Great Resources at Reading Rainbow

If you are looking for more teaching videos to help you through the slump of teaching your children, check out this website.  They have a lot of videos for helping you educate your child in subjects such as: Foreign Language, getting through the concepts of Math, Art, Entering High School and many more topics.  Next to Home School Legal Defense’s site, this is a keeper.  You may find encouragement in reading the blogs where other mother’s share their experiences in homeschooling…….


Sale on constitution curriculum next week!

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Recommended movie, book, and other information about common core

It was recommended by those in my homeschool group to see a movie called “IndoctriNation” with Colin Gunn.  I understand that this movie “may” be available at most libraries or can be requested if they do not carry it.  Here are some more resources for groups or organizations regarding the new “common core” requirements.

Parents/educstord against common core

Also a good website is

Theeducationalfreedomcoalition – They list what curriculums are adapting to it

Also a recommended book to read regarding “Common Core“, this is suggested from a friend:

I have been reading a book called FedEd (The New Federal Curriculum and How It’s Enforced) by Allen Quist. Has anyone read this book?  It was publish in 2002. Here are some excerpts:
The new Federal Curriculum is a politicized curriculum. Every curriculum theme in the new system of education involves political action and/or governmental restructuring. The civics and government curriculum forms the core curriculum of the entire new Federal Curriculum. Since the 1994 law, HR6, gave the Center of Civics Education (CCE) the authority to determine the national standards in civics and government.
The new textbooks and tests dealing with language arts contain large numbers of selections that are included for the purpose of teaching civics and government.
What is “civics education”? Stated Simply, civics education is education in citizenship. That is, civics deals with the relationship between citizens and government. When we evaluate the new Federal Curriculum in “civics and government,” then, we are studying those themes that are related to government in the United States and how we, as citizens, should be supporting or changing our government. The Issues of this book (FedEd) are (1) whether civics and government should be central to the entire curriculum of our schools, (2) whether the curriculum should consist of certain themes instead of academic disciplines, (3) whether the federal government should be dictating the content of this curriculum, (4) whether on NGO should have the sole authority to write this curriculum, (5) whether the content of this curriculum is defensible, and (6) how this new curriculum is being implemented.
The new Federal Curriculum has been developed to dramatically change all of American society, especially American government. It has been stated, the new Federal Curriculum is all about restructuring America. The agenda is not primarily educational, it is primarily ideological and political.
The new Federal Curriculum is to mold our children into supporters of a new system of government. Doing so requires that our children be indoctrinated into a worldview that leads to this new form of government.
On page 28 of the book, it talks about how the Federal Curriculum has no interest in informing students about the Second Amendment.
On page 32 of the book, it talks about the world wide environmental compact known as Agenda 21. It states that the media is to mobilize their experience in shaping public behavior. In other words, the media is now engaged in propaganda, not objective information. The media are now to support the new Federal Curriculum.
On page 37: The new education system has always said that it would encompass all students, including private school and home school students. On page 39, if private school and home school students are not taught the new curriculum, they will be at a substantial disadvantage when taking the important tests. The superior performance by non-public school students will come to an end because all test will be redesigned to measure only what students have learned as specified by state standards. These state standards, in turn, are closely tied to the new Federal Curriculum. The system is structured to screen out any students who have not been schooled in the new Federal Curriculum.
Is it just me or does this New Curriculum sound like it is coming from Adolf Hitler. Is this history repeating itself? Didn’t Hitler do this to the German youth. This sounds very similar to meCould home schooling soon be outlawed? I believe this Common Core is a threat to home schooling. We need to take a stand!
Here is the link to the book. I think it is under $4.
Check out this website too:



Registration with the district to homeschool is not necessary

The following reminder was sent to me this morning.  Remember to sign up with HSLDA (Home School Legal Defense Association) and FHE (Families for Home Education) to receive important updates about your homeschooling rights!!  If you are part of a local homeschool community many times you may obtain a discount on your membership with either groups by showing your membership card. 


Greetings fellow home educators,
As the school year approaches, FORMS from school districts are surfacing in home educators’ mailboxes . These forms come with the request that parents fill out all the information and thereby register their homeschool with the district.  Some parents, uncertain of their legal rights and understandably loathe to bring trouble on themselves, hasten to comply.
It seems like a logical time to address this perennial problem. MISSOURI LAW DOES NOT REQUIRE THAT YOU REGISTER WITH YOUR SCHOOL DISTRICT.
In recent years, school districts around the state have really stepped up their efforts to deceive (and I do not use that term lightly) home educating parents into believing that registration on an annual basis is required by the state.
This is an absolute falsehood. In fact, every time the school lawyers are contacted by HSLDA lawyers, they back down.  I have a copy of a letter that Scott Woodruff sent to the Ashland school district a few years ago.  Upon receiving Woodruff’s letter, the school quietly stopped harassing parents for that school year.  However they resumed the campaign to persuade families to register the following year. They go so far as to put an advertisement in the Ashland paper, putting the burden on homeschool families to register in order to not be considered truant!
You can look up on the DESE website to see that they correctly state that home educators are not required to register with the school districts.  They underline the word “may”.
Unfortunately, there are too many parents who comply with the erroneous demands of school districts; it emboldens the district personnel to continue to create these forms and to harass home educators.
What is in it for them?  MONEY.  There is some sort of formula through which they can collect more money from the state if they can list home educated children in their district as having registered with them.  Additionally, there is no shortage of those in the state system who have philosophical objections to families not enrolling  children in public school.  It is a control issue.
Why is it in our best interest to resist their demands?  To retain jurisdiction over our own children and the education programs we choose.  If we concede that the state should have the right to oversee our homeschool programs, then we will lose our footing as free and independent “schools”.  We will inevitably slide down that slippery slope of losing freedoms.  We have already seen in the last decade how legislators have tried to introduce bills that would  infringe on our freedoms. Bills that would require * mandatory testing * state teacher certification for parents *common core curriculum for all etc. etc.  It is not passé to be at the ready to defend our rights to choose home education!
Pleas KNOW the Missouri statute pertaining to compulsory school and particularly the section directly pertaining to home education.
If you feel obligated to respond to the school district in one way or another, having received a form,  then consider writing a letter — similar to the withdrawal letter sample offered on FHE website.  Craft your letter so that your message is not misconstrued as registration; it is merely notification of intent to homeschool, it verifies that you are familiar with the state statues and will comply; your children are not truant. You do not have to give names and ages of children.  You do not have to re-notify them on an annual basis. 
Thanks for defending your right, and the rights of all homeschoolers now and in the future. By all means, spread the word to homeschool families who may not be a part of your local support group.

Common Core State Standards

I received an email about the new state law requirement regarding the new “Common Core State Standards” that are being considered and possibly implemented into our children’s education.  Whether you are homeschooling or your children attend public school these “new” standards will not become part of their education.  While the information below is for the state of Missouri please look up how it will impact where you live.

Please be informed and aware of what your children are learning:


Hello all and good morning,

I also have been watching this closely as I was heavily involved with the OBE push quite a few years back, and once I figured out what it was, I no longer supported it.

 Attached is a FAQ created by the state of Missouri about Common Core so you can go to this meeting informed to the state’s position on the matter.

 Notice on page 7, there is this statement:

 How will the Common Core State Standards impact private and parochial schools and families that home school their children?

The Common Core State Standards have been adopted by the State Board of Education for all public schools, including charter schools, in Missouri. Private and parochial schools or families that are home schooling are not required to follow the CCSS. However, some private schools have announced plans to voluntarily adopt the CCSS.

 The official Missouri Common Core page can be found here:

 Remember that once implemented, laws can always be changed to require everyone to adopt these standards, and of course if adopted, there must be state testing of teachers (us), and students to make sure we are adhering to the new common core state standards.

This is a website that contains different lists of publishers who have decided to align (or not align) with Common Core: 

From what I understand, the SAT and ACT are being aligned to the standards, so even if homeschoolers remain “exempt,” we will have to deal with this if our children decide to attend college.

I agree that it is wise to research the new system and its implications for your family, and if you feel led, it might be worth contacting your state legislator. Some states have opted not to adopt the new standards, and other states’ legislatures are considering whether or not to put a halt to Common Core’s implementation in their state.

Protection for Parental Right bill update/UN Disability Treaty up for vote again!!!

Dear Readers,
If you are reading this and like myself, have or know of a child with disabilities please stay alert and help keep this bill from getting passed.  If this goes into effect then those with disabled children will no longer have a right to decide the best care for their loved one.  All decisions will be made by those who are deemed authorized!

Dear FHE members and friends,

Thank you for your help on getting HB 513, Protections for Parental Rights, passed in the Missouri House and sent to the Missouri Senate. HJR 26, a Parental Rights Amendment, also passed the final Missouri House vote this week and was sent to the Missouri Senate.

 We know there have been several very pressing and important issues facing not only the homeschool community, but also the general public. We would admonish you to “be not weary in well doing: for in due season we shall reap, if we faint not.”

 This brings us to yet another pressing issue: the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities Treaty (UNCRPD). We understand from HSLDA that it is on the move again. HSLDA is asking that we call and e-mail our US Senators urging them to oppose the UNCRPD. Then pass this message on to family and friends.

 Senator Roy Blunt– (202) 224-5721

Senator Claire McCaskill– (202)224-6154

 See the HSLDA message below for more details.

 Thank you for your faithfulness to stand with us on these issues,

UN Disabilities Treaty on the Move

Contact Members of U.S. Senate Foreign Relations Committee!

Mike Farris
HSLDA Founder and Chairman

We are hearing from multiple sources that the U.S. Senate’s Foreign Relations Committee is gearing up to hold hearings on the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities. The plan is to hold the hearings sometime next month.

The Senate needs to hear from you immediately that this already defeated UN treaty must not be ratified by the U.S. Senate. The United States Senate must not surrender our domestic sovereignty and the care of children with disabilities to unelected, unaccountable UN bureaucrats. Parents know best how to care for their children with disabilities. U.S. law is the gold standard for ensuring that people with disabilities are protected and able to participate in all areas of U.S. society.

The U.S. Senate is in recess this week, which means that your senators are back in your state meeting with constituents. Please do three things:

1.    Call and email your two U.S. senators and urge them to oppose the UN CRPD. The Capitol Hill Switchboard is 202-224-3121begin_of_the_skype_highlighting skype-ie-addon-data://res/numbers_button_skype_logo.png202-224-3121 FREE  end_of_the_skype_highlighting, and you can use this link to email your senators.

2.    Find out if there is a constituent meeting in your area, or see if you can visit your U.S. senators while they are on recess. You can visit HSLDA’s Legislative Toolbox, click on your state, and then click on your senators to find their personal webpage.

3.    Please share this article with your friends and family, and educate them about the dangers that this UN treaty poses to parental rights, homeschool freedom, and our nation’s sovereignty.

Your message to your senators can be as simple as the following:

“I urge you to oppose the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities. This treaty surrenders U.S. sovereignty to unelected UN bureaucrats and will threaten parental care of children with disabilities. Our nation already has laws to protect Americans with disabilities. This treaty is unnecessary and will hurt families by giving bureaucrats the power to decide what is in the best interests of a child with disabilities, not the child’s parents.”

To find out more about the CRPD please click here. To read the text of the CRPD please click here.

Thank you for joining with us in this battle to protect our children and our children’s future. You defeated this treaty last year. Standing together, we can defeat this treaty once again.


Immediate action Needed, today, April 30-HB 513, Protection of Parental Rights, Moving Forward

April 30, 2013

Dear FHE members and friends,

The follow is an Immediate Action Alert sent out by

Update as of 10:00am–Missouri HB 513, Protection of Parental Rights, will be heard on the Missouri House floor as early as today or as late as tomorrow.  Please call your Missouri State Representative and ask them to vote yes on HB 513. Representative Kurt Bahr is the sponsor of the bill, so if he is your representative do not call. He will vote yes! There is no longer a need to call Representative Deihl’s office. See the following elert for more information.

To find your Missouri State Representative’s  contact information go to

Thank you for your continued support,

Al and Sheryl Schmidt for the FHE Board

FHE Region 6 East Directors


1-877-696-6343 ext. 62


April 29, 2013 elert:


Guess what! HB 513 is out of Rules and will be put on the House floor calendar. Woohoo! Here’s what you need to do…

1. Call your State Representative and ask him or her to vote yes on HB 513 to preserve the rights of parents to direct the upbringing and education of their children. (Visit if you need to look up your representative’s number.)

2.[No longer a need, skip this one]  If you have an extra few minutes, consider calling Representative Diehl (573-751-1544) and VERY briefly letting his assistant know that you feel it’s very important that HB 513 be scheduled on the House floor ASAP to protect parental rights.

3. Do NOT call Representative Bahr’s office if he is your representative. He is the sponsor of the bill and does not need to be asked to vote yes on it. It’s his bill; he will vote yes. 😉

Thank you for your efforts!

Jill Johnson

Missouri Coordinator for