NV trustees table home-school sports vote

Douglas County school trustees tabled a vote Tuesday on whether to allow home school children to compete in high school sports until officials survey policies in other districts. Read more…

Home schooling agrees with Salscheider

Karl Salscheider, a professor at Bemidji State University, shared his experiences in home schooling his children Tuesday at the Headwaters School of Music and the Arts. Read more…

Student Commentary: A fan of home schooling

If 10 Americans were asked to describe home schooling, there would be 10 answers. That is because home schooling has had so many different stereotypes attached to it over the years. Read more…

Principals recommend banning home school students from sports

Douglas County school trustees are scheduled to hear a recommendation today to exclude home school students from participation in state high school sports.

Secondary school principals drew up a recommendation that would ban home school students from sports regulated by the Nevada Interscholastic Activities Association. The NIAA passed a regulation in June that policy be set by individual school districts. Read more…

Homeschooling happiness

Janet Parks of Graysville and her three children begin most weekday mornings much the same as other families � gathered around the kitchen table for a quick breakfast before beginning the day�s activities.

But unlike many families, Parks utilizes her table for more than just meals. It also serves as the classroom for her children � Joel, 12, Josiah, 8, and Emily, 6. They are among the more than 20,000 students that will be home schooled in Georgia this school year. Read more…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…