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Put the spotlight on, get excited about, and magnify what your student is gifted in, not what they struggle with.” – Margie Abbitt, HLA Counselor

I always tell parents, especially of bright kids, “Go deeper, not faster.” – Karen Johnson Bateman, HLA High School Counselor

I let parent’s know that there is no way to mess up homeschooling as long as you instill a love for God and help them build their relationship with Him. They will be far ahead of other students if this is in place and will not fail.”  – Calente Tapp, HLA Admissions Counselor

“Never let school get in the way of a good education.” – Grandma Knowlton (and Mark Twain) 😉



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From Lani Carey, HLA Senior High Counselor

I quite often tell parents these things:

It’s crucial to balance structured and unstructured activities, but don’t ever think that playtime is a waste of time.”

“Don’t ever make children learn, but let them learn!”

“Memorizing is not the same thing as learning – Einstein never used flashcards.”



“It’s true! You can successfully homeschool with only a Bible and a library card.”

“Success is that point where strengths and passions meet.”

“Don’t spend all your time focusing on your student’s weaknesses; focus instead on their strengths so they can discover who God made them to be.

“Children will always do the minimum of what is required. Inspire your students, and they will reach for the stars.”

“I’m in the business of helping parents make sure that their children have the opportunity to live their dreams.”

“Children are born with an insatiable curiosity, and will love learning a lifetime unless someone squelches that desire. So, all we need to do is feed their God-given curiosity and make sure we don’t kill it.”


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“Never get into battles over school work – it’s not worth it. You may win the battle, but you will lose the war.”

“Create an environment in your home that encourages the desire to learn.”

“Don’t change the way you’ve been homeschooling just because your students are entering high school – keep doing what works. You’ll just add more structure.

“There is no bad homeschool curriculum! If something works for your students, stick with it.”

“Curriculum is NOT the most important thing! You will NOT ruin your child’s life because you used the wrong curriculum!”

“If you are a Christian, the focus of home education is NOT the curriculum, but raising up Godly men and women as future leaders and parents. If you can find a curriculum that helps you do that, great! If you can do that on your own, wonderful!”

“The world is your classroom and God’s creation is your curriculum – take it, use it, live it. It’s FREE and it’s yours!”


From Phyllis Broadus, HLA Elementary Counselor

“Remember, it’s a marathon, not a sprint.”

“If you are not having fun, enjoying the moments, you need to make some changes.”

“Take your time, take a deep breath and remember your children will succeed.”

“HLA is here to help!”


When your students are questioned with, “So, what grade are you in?”  I tell parents (and children) to answer with “I’m in my ____ year of school.” This seems to help so many parents who might have special needs children or high achievers, feeling comfortable with their student not being on “grade level” whether below or above.

“You are not going to ruin your children when you are doingwhat you think is the best for them.”

“I often remind parents the importance of play and indirectly quote Mr. (Fred) Rogers a lot: ‘Play is often talked about as if it were a relief from serious learning. But for children, play is serious learning. Play is really the work of childhood.’ 

“This is my own quote about play and the way children learn that I tell parents quite often‘Real learning takes place as soon as your kids leave the structured activity and run outside to play!’