E-News May Issue 5, Volume 4
The Time Has Come|
President HOW, Todd Smith
I love May in Wyoming. That means the Homeschoolers of Wyoming Convention is just days away. It is one of the highlights of the year for our family as we get to fellowship with other homeschooling families around the state and enjoy great speakers. Each year we are blessed by what is offered and encouraged on this journey for homeschooling.
This year the ABC’s of Homeschooling workshop will be a great addition to the convention. Whether you are just starting out or are a veteran home educator, this will provide some great tips and suggestions to make your education experience better.
Kevin Swanson as our keynote speaker will encourage, challenge and inspire. If you haven’t heard Kevin speak you are in for a rare treat. His passion is contagious.
A new location in Casper keeps the convention centrally located in Wyoming. Just a couple of hours drive from just about everywhere (all right that is a loose number, don’t hold me to it.) We are excited that College Heights Baptist Church is hosting. Their Church and community center buildings will be a great facility for us. A new vendors hall. Great rooms for workshops.
If you haven’t registered there is still time. Go online to our website and sign up today. Register at the door. Bring friends. Let’s crowd together and praise God for things He has done, is doing and will do. May God bless you as you raise up your children in the fear and admonition of the Lord.
See You in Casper Soon,
What the World was Crying Out For
A Forty Year Journey
by Kevin Swanson
Keynote Speaker, HOW 2012 Convention
The homeschooling movement began for me forty years ago. My mother taught me to read in a little two-bedroom home in Portland, Oregon as my father attended a Baptist seminary there. In 1969 my father made a life-altering decision. Years later, I asked him why he decided to go to Japan as a missionary. He told me that he wanted to bring the gospel to the Japanese, but there was something else that played heavily in his decision. Throughout the 50s and 60s he taught in public schools and private Christian schools and he made up his mind that he did not want to raise his children in this culture. So my father took us to an island and made up his own culture.
Occasionally, you will hear somebody complain that homeschooling shelters children from things like fornication, body piercing, rape rap, and people who like to use the f word. They really do have a point. We were the sheltered poster children of the 1970s. There was no denying it. In fact, we were quite self-aware of our weirdness. When I was fourteen years old, the family was on deputation one summer in Illinois, and I was fishing in a large pond near my grandfather’s house. Things got exciting when I reeled in a big one, and some kid in the vicinity expressed his amazement by taking God’s name in vain. In shock, I dropped the fish. But it wasn’t the size of the fish that caught me off guard, it was hearing a swear word for the first time in my life. The fish slithered back into the pond.
Over the next several years, I began to grapple with the relationship of this sheltered boy with the world around me. As I set off for college at seventeen years old, I claimed an old hymn as mine. It was written by Isaac Watts, and we had sung that song often as we met for a forty-minute devotion time each morning as a family out on that island. more...
Across the state there are people considering homeschooling or just beginning the journey. Give them some help by informing them of the Convention workshop, "ABC's of Homeschooling".
The Homeschoolers of Wyoming state convention is a wonderful place and great opportunity to meet with other homeschooling families, hear inspiring and encouraging speakers, and view curriculum and educational resources. Make plans now to attend the annual HOW State Convention May 11th and 12th at College Heights Baptist Church in Casper. The keynote speaker is Kevin Swanson who served as the Executive Director of Christian Home Educators of Colorado from 1998-2009, and still works actively with CHEC in his work with Generations with Vision. The HOW convention is designed to equip all home educating parents to educate their children with excellence by bringing together a variety of speakers, workshops, curriculums, and educational materials for the entire family.
Change of Location
HOW has some great changes coming this year to the convention. We would also like to announce a chance in location. Last year several people mentioned that having the convention in a more central location would be a good idea. This year the convention will be at College Heights Baptist Church, in Casper. We are excited about the possibilities that a new location will bring! Mark your calendar now for May 11-12, 2012!
Visit our website for a Tentative Schedule, Lodging Information, Youth Track, Children's Program, and how you can volunteer. http://www.homeschoolersofwy.org/convention.asp
Convention Public Service Announcement
Listen to a Public Service Announcement that will be playing in radio stations across the state. http://news.homeschoolersofwy.org/HOWaudio.mp3
Want to see what the lineup is for this year’s convention? View the tentative schedule here: