Saturday

We’ve been enjoying the last of the cool weather, even dragging the seedlings on the deck under the porch cover one night because frost was threatening. This morning it was about 40 degrees and the high should be in the 70s, but from here on out things are supposed to warm up.

The church we attend is having a retreat this weekend, at a local Christian camp, with cookouts and preaching and fellowship and all kinds of good stuff. We didn’t go, but the camp is only a half-hour drive from our house and I was asked to be there Saturday afternoon to talk about homeschooling, something that many in the congregation are interested in.

The camp is modest but very nice. Some folks have set aside a nice piece of their land and slowly added facilities as time and donations have allowed. There is a central hall, maybe 20×40 feet, with a kitchen and banquet tables at one end and an area at the other end where folks can gather for lectures or preaching. And so far there are eight cabins, small and simple but more than adequate, arranged in a large circle where folks can gather for picnics or whatever in the middle. I couldn’t help but think that if we ever wanted to hold our own bluegrass jam camp, or some sort of gathering of agrarians, that it would be an excellent location.

I didn’t do much to prepare, because I figured that people’s questions would do a fine job of driving the presentation, and I was right. We spent an hour or so in a wide-ranging discussion, with me mostly answering questions and making sure that everyone could have their say. One thing I did do beforehand was look up the Kentucky requirements for homeschoolers, which are minimal (you’re supposed to notify the local school board, but they have no authority over you). One thing I did not think to do beforehand was look up the Ohio requirements, which would have been helpful since a number of the folks there live in Ohio. I looked them up this morning, and they are stricter than Kentucky requirements (you must have a high school diploma, you need to track and report annual progress either with standardized testing or by submitting a “narrative” that has been approved by a certified Ohio teacher); I wouldn’t like being in Ohio, but I suspect that in reality it is possible to meet the requirements without getting too entangled with the state.

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