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Save with Discounts for HLA Teachers and Students

You do not have to be a homeschooler to love a discount. But, if you are a homeschooler, more than likely, you do love a discount. As a HomeLife Academy (HLA) family, you can receive discounts on several special items and ones you regularly use. These are exclusive discounts HLA has secured for its teachers

Got Questions? HLA’s Got Answers!

Many of you are just rounding the corner to the end of your school year. Some of you will continue into the summer. Others are already preparing for a new school year. HomeLife Academy (HLA) has all types of homeschoolers. We have some who follow a traditional school calendar, others who homeschool year-round and some

Why Do Standardized Testing?

If you are at the end of your school year, you are probably breathing a huge sigh of relief. You have just spent the last nine months (or more) teaching your children everything that was listed on your to do list for them to do. There was math, reading and writing with a little bit

Go Out of this World with STEM in 30

All it takes is 30 minutes and your child can learn more about Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) topics. That is important, because STEM is hip and happening now and something your child should learn more about. The Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum (NASM) makes it possible by bringing its STEM in 30

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HLA has Got Your Senior Swag

High school graduation is a momentous occasion in the life of every homeschooler. Regardless of the destination after the date (ex: college, mission work, traveling the globe, etc.), it is a time in one’s life that should be celebrated and shared with friends and family. HomeLife Academy (HLA) rejoices with you, a graduating senior! Because

Education is All About Discipleship

By Heidi St. John Are you tired? This homeschooling gig is hard! (No one told me that before I decided to do it.) But it matters. What we do every day matters, moms. But why is education such a big deal? There's a short verse in Luke that has implications as to why and how

Socialization and the Homeschooled Autistic Child

By Terri Brogan As the mother of a child diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder (ASD), I have always known I would homeschool my son. Within three months of his birth, my husband and I firmly made the decision to homeschool, after much prayer, thought, and consideration. Our decision did not change three years later when

Handwriting – The Changes!

By Nan Jay Barchowsky It is not so easy to guide your child to the handwriting that will give him or her the most lifelong success and pleasure. Even the thought of success and pleasure in writing by hand can seem unclear, maybe even unnecessary as an attainment goal. Many say the various amazing digital

It’s All About the Sports

There are many reasons families never consider homeschooling. One of the top reasons has absolutely nothing to do with academics. It's all about the sports. Children and their parents love sports and are not willing to give them up for more freedom in education. As homeschooling has become more accepted, parents and their children no

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Celebrating the Meaning of Easter with Kids

By Shannon Schulz As young parents, my husband and I were torn about how to celebrate Easter with our girls. We knew intrinsically that dying eggs and Easter bunnies had nothing to do with Jesus’ brutal death and resurrection, but we also held sweet family memories of our own childhood Easter celebrations. They were mostly