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HSLDA's Position:

HSLDA supports H.R. 2372. There are currently several areas of federal law that unfairly impact home education. Congress must pass the Homeschool Non-Discrimination Act (HONDA) to remedy this unfair treatment. Much of these problems arise because Congress has overlooked homeschoolers while drafting legislation. The number of homeschool students has grown from just a handful in the 80's to approximately 2 million today. Furthermore, their academic success is remarkable. Congress should no longer overlook homeschoolers as a viable and successful movement.

Homeschoolers do not want federal handouts, just equal treatment. HONDA will bring federal law up-to-date with changes in the state education systems, particularly regarding the homeschooling movement.

Political Action Committee


Last fall we tried to start a political action committee in CHESCA and had a sparse turnout and the committee consisted of a few diligent people. This February, I had the opportunity to speak to support group leaders at the CHEO Support Group Leaders Symposium about involving support groups in election campaigns. Melanie Elsey requested that I explain how we supported candidates. If you would be interested in our committee and have fresh ideas on motivating homeschoolers to take the plunge, please email me at mastevenson1@juno.com or call me at (330) 497-6776 and let me know what you think about political action. This is a critical time in Ohio as most of the State of Ohio Board of Education is not in favor of our homeschool rights.


HSLDA Group Membership


Some time ago, we started a Membership Discount Group. If you are a CHESCA member family and desire to use our Membership Discount Group number, the number is 299674 .


We need to keep 15 families consistently who either are applying or already HSLDA members to keep our discount group intact. We currenly have more than that, but not by much. When you renew your membership with HSLDA, please use this number. Thanks.


                                                        Twenty-Two Ways to really listen to your children

                                                                                                   by Sharon Jaynes


1.          Be patient.

2.          Don’t complete their sentences.

3.          Let them finish, even if it seems they are rambling.

4.          Don’t interrupt.

5.          Face your child and make eye contact.

6.          Lean forward, if you’re seated, to show you’re interested.

7.          Take advantage of passive moments such as watching a video, listen-  ing to music, or sitting on the edge of their   bed when tucking them in at  night.

8.          Take your children along on errands.

9.           Ask good questions but avoid the word “why.”

10.          Ask their opinion about something that happened to you.

11.       Don’t jump to conclusions.

12.       Don’t change the subject.  Make verbal responses such as “I see,” “really,” “Uh-huh,” to show that you’re paying attention.

13.       Avoid telling them not to feel a certain way. (“Don’t worry about it.” “Don’t cry.”)

14.       Turn off the TV.

15.       Put down the mop, newspaper, or dishtowel.

16.       Encourage them to tell you more.  “What else did he say?” “What did he do next?”

17.       When they are telling of a struggle, rephrase and repeat what you heard.  “What I hear you saying is that you feel I’m being unfair by not letting  you go to the concert on a school night.”

18.       Don’t always point out grammar mistakes but listen for the point of the story.

19.       Let the phone ring if your child is in the middle of telling you about an event in his life.

20.       Anytime your child starts to talk or ask a question, consider it an invitation to which your should RSVP.

21.       Don’t glance at your watch while they are talking.

22.       God gave you two ears and one mouth for a good reason. Listen twice as much as you talk!


Printed with permission from Being a Great Mom, Raising Great Kids by Sharon Jaynes.