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August 28, 2012  



As the home school community in Texas begins a new school year and families are focused on new curricula, field trips, and other activities related to teaching their children at home, some families are concentrating on more dire issues.


Yesterday, for the second time in the last two months, I spent the day in a courthouse waiting to give testimony in a court proceeding in which an ex-husband was taking issue with the fact that his former spouse homeschooled their child. A Ft. Worth judge heard the request of this man to take the child from her mother and place her with him strictly on the basis that she was homeschooling the child and he did not believe the mother was capable to do so, in spite of her college degree or that it was in the best interest of the child. 


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With eight children at home, Shelley Ferneau counts on

prayer and a good schedule.


~ Michael Anderson

The Hawk Eye


Shelley Ferneau sat in the quiet of her family's new home on Sixth Street, a kind smile on her face as she apologized for the state of the place. 

In spite of her self-deprecation, the house was immaculately clean, and Ferneau herself looked composed and calm. So much so that it might hardly be believed she is the mother of nine children, eight of whom were upstairs watching Netflix. Though presumably packed to the walls up there with young scamps, not a sound escaped the stairwell, and the only voices to be heard were her own and those of the two family dogs yipping in the backyard. 

Ferneau didn't arrive at this serene state of being overnight. 

And though she insisted the lull was only a temporary reprieve, it's easy to see that her personality lends a calming influence to what is normally a hectically busy household. 


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 2012 Photo Contest Winner

Announcing the top three winners:


Missy Fowler, "Family Feet"

Laurie Tindall, "Road Crew"

Cindy Morris, "School Days on the Trampoline"


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A Merry Heart Doeth Good


A Merry Heart Shines - THSC When our two sons were pretty young, I read The Pilgrim's Progress to them during school time. The original English style made me wonder how much our young sons would retain.  


Once when our family was playing a card game, our Jonathan was small enough that he had to sit in his father's lap as they played as a team. This game's rules required drawing certain cards before the "race" could begin.  


Team Dad and Jonathan played several rounds without getting started. After this went on for a while, Jonathan sighed dramatically, "I've got to get this burden off my back!" (Like Christian in the book)


~Shelli, Lubbock


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Children, obey your parents in everything, 

for this pleases the Lord.


Fathers, do not embitter your children, 

or they will become discouraged.


Colossians 3:20-21

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~ Shelli Simons

THSC Review, August 2012


"For we dare not make ourselves of the number, or compare ourselves with some that commend themselves: but they measuring themselves by themselves, and comparing themselves among themselves, are not wise." (2 Corinthians 10:1)


After homeschooling and graduating two sons, I can look back to a tale of two sons: "It was the best of times. It was the worst of times."


Our firstborn learned the fundamentals of reading in a Christian school before we moved from Lubbock and ended up feeling forced to homeschool. Everything I learned about home schooling was discovered through speaking to a friend at the Christian school in Lubbock and reading everything I could find. The authors who influenced me the most were the late Dr. Raymond Moore and his wife Dorothy.


I then met Ruth Beechick in the book You CAN Teach Your Children Successfully. She endeared herself to me when she stated that curriculum should be the servant and not the master.


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Congratulations to Susan Rasmussen of Austin.


Susan found the Potter's Wheel on the front cover of the August 2012 THSC Review magazine.


Her prize is The Young Peacemaker by Corlette Sande. 


Look for the Potter's Wheel in our upcoming magazine and you could be a winner, too!

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