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Subj: Youth Homeschooler's Epistle Issue 3 Part 1
Date: 4/21/99 6:09:02 PM Eastern Daylight Time

April 1999
3rd Edition of
Youth Homeschooler's Epistle

Now you all are probably wondering hey, dingbat, we already got a Youth Homeschooler's Epistle for April. And yes, I am aware of that, but by popular demand ( well one person asked ) we've decided to put the Epistle out twice a month as long as we receive enough feedback and responses from the subscriber's. So please answer the Question's of the Week, and send book recommendations, website favorites, stories, jokes, or forwards to us. Thanks.

And on with the show.....

Question of the Week:

If you could be fill the shoes of just one person for one day, who would it be? It can be anyone, and entertainer, government official or even someone not famous, who would it be? And Why? And yes, it can be someone from history.
Send responses to:

Responses from last week's Question of the Week:

Recently I took a trip to Gatlinburg for a business show and one of my step-mom's customers asked me about homeschooling. The man used to be a school superintendent and thought that all children should be in a public school or private school. What would you have said to defend your homeschooling situation?

Q_for_Quincy@yahoo.com ( Andrew Jones ) writes:

A question asked of allot of home schoolers is "What
is home schooling?". This can be very difficult to
answer, I am going to site some examples of people I
know personally to help show the many faces of "Home
schooling." I will not use these peoples names to
avoid any embarrassment. This paper I believe will
help give you some answer's to defend your choice of
education. Allot of people don't understand that there
are more way's to learn then just sitting behind a
desk. This is a good time for me to write this paper
because I am starting to go out and learn on my own, I
really started to teach myself after I read an
inspiring book, "Calvin and Hobbes." pub. Andrew's and McMeail.> Calvin and Hobbes are
walking along in the woods and they see a snake and go
running off to find a book about snakes and then
Calvin stop's dead in his tracks and say's "Hay wait
this is summer I don't to learn any thing in the
summer!" and Hobbes say's "If nobody makes you do it,
it count's as fun" (That's not exact but hay!.. Who is
these days?). This is all about different way's of
doing school none are better then any other they are
all designed for individuals.
I am going to talk about a little girl named sue (the
name has been changed to protect the starving polar
bear's in "Zimbabwe" so please send check or money
order to save.com@aol.com). Sue loves wolves, I don't
mean 'likes' I mean 'LOVES'. she has read every book
at every library she can find, she look's wolves up on
the internet all the time looking for more
information (she usually end's up finding allot of new
porn site's). The girl has her own 'scientific
journal' that she wrote on wolves. She started a save
the wolves club with her friends. I asked her one day
if she thought reading about wolves was school. She
said (remember this is a ten year old girl) "My
research on the 'maximous canious readious'(parody of
Latin here not a real name) or commonly known as 'big
red wolf' (remember all names have been changed
here.:). I believe is a kind of school. I don't do all
of it for school most of it's just for fun." This is
one type of "Home schooling" it is a blend of "Just
sit down and do the page of math." and the "Okay kids
today we will learn about nuclear weaponry by watching
the news then If your entrusted you can write a 2'000
word research paper about it!". This is the most
commonly used method if you don't use this method you
are abnormal and should be teased, ridiculed, singled
out and live with low self esteem the rest of your
life even while you are making millions of dollars
more then Bill Gates and watch the scum who picked on
you living off well fare and...sorry this isn't public
school were nice to weirdoes. The evidence is that I
know some people who don't try to kill me with
sharpened pencils every time they see me.
Next I will tell you about the type of "Home
schoolers" that most people think of when they think
of "Home schoolers's". I will call these people "Gov.
dodgers". 'Gov dodger's' are the people who live in
abandon warehouses on the edges of town. The people
who don't have birth certificates for there children
or social security numbers and don't pay taxes because
"The Government is evil" I don't think that every
thing the government does is good but this is extreme.
I want to clarify that I AM NOT talking about anything
to do with Y2K. These people are the one's who's "Five
year old kid can do trigonometry on his finger's." and
"build a computer from scratch." This is all good
because most of these kids will grow up and never be
able to get a driver's license or go to collage
because their parents didn't believe in social
security's. This is what most people think about when
they think about "Home schooling".
There are also the people who are of the old school.
These "Home schoolers" have "A time for every thing
and a season for every thing under the sun." (this is
an indirect quote from the Bible i am quoting a song
by the birds who were singing a quote from the bible)
My friend Fred does this. He wakes up at six in the
morning and brushes his teeth takes a shower eats
brushes his teeth again and then start's his school
day out of his Mc.Guffy ninth grade reader and does
his lesion on a modern slate (dry erase board). Then
he raises his hand and asks to go to the bathroom. and
he... well never mind. then he does his math (not
Saxon...it didn't have enough repetition and all the
problems were to easy). Then he does P.E. and goes out
side and plays dodge ball(by himself). After the
'Game' of dodge ball he runs lifts weights and does
other exercises. Then it's time for oops, I forgot
lunch well he eats lunch some time in there. Then they
do spelling, grammar, geography, and history. This is
the type of schooling that most mother's think you
should do when you "Home school". And the kind of
thing kid's dread.
In conclusion I think that "Home schooling" is the
best way for me to learn. I don't think that public
school's are bad or anything(yes I do I hate public
school). I just don't like to learn that way. I like
the way we do school because "It fit's me" I can learn
at my own pace and I am not being influenced by
anybody(except my mom my dad my third cousin on my
grandma's side and every other Tom Dick and Hairy I
meet). The question I started out with was "What is
home schooling?" but the one i ended up with is "What
do you mean by "Home schooling"?". I believe that the
best answer to an "I think every kid should go to
public school." person is, "I don't want to end up
like you!"

SJRuth1055 ( Me! Savannah Ruth ) writes:
Homeschooling to me is a gift. It is a wonderful gift that our parents give us. To give up their time to school us ( even sometimes when they are fed up with us and don't really feel like schooling us ). My mother felt like the best way that she could give me a good Christian education was to school me at home. We use the Bible as our chief textbook. And most of what we do is centered around it.
Take for instance, right now I am learning about the Reformation of the Church During the Middle Ages. Do you think that I would learn that in a public school? And if I did, it probably wouldn't go anywhere as much as I'd like to study it, things that interest me, such as history, I want to study as much in depth as I can. Now science and math are totally different stories..lol.
By homeschooling I am able to do things like play soccer, act in plays, coach soccer, volunteer at the library and do the meals-on wheels program here in Rome. I would be entirely too busy with homework and other things to occupy my time to do things like that.
Homeschooling gives the freedom to be an individual. I can be my own person and not the person that my peers want me to be. I will be the woman God wants me to be.
So in closing Homeschooling was the best choice for my life. It may not be for everyone but it certainly is for me. :-)

Got2BTru16 ( Joy Meadows ) writes:
In a classic point-by-point style:

1. Homeschooling is as historical as it gets. I mean as old-fashioned, as time proven, as ultra-traditional as ever a schooling method was. Adam and Eve homeschooled. And you can bet your geological column that early cavemen didn't send their cave-kids to public schools!

2. Homeschooling has outstanding results. Whether you're looking at test scores or social skills or interfamily relations, home schooling is often better than most alternatives.

3. Homeschool kids can spell. Usually. I mean we know that the word is "cool" not "kewl". "Kewl" being an expression engineered by an ultra hip "in-crowd" most-popular-in-the-school girl who figured that the rules of English grammar and spelling made way for her, not the other way around. (My personal theory) Also we can spell "girl" and "woman" they are not "gurl" or "grrl" and not "womin" or "womyn", thank you so much. :)

4. And it follows that homeschool kids are smart. Incidentally they're also often responsible, independent, self-directed, and rather ingenious.

5. They also have decent vocabularies and can vividly describe an experience without using the words "cool", "wow", "bomb", or "awesome."

6. Statisitcs have shown (or, could show) that very few homeschooled children grow up to be ax murderers, and that homeschooled teenagers are far less likely than their counterparts to walk into their classroom and blow away their classmate, teacher, ex-girlfriend or ex-boyfriend.

7. They are also far less likely to be that classmate or ex-girl or boy friend.

8. Not saying that all homeschooled teens are angels, but they tend to stay out of trouble with the law, don't use drugs too often unless you're talking about Tylenol, the weapons they carry into school are probably pocket knives, and I'd bet they get fewer tickets for reckless driving, speeding, DUI, and related offenses.

9. Homeschoolers tend to break lots of records.

10. Perhaps you could say that homeschooled kids would do well and be happy, perfectly well-behaved kids in public school, too, because of parental involvement. But perhaps you can't; many have been there and done that and that's why they're here not there.

11. Adults, such as neighbors, employers, and check-out people, like well mannered, polite, thinking kids and even teens.

12. ...Now what was that you were saying about having my dad telecommute or carpool for ecological reasons? Well we beat you to the punch there, because we've been telecommuting for years! :)

13. Lastly, homeschooling is great for us. It's what we do, you do your thing and we do ours. You're into accepting and tolerating different lifestyles, well homeschooling is a lifestyle, so you can go ahead and accept it. (And please do go ahead and tolerate it, it's rather tiring having to keep up with various homeschool-intolerant laws that some groups try to get passed.) It's a free country, we're legal, we're cool, and we get results. :)

Subj: Youth Homeschooler's Epistle Issue 3 Part 2
Date: 4/21/99 6:53:23 PM Eastern Daylight Time

Part 2

What a typical school day at your house is like: I usually get up about 9:00 except when I've stayed up late the night before. I work on school until lunch and then I eat lunch and check my mail. (Even though no one is ever on to talk to at that time!) Sometimes, I wait until night to check my mail but it just depends on what I have to do that day! After that I go back to my school and I finish about 2:00. During the week I have swim practice 2 times a week, piano, and other different things throughout the week.
Name: Victoria Sloan Orr..................to my friends I'm Vickie
E-mail address: SYNCSWIM14@aol.com
How long you've been homeschooled: This is the end of my 7th year.
Siblings: Marie, 21, is going to college, Margaret, 11, and Stewart, 10
What you like most about being homeschooled: It would have to be the flexibility. Because I think if I were in regular school, I wouldn't be able to do things I'm doing now.
What you hate most about being homeschooled: Lack of socialization. I don't get to see a lot of my friends as much as I would like because most of them go to public school.
Hobbies: Playing the piano, writing letters via e-mail or snail mail, synchronized swimming, talking and spending time with my friends TeenPact, debate, and sleep.
Interests: teaching others, getting my lifesaving, trying to make others feel good about what they are doing or about themselves.
What you want to be when you grow up: I've always wanted to teach but not in the public realm, unless that's where the Lord leads. I would rather be a teacher mainly to my future children and hopefully to those around me!
Thanks Vickie!


Book Review:

"The Silver Sword "by Angela Elwell Hunt

The first book in a series called " The Heir's of Cahira O'Connor". Where a girl named Kathleen O'Connor researches her ancestors.
Recommended by: Savannah Ruth

There's this extremely cool book by Douglas Adams, The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy. Actually that's the first in a series of four books. All four books are great. I guess the genre is sci-fi, not something I usually read but this is an exception. The books kind of defy explanation but they're about this guy who travels around the universe getting perspective. The books are very unique and very creative. This is a series of short books that you can read to find that the answer to the question of "life, the universe and everything" is 42. Having said that, the problem that then comes up is "what was the question." If you're curious about that, or time warps or improbability drives or Galactic Blasters, go read the books.
Recommended by: Joy Meadows

Actual Signs Seen On Church Property...

A singing group called "The Resurrection" was scheduled to sing at a
church. When a big snowstorm postponed the performance, the pastor fixed the
outside sign to read, "The Resurrection is postponed."

An ad for St.Joseph's Episcopal Church has a picture of two hands holding
stone tablets on which the Ten Commandments are inscribed and a headline
that reads, "For fast, fast, fast relief, take two tablets."

When the restaurant next to the Lutheran Church put out a big sign with
red letters that said, "Open Sundays," the church reciprocated with its own
message: "We are open on Sundays, too."

"No God -- No Peace. Know God -- Know Peace."

"Free Trip to heaven. Details Inside!"

"Try our Sundays. They are better than Baskin-Robbins."

"Searching for a new look? Have your faith lifted here!"

"Have trouble sleeping? We have sermons -- come hear one!"

"People are like tea bags -- you have to put them in hot water before you
know how strong they are."

"God so loved the world that He did not send a committee."

"Come in and pray today. Beat the Christmas rush!"

"When down in the mouth, remember Jonah. He came out alright."

"Sign broken. Message inside this Sunday."

"Fight truth decay -- study the Bible daily."

"How will you spend eternity -- Smoking or Non-smoking?"

"Dusty Bibles lead to Dirty Lives":

"Come work for the Lord. The work is hard, the hours are long and the pay
is low. But the retirement benefits are out of this world."

"It is unlikely there'll be a reduction in the wages of sin."

"Do not wait for the hearse to take you to church."

"If you're headed in the wrong direction, God allows U-turns."

"If you don't like the way you were born, try being born again."

"Looking at the way some people live, they ought to obtain eternal fire
insurance soon."

Three guys walked into a bar...
Gee, you'd think one of them
would have ducked!

Peter Shooner, OH

Once a man having recurring problems with gas
decided the issue was
so bad he would consult with his
doctor. He told the doctor, "Hey,
doc, you know every time I pass
wind, it makes this weird sound:
'honda, honda, honda'."

The doctor grew contemplative
and scratched his head, then asked to
look into the man's mouth. The
man obliged, and the doctor
responded with "A-HA, I have it!
My pet theory is correct! Thank

"Well, doc - what was it?"

"In the back of your mouth is a
large abscess, just along the back
molars. Thank you again for
confirming my theory, sir!"

"What's your theory?!"

"Abscess makes the fart go

Carolyn Dowd, San Francisco,

CASo this state trooper was patrolling on the side of a
road, and he sees
this car driving down the
highway at a snail's pace. He pulls the car
over, and he sees a nun at the
He asks the nun why she was
going so slow.
The nun says, "But officer, the
sign back there says that the speed
limit was 25."
"No ma'am, that sign said Route
25." Just then, he looks in the
passenger seat and sees another
nun clutching on to the handle on the
door and looking like she'd seen
the second coming. He looked in the
back seat and there were three
more nuns doing similar things, and
even one saying a quick rosary.
"Ma'am, what are the rest of
your passengers doing?"
She replied, "Well, officer, I
think we just got off Route 115..."

Dave Thackara, Kingston, PAFrom

Scripture of the Week:
" The Lord is my light and my salvation---
so why should I be afraid?
The Lord protects me from danger---
so why should I tremble?

When evil people come to destroy me
when my enemies and foes attack me,
they will stumble and fall.
Though a mighty army surrounds me,
my heart will know no fear.
Even if they attack me,
I remain confident."
Psalms 27:1-3
I think this is a wonderful verse to remember when we are going through tough times. That the Lord is with us no matter what we're facing, even if it seems sometimes that he isn't, he reassures us with his scripture that he is with us always.

Prayer Requests:

- Please everyone let's pray for the people over in Kosovo,
because they are going through some tough times.
- And let's also pray for the families of the victims of the shootings in Colorado



The Epistle Website- index1 (home) The Epistle website offers the following attractions: a chatroom (suitable for those times when everyone is online at the same time and all are finding it hard to juggle 5 different IM windows and conversations at once), a poll (the poll topic changes every once in a while), back issues of the Epistle newsletter, a message board (that is incidentally, totally blank so far), and a links page. Plus some other stuff like a shockwave movie and a guidelines page, and there's a guestbook there too.

Mock Trial Website- gracemt check out the Grace Mock Trial team.....

Josh Polley's Website- Jap813's Page


Well, that's it for the third issue of The Youth Homeschooler's Epistle!
Special thanks to: Joy Meadows, Andrew Jones, and Vickie Orr.

We'd enjoy some feedback send to:
Savannah Ruth


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