Back to Homeschool MICHN Moment-August 2023

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Isaiah 38.19 records, The living person, the living person, he gives you thanks, as I do today. A father tells his sons about Your faithfulness.

Why do we homeschool?
While a plethora of reasons exists, for my house, it has become to be the primary influencer in our children's lives so that they want to follow Jesus in obedience to all of His commands for all their lives. Influencing our children rather than having them become influenced by a secular world is why many choose to homeschool over public school. Time determines relationship, and relationship determines influence. Whoever has the most time with our children will have the relationship that influences our children the most. In our household, we want the most time with our children to have the greatest relationship, creating the most influence upon our children.
Hezekiah came to this same conclusion almost too late. He had received a death sentence, but his brokenhearted plea for mercy to Almighty God resulted in a fifteen-year extension of his life. In our verse today, Hezekiah admits that his most important work is to educate his children about God.
Those of us who have chosen to homeschool have already reached Hezekiah's conclusion. Our most important work is to get our children into the kingdom of heaven. Homeschooling provides us with the best vehicle for facilitating that journey. God's blessings on your upcoming homeschool year.

Mike Winter
MiCHN President


Check out this amazing article about the conversion of a former associate of Richard Dawkins!

Homeschooling and a Cowboy Church Lead a Former Associate of Richard Dawkins to Christ!


Back to Homeschool! Are you ready?

Let's get your 'back to school' started on the right foot. 

Get Connected:
Find an experienced homeschooling mom (or dad!) near you. Ask all the questions! 
Check out our list of groups in Michigan HERE (You can also add your group to this list.) 
Other ways to get connected, 5 Simple Tips for Making Homeschool Friends

Pray and ask the Lord for wisdom. There are SOO many good options out there, but we need the Lord's direction in selecting activities, books, co-ops, sports, and the list goes on.
Pray about your "Why". As Mike told us above, know your WHY!
Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make straight your paths. Proverbs 3:5-6

Know the Laws: 
Learn HERE the simple requirements in Michigan, so you can homeschool with confidence. 

***We have a great Homeschooling Planner all set for your 2023-2024 year.***

Check out our HUGE list of all things for your homeschool curriculum.
More Tips for a New Homeschool Year

AND take this wonderful opportunity to read/learn the Bible together and pray together. 
Cultivating Critical Thinking for Homeschoolers Using the Bible
Scripture Memory Work

Get Excited:
Celebrate that you get to do this together! 
First Day of Homeschool Ideas!
25 Fun & Exciting Ideas for Back To Homeschool
Fun ways to Celebrate Back to Homeschool 


Sea Life Michigan has their Homeschool Week coming up in September! Be sure to mark your calendars and enjoy a day (or two) with your family at a discounted rate! 

MICHN exists to continue the fight for homeschool freedom in Michigan. It is our goal to connect homeshool groups across the state with one another, to be the portal where you get the lastest updates, ideas, and attend events. Be sure to visit our website and become a member today. FAITH. FAMILY. FREEDOM.


Michael Farris - We Are Americans

These are quite uncertain times. Right now, MICHN would advise you to make sure your account is up to date and accurate with Homeschool Legal Defense Association. Be sure to visit their website, and if you have not done so already, BECOME A MEMBER today.

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4407 W St. Joseph Hwy
Lansing, MI 48917

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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 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