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Homeschool Teams Win Idaho State Science Olympiad

Homeschool Teams Take Top Trophies at Idaho State Science Olympiad; Heading to Nationals   Treasure Valley middle school and high school homeschool students joined fifty-two public and private school teams from across the state to compete at the Idaho State Science Olympiad on Saturday, April 8th, 2017 at Northwest Nazarene University. Teams of up to 15 students competed in 23 events focusing on various STEM disciplines.   Both homeschool teams won their respective first place team trophy (plus 31 individual

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A Day in the Life, Miller Family

    What is homeschooling really like? Well, each family is unique, and therefore each homeschool is unique! “A Day in the Life” is a series of blog posts featuring real Idaho homeschool families. In this post, we introduce you to the Miller family, home educating their two boys, ages 9 and 11.   It’s dark when I wake up.  5:30 is always dark.  I think it’s because no one should ever get up at 5:30!  Unfortunately, my husband leaves

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Idaho Homeschool History Part Thirteen

Idaho Homeschool History Part Thirteen The Golden Age of Homeschooling      In the years following 1992, Idaho Education Code 33-202 read:     33-202  SCHOOL ATTENDANCE COMPULSORY…Unless the child is otherwise comparably instructed, the parent or guardian shall cause the child to attend a public, private or parochial school   Presuppositions. Everyone makes them. So rare, are the opportunities to dismiss them! When our story last concluded we were just about to find out whether our presumptions could be ignored.   Here’s

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Idaho Homeschool History Part Twelve

  Idaho Homeschool History Part Twelve The Golden Age of Homeschooling      In the years following 1992, Idaho Education Code 33-202 read:     33-202  SCHOOL ATTENDANCE COMPULSORY…Unless the child is otherwise comparably instructed, the parent or guardian shall cause the child to attend a public, private or parochial school…   In the summer of 2008, leadership from ICHE and CHOIS began to discuss the possibility of bringing forward a bill that would change Idaho Code 33-202 to insert the words

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Idaho Homeschool History Part Eleven

Idaho Homeschool History Part Eleven The Golden Age of Homeschooling    In the years following 1992, Idaho Education Code 33-202 read:   33-202  SCHOOL ATTENDANCE COMPULSORY…Unless the child is otherwise comparably instructed, the parent or guardian shall cause the child to attend a public, private or parochial school…   I ended the last installment of our story in 2006, with a victory for homeschooling. We were able to defend ourselves against an assault that would have brought regulation upon us.  This followed

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Spring Homeschool Tune-Up

    Spring Homeschool Tune-Up A Checklist for Diligence   Spring is slow in coming, but with it finally on the horizon I am having a hard time not totally giving into the spring cleaning itch. If I did, school would not get done and half our belongings would be at the second-hand store. Of course, with spring comes a new round of reevaluating our school and household routines. What worked? What didn’t? Why? What should we do different? And when

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Prayer Journaling for Teens

Teens—A Rich Way to Record 2017 (Prayer Journaling)   As we settle into 2017 with goal lists and good intentions, we already have stacks of memories and most of us enjoy reviewing them at the end of the year. Instagram, blogs, diaries, scrapbooks and bullet journals all aid in documenting our paths as the months roll by.   As a dabbler in many of these memory savers, I think I found my favorite way to record my highs and lows.

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The Mundane Begets the Miraculous

The Mundane Begets the Miraculous   by Katherine Dlugolonski   Come along with me on a journey. I know that we’ve just met, and that you don’t yet know me. But I hope that in the end, it will be worth it for you.   Even at this hour, it is hot and dusty. She pushes her thick curls off her forehead, which is already sweating. She woke up an hour before, to mill the flour and join it with the oil. She

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Idaho Homeschool History, Part Ten

Idaho Homeschool History Part Ten The Dawning Age of Homeschooling   In the years following 1992, Idaho Education Code 33-202 read: 33-202  SCHOOL ATTENDANCE COMPULSORY…Unless the child is otherwise comparably instructed, the parent or guardian shall cause the child to attend a public, private or parochial school…   What image comes into your mind when you hear the term, “Missing Children”? In 2006, most of us thought of the milk carton photos of children who had been abducted.   Imagine our

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Idaho Homeschool History, Part Nine

Idaho Homeschool History Part Nine The Dawning Age of Homeschooling   In the years following 1992, Idaho Education Code 33-202 read: 33-202  SCHOOL ATTENDANCE COMPULSORY…Unless the child is otherwise comparably instructed, the parent or guardian shall cause the child to attend a public, private or parochial school… Opposition to home education surprisingly reared its ugly head in the Idaho Senate in 2004. The Idaho Coalition of Home Educators had demonstrated strength as a grassroots lobbying organization, and had earned the respect

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