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Title: Introductions - check in here!
Post by: Bullet on December 27, 2012, 12:21:56 AM
If you've ever been a part of the homeschooling community - whether as a parent, student, grandparent, educator, or otherwise interested party - this is the place for you! Check in and tell us where you're from and why you Appleseed.

Then go tell all your friends that Appleseed actually has a special board just for homeschoolers now, so they really ought to come and see what it's all about.  ;D

I know there are a lot of us out here so don't be shy....let's see how many folks we can round up!
Title: Re: Introductions - check in here!
Post by: Bullet on December 27, 2012, 12:44:20 AM
I'll start....I'm from the great state of Texas and I basically learned to shoot at the wonderful range we have in Davilla. That's where I shot Rifleman a year ago; then I received my orange hat there last summer, and my red hat last month.

I was home educated all the way through school, and am still quite involved in local homeschool circles through my friends, my business, and ministries with which I work.

Each month I generally drag a carload of friends with me to a shoot, and I love that it's a great place for the whole family to come. I'm honored to work with such wonderful people who inspire me and help me become a better person and a better American.

So that's my story - I'd love to hear yours.
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Post by: Mother Cobbler on December 27, 2012, 10:33:25 AM
Hello, I have homeschooled my girls since they were in kindergarten. One graduated in 2011 and two are in the 10th grade.  We went to our first AS because my husband told us we needed to go.  I went for the first year as the driver and observer.  I participated in an AS as a shooter April 2011.  I Loved it.  I accepted a blue hat because I wanted to help.  Last July I was asked by the SC if I would take over the job and told him I did not feel like I was not qualified.  Well in Sept. I again was asked and I stepped up to be SC with my husband, Umdaddy.  I feel AS is the best training we can do for our children.
We live in Arkansas and are trying to get more homeschoolers involved with AS.
Mother Cobbler
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Post by: Angel on December 27, 2012, 11:03:47 AM
Hey everyone! I'm Mel, or "Angel", also from Texas. As Bullet's sister, I was a victim of her wonderful recruiting skills, and went to my first event last summer. After attending 4 events at Davilla, I finally shot to Rifleman standard and got my orange hat!

I too was home schooled, graduating from One Day Academy in the Austin area last May.

 @)
Title: Re: Introductions - check in here!
Post by: CiviSoldier on December 27, 2012, 08:47:09 PM
Hi all!

I'm from PA, and was able to get my husband to homeschool our oldest daughter for a year.  I'm still interested in the prospect if he ever were to make enough for me to stay home, but for now I'm just 'homeschooling' my daughters on how to play the violin.

If they ever decide to run schools like prisons with armed guards and bars on the doors, homeschooling will be our only choice...    %)

I attended my one and only Appleseed, thus far in September 2012.  I plan on attending, hopefully, 2 next year in anticipation of making my rifleman score! 

Nice to meet you ladies so far, can't wait to hear more.  O0. And thanks for starting this thread!
Title: Re: Introductions - check in here!
Post by: Bullet on December 27, 2012, 09:46:33 PM
Good to see you all on here!

Thank you, Mother Cobbler, for stepping up and helping in Arkansas. Great to hear of a whole family involved. Maybe Angel and I will get to roadtrip up there sometime for a shoot and meet you all...

CiviSoldier, glad to hear you're working toward the rifleman score. I'd guess not only are you teaching your daughters violin, but you're also creating good Americans who know to value their heritage.

OK who's next?
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Post by: Charles McKinley on December 27, 2012, 11:17:24 PM
July 2011 drug my brother along to Slippery Rock, PA for his birthday and incase I needed help getting away from the crazies!

I brought my oldest daughters (8&9) for the rest of the year.  I took an Orange Hat in Dec. 2011.  Drug my brother to the Ohio IBC in March 2012 for further indoctrination.  ;). (After totaling what we invested in AS he told me I didn't need to get him a present this year!)

Got my red hat this summer ( progress checks and young daughters didn't go well together, so daughters went less this year) and should be a Shoot Boss in Feb. 2013

I have been home schooling since 2005 with only 13 more years to go!  ;D

Stand
Title: Re: Introductions - check in here!
Post by: CiviSoldier on December 28, 2012, 12:03:12 PM
CiviSoldier, glad to hear you're working toward the rifleman score. I'd guess not only are you teaching your daughters violin, but you're also creating good Americans who know to value their heritage.

You guessed right...  Santa sent an American History card game for kids for Christmas this year...  and when they are a little older..  they will be attending Appleseeds as well.
 :cool2:
Title: Re: Introductions - check in here!
Post by: Bullet on December 29, 2012, 09:54:53 PM
Stand and Melissa....great to have you on board. Thanks for your work!  O0 O0

CiviSoldier, what card game was it? I'm thinking I should get it for my little brothers...
Title: Re: Introductions - check in here!
Post by: Johnnyappleseed on January 03, 2013, 12:54:50 PM
Are links available for home school networks ?
Title: Re: Introductions - check in here!
Post by: Surveyor1653 on January 03, 2013, 01:05:46 PM
The better half of our team has been homeschooling our girls for four years, now.  It's a challenge for her at times but one well worth the effort and I commend her for it.  I plan to step up as an IIT this year and help spread the skillset of the Rifleman.  I'll be starting in my own house and within our family soon.  In addition to our daughters we have a nephew who just joined the ARNG and a neice who'll be stepping onto a college campus in the fall.  Now is the time to send them ahead knowledgeable on the blessings of liberty, how they were won, and what's necessary to restore & maintain them.
Title: Re: Introductions - check in here!
Post by: Bullet on January 03, 2013, 01:58:36 PM
Surveyor...thanks for introducing your family. Glad to have you all around. Sounds like a great work you and your wife are doing starting right there in your family.

Are links available for home school networks ?

We can try to round up something for you....what sort of info are you looking for? Local groups of homeschoolers to contact and let them know about Appleseed?
Title: Re: Introductions - check in here!
Post by: Johnnyappleseed on January 04, 2013, 03:27:41 PM
I was wondering if there is a national type venue where those in the HS movement discuss or promote homeschool idea,s .
Thank you
Title: Re: Introductions - check in here!
Post by: Wy Knott on January 04, 2013, 08:27:34 PM
My name is Anna and I live in GA. I am in the 9th grade (home schooled all my life ). My dad was worried about the direction of this country and found out about AS. I find it very fun to shoot, camp, and meet other people so I like going to AS. I am afraid I have no lofty goals like the rest of you folks. ;) My whole family participates (6 of us) from calling the line to cooking BBQ for the instructor dinner. At least for me the reason I enjoy AS and that"s why I keep coming back.
Title: Re: Introductions - check in here!
Post by: Charles McKinley on January 05, 2013, 02:43:45 AM
Johnny,

Home School Legal Defense Assn.  Is about as close to a national forum as I know of.  It is more of a clearing house of issues and stories emailed out rather then a place to discuss things.

My involvement is much more local and at the state level.  If you think gun laws are weird going state to state make no sense look at the home school laws!  Things even vary from school district to district based on the "interpetation" of the law by the superentendant.

That is why the state conventions are such a big deal.  Funds are scarce this year for booths and they are more than I can shell out to get us a booth at CHAP Christian Homeschool Assn. of Pennslyvania.  I think it was $400 last year.  About 8000 attendees last year.  Given recent violent and political events I bet it is much larger this year.
Title: Re: Introductions - check in here!
Post by: CiviSoldier on January 05, 2013, 10:40:06 AM
 :pop:
CiviSoldier, what card game was it? I'm thinking I should get it for my little brothers...

It's Professor Noggins History of The United States Card Game #29
There are good questions in there in regards to the events and people surrounding the Revolutionary war.

We haven't played it yet, but since I brought it out, it's peaked interest!   :)
Title: Re: Introductions - check in here!
Post by: CiviSoldier on January 05, 2013, 10:44:22 AM
My name is Anna and I live in GA. I am in the 9th grade (home schooled all my life ). My dad was worried about the direction of this country and found out about AS. I find it very fun to shoot, camp, and meet other people so I like going to AS. I am afraid I have no lofty goals like the rest of you folks. ;) My whole family participates (6 of us) from calling the line to cooking BBQ for the instructor dinner. At least for me the reason I enjoy AS and that"s why I keep coming back.

Nice to meet you Anna!  Goals will come in time as you gain more experience and knowledge...
I hope that my girls when they get a little older will enjoy AS as much as you do!
Title: Re: Introductions - check in here!
Post by: J Frame on January 06, 2013, 12:23:26 AM
I'm Deb, we are homeschooling one self motivated seven year old in Colorado.  I love the stories and the heritage at Appleseed.  I grew up hunting and shooting in the wilds of Appalachia but becoming a Rifleman has really rocked my world.    Appleseed Instructors are some of the best people I have ever met.
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Post by: LindaFromAppleCreek on January 07, 2013, 04:43:44 PM
My husband and I have graduated two of our home schooled students, with 7 more to go. We'll be at this a while, since the youngest is 4.

Six of ours have been to Appleseeds, three of the girls have been to more than one. I finally earned my Rifleman patch at a Ladyseed, with two daughters in attendance. I got my orange hat this past year, and will keep bringing kids with me. The 9 year old wants to come badly, but because of her personality, it would be better to have one parent as a shooter who can watch over her, rather than having me working the line while she shoots. That means a family trip to Appleseed, I hope!  :---

I have met homeschooling families who have come to Appleseeds after seeing us at the homeschool convention. It seems to ease their minds when they found out several instructors were homeschooling parents or students.
Title: Re: Introductions - check in here!
Post by: Charles McKinley on January 07, 2013, 06:04:28 PM
From experience you do not want your kids there while you are trying to do progress checks Unless you have some one there to help them.  They just don't understand that you can't stop when you are calling the line or doing other responsibilities to help them out.
Title: Re: Introductions - check in here!
Post by: Nero on January 08, 2013, 04:14:30 PM
It's going to get a lot busier in here in a couple of days:  Home schooling & AS is going to be the focus for the January - February national newsletter!
Title: Re: Introductions - check in here!
Post by: Mamma Bear on January 09, 2013, 01:30:46 PM
I am currently homeschooling a 6 year old first grade and I have a 2 year old and 3 year old. Prior to my oldest I worked as an elementary teacher and have obtained a California Teaching Credential. My style of homeschooling is akin to the way the one room school houses of the 1800s and Early 1900s. We incorporate the curriculum and educational standards of the 1800s combined with modern day approaches and curriculum. As a home school family we use the Bill of Rights, Constitution, and the founding documents as a guideline for personal interests studies and social studies units. Marksmanship is a part of the regular curriculum as it helps my children learn about both 2nd amendment and why it was important in 1775 and is important in 2013, and will remain important until the end.
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Post by: karenmunsell on January 09, 2013, 04:20:52 PM
Wow, this is great. You guys are really stepping it up! I wondered when we did an Appleseed shoot last May why more homeschoolers around our area hadn't heard of Appleseed, it is just the perfect hands-on educational type stuff we homeschoolers love. But a bit of warning, Appleseed will grow exponentially once homeschoolers latch on to it. It is a phenomenal program and we can't wait to shoot again. Would love to have my oldest son get his rifleman badge and become an instructor, he's just 12 now so in due time. We have homeschooled since the start with all 4 kiddoes, 2 girls 15 and 14 and 2 boys, 12 and 10. We are very blessed to have come across Appleseed and hope to be able to participate more this spring and maybe even start to volunteer. We have been spreading the word to everyone we know and many are interested. Will try to attach a couple of pics from our shoot last year later, though I didn't get many as I was shooting too. So much fun :~
Title: Re: Introductions - check in here!
Post by: Nero on January 09, 2013, 04:41:51 PM
You bring on the exponential growth, and we'll deal with it.  That's the kind of problem we like solving!   O0
Title: Re: Introductions - check in here!
Post by: Hack Ptui on January 10, 2013, 01:26:57 AM
Long-time homeschooler checking in.  Our kids have never seen the inside of a public school, and our oldest is now starting her first year of college.  I attended an Appleseed event with my son in Davilla, TX in 2011, still practicing up to get my Rifleman patch, and I'm a little embarrassed by how long this has taken me.  I've challenged my sons to get their patches, as well.

It's good to see homeschooling getting linked into this program.  It's great!
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Post by: mac66 on January 17, 2013, 10:19:00 AM
I'm kinda the odd man out here. Not a homeschooler but I've become involved by being the history program coordinator for Michigan. Basically I'm the library seed guy. Because of the involvement of HSers in our Appleseed program, I have given presentations to a number of HS groups, attended HS conventions and picnics.  I see the benefit of AS and homeschooling being connected. We have the history and activities and HSers are particularly tuned to our message.  I would like the relationship to expand to the point where AS becomes a primary resource for HSers.
Title: Re: Introductions - check in here!
Post by: Bullet on January 17, 2013, 10:57:50 PM
Welcome to everyone!

mac66, thanks for all the work you're doing up there. Sounds like you are a great bridge for AS and HSers.
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Post by: Rizzin on January 18, 2013, 03:27:47 AM
Graduated after 10 years of Homeschool in '92. Went on to Collage and got a degree. First AS in 2010 with Orange hat in 2011 and "Green" in 2012
Title: Re: Introductions - check in here!
Post by: bedford on January 23, 2013, 08:38:53 PM
We homeschool our 3 kids, ages 5, 7, and 9. The most important reason is that WE are in control of their curriculum,  peer group,  and what they are being exposed too. It also gives us a lot of flexibility and can tailor to each kid. It is a lot of work. My wife spends at least an hour preparing for each school day.
Title: Re: Introductions - check in here!
Post by: Mutti on January 24, 2013, 10:23:15 AM
We've HSd since 1995 - everyone has gone except for our eldest daughter in college - of course she's over by the KD in Atterbury so she has no excuse  ~~:)

First Appleseed in August of 2010 as a family. We find ourselves 2 years later  : 16 (IIT2), 12 (AC until she is 13), and 10 yo - all but the youngest have made Rifleman.

Title: Re: Introductions - check in here!
Post by: Sapling on February 18, 2013, 09:36:32 PM
I have homeschooled for 5 yrs, and have 5 children, two of which are not yet school-age. My husband and son have attended Appleseed and I finally got to go with my daughter this past weekend. Our whole family enjoys learning our American history, while working on a skill.

As a newbie, I can say I'm hooked. I already invited a friend to the next event.
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Post by: Expressman on March 21, 2013, 01:24:46 PM
I was homeschooled, and we'll be homeschooling our kid(s).

Hope to get out to my first event real soon here.
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Post by: TN_Dadx5 on April 17, 2013, 03:23:37 PM
Hi all you Homeschoolers,
My lovely wife and I school our 5 (well 4 of the 5, the 5th is only 3) at home and everywhere we go.  My wife who is a Early Education professional and I planned to home school when we got married.  We knew we could do a better job than those who taught us; ownership brings better performance.  Also, a major issue was the lack of Christian influence in public schooling as well as an anti-Christian prejudice there.  Our oldest is 17 and will graduate next year.
I've been involved in Appleseed since 2010 and find a whole lot of parallels between AS and HS.  And I believe that if the essence of what is America is to be saved, AS & HS will play a large role in it.
'Hope to see you all on the trail!
TN_Dadx5
Charlie
Title: Re: Introductions - check in here!
Post by: Prometheus Youngblood on April 24, 2013, 05:47:24 PM
Howdy,

I completed my first Appleseed this past weekend, and I am new to the forum. Thanks for a great weekend, Appleseeders. It exceeded my expectations.

My wife and I are both self-employed and enjoy being able to work out of our home. When our eldest was approaching school-age, we suddenly found it odd to think that we'd be home while shipping him off for 35 hours/week. So...we started looking for alternatives.

We're involved with what is called a University Modeling School (http://www.naums.net). Our kiddos go to school two days per week, and all other schooling happens at home. Outside of the curriculum we complete as part of the school's program, we essentially work with a montessori approach. If one of our kids is interested in something, we try to enrich their learning by supporting them in that interest.

We live in a very rural area and feel so blessed to be able to provide our children with room to roam and explore...and LEARN.

I was thrilled to see while first browsing the forum that homeschooling is something that seems to be supported from within the Appleseed community.

Thanks again!
Title: Re: Introductions - check in here!
Post by: Bullet on April 24, 2013, 06:01:59 PM
Welcome, Prometheus Youngblood and all those who have posted since my last comment. Glad y'all are around. Keep up the great work you're doing with your kids.

Also, if you're on facebook, be sure to "like" the Appleseed Homeschoolers facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/AppleseedHomeschoolers
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Post by: D.O.M. on April 25, 2013, 12:52:01 PM
Hello, I don't know how I missed this section of the forum, but I'm a Home Schooling Dad. My wife and I educate our boy and girl, and have since the beginning. My wife's idea initially, but she totally sold me on it, and wow, did I marry up, or what?  :bow:

I checked out AS because I had signed my wife up for a ladyseed. She (required) that I attend first to check it out. I was sold upon the first words out of the shoot boss' mouth, which was a John Adam's quote. I had no idea other people in my state thought like I did. By the end of the weekend, I had heard a home schooled young man IIT give a DOM story, and he gave it with heart! Amazing. Obviously, I was recruited to help bail. I have promoted at various homeschool events, and have found that homeschoolers are more apt to listen to the story and agree with it than people you meet at, say, a gun show.
very cool.
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Post by: James Meyette on June 03, 2013, 02:23:40 AM
Been homeschooling for about 10 years now. Just recently found out about Appleseed. All I can say is what a Blessing.

Looking forward to my boys becoming marksmen and learning even more about our rebellious and brilliant forefathers. 
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Post by: HomeschoolPater on July 19, 2013, 01:39:04 AM
I'm a homeschool Dad near Jackson, TN.

I have one girl and three boys. My daughter and eldest son are shooting age. The rest soon!

Greetings Everyone!

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Post by: inSANEmom on August 30, 2013, 12:26:16 AM
Homeschool mom here...

We have two kids... girl 11 and boy 14. Son and I just completed our first Appleseed and I came home and registered for another one in October. We thoroughly enjoyed the shooting instruction and the history lesson. I highly recommend it for anyone even remotely interested in shooting.
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Post by: Pain Killer on August 30, 2013, 09:59:07 AM

Sorry to hijack this post, but you may also want to participate with the new Libertyseed Forum as well. We are just getting it up and running and there is a Home Schooling section as well. It is almost a clean slate and I could use your help to add content. You can log on and register at
http://libertyseed.org/smf/index.php

If you are currently an Appleseed Instructor send me a PM to be registered as an Instructor. I will need an email address with that PM.

Please check us out today!
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Post by: Skijor3 on September 23, 2013, 05:51:20 PM
Hi,
I'm in Minnesota. I just attended my first Appleseed this weekend. I am a home educator and see this as being a wonderful way to share our nation's history with my son in a year or two. I cannot wait to go again!
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Post by: KatNipp on October 28, 2013, 09:36:46 AM
I am a homeschool mom in the New York City area.  Went to our first AS this past weekend as a family.  We use a classical approach to homeschooling and have studied the founding fathers and the Constitution for 3 years, AS was the perfect hands on activity for my kids, I wish I found out about it sooner.  I would volunteer to run an Appleseed table at homeschool conventions and I will be spreading the word about Appleseed in the homeschool community here in NY.  This is a great program and worth its weight in gold.
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Post by: Josey Wales on October 28, 2013, 02:18:09 PM
..Hello Katnip, it's Nick (Josey Wales) from this weekend at Westchester.  I can get you all you need for that table just let me know when and where..

........ JW.......   
Title: From Western CO
Post by: Pampushka on November 08, 2013, 12:42:15 PM
So I am Pampushka... it is a childhood nickname from my Ukrainian grandmother.  I just attended my first round with Project Appleseed with the CROWD of homeschoolers in Grand Junction, CO.  My husband and I have 5 children (ages 10-4) and our oldest two went with us to the Appleseed shoot.  It was a FABULOUS day... everyone I talked to was already discussing when we can do it again.  The homeschooling network is a great way to promote Appleseed.  I am excited to see what the future holds for us.
Title: Re: From Western CO
Post by: Bullet on November 08, 2013, 06:17:43 PM
That event sounded amazing - I would love to do that kind of thing in other states, too.

I agree....homeschooling and Appleseed seem like they were made for each other.

Be sure to check out the Appleseed Follow-Through guide - http://appleseedinfo.org/smf/index.php?topic=33556.0 . I actually created it with homeschoolers in mind, to help families get the most out of each shoot and to let them know how they can continue participating in the Appleseed program.

So I am Pampushka... it is a childhood nickname from my Ukrainian grandmother.  I just attended my first round with Project Appleseed with the CROWD of homeschoolers in Grand Junction, CO.  My husband and I have 5 children (ages 10-4) and our oldest two went with us to the Appleseed shoot.  It was a FABULOUS day... everyone I talked to was already discussing when we can do it again.  The homeschooling network is a great way to promote Appleseed.  I am excited to see what the future holds for us.
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Post by: Moylan on January 22, 2014, 06:10:41 PM
Homeschool dad of 5 here.  Our oldest is 13, youngest is 2.  They've all been homeschooled straight through.  My 2 older boys and I went to our first appleseed in the fall, and have now been to 3--but we've only been able to get to one day per weekend.  My boys have really loved their time at appleseed.  They were very disappointed to find out we can't go this month, but we're planning to do the whole weekend in Feb. 

We're fortunate to be only a little more than an hour's drive from Ramseur, but I'd still like to eventually be able to have some events right here in our immediate area, to make it that much easier for our local homeschooling associations to turn out in large numbers.  I'm hoping to spend this coming year working hard at AS down at Ramseur so that by sometime in 2015 I can help make some events happen closer to home. 

We've had lots of good dinner table discussions of April 19 and related stuff--especially over the last few days, since I've been reading Paul Revere's Ride for the first time and sharing some of the details with them that we hadn't gotten to in our appleseeds.  Our daughters are really enjoying that, too.  (They know a lot of stuff about it already from reading Johnny Tremain and other books like that.)  At this point, our oldest daughter doesn't have any interest in shooting, but I think she'd like a libertyseed, and I bet her friends would, too.  So that's high on the agenda, along with the normal shootin' type of appleseed. 

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Post by: Pain Killer on January 23, 2014, 09:37:08 AM
Adam will be your Shoot Boss for that event in Ramseur. Be sure to let him know you are interested to become an instructor and help set up an Appleseed in your home town. He is the State Coordinator for NC and he can help you get started.

Thanks for the Interest,

PK
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Post by: Moylan on January 23, 2014, 02:08:26 PM
Thanks, and I will.  I'm actually hoping to hit 210 on the first AQT of the weekend and start wearing an orange hat right away.  But time will tell.  Last month, I shot a 208 and a 206--unfortunately failed to get off a few shots each time due to slowness.  I'm trying to speed things up a little so I can get over that 210 hump.  Just one more round!   :) 

Of course, another reason for not hitting 210 was that I still hit all over the offhand target like a shotgun pattern.  Really need to tighten that up, too.  Lots more room for improvement.   ~~:)
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Post by: Red Niva on February 24, 2014, 09:33:51 PM
Well I've been here for a while and just found this page! Anyway, I'm Hannah and I've been homeschooled for 6 years now. I do appleseed because I enjoy all the people and I care for this country and its remarkable heritage. I shot rifleman in 2011 and took an orange hat. I turn 16 wednesday so i am working for my red hat in the next two weeks!
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Post by: Abunchofboys on March 31, 2014, 11:57:17 AM
Active duty Navy submarine family here. As the forum name implies, we do have a bunch of boys. 5 to be exact. We have homeschooled all but 1 of them. Currently have 2 out of the house,  a 16 year old in public high school and the 4 and 9 year old are being homeschooled. We homeschooled while stationed in Hawaii for our 2nd and 3rd son but sent them back to public when we moved to CT. Due to issues in the small town school and Common Core, here we are, back at it again.

My 9 year old and I recently attended an Appleseed in Lebanon and had a great time. We will for sure be back again next year.

I came across the Follow through guide and am thinking about putting together a lapbook and some visual aids and sending it to our instructor. He can then pass it around to other AS instructors for help with the kids. Some are visual, like my child, and while he absorbed a lot those two days, this would help him absorb more. Heck, I think I would have loved it too. Any interest in banding together some ideas? I do have the Homeschool In the Woods Revolutionary War CD with printouts on it that we use at home. Great resource by the way!

I would also be willing to pass out AS info/pamphlets at local homeschooling events. Where would I get that from?

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Post by: Nero on March 31, 2014, 12:41:53 PM
I would also be willing to pass out AS info/pamphlets at local homeschooling events. Where would I get that from?

First try to contact the 'shoot boss' from your event, or if that's not practicable, make a post in your state's board on this Forum (scroll further down) and someone will jump in to get you a supply.

Thank you for your family's service!
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Post by: Weezer on May 25, 2014, 11:10:11 PM
Hi.  Another newbie poking around the site after completing my first Appleseed this weekend.   I homeschool my 3 kiddos (ages 2, 7 & 9) - my husband and I made the decision early on for the same reasons many others have mentioned.    We use the classical method and my two favorite subjects to teach are Latin and history.  My kids; however, really just enjoy climbing trees.    ;D  The hubs and I are history buffs, shooting enthusiasts and formidable chess opponents - and so are our progeny (when not climbing trees, that is).  We were blown away by Appleseed and can't wait to introduce our kids to it.  Shooting AND history?  Does life get any better than that?  :)

 In the meantime, I'd love to know if you have any suggestions for good children's books on the Revolutionary War.    I'm using the Story of the World series for history (best I've found so far), along with my own personal knowledge gleaned from the metric ton of books I have on my library shelves...but I'd like for the kids to have something on their level that gives them more than a cartoonish sketch of the Founding Fathers.     I have some time, as we're just delving in to Good Queen Bess on our history timeline.   Any suggestions would be great!   Thanks!
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Post by: Charles McKinley on May 27, 2014, 12:37:06 AM
Hi Lady Knox,

I will have to do some digging.  I have picked up a couple at the CHAP convention over the years.  One was an actual coloring book with good facts and pictures in it and one was a chapter book.  Unfortunately I do not have them at hand.
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Post by: Moylan on May 27, 2014, 09:39:47 AM
 
 In the meantime, I'd love to know if you have any suggestions for good children's books on the Revolutionary War.    I'm using the Story of the World series for history (best I've found so far), along with my own personal knowledge gleaned from the metric ton of books I have on my library shelves...but I'd like for the kids to have something on their level that gives them more than a cartoonish sketch of the Founding Fathers.     I have some time, as we're just delving in to Good Queen Bess on our history timeline.   Any suggestions would be great!   Thanks!
Johnny Tremain is the best place to start for your older two.  I'll look at some of our shelves and see what else the kids read during American History.  I know they read Phoebe the Spy and the Chains and Forge trilogy.  I can't recall what else.  I'll get back to you long before you get from Bloody Bess to the American Revolution.  Welcome to Appleseed!
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Post by: Weezer on May 27, 2014, 05:00:08 PM
@Stand & Moylan - thanks!   I remember reading "My Brother Sam is Dead" in school, but not much else besides a bunch of gobbledygook about Honest George and his cherry tree.   ::)   Sadly, most of my knowledge of the American Revolution came from reading on my own during college (mainly to annoy a certain cantankerous professor...then, intrigued, I read on for pleasure).   >:D
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Post by: Nero on May 27, 2014, 05:05:42 PM
If you're at all into using video materials, there's the PBS "Liberty's Kids" series (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Liberty's_Kids).  Haven't seen it myself, but have read OK reviews online.  And I noticed that Amazon right now has the whole 4-DVD, 40-episode series on sale for the princely sum of $5:

http://www.amazon.com/Libertys-Kids-The-Complete-Series/dp/B00CMDPTTA
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Post by: D.O.M. on May 27, 2014, 06:00:15 PM
I second the PBS series "Liberty Kids". I've caught it on occasion, and thought it was executed quite well.

Another resource (and a fine one, at that) is a joint venture of HSLDA and Adventures in Odyssey called "Adventures in American History". Very highly recommended. The CDs contain 28 stories from different periods in our history, including the Revolutionary period.

My little girl (9yo) likes "America's Funny but True History 1750's - 1790's by Elizabeth Levy. It's a much lighter (and less exact) way of expressing the goings on in British America (and the United States of America).

Hope this helps out a little

Rick
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Post by: Weezer on May 28, 2014, 02:44:04 PM
Am running to Amazon.com now!   

I have a few books on the subject for the kids and *tend* to prefer books to videos because they're easier for me to preview quickly for content.   Also because I'm an old fart trapped in 39-year-old's body:  I don't like TV.    ;D     However, I am willing to make exceptions for good, solid programming.    I think I can handle $5 for a 4-CD set.   O0   

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Post by: LadyVetch on May 28, 2014, 03:51:38 PM
We liked this unit study... 

http://homeschoolinthewoods.com/HTTA/TTS/AmericanRevolution.htm
And we have watched all of liberty's kids too.

LadyVetch
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Post by: misawa on August 14, 2014, 02:40:44 PM
Hi all - I just noticed this topic today.  My wife and I homeschool our brood - 6, 3, and 3 weeks old.  In a week we start 1st grade with the oldest and some pre-k stuff for the middle child.

I was asked at the VA Homeschooling convention this year why Appleseed didn't have a booth - and a light bulb came on!  Might have to work out something with my SC for 2015!  :)
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Post by: scuzzy on August 14, 2014, 07:19:00 PM
Do you have some contact info from some of the movers and shakers for the VA homeschool group?

Or even local some local contacts? Maybe we can help fill the lines. I'll even ask if we can get some homeschool discounts. We have plenty of space at the upcoming Montpelier, VA events - one is coming up on August 16-17, 2014.

Give me a PM.



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Post by: bryanrheem on October 22, 2014, 05:03:42 PM
Hello all!

Just attended my first AS event this past weekend in VA!  My wife has been homeschooling our son (age 9) has been home schooled from the beginning and our older daughter up through 7th grade (she now attends a Christian private school).  We're part of a classical conversations Co-Op and we supplement with American Providential History with resources such as 'American Patriot's Almanac'.

The AS program seems like a perfect fit as well and I thoroughly enjoyed the 'history' lessons.  I'm looking forward to getting my family involved with AS and seeing how I can get my HS community involved as well!
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Post by: COSSACK on October 27, 2014, 01:50:02 PM
Hello everybody,  I am a Ukrainian (''ain't from around here" as they say in this part of country) Got my citizenship last Sept. We have 4 kids ages 14 through 5. All home schooled. Just got my rifleman score of 229 yesterday.  That was my 2nd Appleseed event.
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Post by: Maximum Ordinate on October 27, 2014, 02:38:44 PM
Hello everybody,  I am a Ukrainian (''ain't from around here" as they say in this part of country) Got my citizenship last Sept. We have 4 kids ages 14 through 5. All home schooled. Just got my rifleman score of 229 yesterday.  That was my 2nd Appleseed event.

Welcome, Ivan... and congratulations on your shiny new Orange Hat!

-Rusty
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Post by: inSANEmom on October 27, 2014, 02:59:58 PM
Hi, Ivan! It was so great to meet you yesterday! I look forward to "seeing" you around here!
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Post by: COSSACK on October 29, 2014, 12:19:22 PM
Thank you you Amy and Rusty. :bow: :bow: I figured the remark about the shiny new hat meant go get it sweaty and grimy. Or is it "Make sure it stays shiny, as in uniform shiny."  ??? Oh, this English language laced with hidden agendas!!!!!!  :shootself: 15 years and I still cant get it all. Just kidding. I had very good time. Meeting old friends and making new ones, that is what makes us feel alive.
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Post by: Sparkee on May 13, 2015, 02:10:00 PM
My name is Sandra, wife of James and mom of Grace and Gus in Tennessee.  Two years ago, we took the kids to their first Appleseed and I spent the day reloading magazines. We were so moved by the stories of brave Americans, I asked for my first rifle as a Mother's Day present.  The entire family participated in the next shoot and I scored Rifleman the first day and earned the "Shoot Like a Girl" cap.  It's all about having a teachable attitude!  After several requests to advance to orange hat, they convinced me with the sale tactic of my ability to teach since I was a "mature woman" (they don't know me well enough...wrinkles does not mean maturity).  We homeschool because we love God and want Him to be driving force in our children's life.  We pray everyday that our leaders exhibit the  moral integrity of our forefathers and our citizens to use wisdom.  We are blessed to be associated with such a wonderful group in the TN-GA-AL region.
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Post by: Maximum Ordinate on May 13, 2015, 02:12:35 PM
My name is Sandra, wife of James and mom of Grace and Gus in Tennessee.  Two years ago, we took the kids to their first Appleseed and I spent the day reloading magazines. We were so moved by the stories of brave Americans, I asked for my first rifle as a Mother's Day present.  The entire family participated in the next shoot and I scored Rifleman the first day and earned the "Shoot Like a Girl" cap.  It's all about having a teachable attitude!  After several requests to advance to orange hat, they convinced me with the sale tactic of my ability to teach since I was a "mature woman" (they don't know me well enough...wrinkles does not mean maturity).  We homeschool because we love God and want Him to be driving force in our children's life.  We pray everyday that our leaders exhibit the  moral integrity of our forefathers and our citizens to use wisdom.  We are blessed to be associated with such a wonderful group in the TN-GA-AL region.

I told y'all to lock the door or people like this will start showing up.   #) :wb:   &)





Hi Sandra!  Glad you made it.    ..:..
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Post by: OleSlewFoot on July 28, 2015, 07:08:03 AM
My name is CJ and my wife and I will begin homeschooling our oldest soon.  We currently reside in Wisconsin on our farm in New Auburn.  Our kids are five, almost two, and three months, one boy and two girls.  We have been determined to homeschool our children for over 16 years, mostly because we were both public schooled and don't necessarily want our children exposed to the bad habits of other peoples children and/or them being ill-educated by well meaning people.  Public schooling exposed us to so many things we didn't need to know about.

I have attended three AS events over the last couple of summers as a shooter and look forward to becoming an AS Instructor so my family can help spread the AS message in our community.  The idea that citizens should be active in their governance seems so novel; however, it is amazing how many people I come into contact with that are non participatory and really could care less about the destiny of their country.  I'll be honest, I signed up for my first AS simply to learn how to shoot better.  I had no idea about the historical lessons I would be learning and that was great!  I really enjoyed hearing the stories that my instructors told as it reinforced my personally held beliefs about how great many of the colonist were and how they sacrificed everything to give us a nation that revered liberty and honored God!

I'm hooked and hope that all of my family will, in time, find AS in high esteem as well. 

OleSlewFoot  :---
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Post by: Bravo_Alex on October 19, 2020, 08:19:21 AM
Looks like it’s been a hot minute since any Appleseed homeschoolers checked in here...I know there are a bunch of new homeschoolers this year; where’re ya at?

I guess I’ll start...I’m Alex, just completed my first Appleseed in Maryland together w/my 2 oldest sons. My eldest even earned Rifleman! Motivation for the rest of us, I guess...my wife & I have homeschooled our 6 kids since 2010. I was homeschooled K-12, so we have a bit of experience. We definitely enjoy the ability to direct our kids’ education. As they enter high-school, though, we’re learning to give them more responsibility for their own learning.

On, new & old homeschoolers, how are you all?!
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Post by: Nashville Stage on October 19, 2020, 09:46:05 AM
Welcome!
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Post by: Sheepdog87 on October 19, 2020, 10:39:10 AM
Didn't really see this thread, or I might've checked in sooner.

I too am a Marylander! Father of 6, 4 of which are currently being homeschooled by my amazing wife. My first Appleseed was this last Spring with my oldest. He did not make Rifleman, but is itching to go back for another try. My second also wants to go out to an event, which I will take him once he is old enough. Trying to teach all my kids the importance of marksmanship. I also just did my second event, this time a one-day that I organized with 5 of my co-workers. I will say that I enjoyed the amount of and focus on history in the 2-day event more than the 1-day, but it was still a ton of fun and learning.
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Post by: Bravo_Alex on October 20, 2020, 06:02:07 PM
Nice to see you here! Did you shoot at Annapolis?

Good to know about the 2 vs 1 days...I’m looking at doing a 2-day with my wife,  then a 1-day with the boys. Both in December.

I’ve taught all my children except the youngest about firearm safety, but waiting for them to be interested to get them in an AppleSeed. I think it’ll happen.
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Post by: Sheepdog87 on October 21, 2020, 10:28:57 AM
My first event was at Marriotsville. The last one was at Annapolis. I liked the Annapolis range more, although it was closer quarters, but it was shaded and private, so we didn't have to wait for the funky cease-fire schedule that happens at Marriotsville.
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Post by: ErsatzMacGuffin on October 21, 2020, 11:00:39 AM
I am originally from Florida and was homeschooled up until the 5th grade. 

I have started with Appleseed for the purposes of developing my marksmanship and honoring my heritage.  I have several ancestors who fought in the War and their actions deserve recognition in whatever way I can.
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Post by: Bravo_Alex on October 22, 2020, 12:41:24 PM
Agreed, AGC's cease-fire schedule is wonky. I guess that's what you need to do with 100 firing points!

Ersatz, I think you've come to the right place ;D
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Post by: CNC Apps Guy on November 23, 2020, 03:37:41 PM
Not new to Homeschooling, but new to Appleseed. We just attended our first one this past weekend in Piru, California.

We've home-schooled 3 of our 4 children. Homeschooling since about 2002-2003. Our 2nd some we home schooled from 2nd grade to 10th. He was an athlete (starting QB) and he felt it was important to actually go to the school to bond with the other players. Served him well. He started Varsity mid-way through his sophomore season. Our 3rd, we home-schooled from K-12. He is currently pursuing a career in Law Enforcement so he had to get a GED as well as his Home School Diploma. Part of some state regulation for civil servants. And our 4th son is the last one left in the nest. He's in 11th grade. Hopefully we can implement some of the stuff we learned and go into more detail in his US History and Government classes. Great thing about homeschooling is it's easy to add items to the instruction.
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Post by: Nashville Stage on November 26, 2020, 01:20:22 AM
Welcome! I was homeschooled in California back in the early 90s and took the CHSPE. Glad you could attend an event!
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Post by: Bravo_Alex on November 29, 2020, 09:37:12 AM
CNC Apps Guy, your family really shows how flexible schooling can be! We've had our kids in public school, charter homeschools, "traditional" homeschooling, and now use a coop. Our oldest is 14, but it seems to be working so far...

How many of you were at the Appleseed event?
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Post by: Mrs. America on July 26, 2021, 09:55:02 PM
I am a homeschool mom married to Captain America with one daughter, pepper spray, still in high school. I have graduated two already. I am trying to figure out how to count the hours for Appleseed. Riflery counts as PE and the history  hours count for history,  but how do I make a class out of those?I need to make a class description and I’m thinking I’m going to have to separate the hours spent running the range versus hours studying for and giving instruction. And whether it is history instruction or riflery instruction. Anybody have any ideas?I need to turn Appleseed language into education-ese. I also need some kind of writing assignments or tests of some kind that I can document.