“Clean House” Doesn’t Have to be an Oxymoron for Homeschoolers

We all know time and energy are precious commodities.  Whether you’re a homebody or someone who is out & about everyday, finding both time and energy to clean the house can be challenging.  Add to that difficult seasons such as buying and selling your home, illness, pregnancy, taking care of a loved one or working a

Students: Share Your Best Fall Photo and Win!

We are excited to announce our fall photo contest, open to all HomeLife students! Send us your best photo that captures what YOU love about the season, and you could win $25! Entries should be submitted to bekah@homelifeacademy.com NO later than Wednesday, November 5th. Please include your full name and birthday in the email. This

Strategizing for High School with Goal-Based Planning Sheets

By Lani Carey, High School Counselor   ATTENTION HIGH SCHOOL PARENTS – This month I, Lani Carey, would like to discuss how to use the Planning Sheets in the High School section of our website to plan out your student's high school education. When your student enters the ninth grade, or transfers to HomeLife Academy

What is an Educational Plan?

Post by Lynn Knowlton, Counseling Team Leader One of the basic requirements for enrollment in HLA is an Educational Plan. So, what is an Educational Plan? An Educational Plan includes the name of each class the student will be taking and the books/material/resources that will be used for each class. This information is entered on

It’s Giveaway Time Again!

Win a Family Pass to the Appalachian Home Educator’s Conference in Pigeon Forge, TN!   Located in the beautiful Smoky Mountains of East Tennessee, this conference has great resources for every home educator! The conference features knowledgeable speakers, numerous exhibitors, a used curriculum sale, and workshops designed for all different stages of homeschooling! HomeLife Academy

Understanding Church-Related Schools in Tennessee

 By Ken Shreeve, HLA Administrator The decision to homeschool starts with a strong sense of personal responsibility for our children and their education.  A part of that responsibility is to make sure you are in compliance with the state and local laws regarding homeschooling.  We have had several questions recently relating to requirements of Tennessee

Homeschool Hybrids

                   At the Heart of HLA... Staff Stories and Encouragement By Angela McKee, Records Team Leader/Office Manager It's a new world out there for many homeschoolers today--split families, disabled spouses, increased living expenses and many other very unique family situations.  I fall into these categories myself. I am a working mother.  And yes, I still

Summer Field Trip Roundup: Visit These Places in Tennessee!

Whether your school schedule is year-round or you plan for a summer vacation, homeschoolers know that learning doesn't need to stop during the warmer months. In fact, those summer months are a great time to get out of the house for some hands-on, visual, interactive learning that will stick with students with the added bonus

Twelve Benefits and Blessings of Being Able to Home Educate

-Post by Phyllis Broadus, HLA In-House Counselor and Tutor- The thought of being “able” (legally), to teach my own children at home was exhilarating. This was over 24 years ago. Immediately our local library was being visited to find books about home schooling. The one book I found had the title similar to: Should You

Chess and Cereal = Legit School?

"Hey, did you guys know that this breakfast counts as part of your school for the day?" Their eyes lit up like Christmas lights on a house the day after Thanksgiving! "Yep!" I confirmed. "Sure does."  ~~~~~~~~~~~ Watching my kids all play chess the other morning while eating their morning cereal reminded me once again