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Idaho Homeschool History, Part Two

The Dark Ages of Idaho Homeschooling Idaho Homeschool History Part Two   by Linda Patchin Haven’t read Part One? Click here first. Idaho Code 33-202 in the 1980’s read: 33-202 SCHOOL ATTENDANCE COMPULSORY…Unless the child is otherwise comparably instructed, as may be determined by the board of trustees of the school district in which the child resides, the parent or guardian shall cause the child to attend a public, private or parochial school…   Have you ever been driving along on a highway when

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Audio Homeschooling

Audio Homeschooling! by Heidi Forney   There are times with our typical kids that audio books come in handy. In the car, at nap time, definitely. But with our special needs children audio books can not only be a great tool for learning, but in many ways a lifesaver (or maybe a homeschool saver)? For example, some autistic children have a need to hear the same book over and over. Repetition is one way that they not only learn, but

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Be Connected Stay Connected

Be Connected, Stay Connected   by Audra Talley   As part of a small group of homeschooling moms who take turns hosting monthly get-togethers, I am constantly blessed by the ministering hearts of other moms in the group. In October, when my friend Kathy hosted, it was no different. We read stories, learned about pumpkins, textures with rubbings, graphed the weight of pumpkins, and created a fall leaf craft. She also made Biblical application with pumpkins. John 15:1 says that,

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Mary vs Martha

Mary vs Martha and Not Becoming a Hot Mess By Niccole Perrine   As Jesus and his disciples were on their way, he came to a village where a woman named Martha opened her home to him. She had a sister called Mary, who sat at the Lord’s feet listening to what he said. But Martha was distracted by all the preparations that had to be made. She came to him and asked, “Lord, don’t you care that my sister has

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Idaho Homeschool History, Part One

Idaho Homeschool History Part One   Did you know that the U.S. Constitution makes no mention of education? It set forth no guidelines on how American children should be educated. Apparently, the founding fathers left it up to individual states, churches and parents to best determine how their children were to be schooled. It turns out that this system worked quite well, creating a highly literate society, that could read the King James Bible, and which could write The Federalist Papers.

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Finding Ways to Serve as a Family

Finding Ways to Serve as a Family by Niccole Perrine   As I find myself discussing the art of serving with those around me, one of the questions I run into most frequently is “Where can I serve?”. It seems that most folks are interested in the idea of service but don’t quite know where to begin.   To simplify things, here is a list of places where your family should be able to find a way to love others

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Gratitude and Remembrance Idaho’s Homeschool History

Gratitude and Remembrance   by Audra Talley   Earlier this year, the CHOIS convention hosted a display designed by ICHE, chronicling Idaho’s turbulent home school history. It is one in which people took a stand, fought for their rights, and won. It made Idaho one of the best and freest sates in which to home educate. I was home schooled in the midst of those tumultuous days. I was young and geographically removed from much of it, but I recalled faint

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A Humble Caution Regarding Co-Ops

A Humble Caution Regarding Co-ops   by Nita Desrosiers   This is all in love.   My intention is not to spark a debate or criticisms, but to share some of my own mistakes.   Disclosure: We have been in a co-op every year since we started this homeschool adventure 15 years ago. My five kids have never been without a co-op. I should probably state: their mother has never been without a co-op. The co-op experience is a lifeline for MOMS/the

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The Unexpected Fruit of Praying for Our Children

Fruit   by Elise Hooper   Be alert when you pray for your children.   I snuggled in my favorite chair, slipper-shod and robed. My Bible and journal lay on my lap, and I closed my eyes, tipping my head back, content, as I began to pray over the day. And for my children.   Lest you think that is all there is to it, I will tell you that on the sixteenth of last month, I prayed for my

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Slow Cooker Enchilada Casserole

Slow Cooker Enchilada Casserole by Shauna Webb   Ingredients 2 lbs. Ground beef 2 tsp cumin 2 tsp garlic powder 2 tsp oregano 1 pkg extra thin corn tortillas (12 ct) 1 lg can mild green enchilada sauce 1 lg can mild red enchilada sauce Sliced olives *optional Black beans *optional Refried beans *(2 options, see below) Shredded Mexican cheese blend       Directions Brown ground beef. Drain. Add cumin, garlic powder, oregano. Mix in a bit of red and

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