Homeschoolers have a reason to celebrate in January with National School Choice Week (NSCW) being recognized January 21-27. The week, held every January, was created in 2011 with the goal of raising public awareness of the number of education options available to children from preschool through high school. Yes, homeschooling is one of the options being recognized.

Homeschooling is not the only education option being spotlighted during the week. Other styles of education like magnet schools, online learning/virtual schools, private schools, public charter schools and traditional public schools are also being given attention as options parents are choosing for educating their children.

One manner of education is not being promoted as better than the other. Instead, it is really an opportunity to celebrate all of the options parents have when choosing the best educational path for their child. NSCW is now “the world’s largest celebration of opportunity in education.”

During the week, individuals, organizations and schools are encouraged to promote the period through events that celebrate the various education options. The hope is to also bring awareness to the need for more positive educational opportunities for children.

In 2016, there were more than 16,000 events held around the world in support of NSCW. Along with 9,600 types of schools participating, over 1,000 events focused on the option to homeschool. Each year, the choice by parents to homeschool continues to grow.

Although NSCW is neutral and not political, proclamations were issued by 21 governors and 160 mayors and county leaders across the country recognizing the week. Governors in Alabama, Florida and Tennessee were just some of the state leaders who gave their signatures in support of NSCW.

There are a number of ways for you to show your support of NSCW. Many families will gather at their state capitols. You may even plan an event and/or send a postcard to your local elected officials. Get your children involved in planning your NSCW event. Some ideas include art contests, pep rallies, open houses, talent shows and more. You may also learn the official NSCW dance to present at your event. NSCW will post the video on YouTube of you performing the dance. If you do plan an event in your area, HomeLife Academy would love for you to share the information and pictures with us from your event.

HomeLife Academy will celebrate NSCW from January 23-27 with some exciting events. Be sure to watch your e-mail and keep up with us on Facebook. Celebrate with HLA for the choice to choose homeschooling.

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