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E-News December Issue 10, Volume 3


Merry Christmas
President HOW, Todd Smith

Homeschooling in December has been traditionally hard for our family. There are so many events and parties and this and that to do and to be done that it seemed like a controlled chaos on the best of days.

Not that I am knocking December. There are those days when I feel more like Ebenezer Scrooge than tiny Tim but for the most part there is a lot of family joy and harmony. (Except for the day after the live nativity is done—but we won’t talk about that.)

Enjoy these cold and snowy and sometimes blowy December days with your family. In the blink of an eye the kids will be grown and you’ll wish there was more time to trim the tree or sign Christmas cards or????

This next week our family is gearing up for one of those annual events that at times becomes a love/hate relationship—our annual live nativity.
We gather together with people from various churches in Riverton and show six scenes depicting the birth of Christ. We want to show Jesus’ love in a time of year that can be consumed with commercialism and Santa. It is a lot of work. It takes a lot of people. We only do it two nights but by Sunday afternoon we are exhausted. At the same time at the end of it all I feel that once that is accomplished Christmas can come.

And praise God that Christmas, the birth of Christ did come for us.
Praise God that the Word became flesh and dwelt among us. So as you squeeze in a math assignment or two in December and add a dash of science and reading, don’t forget to study His-story. For His-story is the best thing you and your children will ever learn. 

Parental Rights Update
by Jan Loftus

Have you taken the time to watch the 35-minute online movie, "Overruled"? If you want to learn more about parental rights in a short span of time and painlessly, this is for you: http://www.youtube.com/user/parentalrights

Recently, I received an inquiry regarding what is a State Resolution. Representative Botten, House District 30, is leading the effort for a Wyoming Resolution this coming February. A Parental Rights Resolution is for state legislatures to urge Washington D.C. to pass the Parental Rights Amendment and send it to the States for ratification. Thirty-eight states are needed to ratify a Constitutional amendment. Five have already passed them and four have them introduced. Here is a sample resolution:
 http://www.parentalrights.org/vertical/Sites/%7BC49108C5-0630-467E-9B9B-B1FA31A72320%7D/uploads/%7B14386B0D-63F6-436F-BD61-2498F15DB272%7D.PDF
Yes, an amendment is a large task, but we the people are not without hope and we are not helpless. Several people I have talked with in other communities know their district representative and senator personally. Wyoming is somewhat unique in this regard. Aren’t we blessed!

Action-If you can spend . . .
3 Minutes, sign the petition at parentalrights.org. Montana and Idaho have passed resolutions and they have more petition signers than Wyoming.

5 Minutes, call our national representatives and ask them to become original cosponsors of the Parental Rights Amendment. (Representative Lummis was a cosponsor in the last Congress, but would need to re-sponsor since the elections). Here are their numbers, and a sample script of what you might say.

2 Hours, be a leader in your community to get letters to each of our state senators and representatives in January asking them to vote for a Wyoming Parental Rights Resolution. There are 30 people working across the state so far. Our goal is 60, as we have 60 representative districts. Email or call and I will discuss this with you.  loftusjan@yahoo.com  307-673-0157

 

To Hope or Not To Hope
By Kevin Swanson, Keynote speaker, HOW 2012 convention

I'm in a quandary. For 15 years, my wife and I have been homeschooling our children out on the eastern plains of Colorado, and then we get a call from the nice people down at the government schools. They said they were from the government and they were here to help me, or something to that effect. Apparently, there are various programs from assorted school districts around Colorado, with nice names like "Faith", "Hope" and "Vision", intended to provide government funding for homeschoolers. Some of the programs offer free computers, some offer free on-line classes, some offer free classes two days a week, and some offer free cash, cold and hard. Now, at first we were filled with hope about such programs, for we have been working hard to pay our taxes in order that other kids can get an education or something to that effect in places called "public schools". And, all the while we are saving the state $35,000 per year by homeschooling our five children.

But before I stuck my hand deep into the trough for my fair share, I thought I would ask the folks from the Faith, Hope, and Vision programs a few questions.

Me: Let me get this straight. You are going to give me $2,000 each for the children that I homeschool. And all I have to do is bring my kid down to your little get-acquainted seminar on September 4th. What does your school district get out of this?

Faith: You get $2,000. And we get to keep $5,000 for administration costs.

Me: What administration costs? Writing me the $2,000 check?

Me: Assistance?

Faith: Sure. We have an office of helpful and experienced teachers who are there to help you if you need them.

Me: What assurances do I have that you will never put any controls on our homeschool program? I'm sure you understand that homeschooling, if it is about anything, is about the freedom to tailor-make an education program to the needs of each individual family and child. We also like to use what we call "Christ-centered" materials for our homeschool program. Would that be alright?

Faith: Whatever you want to do. I can assure you that as long as I am running this program, we are only in it for the $5,000. We could care less what you do with your $2,000 cut of the pie.

Me: What about Biblically oriented materials? more...

HOMESCHOOLING ABCs
A new workshop is in the plans for HOW Convention 2012. "Homeschooling ABCs", a workshop that will be a great help for beginning homeschoolers and those thinking of homeschooling. If you or someone you know could benefit from this, watch for details in future editions of enews. Visit the convention page at: http://www.homeschoolersofwy.org/convention.asp.

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 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
HOW County Contacts as they work to serve you locally and coordinate information between you and the Board.

Wyoming State Bee 2012
Wyoming Community Foundation with USA Touring your hosts for the Wyoming State Spelling Bee 2012 would like to check in with you and give you some additional information and some of the same information to make sure you understand how this years program will work for your students. The Wyoming State Spelling Bee 2012 will take place March 17 at the Best Western Ramkota Hotel here in Casper. All detailed information is available to you once your school has registered for this years event at www.spellingbee.com. In order for your students to participate in the Wyoming State Spelling Bee 2012 program, your school must enroll with the Scripps National Spelling Bee at spellingbee.com by the December 16 deadline. This will also serve as your registration with the Wyoming State Spelling Bee 2012. (This date is an extension to the October 17 deadline that was in effect.) more...

 

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