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Summer Schooling

Vol. 116, Prg. 26–30
July 1–5, 2013


“Learning doesn’t have to stop with the end of the academic year.”—Mike Smith

What if you and your kids really need a break from homeschooling for the summer—but you don’t want to lose academic ground, either? Is there a way to balance diligence and fun over the summer months? This week, Mike Smith suggests various ways to stay academically engaged without burning out.

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7/1  
What I Did Last Summer
7/2  
Something Different
7/3  
Catch Up On Challenging Subjects
7/4  
Travel-Inspired Studies
7/5  
Delight-Directed Studies
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Mike Smith

Michael Smith and his wife Elizabeth, along with Michael Farris and his wife, Vicki, incorporated Home School Legal Defense Association in 1983 and were the original board members. Mike grew up in Arkansas, graduated from the University of Arkansas where he played basketball, majoring in business administration. Upon graduation, he entered the U.S. Navy and served three years before attending law school at the University of San Diego.

In 1972, he was admitted to the bar in California and also has been admitted to the Supreme Court of the United States. He is licensed in Virginia, California, and Washington, D.C.

Mike and his family began homeschooling because their 5-year-old flunked kindergarten. This was quite a disappointment to Mike in light of the fact that he was preparing this child to be president of the United States by starting his education as early as possible.

His family’s life changed drastically when he heard a radio program in 1981 which introduced him to the idea of homeschooling. When they started homeschooling, they began homeschooling one year at a time to meet the academic and social needs of their children. After spending lots of time around people like Mike Farris, he became convinced that he had been called to use his gifts and talents in the legal profession to assist homeschoolers who were being prosecuted because they didn’t hold a teacher’s certificate or satisfy the school district that they could competently teach their children.

Mike came to HSLDA full-time in 1987 and has served as president of the organization since the year 2001. In addition to serving as president, he also is a contact lawyer for California, Nevada and Puerto Rico. All of Mike’s children are now grown, and three of the four were homeschooled. The most enjoyable part of Mike’s job is when he is able to go to homeschool conferences and meet what he calls America’s greatest heroes, homeschooling moms.

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Summer Vacation Resource List

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Home School Legal Defense Association

Ready for an out-of-the-ordinary summer? Our free resource sheet lists books and websites to help you plan a vacation that’s educational and fun.

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