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Toddlers to Tweens: Got Resolutions? Let HSLDA Help!

HSLDA's Homeschooling Thru the Early Years Newsletter
January 2012--Got Resolutions? Let HSLDA Help!

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Dear Friend,

We recently asked our Facebook readers, "What are your homeschooling
goals for 2012?" You may not have answered on Facebook, but I'm
guessing you just might nod in agreement with at least a few of the
comments we got. Now that the first month of the new year is nearly
over, could you use some encouragement?

My New Year's Resolution: To Help You Achieve YOURS!

I couldn't help but think as I read each goal, "We have an article or
resource on our site to help with that!" Maybe you didn't know we have
such an abundance of helpful tools, or perhaps you're not sure where
to find them. Here's a start for you to stick with those resolutions!

HSLDA's Helps for Homeschooling in 2012

My biggest goal for this year is to train my [insert age
here]-year-old to read for pleasure!
Check out "Give Your Child the Keys to Unlock Meaning" by Faith Berens ,
101 Ways to Love a Book by Mary Engelbreit , or the
"Reading Aloud" section of The Teaching Home newsletter (as found in HSLDA's article,
"Homeschooling on a Shoestring Budget: Focus on Language Arts.

This was my [first/fifth/tenth] year homeschooling and I wasn't very
organized or consistent... so I am praying for structure & diligence
this coming year. (We are having fun, so it's not all a loss....)
I am trying to get more organized.
We need some sort of routine.
"How does a busy homeschool mom spell relief? R-O-U-T-I-N-E!" Check out HSLDA's
Organization section for
everything from lesson planning to getting dinner on the table the
same day you homeschool!

I want to figure out what makes reading so hard for my daughter and
fix it.
Our Struggling Learners/Special Needs web section has several articles
on reading comprehension and remediation strategies, including Dianne Craft's
Struggling Learners newsletter article, "Understanding Reading

I want to start regularly grading stuff (daughter is in first grade)
for records and get in the habit of saving all her work in a more
organized fashion.
On grading: 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. Lesha Myers addresses the topic of
grading in this Home School Heartbeat series.
On saving work: Check out the Records section of the HSLDA Toddlers to
Tweens pages , especially the
article on using binders.

To make my children disciples of Jesus Christ, and learn to apply the
Bible to every area of life, every subject.
I want to start doing a memory verse each week for the kids.
Glorify the Lord in all we do.
Keep Christ as first priority. Make sure that God is the center of
everything that I teach my children.
Find lots of resources for memorization, character, and more in
"Deliberate Devotions."
The Home Education 101 Mentor's Manual has a section in the
curriculum session on the topic of worldview.
And we have lots of encouragement articles for both moms and dads because, as Mark Holden
writes, "It's All About Jesus Christ."

Keep building a love for writing.
Maybe these brief interviews with homeschooled writers will help!

Ridding the government from our business; persuading HSLDA and other
homeschool parents to work to change laws where we don't have to
account to the government for something that God has placed in the
hands and responsibility of parents.
HSLDA and are proactive in this effort!

Revamp, reorganize, and change curriculum. Mix things up a bit...
How about "Choosing Activities for a Unit Study"?

I'm looking for more science curriculum.
We're going to put extra focus on math and science.
You can even manage that on a shoestring budget!

My daughter wants to produce a weekly cooking show on Youtube. about highlights of students who have excelled while
pursuing their passions,
(including a family who made a film!)?

To find at least one homeschooling family in the area we live in.
Check out the local support group listings for your state.
Sometimes your state organization has a more comprehensive listing, so
be sure to look at that site, too.

To protect our sons' time so they can continue discovering their
strengths and gifts and setting their goals.
Hal and Melanie Young share their insights in Raising Real Men:
Surviving, Teaching, and Appreciating Boys, . For a taste of their
insights, listen to these Home School Heartbeat episodes. Want more? Hal and Melanie
presented an @home e-vents

Becoming fluent in a second language is a big goal!
HSLDA's Homeschool Heartbeat helps in "Finding Foreign Language
Options" , and Sindy Quinonez
encourages you to consider a bilingual homeschool in her Court Report

My only goal is to simply be a better teacher and mother. I have felt
lately like I am failing in so many ways. I am leaning on God to help
change me and create a new enthusiasm for all of this.
Renew your vision in five minutes! Listen to this Home School
Heartbeat series. For more
encouragement, visit the "Encouragement" section of our site.

Raising/homeschooling [X number of ] kids is hard do the
rest of you do it?
Read Sally Clarkson's "Re-discovering Joy" or get a "Jump-Start to a
Joyful Year." And for a
glimpse of a homeschool day in someone else's house, read "A Day in
Our Homeschool."

It's been extra hard for us since my husband has been out of work for
six months and can't get a job.
"Keeping Your Homeschool Strong in an Uncertain Economy" was the focus of a Court
Report article.

To help educate more people.
We have free brochures for
you to distribute, on topics from the basics of homeschooling, to
homeschooling preschool or high school, or a struggling learner. If
you have a website or blog, grab our graphic link here , or tell your Friends
about our Facebook page!

To make it through today.
Denise Mira encourages us to "survive through the long haul" on Home
School Heartbeat. Need more?
Check out these encouraging articles.

Simply to finish the school year on time and sanity in tact!
Just to keep on going!
Here's some mid-year motivation for you.

Read our Bible more...pray more...and serve each other more!
How can a busy homeschool family incorporate Bible study,
everyday-life application of biblical principles, and prayer in their
day? Here are some ideas--everything from the "one-inch" Bible study
to inductive studies for kids, and everything in between!

Change curriculum.
We are changing some curricula and my goal is to be more hands-on with
the schooling.
Let Cathy Duffy explain curriculum choices or check out more about
various homeschool approaches

My goal is to continue to fully embrace the unschooling lifestyle the
Lord has been slowly leading us into the last few years. I am enjoying
the journey and my children are thriving beyond my wildest dreams.
Read about Robin Sampson's "Unplanned, Delight-Directed Homeschool
Day," , then pick up a copy of
Teri Brown and Elissa Wahl's book, Christian Unschooling.

Teaching the family to use planners to plan and stay organized.
See several homeschool planners in our store and visit our site for
planning tips!
Learn how to create a lifestyle-of-learning environment in our
organization webinar.

So encouraging to see others with many of the same struggles and joys
we are experiencing.
You are not alone! Get a glimpse of how others manage their days at "A
Day in Our Homeschool." (Tell
us about a typical day in your

My goal is to work less so we can be more consistent with our schedule
as dad days never are the same as mom days. Also to incorporate more
biblical teaching.
Lesson planning can help you
focus your learning days to be consistent, yet allow some flexibility.
Speaking of those dad days, did you know we have a whole section just
for dads?

Teaching my children to organize.
Be purposeful in modeling and explaining household organization and
time management. Not sure
where to start? There are many organization resources available.

We're establishing an economic system for the household with privilege
cards instead of monetary allowances.
Chuck Bentley shares about teaching children financial management. and our Toddlers to Tweens
newsletter discusses "Training in Diligence and Thoroughness." And The Everyday Family
Chore System includes a
section on rewards and motivation!

To decide between putting my kid in public school and homeschooling.
My daughter is supposed to start pre-kindergarten this year but we're
not sure we want her to. That means getting more connected to the
local homeschooling community to figure out what people actually are
Will it help you to have some statistics , or some suggested
Mike Smith shares tips for transitioning to homeschool , and in our free "Getting
Started" webinar, we walk
you through a planning checklist to help you prepare for the
homeschool adventure! Topics of discussion include research, goal
setting, supplies, and schedules, plus Six Tips for Success. And you
can usually check out a local support group meeting or state convention to
get a sense of homeschooling in your area.
For more information on homeschooling preschool through 8th grade,
check out our short MonkeySee videos.

Finish the year off with all our classes finished on time and with the
love to learn and feel accomplished that we accomplished our goals!
With our "Lessons Learned" worksheet, you can evaluate all aspects
of your homeschool year.

My goals for my daughter are to read at least one novel a month and to
learn how to write her own short story (she wants to do a graphic
novel). My goal for my son is to learn his ABC's.
How can you reach your measurable, attainable goals? Check out "Where
Do We Go From Here?" and its accompanying goals worksheet.

To get healthy and finish out the school year with no more hospital
stays. Though being in the hospital taught me that our son can step up
to the plate and run the house when needed.
While we can't get you healthy, we can share some tips to get you
through the tough times, when you are persevering through illness,
whether it's mom or the
kids. We also have suggestions for those times "When Life Broadsides
Your Homeschool."

Focus on my kids' strengths, interests, and giftings--and just let the
other stuff follow.
We're working on staying out of the way of our girls and remembering
their natural desire and ability to figure out what they need to know.

Let us help you "Find the Gift in Your Child"; visit our site for more
on gifted learners and
learning styles.

My goal is to try to enjoy every precious second I have homeschooling
and try to remember what a blessing it is to have them at home.
And one of our goals for 2012 here at HSLDA is to help you do that by
continuing to defend and advance your constitutional right to direct
the education of your children and to protect family freedoms as we
have done, by God's grace, since 1983! If you are currently a member,
thank you so much for your support of our home education advocacy and
education. If you aren't, well, here's one more link for you to check

Whatever your plans or goals for 2012, may you find strength,
patience, provision, renewed vision and joy in the Lord who has called
you to home discipleship of your precious children.


Vicki Bentley

Be Encouraged

"Therefore, my beloved brethren, be steadfast, immovable, always
abounding in the work of the Lord, knowing that your labor is not in
vain in the Lord." 1 Corinthians 15:58 (NKJV)

Start the new year by reading through the Bible in 90 days --even if it takes you a bit
longer, you'll still be hiding God's Word in your heart. What a
wonderful read-aloud or quiet time activity!

Other encouraging reading for the new year:
"20 Questions for New Years Course Corrections"
-> "I saved my entire membership fee with one discount"

"We've been a Liberty Mutual customer for over 12 years. We
called and asked about our HSLDA member discount and they lowered
our premium by approx $95 per year...coincidentally the same
amount as our HSLDA annual membership fee. Thought you'd want to

More reasons to join HSLDA...

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