FOUND: A legal pad at the convention. If you are missing your notes, please contact Jan at 307-673-0157 or via the contact page on our website.
Parental Rights Update
Who should make decisions for how children are raised? Parents or Government?
Will Estrada, HSLDA attorney, spoke about parental rights at the HOW convention. After hearing him, we all knew that now is the time to act.
It was an exciting convention. Many stopped by the HOW table to discuss parental rights, some signed the petition, others purchased "The Child" dvd, and many agreed to work hard to get the word out. The County Contacts who attended, met with the HOW Board and agreed to work hard throughout their counties. What an exciting and encouraging meeting! Thank you!
Our 3 goals to do our part in Wyoming are large, but achievable:
1. Inform 10,000 of our friends and families of the threat and make sure they sign the petition. We have 779 of the 10,000 signatures we need.
2. Contact Senators Enzi and Barrasso to Cosponsor the Parental Rights Amendment (they have already cosponsored SR 99 opposing the United Nations CRC for which we are thankful)
3. Pass a State Resolution in 2012
For more information, go to parentalrights.org or contact Jan via the contact page on our website.
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 requests and we will include them on our prayer page. You may send your prayer requests via our contact form. 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.
Todd Smith, HOW President
Who says learning has to stop in the summertime. Summer is a great time to learn a lot of interesting things. Vacations can be planned around historical sites and museums and other “attractions” that can give you not only some enjoyment but also some fun learning.
Summer is also a great time to catch up on some good reading that you haven’t gotten to yet. I picked up a couple of books at the Homeschool Convention a few weeks ago that I hope to get to soon. If your family hasn’t found the Generation Joshua book club yet consider doing that this next school year and/or look at lists from previous years for good learning. Not only have I seen increased writing abilities in my children over the past three years we have done this but they have a lot more knowledge about various subjects and people. They are able to grapple and wrestle with ideas and we have read some good books (yes, I am reading along with them). It starts in September of each year and runs through June.
And if you are like us and are not a perfect homeschool family there is always the catching up to do in the summertime. A few more math lessons, some history, that last Gen J book, all things we plan on doing this summer to learn together.
A couple of side notes: Take advantage of different ways to keep up to date with HOW. Make sure your friends receive this ENews, check out our website, and follow on Facebook. Feel free to post homeschool events in your neck of the woods on Facebook so that others can participate. Second, as the board prepares for our annual board meeting in September I would like your feedback. We always ask those who attend the convention to give us feedback on how we can improve but I want to open that up to those who were not able or chose not to attend. Please send your comments to me on why you didn’t make it to this year’s location. All answers are valid, location, money, went elsewhere, don’t need it. Whatever kept you away I’d like to hear from you so we can continue to improve that service to our members year after year. Click here to comment.
Catch you next month!
A Great Big "Thank You" from the HOW Board
THANK YOU to all the volunteers! Without you the convention would not be possible.
Thank you to Action Impact Ministries (AIM) for the marvelous job teaching the children. Thank you to all the moms who gave of their time to volunteer with the children's program and Lindy Reinke for coordinating the children's program. Thank you to the other volunteers who helped with registration, the ice cream social, HOW table, the ladies tea, and cleaning up the halls at the end.
Thank you County Contacts for giving of your time and energy throughout the year and for those who were able to attend the convention and County Contact meeting with HOW Board. There are terrific activities going on across Wyoming. Homeschoolers are encouraging one another, having fun, and serving in their communities.
Thank you Mike and Phyllis Puetz for speaking at the men's and women's sessions. We benefit from the wisdom and experience of those who have gone ahead of us.
Homeschooling from the Heart
By Stacie Ruth Stoelting
As a Christian recording artist, author, speaker, and radio host, I give all glory to Jesus and desire to seek Him as I look to the future. But I also thank Him for what lies behind! You see, I believe God used home education to equip me for a bright, faith-filled future.
In a nutshell, homeschooling remains more than worth it! In the fall of 1993, our family began the home education adventure. I firmly believe that God opened the door to homeschooling, which He then used to prepare us for more opened doors ranging from singing for President George W. Bush, Governor Mike Huckabee, Governor Sarah Palin, international media, etc.
At fifteen, I wrote my first book, Still Holding Hands-Ray and Hilda Beamer’s Story of Love and Triumph over Alzheimer’s Disease. Different conservative Christian leaders endorsed it. After its publication, I spoke often for Alzheimer’s Association conferences, continuing education meetings, churches, and other special events. I then began singing. more...