E-News September Issue 8, Volume 4
Time to say goodbye|
HOW President, Todd Smith
They say that all good things must come to an end. My wife Melissa and I have enjoyed our 5 years serving on the board of Homeschoolers of Wyoming and our last two years serving as the President of this organization. We have enjoyed being involved in these ways and hope to continue to be involved behind the scenes in Wyoming for years to come.
At our annual HOW Board Meeting on September 22 it will be time to pass on the torch to others and step aside so others may lead. I want to take the time to publically thank the current and pass board members that we have served with over the last five years. These couples work tirelessly to preserve and protect home education in Wyoming and to put on a yearly convention. I encourage you to step alongside these good people and give them a hand. Consider serving on the board and offer to volunteer in whatever way you are able.
One of the highlights of our year is always the HOW Convention. We have met many wonderful families around our state and have been blessed by your friendships, support and encouragement. If you ever get to Riverton drop by, we’d love to see you.
As one chapter closes a new one begins. This will be a time of transition for HOW and for our family. My prayer is that God will continue to bless abundantly as we continue to serve Him in various ways. Pray for the board during this transition and keep involved with HOW.
To God Be the Glory!
HOW BOARD MEETS IN TWO WEEKS
Homeschoolers of Wyoming Board Meeting is scheduled for September 22 in Casper. We are recruiting new board members to help with various areas such as updating the website, eNews, convention, and assisting new homeschoolers by phone or email. If you feel the Lord is calling you to serve your fellow homeschoolers by joining the HOW Board, please contact Todd Smith or Jan Loftus at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
A New School Year is Here
Whether we have longed for the formal days to start again, dreaded the routine, or maybe did not take the summer off, September is here and most of us are back to a more formal routine. One of our wonderful Wyoming convention speakers a few years ago was the Boyers. They have a helpful blog called, "The Learning Parent Blog." Here is an article by Marilyn about adjusting to a new school year.
By Jan Loftus
Congress has been in recess for a month to enable members to spend time in their home states. The 112th Congress resumes September 10th. We need to be alert to the United Nations treaties, especially the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (UNCRPD), which passed Senate Committee in July with a yes vote from Wyoming Senator Barrasso. Every one of these treaties gives some of our sovereignty over to the United Nations. We were not fond of King George's tyranny. Would we be happier under committees run by people from China, Iran, and North Korea? The UNCRPD also diminishes parental rights. If you have not contacted our Senators, please put it on your "week of September 9th" calendar to email or write to them asking Senator Barrasso to reverse his position and thank Senator Enzi for always standing for disability law in the United States and for our sovereignty.
The Joy of Reading
By Jan Loftus
Reading to my children was a highlight of our homeschooling years. Not only was this educational, but it gave us a greater family bond. We read series such as Little House on the Prairie and Narnia and we read books that were above the children's reading level, but not comprehension, such as A Tale of Two Cities. Many of these wonderful books were new to Dad and Mom too. Through reading aloud I could share with my children favorite books from my own childhood. On occasion we would have to do some editing or even set a book aside.
If your children are fond of reading on their own, ideally you could preread all the books. The resources I found the most valuable were book lists by Christians. My favorite was a book held by some Wyoming libraries, Honey for a Child's Heart by Gladys Hunt. We found great read alouds in there too. You might do a search for read alouds for Christians. Of course trusted homeschool friends are a wonderful resource.
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.