Homeschoolers share ideas

 The KMC Christian Homeschoolers host the Sixth Annual Home Educators Are Real Teachers Home Schooling Convention European-wide H.E.A.R.T. Retreat at the Faith Baptist Church, Einsiedlerhof Thursday to May 1.
The convention is aimed at American parents stationed within the European theatre.
This “powerhouse forum” is a much anticipated event within the European homeschooling community, as it serves in a multitude of capacities, said Shipman.
“The challenges, needs and wants of each homeschooling family are as diverse as the face of our homeschooling community,” said Ms. Shipman, who is responsible for promoting this year’s event. “This yearly forum provides a wealth of information and ideas for those at the beginning of the homeschool trail, as well as those nearing the end.”
As the homeschooling community continues to grow in the KMC area, so do the reasons many choose to homeschool in Europe.
“For those of us who homeschooled in the States, our European tour is just an expansion of opportunities to see and touch history in the places where it occurred,” said Karen Replogle, a member of the KMC Christian Homeschoolers Leadership Team. “Homeschooling can be a real bonus in these uncertain times: schooling can be scheduled around deployments, illness and even snow days.”
“Here in Europe, there are fewer choices regarding school districts and private schools, so families examine homeschooling as a viable alternative,” said Kristin Goodrich, former leader of the KMC Christian Homeschoolers.
Designed to provide a wealth of information in a weekend’s span of time, the retreat will include various workshops, guest speakers flown in from the U.S., a “Children’s Institute…or CI” (workshops for children ages 6 to 16), nursery services (for children ages infant to 5), a book fair (selling new and used books and curriculum) and meals for the entire weekend.
Guest speakers are Steve and Teri Maxwell, who have authored five books and write monthly encouragement articles for homeschooling dads and moms. These articles can be obtained free, via email, from
Workshop topics include, “Getting Started, Christian Classical Education, Homeschooling Outside the Box and Using Travel to Enhance Your Homeschool.”
On-site registration begins at 1:30 p.m. April 30. Registration fees cover all workshops, the CI, nursery and meals for the entire retreat weekend.
Additional retreat information and registration forms can be obtained via the KMC Christian Homeschoolers’ Web site,
For more information, call Amy Shipman at 49-(0)6371-462885 or e-mail
(Courtesy of the KMC Christian Homeschoolers)