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Sunday, March 23, 2008

Easter 08

We had such a wonderful Easter today. We went to a friend's farm and had a egg hunt with about 50 other kids, and we all had a blast. This was Isaac's real first Easter and he had such a great time, except for trying to pick up cow pies..... we came home and had another egg hunt and I think the kids are all worn out even ol pap paw....





Ashleigh & Isaac

Even our dog Tinkerbell got in on the hunt....


Thursday, March 20, 2008

Spring is here


Spring is my favorite time of year, this week the birds have been out in herds. The children found a bird nest with 5 little blue eggs in it, so they came inside and used our Handbook of Nature Study and the net and found out they are Robin eggs. We wanted to get some pic's but the mamma bird wasn't too happy with us. We have enjoyed watching the trees turn green and a little bunny who lives nearby comes out the same time every night.

This weekend we're going on a farm and go egg hunting, the kids are really excited. This will be Isaac's first real Easter. Hubby will be on call this weekend so we will be having some family time without him this year. We usually cook out and play outside weather permitting.

I got my order in this week for my AbCeDarian books for Noah, Im trying to help him with his reading, having dyslexia makes it hard for him to do Phonics. I am also using another book , The Dyslexia Workbook. I really like that one as it makes him think and put words and sentences together.

We are also using First Language Lessons 3, for Grammar. And we are getting a lott of great results with that. The kids really like MUS, I like the concepts that they use with MUS. Today we studied about Augustus Caesar, he was Julius Caesar's adopted son, we found out that the month of August is named after Augustus Caesar and the month of July is named after Julius Caesar. Thought that was neat.....we absolutely love the story of the world books.

We are planning a day out tomorrow with the kids, and enjoying another beautiful day.

Saturday, March 15, 2008

Homeschooling and Heartschooling

This week has been a busy one, and I feel as if Im getting further behind with all the appointments I have had to go to the past few months. But Im plugging along. I have been thinking the past weeks about " Heartschooling", hmmmm well in other words "character training" I think it begins with Mom and Dad, as I was sitting here the other morning and listening to my children bickering over something it made me do we sound to the Lord when we react to each other like this?

I truly believe we need to get back in God's word and begin to examine our lives under a microscope and change our character in the likeness of Jesus himself. As the saying goes WWJD? That is the way we should react, speak and handle things as parents and our children will see how we respond and they will begin to follow in our paths. I hate dissention, arguing, and chaos. God is our peace.

Children mimmick what they see, I have been guilty myself of not handling things the way they should be handled and the Lord has been speaking to me about character training. I read a wonderful article on Lifestyle Homeschooling that hit home. This week we are going to work on our family's "Character Training" and see where the Lord leads us.

Tuesday, March 11, 2008

Chuck Norris on HSing in CA

Please continue to pray for the HSers in California.

Time for a Texas-style round up!
Posted: March 10, 2008

Our twins are homeschooled. That is the present educational option we have chosen for them and us. It is our right to do so as parents and American citizens. But, increasingly across this union, private academic alternatives are coming under attack, being legally stripped of their value and even being labeled unconstitutional and illegal.

Dr. James Dobson calls it "an all-out assault on the family … [and] an imperious assault on the rights of parents."

Brad Dacus, the president of the Pacific Justice Institute, said about one recent ruling, "The scope of this decision by the appellate court is breathtaking. It not only attacks traditional homeschooling, but also calls into question homeschooling through charter schools and teaching children at home via independent study through public and private school. If not reversed, the parents of the more than 166,000 students currently receiving an education at home will be subject to criminal sanctions."

These disparaging remarks are the result of a shocking California state appeals court ruling last week, that declared parents without teaching credentials do not have a constitutional right to homeschool their children. Besides statewide consequences, this decision could set a legal precedent for other states as well.

A brief summary of parental erosion

At the core of these types of ludicrous rulings is the assault on the parent-child relationship by judges who refuse to support or even acknowledge parental rights. This California appellate judgment shows how lower courts are also following suit in alliance with similar federal verdicts. Crossing the borders of our homes, government is infringing upon our parental freedoms and responsibilities.

Even strict Constitutional interpretation has been used to lessen the roles of guardians, citing a growing belief that a right cannot be protected by the federal courts if it isn't explicitly stated in the Constitution.

And, strange as it might seem, even international law is encroaching on our parental borders. Violations to our inalienable rights are being exacerbated through gatherings like the U.N. Convention on the Rights of the Child, or UNCRC.

Educational elimination déjà vu?

The reason government courts are nationally cracking down on private instruction has more to do with suppressing alternative education than assuring educational standards.

The rationale is quite simple, though rarely if ever stated. If one wants to control the future ebbs and flows of a country, one must have command over future generations. This is done by seizing parental and educational power, legislating preferred educational materials and limiting private educational options. It is so simple any socialist can understand it. As Joseph Stalin once stated, "Education is a weapon whose effects depend on who holds it in his hands and at whom it is aimed."

Is it merely coincidental that homeschooling was outlawed by the Soviet State in 1919, by Hitler and Nazi Germany in 1938 and by Communist China in 1949? Will California be next? America? Will we yield control and our educational rights as parents? Such would not only be an American travesty but a human disgrace.

What you can do to fight educative and legislative tyranny

1. If we are to sustain private educational options in society, we must rid ourselves of passivity and step into the rings of political activity. The system will get worse, not better, if all we do is complain about it. As Thomas Jefferson once said, "All tyranny needs to gain a foothold is for people of good conscience to remain silent."

2. Educate yourself on your particular state's legal academic options. Understand your parental and educational rights, and teach them to others. As Thomas Jefferson also said, "Educate and inform the whole mass of the people. … They are the only sure reliance for the preservation of our liberty."

3. Whether you homeschool or not, support an organization like Home School Legal Defense Association, or HSLDA, that protects families who do.

4. Oppose bad or unconstitutional rulings. Petition the Supreme Court of California to "depublish" its ruling and opinion, which would restrict it from being used by other California courts. And don't forget to appeal to my old buddy the Governator. Tell him to flex his muscle on this appellate motion, or Texas might have to export a Ranger to get 'er done!

5. Petition your representatives to support a constitutional amendment protecting the child-parent relationship from unreasonable government intrusion.

'Eternal hostility toward every form of tyranny'

Unfortunately there are people and forces out there that truly fear traditional family values and particularly the Christian voice taught in private education. We must remind any prejudicial dissenter that our parental rights and educative freedoms were also embedded by our forefathers into the Constitution, and even the Declaration of Independence. Therein government is demanded to "secure" or protect them:

We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness. That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed, That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness.

As our Founding Fathers swore to uphold these, so must we. Thomas Jefferson committed, "I have sworn upon the altar of God, eternal hostility against every form of tyranny over the mind of man." I know others would join me in rightly assuming that in our day "every" form of tyranny could also include publicly forced educational indoctrination. Friends, while you keep one eye on our national borders, you might keep the other on your state's. If academic corruption is easily conceived in California, how long will it take to crawl to your state line?

My warning to such creeping companies of corruption is this: Best not to test Texas. If you thought we fought hard for the Alamo, wait until you see what we can do for academia. You can hide your sleaze behind No. 2 pencils, but our branding irons will find your tail sides.

Monday, March 10, 2008

California Homeschool Ruling

I received this today, it sounds a little promising for the California Homeschoolers. We need to be praying for them, we have to stand in the gap for them.

Governor Schwarzenegger Vows to Protect Homeschooling in California
Teresa Neumann (March 10, 2008)

"Parents should not be penalized for acting in the best interests of their children's education. This outrageous ruling must be overturned by the courts, and if the courts don't protect parents' rights, then as elected officials, we will."

(Sacramento, Ca.)—Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger denounced a state appeals court ruling, concerning the home-schooled family of Phillip and Mary Long, that severely restricts homeschooling. In addition, the governor has promised to change the law if necessary to guarantee that parents are able to educate their children at home. (Photo: Chronicle/Lacy Atkins)

"Every California child deserves a quality education, and parents should have the right to decide what's best for their children," said Schwarzenegger. "Parents should not be penalized for acting in the best interests of their children's education. This outrageous ruling must be overturned by the courts, and if the courts don't protect parents' rights, then as elected officials, we will."

Says Phillip Long: "The parent-child relationship existed long before any government and makes it the responsibility of the parent to educate the child. That responsibility includes protecting one's children from things hazardous to the child, emotionally as well as physically. I believe the Creator wants us to protect our children from things we believe are hazardous to their character."

Saturday, March 8, 2008

I am asking for prayer for Robin Sampson, a wonderful friend and fellow homeschool Mom. She is the owner of Heart of Wisdom blog, homeschool store etc. She is in the hospital under going some tests on her heart and I would like prayer for her and her family as they go through this situation. We need to cover each other in prayer and believe God for a miracle and good report. Robin we love you and are praying for you!!!