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E-News October Issue 9, Volume 2

Scripps National Spelling Bee
The Wyoming Community Foundation is sponsoring the 2011 Wyoming State Spelling Bee.  In order to participate you must enroll with the Scripps National Spelling Bee at by the December 17, 2010 deadline.  Fees are $99 and you will have online access to grade-specific word lists and study sheets for grades 1-8, as well as other study materials.  The Wyoming State Spelling Bee date and time will be announced no later than Nov. 30, 2010.  The champion of the 2011 Wyoming State Spelling Bee will win an expenses-paid trip to compete in the 2011 Scripps National Spelling Bee.  For more information go to:  

Prayer Requests
HOW is a ministry to Wyoming Homeschool Families. As a ministry we want to uplift one another in prayer when we are able. Please let us know of any : prayer requestsand we will include them on our prayer page. We will keep them posted each month until you update us on a situation so please stay in contact.

Please spend a few minutes today uplifting these people in prayer:

Pray for the HOW Board Member families as they serve Wyoming Homeschoolers

Pray for our County Contacts that keep us updated with pertinant information.

Pray for families as they prepare for another year of school.

Pray for the screenings of THE CHILD that will take place on November 20th.

Videos You Ought To See
Check out these great videos:

UN Treaty threat to Parental Rights in USA

History of the Galápagos

*Please note that HOW does not endorse or approve of all of the content on youtube or any other secondary website that is linked in our Enews. We try to refer you to items of interest to homeschooling families but cannot control content of other websites.

Important News from Parental Rights
"For months we’ve been telling you about “The Child,” a documentary from Watchman Cinema that looks at the need for a Parental Rights Amendment to the U.S. Constitution. If you still haven’t taken 3 1/2 minutes to see the latest trailer, you need to do so here."

Videos/DVD's You Ought to See
Check out these great videos:
*Please note that HOW does not endorse or approve of all of the content on youtube or any other secondary website that is linked in our Enews. We try to refer you to items of interest to homeschooling families but cannot control content of other websites.

HSF Ambassador Volunteer Pilot Project
Riverton 4-H!


Grateful this Thanksgiving!
By Todd Smith
    You all know the song, “give thanks with a grateful heart….” Thanksgiving, is the time to give thanks. It is the time to thank God for our blessings, our freedom, our faith. The question really is, how grateful are we? Being thankful is one thing but being grateful demands action on my part.
    Think about it for a moment. To say “Thank You” doesn’t take a lot of effort. And unfortunately a lot of times we just mouth the words. Being grateful on the other hand is shown by how I live out my life. 
    Am I grateful at being able to live in the freest country in the world? How do I express that? Am I involved in my community, or am I just thankful?
    Am I grateful for my family? It is one thing to thank God for my family in my prayers, it is another thing for me to visibly display that to them. What are some ways you can tangibly show your gratitude to those that God has placed closest to you? How can you show your gratefulness to God this month for the blessings of Homeschooling?
    Am I grateful for my Church family? Again I can thank God for them in my prayers but I also need to show my appreciation in word and deed. Oh yes all those ‘one anothers’ of the New Testament. Showing that I am a part of the family of God in ways that others can see. 
    A grateful heart is an active heart. Am I grateful for my salvation? Oh boy am I ever. That means I cannot take it for granted but I strive to live the Christian life to the best of my ability each and every day. I want to be more like Christ. 
    As we approach this Thanksgiving may we be thankful and grateful for the blessings we have received. Think of ways this week you can show your gratitude to those around you. 
    Several years ago I did a lot of research on the Pilgrims. I read books like William Bradford’s diary, “Of Plymouth Plantation”, “Mourt’s Relation” and other articles and stories that I could find. That first Thanksgiving was an event of thanks and gratitude but unfortunately that gratitude did not last.
    When the Pilgrims left Holland for the new world is was not primarily for religious freedom. They left England for Holland for that and did have a lot of freedom in Holland. But the problem in Holland was that that Pilgrims were losing their children to the culture. The next generation was in danger of leaving the faith. 
    So when the opportunity came to go to the New World not only was there opportunity for freedom but another chance to try and redeem the next generation. 
    Bradford’s diary is sad in the fact that within a few generations that same sins that they were running from in Holland had cropped up all over again and children were turning away from the faith.
    May an emphasis on gratitude as well as thanksgiving help us to pass on our faith to the next generation; to the children we homeschool. May we not only tell them the things of God but show them by how we live. Then   perhaps we can avoid some of what the Pilgrims faced in subsequent generations.
    Give thanks this month with a truly grateful heart. Don’t just say it show it!

On November 20th this movie from will be shown at several places around the state. This video will explain what the UN Rights of the Child Treaty is about and what we can do to protect parents from loosing their rights. Please attend and bring your friends! Everyone needs to know about this issue. Please visit and  read about life under the treaty for other countries. Then plan to attend one of these screenings:

Gillette, WY
Christian Church at 7:00PM
100 Flying Circle Drive
Listen to a public service announcement for this event!
Call: 307-464-0266 for more information.

Riverton, WY
Christian Church of Riverton at 6:00PM
1524 W. Main St. 
Call: 307-856-2334 for more information. 

Sheridan, WY
Please call 307-673-0157 for details.

You may also doing a screening in your town. See the details here. 

By Dianne Craft
God has a wonderful sense of humor, I believe. He wants us to grow and stretch, and one of the ways He does this is to give us children who are very different from each other. Just as it is very likely that a right brain person will have a left brain spouse, so it is that if our first born is left brain dominant, the next child likely will be right brain dominant. This brain dominance affects both personality characteristics, and learning styles. 
    How do you determine if you are teaching a right brain child? Children tend to display these characteristics at an early age. All children are creative, but your right brain child will seem to be even more imaginative.
    The right brain learns things in "wholes" rather than parts, so that child will get math concepts well, but may struggle with the "details" like the math facts, or checking work.  In thinking styles, the right brainer often goes by "gut feel" whereas the left brainer prefers multiple facts before coming to a conclusion. In test taking, the left brainer prefers the black and white choices presented in multiple choice questions, while the right brainer may prefer essay questions, where the whole picture can be given.

Harvest Time
By Todd Smith
I love the fall. I enjoy the other seasons but I think fall is my favorite. The weather breaks and there is a chill in the air. The leaves turn all their beautiful colors. Football! It’s not too hot and not too cold. As the three bears story says, “it’s just right.” Fall also means harvest. Many look forward to that time when they can bring in the fruit and vegetables they have worked so hard for during the spring and summer.
As I look at my own life and my children growing up so quickly around me I realize that I am moving into the fall of my life. My wife and I have begun our 14th year of Homeschooling, with 11 more to go. Our oldest will graduate this year. Over the years I have listened to older parents tell me that it goes by far too quickly. I am seeing that more and more. And as we prepare to launch our oldest into the world next year I realize that the time we have at home with our children is harvest time. It is those years that we spend together that we get to sow and then reap our faith into their lives and then watch them take off from there.
Time for all of us to pass on the baton of our faith will come too quickly. Enjoy these harvest years of your life. Sow the Word into our children day by day. As the children grow up I realize that not everything is equally important. Oh, I hope they learn math, and history, and writing and science and a whole lot of other things along the way. But most of all I want them to be able to face the world with a passion for Jesus when they leave my home. The harvest that is the most meaningful to me is not the A’s and B’s on an assignment, not how many pages got done but did we grow in faith? Did we become more like Christ? That is the challenge for us all- but even more so for us who Homeschool. We have the privilege of being able to pass on not just facts to the next generation but the hope of eternity.
Enjoy your time of harvest! May God bless you and your family greatly.

Fulfilling the Cultural Mandate
By Stephen McDowel
This is a lengthy article but one that is worth the time it takes to read.

What is man’s purpose or mission on the earth? Christians often answer this by referring to the Great Commission (Matthew 28:18-20), and rightly so, but in recent years a large segment of the Church has limited the meaning of this to only personal conversion. Certainly the Great Commission includes the Evangelistic Mandate, to redeem man, but it also includes the Cultural Mandate, to redeem the earth. more...


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