Busy mom balances time helping others
This mom has transformed from a liberal in her younger days to a Homeschooler and pro-life activist.
Ann O’Reilly wears many hats: wife, mother, teacher, counselor, and friend to wayward neighborhood cats.
Bouncing between Algebra II lessons with daughter Kate, 15, planning the Pregnancy Helpline 30th anniversary dinner and setting aside food for lost kitties outdoors – it’s just a typical day for O’Reilly, 41.
The juggling act is one she’s perfected over time, and the slim brunette seems remarkably calm as she details her hectic life. Read more…
Home schooling stereotypes aren’t true, professor says
This is a very positive story on how well prepared homeschoolers can be for college.
University of Sioux Falls associate professor William Lugo thought home-schoolers might not be well-prepared for college. That is, until he met Daniel Haggar.
‘Daniel changed my perception about home-schooled students,’ Lugo said.
At age 21, Daniel Haggar said most stereotypes people hold about home-schooling aren’t true. Carrying a 3.7 GPA, the criminal justice and political science major attributes his study skills and motivation to the 12 years he spent studying at home. Read more…
Texas Governor Declares Home Education Week
Here is a press release about the proclaimation in Texas.
Governor Rick Perry signed a Proclamation declaring the week of April 3 � 9, 2005 as Home Education Week. The proclamation states in part that:
“I encourage all Texans to recognize the importance of home schools and the dedication of parents who choose this option.
As we look to the future, let us continue to embrace our responsibility to our children, focusing always on building a foundation of excellence that will ensure their continued success.” Read more…
Change by NC Governor worries homeschool parents
More potential for goverrnment interference here. The Governor doesn’t understand the fuss.
Home-school parents and private-school leaders fear that unwelcome regulation and intrusion could follow from Gov. Mike Easley’s plan to merge the state agency that has overseen their operations for 25 years.
The proposal would transfer the Division of Non-Public Education, which has a full-time staff of four employees and an annual budget of $216,000, from the Department of Administration to the Department of Public Instruction. Read more…
Home-schooled student populations rising in college
This could have been predicted by someone with a decent education: More homeschoolers, ergo more homeschooled in college.
UNO senior Israel Dell is preparing to graduate. He is wrapping up his final semester of classes and looking for a job just like so many of the hundreds of seniors who will get their sheepskin this May.
This will be unlike his high school graduation where his diploma was given to him by his parents after a message from them was read by an announcer, not a school administrator reading names with which she is unfamiliar.
Dell, who was home-schooled since first grade, is one of an increasing number of students who have taken a home-based course of study to receive their high school diplomas and then moved on to the classroom-based life of college. Read more…
Homeschoolers Excel at Word Power
Thanks to an alert reader (and mom of a finalist) for letting me know about this story.
At least five of the 50 state finalists for the Reader’s Digest National Word Power Challenge are homeschoolers this year. An amazing 10% of the finalists are homeschooled although they comprise only about 2% of the general population.
Here are the names of Homeschool winners announced so far: Read more…
Some homeschoolers go to public schools part time
Tired of fighting a loosing battle, schools are trying to recapture the tax dollars from homeschooling. (This is Part One of what will be a series about homeschooling.)
Duluth East High School freshman Emily Halverson only attends two classes at the school.
Instead of spending all day in her school�s classrooms, Halverson spends most of the school day studying at home, taking dance lessons with the American National Ballet, taking horse riding lessons or playing with the Duluth Superior Symphony Orchestra Youth Program. Read more…
A (homeschool) family of writers
The Bluedorn’s have contributed greatly to homeschooling.
NEW BOSTON, Ill. n It’s been more than 20 years since Harvey and Laurie Bluedorn left Iowa so they could homeschool their children without being considered criminals.
Today, their five children n Nathaniel, 29, Johannah, 27, Hans, 25, Ava, 23, and Helena, 21 n are grown and single. The family lives on a small farm near New Boston, Ill., where they raise Jersey cows and operate a publishing company called Trivium Pursuit. The word Trivium refers to the first three formal subjects of the seven liberal arts: grammar, logic and rhetoric. Read more…
Will North Carolina Government School Authorities Regulate Homeschoolers?
Another example of government trying to fix a non-existent problem.
A North Carolina General Assembly joint appropriations committee is attempting to place homeschoolers and Christian schools under the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction (DPI). This would result in government school authorities having increased regulatory power over homeschoolers and Christian schools. Read more…
Teaching Kids The Rules Of The Road
Educators always claim parents aren’t qualified to teach their own children. This is no different and they are no less wrong.
Should you be the one teaching your children to drive? The risks and benefits of a push to let some Iowa parents take over for professionals causes controversy.
Lawmakers for the bill say if parents are good enough to teach their kids algebra, they should be good enough to teach them how to drive. Opponents say, the bill discriminates against the thousands of Iowa families who pay almost $300 a child for Drivers Ed.
They call it the panic brake for a reason. Driver’s Education cars have them, but your vehicle doesn’t. It’s just one of the many reasons driving instructor Dan Hennager doesn’t like the new bill. He says, ‘It’s definitely a bad idea.’ Read more…
Scottish Parents still badly informed about home education
It sounds like this may be an intentional effort to discourage homeschooling.
Parents who want to educate their children at home are still routinely being misinformed about their rights, it was claimed yesterday.
Many local authorities have failed to improve their guidance to parents on home schooling � a year after the Scottish Executive ordered them to do so, national support charity Schoolhouse said. Read more…
Homeschool driver�s ed bill passes Iowa House
There are actually some people against this?
DES MOINES � Home-schooled students could take drivers� education from a parent or guardian under a bill passed Wednesday by the Iowa House.
The bill is identical to one passed this year by a Senate committee and nearly identical to one that was vetoed last year by Gov. Tom Vilsack.
�I think this will improve the safety of our roads; I think this is the right decision,� said the bill�s sponsor, Rep. Kraig Paulsen, R-Hiawatha.
He estimates that only about 300 students would seek their licenses this way if the bill becomes law. Read more…
WV Homeschooled Students Face Tests
What problem is this solving? Parents are the best monitor of a child’s progress, not the state.
A new proposal in Randolph County would require home school students to take a test to move up to the next grade level. The Randolph County Board of Education says the test would make it easier to track their progress.
For the last ten years the way the school system has checked on the progress of the home-schooled students is through a simple pass-fail system. School officials say that system did not accurately track the students progress. The new testing proposal would require a student to take a test to go back into the public school system. Read more…
Bee coordinator admits role in disqualification of homeschooler
More details emerge about the rule changes that lead to the disqualification of Matt Savage.
I HAVE BEEN coordinating the geography bee for many years at Great Brook School, and it has been a wonderful opportunity to encourage children to explore the world in which they live…
…When I was approached by Matt Savage�s parents to see if he could participate in our school�s geography bee, my reply was one of invitation and encouragement. In doing so, I neglected to note a new rule for this year�s bee. My unfortunate oversight has now resulted in Matt�s disqualification from this year�s bee because he is home-schooled and wasn�t enrolled in Great Brook School. I feel horrible about this oversight and the impact that it is having on Matt and his family. Read more…
Thailand Families frustrated by delays
These families are learning the folly of allowing the government any say in the parents right to the education of children. IN thailand, homeschoolers need approval and officials are dragging their feet.
About half of the officials responsible for education zones lack an understanding of homeschool education and as a result only two out of 110 families who applied for registration have been given recognition.
Six months after an Education Ministry regulation recognising homeschooling took effect, the Education Council has discovered only one family in Loei and another in Nakhon Pathom have been registered by their education zones. Read more…
Home schooling raises socialization question
Why is this always the big question?
Joe Phillips has a lot of friends.
On sunny days, the 15-year-old’s Ocean City home becomes a magnet for activity, with children from all over the neighborhood descending on the teen’s newly built skateboard ramp.
‘There are kids of all ages out there,’ said Janet Phillips, his mother, as Joe does some tricks on the ramp. ‘When they go into groups, they’re always playing games anyone could play.’
Home-school opponents may be surprised that Joe Phillips’ fluid interaction with all kinds of people should come so easy. After all, he’s been taught at home for the last few years. Read more…
A band like no other
Not too many years ago, it would have been hard to find fifty homeschooled students in the same town. Now we can form orchestras.
The trombonists tap their feet and inflate their cheeks. The drummer stares intently at the conductor. And the rest of the band grooves along to the Pirates of the Caribbean sheet music in front of them.
‘We have to make sure we are right on the beat and it’s solid!’ says an inspired Kathleen Kennan, the conductor and band director. ‘None of us can go to sleep!’
This snapshot of a scholastic band could be taken anywhere in America on any given Monday afternoon. The musicians are a group of boys and girls, ranging in age and size and background and talent, playing in front of a passionate conductor and a few proud parents. Read more…
Schooling exceeds core subjects
One of a series of homeschooling stories on delmarvanow.com.
At first, all Michelle Nelson was doing was researching some concerns she had about public education before her daughter, Katie, started kindergarten.
But as the western New York native went deeper into the subject, the idea of home schooling began to creep up on her.
‘I began researching reading programs and talked to home-schooling families for advice,’ said Nelson, who moved to Salisbury in 1994. ‘I have a journalism degree and I figured the least I could do was to teach my daughter how to read — things have taken off from there.’
Today, the Nelson home continues to be the central learning place for Katie — now 15 — and her three sisters. Read more…
Parents bring faith to teachings
One of a series of homeschooling stories on delmarvanow.com.
Many families turn to home schooling for different reasons — the opportunity to stay close to their children, dictate what they learn or to avoid possible negative influences.
As Amy Jenkins and her husband, the Rev. Chad Jenkins, considered home schooling while living in New Orleans, their faith was a catalyst in the decision.
‘I had been attending college to become an educator myself and the Lord really made it clear that I should use the talent which he had gave me to encourage the growth of knowledge in my own children,’ said Amy Jenkins, who now lives with her family in the Accomack County town of New Church.
So in 2003, Amy Jenkins became a teacher — for her family. Read more…
Subtle ways to slip in education
One of a series of homeschooling stories on delmarvanow.com.
For Jennifer Howell, the idea of home schooling her children began many years ago.
While teaching outdoor education classes on the West Coast, Howell noticed the difference in behavior of some of her home school students compared to their traditional counterparts.
‘I was so impressed by the ability of those children to relate to all ages, from infant to adult, compared with the other groups who were so peer group socialized that they seemed socially handicapped,’ she said.
So after a move east, Howell decided to home school her children. Read more…