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__________________________ IHEN Journal __________________________
> #3.09 September 2003


An e-newsletter, published by the INDIANA HOME EDUCATORS' NETWORK
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______________________________________________ CONTENTS__________


> [1] LETTER FROM THE (temporary) EDITOR

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

> [3] JANE'S VIEW
observations on frontier house (learning by watching)

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

> [5] HOOSIER HOMESCHOOLERS ON-LINE by jessica radtke
art education part 1: people, places and things

> [6] FEATURE ARTICLES
FOUR REASONS WHY YOU CAN START A CHESS CLUB by joe stull

> [7] HOMESCHOOLING IN THE NEWS from www.nhen.org
what's happening with homeschoolers *not* in indiana

>> NEW SECTION!
> [8] IN-VIEW (homeschooler POVs)
>> affiliated independence by jj ross
>> boob tube blues begone

>> NEW MONTHLY FEATURE!
> [9] IN-FOCUS: LEARNING COMMUNITIES by betty malone
learning about learning communities

> [10] IN-SITE by ben bennett
>> classads program update
>> new e-list for teens!
>> ihen journal redesign readers' poll still running
>> did that grave stone ever get fixed??
>> rent your DVDs from IHEN!
>> etcetera, etcetera, etcetera

> [11] POINTS OF INTEREST
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_____ the standard stuff __________

> [a] CONTACTS & RESOURCE DIRECTORY
who's who; staff and volunteers
e-mail addresses
[un]subscription instructions

> [b] COPYRIGHTS/DISTRIBUTION
forwarding guidelines
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____________________ LETTER FROM THE (temporary) EDITOR __________
by benjamin bennett
> JournalStaff@ihen.org


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Dear Readers: I regret to have to write that Deb Resnick will no
longer be editing the IHEN Journal. Her help was greater than she
knows. But as often happens, life can sometimes get in the way of fun
stuff like editing a newsletter. Our loss has been a small reason for
the lateness in delivering of this month's newsletter. It's packed to
the gills, however, so I hope it's worth the wait of a few extra
days. :-)

It goes without saying (but I'm saying it anyway) that we could use
another editor and even some assistant editorial staff. If you think
you might like to help out, drop us an e-mail. > JournalStaff@ihen.org
And parents... think of this: If your child has been hinting around
that they'd like to try being a journalist, or writer or publisher,
don't hesitate to offer their services. :-)
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CRIB NOTES IN MY PALM

Have I ever mentioned that I do a lot of my work for the ihen.org Web
Project using my Palm Pilot PDA? For a homeschooling parent who likes
to read and write, you almost have to "Palm-it" when much of your day
is spent "Carschooling(tm)" or testing the hardness of waiting room
chairs for half hour life-spans at various classes -- dance, piano,
gym, pottery, etc.. It just makes sense to carry your reading (and
writing) with you. All in the palm of your hand.

I really never thought -- ten, even five years ago that I would be
using a tool like this. I refer to it a dozen times a day -- easy. I
even use the calculator now and then!

You remember those, don't you? Calculators? Sure! Those were the
techno-wonders that replaced our fathers' slide rules.

Remember slide rules?

I remember my dad, half-heartedly (he knew the end was near) showing
me his old slide rule; how it worked. "Four math functions on a
stick! Add, Subtract, Multiply and Divide!" he fondly remembered. In
a misty eyed moment, shared with me, how it got him through
engineering school.

What a marvel! Not the slide rule, but that anyone could become an
engineer -- or anything for that matter -- without a computer!

But did I care? Heck no! I had in my little Muddle School age hands,
a full function, scientific (SIN and COSIN BABY!!!) calculator from
Casio! Soft-touch buttons and big green numbers! (Not like the little
clicky nubs and red LED's those TI's had.) It was almost twice as big
and -- with 6 AA batteries -- twice as heavy as my WAY outdated and
under powered Palm IIIxe WITH its own scientific calculator!

Why did I need to know about slide-rules? I had a NEW tool. Why use a
rusty old tool when I have a new, high-tech one? Like learning Latin
or ancient history -- why bother? (Thought I....)

Well, now I'm that old dad now. A stay-at-home dad at that. What's
more -- we homeschool. We are an autodidactic family who's dad is
using the slide rule of his time. And I'm thinking, "Why don't my
kids think my techno-tools (toys) aren't as cool as I think they are?"

Maybe they are already moving on to the NEXT thing.

Meanwhile, I'm beginning to wax nostalgic for the past I foolishly
ignored as a child. I don't need to actually USE my dad's old slide
rule, but it would be kinda cool to at least learn how it worked. Who
knows? Maybe learning about tools of the past, could spark an idea
that leads to the invention of the NEXT thing?

I'll bet (knowing him pretty well) my dad's still got his old slide
rule. While I'm there, I'll also see if he has any old Latin or
Ancient History books to donate to our homeschooling efforts. I'll
promise to really pay attention this time.

--
Benjamin B. Bennett is a Full-Time Dad, Husband and darn good parent
of four. He is the Project Coordinator for the ihen.org Web Project
and Publisher of the IHEN Journal newsletter. He can be reached at
BenBennett@ihen.org (among other places.)
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RESOURCES:
Letters to the Editor:
> JournalStaff@ihen.org
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______________________________ LETTERS FROM THE READERS __________
by indiana homeschoolers
> JournalStaff@ihen.org


From: Betty and Dan Malone > bmalone444@hotmail.com
Date: August 8, 2003
Subject: Thanks Debbie!

I just wanted to express a quick thank you for the great newsletter
this month. [IHEN Journal #3.08, August, 2003] I especially
appreciate the super job Deborah Resnick is doing as the editor, I
know how challenging that can be.

Jessica's article on Dolce words was super for our younger Mom's
teaching reading, and Tracy's article was just the laugh I needed to
start my day. Been there with kids, keys and cars! Thanks Ben, Debbie
[Harbeson] and Jane for the countless hours you all donate to the IHEN
Web Project.

I'm proud to be a part of this Indiana Homeschoolers List, it's
better than it's ever been and continuing to show excellence at every
turn. I appreciate the effort you put into moderation and for all the
support this list and the newsletter provides to our Indiana
Homeschooling Community. Great job, everyone who helps in any small
or large way!

Betty and Dan Malone
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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:
> JournalStaff@ihen.org
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___________________________________________ JANE'S VIEW __________
by jane casey
> JaneCasey@ihen.org


OBSERVATIONS ON FRONTIER HOUSE (learning by watching ... TV)

I have read and heard many discussions over the years about the value
of video and T.V. watching in the education process. I have to admit
that I am a big fan of both. Don't misunderstand. I'm not a fan of
plunking the little people in front of a T.V. to let the Power Puff
Girls work their magic, although I have been "guilty" of that at
times. What I am a fan of is watching things together as a family.
Watching T.V. or videos in our house is not a passive activity. We
talk back to the T.V. We debate with each other. We have extended
family members who can't stand to watch a movie with us because we
don't "just be quiet and watch the movie."

Then there's the question of "quality programming." I don't know what
this is. Or maybe I do, but I'm sure that much of what we enjoy
probably wouldn't fit this description for many people. We love
Trading Spaces, Survivor, Iron Chef, Amazing Race, and Alias, just to
name a few. We love Hitchcock movies and movies made from favorite
books. Of course there is much to be learned from the watching and
discussion of these shows, but that's another column. Or maybe it's
this one....

I think that when many people speak of quality shows they mean things
from PBS, Discovery Channel, etc. So in pursuit of quality
"educational" viewing, we borrowed the PBS Frontier House series from
the library. In this series three modern families spend five months
"living" in 1880's Montana. In watching the series we learned some
interesting things, although very few of them were about history.
They were mostly lessons about people. And they were the same kinds
of things we've learned about people from reading books, watching
Survivor, and talking to our neighbors. They're the kind of lessons
that have led my seven year old to compare the actions and attitudes
of characters from the Lord of the Rings or Pride and Prejudice to
those of a character in a cartoon or on Survivor.

I'm sure their were historical lessons to be learned from Frontier
House. The participants certainly learned some. But those were facts
and information we already had. If learning were just accumulating
facts, Frontier House would have been a waste of our time. Instead it
has provided fodder for many conversations and observations about the
nature of community and what it means to live as a modern American.

So sit down and watch a movie with your kids. It doesn't matter if
it's a Disney movie, Pride and Prejudice (which is, by the way, a
particularly wonderful way to spend a rainy day), or Season Two of
Survivor. And then talk about it.

You'll ALL learn something.

--
Jane Casey is a principle founder, Volunteer Advisor and Allen County
Contact person for the Indiana Home Educators' Network.
> http://www.ihen.org
> http://jcasey.yourfamilyfirst.com/
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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:
> JaneCasey@ihen.org with "Jane's View" in the subject.
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_______________________________ INDIANA'S E-LIST DIGEST __________
by debbie harbeson
> DebHarbeson@ihen.org


This month we had discussions on topics such as learning to read and
opinions were solicited for various curriculum. Another little
impromptu survey of sorts occurred when the topic of local school
book rental fees came up. -dh
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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.
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Now for this month's sampler of posts to the list:

LOCAL AREA RESOURCES:

> http://groups.yahoo.com/group/IndianaHomeschoolers/message/11303
Zion Nature Center Programs

> http://groups.yahoo.com/group/IndianaHomeschoolers/message/11583
Muncie Center for the Arts Happenings

> http://groups.yahoo.com/group/IndianaHomeschoolers/message/11697
Riding Stables Opening In Louisville


STATE RESOURCES:

> http://groups.yahoo.com/group/IndianaHomeschoolers/message/11411
Hoosier Riverwatch Workshops

> http://groups.yahoo.com/group/IndianaHomeschoolers/message/11424
Education resources through the State of Indiana


ONLINE RESOURCES:

> http://groups.yahoo.com/group/IndianaHomeschoolers/message/11291
Math Puzzle
> http://mr-31238.mr.valuehost.co.uk/assets/Flash/psychic.swf

> http://groups.yahoo.com/group/IndianaHomeschoolers/message/11305
Movie Review Sites

> http://groups.yahoo.com/group/IndianaHomeschoolers/message/11318
Study Skills Site
> http://www.ucc.vt.edu/stdysk/stdyhlp.html

> http://groups.yahoo.com/group/IndianaHomeschoolers/message/11383
TV Time manager to control TV watching

> http://groups.yahoo.com/group/IndianaHomeschoolers/message/11386
Sites with edited movies to rent or buy

> http://groups.yahoo.com/group/IndianaHomeschoolers/message/11399
New IHEN Addition: Documents
> http://www.ihen.org/content/documents/

> http://groups.yahoo.com/group/IndianaHomeschoolers/message/11437
Teacher Guide for George Washington

> http://groups.yahoo.com/group/IndianaHomeschoolers/message/11627
Call for Support Group Information for the IHEN Web Project

> http://groups.yahoo.com/group/IndianaHomeschoolers/message/11655
Teaching Ideas.
> http://www.ilovethatteachingidea.com/
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_________________________ HOOSIER HOMESCHOOLERS ON-LINE __________
by jessica radtke
> jessradtke@yahoo.com


ART EDUCATION PART 1: PEOPLE, PLACES AND THINGS

This is the first of two segments on "Art Education." This month
we'll focus on online resources for People Places and Things related
to art. Next month, we'll look into the Activity of Art. (The messy
stuff! ) Happy browsing, and don't forget to create something
pretty for yourself, and save some space on the 'fridge for it.

Remember to cut and paste links that are cut in the mail.
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ARTISTS AND ART HISTORY:

Artists and Art History for Children
> http://kinderart.com/arthistory/

Art History Index of Artists
> http://wwar.com/artists/

Art History 101
> http://arthistory.about.com/library/bl101.htm?PM=ss14_arthistory

Art History Resources On the Web
> http://witcombe.sbc.edu/ARTHLinks.html

Art History for Kids
> http://arthistory.about.com/library/weekly/aa071800a.htm

The Metropolitans Museum‚s Timeline of History
> http://www.metmuseum.org/toah/splash.htm

Masterpieces to color
> http://www.scribbleskidsart.com/generic.html?pid=137


MUSEUMS, GALLERIES AND COLLECTIONS OF IMAGES:

The Louvre 
> http://www.louvre.fr/louvrea.htm

Museum of Modern Art
> http://www.moma.org/collection/index.html

National Gallery of Art
> http://www.nga.gov/home.htm

Smithsonian American Art Museum
> http://www.nmaa.si.edu/

National Museum of Women in the Arts
> http://www.nmwa.org/

The Guggenheim
> http://www.guggenheim.org/

Museums Worldwide
> http://art-design.umich.edu/mother/museums.html

Indianapolis Museum of Art
> http://www.ima-art.org/

Art Museum of Greater Lafayette
> http://www.dcwi.com/~glma/

Indiana University Art Museum
> http://www.indiana.edu/~iuam/

Links to some on-line exhibits
> http://art-design.umich.edu/mother/exhibit.html

Art Images for College Teaching
> http://arthist.cla.umn.edu/aict/index.html

--
Next month we'll go hands on, with Part 2!
Art Education: Online Activities.
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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
~



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_____________________________________ FEATURE ARTICLES ___________
send submissions to:
> JournalStaff@ihen.org


FOUR REASONS WHY YOU CAN START A CHESS CLUB'
by joe stull
> chess@thewordsofeternallife.com

Chess? Why would you think about starting a chess club? Isn't it just
for geeks? Maybe you think your child is too young to play. May you
can't get your child to sit still for a minute, let alone to play a
game of chess. Besides you don't know much about chess any way, so
why would you start one?

REASON #1

How about for the simple reason that it's FUN!!! Yes, chess is a very
fun game. Chess involves a lot of action. In a club setting children
tend to play fast which causes a lot of excitement. Children get to
meet their friends and make new ones too. The same goes for parents
as well.

REASON #2

Chess is a game that young children can learn. My youngest daughter
was four when she wanted to start learning how to play chess. She
just couldn't wait! If your child has an interest they just may be
ready to play.

I had one lady who brought her children to the club. She had one who
was five years old at the time who was interested, but she thought
that he was just too young. At the first couple of meetings he didn't
stay the whole time, but he was bitten with the chess bug and stayed
for the duration of the meetings shortly thereafter. His mother was
shocked. She couldn't believe her baby could do it.

REASON #3

Anyone can play and it has academic benefits. One thing that
separates chess from athletic sports is that anyone can play it and
even win some games. Plus a child doesn't have to be a "Geek" to
play. It could help your child with their school. Just think, your
child can play a fun game and improve their academics at the same
time.

Educators around the world acknowledge that chess is a powerful tool
for developing higher order thinking skills (critical and abstract
thinking, planning, logic, and analysis), creativity, concentration,
numerical and verbal aptitudes, and memory. Good sportsmanship is
also developed. Don't believe it? I had a girl who came to our club
who was struggling in some of these areas. Both this girl and her
parents had heard about the benefits of chess and thought that there
was nothing to lose. By the end of the school year, they told me how
their daughter had enjoyed the chess club and how it greatly improved
her thinking skills. They were very pleased to say the least.

REASON #4

You can teach your child to play and start a club even if you know
very little about the game. I've seen a lot of things in my time of
playing chess and now with the internet it only makes learning chess
easier. There are a lot of sites where a person can download or print
out material to help them learn how to play chess. Even if you are not
into the internet most libraries have books on the basics of chess to
get you started. Then there are chess CD's and bookstores. The
resources for learning chess are unlimited.

MAYBE YOU CAN DO IT

If you or your child has an interest in playing chess go for it! A
whole world of fun awaits. Many parents tend to be a little skeptical
about whether their child is ready, but you'll never know until you
try. The same is true for starting a chess club. It may seem
challenging and it is, but so is raising your child and educating
them at home. Starting a chess club may be just what your group
needs. You'll never know unless you try.

Next time I'll look into the when's, where's, and how's of starting a
chess club.
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RESOURCES:
Joe is the official chess coach for the IHEN Web Project "Relaxation
and Entertaining Diversions Committee." He can be reached at:
> chess@thewordsofeternallife.com
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_____________________________ HOMESCHOOLING IN THE NEWS __________
national home education network
> http://www.nhen.org


Headlines from the recent issues of "Homeschooling in the News" from
the National Home Education Network. See RESOURCES for subscription
information. ALSO: Remember to cut and paste overly long or broken
links into your browser's URL address window.
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WorldNet Daily (opinion): Government butts into homeschool
> http://worldnetdaily.com/news/article.asp?ARTICLE_ID=34014

The Arizona Republic (Letter to the Editor): Home-schoolers deserve
tax help
> http://www.azcentral.com/arizonarepublic/opinions/articles/
0808frilets081html

York Dispatch: Homeschool co-op
> http://www.yorkdispatch.com/Stories/0,1413,138~10023~1553144,00.html

The Beacon Journal: More blacks enter home schooling
> http://www.ohio.com/mld/ohio/news/6453315.htm

Charlotte Sun-Herald: Center helps with home schoolers
> http://www.sun-herald.com/NewsArchive2/081503/tp6ch15.htm?date=081503
&story=tp6ch15.htm

The Oregonian: County opens first home school out of home in Beaverton
> http://www.oregonlive.com/metrowest/oregonian/beaverton/index.ssf?/
base/metro_west_news/1061043123187160.xml

WTEV-TV: New Program Designed to Help Home Schooling
> http://www.wtev.com/news/local/story.aspx?content_id=5165029F-8346-
4E69-8EA8-7B6E5F695900

Visalia Times-Delta: Always at school
> http://www.visaliatimesdelta.com/news/stories/20030819/localnews/
89294.html

Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel: Plan calls for home-schooler testing
> http://www.jsonline.com/news/wauk/aug03/165615.asp

Madison Daily Leader: Mitchell board votes against letting
home-school students in activities
> http://www.zwire.com/site/news.cfm?BRD=1302&dept_id=181981&newsid=
10066977&PAG=461&rfi=9
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RESOURCES:
Write to this address to subscribe to "Homeschooling in the News"
> publications@nhen.org
Or visit the NHEN web site
> http://www.nhen.org
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___________________________ IN-VIEW (Homeschooler POVs) __________
> INview@ihen.org



__________ AFFILIATED INDEPENDENCE _______________________________
by jj ross, EdD
> JRossedd@aol.com

My mama sure knew how to get things done in groups.

Military wife, Sunday School teacher, public employee. Duty.
Scheduling. Rules.

Everything by the book, and what big books they were. I grew up in a
society so enamored of group control that private behavior often
seemed more regulated than public employment!

... I wonder what Mama would think of this notion of affiliated
independence. Would she fret that allowing individuals to choose
freedom from group controls is dangerous to the fabric of society?
Could she believe that so much good results even though no one is
training us, stabling us, riding us, feeding us, breeding us, pulling
back on the reins one minute and spurring us into pounding bursts of
effort the next?

--
Read the whole article
> http://www.ihen.org/content/articles/ross_030909.htm
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RESOURCES:
See a list of POVs on the web site Libary
> http://www.ihen.org/IHEN_Library/index_articles.htm
Originally published by NHEN
> http://www.nhen.org/nhen/pov/editors/default.asp?id=425
~



__________ BOOB TUBE BLUES BEGONE ________________________________
How one family tamed their TV

At one point in time, TV and video games seemed to be the biggest
causes of angst in our household (and the cause of at least half of
my gray hairs). Some might say, "Well, just get rid of them. TV and
video games are bad for you anyway." True enough, but that's not an
option for us.

Instead, we needed a constructive way to get our son to stick to the
limits we put forth that didn't involve half an hour of listening to
him quote from the latest studies that found video games actually
helped kids' reaction times. (Thanks, by the way, to those
scientists. You really know how to make a Mom's day.)

We tried this system and that, each to no avail. Would we have to
turn to our old friends duct tape and staple gun? Luckily, before my
husband had a chance to unholster either of those (much to his
dismay), we came across a nifty little device called the "TokenTV"
television time manager.

The device itself is very simple to hook up and use. You don't need
any tools or a degree in quantum physics to install it. It comes with
thirty 35-minute tokens. It also comes with a parental override key.
(Note: Do NOT, under any circumstances misplace the key right before
your husband's favorite football team's big game is on.) It can be
used with anything that has a coaxial connection (cable, satellite
and broadcast TV), or with video game consoles if you use an RF
Modulator.

What a difference this little device has made! Although TokenTV is
pretty expensive ($85 the last time I checked), the results, at least
for our household, have been well worth it. Those tokens must be
constructed from some magical material harvested in a faraway jungle
somewhere. They have transformed our son into a time-managing,
decision-making machine.

Peace and harmony reign supreme once again...at least until the next
article praising the values of video games comes out.
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RESOURCES:
For more information
> http://www.familysafemedia.com/token_tv_time_manager.html
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________________________ IN-FOCUS: LEARNING COMMUNITIES __________
by betty malone
> llchomeschool@yahoo.com


LEARNING ABOUT LEARNING COMMUNITIES

As home learning continues its successful voyage, many families are
networking together and developing their own unique learning
opportunities for their children to participate in.

While some of these activities follow the tried and true methods that
homeschool support groups have used for decades, others embark on new
and adventurous paths. As the facilitator of one such adventure in
the works, LIFE Learning Center in Anderson, I am interested in
hearing what other great cooperative learning activities are
occurring in the state of Indiana.

Perhaps your group has developed a full day co-op program or has
gained acclaim for it's wonderful chess or debate club. Perhaps your
students have journeyed to far away locations or built a house for
Habitat for Humanity.

Learning together convivially with friends and family is a joy that
all students should have the opportunity to participate in. Through
this feature, I am looking forward to hearing your ideas and sharing
your successes. Maybe we can spark others to try their own hand at
coming together to fellowship and learn something new!

--
Betty Malone is the Director of the Life Learning Center, in
Anderson, Indiana. She can be reached at >
lifelearninginfo@yahoogroups.com
_____
We are interested in your tales of cooperative learning adventures.
Please write to Betty Malone at > llchomeschool@yahoo.com and she
will contact you for an e-mail interview or a real life visit. Each
month we will highlight a different cooperative learning group or
activity.
~



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_______________________________________________ IN-SITE __________
by benjamin bennett
ihen.org web project site editor
> SiteEditor@ihen.org


THE MONTHLY IHEN WEB PROJECT REPORT


IHEN WEB PROJECT CLASSADS:
Our ClassAds program is starting to catch on. For those of you who
aren't aware, the Web Project is offering free classified ad space on
the web site, for anyone who has something to offer Hoosier
Homeschoolers. Currently, these ads for these products and services
are running:

> Children's daytime sewing lessons
> Mainstage Theater Presentation in Anderson
> Weiland Music Studio in Columbus, IN, offering private lessons
> Minnetrista Center's Homeschooler Workshops
> IHEN's Free Classified Advertising Service

More ads are placed weekly. Keep up by going to the site regularly
and checking them out, or by posting your own ads.

> http://www.ihen.org/classads/


NEW DISCUSSION LIST OFFICIALLY OPENS FOR TEEN AGE HOMESCHOOLERS:
Earlier this month, we were asked about the possibility of starting
another official IHEN managed e-list, with our teen age homeschoolers
in mind. This is the official notice that it has been done!
IHEN-TeenTalk is up and running! The list is already providing a
great networking experience for teens, who so often find that using
the Internet as a networking tool (like we do with the
IndianaHomeschoolers list, a daunting endeavor.

We enlisted the help of Breylin, a teen homeschooler (and her mom)
as list manager, with the added help of IHEN staff volunteers. If
your teen has been itching to correspond (safely) with other
homeschooling teens, but you have been hesitant, you might want to
give this list a try. Subscribe in the usual ways, using either the
simple e-mail post, or by going to the list's web address:
> IHEN-TeenTalk-subscribe@yahoogroups.com
> http://groups.yahoo.com/group/IHEN-TeenTalk/join/

Remember you can always write the list owners if you have questions.
> IHEN-TeenTalk-owner@yahoogroups.com


IHEN JOURNAL POLLS STILL RUNNING:
We recently ran a YahooGroups poll on the IHEN Journal home page, and
had these results based on 19 respondents:

POLL QUESTION: The IHEN Journal staff are thinking about updating the
format of the newsletter and the way it is delivered. Please choose
the best option below that works for you, the subscriber:

CHOICES AND RESULTS
- Entire text via e-mail (current status)
> 2 votes, 10.53%  
- Partial text (blurbs) with links to complete text on the web site
> 3 votes, 15.79%  
- Both complete text in an e-mail AND the newsletter on the site
> 0 votes, 0.00%  
- Complete text via e-mail, but e-mail in HTML (like a web page)
> 10 votes, 52.63%  
- Don't care. All work for me.
> 4 votes, 21.05%  

So it looks like people are favoring the same newsletter, delivered
by e-mail, but with formatting that makes it look and read better.
We're still interested in your opinion, and are continuing the voting
via the link below. Please take a moment sometime this month, to voice
your opinion. It will help us keep the IHEN Journal a vital and
readable publication for Hoosier Homeschoolers.

Go here to voice your opinion:
> http://pub31.bravenet.com/vote/vote.php?usernum=2580014760&cpv=2


MOST INTERESTING POST OF THE MONTH AWARD:
By far, I have to give the the most interesting post of the month
award to the post in August, that asked if anyone could spare some
time to help fix up a grave stone for them. I don't know if it got
done, but if it did, it illustrates once again, that Hoosier
Homeschoolers are the most helpful people on the planet. :-)


STAY TUNED FOR MORE DETAILED INFORMATION! THE IHEN WEB PROJECT WILL
SOON BE RENTING EDUCATIONAL DVDs TO HOOSIER HOMESCHOOLERS VIA
OUR WEB SITE!
If you just can't wait, you can check out the over 12,000 educational
DVDs available to rent for your family, through IHEN's DVD Rental
Store!
> http://www.ihen.org/dvdstore/


THANK YOU (in advance) FOR YOUR SUPPORT:
I can't emphasize enough, how important it is for Hoosiers who use
IHEN's Web Services, to help in any way they can, with the financial
support that will help this project to continue. Whether you support
the Web Project with a small donation to keep the site in operation
> http://www.ihen.org/donate/ -- or volunteer your skills via the IHEN
Web Project e-list > http://groups.yahoo.com/group/IHEN-Org/ -- or
simply help another homeschooler on the IndianaHomeschoolers list,
every positive action YOU take Helps Hoosiers Homeschool. And THAT is
what we do. Thank you in advance.

> http://www.ihen.org/donate/

As always you can drop us a line to let us know how we're doing. We
like mail! > WebServices@ihen.org
_____
RESOURCES:
New Web Services for Fall 2003:
FAQ Database
> http://www.ihen.org/faqs
Links Database
> http://www.ihen.org/links
FREE Classified Ads Service: IHEN's ClassAds!
> http://www.ihen.org/classads
Web Site Forum/Message Board
> http://www.ihen.org/forum
Live Chat: Any time, or every Wed. at 11:00 AM for hosted chats.
> http://www.ihen.org/chat
Take Our Current IHEN Poll (may change month to month)
> http://www.ihen.org/content/polls/poll.htm
IHEN Web Project Donations Link
> http://www.ihen.org/donate/
Write to IHEN Web Services
> WebServices@ihen.org
~



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____________________________________ POINTS OF INTEREST __________
> WebServices@ihen.org


>> THE CHILDRENS' MUSEUM EDUCATOR NETWORK
> tcm_educator_network@childrensmuseum.org

Register for School Field Trips on-line! Professional Development
Teacher Resource Link
> http://lists.n-email.net/t/166904/8125373/641/0/

It's Back-to-School Time and You're Invited to The Children's Museum
of Indianapolis! The museum has an exciting year planned for you,
including new exhibits and resources, inspiring professional
development opportunities and easier access to experiences that are
tied to Indiana's Academic Standards
> http://lists.n-email.net/t/166904/8125373/47434/0/

Educator Open House
Tuesday, Oct. 1, 2003
Teachers Grades: K – 8
Time: 4 - 7:30 p.m.
Fee: FREE Great resources, behind-the-scenes tours, door prizes - and
more - await you at the 2003 Educator Open House. Please be our guest
at this annual event, highlighting the largest children's museum in
the country. Carolyn Lesser
> http://lists.n-email.net/t/166904/8125373/47435/0/
a nonfiction children's author, will be our featured keynote speaker
for the evening. Find out about special events based on themes and
our new daily interpretations throughout the museum. Click here for
more information and to R.S.V.P.:
> http://lists.n-email.net/t/166904/8125373/47436/0/

Teacher Workshop
Writing Truth That Dazzles
Wednesday, Oct. 2
For teachers Grades 3 - 5
Time: 8:30 a.m. - 3 p.m.
Fee: $35
> http://lists.n-email.net/t/166904/8125373/47437/0/
for more information and to register.

Teacher Resource Link Kits
> http://lists.n-email.net/t/166904/8125373/43584/0/
to view a partial listing of the kits available.

--
The Indianapolis Childrens' Museum
3000 N. Meridian St., Indianapolis, IN 46208-4716
317-334-4000
~


>> WANTED: YOUR POINTS OF INTEREST
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 or directly to the IHEN Journal
before the 20th of the month.
> AdManager@ihen.org
> JournalStaff@ihen.org
~


>> HAVE A PRODUCT OR SERVICE THAT HELPS HOOSIERS HOMESCHOOL?
>> IHEN ClassAds SECTION ON THE WEB SITE CAN SELL YOUR STUFF!
How silly is it to not take advantate of a free advertising resource?
Right. Downright silly. The IHEN.org Web Project has a free ClassAd
service on the web site. Got something to sell, trade or buy? What
are you waiting for? Check our our ClassAds page!
> http://www.ihen.org/classads
~


>> WANT YOUR ADVERTISING TO REACH HUNDREDS OF HOOSIER HOMESCHOOLERS?
...then think about advertising in this very periodical. The small
fee will not only go towards Helping Hoosiers Homeschool (by
supporting the IHEN Web Project) but it'll reach hundreds of
homeschooling parents throughout Indiana! Space is limited to so
think about it and drop our Ad Manager an e-mail. He'll help you make
the right decision.
> AdManager@ihen.org
> RateCard@ihen.org (to receive current rates and specials)
~


>> SUPPORT IHEN: HELP HOOSIERS HOMESCHOOL
You can help in a big way, by supporting IHEN and Helping Hoosiers
Homeschool. You'll find several ways to support the IHEN.org
Web Project, including postal, payment by e-mail and credit card:
> http://www.ihen.org/donate/
*Special perks in the works coming for support of $25 or more!*
~



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_____ IHEN JOURNAL STAFF __________

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ADVERTISING MANAGER: Ben Bennett > AdManager@ihen.org

DEPARTMENTS/COLUMNS/STAFF:
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Op-Ed and Letters: > JournalStaff@ihen.org
Janes View: Jane Casey > JaneCasey@ihen.org
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_____ IHEN WEB PROJECT VOLUNTEERS, STAFF __________

IHEN.org WEB PROJECT COORDINATOR:
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IHEN BOARD OF ADVISORS & VOLUNTEERS:
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IHEN WEB PROJECT VOLUNTEERS:
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IHEN COUNTY CONTACTS:
> CountyContacts@ihen.org

WEB PROJECT DONATIONS/SUPPORT PAGE:
> http://www.ihen.org/donate/

"IndianaHomeschoolers" E-LIST MANAGER: Debbie Harbeson
> IndianaHomeschoolers-Owner@yahoogroups.com

IHEN.org WEB PROJECT SITE EDITOR: Benjamin Bennett
> SiteEditor@ihen.org

IHEN MARKET (ClassAds) COORDINATOR: Tammy Marquam
> t.marquam@ihen.org

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


_____ IHEN E-MAIL LISTS __________

The Indiana Home Educators' Network maintains, sponsors and
affiliates with a variety of e-mail discussion lists. We only
recommend the ones we find the most useful for Hoosier Homeschoolers.
Above all, the volunteers here at the IHEN.org Web Project invite you
to subscribe to our favorite e-mail list in the state:
"IndianaHomeschoolers," a statewide, open e-mail list for networking
with homeschoolers across Indiana. If you only want to subscribe to
ONE e-list, IndianaHomeschoolers is IT. If you would like a list of
the other e-lists IHEN recommends or moderates, go to our Web site:
> http://www.ihen.org/IHEN_Contacts/


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