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2019 Conference Confusion …… Clarified!

2019 Conference Confusion …… Clarified! It’s the most wonderful time of the year! CONFERENCE season is upon us! Nothing makes a homeschool mom giddier than the knowledge that their annual homeschool conference is right around the corner! The vendors!   The speakers!   The curriculum!   The encouragement!   The fellowship!     It’s enough to make you buy a new denim jumper! INCH has some amazing new events planned this year and because the flow of the weekend has a new feel, we’ve made it our “MICHIN” to make sure everyone has all the information they need to get the most out of the…
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A Trusted Resource for Michigan Homeschoolers

Homeschooling has been around since God’s creation of man. Throughout history we see parents faithfully following God’s command to disciple their children at home, but for many the idea of home education is a brand new and daunting idea. Something very foreign to how they were raised. Our goal at MICHN is to help parents navigate the challenging road of home discipleship and to equip them with the information, instruction, and inspiration needed to give their children the best opportunities available. While each family’s goals will look different, one need remains constant – having a trusted resource available to answer…
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The Magic Curriculum

Every day on social media, I see some variation of the same theme. Moms are in a panic because they presume they wasted money on the “wrong curriculum.” “My son, Johnny, is 11 years old. He hates math. I bought Saxon, and he hated it. Then we tried Teaching Textbooks, but he hated that too. Then we got Math-U-See. I thought the videos would really help him, but he hated it. I’m thinking about something completely online. Or maybe we’ll just do unschooling. Or maybe I’m a bad parent and I should give up homeschooling and send him back to…
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Reflections on Homeschooling: 40 Years Later

My mother began homeschooling my older sister and myself in 1978. In those days, homeschooling was a tad bit different. There were no homeschooling magazines, no conferences, no support groups, no co-ops, no online resources (in fact, there was no internet!). There were no homeschool legal defense organizations, and even the term “homeschooling” hadn’t been invented yet. They used a different term for us in those days. We were called “truant”! Because of compulsory attendance laws in each state, homeschooling was effectively illegal. We couldn’t even find a curriculum publisher who would sell us textbooks because we weren’t a school…
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Homeschooling – You’re Doing it Right

Toward the end of high school, I was intrigued by the uniformity of my peers. On the verge of graduation, I was surrounded by hundreds of people I had grown up with, who had lived life almost exactly like I had for 13 years straight.  Sure, there were some variances in family structure and home life.  Additionally, there were certain days where orthodontist appointments, a stomach bug, or a stray vacation swapped out the normal routine for something different; but overall most of life was school, homework, and extracurriculars.  After 13 years of mostly matching days, as if by some…
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Homeschooling Moms and the Question of Self-Care

There are a handful of typical responses to homeschooling families from non-homeschooling families.  They often sound something like this:   “I could never do that.” “That’s not for us.” “I don’t have the (confidence, time, patience, money, etc.).” “Why would you do that to yourself?”   We have become a society where being with children, even our own children, is often viewed as a punishment, whereas the Bible calls children our greatest reward.  Every fall there are a slew of pictures on social media that show rejoicing parents eager to send their kids away for most of the day.  It…
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2018 Day Under the Dome Recap

Michigan State Capitol Building. Wikipedia Commons License. On Oct. 17, 2018, hundreds of homeschoolers from across the state gathered at our State Capitol to celebrate the proclamation of “Homeschool Week in Michigan” by our state legislature. The event was kicked off at Central United Methodist Church with a panel discussion which focused on the past, present, and future of homeschooling in Michigan, emceed by James Muffett of Citizens for Traditional Values. Panelists included: Mike Winter (Executive Director for MiCHN / INCH), Israel Wayne (Commu-nications Coordinator for MiCHN), Patti Sailor (long-time home schooling advocate), and David Kallman, Esq. (Kallman Legal Group).…
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Day Under the Dome… Building Bridges Not Barriers

Dear Homeschool Community, In Michigan, we currently have much freedom to choose homeschooling as a viable educational choice for our children, and homeschoolers are clearly protected under the law. This was not the case in the early days of the homeschool movement in our state, however! We have much to be thankful for when it comes to the protection and freedoms we enjoy under our current Michigan School Code. This school code was amended in our favor back in 1994. That amendment came after homeschool parents and leaders worked tirelessly with the current legislators of the time. But like any law, it…
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Are Public Schools Safe for Children?

In a previous post, MiCHN / INCH responded to media bias against homeschoolers in a recent article in the Detroit Free Press (DFP). In short, the article by the DPF suggested that because a public school family had seriously abused their children, (CPS had known about the ongoing abuse for eight years), and then attempted to withdraw their children from public school, ALL homeschoolers in the state of Michigan needed to be regulated! It’s obviously a massive logical leap, but one they were willing to take. There is a certain narrative that some in the media wish to present: Public…
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MiCHN / INCH Responds to Media Bias Against Homeschoolers

On August 14, 2018, the Detroit Free Press (DFP) wrote an article calling for additional regulations for ALL homeschoolers in the state of Michigan. They had previously reported on a Lansing area family who had been reported multiple times to Child Protective Services (CPS). According to the DFP: “the abuse and neglect is documented in Child Protective Services reports as far back as April 2009. CPS was called twice that year, once for improper supervision and once for physical neglect. CPS was called on the family at least 10 more times before the children were removed from the Condes’ care…
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