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> #3.07 July 2003

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you read, you write, we read, we share

> [3] JANE'S VIEW by jane casey
i've been ... thinking

a monthly sampler from the state's "IndianaHomeschoolers" list

> [5] HOOSIER HOMESCHOOLERS ON-LINE by jessica radtke
keeping your homeschool records (and we don't mean vinyl)

>>> Let us introduce Janis Chrissikos, our new FAQ answer lady. No
>>> question is a bad question, except the question that goes
>>> unasked. Using the FAQ's Database, Janis (and her vast
>>> supply of helpers) will try to answer your questions about
>>> homeschooling in Indiana. If you have a question for Janis, go to
>>> > and click on the "Ask a Question" link.

>>> [6] JUST THE FAQ's by janis chrissikos
betwixt and between: using the summer months to plan for fall

what's happening with homeschoolers *not* in indiana

> [8] RICK'S SCIENCE CORNER by rick beymer
so... what's the weather like on the sun?

read them all on the NHEN web site

> [10] IN-site by ben bennett
where are we? (or location, location, location)

>> homeschool offerings from merry lea elc of goshen college
>> where's your point? (put your group's info/calendar here)
>> looking for a few good ads
>> you can help hoosiers homeschool

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________________________________ LETTER FROM THE EDITOR __________
by deborah resnick

"I pledge allegiance to the Flag of the United States of America, and
to the republic, for which it stands, one nation (under God),
indivisible, with liberty and justice for all."

Over the past few months there has been a lot of controversy over the
words "under God" in the Pledge of Allegiance. The original Pledge,
created in 1892, read "I pledge allegiance to my Flag, and (to) the
Republic for which it stands: one Nation indivisible with Liberty and
Justice for all." In 1923 "my Flag" was changed to "the Flag of the
United States." The following year "of America" was added. It was not
until June 14, 1954, that the words "under God" were added. The Story
of the Pledge of Allegiance can be found here:

The 1950's were a time of suspicion and exclusionary politics.
Senator Joseph McCarthy was capitalizing on America's fear of
Communism, which denied the existence of a higher being. The Cold War
was raging. America was in the midst of the 50's, a time of home,
family, and church. Much of the music, rhetoric, and even the Pledge
of Allegiance reflected the climate of the time.

We are now in the midst of a new kind of war. A war against people
who hate us, whom we don't understand. People who kill and die for
principles we can't comprehend. People with beliefs that are very
different from ours. We are fighting, in many ways, for our own
survival and the continuation of the freedoms so many people have
already died for.

The point of the Pledge, in my opinion, is to show our support,
pride, and patriotic fervor for the United States. Whether or not we
believe in God, consider ourselves to be Christian, believe in the
Koran or the Torah, is immaterial to me. Being Wiccan, or Druid, or
Atheist doesn't enter into how a person supports, or doesn't support,
this country. I believe that it is in everyone's best interest to keep
religion in church, synagogue, mosque, and home -- not in the public
domain. Others feel strongly otherwise. The discussion of religion in
schools is one that, thankfully, homeschoolers don't need to address.
It certainly shouldn't color our support of this country.

On the 4th of July -- Independence Day -- we celebrate the creation
of this great country. No where else on earth can anyone come and
have a chance to dream and attain that dream like here in the United
States. Poor kids can become president. Rich kids can go to jail.
City kids move to the country to farm. Farm kids can move to the city
and run newspapers or corporations. I hope that this Independence Day
will be, for all of us, a day to reflect on the blessings we have in
the United States of America, and to more fully accept the
differences that make this country great. With, or without "under

Debbie Resnick, Editor
Letters to the Editor:
The story of the Pledge of Allegiance:

______________________________ LETTERS FROM THE READERS __________
by indiana homeschoolers

Why not take a moment and let us know how YOU think we're doing?
Put fingers to keys and write the editor, Deborah Resnick:

___________________________________________ JANE'S VIEW __________
by jane casey


I've spent more time THINKING about homeschooling lately than I have
for a long time. First, there was the interview with the reporter
that I wrote about last month. Then there was a chance to be on a
radio show in Anderson.

The opportunity to be on the radio was great. I shared the
"spotlight" with Ben Bennett and we were able to answer many
questions in the time we were on the air. Of course, there was
frustration with not being able to fully explain certain things
because of the constraints of time, but I think overall it went very
well and I have received positive feedback on the show.

Each time I spend more time thinking about homeschooling, I get more
excited about homeschooling, and more SURE about the benefits to our
children of homeschooling. It doesn't matter if you unschool or use A
Beka, if you teach your kids Latin or are lucky to fit in English. The
gifts that we are giving our children--time, attention, individual
instruction, love, a sense of adventure--are priceless. The gifts may
vary from family to family. Some families may be encouraging
curiosity, some instilling discipline, and some fostering a sense of
self-worth. Many may be doing all of these things. Some are building
intellectual giants. Some aren't, and that's okay. Many of us spend
our days buried in the things that our children love: Legos, art
projects, frogs and toads, science projects, books, dirt.

If you find yourself feeling bogged down or doubting the
effectiveness of what you're doing take some time to read a
homeschool book or talk to some other homeschoolers. Maybe you'll
find it's time to change some things about the way you homeschool or
maybe it's time for a mini-vacation. When I feel like I'm not doing
it "right" I pull out my dog-eared copy of "Homeschooling: A
Patchwork of Days" and I'm quickly reminded that there is no right
way to homeschool.

So enjoy the journey, you're doing something wonderful! And if you
ever need encouragement, pop onto the IndianaHomeschoolers list at
yahoo groups, where you'll find a wonderful, supportive bunch of
people ready to help!


Want to know what Jane Casey thinks? Got a question that needs
answered? Jane's your gal! She's been homeschooling long enough to
have quite an opinion (or two) about homeschooling in Indina. Find
out what Jane thinks, by sending your question to:
> with "Jane's View" in the subject.

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Thanks for Helping Hoosiers Homeschool!

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_______________________________ INDIANA'S E-LIST DIGEST __________
by debbie harbeson

I might have less in the way of links this month because we had lots
of discussions on topics such as: new list members considering
homeschooling, spelling, driver's licenses, and record keeping. And
one member started an big time thread with an idea to have everyone
chime in on what county they live in. I think the IHEN Web Project
plans to compile the information into a map on the Website showing
the reach of the IndianaHomeschoolers list. -dh
(Yup! She's right. -bbb)

If you want to go to a specific post, go to our website
> 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:


Delaware County Activities

Zionsville Fall Art Classes and Math Club

Anderson Life Learning Center Fall Schedule

New Albany Tae Kwon Do and Tennis 


Homeschool National Honor Society


High School Transcript Link:

We Stand For Homeschooling Petition

Information on the Bryant Case in Massachusetts

High School Website:

Web based forum sponsored by IHEN:

Deb Harbeson is the manager of the IndianaHomeschoolers Networking
and Discussion List. Questions about IndianaHomeschoolers or how
e-lists operate can be addressed to:
Subscribe to the IndianaHomeschoolers list: 

_________________________ HOOSIER HOMESCHOOLERS ON-LINE __________
by jessica radtke


"We don't HAVE to keep records, so why should we?" you may say. Well,
you would be correct of course. In Indiana, we may not be required to
keep anything other than attendance records, but there are many other
reasons why homeschoolers may choose to keep records besides merely to
meet state requirements. Peace of mind is usually quoted as the number
one reason for keeping records. Having a piece of paper (or a file
cabinet full) that "proves" that our child is learning simply makes
some of us breath a little easier. As with so many homeschool related
topics, the reasons for keeping records (or not) can be as numerous as
the number of homeschoolers who choose to do so. -jr

[Cut and paste long links cut by mail formatting.]

The following Web sites give just a sampling of the "whys" and even a
few "how to-s" on record keeping from other homeschoolers:







If you decide you want to keep records, you will also need to decide
just what types of records you wish to keep. The following Web sites
have links to many kinds of ready made forms, charts, sheets and
organizers that can be downloaded and printed. (If the number of
links in this list overwhelms you, at least check out the first
couple of links. They are fantastic!):



(You may need to look around this area to find the items
homeschoolers may find useful, but they are there.)















Here are a few more specific forms, products and articles that may be

(This is just a sample of what is available. There are lots more free
calendars on-line.):





(This article (in 4 parts) -- discusses GPA, standardized tests,
writing a transcript, documenting extra-curricular activities and




There are also many homeschooling planners in both book and software
format that one can purchase. The following Web site has a few
examples, though there are many more available:

And here are a few more links that are not specifically homeschooling
related, but are still useful for organizing and home record keeping:





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: >

_______________________________________ JUST THE FAQ's ___________
by janis chrissikos


July is a month of transition. Many homeschool families have finished
formal schooling in June, and will begin again in August. What about
July? Parents often find themselves wondering if their children
learned all they "should" have in the past school year. What "should"
they learn in the next year? Grade appropriate skills and content are
a FAQ for homeschoolers of all ages.

One place to start looking for the answers is the Indiana Department
of Education's website. Point your browser to
> to find grade level standards,
teaching tools, and some assessment tools. On the World Book site
> parents
will find more suggestions for courses of study by grade level.

For parents just looking for skill assessment tools, check out

This site offers the Iowa Basic Skills test for math,
grades 1-6. McGraw-Hill also offers Texas Assessment of Knowledge and
Skills (TAKS) practice tests for grades 1-5 at

If online assessments are not your style, try the Core Knowledge
Series by E.D. Hirsch Jr. Entitled What Your Kindergartner (First
Grader, etc.) Needs to Know, this line of books takes you from 1st
grade through 6th grade. For middle school children, Charles J.
Shields offers Standardized Test Practice for 7th (8th) Grade.

There are combination curriculum guide/lesson plan books for all
grade levels. The Learn At Home series by American Education offers
weekly lesson plans that incorporate worksheets and reproducible
material for K-5. You can preview some pages at The Home
Education Curriculum series by Jean Wolff, et al, is another useful
tool for Kindergarten through 5th grade.

Vincent Douglas has prepared The Comprehensive Curriculum of Basic
Skills for PreK-5. The My ___ Grade Super Yearbook series goes a
little farther, providing basic skills guide lines typical for grades
K-7. This series includes Math and English assessments, as well as
vocabulary tests for grades 4-7. This series is offered through ESP
Publishers. They also offer reproducible black-line workbooks with
lesson plans and consumable text books for elementary through high
school students designed for students who are finding their lessons
more difficult. These resources can be found at

For more info, visit the IndianaHomeschoolers list archives
(You need to be a subscriber to access the archives.) to find similar
threads. You'll also find answers to many FAQ's from the
IndianaHomeschoolers list. The IHEN Web Project
> has a FAQ database, where you can ask a
question if you don't find the answer. Go to >
to look for answers and ask questions you may have.

Janis Chrissikos is the IHEN Journal's new FAQ checker and also an
IHEN Allen County Contact. If you have a question you would like Janis
to answer for you, she'll give it a try. Go to the IHEN FAQ's
Database and click on the "Ask a Question" link.

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_____________________________ HOMESCHOOLING IN THE NEWS __________
national home education network

Headlines from the recent issues of "Homeschooling in the News" from
the National Home Education Network. See RESOURCES for subscription

The Hartwell Sun (opinion):
Homeschooling is a valid
We human beings sometimes jump to conclusions. I did that with

Valley News Dispatch:
Bill would let homeschoolers participate in extracurricular activities
According to a proposed bill moving in the state Legislature,
children who are homeschooled would be able to participate in
extracurricular activities at the school district in which they

The Herald-Dispatch:
Progress reports proposed for home-schooled children
Wayne County Board of Education members discussed Tuesday making
progress reports for home-schooled children part of a school board

The Oregonian (letters):
Accountability for home schooling
I can't understand why Christine Webb, the author of the letter,
"Biased against home schooling" (June 23), is so upset at having to
have home-schooled students tested yearly if they, as she claims, do
so well on these tests.


The Nevada City Union:
Reform urged for foster care

East Texas Review:
Time for a revolution: Are black leaders blocking the door to better

Fairbanks Daily News-Miner:
School districts competing for students

US Newswire:
Public Schools Get Low Grades from African Americans in Poll; 70 Pct
of African Americans Give Local Public Schools 'C' Grade or Lower
Write to this address to subscribe to "Homeschooling in the News"
Or visit the NHEN web site

_________________________________ RICK'S SCIENCE CORNER __________
by rick beymer
director, online science academy


The summer solstice has come and gone and now.
And the summer warmth has arrived with a vengeance.

Speaking of hot: What about the level of activity on the sun's
surface during this month? Check out the solar weather and much more
at this site:

Ever wonder about your skin's response to ultraviolet radiation? Is
it possible to get sunburn on a cloudy and windy day? Or have you
gotten a wind burn?

Enjoy the sun, but don't forget your sunscreen.

Rick Beymer is the Director of the Online Science Academy
Rick Beymer's Online Science Academy

______________________________________ NHEN MONTHLY POV __________
national home education network


NHEN publishes hundreds of articles for homeschoolers to read. POV's
are just a part of the vast resources NHEN has for parents with
access to the internet. Why not start here with your exploration of
NHEN Website:
Special webpages for New Homeschoolers:
Subscribe to N-H-E-N (New Homeschoolers' Encouragement Newsletter)

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_______________________________________________ IN-site __________
by benjamin bennett web project site editor

WHERE ARE WE? (location, location, location)

Lots of activity on the IndianaHomeschoolers list this month!

And "The Most Prolific Thread Award" goes to?

envelope please: "Where We Are!" "We Are Here!" and, "Where are you?"

Seriously, it was exciting to read everyone chiming in from all over
the state. It made me feel good to know that the IHEN Web Project and
the IndianaHomeschoolers list are helping homeschoolers in all corners
of the state (and counties in between!)

It means so much to the many volunteers and advisors who are part of
the IHEN Web Project, to hear that their money, time and energies
aren't misspent.

When you think of it this summer, please take a moment to remember to
support those of us who are working hard to make the Indiana Home
Educators' Network ... work.

Whether you support the Web Project with a small donation to keep the
site in operation
> --
or volunteer your skills via the IHEN Organizational Committee e-list
> --
or simply help another homeschooler on the IndianaHomeschoolers list
every positive action YOU take Helps Hoosiers Homeschool.
And THAT is what we do.

So... how far is the IHEN Web Project reaching? To illustrate, we
created a few new pages on the web site
to show just how many homeschoolers from how many counties are being
reached by our network. It's still in progress, but you'll get the
picture when you see it. If your county isn't listed, fear not!
Included on the page is a handy link so you can let us know where
you're at. You can include a comment if you wish.

As always you can drop us a line to let us know how we're doing. We
like mail!
New Web Services for Summer 2003:
Live Chat
Web Site Forum/Message Board
FAQ Database
Links Database
Write to IHEN Web Services

____________________________________ POINTS OF INTEREST __________

Submitted by Paul D. Steury, Education Coordinator
Merry Lea ELC of Goshen College

Note: Elementary equals first thru fifth and MS/HS equals 6th thru
12th. The campout's age range is 3rd thru 8th.
Merry Lea ELC Home School 3rd Annual Campout!!!
August 28 11am - August 29 3pm
$20 per participant, three meals provided
Call 260.799.5869
Merry Lea ELC Home School Course Offerings for 2003-04 will now be
for both Elementary ages and Middle/High school. The hours of the
class will be from 9am-3pm. Bring a lunch. The fee is $10 per child.
We will meet at the Merry Lea Learning Center. Please call
260.799.5869 to register or if you have any questions. Also please
check out our website at >

River-September 11
Lake-October 9
Lowland Forest-November 13
Savannah-January 8
Upland Forest/Sugar Bush-March 11
Prairie-April 8
Wetland-May 13
Merry Lea Sunflower Festival September 27-28
Celebrate country life and the bounty within it
Merry Lea Enchanted Forest October 24-25
This is a non-scary alternative to Halloween where you visit animals
surrounding the wetland for a nocturnal conversation.
EEAI Annual Conference

October 17-19, 2003 the Environmental Education Association of
Indiana will gather at Pokagon State Park for "Science, Song and
Celebration"; the theme for the 2003 annual conference. The Banana
Slug String Band who adds entertainment to science will be this
year's keynote as well as leading a morning workshop and celebrating
with us with a concert. They have songs such as "Dirt Made My Lunch"
and "the Water Cycle Boogie" which makes learning fun. The avenues
for attendees to follow will be Natural History, Curricula Enhancers,
Issues and Philosophy, and Symphonies.

Check out EEAI's website for more details at >

If you want your non-commercial support group promotional ad or
meeting notice in our "Points of Interest" section, send your
information to our Ad Manager before the 20th of the month.

Then why not let those homeschoolers know who you are by advertising
in either the "IHEN Journal" or on the web site. Heck! Why
not both! We are running a limited time special: place an ad in the
"IHEN Journal" for a year, and get a full year of advertising on the
web site for free! Write for more information and don't forget to get
the latest copy of our rate card: > (autoresponder)

You can help in a big way, by supporting IHEN and Helping Hoosiers
Homeschool. You'll find several ways to support the
Web Project, including postal, payment by e-mail and credit card:
*Special perks in the works coming for support of $25 or more!*

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

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



_____ IHEN JOURNAL STAFF __________

EDITOR: Deborah Resnick >
PUBLISHER: Peach Grove Press/eMedia >

IN-view STAFF: >
Indiana E-list Digest: Deb Harbeson >
Op-Ed and Letters: >
Hoosier Homeschoolers Online: Jessica Radtke >
Just the FAQ's: Janis Chrissikos >
(Click "Ask a Question")

Ben Bennett >
Rick Beymer >
Jane Casey >
Janis Chrissikos >
Debbie Harbeson >
Marla James >
Deanna Maidwell-Baatz >
Betty Malone >
Jessica Radtke >
Joe (Coach) Stull >






"IndianaHomeschoolers" E-LIST MANAGER: Debbie Harbeson
> WEB SITE EDITOR: Benjamin Bennett



_____ IHEN E-MAIL LISTS __________

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