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__________________________ IHEN Journal __________________________
>                                           #2.03 March 2002

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     Editor: Wendy Schlie >
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__________ CONTENTS ______________________________________________
>                        if it's sectionals season, it's snowing

> [1] Letter from the Editor
          spring is in the air and Deb's going over the edge

> [2] Letters from the Readers
          you read, you write, we read, we share

> [3] Indiana's E-list Digest
          a monthly sampler of the riches available on IHEN's
             statewide networking e-list: "IndianaHomeschoolers"

> [4] Hoosier Homeschoolers On-Line
          a bulletin board style forum with "great potential!"

> [5] County Contacts: The Search Continues
          searching for volunteers... looking... looking...

> [6] Off the Deb End
          a column by debbie harbeson

> [7] Points of Interest
          NHEN has a new web site area for librarians


> [a] Contacts
          who's who; staff and volunteers
          e-mail addresses
          e-mail list addresses
          subscription instructions

> [b] Copyrights/Distribution
          forwarding guidelines

__________ LETTER FROM THE EDITOR ________________________________
>[1]                                   by wendy schlie, editor

Welcome to IHEN Journal!

Greetings! In a few short weeks, it'll be spring. And up until a few
days ago, it was spring -- at least weatherwise. I am looking forward
to getting some learning done out of the house. But preferably without
all the cold. Brrrrrr!

In this issue of the Journal, we have the summary of the
IndianaHomeschoolers list and another Indiana homeschool resource
review. We also have a new monthly column, "Off the Deb End," and an
article from NHEN on library support.

Newsletter writing is tough! Okay, so I don't do much writing. But
finding writers is part of my job description as editor. I'm always
looking for more writers and more article ideas. If there is
something you would like to see in the newsletter, please let me
know. Our goal is to provide a newsletter that is useful to you and
one that you want to read each month. As I tell my son, if you don't
tell me what you want, I won't know how to help you. If you think you
have a great idea for a column that you're willing to write, let me
know and you can be in next month's issue. Or if you don't want to
write it, but you still think it's a great idea, let me know & I'll
do my best to find someone to write about it. You can email me at >

Happy St. Patrick's Day! Happy Easter! Enjoy the first blooms of
spring and I look forward to hearing your ideas on how we can improve
the newsletter.

/s/ Wendy

__________ LETTERS FROM THE READERS ______________________________
>[2]                                     comments always welcome!

We know you're out there and reading. Why not drop us a line and let
us know what you think or what you think *we* should think.

_____ Editor's Mail Box __________

E-mail your letters to: >

__________ INDIANA'S E-LIST DIGEST _______________________________
>[3]                                    by debbie harbeson

The IndianaHomeschoolers List continues to receive several inquiries
for information on local support as well as general homeschooling
information. I think our list members have been very helpful to these
new people.

Once again, you can see how our members shared tons of good
resources, and this article is only a sampler. If you want to go to a
specific post, remember, all you have to do is go to our website at
> and click on
messages in the left margin. Once there, type in the message number
on the search box where it says Msg #.

Now for this month's sampler of posts to the list:
   > Numbers refer to message number in the archives at
   > YahooGroups. You must be a list subscriber to access the
   > archives and files. Subscription information is below.

> Local group and support resources:
5911 MacBeth class in Michigan City
5940 Info on Swim Classes at IU Natatorium
5941 Acting Classes In Indianapolis Area

> State Resources:
5919 Minnetrista Center Monthly HS Workshops for 2002
5937 And 5939 Indiana Homeschooling Conferences
6022 Information on Participating in a Bird Count
6056 Oratorical Contest Sponsored by Optimist Clubs
6066 MCHE Convention

> Online Resources:
5907 Olympics Links
5920 Preparing for College Links
5923 Wizard of Oz Links and Resources

> Interesting Discussion Threads on:
* Several posts from Moms considering homeschooling or
  moving to Indiana. One post led to a thread about good
  small towns to live in within Indiana.
* Thread on setting up learning centers
* Thread on American Girl resources

_____ About The IndianaHomeschoolers List __________

We believe that the "IndianaHomeschoolers" Networking and
Discussion list is probably one of the better (if not the only)
statewide e-mail discussion lists going!

And what makes it the best, first source for statewide
homeschooling information and discussion? Our subscribers.

Parents who homeschool are proving every day that Hoosiers are
some of the nicest, most helpful people around. If you aren't
subscribed to IHEN's "IndianaHomeschoolers" e-list, then why not?
It can't hurt, and you might even get the heads up on a really
great "Holiday Craft Project Idea" from one of our famous
"Off Topic" discussions!! ;-) 

To subscribe to the IndianaHomeschoolers Networking and Discussion
List, send e-mail to: >

__________ HOOSIER HOMESCHOOLERS ON-LINE _________________________
>[4]                                          by jessica radtke

This month's featured site is located at 
> It is a bulletin
board style forum that, in my humble opinion, has great potential!

Are you looking for other homeschoolers in your Area? There is a
"Regional Issues" section categorized by location (north, central or
southern Indiana). Is your child gifted? Special needs? There are
support forums specifically on these issues. There are also forums
for teaching preschool, elementary, the "middle years", and the "teen
years", as well as an unschooling forum. You will also find a
"Curriculum Swap" area and a "Curriculum Help" area, plus special
forums just for the kids (categorized by age) and more - all in one

If you have or know of an on-line resource that you would like to see
listed in the "Hoosier Homeschoolers On-line," contact Jessica Radtke
at >

__________ COUNTY CONTACTS _______________________________________
>[5]                            by b. b. bennett & marla james

We are still looking for volunteers to be County Contacts. IHEN's
goal is to have a volunteer parent homeschooler in every county of
the state, available to answer questions via e-mail. It's really
going to be easier than most people believe.

Most of the questions will be from people referred from the
IndianaHomeschoolers list, because they are interested in the
support groups or activities that are going on in your county.

We anticipate the e-mail traffic to be very low, but if you
consider yourself "well connected" and can help out one or two
new homeschoolers a year, wouldn't it be worth the time?

We thought so. Here's how to get started:

To volunteer as an IHEN County Contact, send your NAME, COUNTY,
and E-MAIL ADDRESS to > or to our
County Contact Tracker:
Marla James at >

See the "CONTACTS" section of the "IHEN Journal" for more
important addresses.

_____ COUNTY CONTACTS TO DATE __________

We have volunteer IHEN County Contacts in the following

Boone | Delaware | Hamilton | Lake | Madison
Marion | Owen | Porter | Starke | Steuben

If your county isn't listed, and you think you can answer a few
questions a month by e-mail, why not e-mail Marla and the
address above and let her know you'd like to give this IHEN
County Contact thing a go!

__________ OFF THE DEB END _______________________________________
>[6]                            by debbie harbeson

Hello everyone. This is the first of what I hope to be a series of
articles written by me, Debbie Harbeson. (My name is where the title
comes from. I have been dying to use that ever since I thought of
it.) I am a homeschooling mom living in Southern Indiana. Some of you
know me as one of the moderators of the IndianaHomeschoolers E-mail
List. I have a daughter who is 18 and a son who is 17. We have been
homeschooling for eleven years.

This will be mostly a column about my opinions, thoughts, and
observations. It generally won't be about specific resources. This
first article is an introduction of my plans for this space.

Let me make it perfectly clear that I do not do this because I think
I have everything figured out and am some sort of "expert" Indiana
homeschoolers should listen to. However, I am an "expert" when it
comes to my own family and perhaps some of my experiences and lessons
learned will be helpful to other homeschoolers.

My goal is that this column will be motivating, inspiring and
affirming to other homeschoolers. Deciding to homeschool has been one
of the best decisions of my life. I have no regrets. I want to remind
other homeschoolers that they have made a good decision because I
have found the need to hear that myself once in a while. Also, for
families considering homeschooling, I want to show them that they can
do it, it works, and it can be a very enjoyable experience.

Those knowledgeable about various homeschooling philosophies will
understand what I mean when I say our family has basically followed
the unschooling philosophy. I imagine it will strongly color what I
choose to write about and how it comes out. I have found that even if
you don't totally agree with that philosophy, it does include a lot of
helpful information and strategies that can help anyone trying to

My first article is over and I fear I haven't written anything very
interesting yet. So I will get busy on next month's column and dream
of it being so wonderful you end up giving it a place on your
refrigerator -- right in between the drawing from your
three-year-old, the soccer schedule for your nine-year-old and the
expired pizza coupons.

__________ POINTS OF INTEREST ____________________________________
>[7]                               by pam sorooshian

New Featured Area at - FOR LIBRARIANS

NHEN provides homeschooling information specifically for librarians.

NHEN announces the opening of a new area of its website specifically
designed to help public librarians learn more about homeschooling and
how they can best serve their homeschooling patrons. You will want to
inform your own local public librarians about this in-depth
collection of information created especially for them.

What do librarians need to know? They need to know that homeschooling
is legal and they need to be able to refer people to appropriate
sources of good legal information. They need to understand that
homeschoolers are diverse and that library services appropriate for
one homeschooling family may not be useful for another. They need to
know what the homeschooling community is really like, why families
choose to homeschool, what instructional methods are used, where
homeschoolers get their learning resources, and how homeschooled
children learn to read.

Librarians will also want to know what services homeschoolers say
they want from their public libraries, what challenges librarians
might face in working with homeschoolers, and where they can find
further information on the relationship between homeschooling and

All this, and more, is available in the "For Librarians" area of the
NHEN website at >


[Editor's Note: We want to encourage you to take the press release to
your local library. Here's the link to the press release:


__________ CONTACTS ______________________________________________
>[a]                     who's who; what's where at IHEN

All volunteers working to bring IHEN to Hoosier homeschoolers can be
reached all at once by sending an e-mail to the IHEN Organizational
e-list address >

_____ IHEN Journal STAFF __________

EDITOR: Wendy Schlie >
PRODUCTION: Peach Grove Press/eMedia >


   Ben Bennett >
   Debbie Harbeson >
   Marla James >
   Jessica Radtke >
   Pam Sorooshian

_____ IHEN VOLUNTEERS _____________________________

   Marla James >

   Jessica Radtke >

IHEN's "IndianaHomeschoolers" E-LIST MANAGERS:
   Benjamin Bennett
   Debbie Harbeson

   Benjamin Bennett >

_____ IHEN E-MAIL LISTS __________

The Indiana Home Educators' Network invites you to subscribe to
"IndianaHomeschoolers," our statewide, open e-mail list for
networking with homeschoolers across Indiana. Our e-mail lists are
neither restricted to IHEN members nor to only homeschooling parents.
The "IndianaHomeschoolers" list is open to anyone with an interest in
educating their own children. We hope that by running our statewide
networking list in this fashion, we will be able to communicate to
anyone interested in homeschooling, the diversity and unique family
affirming qualities the home learning lifestyle provides.

Because of this philosophy, the topics and discussions on the
"IndianaHomeschoolers" list are general in nature. Any secondary
e-mail lists we promote or moderate in the future, will likely be
more focused on specific needs. We will try to promote those Indiana
lists in the future. If you moderate an Indiana homeschooling e-list,
write to the Editor (Wendy) with your request for inclusion in our
next issue > or our new E-list
Resource Coordinator, Jessica Radtke > who will
be gathering information for an e-mail discussion list, resource list.

You can join any of the e-mail discussion lists below, by going to
the web site, or sending a blank e-mail to the address given. Some
lists may not be affiliated directly with IHEN or IHEN's members and
are governed by their own rules of conduct as written by their
moderators. Please read list rules and descriptions carefully before
subscribing and posting:


   IndianaHomeschoolers: IHEN's Statewide Networking List

   IHEN-Org: IHEN's Organizational working e-list

   IHEN-News: Subscribe to the "IHEN Journal"





* Affiliated lists are e-mail discussion lists where someone from
IHEN knows and has had conversations with the list moderator. The
list moderator agrees with the principles and mission of IHEN and
while not speaking for IHEN, will attempt to conduct their e-mail
list in a manner that reflects the mission and principles of IHEN.

** Unaffiliated e-mail lists are Indiana homeschooling discussion
lists that have not chosen to affiliate with IHEN, but we feel are of
enough interest to some parents to list them in our directory. That
said, we can neither endorse, nor be held accountable to any actions,
content or abuses that may occur on these discussion lists. As in all
things, your mileage may vary. :-) If you feel any of these e-mail
lists are not worthy of listing, you may forward your comments to the
IHEN Organizational list address > for


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__________ COPYRIGHTS/DISTRIBUTION _______________________________
>[b]                                    forwarding guidelines

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