In 1981, Gregg Harris, an author, speaker, and homeschooling dad, began offering Christian Life Workshops that offered basic whys and hows of homeschooling. Over 180,000 families eventually attended these events, later renamed The Basic Home Schooling Workshop.
Home School Legal Defense
Association was founded in 1983
by Mike Farris and Mike Smith.
First board member families
were Mike and Vickie Farris (third photo from top), Mike and Elizabeth Smith (center), and Jim and Jeanie Carden (top).
Initially, HSLDA’s legal and legislative news was published as an insert in the Teaching Home magazine. Our first stand-alone newsletter, the Home School Court Report, was printed in 1985.
Many in the first wave of homeschoolers say they were introduced to the concept when Dr. James Dobson interviewed the Moores on his national radio program,
Focus on the
Family, in 1982.
In 1983, Accelerated Christian Education (A.C.E.) began providing broader “leadership and assistance to homeschool families” through Living Heritage Academy, using the curriculum they had developed for Christian schools and missionaries.
In 1984, two educators
moms, Carole Thaxton and Jessica Hulcy, wrote one of the first homeschool curricula—KONOS, which
Another homeschool program that helped many families get started was the Advanced Training Institute, launched in 1984 by Bill Gothard with the assistance
of Inge Cannon.
Homeschooling mother, author, and speaker Mary Pride published The Way Home: Beyond Feminism, Back to Reality in March 1985, and then the first in her popular three-volume series, The Big Book of Home Learning.
Seeing a need for
a journal to collect and publish research related to homeschooling, Dr. Brian Ray began publishing the Home School Researcher in 1985.