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Homeschoolers Meet and Learn

Today in the South, in the East, and in the Midwest—in Alabama, Arkansas, Indiana, Michigan, Mississippi, New Jersey, Tennessee, and Texas—homeschoolers are gathering at conferences that enable them to learn together, share ideas, see new products, socialize, and support each other. After the nine conferences ending today, there will be 10 more homeschool conferences in May in the states of Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Minnesota, New Hampshire, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Wisconsin, and West Virginia.

The conferences in session today are focused by being geared towards exploring resources or curriculum, being regional meetings, or being Christian or specifically Catholic. At the Middle Tennessee Home Education Association Curriculum Fair—where they anticipated that three exhibitors would have to cancel due to flooding—they are offering:

• speakers

• the ASVAB Career Exploration Program for students in grades 10–12 and recent graduates

• workshops in music, science, history, kindergarten instruction, pedagogy, the future of homeschooling, language arts, games, spelling, geography, career planning, earning style differences, combining marriage with homeschooling, brain development, literature for teaching, writing, character building, SAT test preparation, college admissions, Christian curriculum, misconceptions about homeschooling, and homeschooling in relation to the constitution

• 102 exhibitors from Christian and secular publishers of homeschool materials, specialists in learning disabilities, Drivers’ Ed instructors, regional educational groups, homeschool magazines, institutions of higher education, and the Home School Legal Defense Association (HSLDA)

To learn more about home school conventions and conferences, read “Homeschool Conferences” at our sister website Let’s Homeschool.

Sources

www.hslda.org/about/calendar/default.asp?Past=Yes

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Library Technology in Your Public Library

Generally when we think of the library we just think of books. Maybe some of the more frequent library patrons use the Internet or get movies but most people don’t even know what all is available from their library, let alone what technology is used and available from their public library.

Some of us not so young generation may remember the card catalog that librarians so carefully updated and indexed. Today when you go to a library you can walk up to a computer and type in a number of different things and find a whole list of what the library has to offer. You may look for a specific title, author, subject, age group, or any number of search options to help you find what you are looking for.

Bookmobiles have been around for ages. For those that may not be familiar with what a bookmobile is, it is a traveling library. Generally a motorized vehicle that goes to smaller more rural areas that don’t have their own district library. In some places the bookmobile may actually be a boat or even a horse-drawn wagon.

One of the more exciting and more recent technologies is the invent of e-books. Books that are in an electronic format and can be read from your computer. You may not even have to go to a library to access this type of book. In essence you can bring your library to your home. Inter-library loans are also wonderful. Perhaps there is a specific book you need but your library doesn’t have it. An inter-library loan allows your library to borrow the book from a college library or some other library and then lend it to you. This done by special request for a specific book where the bookmobile just carries a variety of books that you can choose from.

If none of these library services sound familiar to you, maybe it has been too long since your last trip to your public library. Take a trip and check it out. If you have young kids, run a homeschool, or a preschool group you may be surprised at all the activities and fun options available in most libraries today.

New Mexico Homeschool Law Changes

New Mexico has completely revamped their homeschool laws. This will cause some grief for parents who are already homeschooling and it may deter some parents from looking at homeschool as an option because of all the requirements placed on them. Either way, this is a great reminder that parents who homeschool need to be constantly looking at their state’s requirements for homeschooling as they are subject to change at any time and it is best to be well informed and prepared to have what is needed to please the state. This just makes your homeschool experience a much smoother one.

The New Mexico Public Education Department has actually come up with a whole manual of instruction for homeschool parents. Here is a list of some of the changes you can look forward to if you live in New Mexico and homeschool!

  1. Homeschool families have to submit a form basically letting the state know of your intent to “establish a home school”.
  2. Maintain immunization records, health records or a “religious/conscientious objection form”. These records or forms must be submitted to the state.
  3. Keep track of homeschool attendance .
  4. Prove that the person instructing has a high school diploma or G.E.D.
  5. Notify the Secretary of Education if you move or discontinue homeschooling.

Many states do not require proof of immunizations, attendance records, or proof that the instructor has any kind of diploma or G.E.D. These new regulations may help some parents be more accountable and it will definitely help the state keep better track of the students of all ages in the New Mexico education system.

Christian Homeschool

Is Christian homeschooling a good thing, or a bad thing? There are many who debate this issue. Well, there are many who debate homeschool vs. public school being a good/bad thing too, but that is a whole other story.
People who choose to use a Christian homeschool curriculum usually choose to do so because they feel it is important to educate their children in religion as well as math, English, science etc…Public schools are not allowed to teach religion or to allow students to pray. The only other option open to parents who want their child to be taught Christianity is to send them to a private school. Private Christian schools are often very expensive and not always close enough to consider commuting to. By homeschooling the parents are also able to help shelter their children from negative influences, drugs, alcohol, and other religious beliefs.
These very things are part of the reason some people feel there are more cons to Christian homeschooling than pros to homeschooling. They feel if the students are never put in a position to stand up for their beliefs, or put in a position to say “No” to negative influences then they are going to have difficulty when as adults they enter a more mainstream society.
These are just a few of the issues regarding Christian Homeschool. For more information see our most recently posted article at educationbug.org.