Northern Kentucky Homeschoolers Covered

From the husband’s old stomping grounds, this was a Sunday article

You will find as many varieties of homeschools as there are homeschooled students in NKY. Some have detailed lesson plans and use a set curriculum. Others choose to unschool – meaning they encourage the child’s own curiosity to encourage learning experiences, rather than a lesson plan. Leslie Gosser of Independence said she and her husband allow their 6-year-old "to learn what he wants and as in-depth as he wants to learn…He is interested in many different subjects, so the majority of his day is spent writing stories, reading, doing math and learning foreign languages." Many parents set up small libraries for their children or frequent the local libraries. Some belong to co-ops or other homeschool groups so the children can participate in group events.

But this was an odd one:

Well-Schooled

Homeschooling isn’t for everyone. Anyone considering this option for their children should consider the following pros and cons before making their decision. Currently only 22 states in the United States require standardized testing of homeschoolers. Kentucky is not one of these states.

Included in the cons was the horror of  Being with children 24/7 and Socialization concerns.

Typical, unfortunately.  And the last con is the most irritating.  No quality control!?

The Parental QC doesn’t cut it for the ‘authorities’.  Bad message there.

I would have put Living outside of the norm under pro’s.  Most definitely.  ‘Nuf said.

Brand Spankin’ New Alliance

I’m excited and hopeful! Here’s an announcement from Helen Hegener about this new coalition. 

Check it out!

 Stillwater Homeschool Alliance 

Building Understanding and Perspective

The Stillwater Homeschool Alliance is the result of ongoing conversations between hundreds of homeschoolers over the span of several years.

The Alliance was developed as a much-needed forum for supporting grassroots homeschooling advocacy and to provide homeschooling-specific information to those seeking it. The mission of the Alliance is to build an association of homeschoolers to work on issues directly related to advocacy, building on our individual talents and our unique experiences as homeschoolers. Empowerment to advocate both individually and cooperatively on our own behalf is key to sustaining and, in some cases, reclaiming homeschooling freedoms, thereby promoting a more informed, cohesive, and effective homeschooling community.

The Alliance will work toward the development of a broad-based international coalition of individuals, support groups, businesses, organizations and other entities which support the long-term interests of the homeschool movement.

The Alliance will also work toward the founding of The Stillwater Institute for Homeschooling Research and Studies, which will seek to inform legislators, educators, media reporters, legal professionals, researchers and others with a bona fide interest in homeschooling via position statements, news releases, white papers, opinion pieces and more.

The Alliance list traffic is already very heavy, but preferences can be set to receive a weekly newsletter update. For more information about the Stillwater Homeschool Alliance click on the link below: http://groups.yahoo.com/group/StillwaterHomeschoolAlliance

To join the discussion group via email send a blank email message to: StillwaterHomeschoolAlliance-subscribe@yahoogroups.com

Thank you for your interest and your support!

Letter To Salem Times-Commoner

I’d been trying to keep up with a home state  4 part series in the Salem Times-Commoner during the Christmas season.  I read HEM NewsComm’s perspective, read the whole series and felt a need to write a letter for some clarifications.  Since it’s my letter, I’m going to include it here too.  Here ’tis.

Homeschool parent weighs in on recent series of articles

Dear Editor, As a homeschooling parent in east-central Illinois, I (along with other homeschoolers) followed your homeschooling series with interest. It appears to be laid out somewhat as a primer for new homeschooling parents. I enjoyed reading about Salem homeschoolers’ experiences, but I hope to clear up some misconceptions in the articles.

None of us come to homeschooling by the same path, as was pointed out in the first article. And as your reporter noted very briefly, the interviewed homeschoolers were “quick to point out that Christians are not the only people who homeschool their children.” Why were none interviewed in your area as there are many non-Christian homeschoolers?

April Struckhoff noted that homeschooling is learning that stems from life at home. The greatest gift is that we build our education from the individual family. Oftentimes it’s not from textbooks or a package. Yet, even as your article shared the interviewed homeschoolers’ experiences noting that “it is not just one particular package that will meet the needs of one’s children,” the emphasis was put back on those highly recommended packages. Homeschooling parents have the ability/time to individualize each child’s education. Many homeschoolers choose an eclectic approach which does not include “curriculum in a box.”

Unfortunately, the old mantra about “socialization” came up in this series. Even as your reporter noted “most research also concluded that socialization is not the problem it was once thought to be for homeschoolers.” Maybe socialization has different meanings in different settings? Homeschooled children encounter diversity and socialize through volunteering, public library use, music lessons, playing neighborhood basketball in the driveway, spending time with grandparents, or traveling on their own schedule. True, it is not classroom socialization.

Mr. Wilson, in his Regional Office of Education role of serving Clinton, Marion and Washington Counties, can ask for educational plans for homeschooling children even though it’s not proper or legal. It seems a waste of tax money and time as the vast majority of homeschooling parents successfully educates their children into productive citizens while leaving the public schools behind. If those families take on the responsibility of overseeing their children’s education, then surely school administrators have other fish to fry. Families often choose homeschooling to be rid of the busy-ness and pointlessness of bureaucracy. Taxpayers can be grateful that homeschoolers pay school taxes while refusing to fill out time-wasting forms for paperwork to be filed somewhere by someone. There are “no repercussions” for not filling out the form because homeschoolers have no good reason, legal or otherwise, to do so.

Homeschooling mom Laura Ferguson’s quote hit the mark for me in that we can help preserve our ability to be the ones who are “seeing your child say, ‘I can read!’ or whatever it is.” Homeschoolers savor the simple gift of sharing and enjoying the experience of watching their children live and learn. It is a joy and a blessing.

Sincerely,

Susan Ryan

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