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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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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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Questions to Ask about Service

Pondering Jonah: Questions to Ask About Service   by Niccole Perrine   As I was doing devotions recently I found myself thinking about Biblical examples of serving. Many Christians wonder whether it is possible to gain direction from God’s Word when it comes to today’s culture. Shockingly, many believe the Bible is outdated and insignificant, inscrutable and undeserving of our attention. 
While it’s tempting to go by gut-feelings and intuition when it comes to service, it’s vital to pay attention

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Pink   by Elise Hooper If we don’t find Him in the small things, how will we ever find Him in the big ones? ~Elisabeth Elliot     Eliana, come look!   I called to her from my seemingly perpetual post at the kitchen sink.   And she’d heard the summons before, at the same hour, so she gasped and jumped to her feet, long legs and long braids flying.   I wiped my hands and bent to lift her, legs and

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Take Time for a Nap

Take Time for a Nap     by Heidi Forney   This morning started off at 3 or 4 AM when your special needs child woke up bright-eyed, bushy-tailed, AND screaming at the top of his lungs that his ears hurt. Until 8 AM you had to cuddle, soothe, and practice every known remedy you could come up with, and nothing helped, so once more you called the pediatrician (or the ENT) for what seems like the one thousandth time this year. Appointment made

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Will They Ever Learn to Read

Will They Ever Learn to Read?!?       by Mary Colwell   As a homeschool mom, one of my favorite things to do is to listen to my 8-year-old son read. I find it incredibly satisfying to hear him reading to his sister and I love watching his face light up as he works his way through an exciting story. It’s fun because I was the one who got to teach him that.   That being said, I must

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It’s Not Working

Its Not Working!   by Heidi Forney   You hit a wall. Your special needs child simply cannot figure out how to solve her times tables. Or tie his shoe laces. Or for that matter write her alphabet without letters being written backwards, upside down, or so illegibly that you have no way of knowing what on earth she was trying to write! Or maybe he is refusing to write that sentence you have been dictating to him over and

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Serving with Margins

Serving with Margins   by Niccole Perrine   “So…what do you think?” My friend inquired.   I paused before responding. 

My heart ached for my friend. I desperately wanted to help. This was an opportunity to serve! I love to serve. And I love my friend. I could see she was struggling. And she was asking me to help! I knew, if I worked at it, I could rearrange things to make this work.   However, I could also see

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He Inhabits Our Days

He Inhabits Our Days By Elise Hooper “Mama, is that God’s hot breath, do you think, blowing in our faces?”   I blew a wisp of hair out of my eyes and wiped away some drops of sweat with the back of my hand. Smiling at Micah, I thought for a moment.   It was seven-thirty on a sweltering August evening, and my chance to have some quiet time had been foiled when Micah overheard me talking to my husband

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When a Ten Year Old Wants to Write a Book

When a Ten Year Old Wants to Write a Book by Abigail Prigge   When your 10-year-old brother sails into your bedroom with a fresh notebook and declares, “Abi, I want to write a book!” that’s when you know you have achieved a new level of coolness as a big sister. And from a teacher’s perspective, I’m also feeling the coolness. Because this is the same kid who firmly believed writing wasn’t important. In his opinion, it was pure torture for

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