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__________________________ IHEN Journal __________________________
> #3.03 March 2003


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> [1] LETTER FROM THE EDITOR

> [2] READERS... WRITE... LETTERS
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> [3] IHEN PRESIDENT'S LETTER

> [4] INDIANAHOMESCHOOLERS E-LIST DIGEST by debbie harbeson
a monthly sampler from IHEN's "IndianaHomeschoolers" list

> [5] HOOSIER HOMESCHOOLERS ON-LINE by jessica radtke
go look it up yourself! (online references)

> [6] IHEN IN-terview: JESSICA RADTKE
meet jessica radtke, your ihen hamilton county contact

>>> NEW FEATURE COLUMN ON FIELD TRIPPING AND TRAVEL!
> [7] MAIDWELL - TRAVELS by deanna maidwell-baatz
the james whitcomb riley home

> [8] POINTS OF INTEREST
rick beymer's science corner: dna and cloning LinkMania!!

nhen.org article: it's legislative season!

>>> NEW! ben bennett's site sightings: what's new @ ihen.org

news in a nutshell
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[1]
________________________________ LETTER FROM THE EDITOR __________
by debbie harbeson
> IHEN-News-Owner@yahoogroups.com


Hello everyone and I hope you are beginning to thaw out from the
winter cold. I have good news for all of you ready to get the kids
out of the house. This month we have the first installment of Deanna
Baatz's travel journal, which is about the James Whitcomb Riley Home
in Indianapolis.

Rick Beymer gives us loads of science links and NHEN has an article
on how to work with the state legislature. This is of particular
interest since this past month the Indiana Senate almost introduced a
resolution to study parents who homeschool.

Jessica Radtke helps us all to simply "go look it up yourself" as she
gives us fascinating sites for looking up information on the Web.

Hope you enjoy this issue. Let us know.

Debbie
~



[2]
______________________________ LETTERS FROM THE READERS __________
by indiana homeschoolers
> IHEN-News-Owner@yahoogroups.com


IHEN's IndianaHomeschoolers e-mail list received a note from a new
homeschooler thanking everyone for being so helpful to her. We
thought it would be nice to reprint it here. -ed

From: Theresa Heyn
> theresamheyn@yahoo.com
Thank you so much for all your advice, and info. It is much
appreciated!!!!!! This email group has changed my way of thinking
about educating my child. I now feel like she has a chance. Sadly, I
was starting to feel like I should just accept that she would always
do poorly with school. I am fully convinced that even if she
qualified for special ed. - I still would homeschool her. I feel like
it is the only chance she has. THANKS AGAIN!!!!!!
Theresa

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


Jane Casey regrets that she was unable to write a President's Letter
this month. Please keep her in your thoughts and prayers as she
recovers from a condition that makes typing difficult.

-ed
~



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


More and more people searching for homeschooling information in
Indiana are starting to find the IHEN website.
> http://www.ihen.org/
Many end up joining the IndianaHomeschoolers list and so again this
month we had lots of discussions helping families new to
homeschooling. -dh
_____

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/9053
Offering for group or private Spanish or German Classes in
Porter/Lake County

> http://groups.yahoo.com/group/IndianaHomeschoolers/message/9110
Delaware County newsletter excerpts

> http://groups.yahoo.com/group/IndianaHomeschoolers/message/9173
Johnson County Public Library Programs

> http://groups.yahoo.com/group/IndianaHomeschoolers/message/9288
New homeschool group in Southwest Indiana

> http://groups.yahoo.com/group/IndianaHomeschoolers/message/9322
Geology and Art Classes for homeschoolers in Whitestown, IN area

> http://groups.yahoo.com/group/IndianaHomeschoolers/message/9412
NE Indiana Activities

> http://groups.yahoo.com/group/IndianaHomeschoolers/message/9417
Louisville Slugger Museum


STATE RESOURCES:

> http://groups.yahoo.com/group/IndianaHomeschoolers/message/9099
Minnetrista Center 2003 Schedule

> http://groups.yahoo.com/group/IndianaHomeschoolers/message/9314
Article about homeschooling in Muncie

> http://groups.yahoo.com/group/IndianaHomeschoolers/message/9114
Resources from Homeschool Free Stuff newsletter

> http://groups.yahoo.com/group/IndianaHomeschoolers/message/9090
Art website

> http://groups.yahoo.com/group/IndianaHomeschoolers/message/9102
Geography lesson plans

> http://groups.yahoo.com/group/IndianaHomeschoolers/message/9105
Homeschool postcard exchange

> http://groups.yahoo.com/group/IndianaHomeschoolers/message/9162
HSLDA conducting study of homeschooled adults

> http://groups.yahoo.com/group/IndianaHomeschoolers/message/9205
Reading Rainbow Contest

> http://groups.yahoo.com/group/IndianaHomeschoolers/message/9357
Parts of speech teaching tool

> http://groups.yahoo.com/group/IndianaHomeschoolers/message/9362
Information about high school science for college bound homeschoolers

> http://groups.yahoo.com/group/IndianaHomeschoolers/message/9398
Schimpff's Candy Museum in Jeffersonville Indiana


ONLINE RESOURCES:

> http://www.ihen.org/welcome/
IHEN's Web site welcome page


INTERESTING DISCUSSION THREADS:

* A proposed State Senate resolution concerning homeschooling in
Indiana
* Chess software and getting a State Chess organization to include
homeschooler teams
* More discussion and help for families new to homeschooling
* Discussion about homeschool registration in Indiana
* Discussion about tax credits for homeschoolers
* Discussion on whether homeschool is the best decision
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RESOURCES:
Subscribe to the IndianaHomeschoolers list: 
> IndianaHomeschoolers-subscribe@yahoogroups.com
~



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


ONLINE REFERENCES

Welcome to another issue of Hoosier Homeschoolers On-Line! This
month's topic: Online References. Many of my topics for this column
come from searches that I have conducted either with my son or for
myself, and this month is no different. I discovered the sites listed
here while doing some research with my son, who wanted to look up some
information in an encyclopedia. Unfortunately the encyclopedias were
at the library while we were stuck at home for the day, so we turned
once again to the Internet. -jr
_____

> http://www.factmonster.com/
Out of all of the reference sites for children that I looked at, my
son and I found this site to be one of the most interesting and
easiest to use. The layout of the site is very kid-friendly, making
it easy for children to find what they need. It includes a
dictionary, encyclopedia, atlas and almanac. There are also
educational games and quizzes and lots of fun and interesting facts
on many subjects. Beware of all of the flashing ads in the form of
television cartoon characters though. This site has an abundance of
them. If you have not discussed the difference between actual site
content and ads with your child, you might want to address that when
you check out this site.


> http://www.wordcentral.com/
"Word Central" is the Merriam-Webster site designed especially for
kids. I have included it here primarily because of the student
dictionary that is used as the basis for this online version. This
site uses "Merriam-Webster's Intermediate Dictionary." The
"Intermediate Dictionary" was specially edited for the 11-14 year old
age range, but I have found that this version is also more suitable
for younger children than the student dictionaries intended for their
age range. Many of the dictionaries for younger students seem to have
a high concentration of words that the average child already knows.
They are not helpful for looking up unfamiliar words. The
intermediate version includes a broader vocabulary without many of
the slang and off color words that can be found in collegiate and
other dictionaries, so when I ran across an online version, I had to
bookmark it.

There is also more to this Web site than just the online dictionary.
In the "Teachers' Lounge" parents will find helpful articles with
titles such as "Who was Noah Webster?," "How Does a Word Get Into the
Dictionary?" and "A Brief History of the English Language." My one
complaint about this section of the site is that their "Lesson Plans"
area was most definitely lacking. (There was only one entry.)

Some of the activities for children:
* Find out the "Daily Buzzword" (word of the day).
* Create a "vowel monster" or try one of the other "experiments" in
the "Science Lab".
* Build your own dictionary with unusual words.
* Create an encoded message and send it to a friend to decode in the
"Computer Lab."
* Create a poem in the "Music Room."


> http://www.worldalmanacforkids.com/
This is the companion Web site to "The World Almanac for Kids" books.
It features facts on subjects such as the presidents, US history,
space, sports, animals, inventions, and more. Overall I find this
site to be a good starting point, but we almost always go elsewhere
to get in depth information. Some of the subjects on this site have
very little information listed, but I have chosen to include it
primarily because of the animals section. It is by far our favorite
part of this Web site. We often look here first because the
information is concise and easy for distractible young kids to read
through. But what we have enjoyed most are the little tidbits of
information that we have found on here. For instance, when we found
an owl in our barn recently we of course decided to do a search on
owls. While looking on this Web site we found out that many owls have
asymmetrical skulls with ear openings at different levels. Facts like
that often pique my son's interest and will instigate a search for
more information.


> http://www.yourdictionary.com/
This is my personal top pick of the month. This site is impressive!
It includes the typical "look it up" feature of course, but there is
so much more to this site: a multi-language translator, three
different word of the day features (English, Spanish and Chinese),
lists of the 100 most often misspelled and 100 most often
mispronounced words, plus links to online thesauri and other online
dictionaries -- phrase dictionaries, pronunciation dictionaries,
multi-language dictionaries and translators, and dictionaries for
anagrams, synonyms, homophones, rhymes, and more. There are even
links to specialized dictionaries on such subjects as chemistry, art,
biology, construction, cooking, mathematics hydrology, etymology, the
list goes on and on. There are also links to sites dedicated to
ancient writing systems, a section dedicated to endangered languages,
a game area, and (my favorite) a collection of articles on "every
facet of language written by the world's foremost linguists."


> http://www.onlineconversion.com/
This Web site opens with the statement "Welcome to
OnlineConversion.com: convert just about anything to anything else,"
and they mean it! There are conversions for length/distance, speed,
time/date, weight, volume, area, pressure, force, energy, light, etc.
There are also more unique conversions as well: ring and clothing
sizes for different countries, common cooking conversions, wind chill
factor conversions, letter grade to grade point average conversions,
and financial converters/calculators for such things as monthly
payments, savings estimations, currency conversions between 164
different countries, and much more. This is definitely a site to be
bookmarked for future reference.

--
Next month, more of course! If you have or know of an on-line
resource, or if you own or know of a Web site you would like to
spread the word about in the "Hoosier Homeschoolers On-Line," send
the information to Jessica Radtke at: > jessradtke@yahoo.com
~



[6]
_______________________________________ IHEN IN-terview __________
by the ihen staff
> INterview@ihen.org


JESSICA RADTKE: YOUR HAMILTON COUNTY CONTACT

Welcome to the third installment of our new feature for the "IHEN
Journal," called "IN-terview." We want YOU to meet some of US. This
month, we would like to introduce Jessica Radtke, IHEN's County
Contact for Hamilton County....


>> Q: Tell us a bit about your family.

A: Our son Cameron is 6. He currently takes gymnastics and ice
skating with some of his homeschool friends. Combine that with our
usual support group meetings and other activities and we find that we
are spending a lot of time in the car as of late. Cameron is also
"into" science experiments, inventions and making books, though his
primary passion is still anything Halloween related and it has been
that way for a couple of years now. It definitely makes for some
interesting and creative learning experiences!

B.C. (Before Cameron) I was an artist and worked part time in an art
supply store. I am constantly (though unsuccessfully) trying to find
ways to integrate that part of my past back into my life. I also
study alternative and natural healing methods and alternative
spiritualities with the intention of working in those fields in the
future.

My husband David commutes to Indianapolis during the week and on the
weekends has been getting a crash course in home restoration as we
have been rehabbing our 100+ year old house for the last couple of
years. *That* has been a learning experience for all of us! As a
family, we also like to camp and garden. (When we aren't working on
the house that is!)


>> Q: How long have you been homeschooling?

A: In typical unschooler fashion, I would have to say "since my son's
birth."  I can't point to a time and say, "...then we weren't
homeschooling but now we are." It really is an ongoing learning
experience that just changes as we change and evolves as we grow,
both as a family and as individuals.


>> Q: Why did you begin homeschooling?

A: There were many reasons why I chose to keep my son home rather
than sending him to school. Long before I had my son I knew I didn't
want to send my then future children to public school. Public school
simply did not fit in with my beliefs on life, learning and raising a
family. I was researching private schools and found that the closest
one that I was even remotely interested in was in the next state! I
obviously had to find a new course of action, so I kept researching
and came upon some references to John Holt and unschooling. I looked
up his books at the library, found even more books on
home/unschooling and found more on unschooling and homeschooling on
the Web. The rest, as they say, is history. Once I "discovered" this
lifestyle I simply knew that that was what we were meant to do. It
just felt right for us.


>> Q: Why did you decide to become an IHEN County Contact?

A: I chose to become an IHEN County Contact because in many ways I
was already doing the work that was required of a County Contact --
answering questions from area homeschoolers, helping them find
resources, helping families who are new to homeschooling find their
niche. I also wanted to be able to network with other people who were
doing similar work in other parts of Indiana. I like to compare notes
and help each other to help others in our area homeschool more
successfully.


>> Q: Are you working with IHEN in other ways?

A: Hmmm...you mean other than being a part of the 'IHEN-Org' list
when I can and giving my opinions? I also write the "Hoosier
Homeschoolers Online" column for the IHEN "Journal". [You can't miss
it! Scroll back up and read it. It's good! -ed]


>> Q: What are some of your favorite resources for homeschoolers in
>> your area?

A: One of our all-time favorites is Conner Prairie, a living history
museum. We spend a lot of time there during the warmer months. There
is also a wonderful nature center in our area that has a library,
greenhouse, wildlife observation area, live animals, and daily
crafts, among other things. It's a great place to spend the winter
days. We also utilize the area parks as often as possible in the
warmer months and we have a very good selection from which to choose
-- water parks, hiking trails, incredible playgrounds, nature
preserves, and more. We also have a terrific network of libraries, a
couple of which have staff members who are also homeschoolers.
Overall, the libraries have been very supportive of the homeschoolers
in our area and are becoming more so all the time. Hamilton County
also happens to be close enough to Indianapolis for us to take
advantage of the many opportunities there -- the Children's Museum,
Indianapolis Zoo, Museum of Art, etc. The Children's Museum
membership is pretty much a must-have for many of the homeschoolers
we know. And because of the number of homeschooling families in our
area and the willingness of the parents to set up activities and
classes that meet their own children's needs, we get to take
advantage of the many daytime activities that have been arranged by
other homeschooling parents -- Open Gym at the Boys and Girls Club,
homeschool skating lessons, homeschool gymnastics lessons, classes at
the local libraries and similar activities.


>> Q: How many support groups do you know of in your area?

A: Homeschoolers in Hamilton County are very lucky in this respect.
We have a number of established support groups with a wide range of
interests and specialties. I can think of at least a handful right
off the top of my head and I know there are more that I'm forgetting.
But one of the complaints from many of the established groups is that
we still need more! The existing groups are growing at such a fast
rate that new groups are always needed. One of the areas where we
need the most action is in the teen department. So many teens are
leaving the school systems to homeschool lately and there really
isn't a wide reaching support system in place for them yet. (But
there are some families working on it.)


>> Q: Anything else you would like Hoosier Homeschoolers to know?

A: One of the things that I still hear frequently is that many
families, especially those who are new to homeschooling, feel like
they are the only homeschoolers in their area. I can pretty much
guarantee this is not the case! I felt like this once myself, but
when I set out to find other homeschoolers they practically "came out
of the woodwork." It may take a little work, but if you
really feel strongly about finding other homeschooled children for
your kids to be around, the rewards are more than worth the effort it
takes to find them.

--
Jessica is also the Indiana Contact Person for the National Home
Education Network, a national networking organization for
homeschoolers. > http://www.nhen.org/ -ed.
_____
RESOURCES:
E-mail an IHEN County Contact near you.
> CountyContacts@ihen.org (please put your county in the subject line)
Learn how you can become an IHEN County Contact: Subscribe to the
IHEN-Org list.
> IHEN-Org-subscribe@yahoogroups.com
IHEN County Contacts Web page:
> http://www.ihen.org/IHEN_Contacts/IHEN_CCs/
IHEN's Internet Base Camp:
> http://www.ihen.org/
~



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IHEN is an all volunteer, membership driven organization with
one main goal: We want to Help Hoosiers Homeschool.
If you believe as we do, that what we're doing is worthwhile,
please consider being a part of it by becoming a member of IHEN.

> http://www.ihen.org/forms/membership/member_mail.htm

>> ---------------------- ihen@ihen.org ---------------------- <<



[7] [New Feature for 2003!]
____________________________________ MAIDWELL - TRAVELS __________
(a traveling journal)
by deanna maidwell-baatz
> dbaatz@comcast.net


THE JAMES WHITCOMB RILEY HOME

The first place that we will explore is the James Whitcomb Riley
Home, located at 528 Lockerbie Street in Indianapolis, Indiana.
Driving directions are listed below for your convenience. Before I go
any farther, to have some idea of what everyone is talking about, do
some background research. Either pick up one of his books at your
local library or read some of his writings on the Internet at:
> http://www.selfknowledge.com/364au.htm

I suggest "Little Orphan Annie", which is one of my family's
favorites. Read about his life. Learn about the people he wrote
about. Learn about his use of the English language. There are so many
things to learn about him. My daughter is really into animals, so for
some reason, we ended up incorporating his dog, "Lockerbie," into
everything that we learned. Everywhere we went in the house, she
looked for pictures of Lockerbie. He named his dog Lockerbie after
the street because he loved it so much.

PLANNING:
Going on a field trip to the James Whitcomb Riley Home can be very
eye opening to a child. To see that he or she gets everything that
can be learned out of it, please be certain to call ahead of time.
[317.631.5885] Ask to be certain that the museum isn't closed for
repairs or that there isn't a large group touring the house. The less
people the better because the child will get to experience everything
that there is to experience. The hours of operation are Tuesday
through Saturday, 10:00am-3:30pm, and Sunday, Noon-3:30pm. They are
closed on Mondays, holidays, and the first three weeks in January.

Admissions to the house are $.50 for students, ages 7-17, $3.00 for
adults, $2.00 for seniors, and children 6 and under are free. If you
have a large group of homeschoolers or know of a library that is
interested, speakers are available to come give a presentation on
James Whitcomb Riley and his works. Also, one other tidbit of
information, parking is located on the north side of the house, not
in front. If the lot is full, you can park anywhere on the street,
except for in front of the house. They like to keep this available
for deliveries, drop offs, etc.

WHILE YOU'RE THERE:
Another place that you might want to visit when in Indianapolis is
Crown Hill Cemetery. James Whitcomb Riley is buried on the highest
point in Crown Hill Cemetery. You can visit a page that tells about
his grave and how to get to it at:
> http://users.ntplx.net/~bbarker/deadprez/chq_pro.htm

While at Crown Hill Cemetery, you might also want to visit the graves
of President Benjamin Harrison, any of the three vice-presidents that
are buried there or you might even want to see the grave of the
famous bank robber, John Dillinger. The best time to visit the
cemetery is in the spring when it is warmer because the roads going
up to James Whitcomb Riley's grave are closed off due to the ice on
the steep hills going to his grave. It is a great place to have a
picnic or sit and relax. I have been told a lot of people have had
their weddings there. It might seem a little morbid, having a wedding
in a graveyard, but the place is really beautiful and a person can see
all around Indianapolis from there. You can also view his grave from
Michigan Road heading south when you are driving by the graveyard.
Other attractions that are very nearby are the Indianapolis
Children's Museum and the Indianapolis Museum of Art.

I hope this first installment of "Maidwell - Travels" has been
beneficial to you and your family. The purpose of "FieldTripping" for
the homeschooler is to ENJOY learning about the history of your state.
Who said studying history had to be boring?

Listed below are links to all of the sites I've mentioned above, as
well as some extras. Until the next month, Happy Exploring!!!
_____
RESOURCES:
The James Whitcomb Riley Museum Web Site: 
> https://www.rileykids.org/museum/index.asp
A map to get to the museum:
> maps.yahoo.com
To contact a guest speaker: 
Joellyn Ferraro, Riley Speakers Bureau
> jferraro@rileymem.org
317-634-4474, ext. 228
To find the grave of James Whitcomb Riley:
> http://www.interment.net/data/us/in/marion/crownhill/
The complete works of James Whitcomb Riley:
> http://www.selfknowledge.com/364au.htm

EXTRA CREDIT:
The Indiana Historical Society:
> http://www.indianahistory.org/heritage/riley.html
The Lilly Library at Indiana University:
> http://www.indiana.edu/~liblilly/riley/exhibit.htm
Riley Hospital for Children:
> http://sjcpl.lib.in.us/rhshomepage/riley2.html
History Shirts that you can buy:
> http://www.historyshirt.com/shirt/cgi/t-shirt.cgi?jwr
The Indianapolis Children's Museum: 
> http://www.childrensmuseum.org
The Indianapolis Museum of Art:
> http://www.ima-art.org/
~



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____________________________________ POINTS OF INTEREST __________


_____ SCIENCE CORNER __________
by rick beymer, director, online science academy
> http://www.onlinescienceacademy.com/
> beymer@adamswells.com

DNA AND CLONING LINKMANIA!!

This month, it's a Link-a-palooza of science information:

An update on cloning with the euthanasia of Dolly
> http://www.msnbc.com/news/872966.asp

Information on the vernal equinox
> http://www.equinox-and-solstice.com/html/vernal_equinox.html

The solunar table
> http://www.solunar.com/TheSolunarTheory.htm

The solar observatory in Arizona
> http://www.sunspot.noao.edu/

To keep track of solar maxes...
> http://www.msnbc.com/news/692780.asp
...that produce solar flares...
> http://science.msfc.nasa.gov/ssl/pad/solar/flares.htm
...and the aurora borealis
> http://dac3.pfrr.alaska.edu/~pfrr/AURORA/

New fossil finds suggest changes in the lineage of hominids
> http://www.msnbc.com/news/875140.asp?0bl=-0

And ... cosmic updates
> http://www.msnbc.com/news/750150.asp?0bl=-0

Enjoy the coming of spring and if you have not done your pruning
> http://aggie-horticulture.tamu.edu/extension/pruning/pruning.html
around the house the time is long overdue. February is a great time
to do that needed pruning so the plant has an entire growing season
to repair and produce scar tissue to repair the wound via cell
division. We all know from past science corners that cell division
involves DNA and chromosomes.
> http://gslc.genetics.utah.edu/
 
Here are some other sites:
> search.msn.com
to search for information on our medium size star, the sun and on the
aurora borealis.
> search.msn.com

For more information on cloning check the science links at my website.
> http://www.onlinescienceacademy.com/
Enjoy your searches this month. As you choose these sites you will
travel from the earth to the sun and back again and along the way
surf some flares and see the northern lights.

Enjoy!

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


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

IT'S LEGISLATIVE SEASON!
by nicky hardenbergh

How can homeschoolers get involved in the legislative process and
make their voices heard? Nicky shares suggestions for getting started
as well as links to documents and helpful websites.

To read the article in its entirety:
> http://www.nhen.org/nhen/pov/editors/default.asp?id=460
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RESOURCES:
NHEN Website:
> http://www.nhen.org
Other POV Articles:
> http://www.nhen.org/nhen/pov/editors/default.asp?id=371
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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_____ SITE SIGHTINGS __________
by ben bennett, site editor @ ihen.org
> SiteEditor@ihen.org

SHORT AND SWEET... WELL... SORT OF

So, what's up with the ihen.org site? Quite a bit actually.

Welcome to another new mini-feature of your "IHEN Journal"
newsletter. Why? It's time everyone learned of one of the best kept
secrets in Indiana: "We have a pretty cool Web site for Hoosier
Homeschoolers! It's growing by the week, and we're getting new
volunteers monthly, who are willing to step up to the plate and help
IHEN Help Hoosiers Homeschool.

One of those great Hoosier Helpers is Tammy Marquam! Tammy is going
to be the "Page Editor" for the "New Homeschoolers" home page. This
means that if you have ideas or comments about the content in that
area of the Web site, let Tammy know about it! Oh... you can also
just write to say, "Thanks!" :-)

The New Homeschoolers Home Page
> http://www.ihen.org/IHEN-NewHSers/

E-mail Tammy Marquam, Page Editor
> TM_PageEditor@ihen.org

We have had requests for allowing classified ads, sales, trades, etc.
on the statewide networking list. While we don't allow advertising on
the networking list as a rule, we think this is a pretty good idea.
So we set up a list (yes... another list!) just for posting those
want-ads, curricula sales, garage sales, or just a note that you have
a couch to give away to the first person with a truck! Sign up early
and be the first to get those sale notices right in your IN-Box!

Or you can just send a "sale" post to the list. Why not? It's free!

Subscribe to the IHEN-Market Advertising List
> IHEN-Market-subscribe@yahoogroups.com

Post an ad to the IHEN-Market List
(you don't have to be a subscriber)
> IHEN-Market@yahoogroups.com

Check out the IHEN-Market home page for great deals
> http://groups.yahoo.com/group/IHEN-Market/messages/

The IHEN-Market List is moderated by Brathann Rule
> IHEN-Market-owner@yahoogroups.com

Okay, so this wasn't as short as you wanted it to be. I promise, next
time I'll try harder to just post links of interest and let YOU decide
where to go.

Before I go, I need to state the obvious: Web hosting costs money. If
you are happy with what we at IHEN are doing, why not show your
pleasure by becoming a member? We ALL want to keep Helping Hoosiers
Homeschool.

IHEN Membership Form (Print, fill it out, send it in. That's it!)
> http://www.ihen.org/join/

Other New Site Sightings:

New Homeschoolers Index section updated:
> http://www.ihen.org/IHEN-NewHSers/

New Book of the Month selection on the "Front and Center" page
> http://www.ihen.org/default.htm

Want to buy advertising space on the Web site?
> AdManager@ihen.org
> RateCard@ihen.org

Enter Contests when IHEN is having one
> ContestEntry@ihen.org
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_____ NEWS IN A NUTSHELL __________

WANTED: YOUR NEWS IN A NUTSHELL
If you want your non-commercial support group promotional ad or
meeting notice in our "News in a Nutshell" section, send your
information to our Ad Manager before the 20th of the month.
> AdManager@ihen.org
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IHEN.org MESSAGE BOARDS NOW OPEN FOR TESTING
If you are interested in helping us test out our message board on the
Web site, please stop by and click the "Message Boards" link on the
Web site, or just go here:
> http://www.ihen.org/wwwboard/
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HELP WANTED -- 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. The list has been hopping with new
volunteers and lots of great ideas. It's easy to be part of the
action: subscribe!
> IHEN-Org-subscribe@yahoogroups.com
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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
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IHEN MEMBERSHIPS NOW AVAILABLE
You can help in a big way, by supporting IHEN and Helping Hoosiers
Homeschool. You'll find the mail-in membership form at:
> http://www.ihen.org/join/
*Charter Member status to the first 100 members only*
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