Monday, June 25, 2012

A Few of my Favorite Things - CHEK

CHEK is an organization that assists Kentucky homeschoolers and partners with HSLDA. Each year they host a homeschool conference in our area, encouraging our parents and students with inspiring workshop sessions and giving us the opportunity to browse through and purchase curriculum in the Vendor Hall.

Favorite Moments:
       This is could not be one moment, but many.  Because what I truly love the most is simply the fellowship of seeing so many of my homeschooling friends, catching up with those I haven't seen in a while, and meeting new homeschool families. 
        I was totally blessed to meet The Old Schoolhouse Magazine publishers Paul and Gena Suarez and even go out to dinner with them!  By the way, did you know that you can now read The Old Schoolhouse magazine free each month on the new TOS apps?!  Plus, you can join the new and get new daily lesson plans for a wide variety of subjects!

Favorite Scripture Quoted:
       "And he will go on before the Lord, in the spirit and power of Elijah, to turn the hearts of the fathers to their children and the disobedient to the wisdom of the righteous--to make ready a people prepared for the Lord." ~Luke 1:17

Favorite Speaker Quotes:
       "I exist to know, love, and serve God and to love and serve other people."
       "The first people we are called to love are our family, but that is not an end! The purpose of loving and training your children to love the Lord is so that collectively you will rise up and serve other people."
        "The homeschooling process is a wonderful tool of sanctification. The "pressure cooker" environment causes you to come to the end of yourself, humble yourself before God - which is exactly where God wants you."
                                                                                        -Israel Wayne, Wisdom Gate Ministries

Favorite Purchase:
       YWAM Publishing was running a conference special for the Christian Heroes: Then and Now Series, which was lucky for me since I was wanting to pick these up to use as our Read Alouds this school year.  I bought 10 at a discount and even got 1 free!!!  So excited to dig into these.  I think we will start with Eric Liddell since the Summer Olympics will be starting soon.

Since we usually start school in July, the CHEK conference often serves as a kickstart to my year.  This year was no exception.  I'm excited about our new school year and feeling ready to get back to the books...well, almost.  We still have a couple weeks of our summer break to enjoy!

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