CHOIS Connection–The Magazine

In December 2003, we began publishing our very own statewide magazine for home educators called CHOIS Connection. This quarterly publication includes articles from nationally recognized authors, as well as regularly featured Idaho writers. Our regular columns are as follows:


CHOIS Tidbits

The CHOIS Tidbits column is written by the CHOIS Connection Editor, and chairman of the CHOIS Board of Directors, Linda Patchin. A tidbit is defined as a choice or pleasing bit of anything. This column includes the tidbits of wisdom gleaned from Linda’s twenty-two year career as a homeschooling mother of four children from birth through high school. Linda resides in Boise with her husband, Paul. She currently spends her time working as a homeschool consultant, and tutor for homeschooled children. She loves feedback, so please email her at Linda@chois.org



The OutWords column encourages home educating families to explore and enjoy God’s creation, the great outdoors, and learn some neat things along the way.  OutWords suggests ways outdoor focuses and activities can benefit your family’s health, spiritual growth, education, and stewardship ethic.  OutWords is written by Ken Frederick.  Ken combines his many years of outdoor experience—as a backpacker, hunter and fisherman, wildland firefighter and outdoor survival instructor—with a thoughtful theological viewpoint and a passion for writing.  Ken and his wife Marylin live in Meridian, Idaho, and have homeschooled their four children for 12 years and counting.


Resource Review

Kristi Kronz is currently the CHOIS resource review columnist, but has also enjoyed writing the “Sprigs” articles in years past. Although in her 14th “official” year of homeschooling, Kristi considers her journey beginning the moment she was privileged to become a mother.   She enjoys fostering a lifestyle of learning on her small hobby farm in Nampa which she shares with her husband of twenty-three years, her three children, and various and sundry animals and projects.  Her favorite things include long walks with friends and family; gardening and bringing dominion to her little piece of God’s creation; reading books aloud to her children; studying and growing in God’s Word; home-cooked and homegrown meals (particularly those not made by her!); dark chocolate in all its various forms; and serving others as the Lord allows.  A huge supporter of homeschooling in all its facets, Kristi delights in continued learning and sharing from her experience.  If you would like to share a question or comment with Krisi, please email her at info@chois.org


Advice From A Geek

The geek who writes the “Advice From A Geek” column is Ken Barnes, a mild mannered software developer by day, and not-so-undercover technology geek all other times.  Ken has taught math and computers at the high school and collegiate levels, is active in their homeschool co-op as a board member, as well as a math, computer, and astronomy teacher, and also enjoys tutoring homeschool students in math and computer programming.  He and his lovely bride, Cindy, have been homeschooling their 4 bright students since the oldest was in kindergarten in 2003.  Outside homeschooling and work, Ken is an elder in his church and builds websites.  If you need some advice about technology, please send an email to info@chois.org.


Legal Update

There is no more homeschool-friendly place on this earth.  While it is a great privilege to raise our families here in Idaho, it has made home educators a tempting target for those who believe “it takes a village to raise a child.”  In his irregular commentary, Barry Peters offers up perspectives pointing out the challenges and assaults we face and describing the most effective ways to counter them.   Barry’s children were both entirely home educated until college.  He and his wife of 40 years enjoy life and leisurely walks in the rural areas of Eagle.  Having cultivated that rare commodity of a life with margin, Barry enjoys bird watching, downhill skiing with homeschool friends, and reading voraciously.   But only when he’s not enjoying his law practice in Eagle in the areas of Wills, Trusts, Probate, and Real Estate Contracts.


Res’s Piece

“It’s ours to lose” is the clarion call of this column.  Much like the varied colors of  Reese’s Pieces, this collection of political and cultural insights is aimed at protecting our home schooling freedom in Idaho.  From walking wisely in your own neighborhood to keeping your eye on the Capitol, the ICHE State Testing Director promotes credibility and responsiveness.  Borne of 26 years of experience in building relationships, this column will encourage you to guard this precious treasure, your liberty, won at great cost.


Discovering Idaho

The CHOIS Discovering Idaho column featuring family field trip gems, is written by Connie Seward, who resides in Boise with her husband Quentin. Believing that learning should not be confined to books because the acquirement of knowledge is fostered by engaging interactions in real life experiences, they have enhanced their children’s home-education experience with many active explorations. Though their grown children now range from post-collegiate to budding entrepreneur, Connie continues to share ideas on the endless valuable possibilities Idaho offers for learning adventures that will complement your curriculum.



Our Newsworthy column highlights the many accomplishments of Idaho homeschooling families. We would love to include a photo and brief description of your child’s accomplishments. Please share a digital, high resolution photo and brief description at info@chois.org with “Newsworthy” in the subject line. Please note in your email that you are granting us reprint permission. CHOIS reserves the right to select which submissions to print. Because we do not wish to take credit for the accomplishments of others, we do require that all submissions be from students who are privately home educated.

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