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4/21/2009 4:23:34 PM
Home School Legal Defense Association
HSLDA's Weekly Update--HSLDA Helps Homeschooler Obtain State ID Cards

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H S L D A ' s W E E K L Y U P D A T E
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-> Have you ever yelled into the wind, only to hear the sound of your
voice blown back at you?

It's hard to be heard in the midst of a storm. Trying to influence
federal legislation is much like yelling to be heard while
standing in a fierce wind. Yet when 80,000 voices join together,
they become a powerful force that cannot be drowned out.
Join HSLDA to be heard above the tempests that threaten homeschool
freedoms.

More reasons to join HSLDA...
http://www.hslda.org/elink.asp?id=1939

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Legislative Update

If you live in Alabama, Alaska, Illinois, Iowa, Kentucky, Michigan,
Minnesota, New Hampshire, New Jersey, Nebraska, North Dakota, Ohio,
Texas, Washington or West Virginia, click on the link below to learn
about legislation that could affect your freedom to homeschool.

http://www.hslda.org/elink.asp?id=6116

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Topics for April 21, 2009:

1. HSLDA Helps Homeschooler Obtain State ID Cards
2. Bright Spot: Writing from the Home
3. Public Speaking for High Schoolers
4. Distance Learning at Patrick Henry College
5. Join HSLDA for Free!
6. Online Seminars Coming Soon
7. Enroll in the National Bible Bee Now!
8. Federal 'Hate Crime' Law Proposed
9. 'Home School Heartbeat': Law School--Preparing Now

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1. Michigan: HSLDA Helps Homeschooler Obtain State ID Cards

A Michigan resident used documentation from HSLDA to obtain
identification cards for her children.

Read more about it at:
http://www.hslda.org/elink.asp?id=6422


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2. Bright Spot: Writing from the Home

At 18, Cati Gerwitz from Rochester, New York, just published her first
novel. "Home with You" is a story about the friendship of two girls,
their experiences, and the lessons they learn together.

Read more about it at:
http://www.hslda.org/elink.asp?id=6423


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3. Public Speaking for High Schoolers

Good public speaking skills are essential for your teen. Family,
friends, and neighbors make great audiences, and your teen will be
more motivated to do his best when he knows others will benefit from
his presentation. A good and humorous resource for high schoolers is
Don Aslett's book, "Speak Up: A Step by Step Guide to Presenting
Powerful Public Speeches" http://www.hslda.org/elink.asp?id=6424

For help in teaching public speaking see these other resources:
> "Say What You Mean for Teens" http://www.hslda.org/elink.asp?id=6425
> "Know Your Audience" http://www.hslda.org/elink.asp?id=6426
> Communicators for Christ ministry also offers good communication
resources as well as public speaking conferences
http://www.hslda.org/elink.asp?id=6427


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4. Distance Learning at Patrick Henry College

Patrick Henry College is offering a full slate of distance learning
courses this summer for the first time. These classes are open to
advanced high school students, college-age students, and adults. In
fact, anyone looking for rigorous, interactive, and biblically-based
college courses. HSLDA members receive a 5% tuition discount.

Read more about it at:
http://www.hslda.org/elink.asp?id=6428


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5. Join HSLDA for Free!

HSLDA is offering a free trial membership for a limited time. Join by
April 30, and approved applicants will be granted a free membership
good through July 31, 2009. Of course, you will be able to renew for
continued benefits after this trial membership period. If you are
already a member, forward the link below to someone you think would
like to "test drive" our services.

Join now:
http://www.hslda.org/elink.asp?id=6374


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6. Online Seminars Coming Soon

Making curriculum decisions? Looking for help with a challenging
subject? Need a little encouragement? Whether you are new to
homeschooling or a veteran--we have a new resource you're going to
love! Beginning on May 4, help and encouragement are just a mouse
click away--and right in the comfort of your own home! Watch your
email--more information coming soon!


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7. Enroll in the National Bible Bee Now!

Contestant enrollment for the 2009 National Bible Bee competition is
now open. Many local Bible Bees are starting to fill up, so the Bible
Bee headquarters is urging you to enroll as soon as possible! The
deadline for enrolling in this year's inaugural competition is April
30, 2009.

Locate a Bible Bee near you:
http://www.hslda.org/elink.asp?id=6265


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8. Federal 'Hate Crime' Law Proposed

H.R. 1913 would make certain motivations for injuring another person a
federal hate crime. A description of the bill and information about it
can be found on HSLDA's federal legislation webpage.

Read more about it at:
http://www.hslda.org/elink.asp?id=6435


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9. 'Home School Heartbeat': Law School--Preparing Now

Is your student aspiring to attend law school? Find out how he can
prepare academically, what he should expect, and what extra-curricular
activities attract the attention of law school admissions departments!
This week Mike Farris talks with several students and the chair of the
Pre-Law Advisor's National Council.

Read more about it at:
http://www.hslda.org/elink.asp?id=6429


HOMESCHOOLING IN THE NEWS
Outside news items on home education
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April 21: Medicine Hat News, Medicine Hat, Alberta, Canada
Violinist Excited About Playing as a Soloist at Annual Concerto
Competition
http://www.hslda.org/elink.asp?id=6430

April 21: Daily Press, Newport News, Virginia
11-Year-Old Takes College Classes
http://www.hslda.org/elink.asp?id=6431

April 19: The State News, Lansing, Michigan
Homeschooled Students Adjust to Learning with 40K Classmates
http://www.hslda.org/elink.asp?id=6432

April 15: Salisbury Post, Salisbury, North Carolina
Homeschoolers Thank Rowan Public Library Employees
http://www.hslda.org/elink.asp?id=6433

April 15: Salem Times Register, Salem, Virginia
Homeschooling: Roanoke-Salem Christian Co-op: Friends, Family & Fun
http://www.hslda.org/elink.asp?id=6434

> Links do not imply endorsement.



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