Originally Sent: 4/8/2014

HSLDA's WEEKLY UPDATE
April 8, 2014
   
    
Michael Farris, HSLDA Founder and Chairman and homeschooling father of 10
   

Praise God for a legislative victory in Alabama.
Michael P. Farris

  1. New Law Recognizes Home Instruction
  2. Home School Heartbeat: Building the Common Core—An Interview with Director Ian Reid
  3. Reid, Estrada Discuss Common Core on The Blaze
  4. Help Teens Learn to Lead
  5. Young Ambassadors Wanted
  6. PHC Scholarship for HSLDA Members
  7. Announcing Annual Poetry Contest!
  8. House of Representatives Launches National STEM Contest
  9. Family Discipleship Includes You!

1. Alabama: New Law Recognizes Home Instruction

With the enactment of Senate Bill 38, Alabama law now expressly recognizes home instruction by someone other than a state-certified private tutor as an option for complying with the compulsory school attendance requirements. Read more >>

2. Home School Heartbeat: Building the Common Core—An Interview with Director Ian Reid

An interview with the Common Core documentary director.

This week on Home School Heartbeat, film director Ian Reid joins host Mike Smith to discuss the importance of Building the Machine, HSLDA’s documentary about the Common Core. Read more >>

3. Reid, Estrada Discuss Common Core on The Blaze

Building the Machine Director Ian Reid and HSLDA Director of Federal Relations Will Estrada discuss the Common Core’s impact on education in America on The Blaze. Watch the three-minute excerpt now >>

4. Help Teens Learn to Lead

Parents: Don’t let the headlines make you cynical. Remember the words of President Reagan. He reminded us during an era of moral, political, and cultural corruption that “America’s best days are yet to come.” The future of America is in the hands of the next generation. We truly believe in investing in the future of our country, and invite you to send your teens to iGovern leadership camp this year. Read more >>

5. Young Ambassadors Wanted

The Home School Foundation is enrolling teens ages 15-18 as Youth Ambassadors with accompanying parent or guardian sponsors. Read more >>

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6. PHC Scholarship for HSLDA Members

The Home School Foundation offers a one-year Patrick Henry College scholarship to incoming freshmen whose families are HSLDA members. Learn more and print an application >>

7. Announcing Annual Poetry Contest!

Homeschooling is not just about learning, but also about turning the learning process into something exciting for your children. For this reason, HSLDA offers its nationwide poetry contest, open to all homeschooled students ages 6-19. With creative prompts, this contest allows your children to practice the writing skills they learned this past year while having fun! For guidelines and entry form >>

8. House of Representatives Launches National STEM Contest

The House of Representatives just launched the first annual Congressional Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) Competition for high school students. Homeschool students who live in a participating congressional district can compete against other high school students by developing an app for mobile devices, tablets, or even computers! The competition ends April 30; winners will be announced in May. Learn more and register >>

9. Family Discipleship Includes You!

Whether your family is looking for a synchronized tool for the whole family (ages 4-adult) to study God’s word or you just want to dig deeper yourself, it’s here! Learn more and register >>

Send in your contest entry
   

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IN THE NEWS
Outside news items on home education

April 8: Peninsula Daily News, Port Angeles, Washington Northwinds Homeschool Band Brings Back Awards from California Festival

April 8: Capital Journal, Annapolis, Maryland Homeschool Students Show off Displays at Scholastic Fair

April 4: The Economist The Homeschool Conundrum

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