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1/11/2011 4:18:24 PM
Home School Legal Defense Association
HSLDA's Weekly Update--Letter-Writing Campaign for Johanssons

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-> How many acorns can a chipmunk hold in its cheeks?

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enables ordinary folks to prepare for hard times. That principle
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can feel secure as they homeschool and focus on other priorities
-- their children. Don't go nuts trying to pay for membership all
at
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More reasons to join HSLDA...
http://www.hslda.org/elink.asp?id=1937

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Legislative Update

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 11, 2011:

1. Letter-Writing Campaign for the Johansson Family
2. Do Homeschoolers Deserve a Tax Break?
3. FREE "Drive Thru History America!"
4. Home School Foundation: Why We Gave
5. Essay Contest Winners Announced
6. Art Contest Now Accepting Entries
7. Last Chance to Bid on Homeschool Art
8. Awana President Endorses National Bible Bee
9. "Home School Heartbeat": The Prudent Wife
10. Next week on HSLDA's @home e-vents...

---[ Apologia Homeschool Moms Retreat ]-------------------------------

Before the Throne: A retreat for homeschool moms. March 11-12, 2011
in Baltimore, MD, and March 25-26 in Atlanta, GA.

http://www.hslda.org/alink.asp?ID=298

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1. Immediate Action Requested: Letter-Writing Campaign for the
Johansson Family

Please help HSLDA undertake a letter-writing campaign to the European
Court of Human Rights (ECHR), where the Johanssons' case is
languishing. The ECHR has failed to take any action or provide any
response since the case was filed in June 2010.

Read more about it at:
http://www.hslda.org/elink.asp?id=9976


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2. "New York Times:" Do Homeschoolers Deserve a Tax Break?

HSLDA attorney Will Estrada joined a panel to debate whether
homeschoolers should be granted tax credits.

Read more about it at:
http://www.hslda.org/elink.asp?id=9977


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3. FREE "Drive Thru History America!"

Join HSLDA or renew your membership today and receive "Drive Thru
History America" free, while supplies last! "Drive Thru History
America: Foundations of Character" is a cutting-edge, entertaining,
fast-paced curriculum that teaches the history of our nation from a
Christian worldview.

For details and a video preview:
http://www.hslda.org/elink.asp?ID=9973


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4. Home School Foundation: Why We Gave

Most donations to HSF come from homeschooling families who want to
help fellow homeschoolers in need. Here are a few notes from donors
expressing why they wanted to give: "Our family saved this money over
the course of the year by putting aside change for our 'Christmas
Jar.' We decided together that the Widows Fund was the place we
thought it should go. God bless all of you for the work that you do.
We hope our small offering will help. Merry Christmas!"

Read more about it at:
http://www.hslda.org/elink.asp?id=9978


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5. Essay Contest Winners Announced

The results for the 2010 HSLDA Student Essay Contest are in. Proceeds
benefitted the HSF Special Needs Children's Fund.

View the winners:
http://www.hslda.org/elink.asp?id=9979


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6. 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=9980


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7. Last Chance 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 the Home School Foundation for the artwork are tax deductible and
will go to support the special needs fund. The auction ends January
13.

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


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8. Awana President Jack Eggar Endorses the National Bible Bee

View Jack Eggar as he encourages participation in the National Bible
Bee Summer, 2011 Family Discipleship Program. A limited number of
Awana-themed Bible Bee Hosting opportunities will be available. See
details at www.BibleBee.org.

Watch the video:
http://www.hslda.org/elink.asp?id=9989


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9. "Home School Heartbeat": The Prudent Wife

Are you struggling to make ends meet, or wondering if there are other
techniques out there that will help you stretch your dollar the
farthest? On this week's edition of "Home School Heartbeat," Mike
Smith speaks with Lisa Baughn on practical ways to conserve resources
while still meeting priorities like diet and education.

Read more about it at:
http://www.hslda.org/elink.asp?id=9981


HOMESCHOOLING IN THE NEWS
Outside news items on home education
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January 10: The Advertiser, Adelaide, Australia
Parents Turn to Homeschooling as Solution to Bullying
http://www.hslda.org/elink.asp?id=9982

January 8: The Day, New London, Connecticut
Homeschooled Nominee up for Board of Ed Post
http://www.hslda.org/elink.asp?id=9983

January 6: Grand Rapids Press, Grand Rapids, Michigan
Homeschooled Volleyball Player David Vander Meer Signs with Ball State
http://www.hslda.org/elink.asp?id=9984

January 6: The Christian Post
Homeschooling Community Grows Beyond 2 Million
http://www.hslda.org/elink.asp?id=9985

January 5: The Voice, New Baltimore, Michigan
Happy Ending in Sight for Memphis Homeschooling Co-op
http://www.hslda.org/elink.asp?id=9986

> Links do not imply endorsement.


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

If you're looking for creative ways to make each penny go as far as it
can, look no further! Homeschooling mom and housewife Lisa Baughn has
advice on how to implement frugal financial practices, while still
leaving room in the budget for homeschooling and healthy eating. On
Thursday, January 20 @ 9:00 p.m. (ET), come and receive biblical
encouragement and practical tips from "The Prudent Wife."
http://www.hslda.org/elink.asp?id=9987

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Please note that the code can only be used once per account. This
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If you have any questions, please visit www.HSLDAathome.org or contact
the @home e-vent team at webinars@hslda.org.



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