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Homeschooling through virtual charter schools or public school independent study programs is actually a form of public education in which the public school, rather than the parent, directs the child’s education.

While we recognize that a family’s moving from a brick-and-mortar public school to a virtual charter school or independent study program is a step in the direction of more parental involvement and being able to provide a safer, more nurturing learning environment, their child’s curriculum and schedule are still ultimately controlled by the public school. The sad reality: many parents exiting such programs have told us they are leaving because of limitations on curriculum choices or inflexibility in scheduling and pacing—restrictions which keep their children from thriving.

HSLDA does not provide legal services in connection with children enrolled in any such public school options.

We recognize that the curriculum, technology, and other amenities offered by virtual charter schools and public school independent study programs can be very helpful and even essential to families facing financial pressure. In order to help make the ultimate flexibility and freedom offered by private homeschooling available to as many families as possible, we offer curriculum grants through HSLDA Compassion.

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The Digital Dilemma: Steering Your Family Along the Technology Highway

Steering Your Family Along the Technology Highway
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How to Adapt Any Curriculum to Your Child’s Special Needs

Did you know you can adapt almost any homeschool curriculum to meet your child’s special needs? Learn how to offer accommodations like supplemental materials or assistive technology—and to adjust the pace, order, or intensity of curriculum.
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Beginner’s Guide: Using Assistive Technology in My Homeschool

What is assistive technology (AT)? Could AT help my child learn more easily? How do I know when to use AT? How do I know if it’s the right choice? How do I pay for it? And where can I find it? Read on for answers . . .
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Full Stack Web Developer

HSLDA’s Technology department is looking for an IT professional who is proficient in both front-end and back-end coding to join our team.
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Incorporating STEM in your Homeschool | Ep. 70

Have a child who loves to tinker or always seems to have some experiment running? Join Michelle Moody from The Homeschool Scientist for a great discussion on incorporating science, technology, engineering, and math into your homeschool.
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My Experience with Pandemic Schooling | Ep. 40

Are you struggling with keeping your kids’ schooling going now that they are home from public school? Do you feel like you’ve been thrust into the role of Chief Technology Officer—a role you definitely didn’t ask for?
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Living a Tech-Wise Life with Your Teen | Ep. 73

How do we use technology wisely in a tech-obsessed world? Join HSLDA Vice President Jim Mason in a conversation with father-daughter duo Andy and Amy Crouch about their book My Tech-Wise Life: Growing Up and Making Choices in a World of Devices.
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My Homeschool Toolbox: Adding Digital Resources Q&A

Watch free webinar: How to safely use digital resources in your homeschool—YouTube scientists, artists, historians, library apps, printables, classes, more!
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Curious About STEM and Homeschooling?

Want to spark inquiry, curiosity, and problem-solving in homeschool kids at any age? Try STEM: everyday science, resources, labs, FUN! Watch this webinar!
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Raising Digitally Responsible Children | Ep. 9

Navigating the digital world with your children can be hard. Hear tips and ideas from homeschooling veteran and digital tech expert Leah Nieman..
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