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How to Strengthen the Homeschooling Community

How to Strengthen the Homeschooling Community: Look to our past, focus on the present and plan for the future By Tracy Klicka I grew up wearing mood rings and bell bottoms, playing with Shrinky Dinks and an Easy Bake Oven, and listening to songs like “Summer Breeze” and “American Pie.” Yes, I was a child

Let the 2018 Winter Olympics Begin

It is time! The 2018 Winter Olympics is coming this week and bringing with it more than two weeks of cold weather sport excitement. This year, the Olympics are being held in Pyeongchang, South Korea, which earned the required majority votes to be named as the host location over Munich, Germany and Annecy, France. This

Freedom to Train and Equip

by Trisha Goddard Goddard family. Picture courtesy of the Goddard family. Please send our family anywhere in the world on an adventure, because we will make it into the best learning opportunity yet! We love homeschooling. It gives us flexibility as well as unlimited opportunities to learn, even when it means we “have

HLA Interns Prep for NSCW

Working as an HLA student intern is a lot of hard work . . . well, it can also be a lot of fun, but they do have to work hard sometimes. Preparing a video for the National School Choice Week (NSCW) was one of those times where they were able to mix some hard

Easy Ways to Fit Physical Activity Into Your Day

Physical activity (ex: P.E.) is an area many homeschoolers fail to include in their daily schedule. Math, science and literature often take precedence over spending 15 minutes taking a walk or a few minutes stretching after sitting for a long school day. Physical activity is just as important as the mental activity your child performs

#HLAserves for the Tree of Warmth

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Pictured (l-r): Jackie May (HLA), Kailey McKee (HLA), Destiny Freeman (The Ned), Bry England (HLA), Julie Riddle (HLA), Rachel Adams (HLA) and Ted May (HLA). During the Christmas holiday season, many opportunities arise for people to help others in their community. This past Christmas was no different in the City of Jackson where

Celebrate NSCW with HLA

There is nothing better than having a choice in how we educate our children. One of the reasons HomeLife Academy (HLA) exists is to support parents who choose to home educate. National School Choice Week (NSCW) is celebrated every year in January. Since 2011, the focus during the week has been to raise public awareness

A Christmas Tradition that Reminds You that You’re Blessed

HLA Middle and Early High School Counselor Margie Abbitt and her family have always been thankful for their blessings. A simple piece of fruit, an orange, not only had the ability to keep them healthy, but was a regular reminder of their blessings, no matter how small. Stockings were a big deal at our house

A Christmas Tradition that Takes You Around the World

Kristin Carlton and her family "travel the world" during the Christmas holiday, from the comfort of their home. The season is full of great food and learning, which is something we would expect from a homeschooler. It is only our second year doing this tradition, but we love it! We pick a country and learn

A Christmas Tradition that Remembers the Baby

HLA homeschool mom Shannon Shultz shares a Christmas memory from her childhood that has remained with her over the years. She has continued the tradition with her children. A true testament that special times spent with family have a strong impact on our children. Picture courtesy of Shannon Shultz. During my childhood, there