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__________________________ IHEN Journal __________________________
> #2.11 November 2002


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______________________________________________ CONTENTS__________
: The Autodidactic life,
: is the only life worth learning in.


> [1] LETTER FROM THE EDITOR

> [2] READERS... WRITE... LETTERS
__ you read, you write, we read, we share

> [3] LETTER FROM THE PRESIDENT! (of IHEN, that is)
__ tba

> [4] INDIANAHOMESCHOOLERS E-LIST DIGEST
__ a monthly sampler from IHEN's "IndianaHomeschoolers" list
__ plus why "IndianaHomeschoolers" is THE list for YOU

> [5] HOOSIER HOMESCHOOLERS ON-LINE by jessica radtke
__ free or inexpensive homeschool ideas

> [6] IHEN COUNTY CONTACTS
__ helping hoosiers homeschool -- that's the key

> [7] OFF THE DEB END by debbie harbeson
__ dear john...

> [8] POINTS OF INTEREST
__ science corner: nature's garbage disposal and sauerkraut!
__ nhen.org article: writing letters to the editors
__ don't blink! news in a nutshell


_____ standard stuff __________
IHEN Resource Directory:
> [a] CONTACTS
__ who's who; staff and volunteers
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> [b] COPYRIGHTS/DISTRIBUTION
__ forwarding guidelines
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[1]
________________________________ LETTER FROM THE EDITOR __________
by debbie harbeson
> IHEN-News-Owner@yahoogroups.com


Welcome to the November issue of the IHEN News. In this issue, you'll
see more of your favorites: Jessica's resources, the list sampler, Off
The Deb End, and Rick Beymer has sent us another article for his
science corner.

The IndianaHomeschoolers list had several posts that contained
computer viruses this month. We want to let everyone know that it is
a good idea to never open attachments that come in through an email
list. We have a message in the homeschooling sampler where list
member, Deborah Resnick, offers her assistance to anyone wanting help
or information about fighting computer viruses. Thanks Deborah! Our
own Ben Bennett is very knowledgeable about viruses as well so
contact either of them if you have any questions. You can always
write to the list moderators if you have a question regarding viruses
and the IndianaHomeschoolers list.
> IndianaHomeschoolers-owner@yahoogroups.com

A very cool thing that happened this month is that we have a list
subscriber who is living in Hungary! They plan to move to Indiana
some time in the near future. So if you want to know anything about
Hungary, I'm sure Cheryl will be glad to "converse" online with you.

One final note since this is the month of giving thanks. Thanks to
all of you out there that do anything you can to support IHEN's
mission of Helping Hoosiers Homeschool.
~



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______________________________ LETTERS FROM THE READERS __________
by indiana homeschoolers
> IHEN-News-Owner@yahoogroups.com


If you have something you would like to say about how we're doing,
then put fingers to keyboard and write to the address above. We can't
know what you're thinking... unless we get to read what you're
thinking. -ed.
~



[3]
_____________________________ LETTER FROM THE PRESIDENT __________
by jane casey
> JaneCasey@ihen.org


TBA: There has been a lot of cool things happening so close to
deadline, that we thought we should present the President's letter in
a special mailing. We should be hearing from Jane Casey in about a
week or so. Stay tuned!
~



[4]
_______________________________ INDIANA'S E-LIST DIGEST __________
by debbie harbeson
> DebHarbeson@ihen.org


If you want to go to a specific post, go to our website
> http://groups.yahoo.com/group/IndianaHomeschoolers/ and click on
messages in the left margin. Once there, type in the message number
in the "Msg #" search box. If you see an active link below, you
can use that too! :-) You must be a list subscriber to access the
archives and files. Subscription information is below.

Now for this month's sampler of posts to the list:

> LOCAL AREA RESOURCES:

http://groups.yahoo.com/group/IndianaHomeschoolers/message/8087
Central Indiana Science Fair Information


> STATE RESOURCES:

http://groups.yahoo.com/group/IndianaHomeschoolers/message/8127
Indiana Geological Survey site
> http://igs.indiana.edu/geology/index.cfm

http://groups.yahoo.com/group/IndianaHomeschoolers/message/8144
New private Christian school offering resources for homeschoolers
> http://www.richmondacademy.org/

http://groups.yahoo.com/group/IndianaHomeschoolers/message/8184
Charlotte Mason Seminar in Indianapolis in January
> http://members.aol.com/PennyGar/cmevents.html


> ONLINE RESOURCES:

http://groups.yahoo.com/group/IndianaHomeschoolers/message/8014
Phonics Program-Talking Letters
> http://www.talking-letters.com/

http://groups.yahoo.com/group/IndianaHomeschoolers/message/8028
NOAA Weather Site
> http://www.crh.noaa.gov/ind/index.html

http://groups.yahoo.com/group/IndianaHomeschoolers/message/8062
Math and Science Sites

http://groups.yahoo.com/group/IndianaHomeschoolers/message/8063
New List for Websites for Homeschoolers
> http://groups.msn.com/WebsitesforHomeschoolers

http://groups.yahoo.com/group/IndianaHomeschoolers/message/8104
Various Learning Resources
> http://www.ed.gov/free/

http://groups.yahoo.com/group/IndianaHomeschoolers/message/8116
Post about IndianaHomeschoolers list benefits

http://groups.yahoo.com/group/IndianaHomeschoolers/message/8120
Message from member offering help about computer viruses

http://groups.yahoo.com/group/IndianaHomeschoolers/message/8162
Site full of websites
> http://www.geocities.com/debscleverideas/welcome.html


> INTERESTING DISCUSSION THREADS:

* Thread discussing reading help for 7 year old
* Post about getting dads involved in school
* Thread discussing charter schools and possible affect on
  homeschooling
* Discussion of resources for native plants and animals of Indiana


_____ ABOUT THE IndianaHomeschoolers LIST __________

We believe that the "IndianaHomeschoolers" Networking and Discussion
list is probably one of the better (definately the largest, by
subscriber numbers) 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 "Summer-time Indiana Fishing Hole" from one of our famous
"Off Topic" discussions!! ;-) Tell a friend!
_____
Resources:
__ To subscribe to the IndianaHomeschoolers list, send an email to: 
> IndianaHomeschoolers-subscribe@yahoogroups.com
~



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_________________________ HOOSIER HOMESCHOOLERS ON-LINE __________
by jessica radtke
> jessradtke@yahoo.com


FREE OR INEXPENSIVE HOMESCHOOL IDEAS

This month's "Hoosier Homeschoolers On-Line" features several lists
that pertain to free or inexpensive homeschool ideas. I hope you find
something of use to you and
your family! -jr
_____

"Free stuff, Good links, and good homeshchool ideas. This list is open
to all types of schools; Homeschoolers and private as well as public.
what we want is anything of value that can be obtained for free, by
download, mail or through phone calls for schools."
> http://groups.yahoo.com/group/Freestufforschool/

"If your looking for a list that will help you find cheap and free
homeschool resources, but aren't interested in more worksheets, quiz
makers, or textbook swaps, then this is the list for you!!! I want
this list to be for everyone who is interested, but we will be
discussing resources that are not as schooly, fun things, books,
movies, field trips, web sites etc."
> http://groups.yahoo.com/group/unschoolingcheap/

"This list was created to help homeschool parents find resources for
teaching, be they FREEBIES, homeschool web sites, lesson plans, unit
studies, book and educational software titles, worksheets (the
internet is full of things ... free!) See the resources and FREEBIES
on our homeschool web page at www.MallEtc.com."
> http://groups.yahoo.com/group/homeschoolresourcesnfreebies/

"Welcome to Frugal Homeschooling. Here I hope to share all sorts of
frugal ideas, including free educational games. Anyone is welcome to
share their ideas and creations also!"
> http://groups.yahoo.com/group/frugal_homeschooling/

"This is a list to share free stuff you find on the web. Books, kits,
pencils, crayons, paper, work sheet, and so on, this list is only for
free stuff, that schools can use!"
> http://groups.yahoo.com/group/Homeschoolstuff4free/

--
Next month, more of course. If you have or know of an on-line
resource that you would like to see listed in the "Hoosier
Homeschoolers On-line" portion of the IHEN Journal, send the
information to Jessica Radtke at: > jessradtke@yahoo.com
~



[6]
_______________________________________ COUNTY CONTACTS __________
> CountyContacts@ihen.org


IHEN established the IHEN County Contacts as a means to simply, Help
Hoosiers Homeschool. The all volunteer IHEN County Contacts are
already helping new homeschoolers answer questions about
homeschooling in Indiana. It's wonderful to hear from parents who
have so many good things to say about how quickly IHEN County
Contacts have responded with helpful information. If anything, that
single aspect of helping other homeschoolers makes being a County
Contact well worth it.

If you know someone who is interested in homeschooling in Indiana,
and they don't know where to turn or have a question about
homeschooling in Indiana, why not give them our County Contact
address? Or better yet, pass on the newest homeschooling URL in
Indiana > http://www.ihen.org.

HOW CAN I BECOME AN IHEN COUNTY CONTACT?

Easy: Join our IHEN Organizational Committee list, then ask how to
become a county contact. We'll fill you in on the requirements.

COUNTY CONTACTS TO DATE

You can find out who is where by going to our County Contact page on
the web. If you don't see a Contact in your county.... Well, you know
what to do.
_____
Resources:
__ IHEN County Contacts web page:
> http://www.ihen.org/IHEN_Contacts/IHEN_CCs/
__ IHEN County Contacts E-mail Address:
> CountyContacts@ihen.org
__ Subscribe to the IHEN Organizational Committee List
> IHEN-Org-Subscribe@yahoogroups.com
__ IHEN Internet Base Camp:
> http://www.ihen.org
~



[7]
_______________________________________ OFF THE DEB END __________
by debbie harbeson
> DebHarbeson@ihen.org


A DEAR JOHN LETTER

As readers of this column know by now, I have had periods of doubt
and fear about whether homeschooling was the right decision for our
family. Through it all, I felt a constant positive presence and total
support from my husband, John.

When I finally made the decision to homeschool, it was at the same
time that John was starting a new business. With this in mind, we
both knew that I would have primary responsibility in the day-to-day
activities of homeschooling. He ended up being very involved and the
business itself played a big part in our homeschooling, but still, I
took charge of the venture.

John had total and complete faith in the idea of homeschooling. He
was always available to listen as I worked through my anxieties and
worries. His trust and confidence helped me through those down days
when nothing seemed to go right. On many days, he was better able to
see that our kids were getting a great education. I think this was
partly because I tended to be stuck in the day-to-day details, but he
could focus on the big picture.

In fact, his nonchalant confidence in homeschooling for any family
that desired it was the final straw that convinced a customer to give
it a shot. While he installed a computer at her home for her family,
she took the opportunity to ask him questions about homeschooling.
She told him about her fear of not being able to do a good enough
job. As she tells the story, he just stopped what he was doing,
looked at her and said, "How bad could you be on your worst day,
trying to help your own kids learn, and still be better than the best
teacher on his best day with 25 kids?" Then he smiled at her and went
back to installing the computer. She decided to homeschool after that
conversation.

So, I hope all the readers of this journal will indulge me and let me
use this traditional month of giving thanks to publicly show my
appreciation to my wonderful husband for all his confidence, trust,
and support on our homeschooling journey.

Thanks John.
~



[8]
____________________________________ POINTS OF INTEREST __________


_____ SCIENCE CORNER __________
by rick beymer
> beymer@adamswells.com


The weather is changing and more leaves are falling. Now that you
have your compost bin set up or constructed, it is time to add those
leaves, grass clippings, kitchen food scraps (no bones or fat* fruit
peels and veggie scraps are great), and other sources of carbon and
nitrogen. See this website for more information:
> http://ohioline.osu.edu/hyg-fact/1000/1189.html

Now, how is all of this matter going to become soil? The answer is
time, correct conditions, and bacteria. The bacteria of decay are the
most abundant life form on the planet. No way, you say, not with over
6 billion humans on the planet! Yes, way. These bacteria thrive in
all parts of the world and in all environments. The human body has
several species of bacteria in the intestines that assist with food
breakdown to allow nutrients to enter our bloodstream in order for
these nutrients (protein, carbohydrates, and nucleic acids) to be
delivered to our cells.

To look up close and personal at some bacteria and learn more about
bacteria check out these web sites:

> http://ericir.syr.edu/~rjlaundr/pgems/Biological/BIO0007.html

> http://www.mysterymasters.com/students/mm4/links/Bacteria.htm

> http://www.biology.lsa.umich.edu/~gwk/teaching/ecosystems/bacteria_lec.html

> http://info.hartwick.edu/pinelake/ecotone/num8/dr.html

> http://www.ucmp.berkeley.edu/bacteria/bacterialh.html

> http://www.beyondbooks.com/lif72/2b_link.asp

> http://www.ecb.org/guides/biology/bacteria.htm

Life as we know it would have a difficult time with all the leftovers
from life's activities if these bacteria and fungi were not around
doing their job without pay in the form of money. The decomposer's
pay is in the form of nutrients and energy extracted from breaking
down these leftovers of nature.

Speaking of leftovers, why not place your leftovers in the compost
pile instead of down the garbage disposal? You see, somewhere down
the line, the bacteria are going to get these leftovers at the sewage
treatment plant where the bacteria will simply digest them into forms
of matter less harmful to us so our drinking water is not
contaminated. We can learn much from the bacteria that decomposes
much of the excess human waste produced from our activities here on
planet earth.

For those of you that love sauerkraut and wish to know how to make
your own, send an e-mail with "sauerkraut" as the subject line and I
will be glad to e-mail you a great and simple lab.

--
Rick Beymer is the Director of the Online Science Academy and can be
reached at > beymer@adamswells.com
~


_____ NHEN - NATIONAL HOME EDUCATION NETWORK __________
> http://www.nhen.org


WRITING LETTERS TO THE EDITOR
by cristine webb and laura derrick, NHEN

10/20/02 -- Writing letters to the editors of newspapers and magazines is an
important part of keeping homeschooling issues in the public eye.
Letters to the editor columns are often the most widely read section
of a newspaper or magazine, and public policy officials usually
consider them a good barometer of public opinion. You really don't
have to be an exceptional writer to get noticed if you speak from the
heart and focus on expressing yourself clearly. This short article
shares 6 important tips and provides links that will help you as you
write your own letters to editors.

Read the entire article at the NHEN website:
> http://www.nhen.org/main/default.asp?id=76
_____
Resources:
__ NHEN Website:
> http://www.nhen.org
__ Special webpages for New Homeschoolers:
> http://www.nhen.org/newhser/default.asp?id=227
__ Subscribe to N-H-E-N (New Homeschoolers' Encouragement Newsletter)
> http://www.nhen.org/newhser/default.asp?id=402
~



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_____ DON'T BLINK! NEWS IN A NUTSHELL __________


THE NEW IHEN WEB SITE IS OPEN

The constantly updated and growing IHEN web site is up and online. If
you meet someone who is thinking about homeschooling and doesn't know
where to go first, just tell them to sign up for the
IndianaHomeschoolers list and then stop by our web site:
> http://www.ihen.org
~

IHEN V.P. RAN FOR INDIANA STATE OFFICE

Debbie Harbeson, current IHEN Vice-President/Treasurer, recently made
a run for political office in Indiana. She ran for State Senate in
District 45 (under the name Debbie Huber-Harbeson) on the Libertarian
ticket against a 24-year Democrat incumbent. She received 4,030 votes,
which was 14 percent of the vote total.

She and her husband organized the Libertarian party affiliate in
Clark County and this was the first time voters in her district could
vote for a Libertarian Senator. Her campaign was fairly low-key and
she worked mainly to get the word out about the Libertarian party and
show people dissatisfied with the current government that there is
another choice in Indiana.
~

HELP WANTED

"WORKSHEETS" are on the IHEN-Org list:
If you're interested in helping out as an IHEN volunteer, the place
to network is the IHEN-Org list. Join the list and read the
"WorkSheets" that are posted regularly. You might find a project
that's right up your alley.
> IHEN-Org-subscribe@yahoogroups.com
~

SPEAKING OF NEEDING A LITTLE HELP

We're looking for a new IHEN Journal Newsletter Editor.
As you can see, our statewide newsletter is growing and becoming more
informative. With that growth, comes the need for more help managing.
We are looking for a new editor for the monthly newsletter, and
editors at large for specific sections. If you're interested in
working on the newsletter or writing, you know who you are. Send an
e-mail to:
> IHEN-News-Owner@yahoogroups.com
~

NEWSLETTER AND WEB SITE LOOKING FOR SPONSORS AND SUPPORTERS

Know someone who might want to advertise in the newsletter and on the
web site? We're considering offering limited advertising space. Write
for more information.
> AdManager@ihen.org
~


|END - See you next month and daily on the IndianaHomeschoolers list!|



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


> http://www.ihen.org


_____ IHEN JOURNAL STAFF __________

MANAGING EDITOR: Debbie Harbeson > IHEN-News-Owner@yahoogroups.com
EDITOR: > IHEN-News-Owner@yahoogroups.com
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WRITERS/CONTRIBUTORS - PRESENT AND PAST:
__ Ben Bennett > BBBennett@aol.com
__ Rick Beymer > beymer@adamswells.com
__ Jane Casey > jccasey@mindspring.com
__ Debbie Harbeson > Dtomboy@insightbb.com
__ Marla James > aktundra@whiteduckwebdesign.com
__ NHEN > http://www.nhen.org
__ Betty Malone > bmalone444@hotmail.com
__ Jessica Radtke > jessradtke@yahoo.com
__ Joe (Coach) Stull > chess@thewordsofeternallife.com


_____ IHEN VOLUNTEERS, STAFF, OFFICERS __________

SEND MAIL TO THE IHEN BOARD OF DIRECTORS/OFFICERS
> ihen@ihen.org
__ Jane Casey, President
__ Deb Harbeson, Vice President

IHEN ORGANIZATIONAL COMMITTEE E-MAIL:
> IHEN-Org@yahoogroups.com

IHEN COUNTY CONTACTS STAFF
> CountyContacts@ihen.org

RESOURCE LISTS COORDINATOR: Jessica Radtke
> jessradtke@yahoo.com

IHEN's "IndianaHomeschoolers" E-LIST MANAGERS:
> IndianaHomeschoolers-Owner@yahoogroups.com
__ Benjamin Bennett
__ Debbie Harbeson

IHEN'S PERSONAL CHESS TRAINER: Joe Stull
> chess@thewordsofeternallife.com


_____ IHEN E-MAIL LISTS __________

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"IndianaHomeschoolers," our statewide, open e-mail list for
networking with homeschoolers across Indiana. IHEN moderates other
lists you might be interested in joining. Go to our web site for a
complete list of IHEN's e-lists and moderators.
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