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Join Us for the Back 2 School Bash

Are you ready to kick off the new school year? There is no better way than attending HomeLife Academy’s (HLA) annual Back 2 School Bash? It starts today and HLA has a lot of excitement planned every day this week. Since 2017, HLA has hosted its annual Back 2 School Bash. It is our favorite

Lost Your Homeschool Spirit? Get It Back!

Summer vacation was a blast. You would not mind going back to those warm and sunny days. September came sooner than you wanted, but now it is here and time to start school. The only problem is somewhere over the summer, you lost your homeschool spirit. Now, you have got to figure out how to

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Pick Your Homeschool Battles (and Everyone Wins)

Once upon a time, there was a homeschool mom of children. Said Homeschool Mom was extremely excited about beginning the new homeschool year. Much preparation had gone into planning everything. Walls were painted, new desks were bought and every supply her children would possibly need was neatly placed on the child’s personal shelf next to

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Homeschooling for the First Time? You’re Not Alone!

Taking on the task of homeschooling your children is not an easy one. If this is your first year as a homeschooler, someone should probably tell you that decision was the easiest one you will make while on this journey. The first year will also probably be the hardest. Just know it does get easier

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.