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10/14/2009 4:14:40 PM
Home School Legal Defense Association
HSLDA's Weekly Update--Take Advantage of Co-op Options

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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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-> How many news articles did you read this morning over your
oatmeal?

We live in a world where concise information presented at the
right time can make a big difference in the outcome of important
legislative efforts. Yet it's tough to keep up with all the
issues that affect you. HSLDA does this for you in the areas that
affect your homeschool. Our emails and website enable you to
take quick, decisive action. Please consider becoming a part of
this team.

More reasons to join HSLDA...
http://www.hslda.org/elink.asp?id=1923

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Legislative Update

If you live in Illinois, Michigan, New Hampshire, New Jersey or
Wisconsin, 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 October 14, 2009:

1. Washington Times Op-ed--Take Advantage of Co-op Options
2. German Homeschooled Children Return Home
3. Continued Opposition to Homeschooling
4. "Hate Crimes" Included in Troop Funding Legislation
5. Fairfax Asks for Child's Birth Date
6. Apply Now for PHC Journalism Scholarships
7. Essay Contest Entries Wanted
8. 'Home School Heartbeat': Homeschooling a Child with Asperger's
Syndrome
9. Coming up on HSLDA @home e-vents

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On November 24, people all around the world will celebrate the most
influential man of the last 200 years -- Charles Darwin -- and his
landmark book, “On the Origin of Species.” Will you be prepared to
know and defend the truth of God’s creation? Make sure your family has
the brand-new adventure film that everyone will be talking about --
“The Mysterious Islands.” Watch the trailer now:

http://www.hslda.org/alink.asp?ID=183

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1. Washington Times Op-ed--Take Advantage of Co-op Options

Typically, when parents first consider homeschooling, they have some
confidence they can teach their children through grade school. Many
parents, however, begin to wonder if they are capable of educating
their children through high school.

Read more about it at:
http://www.hslda.org/elink.asp?id=7075


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2. France: German Homeschooled Children Return Home

The Wunderlich family were delighted that a local juvenile court
decided to return custody of their four children after they were
seized in a surprise visit by French social workers on September 28.

Read more about it at:
http://www.hslda.org/elink.asp?id=7076


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3. California: Continued Opposition to Homeschooling

Despite court victories that have confirmed the freedom to homeschool,
some officials appear to be actively opposing the decision of parents
to home educate.

Read more about it at:
http://www.hslda.org/elink.asp?id=7077


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4. "Hate Crimes" Included in Troop Funding Legislation

On October 8, the U.S. House of Representatives passed a motion to
include "hate crimes" in the National Defense Authorization Act to
fund the troops.

Read more about it at:
http://www.hslda.org/elink.asp?id=7078


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5. Virginia: Fairfax Asks for Child's Birth Date

HSLDA challenged public school district officials about a form letter
requesting unnecessary information from homeschoolers.

Read more about it at:
http://www.hslda.org/elink.asp?id=7079


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6. Apply Now for PHC Journalism Scholarships

Patrick Henry College is offering scholarships for highly qualified
applicants to the college's journalism major. These privately funded
scholarships will make it more financially viable for talented,
dedicated young people to take advantage of the unique education
opportunities available to journalism students at PHC. The application
deadline is December 1, 2009.

Read more about it at:
http://www.hslda.org/elink.asp?id=7080


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7. Essay Contest Entries Wanted

HSLDA's 2009 student essay contest is accepting entries through
November 1. The contest is divided into three age groups, each with a
corresponding theme. As always, cash prizes will be awarded and
winning essays will be posted on our website.

For contest guidelines and entry form:
http://www.hslda.org/elink.asp?id=6987


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8. 'Home School Heartbeat': Homeschooling a Child with Asperger's
Syndrome

For a child struggling with Asperger's syndrome, homeschooling may be
the very best learning option for their unique needs. HSLDA Special
Needs Coordinator Dianne Craft shares ways you can deal with this
condition, help your child excel, and develop their unique gifts and
abilities through education.

Read more about it at:
http://www.hslda.org/elink.asp?id=7081


HOMESCHOOLING IN THE NEWS
Outside news items on home education
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October 13: Orange County Register, Santa Ana, California
YMCA Offers Gym Class for Homeschooled Kids
http://www.hslda.org/elink.asp?id=7086

October 12: Bristol Press, Bristol, Connecticut
Library Adds to Homeschooling
http://www.hslda.org/elink.asp?id=7082

October 9: Herald-Times, Gaylord, Michigan
Homeschool North Trails Cross Country Team Races around Northern
Michigan
http://www.hslda.org/elink.asp?id=7083

October 9: KVIG-TV Channel 7, El Paso, Texas
Local Author, 10, Receives State, National Recognition
http://www.hslda.org/elink.asp?id=7084

October 6: WorldNetDaily.com
French Police Grab 4 Kids on German Orders
http://www.hslda.org/elink.asp?id=7085

> Links do not imply endorsement.

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9. Coming up on HSLDA @home e-vents

As we travel through this life, we see signs or guideposts that give
us direction, warning, or encouragement. Children need positive, godly
guideposts, and parents are God's agents for setting up those
guideposts. On Tuesday, October 20 at 9:00 p.m. (ET), Dr. Fred Worth
will discuss the different kinds of guideposts that are needed and how
to intentionally set them up for the protection, guidance, and
encouragement of our children.

Ever wonder how to adjust your goals and objectives for your
children's writing as they progress from pre-K to college-level work?
Join Dr. James Stobaugh on Wednesday, October 21 at 9:00 p.m. (ET), to
discover how to set appropriate writing goals and objectives for each
stage of your children's education. The ability to write is a valuable
tool to help your children express their beliefs in any venue God
calls them to. This webinar will teach you how to balance teaching
writing skills with nurturing hearts to develop capable students,
ready and able to write articulately and eloquently.

Don't miss next week's helpful, encouraging webinars!

Space is limited for these e-vents, so register today! For more
information, or to register, go to http://www.hslda.org/athome.



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