The Home School Court Report
No. 5

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by Chuck Hurst
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More Benefits of Membership

Safe Eyes™ is the latest vendor to be added to our list of products available at great prices for HSLDA members. Their 5.0 release, the latest edition of internet parental control software from, has earned a 2008 Parents’ Choice Approved award from the Parents’ Choice Foundation.

Safe Eyes

Safe Eyes™ 5.0 is a comprehensive program that enables parents to easily block objectionable websites, control internet use by length of time as well as time of day and day of the week, block or record instant messenger chats, and block peer-to-peer file sharing programs that may expose children to dangerous material. It also allows parents to limit email use to certain addresses and receive alerts when children post inappropriate or personal information on social networking sites like MySpace and Facebook. It’s also unique in that it can be used in mixed Mac/PC households.

For HSLDA members, a single $34.95 annual subscription covers up to five computers with the ability to customize settings for each child and enforce them on any machine. (A regular subscription runs $49.95 and covers only three computers, so two subscriptions would be needed to cover five computers.) Go to to take advantage of this exclusive offer.

Additions to GPA Smartstore

We are pleased to let you know that the GPA Smartstore is now offering products from BJU Press, one of the leading providers of homeschool materials in the country. You can check them out at GPA now carries over 7,000 products for homeschoolers, and many of our members are enjoying substantial savings.

Cross-curricular Family Fun

Answers in Genesis

Home School Legal Defense Association members may receive a $5 discount per family member at the Creation Museum by presenting their HSLDA membership cards at the admissions ticket window. Complete with exhibits, theater presentations, anima-tronics, a planetarium, gardens, and petting zoo, the museum gives its guests a “walk through history” from a biblical perspective, allowing a deeper understanding of today’s world by examining the past. Whether you visit the museum during a vacation, or as a cross-curricular homeschool field trip, don’t forget to present your HSLDA membership card at the ticket window to receive your $5 discount. Visit the PerX page on our website for more details:

Berens family
Courtesy of the family
HSLDA’s new special needs coordinator, Faith Berens (pictured with her husband, Matthew, and daughter, Hailey) has 13 years’ experience as a reading specialist and educational therapist.

More Help with Special Needs

HSLDA is excited to announce the addition of another special needs coordinator to our staff. Faith Berens has 13 years’ experience in both public and private Christian schools serving as a Reading Recovery® teacher, reading specialist, and educational therapist. Her areas of expertise are early childhood literacy and the identification and remediation of reading difficulties. She recently earned her master’s degree in reading from Shenandoah University. Some of her passions include reading for pleasure, singing, traveling, nature/science, leading Bible studies, and teaching reading to primary-age children. Faith lives in Stephens City, Virginia, with her husband, Matthew, and daughter, Hailey.

HSLDA Website Update

If you haven’t visited HSLDA’s website lately, next time you go you’ll be greeted by a new look. We’ve worked hard to make it easier to find what you’re looking for, with a cleaner and more intuitive user interface.

Don’t Forget to Help Us Celebrate!

HSLDA 25th Anniversary

HSLDA is sponsoring four quarterly contests in 2008 to commemorate 25 years of advancing homeschool freedom. The last of these competitions begins very soon. We need your participation!


  • Topic: “Why is your support group the best?”
  • Instructions: Submit a picture of a group activity with a caption and a description of 100 words or less.
  • Winners: One
  • Award: All-expenses-paid pizza party for your support group

Email your contest entry to Please note that by submitting an entry, you grant Home School Legal Defense Association the full right and authority to publish all or part of your submission. To view contest winners or find more information on HSLDA’s 25th-anniversary events and how you can participate, go to

About the author

Chuck Hurst is HSLDA’s director of membership and human resources.