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|Homeschoolers Win Landmark Case|
A Great Victory for California
by J. Michael Smith,
Home School Legal Defense Association
On August 8, in a unanimous decision, the
California Court of Appeal for the Second
Appellate District reversed its earlier
ruling which would have required
homeschoolers to be certified teachers in
order to homeschool in California. Instead
the Court ruled that "California statutes
permit home schooling as a species of private
"It is unusual for an appellate court to
grant a petition for rehearing as this court
did in March," said HSLDA Chairman Mike
Farris, "but it is truly remarkable for a
court to completely reverse its own earlier
opinion. We thank you for your prayers and
give God the glory for this great victory."
The freedom to homeschool is a precious
gift from God. But keeping it free requires
vigilance and perseverance. We must continue
to work together diligently to preserve this
precious freedom in California and elsewhere.
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Our 6-year-old nephew, David, who is home
schooled in the Philippines, was telling our
son about "the biggest number in the world."
Our 10-year-old niece, who is home
schooled in Spain, overheard the conversation
and informed David that there is no such
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Fully aware of the concept of cultural
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there isn't a biggest number in Spain, but
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Back-to-Home-School, Part 2 of 4
Ready Your Home for School
1. Clear Out and Clean
2. Establish Daily Chores
3. Set Up Your School
4. Organize Your Home Library
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As you prepare to go back to home school,
we hope that you will look forward to this
opportunity of teaching and training your
children with anticipation!
If you missed our last issue, you can view
it in our online
archives. Newsletter #217 covered
reaffirming your decision to home school,
setting goals, arranging classes for highest
efficiency, and selecting your curriculum.
All the topics in our Back-to-Home-School
4-part series are amplified from our Checklist
for Starting a School Year. We
hope that these suggestions and reminders
will help and encourage you!
May the Lord bless you and your family for
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1. Clear Out and Clean Your Home
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What can you do this summer to make things
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The “Four-Box Dejunking
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your home, room by room, and item by item.
a decision about each item you pick up and
place it in the correct box.
• Schedule time
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A thorough house cleaning from attic to
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2. Establish Daily Chores
This is another foundational
back-to-home-school preparation that will pay
dividends by making your home run smoothly
during school months.
Each member of the family can and should
have responsibilities that make a
contribution to the success of the whole
We can use chores as double duty –
to keep our homes running efficiently and to
teach our children responsibility and life
Assign chores. A chore chart on the
refrigerator makes sure everyone knows what
their duties are, and checking off the jobs
that are done provides motivation.
For a simple list
of chores, read "Magic Minimum: Cleaning
Secret of Organized Families".
Opportunities Chart" from Doorposts will
help you simplify chore assignments and teach
your children biblical principles of
Describe chores. Write out a 3x5 card with
the name of the chore, what it entails, check
points to tell if the job is completed, the
estimated time the job should take, and what
supplies to use.
Consider homemade, nontoxic, and low-cost
cleaning products. See recipes at www.OrganizedHome.com.
Also keep supplies close to the job, even
if that means two sets of supplies (e.g., for
the upstairs and downstairs bathrooms).
Take time to train your children how to do
each job to your standards and on time. Have
your child watch you do the job as you
explain it, then have him do the job while
you watch and offer confirmation or
Cleaning Tips from Cleaning Pros."
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3. Set Up Your School Space
Determine what space you will use for
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• Computer stations.
for older child's independent study.
Also establish space where those not in
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without disturbing students.
Set aside space for school books,
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4. Organize Your Home Library
Homeschoolers never have too many books;
they just don't have enough bookshelves!
To organize your library, first go through
all the books in your home and sort them:
away any books that are not worth saving.
of keeping boxes of old workbooks that your
children have done, consider removing the
cover and a few sample pages from each one,
then staple them together and file them.
away or sell duplicate books unless they are
really great, hard-to-get books that you want
to keep to loan out or save for your
children’s future libraries.
with friends who might want to trade
books in a yardsale or on the Internet on ABE
Books or Amazon.com.
books as you go with safe
methods that will help preserve them.
like books together in different places in
your home. Examples:
- Children’s personal reading books in
- Reference books in your library or family
- Current school books together by each
- Bibles and Bible study books
- Other like categories together
might want to safely
store books that your children want to
take with them when they start their own
When you have completed work on your
library you should be able to find and use
your books better!