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9/11/2007 4:38:50 PM
Home School Legal Defense Association
HSLDA's Weekly Update--Education Extends to 12th Grade

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homeschoolers. - North Tonawanda, NY

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leadership, protection, and guidance. God bless HSLDA!
- Alta Loma, California

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Topics for September 11, 2007:

1. Washington Times Op-ed--Education Extends to 12th Grade
2. HSLDA Co-hosts Joint Briefing on NCLB in Washington, D.C.
3. Registration is Not Required as Some School Districts Assert
4. When Bureaucrats Hate to Give Up Control
5. Prosecutor Persuaded to Dismiss Truancy Case
6. Special Needs Snippet: Assigning vs. Teaching
7. HSLDA Makes Changes for next Contest Season
8. Deadline Extended for Constitutional Law Course
9. 'Home School Heartbeat': Unit Studies with Kym Wright

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1. Washington Times Op-ed--Education Extends to 12th Grade

This back-to-school time of year is different for homeschoolers
because most homeschoolers do not follow the traditional school
schedule, nor are their children sent "back to school." For parents
educating their own children all the way through high school, it's
even more true, because one of the hallmarks of homeschooling teens is
the flexible schedule. But is homeschooling through high school
desirable?

Read more about it at:
http://www.hslda.org/elink.asp?id=4384


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2. HSLDA Co-hosts Joint Briefing on NCLB in Washington, D.C.

To help keep a major piece of federal legislation from encroaching on
homeschoolers, Home School Legal Defense Association took part in a
Washington briefing for congressional staffers and others.

Read more about it at:
http://www.hslda.org/elink.asp?id=4385


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3. Illinois: Registration is Not Required as Some School Districts
Assert

In response to several misleading newspaper articles, HSLDA is helping
to set the record straight: Homeschoolers in Illinois are not required
to register their children.

Read more about it at:
http://www.hslda.org/elink.asp?id=4386


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4. Maryland: When Bureaucrats Hate to Give Up Control

Public school officials in Pennsylvania insisted that a member family
provide information about their homeschool despite the fact they had
moved to Maryland. We helped the family resist the unfounded demands.

Read more about it at:
http://www.hslda.org/elink.asp?id=4387


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5. Florida: Prosecutor Persuaded to Dismiss Truancy Case

A prosecutor charged a homeschooling family with truancy even though
their teen was no longer subject to school attendance laws. We helped
officials recognize their mistake.

Read more about it at:
http://www.hslda.org/elink.asp?id=4388


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6. Special Needs Snippet: Assigning vs. Teaching

The rule is to teach first and afterwards assign. In math, for
instance, you explain how to work an example. Next, you work one
example for the child. After that, you allow the child to work one
example while you observe whether he has really understood or needs
further instruction. Finally, you allow the child to work on his own.
You are aiming for his success. So, an assignment should provide the
child the opportunity to demonstrate his understanding. At the same
time, his performance may give you the opportunity to assess how well
you have taught.

Read more about it at:
http://www.hslda.org/elink.asp?id=4389


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7. HSLDA Makes Changes for Next Contest Season

This year, HSLDA is announcing all four student contests at once.
Although submissions for each contest will only be accepted during the
dates specified on our website, students can now spend more time
working on their entries. The first is the essay contest, with
submission deadlines of October 1 through November 1, 2007. Students
can start working on their essays right away!

Read more about it at:
http://www.hslda.org/elink.asp?id=4390


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8. Deadline Extended for Constitutional Law Course

If you've always wanted to learn more about the history and background
of our legal system, from a biblical perspective, or if you're looking
for a good U.S. government class for your homeschooled students,
there's still time to sign up for the current Constitutional Law
course taught by Michael Farris. The class began September 10, 2007,
but the registration deadline has been extended until September 17.

To learn more and to register:
http://www.hslda.org/elink.asp?id=4290


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9. 'Home School Heartbeat': Unit Studies with Kym Wright

Have you worn yourself out trying to put together lesson plans for
eight children in seven different subjects five days a week? That's
exactly what Kym Wright did until she discovered the benefits of unit
studies.

http://www.hslda.org/elink.asp?id=4391



HOMESCHOOLING IN THE NEWS
Outside news items on home education
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September 11: Manitowoc Herald Times Reporter, Manitowoc, Wisconsin
Home Lessons also in Session
http://www.hslda.org/elink.asp?id=4398

September 11: WCAX-TV Channel 3, Burlington, Vermont
Vermont Homeschooling Numbers up
http://www.hslda.org/elink.asp?id=4399

September 10: Kansas City Star, Kansas City, Missouri
More Choose to Educate Children at Home
http://www.hslda.org/elink.asp?id=4392

September 10: The Tennessean, Nashville, Tennessee
Do the Math Before You Decide on Homeschool
http://www.hslda.org/elink.asp?id=4393

September 6: The Bradford County Telegraph, Bradford County, Florida
Homeschooling Offers Radical Alternative to Public School
http://www.hslda.org/elink.asp?id=4394

September 5: The Truro Daily News, Nova Scotia, Canada
Homeschooling a Practical Alternative
http://www.hslda.org/elink.asp?id=4395

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