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Poetry Contest? You Can! You Can!

Earlier this year, I shared a few stories about homeschooling students with special needs who have done quite well in past HSLDA Contests.

Today, I am pleased to introduce you to Beth Lossing. Beth is mom to Sophie, Mia and Jonathan. As you will discover, all three of these precious children have special needs. She has written about how they approached participating in the HSLDA poetry contest.

The Story Behind My Morning Dream by Jenny Rose Arsenault

Homeschooling a child with special needs can be challenging. Things that come easily for other kids require a tremendous amount of effort and energy for the struggling learner. It can be frustrating for parents and children when those areas that come ‘more easily’ to them aren’t always recognized in terms of academics.

Taking part in HSLDA’s contests allows students to focus on areas that are easier for them and that bring much joy.

Celebrate Homeschool Day with Dolphin Tale 2

It’s been 3 years since Dolphin Tale, produced by Alcon Entertainment and distributed by Warner Bros. Pictures, hit theaters September, 2011. Reaching number 1 in its second week in theaters, Dolphin Tale sparked great interest in the homeschool community because the main young female part (Hazel Haskett) was played by homeschooler Cozi Zuehlsdorff. This stirring true story inspired and touched many hearts through its cinematic portrayal of the friendship between a boy, Sawyer Nelson, and a dolphin, Winter, whose tail was lost in a crab trap.

Bright Spots - One Girl's Passion for Music Despite Disability

Music is a wonderful thing; an inspiring way to escape the day-to-day craziness of life.

The story I am about to tell you is a story about music, and about a sweet girl who pursued her love of music despite her disability.

HSLDA on Pinterest

Well, we've done it. HSLDA has started a Pinterest account! Head on over to our Pinterest page and check out all the goodies we've collected for you! There's a board for everyone! Are you new to homeschooling? We've got you covered! Looking for some delicious, yet budget friendly recipes? We've got those recipes! How about some Christmas crafts or activities to do with your family? You'll find all that and more over on HSLDA's Pinterest page!

Bright Spots - Highschool Graduate, Business Owner, and Scholarship Recipient


At the young age of 16, Dyer, Indiana resident Joshua DeBoer is a highschool graduate, a business partner for Tech Team 911, and now a scholarship recipient. 

In April, DeBoer recieved a Westwood College scholarship totaling $90,000 from school president Bruce McKenzie. His ambitions are to study Network Technologies with a major in Systems Security at the River Oaks campus in Calumet City. 


Bright Spots: Homeschool Students Excel in Moot Court

Heart racing, your pulse beats in your ears. Taking a deep breath, you sigh and let it out again. Scanning over the papers in your hands, you check them just to make sure you’ve got everything. To your left paces your teammate, reciting out loud important facts about the case. A door opens behind you and your mentor walks in. It’s time! You take a couple deep breaths, straighten your suit, and walk confidently into the court room.

Bright Spots - Indiana Student Wins Second Annual Sikorsky Helicopter 2050 Challenge

   While many teens went on vacation and relaxed on a sunny beach last summer, homeschooler Ethan Chu was hard at work designing a helicopter. And his research and hard work paid off. Sikorsky Aircraft Corp., a subsidiary of United Technologies Corp. (NYSE:UTX), and By Kids For Kids Co., an organization that inspires kids to become successful inventors, awarded Indiana teenager, Ethan Chu, the Igor Sikorsky Youth Innovator Award for his conceptual design of a circular-shaped medical evacuation helicopter.

Bright Spots - First American Girl in Weight Class to Compete in the Youth Olympic Festival

   Only five girls and five boys were chosen by the USA Judo and Olympic Committee to represent the USA in the Youth Olympic Festival. The Festival is taking place in Sydney, Australia in January 2013This is the first year the United States was asked to participate. One girl and one boy were chosen out of each weight class. Weight class 52 kilos had to decide between two girls. Both girls were fantastic in Judo, but the Olympic Committee could only pick one.

Bright Spots - Faith To Move Mountains, Homeschool Team Wins Film Competition

On the evening of August 19th, 300 participants in the 24-hour filmmaking competition in Toowoomba, Australia awaited eagerly for the awards of the 2012 Origin8 Fast Film Festival to be announced. Each team (of the 300 participants) had received a list of 8 objects they had to integrate in their film including a musical instrument, someone reading, a record, a sock, a roundabout, unlocking, a bus stop and hairspray.Out of the 44 teams involved in the competition, one team stood out above the rest...

Bright Spots - Her Heart Through Homeschooling [Part 2]

   Homeschooling has always been at heart of everything God has done in and through Eden Eskaros and her missions.  After helping to raise donations of over 1,000 pairs of shoes for children in Mexico, Eden (affectionately called Eme by her friends and family) took on the vision of bringing school supplies, donations and resources on a return trip to Mexico in order to build and start a school.

   These ministry outreach opportunities would not have been available to Eme had she been going to a regulated school. In an interview, Mrs. Eskaros explains how homeschooling “has been at the very heart of everything God has done in and through Eden and missions”.

Bright Spots - One Small Girl With One Large Heart For Missions [Part 1]

  But what struck her most was the little children (1 out of 20) without shoes.

“One of the little girls just started bawling because she couldn’t play with (others) because the ground there cuts up their feet, so her sister actually came with her pair of shoes and they shared — and they’re hopping around on one foot.”

   That scene left a lasting effect on Eme, and as soon as she returned home from Mexico she produced a plan of action.

Bright Spots - Homeschooling Opens Doors for Olympian Gymnast Elizabeth "Ebee" Price

   Gymnast and homeschooler Elizabeth Price has earned a place as an alternate to the United States Women’s Gymnastics Team, after years of hard work and determination. With a combination of both raw talent and vigorous training by Coach Donna Strauss of the Parkettes of Allentown, PA, sixteen year old "Ebee" has had success.    

Bright Spots - Homeschooler Wins 31 Consecutive Gymnastics Competitions


"I work hard...because winning feels amazing", said eleven year old Farragut homeschooler Nicolas Stigall in an interview with Adria Amos of the Knoxville News Sentinel. Over the last  four years, Nicholas has earned 31 consecutive all-around wins, including four state and regional championships. 

Bright Spots - Take on Half an Ironman?

Bobby Jacobsen, former homeschooler and oldest son of Bob and Susan Jacobsen, President of MassHOPE (Massachusetts state homeschool organization), has been training to participate in yet another half-ironman to raise funds for the Home School Foundation Compassion Fund. He  participated in one last July and is doing it again. He will be consecutively swimming 1.2 miles, biking 56 miles and running 13.1 miles and hopes to raise $5,000 to benefit needy home school families. 


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