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Table of Contents
Response to Akron Beacon Journal Homeschool Series
Research on Home Education
Our Readers Write
     False Start Remedied
     Our School Meets the Governors' Goals
     Getting a Complete Education
Recommended Resources
     HomeSchool ID
     Draw Write Now
     Math Fundamentals
     Teaching Home Magazine Back Issues
Sunnyside Up: Humorous Anecdote

Greetings,

     God's charge for parents to teach and train their children
in His ways (Deuteronomy 6:4-9) is even more compelling than the
research that shows home education can produce both high academic
achievement and excellent social development.  However, research
is helpful for:
 *  Answering critics.
 *  Educating the public, legislators, and public education personnel.
 *  Alleviating fears of genuinely concerned family and friends.
     In this issue we bring you articles by national leaders in
home education addressing these issues, as well as letters of
encouragement from fellow home schoolers.
     May the Lord richly bless your family for His glory!

Cordially,
Cindy Short and Sue Welch, Sisters and Co-Editors
The Pat Welch Family, Publishers
Pat, Sue, Heather, Holly, and Brian
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   HomeSchool ID:
   Safety, Security
   & Peace of Mind
   Homeschool students have different
   schedules and may need to be in
   public during normal school hours.
 *  Problem: To others, your homeschooler looks like a truant
     public school student. How can they tell the difference?
 *  Solution: HomeSchool ID Card.
 *  Great for student discounts!
http://www.homeschoolid.com or call us at 813-962-2256.
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False Start Remedied
by Unnamed Mom, Washington

     This school year we got off to a really rocky start.

Schedule
     It seems our children were having a difficult time making
the adjustment from summertime fun and games to a more structured
schedule.
     Actually, I overdid it with structure!  I had every minute
of the day planned, and, as you all know, that leaves no room to
flex.

Discipline
     Another problem that was seriously threatening the peace and
harmony in our home was my having become lax in requiring our
children to obey the first time I spoke to them.
     If a child's willful nature isn't harnessed, you will spend
all your time in a power struggle with him, rather than learning
together.

Solution
     So Mom and Dad sat down and talked, prayed, schemed, and got
out all the "tools of the trade" that work for our individual
children.
     And I am glad to say that things have definitely improved
around here!  Our children have settled down, and we are enjoying
each other more.
     Having to cope with stubborn, sullen, or (gasp!) sassy
children is one of the surest ways I know to ruin a perfectly
good day.
     Hang in there, Mom!
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Draw Write Now

Draw Write Now
-- Add Drawing
to Your Curriculum
Add drawing lessons to your curriculum --
draw and color with your children, then write
or have your children practice handwriting.
Visit the Draw Write Now authors' site, http://www.drawyourworld.com,
for sample lessons and free newsletter.
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Response to Akron Beacon Journal
Homeschool Series

Excerpted from an article
by J. Michael Smith, President,
Home School Legal Defense Association

     A recent series of seven articles published in
the Akron Beacon Journal attempted to cast
homeschooling in a negative light by implying that, despite
homeschooling's benefits, this form of education has flaws
warranting further government regulation.
     Although Home School Legal Defense Association is confident
that homeschooling's success can withstand intense scrutiny, we
are concerned about the potential these articles have to mislead
readers who are unfamiliar with the movement.

Academically
     In contrast to the Beacon Journal's insinuation that
homeschoolers receive an inferior education, colleges recognize
that the one-on-one, self-directed nature of homeschooling
perfectly suits students to the college environment. This is
borne out by the fact that 75 percent of colleges have either a
homeschool admissions policy or a homeschool admissions officer.
     HSLDA continues to stand behind the facts. As the homeschool
research on our website shows, one-on-one instruction by
dedicated parents produces children who outperform their peers
academically.

Child Safety
     As if challenging homeschoolers' academic achievements were
not enough, in a disturbing article appearing on November 17,
2004, the Beacon Journal tried to make the case that
homeschoolers should be subject to increased government
regulation because they could be child abusers.
     There is no legitimate basis for government oversight of
homeschool families to prevent child abuse.

Conclusions
     After a considerable investment of time and resources, the
Akron Beacon Journal has rightly identified homeschooling as a
significant educational movement with the potential to challenge
the status quo.
     But the Beacon Journal was forced to use shabby arguments to
try to discredit homeschooling. Research simply does not bear out
the charge of poor academic achievement. And to blame
homeschooling for child abuse is an insult to the huge majority
of parents who choose to homeschool because they want the best
for their children.
     Homeschoolers excel academically, socially, and in ways that
bring lasting benefits to families and our nation.

     Read the complete article on HSLDA's website at
http://www.hslda.org/docs/news/hslda/200411/200411240.asp
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Put the FUN Back
into the Teaching and Learning of Mathematics!
     Designed for home schooling families, the everyday
experiences and games described in this series complement any math
curriculum you use, or can be used as your primary source of
instruction.  Three e-books: "Toddlers and Preschoolers," "Early
Learners," and "Adolescents."  http://www.MathFundamentals.net
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Our School Meets the Governors' Goals
by Jolene C., Nebraska

     It was interesting to see the goals of the education summit
meeting held in Virginia with President Bush and the governors
from across the nation.
     I am pleased that our children already attend a school that:

 *  Has 100 percent literacy
 *  Has no drug or alcohol problem
 *  Emphasizes parental involvement in the child's education
 *  Tailors curricula to each child's needs
 *  Views each child as a unique, worthwhile individual
 *  Carefully monitors character development

     Sound too good to be true?  It's not -- our family home
schools!
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Research on Home Schooling
The National Home Education Research Institute


     Founded by its president Dr. Brian D. Ray, Ph.D.,
NHERI produces high-quality research on home-based
education; serves as a clearinghouse of research for the
public, researchers, homeschoolers, the media, and
policy makers; and educates the public concerning the findings
of research on home education.
    Highlights of home-education research include the following
information:

Growth of Movement
 *  There were an estimated 1,700,000 to 2,100,000 children (grades
     K-12) home educated during 2002-2003 in the United States.
 *  Home schooling appears to still be the fastest-growing form of
     education.

Achievement
 *  Homeschool students’ academic achievement, on average, was
     significantly above that of public-school students, scoring 15 to
     30 percentile points above the national average in reading,
     language, and math.
 *  For learning-disabled students, there are higher rates of
     academic engaged time in home schooling as well as greater
     academic gains.

Social Activity and Emotional Development
 *  The home educated have significantly lower problem behavior
     scores than do their conventional school agemates.
 *  The home educated have positive self-concepts.
 *  Many home-school students are regularly engaged in field trips,
     scouting, 4-H, and community volunteer work.
 *  Home-school parents are significantly more civically involved
     than are public school parents.

The Home Educated as Adults
     A study of adults who were home educated found that
 *  None were unemployed or on welfare.
 *  94% said home education prepared them to be independent
     persons.
 *  79% said home education helped them interact with individuals
     from different levels of society.
 *  They strongly supported the home education method.

     These highlights were excerpted from a copyrighted sheet at
http://www.nheri.org/modules.php?name=News&file=article&sid=6
     To order multiple copies of this fact sheet, contact NHERI.

National Home Education Research Institute
PO Box 13939, Salem OR 97309
(503) 364-1490; fax (503) 364-2827
http://www.NHERI.org


Helpful Publications
     NHERI, a non-profit research and
educational organization, also makes
available for public purchase many print,
audio, and video productions such as
the following.

"Worldwide Guide to Homeschooling" (almanac)
Research, history, charts, how families get started home schooling.

"Home-Based Education: The Informed Choice" (video)
Video with research, statistics, charts, philosophy of
education, history, and more.

"Home Educated and Now Adults: Their Community and Civic
Involvement, Views About Homeschooling, and Other Traits."
Nationwide study of “graduates” of homeschooling.

"Home Schooling on the Threshold" (booklet)
A Synopsis of Dozens of Research Studies.
     This is the most comprehensive report on home school
research of its kind and the most current review of research on
a variety of topics related to home schooling.

"Strengths of Their Own" (book)
Nationwide study of home-school families and their children;
academic achievement, demographics, etc.

To Order:
http://nheri.org/modules.php?name=Online_Store
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   51 Back Issues of The
   Teaching Home Magazine
   Offered for Sale Online.
 

     Full of information, inspiration, and support that never
goes out of date, these issues are relevant and applicable to
your needs today.  http://theteachinghomen.goemerchant7.com
     In each issue an average of 58 home schoolers contribute
practical how-to articles, encouraging letters, and ready-to-use
teaching tips.
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Getting a Complete Education
Adapted from "To Be Educated" by Carolyn C.

     If I learn my ABCs, can read 600 words per minute, and can
write with perfect penmanship,
     But have not learned how to communicate with the Designer
of all language,
     My education is not complete.

     If I have memorized addition facts, multiplication tables,
and chemical formulas,
     But have never disciplined myself to hide God's Word in my
heart,
     My education is not complete.

     If I can classify animals by their family, genus, and
species and can write a lengthy scientific paper that wins an
award,
     But have not been introduced to the Maker's purpose for all
creation,
     My education is not complete.

     If I can recite the Gettysburg Address and the Preamble to
the Constitution,
     But have not been informed of the hand of God in the history
of our country,
     My education is not complete.

     If I can play the piano, the violin, six other instruments,
and can write music that moves men to tears,
     But have not learned to listen to the Director of the
universe and worship Him,
     My education is not complete.

     If I can run cross-country races, star in basketball, and do
100 push-ups without stopping,
     But have never bent my will to do God's will,
     My education is not complete.

     However, if one day I see the world as God sees it and come
to know Him Whom to know is life eternal, and glorify God by
fulfilling His purpose for me,
     Then, my education is complete!
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Sunnyside Up:  Plurals
     Our youngest son is a big fan of Mickey Mouse.  My husband
was teaching him how some words completely change when talking
about one object vs. many objects.
     My husband said, "One mouse; many mice."
     Our son said, "No, Minnie Mouse!"
     Submitted by Nancy K., Maryland
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God Loves You.
     Because we have been separated from God by sin, Jesus Christ
died in our place, then rose to life again.  If we trust Jesus
Christ as our Savior and Lord, He will give us eternal life.
     "For by grace you have been saved through faith; and that
not of yourselves, it is the gift of God; not as a result of
works, that no one should boast" (Ephesians 2:8, 9).
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