Death notice for a homeschool pioneer: Dr. Raymond S. Moore passed away Friday, July 13, 2007, at the age of 91 after having suffered a massive stroke on Father’s Day. He is survived by his wife Bernice Reid Moore; a brother and two sisters; son and daughter; and three grandsons. Over the past several decades Dr. Moore and his first wife Dorothy, who predeceased him, were known and loved as homeschooling pioneers. Together they authored numerous books on homeschooling. Raymond was a missionary, a world traveler, lecturer, author, educator, and a consummate gentleman. His highest goal was to serve God. His family and friends knew him as a devoted husband, father, grandfather, mentor, and friend. I have never read, and in fact do not even possess, any of Dr. and Mrs. Moore’s books related to homeschooling, although I have read excerpts from them. However, several people who have been homeschooling for many years have said that they were helped immensely by the Moores’ materials and some even by their personal assistance.
The Land of Lincoln: Over the past several years we have had the privilege of seeing several sites related to Abraham Lincoln. The Lincoln Homestead State Park near Springfield, KY, has relocated several original log structures associated with Thomas Lincoln and Nancy Hanks, Lincoln’s parents. The Old Fort Harrod State Park in Harrodsburg, KY, has relocated and enshrined the cabin in which Lincoln’s parents were married. The Lincoln Birth Place National Historic Site at Hodgenville, KY, consists of two parts, a replica of the cabin in which he was born on the original site, and the nearby farm on Knob Creek to which the family moved shortly afterwards. The Lincoln Boyhood National Memorial, where Lincoln grew up, is located near Lincoln City, IN. Mary Todd, who married Lincoln, was from Lexington, KY, and her family’s home is located there. Outside of Lerna, IL, there are the Lincoln Log Cabin State Historic Site which has the foundations of the cabin built by Thomas Lincoln where Abe lived as a young man along with a reconstructed farm, and the Moore Home State Memorial, the house where he said goodby to his family before leaving for Washington. In Vandalia, IL, the Vandalia State House State Historic Site is the building where Lincoln served as a state legislator. A Lincoln-Douglas Debate Museum has been built on the site of one of the famous debates held in Charleston, IL. Just recently, we spent a few days in Springfield, IL. At Lincoln’s New Salem, northwest of the city, the buildings of the town where Lincoln lived as a young man have been rebuilt on their original foundations, including the store where Lincoln clerked, and the two locations of the stores that he co-owned. The Lincoln Home National Historic Site consists of a visitor’s center, the only home that Lincoln ever owned, and four city blocks with buildings of Lincoln’s time. The Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum (two separate buildings but across the street from each other) are dedicated to preserving the memory of the sixteenth President. And Lincoln’s Tomb State Historic Site is an impressive structure in Oak Ridge Cemetery. Also, there are the Lincoln-Herndon Law Offices and the "Lincoln Depot" which is the restored Great Western Railroad Depot from which Lincoln departed for Washington. We had a really enjoyable visit.
Socialization: "Homeschoolers don’t live in a vacuum. There isn’t one homeschooler I know who hasn’t been involved in outside extracurricular activities. Through these activities, they have spent time with all different ages and types of people. They have friends in all age groups, and they learn from those people as much as they share with them. Homeschoolers aren’t being crippled socially. We are the ones who are ready to go out and live in the real world" (Magda Pride, homeschool graduate in the May/June, 2007, issue of Practical Homeschooling, p. 64).
A Little Homeschool Humor: Under the headline "Historical Disappointment," Paula C. of Seattle, WA, wrote, "My son Travis, who homeschools, took his family to see the Dead Sea Scrolls when they were on temporary exhibit in Seattle. At the end of the tour, he found his six-year-old son sobbing. When Travis leaned down to ask my grandson what was wrong, Ben said, ‘Dad, you promised me squirrels–Dead Sea Squirrels. And there weren’t any!’" (in The Home School Court Report, Mar./Apr., 2007, p. 24).