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“Should I Homeschool?” Recap

On July 26, HomeLife Academy opened its doors to the community of Jackson, Tennessee. There are tons of people in our community who are thinking about homeschooling and have many questions that Google can’t answer. They have personal, related-to-them questions and we desperately wanted to answer. “Should I Homeschool?” was designed specifically for those families

5 Things You Need to Know if You Are Thinking About Homeschooling

5 Things You Need to Know if You Are Thinking About Homeschooling (Or Even If You’ve Been Homeschooling for 20 Years) Thirty years ago when my first child was born, I had never heard of homeschooling. At the time, my husband was on active duty with the Marine Corps. The summer Emily turned five, I

  • celebrate back to school

Fun Ways to Celebrate the First Day of School

Ready or not, here it comes . . . the first day of school. That day comes every year for all of us and often, it is the same routine. Books are cracked open, pencils hit the paper and it is non-stop studies until school is over for that first day. The first day of

Grade Reporting Workshop Guides Parents in the Right Direction

Friday, June 15, was the deadline for HomeLife Academy (HLA) families to submit the spring grade and attendance reports. As usual during each reporting deadline, which is January 15 (for fall or the first semester), it was a busy day, really week, in the office. Every time around those dates, families look for more guidance

Snap the Winning Shot: HSLDA Photo Contest

A camera, cell phone or anything you can use to take a picture is all you need to compete in the Homeschool Legal Defense Association (HSLDA) Photography Contest. With so many devices available to people now, just about everyone is a "photographer". If you think you are one too, grab your device and snap one,

Read Books, Earn Pizza

If you are looking for a creative way to encourage your children to read this school year, Pizza Hut just may have the answer for you. For more than 25 years, the Book It! reading program has been a unique tool in motivating children to pick up a book and read by recognizing their reading

  • purge homeschool books

How to Do the Homeschool Purge (to Sell)

Homeschool curricula is to a homeschool parent as toys are to a young child; one can never have too many. Certainly, after reading that statement, there are many of you smiling and nodding your head in agreement. Unfortunately, that is a homeschool myth. It is not fact, but instead fiction (books . . . fiction

We All Need a Little Help Sometimes

We all need a little bit of help sometimes. Do you need some help? HomeLife Academy (HLA) can help you with your housekeeping . . . well no; with your laundry . . . well, no again; with babysitting . . . well, we love babies (and children of all ages) and have a lot

Celebrate and Save During the Summer Kick-Off

It is not often a great deal comes along, but when it does, be sure to not miss it. An opportunity like that is being offered to you from HomeLife Academy (HLA). Friday, June 8, through Friday, June 15, HLA is celebrating the arrival of summer with its Summer Kick-Off event. It will be your

Save with Discounts for HLA Teachers and Students

You do not have to be a homeschooler to love a discount. But, if you are a homeschooler, more than likely, you do love a discount. As a HomeLife Academy (HLA) family, you can receive discounts on several special items and ones you regularly use. These are exclusive discounts HLA has secured for its teachers