Preparing for a new school year?

Summer will be gone before you know it and another school year will be starting, unless you were similar to our family which went year round.  🙂

In most states, there are homeschool groups that will offer classes, social activities, etc., that will allow your children to meet and socialize with their peers. If your family enjoys meeting other homeschool families to play sports or just get together I would recommend searching them out.  We learned about our local homeschool group from the library.

I  want to take this time to give a warning to all parents that when/if you participate in activities outside of your home to read all documents that you are asked to sign.  Be aware!

I recently came across an article that discussed a new form coming out for the school year that in essence will give doctors and emergency personnel to make decisions that “they” feel are best in the event that there is an emergency.  In signing this form permission will be given to administer medical as the attending physician or doctor deems necessary.

This is an important reminder that even if your child does NOT attend school, that in any activities or groups they may attend this may soon be a requirement.

Please readers, remember your children were given to you from the Heavenly Father!  It is your job to know and protect them from any harm.  I would also recommend that you teach your child to protect their health too.

We have experienced situations in the past with my autistic son who is on a kosher diet. that providers and personnel were not always diligent in protecting our requests. It did not matter whether they were written down or another personnel stated that it would be honored.  When staff changed so did our statements and requests about honoring our beliefs and diet.

It is up to you to ask questions and be informed!  Have a great school year!

Below is the form showing the stipulations parents are asked to agree to!


Some things I learned in homeschool my children!!

I have recently had the intense privilege in my state to home-school my children through high school.  The last child to complete her studies is now starting the entrance for the upcoming college courses.  There are several things that I have learned over the years in this endeavor:

  1. Join the local homeschooling group for activities and support
  2. I highly recommend joining the HSLDA (Home School Legal Defense Association)
  3. Make sure to KNOW for your state regarding how many hours and curriculum that your state requires for completing work.
  4. You do not have to resort to the GED for your child to graduate their studies.
  5. Be a part of the lobbying groups for your state
  6. Not all curriculum is beneficial for each child, you may need to adjust your curriculum to suite each child’s academic needs.
  7. Homeschooling does NOT mean that your child needs to sit indoors all day working at a desk in order to be considered homeschooling.  Hours and studies can be adjusted to your family’s needs.

    I am so glad to that my husband and I decided to home-school our children.  They have turned out to be very wise individuals who are knowledgeable and social.  We have been able to schedule our schooling to our families needs and still come out strong.

    In light of the recent activities going on in the public school systems that are against our beliefs and moral standards I STRONGLY recommend homeschooling your children.  If you are concerned about your educational abilities just remember there are MANY resources available now for parents to assist you in your “classroom”.   If you wish to delve into a subject in more depth than what the public system would do you have that option.

    Stay tuned as we start a series on beginning the home-school process for your school-age children.

New Common Core Standard “extremely serious failings”

For those who may be considering Common Core education for their children, PLEASE read this article before choosing a curriculum or putting your children in public school!

For those who may not have heard or know much about the new “Common Core Standards” for education, this Stanford Professor has called into question the problems many of the students will have!



Aimee Herd : Sep 5, 2013 : Perry Chiaramonte – FOX News

“With the new math standard in the Common Core, there are no longer absolute truths. So 3 times 4 can now equal 11 so long as a student can effectively explain how they reached that answer.” -Glyn Wright

students With the implementation of the new Common Core curricula in America’s public schools, the case for private and homeschooling options may be stronger than ever.

When the Stanford professor tapped to provide input on the math portions refuses to sign off on it because its content is so severely lacking, it’s time…

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Should you homeschool?

Another school year has started and for many the choice might be to just send your child to school and not deal with the hassle of perusing through curriculum choices, work schedules, time management, etc., to decide the best option for schooling your children. There are so many options to pick from so the easiest solution may be to forgo the task.

I am pleading with parents reading this blog to really pray and consider your decision to NOT be a part of your child’s academic and social instructions.  When our children were little my husband and I made the decision that we would always be a part of our children’s life and not send them off to others for care and education.

Many of the teachings being done in schools are no longer about getting the best education that you need but to indoctrinate the upcoming generation to the new social norms. This is becoming evident in the new “common core” restrictions and and what is “allowed” to be taught to your children. Did certain events in history really happen or were they just grand elusions?

I am enclosing an article for those who did not see it on my social media page. There are many tax breaks and grant money that the schools obtain when they are aware of how many children are in your area, even if your children do not attend the school as long as they know about them and you dutifully report to the school your information they receive the money. If you do comply with the requests there shouldn’t be any problems right?  Wrong…..

I hope that although the decision might be hard to make, that the efforts are definitely worth it.  I have used workbooks, put together my own curriculum to now I use a curriculum software called “Switched on Schoolhouse”.  All schoolwork has been made up and can be easily graded but as the Teacher I can put in another curriculum if I want to or take out materials that are repeats.

Overall homeschooling your child is a very rewarding job! You know that your children are getting the best education that you can give them without compromising your moral, religious and social beliefs.  If you do end up complying or even over-complying with the schools in your area to provide information that has not been requested then the likelihood of more involvement and dictation on what you can/can not teach your children will become the norm.  For example: the law which passed stating that if you receive government assistance with programs then they at a later time can dictate what your lessons plans involve and punish those who are teaching academics beyond their permission.

For many centuries parents have educated their children.  You are capable and smart enough to educate your child, don’t believe in the lies that you lack the necessary tools to be a homeschooling parent.

Have a great school year!

US House Bill HR 610 Update

This is a corrected version of the email “US House Bill HR 610 – FHE and HSLDA message”. Thank you for your patience with FHE.

FHE desires to keep our membership informed concerning homeschool issues in Missouri and in Washington D.C. Therefore FHE is passing along this message from HSLDA concerning US Congress Bill HR 610: “4 Ways That HR 610 Will Threaten Your Rights”

Please read the HSLDA message below for details and how you can help.

The bill sponsors are homeschool friendly, but they do not understand the dangers it will present to homeschools.  Government money always has strings attached. Homeschooling has succeeded over the years because we have the freedom to tailor our children’s education to the needs of each individual child. If you agree with the need to keep home education free from government interference, HSLDA is suggesting you write a courteous letter to the following US Representatives who are the bill sponsors.

Congressman Steve King
2210 Rayburn Office Building
Washington, DC 20515

Congressman Andy Harris
1533 Longworth HOB
Washington, DC 20515

Congressman Pete Olson
2133 Rayburn Office Building
Washington, DC 20515

HSLDA Message:

4 Ways That HR 610 Will Threaten Your Rights
William A. Estrada, Esq.
Director of Federal Relations

It has been said that there is no such thing as a free lunch. As homeschooling families know too well, government money will eventually lead to government control.

That’s why HSLDA is opposing a bill introduced by our friends in Congress, Rep. Steve King (IA), Rep. Andy Harris (MD), and Rep. Pete Olson (TX). Though well-intentioned, H.R. 610 is ultimately ill-advised. The bill calls for sending all federal education dollars to the states in the forms of federal grants so that the states can then give the money as vouchers to public, private, and homeschool students.

If the bill only applied to public schools and traditional brick-and-mortar private schools, HSLDA would take no official position on it. There is no question that many millions of children are stuck in public schools that fail to meet their needs, and school choice would be an incredible benefit to them.

But HSLDA has repeatedly told our friends on Capitol Hill that our members and many other homeschooling families know that government dollars will eventually result in government regulation. Although we are grateful for our friends on Capitol Hill, and although we know that representatives King, Olson, and Harris are well-intentioned, they need to hear loud and clear from the homeschool community. Even though the vouchers created by H.R. 610 would be voluntary, we believe that this would be a slippery slope toward more federal involvement and control in homeschooling.

If you do not want federal government “help,” if you just want to be left alone, this is the time to speak up.

Dangers of H.R. 610 (click here to read a PDF version of the bill with page numbers cited below).

  1. Elimination of language protecting homeschool freedom in U.S. Code: Page 2, paragraph (a) repeals in its entirety the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965, which was most recently reauthorized as the Every Student Succeeds Act. While HSLDA applauds this repeal language, as we believe that the federal government has no constitutional authority to make education decisions which should be left to state and local authorities, this full repeal would also eliminate HSLDA’s language fully protecting homeschool freedom from all federal control.
  2. Creation of a “federal right to homeschool:” Page 3, Sec. 104 requires states to make certain assurances in order to receive their portion of federal education dollars. One of the requirements (paragraph (2)(A) on page 3) is that states “make it lawful for parents of an eligible child to elect … to home-school their child.” While this sounds good, HSLDA has fought — successfully—for decades to make sure that there is no “federal right to homeschool” because what could be created by a favorable Congress could be regulated by a future, hostile Congress. It is far better (and far more constitutionally sound) for education decisions—and homeschool freedom—to be protected at the state level. We ask our friends at the federal level to simply leave homeschooling families alone. The Constitution protects the right of parents to direct the education and upbringing of their children, as the U.S. Supreme Court has ruled in its seminal cases of MeyerPierce, and Yoder. Federal legislation to “protect” homeschooling is unnecessary.
  3. States would need to track homeschooling students: Numerous provisions in H.R. 610 require states to count the number of eligible students in their state. Page 4 says “The State shall distribute funds . . . based on the number of eligible children in the public schools . . . and . . . the number of eligible children . . . whose parents elect to send their child to a private school or to home-school their child.” Page 5 requires “on an annual basis” that school districts count the number of eligible students who attend public schools, and “whose parents elect—to send their child to a private school or to home-school their child.” There is only one way that states and school districts can do this: by requiring homeschooling families to register with them, and be tracked by the school district. This will be especially problematic in states that do not require homeschooling families to file a notice of intent with the local school district. H.R. 610 will require homeschooling families in all 50 states to register with the local school district. This would be just the first cost of “free government money.”
  4. The government would now get to decide how much parents should spend on homeschooling: Paragraph (B) on page 6 requires that the federal education vouchers to parents who choose a homeschool “shall not exceed the cost of home-schooling the child.” Who will now decide how much it costs to homeschool a child? The government. Page 8 further requires that the federal education vouchers “be distributed in a manner so as to ensure that such payments will be used for appropriate educational expenses.” This is not defined, meaning that government officials and public schools will decide what qualifies as an appropriate educational expense. HSLDA has heard over the course of 33 years from numerous parents who have elected to teach their children at home through a government-funded virtual or correspondence school. In their experience, they found their curriculum options shrunk as each choice had to pass a government litmus test.

Action Request: Call Congress Now!

At this point, it is only necessary to contact these sponsors of this bill, Representatives KingHarris, and Olson.

If one of these is your U.S. representative, please call or email him, and politely ask him to take homeschooling families out of the bill, including homeschooling families who are defined by their state’s education law as private school students.

(Note: While Rep. Trent Franks (AZ) is also listed as a cosponsor of H.R. 610, we talked with him and his staff and they agree with our concerns about homeschooling families being included in H.R. 610. As a result, there is no need to contact his office, and we are deeply grateful to him for his commitment to protecting homeschool freedom from “help” by the federal government. Here is the statement Franks gave us: “I understand the concerns of the homeschool community. My support for the bill only extends to vouchers for public school and private school students. If this bill moves forward, I would request that any language that would impose vouchers upon homeschools is taken out.”)
Please remember that these congressmen are friends of homeschooling, and that their bill is well-intentioned, while ultimately dangerous. We encourage you to identify yourself as a homeschooling parent.

Your message can be as simple as the following:

“As a homeschooling parent, I oppose H.R. 610. I do not want to receive federal vouchers. Government money will ultimately lead to government control and regulation, which will stifle the success of homeschooling. I am grateful for your past support of homeschool freedom, and urge that you protect the future of homeschooling by rewriting H.R. 610 to ensure that homeschools, and homeschools defined by state laws as private schools, do not receive federal money.”

You can reach these congressmen by calling the Capitol Switchboard at 202-224-3121. If one of these members of Congress represents you, you can find his direct phone numbers and email addresses here.
If you live outside of these districts, we encourage you to take to social media to politely (but firmly) remind these congressmen that homeschooling families do not want federal vouchers. You can also send each congressman a letter via the U.S. Postal Service.

HSLDA opposes H.R. 610 for reasons of prudence and principle.

Once homeschools become publicly funded by the federal government, more scrutiny and more control are likely to follow. After all, homeschooling families will be spending government money, and the Congress has a responsibility to guard the public fisc.

On principle, homeschooling has succeeded as a movement in part by being different. Unlike typical constituencies asking for our piece of the public-money pie, we have simply asked the federal government to leave us alone. This has fostered one of the most dynamic social movements of our lifetime.

The spirit of self-government at the heart of private homeschooling has led to a vibrant social network of small groups and statewide groups who depend on each other—not on the government. The homeschool movement has been a better idea because we built it ourselves.
Routinely taking federal tax dollars will enervate the movement, lead to more squabbles between families and the state, and will result in more scrutiny, oversight, and control.

Thank you for standing with us for liberty as together, we fight to keep homeschooling free.

Is now the time to homeschool?

I want to start off this post by congratulating all you parents who have made the monumental decision to educate your children on your own!  It may seem daunting and overwhelming but I encourage you to continue your endeavors for the sake and well being of your children.

Now more than ever, there is a great push to educate your children into the new way of thinking and reasoning that may not align to your standards, values and morals. Since school let out a few months ago, many things have changed and more is probably coming up as the school year commences.

A video by a friend of ours revealed that a law was passed for all gender bathrooms, which means you are allowed to use whatever restroom you feel inclined to.  There has also been news releases that Satanic cult clubs are coming to schools near you.  Another release has been the craze of Pokemon Go, which teaches children to hunt and capture little demonic creatures that show up on your phone, all the while explaining how these things are innocent and ways to increase tolerance.

Parents, it seems that schools have very little interest in educating your children with the basic academia that will allow them to be successful in the workforce.  I strongly encourage you to teach your children the absolute basics knowing that there will be much opposition for not following the majority.

I was overwhelmed at first but did manage to find curriculum that taught the basic academic skills and more.  You may find that what is available now has been changed to the new rationalization process, therefore, I would suggest making your own program or using another biblically based curriculum available online. Here is the link to the curriculum we used: If you have any questions or information about specific curriculum, please comment below!

In addition to a basic home school curriculum, it is important to have a social outlet for your children as well. Spending time at home school co-ops, youth groups and with like-minded friends/family are great opportunities for your children to interact and learn key social skills.

Also, if you haven’t signed up with Home School Legal Defense Association, I would encourage you to do that as well. They will defend your rights to home-school, and walk you through any problems that arise.

You may also find a local home school group in your area for support and activities with other families.

Enjoy your school year!


HSLDA defends Missouri homeschool family!

Judge must answer to Supreme Court

Dear HSLDA Members and Friends

On April 5, 2016, the Supreme Court of Missouri asked Circuit Court Judge R. Craig Carter’s lawyer to respond to HSLDA’s petition, in which we asked the Court to halt a hearing in “truancy court.” The high court gave Judge Carter until 4:30 p.m. on Monday, April 11, to respond.

HSLDA filed the petition on the morning of April 1, 2016 on behalf of a family who had received a summons to “truancy court” because they had withdrawn their 6- and 8-year-old children from the Ava public schools. We learned that so-called “truancy courts” are not really courts at all; it is a term used around the state for voluntary diversion programs designed to keep kids in school without formally prosecuting them.

But this family received a formal-looking “summons” that even I, an experienced homeschool lawyer, originally believed to be legitimate. The “summons” threatened to take legal custody of the children if the parents didn’t show up.


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At 10 p.m. EDT on Friday, April 1, we learned that the Court of Appeals had denied our petition. The next morning, we electronically filed the same petition in the Supreme Court of Missouri, asking it to halt the Monday morning hearing. We also asked the Court to put a stop to the local policy of “summoning” parents who withdraw their children from public school to homeschool them.

We showed the Court a Missouri statute which says that “a declaration of enrollment to provide a home school shall not be cause to investigate violations of section 167.031 (compulsory attendance).” In other words, “the ‘summons’ to truancy court is not only in excess of the court’s jurisdiction; the ‘policy’ that animates it was anticipated by the Legislature and has been expressly forbidden.”

HSLDA Senior Counsel Scott Woodruff flew to Missouri on Sunday to appear for the family on Monday morning. As Woodruff waited outside the courtroom, Judge Carter came out and said that the Supreme Court had called him that morning and that the hearing was “continued” (postponed indefinitely).

On Tuesday afternoon, a Springfield law firm notified the Supreme Court that it represented Judge Carter. A few hours later, the Supreme Court requested Judge Carter’s lawyer to respond to the petition by next Monday.

We will continue to keep you posted as this case unfolds. Thank you for your support.


Jim Mason
Vice President for Litigation and Development