Originally Sent: 1/2/2014

HSLDA's WEEKLY UPDATE
January 2, 2014
   
    
Michael Farris, HSLDA Founder and Chairman and homeschooling father of 10
   

Join us in defending homeschool freedom in 2014.
Michael P. Farris

  1. Senate Adjourns—No UN Disabilities Treaty!
  2. Last Chance—Only 1 Week Left to Sign Up for Spring Courses!
  3. Home School Heartbeat: Margin for Moms
  4. Homeschool Freedom under Fire in Quebec
  5. A Few For-Profit Colleges and Cosmetology Schools Demand GED
  6. Student Contest: Start the Year with a New Art Project!
  7. Bible Bee: Make Scripture Your Child’s Strongest Subject

1. Senate Adjourns--No UN Disabilities Treaty!

HSLDA is pleased to report that the Foreign Relations Committee failed to vote the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities to the full Senate in 2013. This is a huge victory and the credit lies with you, homeschoolers, concerned parents and citizens. Read more >>

2. Last Chance—Only 1 Week Left to Sign Up for Spring Courses!

January 10—just over one week away—is the last day to register for PHC Prep Academy’s spring semester courses, AP Macroeconomics and AP U.S. Government and Politics. Help your student learn the key principles and practices that shape our country’s economy and political system. Don’t forget—all HSLDA members receive $50 off each course this spring! Read more >>

3. Home School Heartbeat: Margin for Moms

Build margin in your busy life.

If you’re feeling overworked and overwhelmed, you are not alone! Many homeschool mothers struggle with finding margin in their lives. Find out just what this “margin” is and how you can de-clutter your life as Mike Smith speaks with Carol Barnier on this week’s Home School Heartbeat. Read more >>

4. Homeschool Freedom under Fire in Quebec

A case involving a Catholic high school in Montreal threatens homeschooling freedom in the entire country. It also reveals the dangers of the idea that the government should be in the business of telling parents how their children should be educated. Read more >>

5. A Few For-Profit Colleges and Cosmetology Schools Demand GED

A few colleges, particularly for-profit schools, have responded to tougher federal funding rules by refusing to accept homeschool diplomas. HSLDA is monitoring the situation. Read more >>

6. Student Contest: Start the Year with a New Art Project!

HSLDA’s annual art contest opened January 1. So why not begin a new year by letting your kids have fun exploring their artistic side! Read more >>

7. Bible Bee: Make Scripture Your Child’s Strongest Subject

New classical “Sword Study” curriculum uses actual Bible books as launching pads for instruction! Three-month units include individual, age-leveled workbooks, Parent/Teacher Guide. Read more >>

   

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