Posts Tagged CHOIS

DIY Book Nook

  DIY Book Nook By Elizabeth Thompson   We are a family of 5 living in 1008 square feet. Living (and homeschooling) with limited space can require some creativity! I enjoy the challenge of packing function and fun into small spaces. One such project was transforming our hall closet into a book nook. I found some basic inspiration online, then added my own flair. The first order of business was removing the sliding doors and track as well as the closet

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What to Expect at the CHOIS Convention

What to Expect at the CHOIS Convention

We are so excited that you are going to be our guest at the convention this year! We understand that attending the convention for the first time can be a bit overwhelming. It’s a bit of a 3-ring circus with six workshops running simultaneously, an open exhibit hall selling products, curriculum services, resources, toys and more. There is a lot to see and do! Let us help by giving you some tips to help make your experience at the convention

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Introducing Featured Workshop Speaker

Introducing Featured Workshop Speaker

We are excited to tell you about another one of our Featured Workshop Speakers. Mr. Barry Peters has been an extremely popular convention speaker at nearly every one of CHOIS’ 16 conventions. President of the Idaho Coalition of Home Educators, and Chief Legal Counsel for both ICHE and CHOIS, Mr. Peters brings our convention attendees an annual legal update on the challenges that Idaho Home Educators face. His dry wit and unique speaking style delight standing-room-only crowds, year after year. His

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Drill Sergeant Mom

Drill Sergeant Mom

By Angela Snodgrass Sometimes it’s easy to fall into the mode of drill sergeant mom. Much of our day is spent giving directions, following up to see that tasks are accomplished and dealing with situations when things are not completed. If we’re not careful, we can find ourselves barking orders rather than training hearts. Have you ever caught a glimpse of yourself in the mirror when you’re in that mode? Oooh, not pretty! While what we’re saying must be said,

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Introducing Workshop Speaker Ken Frederick

Introducing  Workshop Speaker Ken Frederick

Workshop speaker Ken Frederick has been a popular regular columnist in the CHOIS Connection Magazine, as well as a convention speaker. His workshop, entitled Outdoor Education for Homeschool Families, will provide practical information to help home educating families integrate outdoor recreation and hands-on learning into their homeschooling curriculum. Ken and his wife, Marylin homeschool their four children in Meridian, Idaho.

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Introducing Featured Speaker Patrick Nurre

Introducing Featured Speaker Patrick Nurre

CHOIS is excited to announce that Patrick Nurre will be one of our featured workshop speakers this year. Patrick opened the Geology Learning Center in Seattle in 2012, where he lives with his wife, Vicki. He will be presenting the following workshops for us. “Why You Need to Teach Geology Again and Again, and How.”  “The Geology of Idaho from a Biblical Perspective” and “Dinosaurs, the Ark and the Bible.”  We know that you will enjoy hearing from Patrick and

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Introducing Workshop Speaker Copper Webb

Introducing Workshop Speaker Copper Webb

CHOIS is excited to introduce workshop speaker Copper Webb. Copper is an Idaho homeschool graduate. Married to Mike and the mother of four children, Copper leads a busy life. Prior to homeschooling her own children, Copper wrote the children’s program curriculum that CHOIS has used for the last decade. Copper’s workshop is entitled The Little Years: Preschool and Kindergarten. If you’d like to learn more about Copper, please visit her blog at www.devotedlydomestic.com where she writes life, school, children and

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Introducing Convention Speaker Faith Berens

Introducing Convention Speaker Faith Berens

We can’t wait for you to meet Faith Berens! Faith is one of HSLDA’s Special Needs Consultants. She homeschools her own children as well as working as a private educational consultant and evaluator. Faith holds a Master’s degree in reading and has over 15 years of classroom teaching experience. She will be presenting six workshops for us, which include: You Can Homeschool Your Struggling Learner, Dyslexis Demystified:Definitions and Hope for Homeschoolers, Teaching Struggling Learners at Home: Nuts and Bolts for

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Happy New Year’s message from CHOIS

Happy New Year's message from CHOIS

Happy New Year Homeschool families! Today is the day many of us have chosen to begin schoolwork again after a long Christmas break. We hope that your vacation was restful, full of fun and that you and your children are now ready for your regular routine. It’s not always easy to get back in the swing of things. The first day back will probably take longer to complete than most other days. You and your children may be readjusting to a more normal

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Merry Christmas from the CHOIS Board of Directors

Merry Christmas from the CHOIS Board of Directors

Dear Homeschool Families, The Board of Directors of CHOIS wishes your family a joyous Christmas. We are grateful for God’s blessing upon Idaho where we have the freedom to home educate unencumbered by intrusive regulation. This freedom is very precious, and often requires diligence in order to protect it. It is CHOIS’ privilege to preserve your right to educate your children to love and serve the Lord by utilizing our knowledge, experience, reputation, and our longstanding partnership with HSLDA and

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