Homeschooling Your Special Needs Children: A Different Kind of Perfect!

Homeschooling can be very challenging! Homeschooling special needs children can be even more so! How can we homeschool our special needs children?

Children with special needs are children who need extra help in life due to a medical, emotional, or learning problem. Special needs children, however, are not alone in their need for help.

New Enrollment Process

Below is detailed information regarding CHESS’ new EA class enrollment procedure. Please also see the FAQ section.


The Reason For the New Procedure: CHESS Enrichment Academy experiences 85% student re-enrollment into spring semester classes that are continuations of fall semester classes.  In the past, CHESS required families to register their student(s) twice each year for enrollment in these corresponding classes - once in the fall and then again in the spring. In order to facilitate a more streamlined enrollment process for CHESS families and office staff, the Board has initiated a new class enrollment procedure.   


How the New EA Class Enrollment Procedure Will Work for the Spring 2017 Semester:

1.  Check your student's fall 2016 classes to see if you need to make any changes. Your student will be automatically re-enrolled in second-semester classes unless you make a change. We will be sending to you a copy of your student’s fall 2016 schedule to help you plan for the spring 2017 semester. 

2.  If any changes are necessary, please use the attached Make a Change form or fill it out online and send it to us.

3.  All changes, whether you are enrolling in new classes, or dropping a class, are due by November 30, 2016.

4.  If we do not receive any changes by November 30, 2016, your first spring 2017 statement will reflect the classes remaining on your schedule. 

5.  Your statement will be mailed the first week of December 2016.

6.  Your first payment will be due January 18, 2017.  


How This New Procedure Affects Tuition Payments for the Spring 2017 Semester:  

For those families who are enrolling their students into corresponding second-semester classes, 25% of the spring semester's tuition will be due by the first Wednesday class - January 18, 2016 (not January 11, 2017, as our previous email said.). This January 18 payment deadline creates the benefit of having two extra weeks for this initial payment to be remitted (In the past, this initial payment was due with the spring enrollment).  The balance of the tuition payments will be scheduled out over several weeks, as has been the arrangement in previous years.   


How the New EA Class Enrollment Procedure Will Work for the 2017/18 School Year:

When EA enrollment opens for the 2017/18 school year, students who sign up for class(es) that have a corresponding second-semester class will be automatically enrolled in the second-semester class(es).  If you want your student(s) to be enrolled only in the first-semester class, it will be your responsibility to submit a Make a Change form at the end of the fall semester.


How This New Process Affects Tuition Payments for the 2017/18 School Year:

Families signing up for courses are that two-semester classes will submit payment for books, lab supplies, and 25% percent of their total 2017/18 tuition with their enrollment. The balance of the 2017/18 tuition will be scheduled out for payment over several weeks. 



Q1)  What if I want to know what my student’s grades are before they continue in a second-semester course?  

A:    Contact your teacher one week before fall classes are done to see how your student is doing.


Q2)  Are there any classes offered this fall that are not continuing in the spring 2017 semester?

A:    Yes, one - Constitutional Heritage


Q3)   How many classes are being offered in the Spring 2017 semester that do not have a corresponding Fall 2016 class?

A:     Four  


Q4)  When will the spring 2017 class schedule be available?

A:    The spring 2017 class schedule will be available by Thursday, October 13, 2016. 


Q5) What if I just want to add a new class(es)? 

A:   Fill out a Make a Change form.


We hope you find this new procedure beneficial.  Please keep us in your prayers as we seek to serve you and your students.  Please contact us if you have any questions, or set up a meeting with Mr. Aden.

Volunteer Thank You

This fall semester has gone very well thanks to the volunteers that have made it possible. We, as the staff, thank you greatly for the help, encouragement, and hours of work that you have put in. A special thanks to Michelle Goad, the Kautz, Melissa King, Sarah Goodman, Mary Brown, and Deborah Young for supervising study halls and lunch. What a blessing it is to be surrounded with families that are willing to help. We also want to thank Angie Sickler for imputing many of the registrations. Last but not least, great work teachers Aids you made the teachers jobs so much easier; freeing them up to teach. We couldn’t have done it without the help of these individuals. Thank You!

With that said, we are in need of volunteers for the coming semester. We need Study hall monitors for both Monday and Wednesday classes, as well as a lunch supervisor on Wednesday. We also need people that are able and willing to help with projects, clean up after classes, and other small tasks. Please go to our website, or come into the office, and fill out the Volunteer Form.

Note from a Parent

Hello, families! I’m sharing with you all in the love of Christ and in the light of what He has shown me over the last few years in the area of speech. It has been a conviction of my heart for quite a while and is increasing as the days go by. This conviction is regarding how I speak to and about others, especially in my own family. Proverbs 15:1: “A soft answer turns away wrath, but a harsh word stirs up anger”, was introduced as a memory verse to my daughter three years ago, and it was something God began to show me that I did not do. Even as I write this, as I continue to seek to raise my children in the fear of the Lord, I am challenged by various difficulties in my calling to look to God for his help and guidance in my communication with my children. And I find that He is so good and faithful in that He shows us our hard hearts and the hearts of our children! Correcting them and persevering through their hard hearts and attitudes can be so difficult and time-consuming, and it can be easy to just throw up our hands and walk away with a bad attitude. I also find, though, that in the raising of my children, His Word is essential for teaching, correcting, rebuking, and training in righteousness so that they will be thoroughly equipped for every good work (2 Tim 3:16).

Luke 6:45: “A good man out of the good treasure of his heart brings forth well; and an evil man out of the evil treasure of his heart brings forth evil. For out of the abundance of the heart his mouth speaks.” This is another verse that God faithfully reminds me of when I start spewing out venom in the forms of un-thankfulness, manipulation, criticizing, gossip, malice, slander, fear, self-righteousness.  How powerful this verse is when I let it sink in!  God tells us what to do with these things… [Eph. 4:1-3, 31 NIV] vs. 1: As a prisoner for the Lord, then, I urge you to live a life worthy of the calling you have received; vs. 2: Be completely humble and gentle; be patient, bearing with one another in love; vs. 3: Make every effort to keep the unity of the Spirit through the bond of peace; vs. 31: Get rid of all bitterness, rage and anger, brawling and slander, along with every form of malice.  

As I go through my days, I become greatly burdened by how I hear others speaking to and about each other as well: conversations between parent and child and the obvious disrespect coming from either one, or both of them, in stores, in restaurants, homes, school; conversations between peers about parents or other children; and in conversations between adults.  Gossip and slander easily slide off of our tongues, along with criticism and accusations.  I am guilty of all of these as well.  It is very easy to listen to gossip. But by God’s grace (after we have witnessed these things and maybe passed judgment or said a “Thank you, Lord that my family is not like that”) we go home, and He shows us that we do the same thing!  Maybe you are one of those who will actually stop and pray for those people you see and hear. Praise the Lord for that!  We all need help!

Here are some practical ways to help us in promoting godly speech:

1. Pray for one another in this area.  Pray for one another’s children in this area.

2. When we speak unkindly to someone (whether it is our child or someone else), ask for forgiveness and seek to rephrase what we have said by saying something like:  “I was wrong in how I said that, let me try that again.” This helps to model godly communication to our children and to others.

3. Try to ask yourself if what you want to say to someone really needs to be said.

4. Be thankful instead of offended when another parent corrects our children for foul language, improper joking or gossip.

5. Rejoice when other parents let us know about these issues they see in our children. Since we can’t be around our children all the time, another pair of caring eyes is helpful so that we may address these concerns at home.

The latest area where evil communication manifests itself is on social media, through texting, or emails.  It can be so easy to say something through written words instead of face-to-face.  We can have a false sense of security that what we write on social media will not really affect people that much, or since we don’t have to see those people face-to-face, then we are bolder in how we speak.  For me, social media, texting, and emailing have weakened my ability to face hard truths with another person face-to-face.  I cower at the thought of actually discussing these things that are on my mind and heart with that person.  It is easy also using media/electronics to just ignore the comments and never finish a conversation because we don’t feel like it or need to think about what to say next, and we just leave it open-ended with never any closure.  We can become very heartless and hurtful communicating this way. We can begin hiding from people until we confess our sins to the Lord and to those we may have hurt, or those who have hurt us.  

Our children also can, and do sometimes, misuse social media – using it to hurt others.  We need to train and warn our children about this.  If need be, we must be willing to take devices away from our children.

I am so thankful for 1 John 1:9: If we confess our sins Jesus is faithful and just to forgive us of our sins and cleanse us from all unrighteousness.” and for Romans 8:1: “Therefore, there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus.” These verses make it a lot easier to come to Him with confession for the sins of communication with which we can struggle as well as encourages us to seek His grace to honor and glorify Him in our speech.  

May we, as the body of Christ, press on to help and encourage one another in growing in these areas.

Philippians 4:8: “Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things.

Other verses for more encouragement.  Proverbs 10:12, 12:16, 15:1, 28:25; Romans 12:1-21; 2 Corinthians 7:9-11; Ephesians 4:1-3, 31; Phil 4:4-9; 1 Timothy 3:11, 2Timothy 2:22-26; James 3:5-6, 8-10, 14-18,  4:11; 1 Peter 2:1, 3:3-6, 4:1-3; Revelation 22:7

Mom’s Prayer Meeting

Have you ever noticed how you start your day, good or bad, shapes your attitude for the whole day? Our schedules are so full of things to do, children to train, things to worry about, and things to prepare for…but what about God? He is waiting to hear from us, His children. He wants us to seek Him. James 4:8 says, “Draw near to God and He will draw near to you.”

The Lord has blessed this school to have fellowship with one another. So we can encourage one another to know God more. I invite you to share a few minutes of your week to join with your family of CHESS to give praises to God. There is nothing more uniting than joining together in Jesus’ name! Can’t wait to see you there!

Where: Little Mason Room

When: Wednesdays 8:30-9 am