S-U-C-C-E-S-S – Homeschooling Is Where The Heart Is!

That is how we spell success (visualize fancy, spinning upward movement with pom-poms) gooooooooo Royals! I remember the cheerleaders running out to the sidelines to belt out this little ditty when we scored a point against our elementary nemesis. It’s easy to know when your team has scored a point

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PRAEMONITUS, PRAEMUNITUS – Homeschooling Is Where The Heart Is!

Have you ever heard the saying, “Praemonitus, praemunitus?” Probably not when it is spoken in the original Latin, but it should sound familiar when said in English, “Forewarned is forearmed!” So, use your forearms to hold up The Waynedale News, you’re about to be forewarned. Mom and dad

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HOMESCHOOLING ANXIETY – Homeschooling Is Where The Heart Is!

Okay. I’m going to be honest. I’m not quite sure how to begin this article. It’s not that I’m drawing a blank. I’ve actually thought of several different witty, sarcastic, pleasant, and shocking openers. Oh, the anxiety…literally …this month’s welcome back to the homeschool

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SUMMER TIME, BREAK TIME – Homeschooling Is Where The Heart Is!

Enjoy your summer homeschoolers! However you choose to spend it. Whether you’ve already started the next school year or you’re teaching a lesson here and there or you’re waiting until August, September… take a deep breath knowing much was taught and much was learned by both the student(s)

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READING, WRITING, OR ARITHMETIC WHICH ONE IS YOUR FAVORITE? – Homeschooling Is Where The Heart Is!

I vote for reading with writing coming in second. I’m all for arithmetic when balancing my checkbook, deciding which cereal box offers the best value, and figuring out how many hours of sleep I got last night. Arithmetic has its practical applications, for me it loses its virtues when algebra and

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INTERESTED IN HOMESCHOOLING BUT WERE AFRAID TO ASK? – Homeschooling Is Where The Heart Is!

Have you been discussing the possibility of homeschooling your child with family and friends? Odds are some of these individuals have not encouraged you and possibly flooded you with negative comments and what if questions.

What do you do when you don’t receive support from those whose opinions matter

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THERE ARE ALWAYS EXCEPTIONS – Homeschooling Is Where The Heart Is!

To test or not to test…that is the question? NOT to testing…that is the answer. Homeschooling your children is like parenting one child. Take it from me, an only child, when something broke in the house the jig was pretty much up! My mother didn’t have to line up six kids and conduct

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HOMESCHOOLERS LEARN TO INTERACT SOCIALLY – Homeschooling Is Where The Heart Is!

It’s time to tackle the socially active issue as in, “I want to homeschool my child but how will I keep my child socially active?” or “How will your child learn to interact socially being homeschooled?” [SARCASM ALERT]

Oh gee, ya got me there, I guess I’d better register my daughter in

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MERRY CHRISTMAS & HAPPY BURNOUT! – Homeschooling Is Where The Heart Is!

Seriously, it’s okay that you are feeling a little or a big homeschool burnout this time of year. It’s part of the human DNA.

Remember going to school when you were a kid? When December hit weren’t you thinking enough is enough, who cares what the predicate has to say about the subject? Flash

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TEACHERS… IT’S NOT ABOUT THEM – Homeschooling Is Where The Heart Is!

When I chose to take on the task of writing a monthly article about homeschooling, I knew at some point, I would pause to acknowledge the dedicated teachers who teach in the brick school house be it public, private or parochial.

Teachers, outside the home, are not competition or a threat to homeschoolers

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MR. AMBROSE KNOWS THE FACTS – Homeschooling Is Where The Heart Is!

If you enjoyed my August article about homeschooling (parents pick their child’s curriculum) and Hoosier Academy (parents do not pick their child’s curriculum) and thought WOW that packs a journalist punch, thank Shawn Ambrose, a homeschooling father and member of the Home School Legal Defense

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WHY IS IT SO IMPORTANT TO DISTINGUISH BETWEEN THE TWO? – Homeschooling Is Where The Heart Is!

There are a number of reasons why it is important to distinguish between the two:

Virtual Charter Schools like Hoosier Academy are state funded. In fact, they are public schools. Because of their public school status, students must take mandated assessments such as the ISTEP; and parents delegate the

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OPPOSITION AND LEGAL CHALLENGES – Homeschooling Is Where The Heart Is!

This month I continue my interview with Shawn Ambrose, a homeschooling father and member of the Home School Legal Defense Association (HSLDA), about homeschooling and Hoosier Academy.

Shawn explains why two attorneys and homeschooling dads, Mike Farris and Mike Smith, founded the HSLDA in March 1983,

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CONCERNS WITH ONLINE SCHOOL – Homeschooling Is Where The Heart Is!

Recently I was contacted by Shawn Ambrose, a homeschooling father and member of the Home School Legal Defense Association (HSLDA), who’s concerned about Indiana’s online public school system, Hoosier Academy, being mistaken as offering a curriculum for homeschooling. This distinction may

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TEACHING MULTIPLE CHILDREN – Homeschooling Is Where The Heart Is!

Those of us with one child often wonder what it is like to homeschool a couple children at once. My friend, Annemarie D., explains how teaching multiple children can be a challenge, “It would be a pleasure to have all of our children be exactly the same in learning style and pace, right? I did

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HOOSIER ACADEMY – Homeschooling Is Where The Heart Is!

You’ll be blessed reading my column this month, not because I wrote it, because I interviewed my friend, Annemarie D., about her homeschooling experience with her children. Her listening ear, encouragement, and advice were priceless to me when I decided to remove my daughter from “the

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GETTING STARTED – HOMESCHOOLING IS WHERE THE HEART IS!

Hello Waynedale and surrounding communities. I’m excited to share and explore the world of homeschooling with you. For the past few years we have been hearing a lot about school choice; I’m here to remind you that school choice includes the wander and wonderful world of homeschooling.

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HOMESCHOOLING IS WHERE THE HEART IS

How long has homeschooling existed? Since Adam and Eve taught Cain about farming and Abel about taking care of sheep. Throughout the Bible we read of a parent’s skill being handed down from one generation to the next. A shift in parental thinking began when the collective instilling of brainpower

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Michele Andrews

Michele Andrews is a full-blown Hoosier and Waynedaler. She was born in a Fort Wayne hospital then followed her mom and dad home to Waynedale. She has seen bits and pieces of the world while serving a stint in the United States Navy. The farthest bit being St. Thomas in the Virgin Islands.

Michele

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