essays, documents and publications: welcome to the IHEN Library
People who enjoy learning independently, are
readers. By reading, we learn about our history and our present
day. We use that knowledge to help us move forward into the future.
Reading isn't only fundamental, it's a necessity for survival
of our civilization.
If you are recently new to homeschooling, or
still exploring the idea for your family, take a moment and think
about how many books you have read. Think about the reading habits
of your children. If they're still in public school, what have
they read on their own and for assignments in the past several
years? How many quality books? If you're like the average family,
it's not many.
One of the first and most consistent bit of
advice you will ever receive from most experienced homeschooling
parents is this: 'Read, read, read.' Every day you read, you learn.
We try to encourage reading, even more than other academic activities.
It really is that much more important. Reading from a variety
of sources is where ideas are born.
Here are some resources we think you will enjoy:
Ben Bennett begins a new listright before the New Year
(and the new legislative system) ramps back upthat finally
starts naming names. Let's know exactly whom we should blame for
NOT representing our positions in the statehouse.
Articles By Hoosier
Many of IHEN's IndianaHomeschoolers
list subscribers are writers. Not the "pro" type; but
better. They write from the heart about what they do best: raise
the Deb End A series of columns written by resident IndianaHomeschoolers
list co-manager and unschooler, Debbie Harbeson
About That Pesky
NEA Resolution B-75 For decades now, the NEA has published
a resolution that states in no uncertain terms, parents shouldn't
be allowed to teach their own children. (All this in spite of
the drumbeat we hear from public schools, asking parents to
become more involved!) Ben Bennett takes this resolution apart
and sheds light on what union teachers REALLY think of parents
who don't send their children to public schools.
Should Know What, When? (Reporting enrollment issues for
Indiana Homeschoolers.) In our new blog project, The
Hoosier Homeschooler, Jane Casey lays out the simple facts
of what you need to do to begin homeschooling in Indiana. It's
not as hard as school employees might have you believe.
FREd: An advice column for autodidacts
FREducation.org is a
new web site that promotes independent learning. Ask FREd is an
advice column that supports any and all ideas that help people
learn outside the box of government schooling. FREducation.org
and Ask FREd is published by the Alternative Educators' Network
and written by Hoosier Homeschoolers from the IndianaHomeschoolers
statewide networking e-list.
Book Reviews and
New Subscriber Suggestion
New subscribers to the IndianaHomeschoolers list, who have special
needs children should check out this book. You can buy it through
IHEN, or see if your library has a copy. From what we've heard...
IHEN or IndianaHomeschoolers is actually mentioned. Cool! Yes?
Fun Book Picks
It's not a new book, but a book that will be fun AND EDUCATIONAL
for you and your children. "Yo! Millard Fillmore!" helps
you learn the presidents of the U.S. Yes... all of them. Read
more on our Book Reviews/Lists page.
Sometimes you just have to say, "Get it."
So what are you waiting for? Click the picture! This is a wonderful
book with all of the projects a boy needs to know before childhood
is over. From tying knots, to building forts. From Pirate Flags
to great moments in history. It's a curricula for life!
This book is becoming a favorite for the kids
who don't think they like math. Remember Winnie from the TV show
"The Wonder Years?" Yup, this is her. Math Geek!
This book explains math so that it doesn't... well, suck.
the top 10 books
all college students must read
Thanks to the editors
of HUMAN EVENTS,
we have this great list of probably the most important books of
all time, that are "must reads" for independent thinkers
Book Store (Powered by Amazon.com)
Amazon has been our long time affiliate. That means that every
time you buy curricula, books of all kinds, even electronics and
gifts... you are helping the IHEN Web Project stay on the Internet.
Thus, you're Helping Hoosiers Homeschool! Our store will have
all the great book suggestions made by the awesome subscribers
to the IndianaHomeschoolers list. Want to know what IndianaHomeschoolers
are reading? Check out our Book
documents and site
that STUDENT TRANSFER LETTER SAMPLE you're looking for! You're
going to transfer your child out of public school and someone
told you to write a simple letter to that effect. Well... here's
your sample. Yes. It's just that easy.
Logs, Forms and Letters This is where you can find the IHEN
chat logs, some misc. forms or letters to IHEN ... things that
we just have NO idea where to file, are probably here.
Journal IHEN's e-mail monthly newsletter for Indiana homeschoolers
and parents interested in educational choices. Subscribe
to the Journal by e-mail.
Topics These monographs are topical essays on education, homeschooling
philosophy and other topics of interest to Hoosier Homeschoolers.
COMING SOON >
IHEN White Papers We're going to be doing the research and
answering some of the media's most pressing questions... with
*GASP!* the facts. Go figure. Write
to our Research Staff if you are interested in writing or
researching for this much needed project!
Research (The Home Education Facts vs. Fiction)
and Citations: Just the Facts Tired of trying to dig up that
fact or citation you thought you saved, so you could pull an "IN
YOUR FACE" with that certain person who thinks homeschooling
is ruining YOUR children? Yeah... me too.
Homeschoolers Go To College? Heck yes! Check out the Learn
in Freedom web site for a list of colleges that are begging
for homeschoolers to enroll.