FIRST GLANCE into Helping Homeschoolers

After two or three years of researching every curriculum available to homeschooling families and spending lots of money trying out programs that weren’t right for us, I realized how important and difficult the selection process can be. I felt I had an advantage as a special education teacher since I was familiar with a variety

FIRST GLANCE into Autism

When I was working as a homeschool consultant in the early 1990s, it was my responsibility to guide families through the homeschooling process while simultaneously raising and teaching children with their own exceptional needs (learning disabilities, physical disabilities, emotional or behavioral disorders). The responsibilities ranged from pre and post-assessments, curriculum development and selection, and special

FIRST GLANCE into Interest-Based Learning

When I began my own homeschooling journey in the late 1980s, I didn’t know anything about how it worked and certainly didn’t know anyone who was homeschooling. This meant I had to get creative in the ways that I did my research. I began talking to local support group leaders, visiting the state homeschooling conference,

FIRST GLANCE into Dysgraphia

When my seven-year-old son was diagnosed with visual-perceptual disorder I found myself seeking answers, hoping not only to understand the diagnosis but to find ways to understand what my son needed from me. When we first received Josh’s diagnosis, I didn’t know what “visual-perceptual disorder” was, and in the midst of the confusion I was


It was 1980; I was fresh out of college and ready to begin my career as a special education teacher. At the time, Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD) had just made it into the Diagnostic Statistical Manual and was becoming a more popular topic in my new line of work. Since I wasn’t a mom yet,

HLA Partnership: A+ Tutorsoft

Longtime homeschool families have likely been acquainted with the A+ TutorSoft product for some time, as the homeschool-centered math learning program provides everything students need to excel in math. However, this great deal just got even greater for our HomeLife Academy families: A+ TutorSoft now offers HLA families 40% off the Family Math Package! This

What My Learning Disability Gave Me The Ability To Learn – Bryanna Ruesche

I have a learning disability. And I’m actually thankful for it. I’ve been thinking a lot lately about the things I never would have grown to understand if everything had been easy for me when it came to my education. Many students struggle with one subject or another. For some kids, it’s reading or even

HLA Partnership: Jane Ross Tutoring

A higher score on the ACT can make all the difference in planning your college experience. We want to make sure all our students are fully equipped for whatever path they choose! As part of that mission, we are proud to announce our new partnership with Jane Ross Tutoring.   Since 1979, Jane Ross Tutoring has

HLA Partnership: FunClubs

HomeLife Academy is proud to introduce our new partner, FunClubs! FunClubs is a family of after-school and online enrichment providers seeking to bring the very best in fun and educational opportunities to your family! Founded by Jonathan Eftychiou, HLA homeschooling parent and creator of FineArtsMatter, FunClubs is delighted to bring together several exceptional local providers

Why We Homeschool: Families Who Made the Switch

In this unprecedented year, many are making an unexpected transition into homeschooling. This post collects stories and reflection from three families who made the switch. We hope it blesses you and you are encouraged in knowing that you’re not alone as you venture into new beginnings!   ANDREA: Thirteen years ago, my oldest two children