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1/5/2010 4:26:13 PM
Home School Legal Defense Association
HSLDA's Weekly Update--A Response to "The Harms of Homeschooling"

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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 or New Jersey, 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 January 5, 2010:

1. A Response to Robin L. West--"The Harms of Homeschooling"
2. New Hampshire Poised for Landmark Homeschool Vote
3. Bright Spots in Homeschooling: Golfing with Grace
4. Help Us Find Homeschool-Friendly Special Needs Consultants
5. Student Art Contest Accepting Entries
6. Plan Now for Upcoming Poetry, Photo Contests
7. Job Opening: Online Seminar Program Manager
8. "Home School Heartbeat": Making the Grade--Why does Grading Matter?
9. Next week on HSLDA's @home e-vents...

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1. A Response to Robin L. West--"The Harms of Homeschooling"

While the number of people in academia who are openly critical of
homeschooling are few, every now and again an article will be
published in a university periodical which attacks homeschooling.

Read more about it at:
http://www.hslda.org/elink.asp?id=7402


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2. New Hampshire Poised for Landmark Homeschool Vote

On Wednesday, January 6 the New Hampshire House of Representatives is
scheduled to vote on an amendment to House Bill 368 which, if passed,
would make New Hampshire's homeschool law the most restrictive and
burdensome in the nation.

Read more about it at:
http://www.hslda.org/elink.asp?id=7403


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3. Bright Spots in Homeschooling: Golfing with Grace

Faith, family, and golfing are fundamental in the life of 17-year-old
Amy Anderson, winner of this year's U.S. Girls' Junior Golf
Championship.

Read more about it at:
http://www.hslda.org/elink.asp?id=7404


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4. Help Us Find Homeschool-Friendly Special Needs Consultants

Do you know of a homeschool-friendly educational consultant,
therapist, tutor, tester, counselor, or educational diagnostician? If
so, would you let us know about them?

Recommend a consultant:
http://www.hslda.org/elink.asp?id=7405


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5. Student Art Contest Accepting Entries

Students have until February 1 to submit entries for HSLDA's 2010 art
contest. Visit our contest webpage for guidelines and a list of cash
prizes. Proceeds benefit the Home School Foundation's Special Needs
Children's Fund.

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


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6. Plan Now for Upcoming Poetry, Photo Contests

HSLDA encourages students to start thinking about entries for
additional contests scheduled for later in the year. Poetry contest
entries will be accepted beginning May 1; photo contest entries may be
submitted beginning July 1.

For contest guidelines and entry forms:
http://www.hslda.org/elink.asp?id=7406


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7. Job Opening: Online Seminar Program Manager

HSLDA is seeking a dynamic and self-motivated person to serve as the
program manager of our new and exciting @home e-vents service. The
position will be on site at HSLDA headquarters in Purcellville,
Virginia

Read more about it at:
http://www.hslda.org/elink.asp?id=7407


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8. "Home School Heartbeat": Making the Grade--Why does Grading Matter?

When it comes to evaluating schoolwork in the homeschool setting, some
parents wonder if their expectations are too high while others worry
theirs are too low. With this kind of confusion, why even grade? On
this week's series, Mike Smith and his guest Lesha Myers talk about
the value of grading and how to make it work for your homeschool.

Read more about it at:
http://www.hslda.org/elink.asp?id=7408


HOMESCHOOLING IN THE NEWS
Outside news items on home education
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January 5: CBN.com
Film "Pendragon" Delivers Strong Message of Faith
http://www.hslda.org/elink.asp?id=7409

January 2: Charleston Gazette, Charleston, West Virginia
Homeschooling in Rural West Virginia
http://www.hslda.org/elink.asp?id=7410

December 30: The Salt Lake Tribune, Salt Lake City, Utah
Utah Boy is Chess National Master
http://www.hslda.org/elink.asp?id=7411

December 24: CBN.com
Homeschool Parents Face Losing Son to State
http://www.hslda.org/elink.asp?id=7412

December 24: Family News in Focus
Swedish Homeschool Saga
http://www.hslda.org/elink.asp?id=7413

December 23: The Sun News, Macon, Georgia
Homeschool Offers Wide Variety of Activities
http://www.hslda.org/elink.asp?id=7414

> Links do not imply endorsement.


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9. Next week on HSLDA's @home e-vents...

Do you struggle to grade your child's schoolwork? Do you feel
apprehensive or inadequate for the task? Do you want to ring in the
New Year and leave your grading frustrations behind?

Join teacher, author, and homeschool mom Lesha Myers on Wednesday,
January 13, at 9:00 p.m. (ET), and discover ways to evaluate your
student's work which results in a positive and productive experience.
Grading doesn't have to be an impossible task--come and find the tools
you need to honestly evaluate your child's work.

Don't miss this opportunity to hear Lesha share tips and practical
methods that are sure to enhance your teaching experience!

There is still space for you to join this e-vent--sign up now to
reserve your "seat"! To register, go to
http://www.hslda.org/elink.asp?id=7415 .

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



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