Have you ever considered what strong driving forces can be gifts dwelling within students? They can be the vehicles for change leading to success in all other areas of endeavor. The key is to recognize the gifts and unleash them, as in the case of Miles Sullivan, as told by his father, Gregory.
But first, Happy New Year from all of us at NARHS! As a thank-you for staying with us, we'd like to offer you something special.
Many of the portfolios that arrive have wonderful stories to tell us about adventures the students have experienced during the year. We have discovered some of our featured families just by reviewing the work sent. The family presented this week had a year that was so eventful, you may wonder how anything was accomplished, but the work sent was abundant. This family of 8 wins the prize for super-family. Read about the Wards.
Gumption: "Shrewd or spirited initiative and resourcefulness."
INSIDE NARHS: Grading Courses
The early home schooling movement in Maine was described for us by Steve Moitozo in the past two newsletters. Back in the 1980's when his family began the journey, there were no "co-ops" because there was no one to co-op with. Things are very different now in Maine as you will read from the report by Lori and Steve Robertson.
The founder of NARHS, Steve Moitozo, was an important figure in shaping the home school laws in the state of Maine. During a turning point event with the Department of Education, he walked right into a great opportunity by asking four very logical questions.
(If you would like to read the previous newsletter, you can find it on the website www.narhs.org)
INSIDE NARHS: Meeting Compulsory Attendance
The history of NARHS's development parallels the growth of the home schooling movement in America. Back when the founders Steve and Carol Moitozo began home schooling their two children, there was no such thing as co-ops, because in Maine, there was no one to co-op with! Read Steve's engaging recollections of home schooling in its early stages.
INSIDE NARHS: CLEP for Credit!
Not long ago, I spoke with a home schooling mom about her plans to prepare her son for the work-world. She and her husband did not believe that sending their son to college for job-training was an economically sound decision because too many students emerge from their 4-year education with a degree, but also a huge debt, and no job. The mom and her husband were both entrepreneurs and they had taught their son to be one also. Ever since then, I was hoping to find a good example of a family who prepared a child for a career without using the college avenue.
How can an out-going little girl with obvious intelligence and energy struggle mightily with her learning, even though her mind is active and imaginative? Where is the glitch? And how can a mother who recognizes the problem, keep her daughter excited about learning regardless of the difficulty encountered? Read Sienna and Kim Votry's success story under our featured student of the week.
INSIDE NARHS: It's NaNoWriMo!
Trying to solve a snag with Jephunneh Van Der Decker's senior portfolio sent from Papua New Guinea, I became acquainted with this fine young man to a small degree. His life's story might remind you a bit of Ron Snell's in the book It's a Jungle Out There! Remember when missionary couples would leave their children at boarding schools while the parents served on the mission field? Through home schooling, families can stay together, children can become a part of the valuable work happening, and many of their experiences can be translated into self-designed courses.