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1/4/2011 4:15:55 PM
Home School Legal Defense Association
HSLDA's Weekly Update--Over 2 Million Children are Homeschooled

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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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Legislative Update

If you live in Massachusetts or Michigan, 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 4, 2011:

1. Over 2 Million Children are Homeschooled
2. Resolutions You Can Make to Preserve Parental Rights
3. Home School Foundation: Thank You from 2010
4. Art Contest Now Accepting Entries
5. Constitutional Law Online Deadline Extended
6. Still Time to Bid on Homeschool Art
7. Prospective Student Days at Patrick Henry College
8. "Home School Heartbeat": A Decade in Review
9. Next week on HSLDA's @home e-vents...


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1. Over 2 Million Children are Homeschooled

In a new study released today the National Home Education Research
Institute estimates there were over 2 million children being
homeschooled in the United States in 2010.

Read more about it at:
http://www.hslda.org/elink.asp?id=9932


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2. Resolutions You Can Make to Preserve Parental Rights

Welcome to 2011! As this exciting year begins, many of you have made
resolutions regarding how you will live differently. Here are four
more commitments you can make to preserve parental rights in 2011 and
beyond.

Read more about it at:
http://www.hslda.org/elink.asp?id=9915


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3. Home School Foundation: Thank You from 2010

We help some of the most amazing families at HSF. For everyone who has
prayed or given to help support our mission, here are thank-yous from
families helped in 2010.

Watch the video:
http://www.hslda.org/elink.asp?id=9916


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4. Art Contest Now Accepting Entries

HSLDA's 2011 Student Art Contest is accepting entries through February
1. There are three themes corresponding to three age groups, each with
prizes. Profits benefit fellow homeschoolers through the Home School
Foundation.

Contest guidelines:
http://www.hslda.org/elink.asp?id=9917


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5. Constitutional Law Online Deadline Extended

Students now have until January 10 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. 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=9918


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6. Still Time to Bid on Homeschool Art

Last year's HSLDA art contest finalists were given the option to
donate their artwork to an auction to benefit the Home School
Foundation. Several students have graciously donated their work, and
we're excited to be able to offer their pieces to you! Contributions
to HSF for the artwork are tax deductible and will go to support the
special needs fund.

View artwork and begin bidding at:
http://www.hslda.org/elink.asp?id=9894


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7. Prospective Student Days at Patrick Henry College

This spring, Patrick Henry College invites students and their families
to experience the College at a Prospective Student Day. Interact with
students and professors, hear from College leaders, visit chapel,
observe class lectures, and learn about the College's unique academic
and extracurricular opportunities. We hope to see you on campus this
spring!

Learn more:
http://www.hslda.org/elink.asp?id=9931


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8. "Home School Heartbeat": A Decade in Review

So, we all know there were big battles to fight in the "old days" of
homeschooling, but what has been happening in the last ten years?
Listen in as Mike Farris and Mike Smith discuss trials and triumphs of
the past decade, as well as what the future holds for homeschoolers,
on this week's "Home School Heartbeat."

Read more about it at:
http://www.hslda.org/elink.asp?id=9919


HOMESCHOOLING IN THE NEWS
Outside news items on home education
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January 2: Chicago Tribune, Chicago, Illinois
African-Americans Choosing to Homeschool
http://www.hslda.org/elink.asp?id=9920

December 31: News-Times, Danbury, Connecticut
Homeschooled New Milford Seventh-Grader Wins National NASA Essay
Contest
http://www.hslda.org/elink.asp?id=9921

December 30: The Houston Chronicle, Houston, Texas
Texas Teen's Knowledge of Bible Lands Her Recognition--and $20,000
http://www.hslda.org/elink.asp?id=9922

December 28: WIS-TV Channel 10, Columbia, South Carolina
Study: Homeschooling Becoming More Popular
http://www.hslda.org/elink.asp?id=9923

December 26: The Virginian-Pilot, Norfolk, Virginia
Chesapeake Sees Spike in Homeschooled Students
http://www.hslda.org/elink.asp?id=9924

December 21: The Jersey Journal, Jersey City, New Jersey
8-year-old Jersey City Boy is Doing All He Can to Save His Local
Library
http://www.hslda.org/elink.asp?id=9927

December 18: The Atlantic
The Bible Bee: Where the Word Becomes Sport
http://www.hslda.org/elink.asp?id=9928

> Links do not imply endorsement.


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

This year, develop positive, lifelong relationships with your children
through the power of the tongue. In "Blessing Your Children with Words
of Praise," http://www.hslda.org/elink.asp?id=9929 HSLDA President
Mike Smith uses James 3:1-10 as a model to help you use words to edify
and build up your children. Join us on Thursday, January 13, @ 9:00
p.m. (ET) as Mike explains how your children can experience your words
not as a form of rejection, but as a blessing.

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Athome@hslda.org.



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