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Using IHEN: How to get the most out of the network

How do you get the most out of a statewide network like IHEN?

Some would tell you that the best thing to do is to click around on the IHEN.org web site and hope for the best. I suppose that's one way to do it.

When I find myself chatting with new or potential homeschooling parents, I usually find myself using the same old axiom: "It never hurts to ask."

Asking questions, and getting advice and ideas in return is the foundation that the Indiana Home Educators' Network has been built on. Aristotle and Plato started it – learning by discourse rather than lecture – and I guess that tired old pedagogy is still around today. Go figure.

Communicating with other people who are willing to help you find the answers has made the IndianaHomeschoolers e-list the most subscribed to list in the sate of Indiana. It must be popular for a reason. Lots of askin' going on.

We have tried to spill over all the extra advice, ideas and suggestions into our web sites, so that people who aren't so much into the e-list world can still benefit from all the wisdom that comes across on the e-list. And let me tell you, it's a bear to keep up! Try as we might, it's so much easier to just sign up for the e-list, ask away, get answers within a few hours or so and be done with it.

Nevertheless, we work hard to update our site to give homeschoolers a variety of ways in which to research their educational choices. We also keep a pretty good directory of local support and resource information for most of the state. Our IHEN Statewide Support and Resource Directory is the largest and most complete directory of its kind in the state. Check it out and see if there's more to do in your county than you ever thought possible.

Did I mention IHEN County Contacts? If you have a question that needs a more local perspective, we just might have a homeschooler near you to correspond with.

Articles, book suggestions, thoughts on curricula, funny articles from the IHEN Journal newsletter archives (Off the Deb End was my personal fav. Use the Google Search Page to find some of them.)

The best thing to do, come to think of it, is surf around the site and see if you find anything of interest. You can even write to me and let me know where we could use a little help.

How ever you get your information, we truly want you to know that there are thousands of parents out here who really want you to succeed at homeschooling. For many families, its the best thing that ever happened to them.

See you around!


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