The BBC offers a wealth of interactive and informative resources. One of those is their Welcome to Walk Through Time – A history website.
Visit them to take a virtual walk through time. You can:
- Play interactive Odd-One-Out Games!
- Explore the people in our TimeStrip
- Put things in Order
- Make your Own History
- Print out activities and Do Them
- Bring it together with the Teachers’ Guide
Ohio Home Educators Network (OHEN) is a regional network of homeschooling families. We are an inclusive group supporting families of all religious beliefs.
Although OHEN supports a student-led, interest-centered approach, we welcome all homeschooling families regardless of educational philosophy or teaching style.
OHEN’s purpose is to provide interested parents with accurate information about home education in Ohio.
We hold informational meetings and offer a discussion group for families to share resources and discuss homeschool issues.
OHEN is a network of homeschooling families in the Northeast Ohio area. The network, started in 1991, is run completely by volunteers. O-HEN does not sell or distribute any curriculum, textbooks or teaching supplies.
This is museum is wonderful. It offers the following resources:
- Mexican Folkways Magazine
- Video Collection
- And much more.
Visit the main site here.
I am not an expert, nor a lawyer, but I do understand the importance of knowing our rights and responsibilities. In my opinion, the right to home educate a child is a fundamental right (natural or God-given). Still, we need to know what the laws say about home education in our state so that we can make informed choices. In my opinion, this is a good place to start out when you are just beginning to homeschool. Why?
- We need to know the laws so that we understand how we are to obey them, or what the consequences might be if we do not.
- We need to know the laws as well, if not better than local school officials so that if they ask more than the law requires, we can point to the law and protect our rights.
- Laws are written in a manner that is not always accessible to citizens, but don’t let that stop you. They are still written in English and once you get beyond the legislative jargon, you understand what is being said.
With that disclaimer on the importance of knowing the law, I’d like to share this brief podcast with you on the home education notification process in Ohio.
Thanks for listening.
You can read a copy of our code at the Ohio Home Educationa Network site.
You can find some of the forms you might want to use there as well:
- Academic Assessment – Achievement Testing
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This awesome site is brought to us by Nobelprize.com The Ear Pages illustrates that sound is caused by changes of pressure in the air that is transformed into nerve impulses in the inner ear. You can explore “The Ear Pages,” collect the snail shaped symbols to gain points in the quiz and learn how the ear works!
As I have mentioned before, some of us have been reading and discussing the book, “Taking Charge Through Homeschooling, Political and Personal Empowerment” by D. Larry and Susan M. Kaseman. For those of us who thought that politics was beyond our understanding, this is a book filled with practical information that helps us to understand how simple our participation can be in the political process. Many libraries carry the book, or you can purchase it used or at HEM.
If you do want to follow federal legislation that pertain to homeschooling, a helpful resource is the THOMAS Web Site. The THOMAS site is a service of the Library of Congress. At this site you can look up the U.S. Code, proposed legislation, Historical Documents, Congressional Records, Committee information and much more.
Thomas also has a link for state resources, other jurisdictions and other resources. Under “Other Resources” you will find almost everything you wanted to know about your state and how it is governed.
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If you are interested in learning Greek and/or Latin, you will want to visit and bookmark this site. This is a wonderful learning community. Their mission statement reads:
Textkit was created to help you learn Greek and Latin. We are a free online learning resource that provides downloadable Greek and Latin grammars and readers. We also provide an extensive and ever growing collection of classical e-books in English, Greek and Latin.
I downloaded Latin for Beginners by Benjamin L. D’Ooge and got lost in it, so don’t let the fact that this site is free fool you, these are excellent resources for anyone wanting to learn Latin or Greek. Enjoy!
Talking to one another about home-education and home-education issues has always been a really important part of protecting our home-education freedoms. The discussion seemed to happen more often sixteen years ago and I have to wonder if this has happened as other have become more aware of the option?.
During one of the early day homeschool information meetings, I recall a veteran homeschooler telling us new families to read and study the rules and regulations that govern Ohio Home-Education. Since then, that’s what we have suggested to new homeschoolers as they have started down this path.
Because we do know the rules and regulations that govern homeschooling in our state, when superintendents or other officials have attempted to ask more of us than was required by law, we have been able to counter those requests by politely referring them to the statutes. Had each individual not taken the time to study the statutes, many would have likely been intimidated into thinking these official’s unnecessary requests were indeed legitimate.
Whether you are a member of a national organization that claims to protect home-education freedoms, the member of a home-education network, a member of a homeschool support group, it is each individual’s responsibility to know their rights and not depend on anyone else to protect their freedoms. It is up to each individual to study the issues and information others might present, investigate and verify that information and then make one’s own informed choice on any issue.
As homeschooling has grown more popular, corporate and public entities continue to invent hybrid programs that combine school at home with public school and proudly claim to be recapturing1 us “back” into the system. Home-educators are being observed and studied more intensively each year by these same entities, educators, legislators and the media. Because we are being scrutinized so closely, discussions within our communities about protecting homeschooling and our fundamental freedoms need to take place now more than ever.
Do we sometimes become so busy living life; enjoying liberty and pursuing happiness that we forget to actively protect our fundamental freedoms? Some have said they don’t know how or where to begin these discussions about protecting homeschool freedoms. We have often used, Taking Charge Through Homeschooling: Personal and Political Empowerment as a sort of outline.
Homeschooling is not a small public school at home, but it is as diverse and undefined as each family and child that it serves. Homeschooling has brought a richness to all our lives and we owe to ourselves remain active in our own way, watch the issues and protect it’s liberating principles for future generations to come.