GIVEAWAY Today is Teacher Appreciation Day and We Want to Thank YOU

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Homeschooling parents, you are incredible!

Thank you for everything you do, from planning school schedules to preparing meals to mentoring, to working non-stop to provide the best for your child. You are pouring into your child and family in ways that have lasting impact far beyond what you can see. What you do is priceless!

You are walking with your child and building a solid foundation in their life. What could be more important?

As HSLDA President Mike Smith likes to say, “Homeschooling parents are the real superheroes.”

To show our appreciation, we are offering a giveaway this week! See below for more details on the prizes and how to enter.

  • Book—Glimpses of Grace: Treasuring the Gospel in Your Home (Gloria Furman)

“Whether you are a stay-at-home mom or a working woman splitting time between the office and home, Gloria Furman—writer, pastor’s wife, cross-cultural worker, and mom—encourages us to see the reality of God’s grace in all of life, especially those areas that often appear to be boring and unimportant.” (Excerpt from book cover)

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  • 365 devotional—Savor: Living Abundantly Where You Are, As You Are (Shauna Niequist)

Not only does this book contain encouraging daily devotions, but also recipes to brighten your day and help you savor each moment. Here is a review.

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  • Audio drama—Iliad House (Phil Lollar, co-creator of Adventures in Odyssey)

“A captivating new audio drama about a boy, his unusual uncle, a strange mansion, and a train that travels through time.”(Excerpt from cover) This would be great for the whole family—or for keeping the kids occupied so you can get a break!

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  • Coloring book—Seeing Beautiful Through the Journey of Life (Timothy J. Chambers)

This is not your ordinary coloring book! The coloring pages are interspersed with art lessons from a professional artist as well as inspiring quotes and stories. Read a review here.

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  • Coloring book—Inspire Psalms (Tyndale House Publishers)

This beautiful coloring book includes space on the side to journal your thoughts, notes, prayers, or creative expression next to each of the uplifting psalms.

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ENTERING THE GIVEAWAY

  1. Comment on this blog post or email blog@hslda.org and tell us either a) what you are doing to celebrate Teacher Appreciation Day or, b) the ways you would like to be appreciated this Homeschool Teacher Appreciation Day.
  2. Click this GIVEAWAY link and sign in using your Facebook or email address
  3. Click the “Leave a blog post comment” drop-down button and click “I commented!”

The 5 winners for this giveaway will be chosen at random. But in order to qualify for this giveaway, the entrant must comment on this blog post or email (blog@hslda.org) with their comment before the giveaway deadline. The giveaway runs from May 8, 2018 at 12:00pm EST to May 12, 2018 at 11:59pm EST.

HSLDA employees and their immediate family members are not eligible to participate in the giveaway. The winners will each be notified via the email address they use to enter into the giveaway. So please be sure to use a working email address when entering.

If a winner does not respond to HSLDA’s prize notification within 24 hours, that entry will be discarded and a new winner will be drawn, with the same response rules applying. For questions or comments concerning this giveaway, please email HSLDA’s Social Media Assistant, Anna Soltis at blog@hslda.org.

Photo credit: iStock. Following images, Anna Soltis. 

CLOSED GIVEAWAY Celebrating Mothers Day

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“All I am I owe to my mother. I attribute my success in life to the moral, intellectual and physical education I received from her.”
― George Washington

Mothering—it’s a beautiful gift! In the day to day, it can be easy to forget, but mothers, what you are doing has such an incredible, lasting impact. Don’t underestimate it!

And the best part? You don’t have to be perfect! The more I see of life, the more I believe that adulting isn’t about never making mistakes but how you handle those mistakes when they happen. By being open, real, and available to your kids, you are modeling invaluable life lessons that will shape and stay with them all their life.

We know it’s big job, and it’s not always easy, but it’s all so worth it!

And now, give yourself a break and relax! Moms, you need time to rest and take care of YOU! If you feel overwhelmed by the idea, check out these two encouraging blog posts that remind us why it’s okay and even important to take a little time off: Why Your Homeschool Needs a Rest Time and 10 Reasons You Can Say Yes to Taking a Break.

Finally, we at HSLDA want to offer our own thanks to you for the hard work you do . . . by offering a giveaway! See below for details on the prize and how to enter:

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We’re offering a basketful of goodies including chocolate, a candle, soap, lotion, and other spa items!

ENTERING THE GIVEAWAY

  1. Comment on this blog post or email blog@hslda.org and tell us either a) what you are doing to celebrate Mother’s Day or, b) share a moment that touched your mother’s heart recently.
  2. Click this Giveaway link and sign in using your Facebook or email address
  3. Click the “Leave a blog post comment” drop-down button and click “I commented!”

The winner for this giveaway will be chosen at random. But in order to qualify for this giveaway, the entrant must comment on this blog post or email (blog@hslda.org) with their comment before the giveaway deadline. The giveaway runs from May 12, 2018 at 11:59 am EST to May 17, 2018 at 11:59am EST.

HSLDA employees and their immediate family members are not eligible to participate in the giveaway. The winners will each be notified via the email address they use to enter into the giveaway. So please be sure to use a working email address when entering.

If a winner does not respond to HSLDA’s prize notification within 24 hours, that entry will be discarded and a new winner will be drawn, with the same response rules applying. For questions or comments concerning this giveaway, please email HSLDA’s Social Media Assistant, Anna Soltis at blog@hslda.org.

—Anna

Photo Credit: Photo credit: iStock. Following image, Anna Soltis. 

Free Oviparous Animal Printables and Montessori-Inspired Oviparous Animal Activities

I love preparing spring activities about oviparous animals (animals that lay eggs)! Hands-on activities using a variety of fillable eggs are especially fun for young children. Not only do I have hands-on activities using fillable eggs today, but I also have a new Montessori-inspired oviparous animal pack for our newsletter subscribers’ resource library! Disclosure: This…

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The Montessori Method Education for Life from Inside Montessori

I’m so grateful that everyone can receive Montessori inspiration online. There are lots of great videos available for any parent or teacher to see Montessori in action.  Now there are even feature-length films available about Montessori. One of them, Inside Montessori, is available to screen. But you can now watch three chapters of that film…

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Alphabet Letter Sound Cards

Letter Sounds Alphabet Cards

Is your child working on learning letter sounds to distinguish what alphabet letter words start with? Preschool, Prek, and Kindergarten age kids will have fun mastering this essential skill with these free Letter Sounds Alphabet Cards. The alphabet. It’s the foundation for teaching children to read. Without a firm grasp of the alphabet, children will struggle as they […]

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Do Homeschoolers Miss Out

The Article below is from the recent issue of The Messenger, NYS LEAH’s quarterly magazine.  We’ve gotten terrific feedback from our readers in response to this article so we wanted to share it online as well!

CONVERSATION IN MY MIND WITH THE NEXT PERSON WHO ASKS THE “HOMESCHOOLER MISSING OUT” QUESTION:

 

So, you wonder if I missed out?

Yeah, I missed out. It was terrible.

I missed out on extreme peer pressure, on cussing and bathroom talk. I did not have the opportunity to get high and lose my innocence at a wild party with my classmates. I never got to try my hand at that incomprehensible geometry in a big classroom with noisy students and a grouchy math teacher. I never had the chance to get teased about my skinny arms, or my hideous bangs, or in later years, the tooth that got pushed out by its neighbor. I never dealt with being picked apart during my insecure teenage season, and never experienced the delightful sensation of sobbing my sensitive, anxious heart out in the girl’s room after being excluded from my lunch table. To this day, I have never been bullied.

Yes, I missed out. I missed out on a one-size-fits-all system of education that would have taught me nothing but that I was a hopeless misfit. I missed out on long school bus rides and longer nights of homework. I missed out on worrying whether some idiot would sneak into my classroom with a gun. I missed out on friends who would talk behind my back as soon as it was turned and on trying to keep up with the latest social media trends. I missed out on being just another student. I missed out on the constant hustle and bustle that would have drowned my thoughts and suffocated my creativity. I missed out on being spoon-fed evolution and left-wing philosophies that would certainly have colored my young thinking. I missed out on having my faith attacked before it was strong enough to withstand the devil’s darts.

Do you think that I was not well prepared for the world? That I was sheltered? It is because I was sheltered that I am strong. I am well prepared for the world. I have a solid foundation under me, laid in the years of my childhood, under the patient tutelage of my own two parents. I have wings that grew from the books I read and the freedom I had to explore my own imagination. I was allowed to be a child, simply a child. Within the sanctuary of my parents, I have been trained for battle since the day of my birth, crafted both from their love for me and their reverence for God.

You worry because I never had the chance to “fit in.” Why, may I ask you, are we raising kids to fit in, when they should be raised to stand out? The world needs those people, homeschooled or otherwise, who are not afraid to think for themselves, to stand when others sit, and to speak when others are silent. Our parents taught us that when we were still very young.

Dear person, I’m glad you are concerned about me, but you should not be. I was the kid in the yard playing capture the flag with my homeschool buddies when the big yellow bus went by at three. I was the kid on the swing at the playground while the other kids were at desks in the classroom. I was the kid drawing Crayola pictures to illustrate the poems she wrote, the kid gluing bark to the model Iroquois longhouse during a history lesson, the kid with the cowgirl boots and the prairie girl bonnet, acting out the story as her mother read.

So, do not feel sorry for me. My school years were about as good as school years can get. Instead, feel sorry for all the little girls and boys who missed out on what I had.

~Please note that I am not condemning parents who choose not to homeschool, and I am not saying that homeschooling is the one and only way to raise a child. I am simply putting forth on paper my internal response to what has often frustrated me upon my entry into the wider world – the misunderstanding many people have of what the homeschooling life is like. #GoHomeschoolers!

 

Bio – Emma Hall is a homeschool graduate attending Hudson Valley Community College. She’s your typical epic, offbeat twenty-year-old with a knack for languages, art and writing. Emma also has a reputation as a semi-fanatical Mets fan. You can reach her at forthhallingas@gmail.com. She’d love to hear from you!

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2020 Commencement Information for Graduates and Parents

The 2020 Commencement Ceremony will be held at The Smith Center for the Arts in Geneva, NY, on June 6, 2020!

Online registration is closed

To download a form to mail in, please click here

The deadline for online registration is 1/31/2020, after that mailed in registrations (with a late fee) are accepted up to 2/15/2020

If you have further questions please contact the Commencement Coordinator, Holly Phillips, at UpstateCommencement@NYSLEAH.org or 607-868-5518.

For information about professional portraits of your graduate please click the link below:

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Watch the trailer from 2016’s Commencement!

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