Not much news recently.  There have been spelling bees, graduations, a lot of fluff pieces.  I anticipate this will continue to slow during the summer months.  Here’s what I’ve seen recently:

Home-school effort becoming mainstream
Richmond Times Dispatch, VA – 1 hour ago
The year before, state courts had refused to allow Boyers and her husband, Rick, to home-school, and she had to use a small room at a nearby Christian

Catoosa County News
Homeschool graduate heads to college
Catoosa County News, GA – 8 hours ago
It’s that she was homeschooled from kindergarten through high school. Last month, she saw the culmination of her years of learning under the tutelage of her
Homeschool Reading Club Excitement
About – News & Issues, NY – 8 hours ago
I receive many emails each year from parents sharing how the Homeschool Summer Reading Club has inspired their child and encouraged them to read, read,
New Creek resident presents board with copy of home school policy
Cumberland Times-News, MD – 15 hours ago
On Wednesday, home school supporters Joy Baker and Bretta Spencer, both of Keyser, appealed to the board to not only intervene with the proposed policy
Homeschooling Equals Educational Anarchy?
Dakota Voice, SD – 6 hours ago
The California Teachers Association has of course come down in favor of the anti-homeschool ruling, and in doing so, have made a grossly inaccurate charge.

Home School Legal Defense Association
Getting There
Home School Legal Defense Association – Jun 5, 2008
How can homeschooling parents drive this point home? The solution is simple—“a grade impact,” stated Naomi. Two other homeschool grads agreed.
» 19 hrs ago: Proposed homeschool restrictions draw criticism from – Jun 5, 2008
Michael Donnelly, a lawyer with the Home School Legal Defense Association who has been involved with the issue in DC, said he’s been sending out alerts to
With liberal laws, Montana home schools flourish
The Havre Daily News, MT – 9 hours ago
With his home school curriculum, nothing is set in stone. For the Pereas and other home school families, that’s the beauty of it. Besides, Joseph is already

Even from Yahoo:

Rowan Homeschool Association session Open this result in new window The Salisbury Post – Jun 06 1:05 AM – Rowan Homeschool Association session The Rowan County Homeschool Association will host an information session at 11 a.m. Saturday at Grace …

Parents making plans for homeschool co-op Open this result in new windowTahoe Daily Tribune – Jun 03 8:56 PM – Inspired by Tahoe Parents Nursery School, a few parents want to start a homeschool version of the successful co-op.

Proposed homeschool restrictions draw criticism from across U.S. Open this result in new windowThe Washington Examiner – Jun 05 4:35 PM – Calls from across the country have been flooding into the D.C. State Superintendent’s Office from families who are profoundly unhappy about the proposed restrictions on homeschooling.

Home-school student wins scholarship to Wofford Open this result in new windowSpartanburg Herald-Journal – Jun 04 2:40 PM – David Jesse Dixon, a homeschool student, has been awarded a Benjamin Wofford Scholarship at Wofford College

In brief Open this result in new windowCorvallis Gazette-Times – Jun 06 5:48 PM – McDonald’s hosts Cricket fundraiser A fundraiser is being held tonight at the Ninth Street and downtown McDonald’s restaurants in Corvallis to benefit a local child who is fighting brain cancer.


Home-school parents battle towns, state
Connecticut Post – Bridgeport,CT,USA
After trying to negotiate with the West Haven school district for a year, the troubled mother withdrew her daughter to home-school her — only to be reported
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Homeschool group tries newspaper biz – Lubbock,TX,USA
By Erin Moore | FOR THE AVALANCHE-JOURNAL On April 28, the homeschool support group Families Investing in Christian Home Education held an informative field
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Home educators set for 25th convention
Charlottesville Daily Progress – Charlottesville,VA,USA
The association is a nonprofit organization that provides support and resources for families who homeschool their children. The convention, which is open
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Home educators celebrate ending and beginning
Morganton News Herald – Morganton,NC,USA
Cindy Kuehnert, mother of graduate Hannah Kuehnert, explained to the audience the sacrifices her daughter has made as a home school student and eldest of
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DEB ADAMSON: Life’s lessons include teaching about flexibility
Norwich Bulletin – Norwich,CT,USA
Seven years ago most of my close circle of friends who also became parents, on the home school path or not, opted to be stay-at-home moms.
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Talented finish
Steamboat Pilot – Steamboat Springs,CO,USA
By Bridget Manley (Contact) Those were a few of the presentations scheduled for the Northwest Colorado Homeschool Association Achievement Night on Friday at
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Home Educator’s Association Of Virginia Convention Slated For Richmond – Johnson City,TN,USA
Most of the families will be homeschool families; others will be educationally minded parents interested in exploring alternate educational options or in
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Bob Barr Comments on California Home Schooling Case
Third Party Watch – USA
The right of parents to home school their children is under attack in California, warns Bob Barr, the Libertarian Party candidate for president.
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Experience with school board enlightening
Cumberland Times-News – Cumberland,MD,USA
During another discussion regarding the proposed “Home School Instruction” policy, Mr. Hackworth made no mention of the fact that the same W.Va. legislature
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Home schooling: Beneficial, or not?
Daily Mississippian – Oxford,MS,USA
These are reasons why many parents choose homeschooling programs for their children. Because there are currently over 2.4 million students home schooled in
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Mixed education: Some FLDS children get text books, others get
Salt Lake Tribune – United States
Districts expected to provide teachers to essentially home school them in the shelters. Those plans now appear moot, following the Texas Supreme Court’s
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The Winchester Star
The Winchester Star – Winchester,VA,USA
They suggested that she homeschool them. “We told them we needed to make a schooling change, and they said ‘Let’s home school,’ and I said ‘Why don’t you
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One Police Officer and Four Daycare Workers Deemed Unqualified
Lifesite – Pittsburgh,PA,USA
Bell does not understand why the problem occurred because homeschool diplomas have been part of a statute since 1976. He suggested one incident that might

Homeschool information session slated
Enid News & Eagle – Enid,OK,USA
An information meeting for a homeschool group will be held Tuesday at Public Library of Enid and Garfield County. The meeting for Classical Conversations

Pickens home-school student advances two rounds in National
Daily Journal – Seneca,SC,USA
By Greg Oliver (Contact / Staff Bio) WASHINGTON, DC — Ross Gibson, a home-school student in Pickens County, advanced through the first two rounds of the

Teachers Union Attacks Homeschoolers – PJI Responds
Standard Newswire (press release) – New York,NY,USA
MEDIA ADVISORY, May 30 /Standard Newswire/ — The closely-watched Rachel L. homeschooling case in Los Angeles is entering the final phase of briefing at the

Dress codes now in style?
Allentown Morning Call – Allentown,PA,USA
Also Wednesday at a Panther Valley School Board Policy Committee meeting, officials discussed changes to district homeschool, attendance and graduation

You might notice up top that the name of the blog has been changed from Okinawa Homeschoolers to Okinawa Unschoolers. The reason behind this is we did not want to confuse ourselves with the Yahoo group of a similar name.

Our address, as you’ll notice, is the same. The kanji is the same. We are still open and receptive to homeschoolers of all backgrounds and learning styles (we’re not ‘unschooling elitists” or anything of that nature). We just didn’t want to step on anyone’s toes so we’ll avoid that before it has the chance to become an issue.

We got a comment! It’s from Tokyo which doesn’t lend well for getting together… but welcome anyway! Thank you for the support and encouraging words. We hope to get up there to mainland more than once while in the hemisphere. We’ll let you know and try to get all of the must-see-spots off the beaten path.

Before I go, the calendar section is up, but you’ll need a password to see where the group is going (security reasons) so drop us an email to join up and we can get you the appropriate access.