Home School Legal Defense Association: The Nov./Dec., 2006, issue of The Home School Court Report published by HSLDA has an excellent cover story by Chairman Michael Farris about how the recent European Court of Human Rights decision to uphold Germany’s ban on homeschooling could affect our freedoms here in the United States, given an increasing amount of American judges’ reliance on "international law" rather than our U. S. Constitution as the basis for their decisions. The magazine also contains interesting legal and legislative updates "Across the States," other useful information related to homeschooling, news about HSLDA staff changes (Scott Somerville has left–sob–but Mike Donnelly has taken his place and will be speaking at the 2007 Greater St. Louis Area Home Educators Expo!), and President Michael Smith’s always beneficial column "The Last Word."
First Wal Mart, now Sears: On December 7, 2006, Donald Wildmon, President of the American Family Association announced, "Sears Supports Homosexual TV Network With Advertising: Two-minute infomercials sponsored explicitly by Sears helps keep the homosexual network on the air. Sears has thrown its support to the LOGO network. LOGO is the 24-hour cable television network dedicated to programming for lesbians, gays, bisexuals and transgenders according to a homosexual advertising website. It is carried on many cable systems around the country. Many of you have been forced to accept it as part of your cable package. Sears is now helping to make it mainstream! Sear’s advertising will help LOGO air shows like ‘Sex 2K Drag Kings,’ ‘The Gayest and Greatest of 2006,’ and ‘Transgeneration.’ Sears advertising (two-minute infomercials) will go to help the fledging network get on firm financial ground. Sears advertising is financing LOGO’s push to legalize homosexual marriage in addition to promoting the homosexual lifestyle. Sears is owned by Kmart Corporation."
Eragon: The movie based on the book by homeschooled student Christopher Paolini debuted in cinemas across the nation on Dec. 15. I reviewed the book in the 12/04 issue of my free e-mail homeschooling newsletter (Biblical Homeschooling — firstname.lastname@example.org or http://groups.yahoo.com/biblicalhomeschooling/ ). A condensed version of that review recently appeared in the 12/9/06 issue of the HomeSchoolBuzz newsletter; it is on the HomeSchoolBuzz website and can be accessed at http://www.homeschoolbuzz.com/reviews.html?content=Eragon–The-Inheritance–Book-1– .
Home Educator’s Family Times: The Nov./Dec., 2006, issue of what is called "America’s Leading Homeschool and Family Newspaper" has a lot of very interesting and helpful material, including a wonderful editorial, "Why are you homeschooling? Your answers are important" by Jane Boswell. All of the articles contained useful information, but I especially liked Barb Frank’s "Homeschooling High School the Third Time Around." Also Missouri’s own Sharon Jeffus has an article, "Why is art important?" You can access the articles at http://www.HomeEducator.com/FamilyTimes .
Homeschooled Teen Magazine: Homeschooled Teen is an on-line magazine FOR homeschooled girls written BY homeschooled girls ages 12+. It’s a place where girls can share their thoughts, stories, recipes, photos, drawings, articles, and more! Homeschooled Teen also has moderated forums, where the girls can (safely) talk to other homeschooled teen girls about anything from books to holiday traditions. Do you know of a teen who has something to say? Maybe someone who would enjoy seeing their work published in a magazine geared just for them? Then take a look at "Homeschooled Teen" and have them send in anything they’d like to share. To read about it, go to http://www.freewebs.com/homeschooledteen/ .
Gravitas Publications: I received a card in the mail from Gravitas Publications, Inc., P. O. Box 4790, Albuquerque, NM 87196-4790 (1-888-466-2761; www.gravitaspublications.com ) which offers "Real Science 4 Kids," about new products available including Level II Chemistry and Science Connects to Language Level 1; three new informational blogs; and looking for answers to questions concerning Real Science 4 Kids by joining RealScience4Kids@yahoogroups.com . Their website offers relevant up to date pioneering science information and articles of interest to homeschools, public schools, and charter schools. There is also a 20% discount by using Code D0106 on web and phone orders that expires on Jan. 31, 2007.
New Ezine for children: The following item was posted on a homeschooling e-mail list. "Stories for Children Magazine is coming Spring 2007! This Ezine is for children ages 3 to 12. Come check us out at: http://storiesforchildren.tripod.com/ ."
Homeschool Learning Cruises: I received the following e-mail. "Hi there, I was wondering if you would post information and spread the word about our homeschooling interactive learning cruises. Please let me know if there is a way to do this. Thank you. Mik, Homeschooling Mom. Join us! Homeschool on the Seas Learning Cruises–Many Dates and Itineraries Available, www.HomeschoolontheSeas.com . Departing from ports in Washington (to Alaska), California (to Caribbean), New Jersey (to Bermuda), Texas (to Caribbean), and Florida (to Caribbean). Where Children Learn, Have Fun and Parents Vacation ALL FOR ONE GREAT PRICE!!! Onboard Royal Caribbean’s amazing ships. Get Ready to Sail! Your children will be provided with not only a fun trip with all the amenities aboard Royal Caribbean’s amazing ships, but an educational experience that will provide the basis for studies for years to come! INTERACTIVE lessons and activities are structured to your child’s age group, in Science, History and Current Events. Topics include: ecology, threats to ecology, colonization, political climate, government structure, economy, and culture. Learners and their families can attend group classes, complete independent study projects, and small group projects. Upon arriving at one of the ports of call , families will have the opportunity to complete the ‘HotS Quest,’ a memorable adventure for the whole family. Then how about a little night-time learning, featuring the ‘HotS Star-Gazing Slumber Party’…..get your blankets out!!!!" I responded, "I will put your information in my free homeschooling e-mail newsletter (email@example.com or http://groups.yahoo.com/biblicalhomeschooling/ ) and also post it on my homeschooling blog at Homeschool Blogger (http://www.homeschoolblogger.com/wswalker310/ )."
Homeschooling in World: World Magazine, Dec. 9, 2006, contained the following letter to the editor (p. 46). "I was edified by ‘Plucked out of the burning’ (Oct. 21). As a homeschooling mom I am constantly in need of remembering that Moses couldn’t speak well, Noah got drunk, Peter denied Christ, John Wesley wasn’t a good husband, and yet God used them mightily because they loved Him. Every one of my weaknesses is glaringly apparent in my children and homeschoool, yet I am so thankful that the Holy One will make up for my shortcomings as I pray to Him each day." How true!