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Teaching Home E-Mail Newsletter #63
Inspiration, and Encouragement
January 16, 2004 /
Cindy Short and Sue Welch, editors
Table of Contents
Research on Home Education
The National Home Education Research Institute
Basic Home-School Research Facts
New Study Combats
Notes from Our Readers
Links You Can Use
Paper Crafts: Rare Animals of the World
Library and Educational Services: Adventures
Bible In Living Sound
Borenson and Associates: Hands-On Equations
Sunny Side Up: Humorous Anecdote
In this issue we bring you a brief synopsis
of the latest research
on home education -- which is all very encouraging!
The home-school community is very fortunate
to have the professional
services of Dr. Brian Ray, founder and president of The National
Home Education Research Institute. We highly recommend his materials
and website, as will as donations to NHERI, a nonprofit organization
that benefits home educators in many ways.
Pat, Sue, Heather, Holly, and Brian Welch
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James and Joy Marie, Joshua, 19 (graduated);
(graduated); Judah, 16; Jennaya, 14; Jonathan, 11. Our three
non-grads are still being home schooled. We live in California
and have home schooled for 14 years.
We believe that because each of our children
is a sacred
trust given to us by God, it would be serious ungratefulness for
us to put them into an educational system that bans God's Word.
We also believe that God holds us accountable for our children's
We have seen endless advantages from home
as close family relationships and no teenage rebellion. Everywhere
we go people love our children and say so over and over. Many
families have decided to home school after seeing our family together.
When we started home schooling a first-grader
preschoolers, I (Joy Marie) was in a wheelchair. I have home schooled
for all 14 years in constant pain and am now mostly bed-bound from
the pain in my back and left side. God has made this possible
I want to encourage other home schoolers not
to let any
obstacles stand in their way. Success in home schooling mainly
comes through wisdom, not physical strength. If I can do it,
anyone who knows they are led by God can do it too.
"If any man lack wisdom let him ask of God,
who gives it
generously…" (James 1:5).
Many mothers who are disabled, chronically
ill, or in pain
are home schooling as I am. "With God all things are possible."
Joy Marie has contributed many excellent articles
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Research on Home Schooling
God's charge for parents to teach and train
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:
* Educating the public, legislators, and public
education personnel about home education.
* Answering critics.
* Alleviating the fears of genuinely concerned family and
The National Home Education Research
Founded by its president Dr. Brian D. Ray,
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.
Basic Home-School Research Facts
Highlights of home-education research include the
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
* Homeschool students’ academic achievement, on average, was
significantly above that of public-school students, scoring
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
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
* None were unemployed or on welfare.
* 94% said home education prepared them to be independent
* 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
To order multiple copies of this fact sheet,
National Home Education Research Institute
PO Box 13939, Salem OR 97309
(503) 364-1490; fax (503) 364-2827
NHERI, a non-profit research and educational
also makes available for public purchase many print, audio, and
video productions such as the following.
on the Threshold" (booklet)
A Synopsis of Dozens
of Research Studies.
This is the most comprehensive report on home
research of its kind and the most current review of research on
a variety of topics related to home schooling.
Examples of the topics addressed are history,
growth, philosophy, pedagogical practices, academic
achievement of students, psychological and social development
of students, and success of the home educated in adulthood.
Format: 8-1/2 x 11 inches, full-color, 24
professional high-quality graphics.
Prices: 1 for $4.95, 3 for $9.95, 10 for $19.95,
shipping. (Contact NHERI for attractive larger bulk order rates.)
* "Strengths of Their Own" (book)
Nationwide study of home-school families and their children;
academic achievement, demographics, etc.
* "Home-Based Education: The Informed Choice" (video)
Video with research, statistics, charts, philosophy of
education, history, and more.
* "Home Education: Is It Working?" (audio tape)
* "What Makes You Think You Can Teach Your Own?" (audio tape)
* "Home Educated and Now Adults: Their Community and Civic
Involvement, Views About Homeschooling, and Other Traits."
Newest nationwide study of “graduates” of homeschooling;
family history, demographics, community service, occupations,
reasons for homeschooling, attitudes toward homeschooling,
satisfaction with life (for more information, see below)
* "Worldwide Guide to Homeschooling" (almanac)
Research, history, charts, how families get started home
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Home Schooling Succeeds
New Study Combats Socialization
"Homeschooling Grows Up," a study conducted
by Dr. Brian Ray
of the National Home Education Research Institute and
commissioned by Home School Legal Defense Association, answers
homeschool skeptics who claim that home schooling leads to poor
"Homeschool graduates are proving the critics
wrong in every
arena," said Tom Washburne, Director of The National Center for
Home Education, a division of HSLDA.
Every homeschool family has confronted the
about your child's socialization?" This study demonstrates that
concerns about socialization are unfounded.
Home schoolers educated in the 1980's are
coming of age and
taking their place in society. In particular, the study found
that home schoolers are significantly more involved in their
communities than the average public school graduate.
Over 71% of home schoolers participate in
church or neighborhood association compared with 37% of U.S.
Over 76% of the home-school graduates, 18-24
voted in a national/state election the past five years compared
with just 29% of the public school graduates, 18-24 years old.
"Home schoolers, typically identified as high
achievers, are doing well as adults in society," said Ray.
To view a brief synopsis of the study, see:
For more information and to order the full-length
all the data, findings, and Dr. Ray's interpretive comments, see:
Notes from Our Readers
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I want to thank you from the very bottom of
for your dedication to this wonderful newsletter. It so
graciously gives Christian families inspiration through
mindful Scripture as well as helpful hints for rearing our
children in a way that is pleasing in His sight. Thank you!
We home school a 3rd and 1st grader and have
a son, almost 3
years old, with mild to moderate cerebral palsy. He's
cognitively fine and speaks well, but his limitations are mostly
with gross motor skills. Please pray for our family, as we've
decided to home school him. Please pray that we can get him all
the therapy he needs and still be able to teach him at home.
Thanks so much if you can put this in your newsletter. Ken &
Family Time Activities
We call our family time "Quiet Time."
We all gather in the
living room for 30 minutes, and each person reads from their chosen
book. The book has to be an enrichment-type book (encouraging,
inspirational, spiritual, Christian history or science, etc.)
Our youngest reads to me from his children's Bible, and then I
read something to him. The time seems to spread a peace over
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