We believe the words of God in Deuteronomy 6:6-7:
And these words, which I command thee this day, shall be in thine heart: And thou shalt teach them diligently unto thy children, and shalt talk of them when thou sittest in thine house, and when thou walkest by the way, and when thou liest down, and when thou risest up. (KJV)

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Christians at the Capitol Update from CHEK

On Friday at Christians at the Capitol in Frankfort, Dr. David Gibbs of the Christian Law Association provided an update of the cases his organization sees as their lawyers defend religious liberty across the nation.

This list was his request for prayer as they battle on the front lines. 

1. Gender agenda 
It's picking up traction as it has become fashionable to pick one's gender. Their next stop is the church. Fewer than 40% of churches are standing up. 
Proponents are fighting:
- for the "right" for kids to explore their sexuality (just review Common Core to confirm)
- against the rights of parents of minors, arguing that parents have no rights to stop their children from changing gender 
- on behalf of existing church staff/members changing identity (this is causing great turmoil within the churches, never expecting they'd have these issues in their midst)
**Churches need to know how they will respond before it comes to them.**

2. Marriage agenda
US Supreme Court is poised to legalize homosexual marriage nationally; polygamy groups are standing in line to get their "right" as soon as Biblical marriage falls.
- Will the church recognize these "marriages"??

3. Hate speech 
Churches are being told they cannot teach Biblical marriage as the only right way in children's ministry; at junior high level, the parents have no rights.

4. Parental rights on 3 fronts
-Education: Groups have risen again to fight for complete government control of Christian and home schools.
-Religion: Kids have the "right" not to attend church, pray, read Bible, etc. 
-Medical: Parents are being stripped of decision-making regarding healthcare choices for their children.

5. Right to witness - a command given by Christ, yet only 4% of Christians do it
There is a battle to make witnessing about Christ illegal.


Dr. Gibbs' Notes on Prayer: Ask (original translation means "specifically," the word for getting "detailed with God"), and you shall receive. So, be specific in your prayers.
1. Only works if you pray - have a list!
2. Be fervent - the fervent prayer of a righteous man avails much.
3. Gotta be clean - confess, get right, clean your closet first

So get clean, and fervently pray from your list every day!


Thursday, February 19, 2015

Christians at the Capitol Day Starts at Noon, February 20th!

To all who registered for "Christians at the Capitol" day:

     The event is still on for tomorrow!
    
     There are many bills up for a vote we will learn of that day including ones about:  legalizing marijuana use in Ky, pro-life efforts, religious liberty, the sodomite agenda, and more.

     Please don't let the snow that fell Monday stop you from making a stand for Biblical principles this Friday.

     Hope to see you in the Capitol city at noon tomorrow.  (You can help by spreading word about the day.  Thank you.)

In Christ,
Bro. Lee
 
 

Tuesday, February 10, 2015

Will New Compulsory Age Laws Cause Increased Scrutiny for Homeschoolers in Kentucky?


Will New Compulsory Age Laws Cause Increased Scrutiny for Homeschoolers in Kentucky? 

Written by: Scott Bolin, President of CHEK

On the February 09, 2015 edition of WFPL’s midday report, host Devin Katayama reported on the recent Kentucky School Board meeting.  His report titled, “As Dropout Age Changes, the Kentucky Education Department is Keeping an Eye on Homeschooling” may have given some in the homeschool community the wrong impression.
A little over six hours into the seven hour meeting, Education Commissioner, Dr. Terry Holliday spoke briefly about the number of high school students who opt for homeschooling. Dr. Holliday said that .8% of public high school students opt out for homeschooling each year which is around 4000 students statewide. This is a normal statistic that the board looks at, and one that has not changed significantly.
Dr. Holliday did mention the new compulsory school age law and the implications it could have on the number of students opting out of public school for private homeschool. Holliday said that they would be using the pre-age increase statistics as a base line to see if there is a sudden and significant increase in post-age increase numbers.
Holliday did not say that the KDE would be monitoring data to make sure there is no spike in homeschooling. He did say that they would be monitoring base line numbers to see if there is a significant increase for those affected by the new compulsory age laws.
So, what is significant about Katayama’s report, and what should we take away from it?
Chiefly, new laws and policies sometimes have unintended consequences.  CHEK opposed compulsory age increases seventeen years for many reasons, not least of which were the concerns mentioned by Dr. Holliday. His concerns are not without merit, there is a segment of our population who will try to use homeschool liberties to circumvent compulsory age laws. The question will be what to do about it?
First, let’s be real clear as to what the problem is.
The state dropout rate and under achieving students are the problem, not the number of homeshoolers. More precisely, the problem is the number of students in public school whose parents and school system have failed them. The new age increase laws do nothing to deal with the real issue.
Why do students drop out of school and is it always bad?
There may be legitimate issues that force a student to drop out that has nothing to do with academic performance, truancy, or other disciplinary action. In these circumstances, the parents and students should be free to do what’s best for the student. This, on a parental rights front, is why CHEK could never support compulsory age increase. No student wakes up one morning in their sophomore or junior year and says, “Hey, I think I will quit school today.” It is an incremental decent from one bad circumstance to the next that brings a student to the place where they ask, “Should I quit school?” In the area of academics, and disciplinary actions, there should be a history of failure.  CHEK opposed compulsory age increases, because it treats a symptom in hopes that a little more time will produce a cure. What we need to do that compulsory age laws cannot do, is reduce the reasons why students choose to drop out. That is much easier to say than do; however our future may very well depend on it.
In the grand scheme of things, the potential issues that may arise with the new compulsory age laws should motivate the homeschool community to be more vigilant in the defense of their rights. Every education bill, and every article or statement proposing more accountability and oversight should arrest our attention. When it comes to educational legislation, we cannot afford to think, that it only applies to public schools, it will not affect the homeschool community. We also have a responsibility to those who don’t homeschool in our community. We are commanded in scripture to, “Love your neighbors as yourself.” Matthew 22:39  You may not send your children to public school, but as long as your neighbors do, you should work with them to improve it. Also, if you are a homeschool parent, you need to know your rights and responsibilities, as well as those of the local school officials.  These are very clearly outlined in the Best Practice Documents that was created 18 years ago by both homeschool leaders and members of the Board of Education.  Unfortunately, CHEK has found that less than 30% of families that are currently homeschooling have even read this document or can state from law what their and the local districts responsibilities are.  We highly recommend that you have a copy of the overview of the law and a copy of the Best Practice Document available in your record book, and that you pull it out and review it a couple of times a year.  When your neighbor or fellow church member then approaches you with the question of pulling their child out of the system, you will be able to confidently help them follow the right steps to creating a bona-fide (legitimate) homeschool.
Homeschooling is definitely newsworthy! The growth of homeschooling continues to outpace all other forms of education nationwide.  CHEK along with HSLDA and the veteran homeschool leaders across our state will continue to educate families that are searching for an alternative to the public school.  We will continue to inform local superintendants, Kentucky Board of Education Members, and our state legislators on the positive job homeschool parents are doing and of the increases in homeschooling participants both here in Kentucky and on a national level.  





To see Devin Katayama’s report go to:
To see video of the school board meeting go to:
For info on drop out and graduation rates in Kentucky go to:
National Center for Educational Statistics on Compulsory Age Laws

Kentucky Best Practice Document
http://chek.org/resources/Documents/Best-Practice.pdf

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Our Facebook Group is Celebrating!

The Facebook Group, sponsored by CHEK, is growing!  We've already reached 500+ members!  So, what does that mean?  It means we're going to celebrate!

 To view the freebies, you'll need to join the group, which is easily done here:
Kentucky Homeschooling Facebook Group- Join HERE!

CHEK Celebrate 500 Giveaway


But, why leave out our blog readers!  You can join in on the giveaway, too!

Here's our great giveaway sponsors...please visit their websites and social media to follow, like, and explore!

WriteShop
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WriteShop not only teaches kids how to write, it shows you how to teach. You’ll learn to guide them through the writing process and inspire even the most reluctant writers. Parents rave about the results! Whether you’re a new or veteran homeschooler, WriteShop is here to help you along your homeschooling journey.
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  • Includes Teacher's Guide + Student Worksheet Pack (choice of print or digital)
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Giveaway: 2015 Grateful Journal


CHEK: 
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The ministry of Christian Home Educators of Kentucky
Giveaway: One CHEK Membership or One Year Renewal for current member!

Shining Dawn Books

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About:
 Cindy West, a veteran homeschooler of three wonderful children, is the author of Shining Dawn Books products.  She and her husband, Steve, live on an angus cattle farm in Central Kentucky and enjoy being outdoors together.  Cindy has a master’s degree in elementary education and loves teaching children – her own, co-op classes, Sunday school classes, nature clubs and more.  God placed on her heart many years ago the love for instructing and nurturing homeschooling moms as well, and regularly teaches workshops of all kinds through her speaking ministry.
Besides the NaturExplorer series and other creative teaching resources Cindy has written and published through Shining Dawn Books, she has also written Homeschooling Gifted and Advanced Learners published by Prufrock Press.

Giveaway: One person can choose any 5 products they like. One person can choose any 3 products they like. Three people can choose any 1 product they like.  Visit Cindy West's awesome site to see what you'd choose if you are the winner!

A Plus Tutor Soft

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A+ Interactive Math offers math curriculum products primarily for homeschooling families. It offers Math Placement Test with Lesson Plan, Family Math Packages Online, Single Grade Level Online, and Curriculum CD Software, Textbooks, Workbooks, eBooks and Supplemental software. The computer-based curriculum (online and CD software) teaches math lessons with fun, colorful and engaging video lesson and interactive review that reinforces math concepts.  Practice problems and chapters tests check if students grasp the math concepts and provide further reinforcement with step-by-step solutions.

The Math “Placement Test w/ Lesson Plan” program includes everything you need to “identify and close” learning gaps. With this program,
1. Students take a “mini-test” for each major concept to identify current skill level.
2. The program then creates an “individualized” lesson plan which includes everything you need.
3. Students then follow the lesson plan and you see progress as student masters various skills and closes learning gaps.

A+ Math is self-paced and encourages independent learning. The Adaptive Testing (multi-grade level starting with the “home” grade level) provides comprehensive testing to identify any learning gaps. The program then creates an “individualized” lesson plan for any learning gaps that includes Video Lessons, Interactive Review, Practice Problems, Automatic Grading, Progress Reports and more. Your student then follows his/her “individualized” lesson plan to learn math concepts and close the learning gaps. The lessons are easy to understand with frequent reference to examples from daily life (where possible) to make learning math more relevant which also helps with retention. With A+ Math, students make huge progress in less than 30 minutes a day.
Giveaway:
  2 winners Placement Test with Lesson Plan - 2 students each (value: $39.95 each)



Kurriculum Korner

Kurriculum Korner, Homeschool Consignment Store, CHEK Celebrate 500 Giveaway

Kurriculum Korner has been serving the homeschool community since 2004. Located in the beautiful rolling hills of Kentucky, Kurriculum Korner has thousands of gently used homeschooling books available.  Whether just beginning your homeschooling journey or well on your way, with everything from Preschool through High School, Kurriculum Korner has exactly what you need!
We carry all of the most sought after homeschooling curriculum publishers, including:
  • Saxon
  • Bob Jones
  • Abeka
  • Shurley Grammar
  • Sonlight
  • Weaver
  • Konos
  • Amanda Bennett
  • Apologia
  • Easy Grammar
  • Common Sense Press
  • Teaching Textbooks
  • Peace Hill Press (Story of the World, First Language Lessons, etc.)
  • Beautiful Feet Books
  • And many, many more!
Giveaway:
Bible Tribond Board Game

How to Enter:
To enter the giveaway, you'll need to utilize the form here to enter. One entry enters you in all the giveaways from all the sponsors!*

*Your entry provides your email address, which will be shared with all of the giveaway contributors, enabling them to contact you in the future. Your participation in the giveaway means that you have read, understood, and agreed to this provision. Thank you.*


Monday, December 15, 2014

Gen 2 Conference, January 30-31, 2015 Special Message from Israel Wayne

CHEK shares a special message from Israel Wayne of Family Renewal Ministries





Gen 2 Conference, Family Renewal Ministries, Israel Wayne, Homeschooling

Brothers and Sisters,

I wanted to let you know, I will be giving a Keynote address at the Gen 2 Conference at the Creation Museum near Cincinnati, OH on January 30-31, 2015:

https://gen2conference.com

This will be the unveiling of the largest study on Millennials over released (over 10,000 completed participants). There will be a lot of data unveiled about what factors are shaping the faith and worldview on these young adults. Homeschooling, Christian schools, government schooling, worldview training, church involvement, family devotion, involvement of fathers and much more will be discussed and explores as this information is revealed.

I wanted to personally encourage you, if you can, to attend this important conference. Speakers will include: Kevin Swanson, Dr. Brian Ray (the co-sponsors of this event), Albert Mohler, Dr. Jeff Myers (of Summit Ministries), Camden Spiller of HomeschoolAlumni.org, Norm Wakefield, Rick Boyer, Woody Robertson, Dan Smithwick, Danny Craig and many more.

I know that you care, as I do, for the future of the Church and for the future of Christian influence in the world. It's time to circle the wagons and find out where we are and what we need to do to address this crisis of unbelief in today's youth.

I sincerely hope to see you there!

God bless,

--
Israel Wayne
Family Renewal, LLC
P.O. Box 227
Berrien Springs, MI 49103

Monday, December 1, 2014

Cyber Monday Savings with CHEK and Friends

Today is the final day, but all the savings will stay up on the blog and Facebook page (unless stated that they have an expiration date).  There are lots of Cyber deals and downloads!

Thank you for participating and supporting the ministries and businesses that help make a difference in homeschooling and in the lives of homeschoolers!

 
Christian Home Educators of Kentucky (CHEK) is a statewide homeschooling educational and informational organization established to assist families who choose to educate their children according to the dictates of their conscience and their fundamental rights as parents. CHEK's goal is to better equip homeschoolers with the necessary skills, tools, and information to successfully fulfill their convictions and the God-mandated responsibility to train and educate their children in the nurture and admonition of the Lord. CHEK represents over 1100 + family members. In addition, we have approximately 3000 families across the Commonwealth of Kentucky on our mailing list. The CHEK Directors are volunteers working diligently to protect the conscientious rights of parents to control the education and upbringing of their children according to Biblical principles and Constitutional liberties.

CHEK exists to:
  • Promote homeschooling in the state of Kentucky.
  • Prepare homeschool parents to teach their children.
  • Preserve homeschool and religious freedoms.
  • Protect parental rights for all families.

If you've not done so, won't you consider supporting the ministry of CHEK through your membership renewal or donation?

Thank you,

CHEK Team



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Saturday, November 29, 2014

Saturday Savings with CHEK and Friends

The fun continues today! Remember: no need to have a Facebook account to see our Facebook page and take advantage of all the fun, savings, and freebies!

CHEK Facebook Page

CHEK, Homeschooling, Writing, Israel Wayne, Pilgrim Institute, TOS


Thursday, November 27, 2014

Day After Thanksgiving Savings from CHEK & CHEK Friends!

CHEK is grateful to the ministries, homeschool businesses, and Christian friends who've contributed to the holiday promotion made available here and on our Facebook page!

This is just a sampling of what's in store for today.  Even if you're not on Facebook, you can still see our Facebook page and follow the links to the special offers made available to CHEK friends and partners. Hop on over!


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A Special Thanksgiving Thank You from CHEK!

As a special Thanksgiving Thank You! , CHEK is offering a special savings off current low membership rates to all CHEK members and potential members!

Membership rate to increase January 1, 2015. JOIN or RENEW your CHEK membership today! Save $5 off current membership rate!

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Who is CHEK?
Christian Home Educators of Kentucky (CHEK) is a statewide homeschooling educational and informational organization established to assist families who choose to educate their children according to the dictates of their conscience and their fundamental rights as parents. CHEK's goal is to better equip home schoolers with the necessary skills, tools, and information to successfully fulfill their convictions and the God-mandated responsibility to train and educate their children in the nurture and admonition of the Lord. CHEK represents over 1100 + family members. The CHEK Directors are volunteers working diligently to protect the conscientious rights of parents to control the education and upbringing of their children according to Biblical principles and Constitutional liberties.

CHEK wishes your family a blessed and Happy Thanksgiving!
 
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