Life Lessons from Little Books

Recently a friend shared some book titles with me. Somewhere along the way, I’d heard of the books, but hadn’t checked into them. This time I did and I’m looking forward to seeing how God will use these books in the lives of our children.

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The titles are: The Princess and The Kiss and The Squire and the Scroll. Each book has a Life Lessons book (sold separately) and coloring book (also sold separately). I’m really excited about the Life Lessons books. For book, the authors have come up with lessons that correspond to the book. Each lesson contains a short devotional, prayer, “jewel of truth”–Scripture, creative focus, royal reminders and helpful hints for parents.squire-and-the-scroll-book.gif

From the back of The Princess and The Kiss: “Picking up where the storybook left off, this easy-to-use devotional covers biblical teaching on purity, relationships, and God’s plans for marriage (or singleness) with your child in a non-threatening and age-appropriate way. These life lessons are packed with wisdom from God’s Word, truths that all young girls need to know as they guard their purity, whether they’re six or sixteen. You and your daughter can build a godly heritage with these short practical, life-changing studies and activities that can be personalized for any age. An optional Princess Purity Ceremony is also included as an exciting and memorable way to formally celebrate your daughter’s growth.”

The boy’s counterpart book is very similar, except with a “knightly” focus.

I hope you will check out these books, and if you do, leave a comment to let me know.

Complacency is not an option

The unfolding legal challenge to homeschooling in California caught many by surprise. Here is what happened – courtesy of the San Francisco Chronicle:

“The ruling arose from a child welfare dispute between the Los Angeles County Department of Children and Family Services and Philip and Mary Long of Lynwood, who have been homeschooling their eight children. Mary Long is their teacher, but holds no teaching credential.”

“The Second District Court of Appeal ruled that California law requires parents to send their children to full-time public or private schools or have them taught by credentialed tutors at home.”

The entire background is here:

As of March 25th, 2008, The California Court of Appeal has agreed to re-hear the case. Michael Farris, chairman of HSLDA commented: “This is a great first step. We are very glad that this case will be reheard and that this opinion has been vacated, but there is no guarantee as to what the ultimate outcome will be. This case remains our top priority,” he added.

The lesson we can all take from this is that, once again we as home educators must be vigilant. Many of us in the homeschooling community have grown complacent in recent years. We in Ohio have enjoyed a long run of stability and favor among the mostly home school friendly Republican majority in state government. That stability could be in danger as the political winds change throughout the state and the nation.

Not everyone in California was unhappy about the court’s decision. The ruling was applauded by a director for the state’s largest teachers union.

“We’re happy,” said Lloyd Porter, who is on the California Teachers Association board of directors. “We always think students should be taught by credentialed teachers, no matter what the setting.”

It is important that we know exactly who our political adversaries are. There are organizations right here in Ohio that are actively seeking to restrict or regulate home education.

How can PEACH members do their part? Here are five suggestions:

  1. Get to know your state and local elected officials. Find out where they stand on homeschooling. If there is a local or state official that isn’t “homeschool friendly” work to support a candidate who is. If there isn’t a suitable candidate, consider running yourself.
  2. If you are not already a member, join HSLDA. I personally consider membership a must for any homeschooling family.
  3. Consider supporting ParentalRights.Org. (Truth in advertising – My daughter is the Deputy Director of the organization.) They are working on a long term solution to the issue via a constitutional amendment.
  4. Join CHEO – Christian Home Educators of Ohio. They work to promote homeschooling at the state level. They also employ a part-time lobbyist to stay abreast of possible legal threats and to maintain relationships with lawmakers.
  5. Be alert. The California case described above began as a child welfare case and the proceedings were kept secret until the ruling was handed down. As a result, HSLDA and the California State knew nothing about it. If you hear or see anything that causes concern, let one of the PEACH officers know about it.

If we each do our part, hopefully we won’t be caught flat-footed if a challenge like the one in California happens here.

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