Originally Sent: 9/24/2013

HSLDA's WEEKLY UPDATE
September 24, 2013
   
     Mike Farris
Michael Farris, HSLDA Founder and Chairman and homeschooling father of 10
   

Praise God that the Wunderlich family has been reunited.
Michael P. Farris

  1. Wunderlich Children Returned on Condition of School Attendance
  2. State Wants to Ban Homeschooling
  3. Bill Would Open Public School Sports to Homeschoolers
  4. Wicomico Oversteps Boundaries
  5. Technology Survey: Not Sponsored by HSLDA
  6. Home School Heartbeat: Celebrating Autumn
  7. Get Teacher Training at HSLDA
  8. Special Needs Conference to Inform, Inspire
  9. eBay Sales Now Benefit Homeschoolers
  10. The Annual Essay Contest is Back
  11. 2014 Real Refreshment Retreats

1. Wunderlich Children Returned on Condition of School Attendance

Dirk and Petra Wunderlich’s four children were returned to their parents after a court hearing, three weeks from the day the youths were seized during a police raid. The Wunderlich children were returned after the parents promised to enroll them in a state school. Read more >>

2. Netherlands: State Wants to Ban Homeschooling

Authorities are making plans to ban home education in the Netherlands. You can help Dutch homeschoolers preserve their freedom. Read more >>

3. Wisconsin: Bill Would Open Public School Sports to Homeschoolers

A state legislator is drafting a bill that would allow homeschoolers to participate in public school sports. Here are arguments for and against it. Read more >>

4. Maryland: Wicomico Oversteps Boundaries

When a school district sent a letter to homeschoolers making demands not required by law, HSLDA replied and asked that the letter be corrected. Read more >>

5. Technology Survey: Not Sponsored by HSLDA

In order to clear up confusion, a student has agreed to remove a reference to HSLDA from her online survey. Read more >>

6. Home School Heartbeat: Celebrating Autumn

Jump into fall.Jump into fall.

This fall, don’t just start school—start new traditions in your homeschool! On this week’s Home School Heartbeat, Mike Smith offers creative suggestions for taking advantage of seasonal opportunities to make learning more fun for your students in everything from science to art. Read more >>

7. Get Teacher Training at HSLDA

Take Friday, October 18, off from school as a teacher’s day and join us at Patrick Henry College for high school training. Online registration and information is available on our website. We’ll look forward to seeing you there! Read more and register >>

8. Special Needs Conference to Inform, Inspire

Come hear HSLDA Special Needs Consultant Faith Berens October 5, 2013, at the JoyQuest Struggling Learner Conference in Indianapolis, Indiana. Faith will join speakers Carol Barnier and Melinda Boring in a day of lectures and workshops meant to encourage and inform families facing educational challenges. Read more >>

Get your graduation gear.Get your graduation gear.

9. eBay Sales Now Benefit Homeschoolers

Do you sell on eBay? If so, you’ll be pleased to learn that the Home School Foundation, the charitable arm of HSLDA, is officially registered with eBay Giving Works! Sellers can now designate a portion or all of a sale to HSF, and any eBay user has the option of making a direct donation to HSF through eBay Giving Works. Read more >>

10. The Annual Essay Contest is Back!

Go deeper into the school year with HSLDA’s annual essay contest! A great way to get students excited about getting back into writing, this contest offers cash prizes for the top five essays per age group. The contest runs through December 1. Don’t forget to request our free writing resource! Read more >>

11. 2014 Real Refreshment Retreats

Homeschool moms: Mark your calendars for Apologia’s 2014 “Real Refreshment”retreats. The events feature veteran homeschoolers such as Elizabeth Smith and Zan Tyler offering insight and encouragement. Retreats are scheduled for February 21-22 in Atlanta and March 7-8 in Baltimore. Learn more and register >>

Register now!Register now!

 

   

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IN THE NEWS
Outside news items on home education

September 23: The Charlotte Observer, Charlotte, North Carolina Homeschool Theater Group Debuts with Wizard of Oz

September 23: Natchez Democrat, Natchez, Mississippi Family Begins First Year of Homeschool

September 22: WorldNetDaily.com Obama Remains Silent in Homeschool Case

September 20: Daily Herald, Killeen, Texas Homeschooling Helps Bind Copperas Cove Family Together

September 20: Press-Citizen, Iowa City, Iowa Homeschooling Changes Benefit Students, Families

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