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)

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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Cyber Sale from Notebooking Pages!

CHEK Members will love Notebooking Pages!
Cyber Week Sale
November 28th - December 5th
Payment options available.
Get started for just $9.95
Our Personal Notebooking Story
Are you ready to unlock the love of learning in your children?
Are you ready to cut out the busywork ONCE and for ALL!

Click the video below to learn more about notebooking
and hear our personal notebooking testimony.
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“After 5 years of homeschooling, I knew I wasn’t giving my kids the “best of the best”. I didn’t want them to turn out like me, a great student who 20 years later, with high school & college diplomas in hand, doesn’t remember much of anything taught. When we notebook our studies, quite frankly, the knowledge STICKS. Lightbulbs click and eyes shine! We have a growing treasury of their homeschooling journey.”

Debra Reed … owner & publisher of NotebookingPages.com Homeschool mom of 10 children (ages toddler – adult)
The Notebooking Pages
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Our LIFETIME membership gives you access to ALL of our currently available notebooking products.
That’s currently over 100 individual notebooking sets including our 50 individual USA state study sets.
These printable products are yours to keep and access via your membership account indefinitely.
There’s no hurry to download – the links for these products will never expire.

We have used so many of these pages in our notebooking, lapbooking, unit studies…I can’t imagine how long it would have taken me to make these up from scratch. And I’m certain they wouldn’t have been nearly as nice! The notebooking publisher is an awesome resource that my children will be using more and more as they improve their typing skills.
— Cindy Sinars
Feature #2:
Access to ALL future notebooking
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Your membership comes with
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notebooking products — a LIFETIME membership.
It seemed like our homeschool was lacking something. The workbooks were dry and boring or repetitive. I discovered your site a year ago, purchased a year membership and we started our notebooking adventure! We have slowly integrated it into our homeschool day and now we are ready to start using it with all of our subjects. It was hard to tell myself to put those workbooks and other materials we purchased out of sight and stick with the notebooking. I can see the difference in my kids, they like school, they want to do more! My children really enjoy being creative with their notebook pages. Notebooking is helping me to teach language arts to my children the natural way with out all the boring workbooks that sometimes bring tears. This method of homeschooling has inspired my children to learn, to explore, to be creative and to write!
–Jenny K.
Feature #3:
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Your LIFETIME membership purchase gives you 12 months FREE access to our exclusive notebooking and copywork web-application.
The Notebooking Publisher™ is a web-based application designed to enable mom and students to customize and create their own notebooking (& copywork) pages.

Watch these and other web-app demonstration videos on our membership page.

I am a new homeschooling mom and I wanted to make our homeschool different than anything my kids had ever seen. In school they had busy work and nonsense questions that didn’t challenge them at all. Now, after a year of creating wonderful, engaging notebooks on many subjects, they now create their own pages and ask me to notebook everything from a recent family vacation (complete with pictures and drawings) to a great recipe we created (they are writing their own cookbook). These pages make our school day fun exciting and different every day!!! Thank you Debra!!! — Lisa
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Join today and immediately receive over $100 in homeschool e-gifts from our member sponsors … homeschool planning/planner resources, lapbook unit-studies, art & music mini-unit study, new homeschooler help, Bible curriculum, nature study resources, etc.
With 4 children in many different age ranges, I needed something that would be easy to access and put together without a lot of extra time spent creating something they could all use. Notebooking Pages has been just that! We read over the material and use the pages combined with some lapbook style ideas to create a wonderful learning experience that we will always remember. The Lifetime membership was well worth it!!
— Janice Boisvert

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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!

Partner with CHEK & take advantage of the benefits.

Join CHEK and Save!

Vendors are free to join...always!

Visit: http://chek.org/Join_CHEK and use the code K1GACMB1 at checkout. (Current members log-in to renew.)

Discount applies to ONLINE registrations or renewals only.

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!

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Special Savings on Creation Science Classes from Media Angels

Media Angels offers a wide variety of homeschool curriculum.  They also offer a fantastic variety of homeschool expos, you're sure to find something to beat the winter blahs and put the spirit back in your homeschooling!

Find something for your homeschooling and something for you.

USE code BF30 for your 30% Discount!

Black Friday Savings from Media Angels

Homeschool the Holidays Encouraged.

Monday, November 17, 2014

Gen2 Conference, January 2015, Creation Museum, Kentucky

The Gen2 Conference is for Christian Leaders who care what happens with the Millennial generation. Evangelicals have expended unprecedented amounts of money and energy on reaching Christian youth. Christian youth ministries abound and Christian schooling options have multiplied in the last few decades, including homeschooling and home discipleship movements. Have we ever put so much time and resources into the youth, and seen so little results?

The last 40 years

  • It was the age of youth ministry.
  • It was the age of homeschooling.
  • It was the age of the Millennials.

But did it accomplish anything?

The Gen2 Survey conducted in 2013 and 2014 is the largest Christian study ever conducted on the Millennial generation. What do they believe, why, and what influenced them growing up? We looked at worldview issues, method of education, commitment to church, parent-child relationships, cultural inputs, and commitment to the Christian faith.
  • Did the Christian homeschool movement of the last 40 years make a difference? Or, was it counter productive?
  • What will the next generation of Christian leaders look like? What will they face?
Join some of the nation’s most noted Christian leaders to examine the failures and successes of 40 years of church youth ministry, family ministry, and home education. The Gen 2 Conference will look at how we lose. . . and how we win the next generation.

Register Now

Sunday, November 9, 2014

Shop Around the Clock with CHEK!

Right now you're planning your Thanksgiving holiday meal, but what are you doing to do when all of the guests have gone home and your digesting? Join CHEK on Black Friday, Saturday, and Cyber Monday as we highlight homeschool and Christian businesses with special offers and savings for CHEK friends!

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Boyce College and Dual Enrollment for Homeschoolers

I wanted to let you know about a program Boyce College offers that will benefit your students and partner with your already established curriculum, our Dual Enrollment: Educational Partnership Program.

This program allows your students to:
o   Enroll in college courses while in high school;
o   Receive college credits while taking high school courses;
o   Minimize the duplication of courses taken in high school and college;
o   Shorten the time required to complete an undergraduate degree;
o   Reduce significantly the cost of higher education; and
o   Receive a quality college experience.

The course offered through the Boyce College Dual Enrollment Educational Partnership program present a rigorous curriculum that introduces qualified students to college-level work for which they can simultaneously earn high school and college credit. If you would like to explore this option more, please feel free to contact myself or my assistant, Caitlin Blaylock at cblaylock@sbts.edu or 502-897-4595. I would love to talk with you and explain more about our program and how we can make it successful for you and your students.

I look forward to hearing from you!
Dr. Melissa Tucker
Assistant Professor of Education Boyce College
Dual Enrollment Coordinator

2825 Lexington Road
Louisville, KY 40280
Phone: (502) 897-4820

Friday, October 24, 2014

CHEK Discussion Group now on Facebook!

Homeschoolers love to discuss things!
  • Curriculum
  • Homeschooling Methods
  • Discipline
  • Classroom Management
  • Household Management
  • and more...
So, CHEK is excited to announce the new Facebook discussion group!

You can join today and join the conversation!


Tuesday, June 10, 2014

Christian Home Educators of KY Blog: Articles

Has Homeschooling Changed in the Last
30 + Years

By: Debbie Woolett
We started homeschooling in the early 80’s.  We knew this was what the Lord wanted for our
family.   How would we get started?  Where would we get school books?  What was the Law?  Was it even legal?  What about Socialization? 
We knew two families that were homeschooling, so that is where we started.  Both families were
full time evangelist.  Their local school board had allowed them to  travel with their children using the secular curriculum publisher they recommended. They had no solid information to help us on our quest.
Today we would contact a local Support Group or Home School State Organization such as Christian Home Educators of Kentucky (CHEK), or a Nationally known Organization which would supply us with more than enough information, but in the 1980’s most states had no official local support group
or state organization.  Even our national organizations were not well known.  Most families did not own a computer.  Social Networking was not an option.  Cell phones did not exist.  Home School conferences were very few.  Most states did not provide a Home School Conference.
Ok, so where did we get our books?  We contacted 2-3 Christian School Curriculum providers (there were not many to choose from at that time) requesting curriculum information, only to be refused, because we were not considered “Bonafide Schools”, therefore were not allowed to purchase their products.  None the less homeschooling kept growing and before long Christian Curriculum Providers realized it would be to their benefit, as well as ours, to include Homeschoolers in their clientele. Today
there are so many curriculum vendors from which to choose it can be overwhelming!  Soon we were at home with our precious children doing school using curriculum now made available to home schools as well as the Christian/Private schools.    
Yes, it is true that our children would run to their bedroom to hide if someone drove in the driveway or knocked on the door until they knew it was safe for them to come out.  Today we see home school families in town doing their shopping together during school hours with little concern of what others may think or do.
With all this said let us get back to the question at hand.  “Has Homeschooling changed in the
last 30 + years?”  The answer is YES and NO. 

     Then                                                 Now
Very little Curriculum available                                 Abundance of Curriculum available
Most states had no Official State Organization          At least 1 state Organization in each state
Most states had no Local Support Groups               Multiple Local Support Groups
Little known of National Organizations                     Many National Organizations available
Most homes had no computers                                Most homes own a computer
Most states no Home School Conference                Home School Conferences available to all
Social Networking did not exist                               Social Networking available to all
Cell Phones did not exist                                         Cell Phones owned by most
Homeschooling not socially accepted                       Homeschooling Publicly accepted

Yes, it has changed in that so much curriculum is available it can be difficult to decide which one would be best for your Home school.   Most everyone  owns or has access to  “Cell Phones”, “Computers”, “Social Networking”, “Home School Conferences”, “Local Home School Support Groups & Co-ops”, " Home Education Organizations” on the State and National level.  No longer do most home school parents fear having their children outside  or even in town during school hours.  Home Schooling for the most part has become publicly accepted.
There is one very important thing
that has not changed in the last 30 + years.

Parents home school their children because they love them and want to provide the best education possible while avoiding the many distractions found in institutionalized education.  Parents still make sacrifices to provide the best possible atmosphere in which their children can excel in academics and participate in proper socialization. 

            How about those of you that have completed your home school years?  Would your family do it all over again?  Our family’s answer to that question is a resounding, YES!  It was worth every moment we invested in our children.  

Wednesday, July 3, 2013

Homeschool Freedom? Maybe not...

“When the United States government says that homeschooling is a mutable choice, it is saying that a government can legitimately coerce you to change this choice,” Farris said. “In other words, you have no protected right to choose what type of education your children will receive. We should understand that in these arguments, something very concerning is being said about the liberties of all Americans.

“I’m glad Obama wasn’t in charge in 1620,” Farris said in an appearance on “Fox and Friends.” “The government’s arguments in this case confuse equal persecution with equal protection and demonstrate a serious disregard for individual religious liberty. I really wonder what would’ve happened to the Pilgrims under this administration.” http://www.wnd.com/2013/07/doj-governments-can-punish-homeschoolers/

Tuesday, July 2, 2013

Review: Parenting from the Heart by Marilyn Boyer

Reads Like a Friend You Have Over for Tea!

by Gina Glenn
This review is from: Parenting From the Heart (Paperback)

Parenting from the Heart by Marilyn Boyer is truly a work from HER heart. Her care and concern for the Mommies out there are evident in each of the 26 short, readable chapters.

As a mom of 4 (all older now), I would've enjoyed having this book as my own children grew through the stages into adulthood. There was a time when a book was my only "friend" during the toddler years in the too-busy, pre-internet days! For the "modern" parent, this books keeps in mind how busy you are and keeps things short and encouraging without falling into the trap of becoming only a devotional. It really does read like a letter from a friend. Marilyn shares her own joys and sorrows along the way.

As a Christian it is so important to have an "older" and "wiser" woman remind me of what and Whom I am working for. Reminding me to train my children to love the Lord and serve Him. Marilyn accomplishes this without sounding preachy or judgmental.

I look forward to using this book as my own children become parents and will not hesitate to share it with my own daughters and daughters-in-law(s), when that time comes.

A quote from Marilyn to encourage you, "God wants us to be salt and light in this current generation and He has an exciting plan for your family to be involved. Anyone can be a successful parent. The only ingredient required is a heart wholly devoted to Jesus Christ in whom we place our trust for eternal salvation."

Monday, July 1, 2013

UN Disabilities Treaty Action Item

UN Disabilities Treaty Could Come up Next Week—Call and Visit Now

Help defeat this treaty again.

HSLDA President Mike Smith has been an advocate for homeschooling for more than 30 years.
Dear HSLDA Members and Friends,
Yesterday, The Hill reported that the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD) will be resurrected. The Hill is correct about this. But we do not know when it will be brought back up for consideration in the U.S. Senate. We have heard that the Senate Foreign Relations Committee may hold hearings next week, or later in July, or sometime in September.
Your calls to senators after we heard that the Senate Foreign Relations Committee was planning a June 4 hearing on the treaty resulted in the hearing being postponed. The longer the treaty is delayed, the more we are able to expose the dangers it poses to parental rights, homeschool freedom, and our nation’s sovereignty. This treaty would restrict the ability of the U.S. to adopt policies that protect people with disabilities because it surrenders this right to unaccountable (and many times corrupt) bureaucrats at the United Nations. (On a related note, you may be interested in reading about the furor that surrounded a recent UN honor to Robert Mugabe.)

Action Requested

The U.S. Senate is on recess this week in honor of Independence Day. We urge you to take your friends and family and visit your senators at their district offices. Please also call their Washington, D.C. offices and give them this simple message:
“I urge you to oppose the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities. This treaty surrenders U.S. sovereignty to unelected UN bureaucrats and will threaten parental care of children with disabilities. Our nation already has laws to protect Americans with disabilities. This treaty is unnecessary and will hurt families by giving bureaucrats the power to decide what is in the best interests of a child with disabilities, not the child’s parents.”
Call the U.S. Capitol Switchboard at 202-224-3121. To find the specific phone numbers, district offices, or webpages for your two U.S. senators (their personal webpages will include the full list of their district offices) please visit HSLDA’s Legislative Toolbox and select your state. To find out more about the CRPD or print out materials for your visit with your senators, please click here. To read the text of the CRPD, please click here.
It is likely that the staff who answer the phones or who meet with you will tell you that they haven’t heard about the treaty coming back. Politely tell them that while you know there is no scheduled hearing date, you want to make sure that if and when the treaty is brought back your senators know that citizens across this nation staunchly oppose ceding any authority to the United Nations.
Thank you for joining us in this battle to protect our children and our children’s future. You defeated this treaty last year. Standing together, we can defeat this treaty once again.
For liberty,

Mike Smith
HSLDA President
P.S. We greatly value you and your support—it is a privilege to serve you. Thank you for all you do for freedom! If you or someone you know is not a member of HSLDA, will you consider taking a moment today to join or recommend us? Your support enables us to defend individual families threatened by government officials and protect homeschooling freedom for all. Join now >>

Friday, June 28, 2013

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If it's been a while since you've received an email or newsletter from CHEK, you may need to update or subscribe to our emails! Can you take a moment and do that today?


Thursday, June 20, 2013

Restoring America's Biblical Foundations coming to Louisville, KY

How does Christianity extend itself beyond the realm of personal spirituality to influence society? What effects are evidenced in a nation when Christianity is suppressed? What benefits are bestowed upon a nation whose God is the Lord? Why must Christians be awakened to an understanding of God's truth concerning nations? What are the consequences of ignoring God's truth? How can ordinary families restore and preserve a Biblical view of government? This workshop will provide a clear illustration of the power of Christianity to transform both men and nations. http://restoringamericasbiblicalfoundations.eventbrite.com/

Sunday, June 16, 2013

Premier Showing of Restoring America's Biblical Foundations, July 11th, Louisville, KY

Please join Mrs. Ruth Smith and Mrs. Jeanette Whittaker of Pilgrim Institute for a Premier Showing of Restoring America's Biblical Foundations.


Whether you see yourself as a concerned citizen, a Christian leader, an entrepreneuer, a parent or grandparent, or, perhaps, a homeschool or classroom educator, this study will engage and equip you to make a difference in your circle of influence.

Admission is free.   A free-will donation will be taken.

To register, print map, please use this Eventbrite Page:  http://restoringamericasbiblicalfoundations.eventbrite.com/

About Pilgrim Institute:

Established in 1979 for the
Restoration of American Christian Education and the
Preservation of America's Providential History

Pilgrim Institute was established in 1979 to re-educate the American Christian in his responsibility to be governed by the principles of the Scriptures in all areas of his life, including the civil sphere, and to restore an understanding of local self government.

Pilgrim Institute serves families, Christian leaders, concerned citizens, businessmen, and educators, equipping them to act in their own sphere of influence and their local communities, to restore the ideas and principles which promote individual, religious, economic, and civil liberty.

The blessings of liberty in the United States are predicated upon distinctive, historic, Biblical principles. As these foundational principles have been forgotten, our nation has drifted from its strong foundation to the practice of socialism.

The Pilgrim Institute training program
and resource materials present these principles as they are revealed in our nation's history and reflected in our form of government. The principles are documented historically and Biblically, and related governmentally. Practical application is made for teaching these principles in the home, church, and school setting.

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