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In The Current  Winter 2014 issue :


By and about local homeschoolers:

 

Why Active Learning is Best

by Kara DeBacker


Local Students share stories of Field Trips

"My Trip to the Power Plant" by Aaron Wrather age 9 of Nixa


"The Jordan Creek Underground" by Adam DeBacker, age 16 of Springfield


Why Speech and Debate? by Kim Gray


Missouri Horses and Mules in WWI by

Jackson Blair


My Life as a Comic Book Artists by

Maia Cooper, Springfield, age 14


2014 History Fair Winners


Chargers Join the Big Leagues



 

RESOURCES:

 

Clubs & Classes

Area Calendar for December-February

Upcoming Events

 

Area Groups and Links

 

Homeschool PE/Sports/Classes

  

Save The Dates for Spring Events: Rally at the Rotunda, Stanford Testing, SHEM Convention and Book Sale, Contra Dance,

Model Bridge Contest, Science Fair


Free Concerts, Science Classes, PE


47th Annual Children's Literature Festival


Homeschool Speech Screening Day


Wonders of Wildlife: Dissection Classes, Winter Homeschool Programs, PALS


SACHL Library



 

 News and Features of Interest:

 

Find Art, Music, and Foreign Language in local classes and events


Robotics


Homeschool Bowling


New rules in MO for Diploma acceptance


History Museum homeschool days


Free Six Flags Tickets and Pizza reading programs enrolling homeschoolers


Snowcreek Homeschool Ski Days


Homeschool Archery


Bolivar: Art and The Animal Exhibit


2015 Kids Unschool Art Exhibit: Enter!


The Pilgrim's Way opens


Legal News about Request for Letter of Intent from local districts: what to do

Back Issues (In our Fall 2014 edition):

Homeschool History Fair of the Ozarks

"For the Birds" Outdoor Day

Activities for Special Needs

Local homeschooling mom, counselor writes about abuse prevention

Make Crafts to Make Money by Naomi Smith, age 12

Visiting the WWI Museum by Adam DeBacker, age 16

Book Review by Kaitlyn Cordoza, age 12

Homeschooler Brings Acro to the Ozarks

Support Two Local Families with Recent Losses

Finding Art of All Kinds by Hanna Smith, homeschool graduate

Clubs, Classes, Events, Links, Websites

Choir, Orchestra, and other music opportunities for homeschoolers

Common Core Legislative Update

Homeschooling and Academic Scores

Traveling with Rosetta Stone by Teri Shepard

Stream Team


Back Issues (In our Summer 2014 edition):

Homeschooler Aaron Powell (6)- Bookmark Design Winner

Brock Jenkins (16) Wins State Duck Stamp Competition

Local Mom, Kim Gray, Publishes Book

Tornado Trouble While Traveling, by Naomi Smith, age 12

Homeschool Library Finds New Springfield Location

PBS Homeschool Writing Contest Winners

Divergent Book Review by Aubrey Shepard, Nixa

Prom Pictures!

Area Homeschoolers Advance to State History Day

Common Core Legislative Update with Editor's Summary

Used Curriculum Sale

Botanical Center Summer Camps

Classical Conversations Parent Practicums

OTC Dual Enrollment 

Back Issues (In our Spring 2014 edition):

All Kids Have Special Needs:Why Homeschooling Works- by Kara DeBacker

Art Exhibit Winners

Two Down, Four More To Go by Sheri Smith

New Writer Joins Staff by Naomi Smith, age 12

A trip to NY State by Hanna Smith

Smallin Civil War Cave is Not So "Smallin" After All by Gwynna Fuller, age 14

Homeschool Library Looking for New Springfield Location

Learning From Student Exchange, by Marc Falmer

Local Homeschool Grad Wins Welding Competition

Spring Outdoor Field Day

Anthropology Day Events

Clubs & Classes, Area Calendar for March-May

Upcoming Events, Area Groups and Links

Homeschool PE/Sports Groups/Classes

The Moblile Learning Network

Ozarks Science and Engineering Fair

2014 Children's Literature Festival

Wonders of Wildlife Homeschool Classes- Spring

Model Bridge Contest

Theater Events Link to Movies and Literature: How to Use Adaptations in Your Learning

New Homeschool Teen Group Connects Kids and Fun

Fellowship for Tween Girls Meetings

Conservation Dept. Publishes Free Magazine for Kids in Missouri

Classical Education: What it is, Where to Find it.

Spring Contra Dance

Work Permits and Homeschool Law

Bowler Zachary Peel

Missouri Homeschool Law

2014 Homeschool Prom

2014 SHEM Convention

Park Days & Mom's Nights Out

Father Moses Berry and African-American Local Heritage Museum

Summertime Studio Art Classes

Noah's Art Classes

Teen Drivers Go Slow

PBS Kids Writers Contest

Curriculum Sales

Sac River Stables Horse Classes

 

Back Issues (In our Winter 2013-14 edition):

Homeschooler's 300 Score Sets Bowling Record

Homeschool Theatre Group by Caleb Galloway, age 17, Mansfield

Culinary Skills Give Experience: Service-Learning, Fun, Profit by Adam DeBacker, age 15

Memphis on A Mission: 5-year-old Gives Service by Margaret Sherman

Homeschool History Day Winners

Book Review: Abby's Adventures by Kaitlyn Cordoza, age 11, Ozark

Remembering A Winter Birding Adventure by Joseph Mosley, 14

A Production of Marco Polo by Lily Peters, age 8

Bolivar Musicians "Meyer Bluegrass Band" featured in National News

Lighthouse Chargers Football Wins National Championship

Springfield Homeschool Curriculum Lending Library

The Moblile Learning Network

Update to Birdsleuth Science Investigator's Kit for Homeschoolers

Scholastic Winter Warehouse Sale

Ozarks Science and Engineering Fair

2014 Children's Literature Festival

Wonders of Wildlife Homeschool Classes- December

Mahaffie Stagecoach Homeschool Day Spring 2014

Group Matinee Theater Events Link to Literature

Ozarks Food Harvest Seeks Homeschool Volunteers

Missouri Homeschool Law

Homeschooling and The Common Core Debate

"Love The Journey You Are On" a reader's response by Luisa Cooper

2014 Homeschool Prom

2014 SHEM Convention

2014 Homeschool Art Exhibit

National Basketball Championship Tournament Returns to Springfield

Project Timothy Missions Trips by Hanna Smith, 18

Park Days & Mom's Nights Out

Father Moses Berry and African-American Local Heritage Museum

Summertime Studio Art Classes

 

Back Issues (In our Fall 2013 edition):

Being in "Laura's Memories" by Caleb Galloway, age 18, Mansfield

Teen Reporters Make The News: Q & A by Summer Journalism Class Staff

Memphis on A Mission: 5-year-old Gives Service by Margaret Sherman

Homeschool History Day 2013

Museum Profile: History Museum on the Square by Angie and Campbell Piercy

Book Review: The Door in the Dragon's Throat by Kaitlyn Cordoza, age 11, Ozark

Bowling Bash by Ashlyn Coburn and Gwynna Fuller

Flock Together: Notes from a Young Ornithologist by Joseph Mosley, 14

Springfield Homeschool Curriculum Lending Library

Meet The Artists Days

Alpaca Adventure: The Moblile Learning Network

Springfield Art Museum Classes

Branson Homeschool at the RecPlex

MDC Great Outdoors Day

Group Matinee Theater Events

Environmental Education Day Fall

Homeschool Culinary Classes

Ozark Empire Fair Homeschool Winners

St Louis Cardinals Draft Former Homeschooler, Evangel Grad.

FHE Celebrates 30 years

Homeschool Contra Dance Dates

What is FHE? by Al and Sheryl Schmidt

Taking The Real-World Plunge by Hanna Smith, 18

Ava Powell wins Photo Contest

Links to Missouri Homeschool Law

Silver Dollar City Homeschool Weekend

Park Days & Mom's Nights Out

Back Issues (In our Summer 2013 edition):

2013 Science Fair Winners

"Twice Freed" Book Review by Kaitlyn Cordoza (11)

Boy Scout Homeschool Troop Tours Whiteman AFB by Phillip Schnapp (17)

Volunteering for Memories, by 2013 Graduate Hanna Smith

Teen Shares Convention Wrap-up, By Adam Heironimous (16)

Student Hits The Bullseye With Homeschool Archery Club, by Cecily Hardie, 11

Local Historians Compete at Missouri State History Day

Field Trip: Molecules Matter by Siobhan Thouvenot

Eagle Scout Awarded, by Becky Schnapp

Year 'Round Baseball submitted by Ann Rogers

Summer Homeschool Journalism Institute Registration Information

Homeschool String Quintet by Luke Harris

Titanic Writing Contest Winning Stories by Zoe McIntyre (9) and Gracie Mylenbusch

Library Bookmark Art Contest Winners are The Cooper Family

Environmental Education Homeschool Day Fall Preview

George Washington Carver Homeschool Days-2013

Storytellers: Special Exhibit Links Art and Literature at The Springfield Art Museum

Homeschool History Fair of the Ozarks Save The Date

Better Sleep With Homeschooling

FHE 30 Year Celebration

Powell Garden in Kansas City Links Legos and Nature with Outdoor Sculpture Exhibit

"I Am Not Martha Stewart" by homeschool mom Siobhan Thouvenot

Summer Film Camps taught by Homeschool Grads in Willard

Proposed Changes to Coverdell ESA Rules

SHEM Used Curriculum Sale

Mobile Learning Network Funtastic Fridays in June

MDC Nature Photo Contest

Sight and Sound Audition Notice

Art Museum Summer Classes

Upcoming Contra Dance Dates

PBS KIDS Go Writers Contest Homeschool Winners

WOW Summer Classes

Homeschool Choir and Orchestra

Links to MO Homeschool Law

 

Back Issues (In our Spring 2013 edition):

2013 Science Fair Announcements

Art Exhibit Winners

The Value of A Science Fair AND The Do's and Don't of Science Fair Projects by Terri Prahl

Local Graduate on Honor Roll

Civil Air Patrol Cadets Honored

"Boomtown" Explodes with Pun by Kaitlyn Cordoza (11)

Girl Scout Homeschool Troop is Honored for Community Service Activities by Heather Duff

Back To School for Parents by Karen Nelson

Join The Poetry Ring by Karen Nelson

Mission Accomplished, by 2013 Graduate Hanna Smith

Two Recent Books reveal Truths (and Consequences) of Modern Home Education

 by Kara DeBacker

Achievement Testing at Home Schoolers Academy Dates and Information

PBS KIDS Go Writers Contest

Contra Dancing, Park Days, and American Sign Language group links

Thomas Jefferson Education Seminar

Missouri Homeschool Law

The 2013 Southwest Missouri Homeschool Science Fair Student Entry Information

It's Prom Time!

Spring Homeschool Culinary Classes

Prairie State ParkSpring Homeschool Days

Environmental Education Homeschool Day March 19 in Springfield

George Washington Carver Homeschool Days-2013

SACHL Lending Library

Model Bridge Contest

Edgar Allan Poe Big Read

National Home School Book Award

Leave Your Mark Poetry Contest at The Discovery Center

Museum Profile:Doling Park and Giboney Cave

Springfield Symphony Young People's Concerts- 2013

Back Issues (In our Winter 2012-2013 edition):

Young Artist's Talent Leads to First Sale, Public Exhibit submitted by Rebecca and Ava Powell

History Fair Winners

Volunteering To Fight Hunger by Lewis Schnapp, 7th Grader

Tips for Happier Holidays: Gifts and Visits by Teen Columnist Hanna Smith, 18 and Homeschool Mom Sheri Smith

From Survive to Thrive by Sheri Smith

New York City Travels by Taylor Miller, 15; Katy Goodwin, 17; and Adam DeBacker, 14

Politics in Action: by Phillip Schnapp, 17 and Arianna Robinson, 14

A History Fair Recap by Taylor Miller, 15

History of Ballooning, by Wil Bohlen, 10

The 2013 Kids Unschool Art Exhibit Student Entry Information and Pircturing America Acitivities at Wavery House

Homeschoolers Help Defeat Hollister Daytime Curfew

SACHL Lending Library

Model Bridge Contest Announced

MO History Museum Homeschool Days

2013 National Homeschool Basketball Championship Schedule

Citizen Science: MAstadon Matrix Project at The Discovery Center

Edgar Allen Poe performance and discussion for homeschoolers

Special Cave Study Program

Local Homeschooler Joins The Worldrace

2013 Children's Literature Festival

A+ Math Tutor Giveaway

Leaders of the Civil War by Michael Vierra

SHEM Convention Dates

Homeschool Bowling League

Homeschool Choir and Orchestra

Theatre Performances and Classes

Snow Creek Homeschool Days/Discount

 

Back Issues (In our Fall 2012 edition):

Fiddling in Competition, by Savannah Shannon, age 12

Science Fair Winners and Pictures

Museum Profile: A trip Aboard The Titanic by Taylor Miller, 15 and Adam DeBacker, 14

"Of Rocks and Rapids" by Teen Columnist Hanna Smith, 18

Book Review: "The Year of Learning Dangerously" by Kara DeBacker

Ozark Empire Fair Homeschool Winners

My Back-To-School List by Becky Schnapp

Student Finds Value in Vocabulary, by Hanna Smith, age 18

Springfield Homeschool Student Published in National Magazine

Homeschool Scouts Pay Memorial Day Tribute by Phillip Schnapp, age 17

Health Fair

McHaffie Stagecoach Homeschool Days

First Annual History Fair Details, Guidelines, Exhibit Entry Forms

Culinary Classes for Homeschoolers

Meet The Artists Event

MO State Parks New Volunteer Program

Lady Mavericks Volleyball

FHE Clarifies Letter of Withdrawal

SACHL Lending Library

Participants Needed for National Survey of African American Homeschoolers

Mo Dept of Conservation Xplor Magazine

Online Learning Tools: Khan Academy

Library Services include Test Proctoring, Biography Apps, Foreign Language Instruction, Sign Language Instruction

Recordkeeping with Homeschool Tracker

Free Citizen Science Links

Current MO Homeschool Law

Back Issues (In our Summer 2012 edition):

A Field Trip To Fenton Glass, by Marshall Duff, 10

Science Fair Winners and Pictures

Dreams Come True At Prom, by Katy Goodwin, age 17

PBS Writers Contest Homeschool Winners and Display Information

Jr. Chef Cooks Up A Storm, by Adam DeBacker, age 14

Brock Jenkins Wins Duck Stamp Art Contest

"Soil To Spoon" Homeschool Poster Contest Winners

Homeschool Robotics Team Goes To World Championship by Evan McMahon, age 13

"Cherish The Present" by Teen Columnist Hanna Smith, 17

"Make A Joyful Noise" by Michaela Leigh, 15

A Taste of the Workplace by Hanna Smith, age 17, Teen Columnist

"Colorado Springs" by David Cipriano, 14

Classical Conversations Conference Information and Class Descriptions

Project WILD for Educators MDC June Workshop Registration Information

(NHELD, LLC) National Home Education Legal Defense

2012 Remarkable Mother of the Ozarks Contest

History Camps for Children presented by homeschooler Michael Megelsh

Local Team Places Third in National Basketball Championships

Equestrian Center Summer Camps

Get Ready for the Fall History Fair!

Stories Written by Homeschoolers With Author and Chef Crescent Dragonwagon.

"Organizing for Success: From Clubs To Community" by Kara DeBacker

"Amphibian Conservation Project" Citizen Science quarterly project at The Discovery Center of Springfield

"ABC's According To Momma" by Becky Schnapp

Museum Profile: National Churchill Museum, Fulton Missouri

SAC Lending Library

Wonders of Wildlife Upcoming Homeschool Class Schedule and Themes

MSU Homeschool Anthropology Days

Back Issues (In our Spring 2012 edition):

Southwest Missouri Homeschool Science Fair Entry and Event Information

Homeschooler Gunther Krueger to exhibit at National Engineering Festival in Washington DC

Upcoming 2012 Homeschool Prom: "Our Time to Shine"

"Refuse to Abuse" by Michael Megelsh, 18- Duel Enrolled Homeschooler

Civil Air Patrol by Hunter R Shepard, 14

Colorado Most Beautiful by Hanna Smith, age 17, Teen Columnist

"Looking for Fuzzy" by Ava Powell, age 8

"Dost Thou Study Shakespeare?" by Adam DeBacker, 14 and a "Talk Like Shakespeare Day April 23" activity page

Local Tweens Make Pet Care Their Business- by Larkin Shepard (10):

A feature story about MiRanda Hake (12) and Ashton Shepard (12)

Homeschool Art Exhibit Winners

"Try Flexing Your Mind Muscles" by David Cipriano, 14

"Going Retro" by Gunther Krueger, 14

Homeschool Day at The Discovery Center of Springfield Ticket Order

Clubs & Classes, Area Calendar for March-May, Upcoming Events

Prairie State Park Spring Homeschool Days schedule and details

Homeschool Day at Mahaffie Stagecoach Stop and Historic Site

History Camps for Children presented by homeschooler Michael Megelsh

SHEM Talent Showcase information

An Afternoon for Homeschoolers with Author and Chef Crescent Dragonwagon.

Homeschool Bowling Day: "The Science and the Sport" Special Event

Tips for Juggling the Curriculum Convention by Sheri Smith

PBS Kids Writers Contest

Museum Profile: Harry S. Truman Home and Birthplace in Lamar

2012 Homeschool Science fair and Citizen Science at The Discovery Center

Fall Homeschool Youth Bowling League Awards

"The Globe at Night" Citizen Science quarterly project at The Discovery Center of Springfield

"Beyond The Arch: St Louis is For Families" by homeschool mom Melinda Shaffer

National Homeschool Athletic Championship Springfield Event Schedule

Japanese Culture Day presented for homeschoolers by Nakato Executive Chef Steve Oshita

 

Back Issues (In our Winter 2011-2012 issue):

Social Capital and Community Involvement Area survey by Michael Bohlen (homeschooling dad)

"How I Became A (football) Pirate" by Evan Coburn, age 8

HorseSHOE Homeschool Equestrian Class by Adam DeBacker, age 13

Local Homeschool Graduate makes feature film

"The Gift of Education" by Hanna Smith, age 17, Teen Columnist

A Report About Deaf Culture and Learning History by David Cipriano, age 15

Pearl Harbor- A Narrative Poem by Samantha Megelsh, age 16

Travel For Learning To Marysville, Kansas by Hanna Smith, teen columnist

"Cosmic Christmas" Ballet by Elisa Friedman, age 17

Making Recycling Fun by Rebecca Powell

Kids Unschool Art Exhibit 2012

Families for Home Education

Missouri Education Law

(NHELD, LLC) National Home Education Legal Defense

Using Library Community Rooms for Homeschool Gatherings and Activities

Missouri National History Day

PBS Learning Media

An Interview with homeschool students at Pellegrino's School of Music And Art

Museum Profile: Crystal Bridges

Homeschool Awards and Achievements

2012 Homeschool Science fair and Citizen Science at The Discovery Center

Roadschooling by Sheri Smith

Springfield Little Theatre homeschool thespians and upcoming shows

A Wrap-Up of The SHEM/SBU Health and Safety Fair

Back Issues (In our Fall 2011 issue):

Homeschool Hero: Lila Jenkins Chosen Educator of the Year

Educational Community Helps Joplin Homeschool Families

"Responsibility" by Hanna Smith, age 17, Teen Columnist

Lebanon Homeschoolers Update by Michaela Leigh, age 14

My First Trip Abroadby Adam DeBacker, age 13

Researching Family History by David Cipriano, age 15

Civil War History Studies by Michael Megelsh, age 18

Travel For Learning To Texas- by Hanna Smith, teen columnist

Multiplayer Minecraft by Gunther Krueger, age 13

Homeschool Health & Safety Fair 2011

Classes for Homeschoolers offered by Drury University Education Students

International Fair 2011

Missouri Dept of Conservation kids magazine and educational resources

2011 Meet The Artists Days

Museum Profile: Bolduc House

Homeschool Fair Winners

Homeschool Poster Contest Winners

Graduation Announcements

FLAT STANLEY- A homeschoolers best friend and famous too!

Missouri Homeschool Graduation Requirements Explained

Back Issues (In our Summer 2011 issue):

Local Homeschool Family Sends Song into Space

Fencing: A Gentleman's Sport by Gunther Krueger, age 13

Our New Teen Columnist Takes Learning on the Road by Hanna Smith, age 16

Science Fair Winners and Photos

Lebanon Homeschoolers Write Play by Michaela Leigh, age 14

Mock Trial by Philip Herzog, age 14

My Trip To The Literature Festival by Adam DeBacker, age 13

Prom 2011: A Night To Remember by Madison Appleby, age 15

Awards and Achievements

Missouri Education Law Comprehansive Legislative Update

Top 100 Homeschool Websites

Summer Park Days

Theater Troupe Audition Information

Robotics Classes By FIRST Team

Summer Basketball

Wilson's Creek National Battlefield Civil War Re-enactment Event

2011 Homeschool Prom Photos

Museum Profile: Laura Ingalls Wilder Home

Editor's Commentary: Summer Learning

Red Cross Babysitting Camp

Robotics Team Claims FIRST Prize

Music Composition Contest Winners

Classical Conversations Conference

Back Issues (In our Spring 2011 issue):

Robotics Competition Group Earns $6,500 NASA Grant

Homeschoolers Perform in La Boheme and a profile of vocalist Mason Gold

Our Children, Our Work- Publisher's commentary about learning

2010 Unschool Art Exhibit Winners

My Trip To The Philippines by 8th grader David Cipriano

My Time in Girl Scouts by Madison Appleby, age 14

How To Start Your Own Business- by Adam DeBacker, age 13

2011 Homeschool Science Fair Entry Information and Science Resources

Inspiring Creativity

Theater Education by Tammy and Maceo Cortez

The 100 Languages of Childrenomeschool Prom InformatioMuseum Profile: Ralph Foster Museum

Drury Student Art Teaches Lead Classes for Homeschoolers: Photos from the Classes

Botanical Garden Education Series

 

(In our Winter 2010 issue):

Ballet in the Leading Role-Madeleine Stoddard, age 12 stars in The Nutcracker this December

My Day At The Springfield Cardinals-by Evan Coburn, age 8

To Each One's Own-an essay about individual learning styles by Hanna Smith, age 16

Air and Military Musuem Art Contest Trophy Winners

Kids Stack Up for the Latest Sport-by 8th grader David Cipriano

Bowling League Gains Momentum- by Madison Appleby, age 14

Treasure Island Homeschool Thespian picture

Missouri Project Feederwatch & Ornithology for Homeschoolers

Wildlife Forever State Fish Art Contest and Lesson Plans

College Scholarship Database

Families for Home Education and Missouri Education Law

Recent Contacts by Public School Officials and How to Respond to Requests for Documentation

Museum Profile: Dunnegan Gallery of Art in Bolivar

MSU Homeschool Anthropology Days

Drury Student Art Teaches Lead Classes for Homeschoolers

What Are You Reading?

The Independent Scholar's "Name That Famous Homeschooler" Quiz and Essay Contest (win books!)

Learning With LEGOS and creating homeschool clubs

A Mom Opens Local Resource Library