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Contagious Homeschooling

It all began during a conversation over dinner one night.


“And so,” concluded Clay, “That is how I started building model rockets when I was a kid.”

“What are model rockets?” both brothers asked at the same time, leaning in with great anticipation.


Clay, in his best Professor-of-Aerospace-Dynamics voice, explained the process, the science behind it, and the amazing results, finding himself promising a trip to the hobby store for supplies the next weekend.


In the weeks that followed, all three of them labored for hours assembling, gluing, painting, and balancing their miniature rockets. The first launch came and went; rocketry enthusiasts had been born.


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12 Ways to Create Community and Love Our Neighbors

by Amy Koons


Hopefully we all enjoy the benefits of having a community to support and encourage us. Many probably have more than one community!


Why is community so important? Here are three reasons why I try to create community in my family’s life:


     1) Living in community enriches our lives. Not only does it make life more enjoyable to have friends who rejoice with us and encourage us, but it also makes the hard times more bearable. Living in community is a lot more fun than being alone!


     2) Living in community is an imperative of my faith. My faith requires me to reach out to others in hospitality and love, and to not simply stay in my comfortable bubble. There are seasons of life where it’s easier to reach out than others. And there have been some desperate seasons in my life when all I could do was get some basic food on the table and keep the children alive. But whenever possible, it’s important to reach out beyond myself, even when it’s uncomfortable and even when I am tired.


3) Living in community is healthier than living in isolation. According to a 2011 study posted on the National Institutes of Health website, “Many types of scientific evidence show that involvement in social relationships benefits health. The most striking evidence comes from prospective studies of mortality across industrialized nations. These studies consistently show that individuals with the lowest level of involvement in social relationships are more likely to die than those with greater involvement.”



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Libraries and Homeschools: The Perfect Partnership

By Sharon B. Fields


You have probably heard the words from the old folk song, “the old gray mare, she ain’t what she used to be,” applied to various things. Well we can also relate those words to public libraries. Libraries have changed dramatically, especially with the worldwide introduction of computers, shifts in our economy, and an ever mobile population. But for centuries, public libraries have learned to adapt to new situations, trends, and circumstances, always with the goal in mind to offer the best and most cutting-edge services possible to the general public. Today, libraries are so much more than just books and magazines, which makes them perfect for homeschool families.


As a circulation clerk at the Paris-Bourbon County Public Library, in the heart of Bluegrass Country, I see first-hand families who’ve made the decision to homeschool their children for various reasons. The numbers seem to be increasing each year. Many of the parents are young, but in our community, we have also seen an increase of grandparents and other family members’ homeschooling youngsters as well. They often come to the library to gain access to information, services, and hopefully ideas, which will help them improve their teaching skills and enhance their children’s learning experiences.

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The Heartbreak of Abuse

Our country has been rocked this week by tragic news from California. The abuse and neglect of the 13 Turpin children is shocking and incomprehensible. The treatment of these children is clearly criminal in nature, and the parents should be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law.


Cases like the California case are horrific and unusual. Naturally, our thoughts turn to what we can do to nurture and protect children from horrible acts of neglect and abuse. Apparently, there were concerns and suspicions about the treatment of the Turpin children among neighbors, but no one took any action. This, too, is hard to understand.


Mistreatment of children is more than our hearts can bear. Though connections continue to be made in the media, cases like these are not about homeschooling, but about unfathomable crimes perpetrated on children. That is where the attention should be squarely focused.


HOME will continue to be vigilant in our efforts to protect homeschool freedom. But protecting children from harm is our first priority. Do not turn a blind eye to crime. Children cannot protect themselves from abuse. If you believe a child is in danger due to abuse, call the Maine Child Abuse Hotline. If you believe a child is at risk of imminent harm, call 911.


Please keep the precious children and young adults of the Turpin family in your prayers. "He heals the brokenhearted, and binds up their wounds."  Psalm 147:3



 "There is no known predisposition for abuse among those who choose to home educate their children." 


Addressing Child Abuse - HSLDA 

What is child abuse? What do you do if you suspect child abuse?  


National Home Education Research Institute 

Research facts on homeschooling


Child Protection - HOME

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