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1/17/2013 2:39:04 PM
Vicki Bentley--HSLDA
Toddlers to Tweens--You Spoke, We Listened

HSLDA's Toddlers to Tweens Newsletter
January 2013--You Spoke, We Listened

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You Spoke, We Listened

By Vicki Bentley
HSLDA Toddlers to Tweens consultant

"Plans fail for lack of counsel, but with many advisers they succeed."
(Proverbs 15:22 NIV)

Wow! More than 1,200 of you responded to our recent survey--thank you
so much! Every opinion and comment is important to us. I did
personally read every single response and comment--many of the
suggestions will become full articles, newsletters, or workshops. I'd
like to address others in a few upcoming newsletters, to keep you
abreast of HSLDA resources that may be unfamiliar to you. For


What changes should I expect as we move into the tween years?

For starters, check out "The Middle School Years." . For tips on how to
prepare your junior high students for high school, visit the Before
High School section by our high school consultants.

How do I get kids motivated to do chores?

Review the three-part series of newsletter articles on raising kids
who help at home
You also may be interested in The Everyday Family Chore System , a tool for home management

My child is in third [or fourth, or sixth...] grade but I don't know
what he should be learning. How can I tell if he's "on track"?

Great question, and a common concern. Find help in "What Should I Be
Teaching?" You can also
find placement testing and
assessment guidance on our

What about learning styles?

Your child's natural strength and learning preference is his learning
style. The sensory way he remembers things is his learning modality.
Read more here:

How do we find social opportunities for our kids?

Sometimes we parents just have to create our own opportunities, and in
a past newsletter , you'll
find some ideas that have worked for other parents.

I'm a single parent. Can this work?

You'll find not only several articles on the topic of single
parenting, but also a Christian single parents' forum in our
Encouragement section.
What's available for dads?

For starters, we have a whole section devoted to encouragement for
dads, by dads. . Also, our
Court Report contains articles, cases, legal information, and more,
all of interest to either parent. We offer several webinars in our
@home e-vents designed to speak specifically to fathers, and our
consultants are happy to speak with both moms and dads! Trivia tidbit:
Did you know all of our staff attorneys are homeschool dads?

I'd prefer a blog format.

We have a variety of blogs to appeal to a variety of readers!

It would help me to know how other folks handle homeschooling.

At "A Day in Our Homeschool,"
you'll get a glimpse into the daily lives of more than 100 different
homeschool families!

How do I get started with a preschooler?

So they don't want to sit still and listen--they just want to play and
pretend? Or you aren't sure where to start? How much structure is
appropriate? Read about these topics and more in our preschool
section. You'll also find
links there to a few Home School Heartbeat series on preschool. (Hey,
did you know we offer a free HSLDA membership to parents whose oldest
child is not yet age 5?)

It's so overwhelming to try to homeschool and take care of the rest of

Because we know that parents have more to their days than
homeschooling, we've dedicated an entire section of our site to
organization, from time
management, to recordkeeping, to household organization, to "getting
dinner on the table the same day you homeschool."

I am having trouble homeschooling and taking care of my parents.

We hope you'll find help and encouragement in the cover story of the
Winter 2012 edition of our
member magazine, The Home School Court Report--"Eldercare and

How do I homeschool more than one child without homeschooling till

Multi-level teaching is not only do-able, but can save you money, time
(and headaches). For the short version, check out the multi-level
teaching article at our site
; for a more in-depth explanation, view the webinar in our @home
e-vents archive.


Teaching at Home: Basics & Beyond for Toddlers to Tweens (an HSLDA You
CAN Homeschool! seminar) will be held at the Purcellville campus of
Patrick Henry College this spring. Workshops will include Time
Management for Busy Homeschool Parents, Multi-Level Teaching, and
more! Date and details will be announced soon.
-> "I saved my entire membership fee with one discount"

"When I called Liberty to find out what kind of discount we could
get, they told us we would 10% off our car insurance and 5% off
our homeowner's insurance. What we will save is more than double
what it costs to join HSLDA. With one child getting his driver's
license this year, the savings will be a real blessing!"

More reasons to join HSLDA...

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