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Welcome to Summer Camp at Home

Summer camps can be expensive. Depending on your budget and the number of children you have, affording camp for everyone may not be an option. That does not mean your children have to miss out. It just means you, as a parent, must get a little bit creative. Fortunately, creativity is what homeschool parents are

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You Did It!: First Year of Homeschool

You did it! You just completed your first year as a homeschooler. And you thought you could not do it, but you did. Along with the naysayers, hopefully, you had supporters who cheered you on every step of the way. Certainly, your first year has left you with many impressions of homeschooling. Several times, you

10 Things to Do Before Sending them to College

Whew! Those 13 years of school sure did fly by fast. Somehow, you managed to teach them a whole lot of everything, but still feel like you left something out. That is possible, but right now, that does not really matter. You have a high school graduate on your hands. Now, it is on to

  • 10 Things to Do Before Sending them to College

ETD Brings ‘Falling in Love with Silence’ to the Stage

Falling in Love with Silence is a story that was envisioned more than two years ago by Kennedy Moore. It was not until the summer of 2018 when she collaborated with her friend and playwright, Bryanna Ruesche, that her vision became more than just characters and a story in her mind. It also was the

HLA Announces its 2019 Teacher of the Year

Homeschool teachers are special people who give their all to the students they teach. There is no one better than their students to praise their worthiness as candidates for the HomeLife Academy (HLA) Teacher of the Year Award. For the past several years, HLA staff and counselors have had the opportunity to meet so many

How to Manage End of the School Paperwork

The end of the homeschool year has come. As you look around your school room, which may be all over the house, it is obvious you are a homeschooler. Artwork hangs on the walls, school books are on the shelves and any other flat surface and paperwork completed over the past school year is everywhere.

Spend Family Movie Night at Home

There are many fun ways to spend time together as a family. Homeschooling is not the only way. Insert a laughing emoji. Another one is enjoying a family movie night with everyone huddled together for the evening. Fridays may typically be the night, but family movie night can be enjoyed any evening of the week.

6 Things to Do Before You Decide to Homeschool

Homeschooling can cause a major shift in your life. It is not a quick decision anyone should make. If you are considering homeschooling, these are some tips to help you decide if home education is a good option for your family. Know Why You are Considering Homeschooling Although anyone can homeschool, homeschooling is not for

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When Homeschooling at Home Gets Boring

Homeschool. Parents teaching their children at home. Parents and children staying at home all day long and doing school. That is a lot of time spent at home and, sometimes, staying in the same place all day long like that gets boring. That is not what homeschooling should become. When it does get boring, move

How to Homeschool Without a Dedicated Schoolroom

One of the fun aspects of homeschooling is creating that perfect place for the homeschool experience. While some people have visions of their dream house, homeschoolers have visions of their dream homeschool room. Having a dedicated homeschool room is ideal, but fortunately, not necessary to have for your child to learn. If you ask any