Originally Sent: 7/14/2015

HSLDA's WEEKLY UPDATE
July 14, 2015
   
    
Michael Farris, HSLDA Founder and Chairman and homeschooling father of 10
   

Our work on behalf of homeschoolers extends from Capitol Hill to individual families.
Michael P. Farris

  1. Expanded Federal Pre-Kindergarten is Not the Answer!
  2. School Districts Demanding Standardized Test Scores
  3. Wage Discrimination Ends When HSLDA Intervenes
  4. Home School Heartbeat: Aspects of Love
  5. Free Shipping through HSLDA Academy Online Bookstore
  6. Register for Midwest Struggling Learner Conference
  7. On-Demand Access to Doctors—A Member PerX
  8. Help With Homeschooling Basics and Beyond
  9. Vacation or Stay-cation, There’s Always Plenty to Shoot!
Be a blessing to single parents who are homeschooling.

1. Tell Your Senator that Expanded Federal Pre-Kindergarten is Not the Answer!

Call your two U.S. senators now and ask them to oppose Sen. Bob Casey’s “Strong Start” amendment. Encourage them to vote against expansive government involvement in pre-kindergarten programs. Read more >>

2. Pennsylvania: School Districts Demanding Standardized Test Scores

Even though state law no longer requires parents to submit their children’s standardized test scores to public school superintendents at the end of the school year, HSLDA has been assisting a number of our member families who have received instructions from school officials to do so. Read more >>

3. Missouri: Wage Discrimination Ends When HSLDA Intervenes

The administrator of a career center program wanted proof that a homeschool teen’s studies were “state-approved” before offering a wage incentive. Read more >>

4. Home School Heartbeat: Aspects of Love

Explore aspects of love.

How has our view of love been changed by centuries of storytelling—and what literary romances have been most influential? This week on Home School Heartbeat with your host Mike Smith, Dr. Gene Edward Veith discusses love’s rich heritage in literature. Listen to the program >>

5. Free Shipping through HSLDA Academy Online Bookstore

This week, through Sunday, July 19, enjoy free shipping on all orders over $99 from the HSLDA Academy online bookstore! Register for classes and take advantage of free shipping by ordering your books today! HSLDA members save $70–$120 on tuition for every course. View course offerings and book lists here! >>

6. Register for Midwest Struggling Learner Conference

HSLDA is pleased to partner with JoyQuest and sponsor the first Midwest Struggling Learner Conference! This event is packed with valuable information meant to encourage and support you in your homeschooling journey. Featured speakers include Steve Demme, Carol Brown, and Faith Berens, along with others. Learn more and register >>

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7. On-Demand Access to Doctors—A Member PerX

MDLIVE is part of the HSLDA PerX program, a discount program exclusively for HSLDA members. MDLive is an on-demand service that allows you to speak with a doctor in real-time by secure online video, phone or e-mail. Its national network of U.S. board certified doctors is available at any time to assist with your non-emergency medical conditions. Read more >>

8. Help with Homeschooling Basics and Beyond

Join HSLDA Toddlers to Tweens Consultant Vicki Bentley as she presents a one-day symposium entitled Basics & Beyond for Homeschooling Toddlers to Tweens on Saturday, August 8. The event will be held at HSLDA in Purcellville, VA, and the sessions include Getting Started, Choosing Curriculum, Multi-Level Teaching, and Time Management for Busy Homeschoolers, plus a fast-paced, interactive session and question-and-answer time. Learn more and register >>

9. Vacation or Stay-cation, There’s Always Plenty to Shoot!

HSLDA invites children ages 7–19 to participate in its 11th annual photography contest! This exciting contest was modeled to assist students in developing their visual arts skills and give them the opportunity to exhibit their work, perhaps for the first time! View contest guidelines >>

   
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