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12/1/2009 4:10:04 PM
Home School Legal Defense Association
HSLDA's Weekly Update--Judge Fines Homeschoolers, No Jail Sentence

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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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-> You can only do so much...

No one can be everywhere at once. And you can't be at home,
teaching your children, while monitoring your state's legislature.
Through electronic legislative services, HSLDA is monitoring state
legislation for you -- watching and listening carefully for any
proposed laws that could erode your right to homeschool.
Join HSLDA today-we'll watch out for your future.

More reasons to join HSLDA...
http://www.hslda.org/elink.asp?id=1942

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Legislative Update

If you live in Illinois, Michigan, 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 December 1, 2009:

1. Judge Fines Homeschoolers, No Jail Sentence
2. Homeschooling Your Struggling Learner: Reading Assessment
3. Register Now for Spring Constitutional Law Online
4. Student Art Contest Coming Soon
5. Second Annual "A Call to Pens" Contest
6. 'Home School Heartbeat': Cultivating Prayer in Your Homeschool
7. Now Available on HSLDA's @home E-vents

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1. Judge Fines Homeschoolers, No Jail Sentence

Jurgen and Rosemarie Dudek of Archfeld, Germany, were found guilty
under the German State of Hessen's criminal law that requires all
children go to school. Even as Judge Drier recognized that the parents
were doing a fine job educating their children, he still imposed a
fine of 120 euros (about $180).

Read more about it at:
http://www.hslda.org/elink.asp?id=7300


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2. Homeschooling Your Struggling Learner: Reading Assessment

If you are working with a child who is behind in reading by a year or
more, you will want to make sure the program you have selected to help
your child is really working. The best way to do this is to give your
child a quick reading test about every three months. For some easy,
informal tests, check out HSLDA's Homeschooling Your Struggling
Learner newsletter "Documenting Your Child's Progress Over Time."

Read more about it at:
http://www.hslda.org/elink.asp?id=7301


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3. Register Now for Spring Constitutional Law Online

Students are now able to register for the spring semester of
Constitutional Law Online, taught by Michael Farris, Chairman of Home
School Legal Defense Association and Chancellor of Patrick Henry
College. Registration ends the first day of class, January 4, 2010.
The course concludes June 7, 2010.

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, then
this class is for you! This internet-based course follows Michael
Farris' textbook, "Constitutional Law for Enlightened Citizens," and
uses a computer-based audio CD to deliver the "classroom" lectures.
Live chat-room discussions held every two weeks allow students to pose
questions to Dr. Farris.

To learn more and to register:
http://www.hslda.org/elink.asp?id=5722


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4. Student Art Contest Coming Soon

Themes and guidelines for HSLDA's 2010 student art contest have been
posted. Original entries will be accepted beginning New Year's Day.

Read more and download an entry form:
http://www.hslda.org/elink.asp?id=7154


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5. Second Annual "A Call to Pens" Contest

Writers are the unacknowledged legislators of mankind, and Patrick
Henry College is once again inviting young writers to answer that
call--more specifically, A Call to Pens. The college's second annual
short story competition for students ages 12-18 invites aspiring young
writers to pen original works of fiction that thoughtfully reflect a
Christian perspective. Several cash prizes will be awarded to top
writers in each division. The entry deadline is December 30, 2009.

For entry information or to learn more:
http://www.hslda.org/elink.asp?id=7302


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6. 'Home School Heartbeat': Cultivating Prayer in Your Homeschool

Prayer has a vital role in homeschooling families. On this week's
program, Elizabeth Smith discusses how to cultivate prayer in your
homeschool. She shares her experience as a homeschool mom and how God
has used prayer in her own life. Also, she offers some helpful ideas
for how to teach children about prayer.

Read more about it at:
http://www.hslda.org/elink.asp?id=7303


HOMESCHOOLING IN THE NEWS
Outside news items on home education
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November 30: News-Observer, Raleigh, North Carolina
Competitor Doesn't Act Her Age
http://www.hslda.org/elink.asp?id=7304

November 30: Lincolnshire Echo, Lincoln, United Kingdom
Parents See Homeschooling Review as Threat to Rights
http://www.hslda.org/elink.asp?id=7305

November 29: Holland Sentinel, Holland, Michigan
7-year-old Places Second in National Poster Competition
http://www.hslda.org/elink.asp?id=7306

November 27: Yuma Sun, Yuma, Arizona
Boy Scout Putting on Play for Homeschoolers
http://www.hslda.org/elink.asp?id=7307

November 26: The Local, Berlin, Germany
Religious Couple Fined for Homeschooling Their Children
http://www.hslda.org/elink.asp?id=7308

> Links do not imply endorsement.

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7. Now Available on HSLDA's @home E-vents

These chilly December days are perfect for curling up with a good
book. But to children wrestling with reading disabilities, an
afternoon with a book may not seem quite so appealing.

If you're the parent of a struggling reader, you'll find helpful
information and tips in HSLDA's @home e-vent archives! Listen in to
Dr. Steven Duvall's expert advice on how to encourage good reading
skills in your students. With his unique "Parents as Reading Tutors
(PART)" program, you can equip your children to excel in reading.

Dr. Duvall's three-part series can be easily accessed from the comfort
of your living room whenever your busy holiday schedule allows, by
using our archive system. Just go to
http://www.hslda.org/elink.asp?id=7309 to find a complete listing of
past @home e-vents. To locate Dr. Duvall's recorded sessions, select
the time frame from 07/01/2009 to 09/01/2009 and search for "Duvall."

Enjoy these cozy winter days and learn as a family with HSLDA's @home
e-vent archives!

If you have any questions, please contact the @home e-vent coordinator
at webinars@hslda.org.



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