learning at home…

140913.jpgToday, starts a big journey for our family.  Not only is my little boy going to kindergarten for the first time, but we have decided to homeschool my daughter this year for the 2nd Grade.  Don’t worry, we don’t have the jean jumpers and the protective bubble to keep her safe from the outside world.

In truth, there are several reasons we have decided to homeschool this year, the main reason being her physical health.  At the beginning of the year, Maeven was diagnosed with Celiac Disease.  She has done an amazing job of adjusting to her new diet and making changes needed for her to feel better.  However, we found that in the public school setting we just really couldn’t keep her from getting “glutened.”  So often the kids are rewarded with food that contains gluten, given treats with gluten, or kids just bringing in food from home with gluten.  So whether she ate something she shouldn’t or just got cross contaminated, Maeven was constantly getting sick.  After several cases of strep throat, the flu, and other issues arising from having a compromised immune system we knew that something had to be done.

So this year we have decided to homeschool her.  My wife and I have made the decision that homeschooling will be a year by year and kid by kid decision.  More than anything we want to give her a chance for her gut and immune health to heal up well.  Also, it gives us a chance to pour into her Biblically in her education.  Already, in the 1st grade last year she was hearing things I didn’t hear until I was a teenager.  So this year, we get to really make sure what she hears during her educational hours in Christ centered.

My wife and I are excited to have this opportunity and nervous at the same time.  Please keep us in your prayers as this new journey starts today!

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proud of my dad…

The other day I posted on my ministry update page, andyanderin.net about how my father had one an award from the Kentucky State School Board Association.   We are very proud of him and all his hard work and I wanted to share an article with you from the KSBA eNews service that they wrote about Dad!  Hope you enjoy it and tell him congrats when you can!

Celebrating Dad being recognized by the KSBA!

Celebrating Dad being recognized by the KSBA!

KSBA eNews Service, Feb. 23, 2013

Lee County school board chairman honored for unwavering commitment to kids
Staff report

“When it comes to meeting the needs of Lee County students, school board chairman William Owens’ commitment extends far beyond the classroom. In addition to his 22 years on the school board, for the past 34 years he has run a mission that provides children in the area with free medical and dental care, fitness and recreational opportunities, field trips, and the knowledge that someone is always there for them.

His unwavering commitment to the children of Lee County has earned Owens the 2013 Warren H. Proudfoot Award for Outstanding School Board Member. The award is sponsored by the Kentucky PTA and the Kentucky School Boards Association and was presented Saturday during KSBA’s annual conference in Louisville.

In his nomination of Owens, Lee County Schools Superintendent Jim Evans wrote that Owens had worked daily since the age of 22 to do what’s best for kids.

“William makes known his desire that Lee County students are afforded those same opportunities as students who attend in districts where revenues may be greater,” Evans said. “To this end, he makes time to serve on the boards and committees where he can provide a voice for Lee County.”

It was through his Kentucky Mountain Mission and its recreational center that Owens was able to bring area students an opportunity few in the world currently have.

“Through conversation with a world-class rock climber visiting the area (a Microsoft employee who was working out at the center) … William was instrumental in the Lee County school district being selected as one of only four districts in the country to pilot a Microsoft computer literacy program,” Evans said. “Technology Education and Literacy in Schools is a program developed by Microsoft to bring together volunteer Microsoft employees to team-teach with local teachers.”

This program is done remotely through distance learning technology. “This opportunity to become the only TEALS school on the East Coast came about through a direct connection made by William Owens,” he said.

Through his mission, Owens also has brought medical and dental care to students and their families as well as providing an exercise facility.

“Most Lee County students know William on a first-name basis,” Evans said. “Whether through visits to the recreational center, field trips to Youth Haven Camp (where he is the director), or visits to the school to read with young students, he always makes himself available to all. He’s often been heard to say, ‘These kids just need to know that someone cares for them.’”

In a letter supporting Owens’ nomination, the leaders of the local PTA and Family Resource Center cited not only his work on the school board, but also his role as a “valuable community member.”

“Mr. Owens and the FRC work together to provide summer camps for over 75 students,” family resource center Director Sherry Lanham and PTA President Chastity Fox wrote. “These camps are free and offered to children who have limited funds … when they leave camp, the children know they have several adults they can call if they a need or just want someone to listen to their problems.”

Lanham and Fox said he also works with their organizations to provide food, clothing and shelter to children and families in need.

Owens is a founding member of the Beartrack Volunteer Fire Department, where he has served as chief for the past 23 years. He has been named Volunteer Firefighter of the Year as well as being recognized by the local Woolly Worm Committee Citizen of the Year. He is the pastor of Beartrack Bible Church and has served on the KSBA Board of Directors as both a director at large and as chairperson of the Upper Kentucky River Region.

“His ambition and dedication to make Lee County better for families and children is seen in everything he does every day,” said Lanham and Fox.

“William has a heart for the children of Lee County and for children everywhere,” Evans said. “His every action illustrates his desire to see them become successful, productive adults.””

math makes my head hurt…

As most of you know this school year we have been homeschooling a student at the Rec Center in order to help get him back into public school next year at the same level as his classmates and also to have the opportunity to share all about Christ with him.  For the most part I have taught most of the subjects in the curriculum, especially the Bible and History classes which are two subjects I really enjoy.   However, I must admit I have done my best to avoid the math portion of the class day.   Wayne who has been one of my co-teachers enjoys math whereas I, well, I don’t.

I’ve always had a lack of love for mathematics.   Generally speaking I have done well in math classes, but really have not enjoyed them.  One of the perks of going to a Bible college was that I was able to CLEP out of Math.  To tell you the truth I haven’t had any Math classes since the first semester of my senior year of high school, fourteen years ago.  That might explain why my head hurts so much today.

As we have approached the end of the school year with my student, we have moved him pretty far along in most of his subjects and are close to finishing.  In Math though we have a little bit more to do than the rest of the subjects.  So for the past week I have been trying to help with the math classes.  And not having used most of the skills I am teaching in fourteen plus years, I am basically learning with my student.  By the time I was done with the math classes today, my head was feeling like I had this big fuzzy cloud around me.   The head hurting cloud made me long to jump back into the boring lesson on the Articles of Confederation we were studying earlier in the day!

Over the next couple of weeks I know there will be more geometry and algebra lessons that I am going to have to re-learn and more foggy cloudy head aches to come.  Pray that I can teach it to the student through my own confusion so that he understands!   Thankfully I will have my history and Bible lessons to give me some energy.

In all seriousness as the school year winds down please pray that the seeds that have been sown through our year of teaching will have taken root with our student.  We hope that study habits and a desire to learn have been fostered, and most importantly that the desire for a personal relationship with Christ has been planted.   When you think about the possibility of a life being changed for Christ, I guess those math head aches aren’t so bad!