Hey homeschool teacher. Are you feeling underappreciated today? That may not be a feeling you are experiencing now, but it could happen. In 2014, Apologia Educational Ministries realized the need to recognize homeschool teachers for their “hard work and dedication throughout the year”, so it created Homeschool Teacher Appreciation Day (#HSTA), which will be held this year on Thursday, April 28. The decision to home educate your child is a huge responsibility. While in the trenches, “thank yous” from them may be few and far between, but know you are appreciated. HomeLife Academy (HLA) also appreciates you and will show you as we partner with Apologia and celebrate homeschool teachers Monday, April 25-29.


The week will be full of giveaways from HLA and Apologia. All week long, HLA families will receive 15 percent off total registration. You could win books from Apologia, HLA T-shirts, Amazon and Books-a-Million gift cards and full HLA registration for the 2016/2017 school year. We will have an interview on the HLA blog with Apologia published author Mary Jo Tate, who wrote the book Flourish: Balance for Homeschool Moms. HLA will again host a live Facebook chat on Homeschool Teacher Appreciation Day with our counselors and staff who will be on hand to answer your questions about homeschooling and HLA. You do not have to be an HLA homeschool family to participate. If you are not an HLA family, the live chat is a great opportunity for you to learn more about the services HLA offers homeschool families. Join us to get your questions answered!


Get your children involved and let them share about the “best teacher ever”; you! Students are encouraged to participate in the “HLA Teacher of the Year” contest by writing a short paragraph (up to 500 words) telling us why their parent deserves to be “HLA Teacher of the Year!” The HLA Teacher of the Year winner will receive a $125 Amazon gift certificate, a free HLA registration, family T-shirts and more. All entries will receive a free T-shirt just for sharing about a hardworking and dedicated homeschool teacher. The deadline for submissions is Friday, April 29 and the winner will be announced by Friday, May 6. Enter now.


Whew! And that is just how HLA is celebrating. Apologia has a full day of events planned just for you! Of course there will be giveaways of Apologia products (grab some freebies now), as well as great speakers like Debra Bell and Vicki Dincher, Sheri Seligson, Joe and Zan Tyler, Davis and Rachael Carman, and Todd and Debbie Wilson will join them later that evening. Don’t miss the special morning coffee break session on Tuesday, April 26 at 9 a.m. with Rachael Carman and Heidi St. John. There will be other events presented by HSTA partners. By the end of the day, you should definitely feel loved and appreciated.

Remember to join the HLA Live Events page for our live chat and updates about HLA’s Homeschool Teacher Appreciation Week.

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