September 19, 2016

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Aimee McNally Named CHEA Support Group Leader of the Year

Aimee McNally received an unprecedented 44 individual nominations for CHEA’s Support Network Leader of the Year award. The nominations praised her dedication and commitment to the homeschooling community she helps lead. Aimee has led Bay Area Schools in Christ (BASIC) support group in Santa Clara County for the past ten years while homeschooling her own […]

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September 12, 2016

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The World is Your Classroom–Field Trip Planning Tips

by JulieBeth Lamb (Editor’s note. This article is aimed at homeschool leaders or those planning field trips for their groups, but has great ideas and reminders for groups or individual families planning field trips.) Hands-on activities and field trips are the best learning tools on any subject. It is good to integrate them into every […]

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September 6, 2016

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A New Season for CHEA–Back to Our Roots

By CHEA’s Board of Directors, “There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under the heavens . . .” Ecclesiastes 3:1 (NIV) A New Season Seasons change, people change, and so must organizations. CHEA is on the brink of such a change, a new season. To help signal that change, we […]

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August 30, 2016

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Are You a Homeschool Micro-Manager?

By Liz Mallett As a parent, my goal is to raise loving, humble, and functional children. I plan exciting field trips for them. I research the best, most engaging curriculum that I think my boys will enjoy. I spend more time planning their social calendar than I do my own. Educational toys, games, and puzzles […]

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August 23, 2016

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Homeschooler Wins Rachael Ray’s Kids Cook-Off on Food Network

Scarlett Francis Smorynski, daughter of CHEA Members Ronald Smorynski and Philomena Harrington, won the Rachael Ray’s Kids Cook-Off on the Food Network, in the summer of 2015. Scarlett is now entering 7th grade. “Scarlett began homeschooling three years ago, in fourth grade. In homeschooling one gets the opportunity to explore their interests much more fully, and […]

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August 16, 2016

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Fraying Apron Strings? A Homeschool Graduate Reflects

by Elizabeth Armitage, homeschool graduate There exists in this world a rather hilarious TV show titled The Middle. It features a realistically average family of five, the Hecks. Their lives are messy, their relationships are roller coasters, and their house is constantly in disarray. In one episode, their oldest child (Axl Heck) goes off to college, […]

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August 8, 2016

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Why Get Involved?

By Susan Pineda In this era of endless schooling options vying for our involvement, are private homeschool support groups old fashioned? Nope. They fill needs beyond the scope of schooling options. Private homeschool support groups protect our educational and religious freedoms, offer a broader scope of support, and, through participation, enrich us personally while strengthening […]

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August 8, 2016

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Convention Mythbusters, Part 3

 “It’s too big.”  “There are too many workshops to choose from and by the end of the first day, with all of the people and all the talking, I may get overwhelmed.” Yes, we understand the overwhelm. Something to keep in mind? You don’t have to go to a workshop every session. It’s OK to […]

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August 4, 2016

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Book Review: The Victor: A Tale of Betrayal, Love, and Sacrifice

The Victor: A Tale of Betrayal, Love, and Sacrifice (novel and lesson plan) By Marlayne Giron 2009 Tate Publishing & Enterprises 274 pages, softcover Review by Karen Koch I loved this book. The author had me at castles, sword fights, and a gentle romance, but the novel reveals an eternal story of good vs. evil […]

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August 1, 2016

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HSLDA’s Vaccination Records Guidelines for California Homeschoolers

Home School Legal Defense Association (HSLDA) and Family Protection Ministries (FPM) have provided the following information about SB277 (the new immunization law) for the 2016-17 school year.) As of this writing, there have still been no regulations written/released pertaining to SB 277 (the new immunization law). For the time being: Even though privately homeschooled students […]

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