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📠🔔Legislative Update: Report From the Capitol📓✒
Report From the Capitol: Our legislative team attended the House Education Committee meeting this morning. Dr. Michael Rice (Michigan's Superintendent of Public Instruction) met with the committee. He is the one who has been pushing for mandatory registration of homeschoolers the past couple of years. We wanted to be present to see what is being suggested and give you an immediate heads-up! Fortunately, home education was not mentioned once during this meeting. However, it did give a window into some of their agenda. Dr. Rice would like all students to be REQUIRED to begin their formal education by age 4. This sentiment has been previously proposed by Governor Whitmer, and we will be on the lookout for this in Governor Whitmer's budget proposal that should be released soon. Changing the compulsory age for Michigan children is apparently the solution they are coming up with in lieu of the 3rd grade reading law we currently have. During the meeting, it was made clear that we currently have a situation where teachers are needing to be "coached" by professionals on how to teach literacy to their students. We taxpayers are paying for these "literacy coaches." There is, allegedly, not enough funding for this program and not enough "coaches" available. Our big takeaways from the meeting: Mr. Rice wants to require education to begin at age 4. This would change the compulsory age in Michigan from 6 years old to 4 years old. Michigan's public educators truly are not prepared for their professions upon graduation. More money and more government oversight always solves the problems, from their perspective. We are pleased that home education was not specifically mentioned during this meeting. We were also able to have conversations with new House Education Committee members, some of whom appear to be promising allies of home education and would help to push back if negative legislation is introduced in the future. We plan to continue to follow up on and nurture these relationships with new legislators on the education committee (as we have done since 1984). While MiCHN is a volunteer organization made up of concerned homeschooling parents just like you, we believe there is strength in numbers and there is cost involved in maintaining the presence we have had in the legislature for almost four decades, and keeping homeschoolers in the state networked and informed. If you would like to help protect and preserve homeschooling freedoms here in Michigan, please consider supporting our work through donations (we are a tax-exempt, 501-c-3 non-profit organization) and through annual memberships. **It is important you understand we can not act on a bill, unless one is introduced. At this time, there has been NO BILL introduced in committees nor the chambers that would stipulate more regulations on homeschoolers. With that in mind, MICHN would encourage you to prayerfully consider what you can do TODAY: Write a letter introducing yourself and your family. In the letter thank them for all their hard work and service to the people of Michigan. Tell them you are praying for them, ask them if they have any specific prayer requests they would like to share with you-be it work or family related. If they share a request-be sure to follow up with a 'Thinking of You Note' and see how they are doing. Pray for our elected officials. Considering using a resource like pray1tim2.org. Visit them in their local district office or in Lansing. Many legislators set aside certain times in their districts to meet with their constituents. Consider blessing them by taking a delicious treat with you or leaving a small gift like special "made in Michigan" food or decorative item. Send cards of encouragement throughout the year. Birthdays (usually posted on their website), 4th of July, Thanksgiving, and Christmas are all great opportunities to thank them for their service. Consider including a family picture and hand-drawn pictures or notes from your children to make it more personal. Invite them to homeschooling events in your area-picnics, programs, graduations, concerts, etc. Consider volunteering in their office or on their campaign. If you have confidence in what they stand for, offer your time to help: homeschoolers can assist with mailings, phone calls, placing yard signs, distributing literature door-to-door, marching in local parades, etc. -Your MiCHN Legislative Team  
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Are Public Schools Safe for Children?
August 31, 2018 by Israel Wayne In the past, MiCHN has responded to media bias against homeschoolers. Particularly, in an 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 schools are safe and homeschools (parents) are dangerous. We, at MiCHN, and most of the homeschoolers we know and represent, obviously do not share this bias. Are Homeschools Dangerous? Responding to the accusation that homeschools are a cover up for child abuse and neglect, I cite research that demonstrates that there is absolutely no connection between the degree of state regulation of homeschooling and abuse of children, AND the fact that students who are homeschooled are actually 257% LESS likely to be sexually abused than students who are in public schools! We sent this information to the DFP but received no response. While we do not deny that there have been families who claim to homeschool their children who have abused and neglected them, there is no research (including an extensive study from our own federal government) that links homeschooling as a risk factor for child abuse. Are Public Schools Dangerous? The story goes, however, if children were in public schools, where they could be closely monitored by teachers, school counselors, school staff, etc., they would be kept safe from all harm and abuse. It sounds almost as though it’s only when they are homeschooled that abuse can take place, or go undetected. Our previous article, mentioned above, gives ample evidence that just because a child attends a public school, and CPS is aware of his or her abuse at home, that he or she is therefore safe from ongoing abuse from his or her parents. Sending a child to public school does not, in many cases, solve any of the abuse going on at home. But even worse than that, there is significant reason to believe that a child who attends public school faces dramatically increased risk of abuse at school, that he or she does NOT face otherwise. Child Protective Services (CPS) and Public Schools Cover Up Abuse Despite the accusation against homeschoolers that they are keeping their children at home as a cover-up for abuse and neglect, there is a demonstrated example of public schools and CPS doing just that in the Chicago Public School scandal (from a study that exposed them in August of 2018)! According to MSN.com: “The report describes how understaffed and underfunded CPS investigators struggled to process reports of potential sexual harassment, notifications sent to the Department of Children and Family Services, employee misconduct allegations and altercations between students and staff – thousands of reports during the 2016-17 school year alone.” Notice how they claim that if they just had more money, they could start doing their jobs? There were thousands of reports of sexual harassment (including many sexual assaults against children by school staff), in just one school year, in one city! This certainly does not fit the story the media wants us to believe: That public schools are safe havens against all child abuse and homeschools are vile dens of all kinds of abuse and neglect. It’s interesting to me that right after the Chicago story broke, newspapers around the country (including the DFP), immediately started shining the spotlight on homeschoolers, as if they are the real concern. Thankfully, the best DFP could come up with this round was a family who wasn’t even homeschooling (they were in the Lansing area public schools!). To be clear, MiCHN is totally against all forms of child abuse. We believe that those who abuse children should be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law utilizing the perfectly adequate child-abuse laws that already exist in Michigan. What we do not believe is that public schools in Michigan are free from even the worst forms of abuse (by teachers and school staff). Let us demonstrate why. Abuse and Neglect of Children by Michigan Public School Staff In July of 2018, NBC News showed video footage of a Detroit public school assistant principal, slamming a 14-yr-old boy to the ground. He was then allegedly punched in the face by a school resource officer, who allegedly broke his jaw. In July of 2018, the Detroit Free Press themselves reported on a Hazel Park lawsuit regarding an 8-yr-old girl who almost lost her finger when a school aide allegedly, “slammed the door closed on Serenity’s finger with such force that her finger was nearly severed.” As similar lawsuit regarding a 7-yr-old boy reported in July, 2018 in Detroit in which, according to a report in The Detroit News: “The teacher kicked Jason out of the classroom and made him sit on the floor,” Marko said Tuesday. “He was trying to get back into the room and she lost her temper and slammed the door and basically guillotined his finger.” Again, the Detroit Free Press reported in March 2018: “A 33-year-old Marshall Public Schools teacher was arrested Tuesday on charges he had sex with a 16-year-old female student…The mother found the daughter with the guy in Marshall…She got her daughter and went home and the daughter told her she has been having sex with the teacher.” In February 2018, WWMT.com reported a 29-yr-old Athens High School teacher who was reportedly having sex with his 16-yr-old student. The DFP in August 2018 reported: “A Troy middle school assistant principal was charged with second-degree home invasion Saturday after she allegedly broke into the home of a student to look for prescription pills…(A) video reportedly showed Buchanan, 47, looking through a purse and drawers and walking through the home. The homeowner said $40 was taken.” In August 2018, an investigation was launched regarding Van Buren Township elementary reading teacher who operates and performs for an X-rated internet porn site with her husband called, “Hot for Teachers.” These are the people who many parents are expecting to keep their children safe! I could go on and on and on with these kinds of stories (just in Michigan!). Years ago, the conservative news site, WorldNetDaily.com started a page of just female teacher / predators who had been arrested for having sex with their students. They complied a massive list, and then had to give up in 2014 because there were so many similar reports each week from across the country, they couldn’t keep up with it. There is a Facebook group called, “The Real Truth About Public Schools” that posts, sometimes dozens of stories EVERY SINGLE DAY of crimes and abuses against children in American public schools. And we haven’t even addressed bullying and cyber-bullying from other students, or school shootings! Students Assaulting Other Students A lawsuit was reported by MLive.com in March 2018 of the sexual abuse, in a teacher-monitored classroom, of a Grandville kindergarten student, by his classmates! “Parents of a boy say he was sexually assaulted in kindergarten by classmates who photographed the abuse on school-issued iPads. Grandville Public Schools, administrators and a teacher are named in a federal lawsuit alleging the district allowed the abuse to occur and failed to conduct a proper investigation after the allegations came to light.” October 2018, Fox17 reported that a 5-yr-old Muskegon Heights boy was reportedly sexually assaulted by his classmate. His mother had this to say, “I leave my son in you guys’ hands to protect him, and I feel like they neglected to protect him.” Also in October 2018, a horrible situation was reported by FOX2 where a 5-yr-old boy was forced to perform oral sex acts on an older elementary student on the school bus. Reportedly, the bus driver did not intervene, and other students just watched. “Parents say what’s even more upsetting is that the school district has not said anything about the incident,” FOX2 reported. This is happening in Kindergarten! Are Students Safer in Public Schools than at Home with Their Parents? While there are those who wish to scrounge around looking for any negligent or abusive parent, who claims to homeschool, as an excuse for regulating all homeschoolers, there is simply no evidence that putting perfectly safe children into a public-school environment makes them safe. I would argue the opposite is true. In the statistically rare occasion that a homeschooled student is being abused, at home, by his or her parents, those parents need to be prosecuted by existing-child abuse laws in the state (just like any other family where abuse takes place). Some may argue that homeschoolers have no one interacting with them to report abuse if it is occuring. The same could be said of public school students during summer break. Should all public school families have mandatory home visits to ensure none of them are abusing their children during the three months their students aren’t in school? The fact is, real homeschoolers interact with their families, their neighbors, their churches, and their communities, just like everyone else. They are also usually involved in some kind of homeschool support group or co-op (like those you can find HERE on our website), with other families, sharing academic classes, team sports, band / music, drama, debate, field trips, etc. It is ultimately people who care who are going to report child abuse, and you can’t create people who care through regulation. Making loving, caring homeschooling parents submit to additional requirements and government red tape like: Standardized testing, annual reporting, home visits, social worker visits, etc., only needlessly burdens them, costs taxpayers huge amounts of money to implement, and burdens a system that MSN.com says is already hyper-extended…just trying to keep up with all of the sexual abuse going on in the public school system alone. Our recommendation to legislators and reporters is to focus on what will actually solve the problem: Enforce the perfectly adequate laws we already have, rather than constantly trying to create new ones. MiCHN is committed to continuing our long legacy of defending homeschooling freedoms in Michigan. We appreciate your support as we stand up for parental rights to keep homeschooling free from unnecessary and useless additional regulation in our state. Please consider becoming a member of MiCHN. 
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📢📢FREEDOM ALERT!📢📢
FREEDOM ALERT: Michigan State Board of Education Superintendent Michael F. Rice, at the last board meeting (1/10/23) made this a clear goal for our new legislature:   "Missing students: Currently, Michigan Law does not require the simple counting, the simple counting, of homeschooled students. Parents of homeschool students may choose to register their children as such with their local public school districts, or not. Unfortunately, however, the inability to count homeschooled children leads to an inability to determine the numbers of missing children in the state. As I pointed out at the beginning of the pandemic, pre-pandemic there were four categories of students: public, private, parochial, and homeschooled. The need to count a homeschooled student's pre-pandemic was minimal since we assumed that those students who weren't educated in public, private, or parochial settings were being homeschooled. That was a pretty good assumption pre-pandemic. During the pandemic however, there was considerable movement of students and families both within and across states. This is a national phenomenon. The need to count homeschooled students and to get a better understanding of the number of students who weren't being educated at all, who were missing, became apparent.  The legislature should require the registration, the simple registration of homeschooled students, so that we can get a better understanding of students who aren't being educated at all, who are missing, coming out of the pandemic. This is a national problem. We need to do better in Michigan. "   Dr. Michael F. Rice, Michigan's 44th superintendent of public instruction, has been calling for the regulation of homeschoolers for the past couple years. MICHN will be watching very closely to see if anyone acts upon his call for regulation. Registration of homeschoolers is a likely first step towards additional regulation (i.e. standardized testing, mandatory home visits, mandatory health inspections, etc.). If registration of children (or even testing) ensured they were truly educated, the public schools wouldn't be failing. MICHN opposes all such regulations as they do nothing to protect or educate children and only increase government control over families. If any bills are introduced, we will alert everyone immediately via email. If you would like a resource to counter-argue pro-regulation family and friends, please click here.   **It is important you understand we can not act on a bill, unless one is introduced. At this time, there has been NO BILL introduced in committees nor the chambers that would stipulate more regulations on homeschoolers. With that in mind, MICHN would encourage you to prayerfully consider what you can do TODAY: Call the Department of Education and tell them respectfully you oppose any suggested regulations on homeschooling. Call your local senator and/or representative and tell them respectfully you oppose any suggested regulations on homeschooling. Pray for our leaders. Both those who would seek freedom for home education and those who would prefer to put more regulations in place. Call Mr. Tom McMillin (State Board of Ed) and let him know you appreciate him standing up for homeschool freedom and giving a counter-argument to Mr. Rice during the latest meeting.  In all things, God is sovereign! Am I the only one looking out my window dreaming of the day I can get into my garden and begin to feel the Earth between my hands once again?  Winter. It can take a toll on us Michiganders. Sure, we all feel our pride swell up when we hear those hilarious stories of southerners closing down everything for a dusting of snow while we, ourselves, hardly shut down for a blizzard. Yet there is something about this time of year that can make us feel drained and discouraged. What are you putting your hopes into today? For some of us, it might be getting outdoors into the yard or garden. For others it could be just having a productive, smooth-flowing, conflict-free homeschool day. Or maybe some of you long for an organized, tidy house... with all the laundry caught up! It's a wonderful time of year to remember where our hope truly lies-to truly examine if we are putting our hope and trust in temporal things or in the sovereignty of God. Are we remembering the promises of Jesus that we find starting in Genesis, all the way through to the end of the Bible in Revelation where Jesus is revealed in His full glory and given all the honor due Him?  As we look around this world and all the darkness it has to offer, let us remember to go to the One who is before all things and in whom all things hold together. (Col. 1:17)  For it is in the promise of Christ's return we find our blessed hope. Not even the best homeschool day or cleanest home can provide comfort like that. Titus 2:11-14 "For the grace of God has appeared, bringing salvation for all people, training us to renounce ungodliness and worldly passions, and to live self-controlled, upright, and godly lives in the present age, waiting for our blessed hope, the appearing of the glory of our great God and Savior Jesus Christ, who gave himself for us to redeem us from all lawlessness and to purify for himself a people for his own possession who are zealous for good works."  REGISTRATION CLOSING Thursday, January 19th @ 11:59 PM!!!! If you are planning to stay at the Hilton Garden Inn, registration is closing Thursday, January 19, 2023. Please be sure to register before the deadline. Registration will remain open for those wishing to attend with a weekend pass and no hotel stay. Home Sweet Homeschool 2023 There are a lot of last-minute details wrapping up. We are so excited to see all of you at the Home Sweet Homeschool event! 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Is Testing Required in Michigan?
Homeschooled students in Michigan are NOT required to test. So why test? While completely optional, there are many benefits of having your child take a standardized test through IAHE and BJU. PROTECT HOMESCHOOL FREEDOM Establishing a Michigan/National database of compiled scores lends credibility to the educational excellence of homeschool students. Because homeschooled students historically score very high, the larger the number of students tested, the more convincing our scores become to both legislators and the public. Your participation is encouraged, not only for your own information, but to continue to safeguard our freedoms. LEARN TEST-TAKING SUCCESS Following directions, relaxing under pressure, pacing oneself, and completing work in an allotted time are all great skills that can be honed through taking tests. Testing can be a valuable preparation for college entrance exams such as the ACT and SAT. PROVIDE A BENCHMARK Standardized tests indicate how your child compares academically to other children at his grade level.  While we do have the privilege of seeing our children learn on a day-to-day basis, it is beneficial to assess a child’s year-to-year development of learning. WE CAN HELP YOU TEST  Click HERE to find out how to test! ***The charts of test scores shown to Michigan legislators are combined scores of homeschool students statewide, never individual scores. When you test with MiCHN & BJU, MiCHN will receive a group report (based on ANONYMOUS student data), allowing us to showcase to legislators the success of home-educated students.
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December MICHN Moment- A word from our President
Dear friends, In 2022, we continued to see more and more Michigan parents choosing to homeschool. It has been such an encouragement! Our hope and prayer is that families will experience the blessing of private home education and family discipleship. We see evidence of that happening and praise God for it!  As the numbers increase, so does the need for support. As an all-volunteer, nonprofit ministry our mission remains to serve the Lord Jesus Christ by equipping families to biblically disciple the next generation through home education, and by protecting and advancing private homeschool freedoms in Michigan for all. We believe that parents have the right and the responsibility to teach and train their children as they see fit. MICHN works year-round to protect the freedoms of all homeschoolers in Michigan. We believe that parents are the most qualified to educate their children well. MICHN provides events, services, and resources to support families on their homeschool journey and help them succeed. We believe that independent homeschooling is the best educational model for families academically, socially, and spiritually. MICHN encourages family discipleship, helping parents raise up children for the Lord. We believe that your children do not belong to the state. The Lord has entrusted them to you and will equip you for the task. Through the Lord’ s provision and the generosity of families like yours, MICHN helps parents thrive on their homeschool journey. Friends, as important as home education and family discipleship are, we cannot take our homeschool freedoms for granted! In many ways, homeschooling is now more vulnerable than ever. The surge of homeschool popularity, while exciting, invites scrutiny and potential regulations. Introduction of bills and initiatives could threaten homeschool freedoms, whether directly or indirectly. Homeschool misinformation online leaves parents ill-informed and open to unintended consequences. Unauthorized and sometimes illegal requirements—to the point of harassment—are sometimes imposed on homeschool parents by education officials. A false sense of security in the homeschool community can lead to complacency and a lack of understanding about the current and potential threats to homeschool freedom. Because of the generous support of families like yours, MICHN tackles many of these issues year-round by providing accurate information and proactively guarding against any attempts to curtail our homeschool freedom. It is imperative that we continue that work into the new year! A full legislative session will be held in Michigan during 2023 and there is great need for vigilance in monitoring proposed legislation, meeting with legislators, and possibly providing testimony during hearings to protect and advance Michigan's precious homeschool freedoms.  Your donations are needed to help provide the necessary resources for these important efforts. In addition to financial support, you may be asked to contact your state legislators regarding proposed legislation. When MICHN gives the “call to action,” YOUR VOICE MATTERS! Strength in numbers makes a difference! As you consider year-end giving opportunities, will you prayerfully consider partnering with us to safeguard our freedoms by making a generous contribution of $50, $100, $250, $500—or any amount you are able? Homeschooling has come a long way in Michigan. Together, by God’s grace, we can ensure that our cherished freedoms will last for future generations. “And my God will supply every need of yours according to his riches in glory in Christ Jesus” (Philippians 4:19 ESV). We, at MICHN, pray you have a blessed celebration of Christ's birth and a safe, enjoyable New Year. Mike Winter MICHN President for the entire MICHN Board
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Prayers, Pumpkins, and Podcasts!🙏 (MiCHN Moment October)
Our culture is under attack. It is no surprise the bedrock of our nation, the family, is the main target. Our liberties are being challenged every day. There has never been a more serious election for this generation of home educators. The rights of parents are on the ballot this November. Make sure you know how you're voting and please, GET INVOLVED. Here is a VOTER'S GUIDE from Michigan Family Forum to help answer any questions you may have. Also, make sure you understand how PROPOSAL 3 could impact you, as a parent! Check out Citizens For Traditional Value's EXPLANATION on the proposal. The baton is being passed to our generation. It is time we stand up and fight for our freedoms! Contact your local homeschool group today and find ways to get involved! Literally, everything is on the ballot this year. Vote On: Tuesday, November 8th, 2022!!   LEADER FALL FELLOWSHIP: Roger and Jan Smith will be joining us at Mount Hope Church, Saturday, November 12, to encourage any and all leaders who have influence in our homeschool communities around the state. Current and upcoming leaders are welcome to join us for a time of food, fellowship, and vision casting. Registration will be closing soon. Be sure to register today for this FREE event!    National Homeschool Day of Prayer   Zan Tyler sat down with Michigan's own Israel Wayne on her podcast. They spoke about the erosion of the family and the importance of living out our faith consistently and with authenticity.    Pumpkins, Pumpkins, Pumpkins! Are you hitting that moment in the school year where everything just feels like it's dragging on? Tired of the monotonous day-to-day work that just lives on repeat? Break away from those textbooks and try a seasonal unit study that is sure to reinvigorate your imagination and give your home education the flair it might just need. Grab this free PUMPKIN UNIT STUDY and embrace the beauty of autumn. Do you have younger students? Guide them through THE LIFE CYCLE of a pumpkin with this unit study from Carrots Are Orange. Your older students could cook up a storm in the kitchen with some of these AMAZING RECIPES from Yummy Toddler Food. While you're at it, don't forget about yourself. Check out this simple STEP-BY-STEP GUIDE on how to make pumpkin puree from Love & Lemons! Happy Planning!   What's happening at MICHN      
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MICHN Moment September
Hey homeshool friends! Summer BBQs, camping trips, and late nights are coming to an end. Michigan families all over the state are beginning to hit the books and a fresh school year is well underway. Even the Detroit Zoo, Legoland Discovery Center, and Sea Life Aquarium are celebrating homeschoolers! It doesn't matter if you educate your children year-round or follow a more traditional school calendar, autumn has a way of bringing us all closer together, sipping those pumpkin flavored coffees (or not), and reminding us that Michigan is the most beautiful state to live in; especially in fall! As you begin your history lessons, don't forget to study Michigan and all of it's rich history. Did you know Michigan also has a rich homeschool history? Israel Wayne just finished interviewing our founders, Dennis and Roxanne Smith.    All over our wonderful nation, home education is growing with leaps and bounds. Be sure to sign up for this Homeschool Family Relationships Online Summit to give your year the boost it needs! What better way to give your homeschool the fuel it needs than to tune in to hear so many amazing speakers? Many families are just starting their home education journey for the first time. Be encouraged, there are no two families who home educate the same. Your days will look completely different than your dear friends. Just like the leaves that fall from the maple tree outside your window, your children have been crafted with very unique attributes. Each detail of their being has and is being molded into the very likeness of our creator. You are the one God has called to educate your child. You know your child the best.  God has made it clear to each of us in His word, we are to train up our children.  Proverbs 22:6 "Train up a child in the way he should go: and when he is old, he will not depart from it." We, the MICHN team, are looking forward to the year ahead. Remember this autumn season, you are doing precisely what God has asked of you. Trust Him for his guidance as you pour yourselves into the children God has blessed your home with. We sure are praying for you! -Your MICHN Team As you enjoy those fall lattes, bon fires, chili cook-offs, and hoodies, check out what else MICHN has coming up this school year!
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The Five W's of Michigan Homeschooling
1. WHO can homeschool in Michigan? Any parent willing to “own” their child’s education and provide what our state law requires: an “organized educational program” in these areas: language arts (reading, writing, spelling, grammar, & literature), in math, science, history, and civics… Follow the legal requirement in Michigan. No requirement for teacher certification No minimum requirement for parents’ educational level (In fact research shows there is absolutely NO correlation between student success and the parents’ level of education. The ONLY correlation is this: Student success levels go up based on the level of parental involvement… and how can parents be more involved than by actually taking on the task of home educating and becoming the ones ultimately responsible for their child’s education?!?) No registration, reporting, or mandatory testing in Michigan, either! So who can homeschool? YOU can! As the parent, there is NO ONE who knows your child better or who cares more than YOU do!   2. WHAT does homeschooling look like? It’s different in every household, but will have these things in common: Parent-directed – That means parents are deciding what’s being taught- and how and when and by whom… not necessarily that the parent is doing all the instruction themselves… simply that they are orchestrating the plan and making sure all the bases are getting covered. There are so many amazing resources available in the homeschool community and on the internet! There are homeschool co-ops, tutoring services, online classes, etc.  Parents simply come up with the organized educational program and decide what curriculum will be used…   Home-based – This just means that a large percentage of the learning is probably taking place within the home. But that certainly doesn’t mean ALL the learning happens there, by any means! The home is just the base of operations… All of life becomes a learning opportunity and MUCH learning takes place outdoors, on field trips, at co-operatives, classes, and other learning activities and events outside the home. Home-based education means having the freedom to go outside the home to actually see and do and experience things first hand.   Privately-funded – Yep! That means the individual family is going to foot the bill for this instead of the government. But homeschooling certainly doesn’t need to cost a lot! There is a plethora of free and inexpensive resources readily available! This is what allows your individual family the freedom to choose the materials YOU want to use to teach your children, rather than having to teach politically-correct, state-mandated material which aligns to the “Common Core” or to certain standardized tests. And we at MICHN, the Michigan CHRISTIAN Homeschool Network, would also encourage you to make your homeschool Christ-centered and Biblically-based … Because education is about a lot more than just academics, we actually prefer to call it home discipleship- training children from a Christian worldview, modeling for them the way they should go- how to know, serve, obey, and follow Jesus. It’s primarily about learning how to love God and to love others. It’s about teaching them, as it tells us in Deuteronomy, “when they wake up, when they lay down, and when we walk along the way,” all throughout our days… 24/7/365.   3. WHEN should you consider homeschooling? NOW! Today… at whatever age your children are … As much of the country is currently talking about when they’ll be able to send kids ‘back to school’ – we’ve got to ask ourselves: WHY do that?!?   When kids are little- toddlers, preschoolers & Kindergartners – You taught them to walk, talk, eat with a spoon, their alphabet, and colors, etc. You’ve been homeschooling since the day they were born. Why is there suddenly some magical age when you are no longer qualified?  Just keep doing what you’ve always done. They are sponges and will soak it all in!   When kids are in their impressionable elementary years – Huge time of learning how to read, to add and multiply, all about the world around them! Don’t you want to be able to witness when those light bulbs suddenly turn on and things begin to ‘click’ and they finally ‘get it’?   When kids are entering tween years/ middle school – When suddenly they can become so peer-dependent and so worried about what everyone else thinks. Wouldn’t you rather they cared more what YOU think than what their friends or the culture thinks?   When they are teens and in high school – This can truly be the BEST time, as they are discovering who they are and what they want to do with their lives… You can begin to have deep, meaningful conversations about what really matters and you can learn TOGETHER! Honestly for our family, the teen years have been the MOST enjoyable, as we’ve gotten to really know these people that have been living in our house for over a decade… and we’ve been able to discover that they’re truly amazing humans—and we really do LIKE them!  So that’s WHEN – from birth through high school graduation, would be our recommendation! Every day, all day! But you can’t let the immensity of that scare you—just one day at a time. One year at a time.  Don’t feel like you have to sign your life away. Just jump in and give it a try, whatever age your kids might be. Learn together, as God leads you to do what is best for your family and your individual children.   4. WHERE should you homeschool in Michigan? In community – NOT alone! Find a local community of other homeschoolers near you. You can’t do it all by yourself! MICHN has a listing of support groups throughout the state on our website… we want to help you get connected to a group of like-minded homeschoolers in your area, who can offer you encouragement, resources, opportunities, and support.   Plug in statewide – You need to know what’s going on in regards to homeschool legislation and threats to our homeschool freedoms here in Michigan… so we encourage you to join MICHN, get on our email list, follow us on social media, and come to our annual ‘Day Under the Dome’ and INCH Conference… usually the 3rd week of May in Lansing. Supporting and connecting to our statewide organization helps to protect our homeschool freedom!   Also plug in nationally – HSLDA, the Home School Legal Defense Association, fights for our homeschool freedoms on a national level (and even internationally), and we highly recommend that you also become a member of their organization, and be protected and informed about the bigger picture of what’s happening in homeschooling. So WHERE? Locally, statewide, and nationally… that’s where you need to connect.  Now the last of our 5 W’s… and the biggie: WHY?  You’ve got to ‘know your why!’   5. WHY homeschool in Michigan?  First of all, because Michigan is a GREAT place to homeschool! We have wonderful homeschooling freedom here currently—but we must remain ever vigilant to keep it that way.  There are SOOO many great reasons to homeschool, though!! We would argue that it’s the best and most natural way for children to learn… The way God intended when he created families, and the way children have been educated throughout most of history: parents teaching and training their children. Let’s quickly boil it down to five key reasons; Five “whys” of homeschooling… or Five key ingredients which you might say make up the “Secret Sauce” of Homeschooling: DISCIPLESHIP – To pass on your faith, morals, and beliefs Parents passing on their own faith, beliefs, and morals as opposed to society’s or the ‘cultural norms’ or the ‘common core;’ Teaching character development, critical thinking skills, love of God, others, and learning – these are the greatest privileges and priorities of homeschooling! Discipleship= training followers who will embrace, apply, and spread the teachings of another RELATIONSHIP – To strengthen family bonds and teach true ‘socialization’ instead of age segregation Building strong family bonds between parents and siblings, and with people of ALL ages; Relationships, influence, and trust are all built over time- and homeschooling allows you to spend both quantity and quality time together! Relationship = the way in which two or more people are connected, regard one another, and behave toward each other SCHOLARSHIP – To provide an excellent, individualized education We’re not talking about getting money for college (though that could easily be the result!) We’re talking about excellent academics. Students, or scholars, who learn at their own pace, being taught one-on-one, according to their own unique strengths, abilities, interests, and learning styles, moving at their own speed in each subject area- whether gifted, average, or with special needs. Scholarship = excellence in academic study or achievement; learning of a high level GUARDIANSHIP – To protect your children Protecting your kids is a giant consideration in today’s world. There’s a lot of bad stuff out there, and as parents, it’s our primary responsibility to guard and protect these children that have been entrusted to our care! Guardianship = the position of safeguarding or defending something of value APPRENTICESHIP – To teach and model practical life skills through hands-on learning Training kids in real life skills through hands-on learning and daily living, catering to their individual interests, gifts, and talents. This includes all those ‘soft skills’ that matter most in life- like work ethic, teamwork, communication, leadership, problem solving, etc. Homeschooling allows us to pass on to our children all these skills they need to succeed in life, to walk with them as they pursue their dreams and discover their passions and the purpose for which they were created Apprenticeship  = an arrangement by which someone learns an art, trade, or skill under the training of one more experienced and knowledgeable   So that’s the 5 W’s of Homeschooling, specifically in Michigan… The Who, What, When, Where, and Why? Hopefully we’ve encouraged and inspired you at least a little bit—to seriously consider homeschooling if you’re just looking into the idea. Or to “keep on keeping on,” if you’re already homeschooling! And we pray that we’ve also given you some clear answers and practical information about homeschooling, especially if you live in the mitten state.  
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History of Homeschooling in Michigan
In Michigan, the most pivotal court case in opening up homeschooling to parents was De Jonge vs. Michigan. Mark and Christine De Jonge were called into court and accused of violating the state’s compulsory attendance laws. You can read more about their case here: https://www.hslda.org/Legal/state/mi/198500000/default.asp MiCHN: In what year did your family begin home educating, and what originally motivated you to choose that option? Mark & Christine De Jonge: We enrolled our first child Tony in the public school for kindergarten and 1st grade.  We did not like what we saw in the class room (Chris being a room mother). Tony came home with papers on evolution with pictures along and literature of conjecture on how they believed species evolved.  And then there were the manners of the children, the disrespect for the teacher, and the fact our son didn’t seem to be learning much. In kindergarten he didn’t even finish going through the Alphabet.  The whole picture looked chaotic. Tony came home from school a different boy, being separated from the rest of the family. Not what we had envisioned for your Christian family. Christian school was financially burdensome and many of the same issues we had were in the Christian school. The Christian schools used some of the same books as the state schools. The local Christian school did not even confirm a six day creation, and that was going back many years. Chris, a graduate of a Christian school and going back to a 10 year class reunion saw a big difference in the now mothers of children.  The women talked of careers, what they did in the church in regards to voting and holding office.  We started to feel and know this was not how our children were going to be trained. We wanted to make a difference. We saw an article in the GR Press about a family in Dorr, MI who were homeschooling. We went to hear them speak at a church. We saw the curriculum from Christian Liberty Academy there that night and were very excited to begin. From that time on, as a couple, we grew in the Lord and knew what God was leading us to homeschool. MiCHN: Your court case was precedent setting in terms of removing the teacher certification requirement for homeschoolers in Michigan. Describe what went through your minds when you found out that you had been charged with truancy in 1985 because you were homeschooling. Mark & Christine De Jonge: When we started homeschooling we were very secretive. We did not tell anyone but our parents and some in our small church. When the school bus would go by we would be sure our children were out of sight.  I’m not even sure where we had heard of HSLDA but we had applied for membership and Chris was confronted at the front door only two weeks into the start of the school year, two or three days after we had received notification that we had been accepted as members in HSLDA.  That was a time of anxiety.  The social workers were trying to be intimidating as possible and threatened to take away our children because we were not sending our children to school. Probably the most difficult part of all this was that it was someone quite close to us that reported us. So few people knew we were homeschooling, the confrontation from the social workers was so soon after we started schooling and they had the names and birthdates of the children all correct. By the time the truancy charges actually came it seemed as just a matter of course as we had been in regular contact with HSLDA and they helped prepare us for what was coming. MiCHN: Did you object to teacher certification on religious grounds? If so, what was your thought process on that issue? Mark & Christine De Jonge: Yes we did. We were challenged on this by HSLDA.  We had been trained in the Word concerning the authority God has given to different institutions on earth, Civil, Church and the Family. Each having their own realm of authority. We thoroughly searched the Word of God and were convinced that nowhere is education given to the State but rather the State had usurped that authority.   We could not agree to teacher certification because that would be denying God’s authority that he has given to us as parents and allow the state control in our home in an area that God has not given them. MiCHN: Who were the significant attorneys who helped you to represent your case? Mark & Christine De Jonge: That is one of the parts that for us that was a great joy.  David Kallman handled the case early on at the local district court with consultation with HSLDA.  Chris Klicka with HLSDA through the Appeals Courts and Michael Farris, Pres of HLSDA, along with Chris Klicka at the Supreme Court of MI. God has enriched our lives having had the privileged in getting to know them. MiCHN: Did you have any idea at the time that your case would be so important for the future of homeschooling in Michigan? Mark & Christine De Jonge: Starting out we certainly did not.  We just wanted to train our children and be left alone. But, from the time the social workers showed up at our door, to when the State Supreme Court decision come down in our favor, it had been 9 years.  So at some point along the way it became obvious to us it was going to be very important.  Truthfully it is not why we fought but we were thrilled that God used men like our attorneys and an organization like HSLDA to establish His rightful authority in the home for those who seek to fulfill His will. MiCHN: What might have been at stake for you personally if you had lost your state supreme court case, and what might have been the next step for you at that point? Mark & Christine DeJonge: Those were some crazy times and a few crazies had made contact with us wanting to offer their counsel. It seems a little surreal now but we did meet with others in the homeschool community and made plans before we went to the circuit court judge on an appeal to get a stay of sentence.  This judge could have denied our appeal and ordered the children into a public school and if we refused he could have held us in contempt of court or even taken our children into custody.  We had our children stay at one of those parents homes and if things had gone badly they were to take them out of state to another homeschool family.  By the time it got to the State Supreme Court we did not have those kinds of fears.  If it had gone against us at the State Supreme Court we probably would have just moved out of state. On the other hand if we would have appealed that decision, our two oldest that were named in the suit would no longer have been of compulsorily age by the time we ran out of the appeals process. MiCHN: What advice would you give to new families who are just beginning their homeschooling journey? Mark & Christine De Jonge: Don’t set up your HS like the State Schools. All of our everyday life is schooling. Have your sit-down school books, but incorporate everything you do with your children. Other than teaching that all of this world, and one’s life, are to be under the Kingship of Christ, nothing is more important than reading.  If your child can read and comprehend they have access to every opportunity. Teach manners and respect for adults. You know what’s best for your children. Everything you need is available to you and your children. Do your research and join your church homeschooling or area group. As a note of caution, do not become so busy with every support group and activity that is available out there that you are not spending the time that you should be one on one at home with your child. You can become so busy that you miss out on the true joy of training your children. MiCHN: Please give us an update on your children (and grandchildren?) and what life has been like for you in the post-homeschooling years. Mark & Christine De Jonge: We have seven married children, one more daughter getting married on Oct 2nd and we have 26 grandchildren.  That leaves us with two daughters at home. It is wonderful to witness God’s covenant faithfulness to us as we have sought to be faithful to our promise to Him to train our children up in the “fear and admonition of the Lord”. Our youngest daughter has graduated only a year and four month ago so we do not know so much about the post-homeschool years but I don’t think it really it is so much different.  It is just life. We do have some different activities but the same walking before our Lord.  It is wonderful to be a witness of all our children being faithful in training their children in the way of our God. MiCHN: Finally, please share anything else that you think might be helpful for homeschoolers today to know about your court case and/or homeschooling experience. Mark & Christine De Jonge: All of those to whom God has given children can and must train their children.  We know that because it is God who has given us children and He has commanded that we train our children.  It does not mean that you cannot receive assistance but the responsibility and authority is yours. Be in the Lord!  Let your children see and hear you pray.  Pray for them, pray with them. Read the Word. Be faithful in your attendance in church. Keep the Sabbath Day Holy. Train your children to properly respect authority and train them what proper biblical authority is. Show your children how to love the Lord of all creation by being obedient to His Word.  Have fun with your children. Do what you love and they will love what you love. We are all a bit dysfunctional, very imperfect, and all sinners. Be forgiving toward one another. Teach them to love our Country and why our country is so great, or at least its heritage.  Why it’s ideals are better than many other countries. Stand up for what you know is truth. God’s Word is for our training and our children, for today and till Christ returns.
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How does my high school student graduate from homeschooling?
As a parent, you are in charge of graduating your homeschool student. The administrators of a homeschool (the parents) have the ability to determine requirements for graduation, just like private schools do. When your child has completed what you determine to be your school’s requirements for graduation, you may: graduate them award a diploma and write a transcript for college  (**MICHN members have access to customizable high school transcript.) A Michigan Homeschool Diploma can be issued by parents. In Michigan, homeschools are considered nonpublic schools. By taking responsibility for your child’s education, you are also taking responsibility for maintaining education records, establishing graduation requirements, and issuing a diploma. Maintain Education Records Michigan law does not dictate HOW homeschool families should keep records. This freedom allows families to be flexible and not be burdened by cumbersome regulations. No one has a more vested interest in the success of your child’s education than you as the parent. Keeping excellent records is in the best interest of your child, but HOW you do it is left up to you. Things to consider:  Keep samples of your child’s work. There is no need to keep ALL of your student’s work, but having a sampling of tests or assignments that show their progress and achievement is easy to do. Keep multiple copies of important paperwork. Things happen and paperwork can get lost. Make an effort to routinely scan important records. Be sure to save copies of these files on your hard drive and online somewhere as well. Report cards are NOT required. For anyone coming out of public or private schooling, report cards are a traditional part of education. But, when the parent takes on the role of the educator as well, a report card becomes irrelevant. Would you or your student LIKE to have a report card? Go for it. Create transcripts for your high school students. Record-keeping with older students is more important than with any other age group. Transcripts can be created in multiple ways, from using a simple word processing program to online transcript creators. (More detailed info below)  Establish Graduation Requirements Homeschools in Michigan are free to set their own graduation requirements. Parents are able to decide what subjects and credits their child must complete in order to graduate. How do you decide?  Use Michigan’s public school diploma guidelines as a template. Homeschool families are NOT required to follow Michigan guidelines, and most homeschool families far exceed Michigan standards. But using Michigan diploma guidelines is one way to create a blueprint for getting started with the high school years. Did you know that in Michigan counts a year’s worth of work as 1 credit? Being aware of our state’s standards will help parents craft a transcript that aligns with others. Use college admission standards as the goal. Does your student have a college in mind for their future academic career? Use the college’s standards as a roadmap for making sure that you are able to cover the material needed. Above all else, create criteria that benefit your student. Do you have a special needs student? Decide what accommodations should be made to provide a high school education that is best for your student. Do you have a student striving for an Ivy League education? Create standards that will challenge them and provide for a top-notch education. Issue A Diploma The end of high school is traditionally marked with a graduation ceremony with the presentation of a diploma. A diploma is simply a certificate of completion presented to the student for their records. Many homeschool families decide to forego a traditional graduation ceremony for a family celebration. Some local groups and co-ops host a larger ceremony. If your student participates in a graduation hosted by another organization, the parent is still responsible for issuing the diploma. A diploma can be created from scratch or can be ordered online. While a diploma is a valid record of the completion of your student’s high school years, it is only one piece of paper. Students are more likely to be asked for copies of their high school transcripts by potential employers or in their post-secondary education. What about the GED? The GED was designed for, intended for, and recorded as “non-completers”. People who take the GED are recorded in state data as those who did not complete high school (dropped out) and wanted to gain their diploma through this alternate means. Your homeschooled child who satisfies your custom-designed program for them is *not* a drop-out and deserves a legal diploma showing that they did complete. Your parent-signed Michigan homeschool diploma is LEGAL and equally valid in all states as any public high school diploma and even when filing FAFSA for college financial aid. What about testing? Michigan does NOT require any testing for homeschooled students. Students headed to college should consider what college prep tests are appropriate for them. Many students take the PSAT, SAT or ACT at their local high school. Alternative tests are also available. IMPORTANT Be a wise steward. It is important to have a long term plan for storing records. Create digital copies of your student’s diploma and transcripts and store them in multiple places that you share with your child. Many homeschool alumni find that need copies of their records ten to fifteen years after graduation.   Writing a Homeschool Transcript for College Admissions With the growth of home education today very few college admissions officers are unfamiliar with homeschooling anymore. But the question remains, how do I best prepare transcripts for my student to get into college? Cindy Morris provides some simple answers! First, what is a “homeschooler”? Many admissions officers ask themselves that same question each year. While you may understand your homeschool, you know that there is no “homeschool mold.” A well-compiled transcript of the high school years will provide the answers an admissions officer needs in defining your particular school while highlighting your student’s achievements and skills. However, before discussing transcript details, allow me to give you a few quick pointers for coordinating the high school years. These will prove to be helpful when you construct your student’s transcript later. Planning In Michigan, your homeschool is recognized as legal and valid if you have chosen to homeschool either under the homeschool statute based on exemption (f) of Michigan’s Compulsory Attendance Law: “(f) The child is being educated at the child’s home by his or her parent or legal guardian in an organized educational program in the subject areas of  Mathematics, Science, History, Civics,  Reading, Writing, Spelling, Literature, and English Grammar” or as a non-public school, based on exemption (a): (a) The child is attending regularly and is being taught in a state approved non-public school, which teaches subjects comparable to those taught in the public schools to children of corresponding age and grade, as determined by the course of study for the public schools of the district within which the non-public school is located. In either case, the laws pertaining to the public schools do not apply to you, but, if you cannot prove that your child has received an education comparable to, or better than, what the public school provides, colleges may not accept your student. Pick up a high school handbook or curriculum guide. Resources for homeschooling through high school are abundant. Remember that as a private school you determine your graduation guidelines and your own curriculum. Use different references when you are looking for another English course, ideas for electives, or needing a name for the hands-on, part time job in which your student deserves a high school credit. Would you like some specific examples of how I used the curriculum guide? First, during high school, our oldest son worked part time for two years on a hog farm, learning all the steps from breeding to birthing to going to market. It was a fantastic opportunity, but what could I call it? Livestock Production was listed in the guide, a perfect fit. Working as nannies for a set of triplets starting the week they arrived home from the hospital, two of our daughters received credits in Child Care. And yet another example is that one of our sons enjoyed stereo components, com­puter programming, and electronic giz­mos. He tinkered, tore apart, and rebuilt a bunch of things. Later, he studied and received his Amateur Radio Operators License. A credit for Electronics appeared on his transcript. Recordkeeping As for recordkeeping, Michigan law requires homeschoolers to submit no records, but keeping thorough and organized records during the high school years, especially, is strongly recommended!! The absence of records won’t help much when you need to compile a tran­script! You need to be able to prove that you did, indeed, provide an “comparable” education to what they would have gotten in the public schools, and that you covered the nine required subject areas. So, jot down details in your planner for each day, and record scores whenever there is something to grade. A check mark may suffice on days when the assignment was simply to complete assigned reading. How­ever, it is wise to record the topic studied, chapter titles of the material read, or textbook page numbers for reference. Counting Credits There are two ways to count credits. The easiest method is this: 1 credit = 1 full year of study per course. As an example, World History is a two-semester course, so you will give your student one credit for the entire course. However subjects like Government or Economics are only one-semester courses, so students would receive .5 credit (1/2 credit) for completing these. In Michigan, each full year high school class is worth one cred­it, with the exception being college level courses taken as dual enrollment, whether in person or online.  These would normally be worth twice as much. So a one-semester college course of at least 3 college credits, counts as one full high school credit as opposed to only a half credit.   The second method of recording credits is in Carnegie Units which requires record­ing the hours of study. One hour x 5 days a week x 36 weeks = 180 hours for a 1 full year class or 1 credit. Frankly, this is a little laborious and I am thankful that I’ve never been required to count Carnegie Units. If you know that college your student plans to attend, call them early in the process to learn of their preference for counting credits. How do you count credits for creative courses in which you do not have typical textbooks, like Livestock Production? I always leaned toward the conservative side to avoid being challenged by an admissions officer. In other words, don’t be overly generous with these credits. It is better to be too tight than to give more credits than what a college feels are acceptable for the course. Figuring Grade Point Average GPA means “grade point average”. It is an overall score given for each year of high school. To calculate GPA: Find the semester average of your student’s work for each course. Apply a letter grade to the percent­age score such as: Percentage Letter Grade Grade Point Average 100% A+ 4.0 95-99 A 4.0 90-94 A- 3.7 87-89 B+ 3.3 84-86 B 3.0 80-83 B- 2.7 77-79 C+ 2.3 74-76 C 2.0 70-73 C- 1.7 67-69 D+ 1.3 64-66 D 1.0 60-63 D- 0.7 <59 F 0 Add the GPA decimal values of all scores within a given year. Divide the total by the number of scores added. The answer will be the GPA for that year. Compiling the Transcript You may purchase blank transcript forms and fill in the information or create a form on your own computer. Our school has done the latter and it has always been honored by the admissions office. On the front of the transcript, make a nice letterhead, using your school name and address. Below that, make a chart entitled STUDENT IDENTIFICATION. This should include: student’s name, birth-date, gender, Social Security number, and parents’ names, address, and telephone number. Next print: STUDENT’S ACADEMIC HISTORY One year at a time, list the courses, applying a letter grade to each semester the course was studied. During the senior year, it may be necessary to submit the transcript to a college before graduation. In that case, simply designate the courses being studied during the cur­rent semester. The STUDENT’S ACADEMIC SUMMARY is another way to present the above with less detail. By school year, list the number of credits received in Language Arts, Math, Social Sciences, Natural Science, Practical Arts, Business, Physical Education, and Other, which is anything that doesn’t fit into one of the other categories. “Other” would include Livestock Production and Child Care. Provide the Grade Point Average for each semester, as well as a cumulative GPA.  In this section, also provide a total of credits earned, or expected to be earned, by the graduation date. This total covers all credits earned during the high school career. Transcript Extras Colleges want to enroll self-motivated students who have good social skills. On the back of the transcript, list anything and everything that will get the attention of the admissions officer. Has she gone on mission trips? How about 4-H? List any offices or volunteer positions your student has held in the community and special talents or hobbies. Also, be sure to record jobs your student has worked over the years. This may include relevant activities previous to the high school years too. Are there any unique features to point out about a particular course? A one-line description is appropriate. Don’t overlook science labs. Our children were required to study Understanding the Times by Summit Ministries during high school. Being atyp­ical, I wrote the following description: “Understanding the Times is a course on worldviews from a Christian perspective.” One college asked for the publishers of each course. It is wise to provide scores for any achievement or placement tests your stu­dent has taken during his high school career. Examples of these are PSAT, SAT, ACT, and achievement tests — Stanford, Terra Nova, and Iowa Achievement tests. With each, provide the month and year the test was taken. Make your transcript look official by adding lines for signatures of the principal, and primary instructor. If you feel that your transcript is a good representation of your student’s achievements, make the extra effort to get it notarized. When designing your own transcript form, be sure to allow space for the notary’s signature and stamp. Course Description When submitting your transcript, it is sometimes helpful to also include a cover letter and a Course Description sheet. On this sheet, you would define your school’s requirements for graduation, listing the special features and expecta­tions that each of your children must meet before you present a diploma to them. This page should present a clear description of courses, especially those which are not typical in the public school. Finally, print your transcript and descrip­tion on attractive paper. Remember, the admissions officer is wondering, “What is a homeschooler?” or more specifically, “What makes this homeschooler stand out?” Use your student’s transcript as an oppor­tunity to make your student shine! — This article originally appeared in the May/June 2008 issue of The IAHE Informer and was adapted to apply to Michigan by MICHN. It was written by Cindy Morris for homeschoolers in Indiana. She and her husband Steve began homeschool­ing out of conviction from the Lord in 1981. Formerly, Cindy coordinated the annual IAHE Home Educators Convention and was a featured writer for the IAHE Informer. She now enjoys ministering to home educat­ing parents and mentoring young women to become the Proverbs 31 women God wants them to be.