schools that fight against homeschoolers
COLUMBUS – Catholic high schools want the state to prevent home-schooled children from using money that allows private-school students to take college classes for free.
Home-schoolers’ use of the $2 million Post-Secondary Education Options program has led to a bitter dispute between the Catholic Conference of Ohio and parents of home-schooled children. Read more…

Justices in W.Va. hear homeschool sports case

Here is an effort through the courts to prevent homeschoolers from joining public sports teams.

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) – Home-schooled children who want to play team sports could no longer do so at public schools should the state Supreme Court overturn a lower court ruling allowing the practice.

Lawyers for the state Board of Education and the West Virginia Secondary School Activities Commission argued Tuesday that Kanawha County Circuit Judge Duke Bloom was wrong when he ruled that a home-schooled Marion County child could wrestle on a public school team. Read more…

Tennessee students ask extracurricular rights

More efforts to get homeschoolers on public sports teams.

Tennessee students who are schooled at home want to participate in the same extracurricular activities as regular school students such as sports and music.

The Tennessee Home Education Association has brought a bill before the legislature that would allow students enrolled in church-related schools, which is the legal definition of a home school organization, to participate in a public school�s extracurricular programs. Read more…

Homeschool numbers growing, tracking difficult

Homeschooling has been scientifically studied by a geographer.

An outgrowth of the 1960s alternative school movement, homeschooling, is on the upswing in the United States, and a Penn State researcher is trying to piece together a snapshot of the movement where in many cases, states require little record keeping.

“Until the 1980s, most of the students kept out of regular schools to be homeschooled were breaking state laws,” says JoAnn C. Vender, graduate student in geography. “In research on the geography of education, there are very few studies on home schooling because the data are hard to pin down. Homeschoolers represent a significant, but under-studied segment of the education universe � estimated at about 1.1 million students, about 20 percent of the privately-schooled population in the U.S.” Read more…

Corporate Money for Homeschooling?

Homeschooling is not an institution. It is families. This story laments the lack of corporate funding of homeschooling. Huh?

It�s Saturday morning in downtown Modesto, California, and for a city with 200,000 residents, not much is happening. The streets are mostly empty, and the outdoor tables at Starbucks are unoccupied. Outside the Modesto Convention Center, though, a steady wave of soccer moms (and a smattering of soccer dads) are pushing strollers and lugging plastic shopping bags as they enter and exit the center�s 12,000-square-foot exhibition hall. Inside, representatives from dozens of educational publishers and related concerns pitch their wares to the attendees of the Valley Home Educators 11th Annual Home Education Convention. Read more…

Homeschooled boy takes Arizona spelling title

Don’t worry, not all homeschoolers start spelling when they are less than a year old.

Hours of study paid off for 12-year-old Jonathan Horton, who won the Arizona Spelling Bee over the weekend.

The Gilbert boy earned the title of state’s best speller for 2005 with the word ‘jurimetrician,’ which means to be a specialist in the application of scientific methods to legal problems.

The sixth-grader will represent the state this summer at the Scripps National Spelling Bee in Washington, D.C.

‘He worked so hard for this. This is just amazing,’ said his mother, Michelle, who is his teacher and coach. He is home schooled. Read more…

Homeschoolers debate, compete, learn

Debate is a somewhat lost skill in the non-judgemental government schools. Here is an opportunity for homeschoolers to shine.
Before he took center stage, Robert Fee was calm and composed as he gathered his notes.
And when it came time for him to speak, it was like someone flipped on his switch.
“Human rights are of the utmost importance,” the Fayetteville, Ga., native said confidently. “They give us life, liberty and personal property. Without these rights, there would be no basis for any civilization.”
No, Fee is not a lobbyist or a lawyer. He is a 17-year-old taking part in the Lincoln-Douglas debate finals at the FUSION (Floridians Using Speech to Influence Our Nation) Region 8 Qualifying Tournament last Thursday.
FUSION is a local home- school club that is based in Bonita Springs. The club members are from Naples, Bonita Springs, Fort Myers and Cape Coral. The club is affiliated with the National Christian Forensics and Communication Association, which sponsors debate and speech events across the country for home- school students. Read more…

Home-schooled students want part in public school activities

This seems to be a common scenario. However, I think some homeschoolers would not want to get involved in public schools in any way.

Families who don’t want their children attending public schools do want them to be able to play on public school sports teams.

The Tennessee Home Education Association is backing legislation that would allow students who are taught at home � and those in small private schools � to play high school sports and participate in such extracurricular activities as art, drama and music in public schools.

”It’s about equal access,” said Mike Bell, a THEA lobbyist who teaches his kids at home. ”This is about giving all Tennessee children equal access to publicly funded facilities and activities.” Read more…

Some homeschool students banned from playing field

Some policies seem to have no other purpose than to discourage homeschooling.

Seventh-grader Patrick Herl couldn’t play soccer for Fairfield Area Middle School this year and it had nothing to do with poor grades or detentions.

Rather, the 12-year-old was ineligible because he started homeschooling this past fall.

Over the summer, Patrick’s mother took him to get a physical and signed him up for the school’s soccer team.

She later discovered a district policy forbids students from joining extracurricular activities for a year after they begin home-schooling. So Patrick was forced to skip a season of soccer and basketball. Read more…

The home school jackpot

For government schools, it’s not about children. Sadly, it’s all about money.

One day after jazz band practice, 14-year-old Peter Wilson’s band teacher pulled him aside for a chat.

The instructor wanted to know whether Wilson, who is home-schooled alongside his three brothers, liked being taught by his mother, and why he didn’t come to public school full-time, instead of just for music programs.

His teacher seemed uncomfortable, Wilson said, and the interview was brief. As soon as he got home, the teenager told his parents what had happened.

For Mark and Teckla Wilson, who are raising their four sons in Mark Wilson’s roomy childhood home in Myrtle Point, a former timber town not far from the Oregon coast, the teacher’s inquiry was an eyebrow-raiser.

“I thought I should find the motive, or the reason for it,” Mark Wilson said. “I thought it could come across as making my children feel the need to justify their home-schooling.” Read more…

Homeschoolers have many reasons, methods

Homeschooling is not just one option but there are many choices once you decide.

John and Anna Liljeblad, 6 and 5 respectively, start their school day at 9 a.m. every day on the couch surrounding their mother as she reads to them.

They begin with a prayer for the day, then a short Bible lesson, and go on to learn science and American history in story form.

This is their favorite part of the school day, which will go on to include workbooks, handwriting worksheets, music and reading and piano lessons for John. Read more…

Preserving the Privilege

This article does a good job explaining North Carolina budget controversy from the homeschoolers perspective.

Over the past twenty-five years, homeschooling in North Carolina has consistently proven to be both a successful and superior method to the conventional education offered by the state. Homeschoolers have enjoyed the freedom to teach in the home under the reasonable regulation of the Division of Non-Public Education (DNPE), a system that has allowed homeschooling families to teach and learn as they choose.

But last week, Governor Mike Easley shocked both private and homeschooling families when he made a disturbing proposal in his budget plan. Read more…