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CLOSED | GIVEAWAY - Celebrating Homeschool Teacher Appreciation Day

If you haven't already heard, today is Homeschool Teacher Appreciation Day (HTAD)! We've been sharing encouraging content all throughout the week on social media just for you, homeschool teachers!

And to let you know we value you, homeschooling teachers, we're hosting a giveaway right here on the blog.

What Homeschool Teachers Really Want on April 23!

First of all, you're probably wondering what is so important about April 23, huh? Well, April 23 just so happens to be Homeschool Teacher Appreciation Day. And we here at HSLDA want to help you, homeschool teachers, celebrate that special day! This entire week we’ll be sharing encouraging content on our blog, Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter that’s geared towards the hardworking homeschool moms and dads around the world!

Six Types of Bills Homeschoolers Should Watch in 2015

Each year, HSLDA’s Federal Relations team reviews the many bills (around 7 to 11 thousand) that are introduced in the United States Congress—searching for language that might affect the freedom of homeschoolers across the U.S.

Here are six bills in the 114th Congress that we think you should know about...

Your One Stop Shop for Pi Day!

 

Did you know that today is National Pi Day? And not just that, it's a very special Pi Day because you won't get to see one like it until March 14, 2115! Today, Pi Day 2015, will be the only Pi Day for the next 100 years that reflects the first five numbers in that well-loved irrational number, pi, which is 3.1415 (March 14, 2015).

Special Events for the Special Needs Community

 

I want to make you aware of some upcoming conferences that are sure to be packed with great information and encouragement for those of you who have children with special needs. I want to make you aware of some upcoming conferences that are sure to be packed with great information and encouragement for those of you who have children with special needs.

National School Choice Week: Why I Chose Homeschooling - Guest Post

When I first heard about homeschooling, I was intrigued by the idea of teaching my kids at home. I was impressed with the quality and character of the homeschool kids I knew. But I wasn’t convinced that it would be the best path for my children.

Then the Lord brought a wise, older woman into my life who asked me this question, “Who cares most about your children: you, or your children’s teachers?”

GIVEAWAY - Inside the Common Core: Its Creation and Effects

We're giving away 5 copies of the Building the Machine DVD here on the blog!

The documentary introduces the public to the Common Core States Standards Initiative (CCSSI) and its effects on our children’s education. This DVD set (the original documentary, bonus parent interviews, and six supplementary episodes) tells the Common Core’s story in the words of leading educational experts, including members of the Common Core Validation Committee, along with parents, teachers, and a social worker.

Homeschool Now USA - Promoting Homeschooling During School Choice Week

What better way is there to welcome in the New Year than the opportunity to choose a school for your children? Should you choose public school, private school, or perhaps a charter school? How about homeschooling? There are many options to choose from. And with School Choice Week coming up January 25-31, we're here to encourage parents nationwide that they can homeschool!

The Story Behind My Morning Dream by Jenny Rose Arsenault

Homeschooling a child with special needs can be challenging. Things that come easily for other kids require a tremendous amount of effort and energy for the struggling learner. It can be frustrating for parents and children when those areas that come ‘more easily’ to them aren’t always recognized in terms of academics.

Taking part in HSLDA’s contests allows students to focus on areas that are easier for them and that bring much joy.

2nd Annual Special Needs Struggling Learner Homeschool Conference

We are so excited about the upcoming Special Needs Struggling Learner Homeschool Conference. It’s coming up soon, so if you haven’t explored this opportunity, now is the time to do it! The folks at FPEA have a vision to support and encourage people who are homeschooling children with special needs not only in Florida, but across the nation. We really appreciate the work they did last year in organizing this national conference and are thrilled that they’re offering it again this year.

Update on the Revised SAT and Coleman Webinar

 

The SAT college entrance test administered by the College Board is undergoing a revision. The new version of the test will debut in March 2016. You’ll want to stay abreast of the changes to the test and learn about the proposed revisions from David Coleman, President of the College Board.

Victory!

The homeschooling community and proponents of school choice all over the world are still rejoicing over the wonderful news that the Romeike family is allowed to stay in the United States. After seeking asylum because of Germany's persecution of homeschoolers, all of us watched and hoped and prayed that they wouldn't be sent back ...

When the Supreme Court declined the Romeike case, I couldn't help but think of how I'd feel if this was our family. What if we were going through this?

Opportunities for Struggling Readers

As a reading specialist, I am always looking for great resources and opportunities to assist students with reading and print disabilities. Recently, I came across a couple of great opportunities through the organization, Learning Ally, (Formerly Recordings for the Blind and Dyslexic).

Home school parents, if you have a child who struggles with reading, is dyslexic, or is impacted by a print disability, I hope you will check out these opportunities!

Spendopedia

As homeschool parents, are you looking for ways to creatively provide your teens with hands-on activities and real life experiences that bring their textbook learning to life?  If your teen has an interest in writing, public policy, or website work, Spendopedia may be a resource avenue to explore.

A Word of Encouragement

 

Yesterday I spoke to a national gathering of state legislators about the Convention of the States. We gained a great number of new legislative sponsors which is a real encouragement. But, I wanted to share will all of you another form of encouragement that I experienced at that meeting...

 

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