Valuable Home-School Links

I have been super-busy this past week or so because I have a paper due next Tuesday for my college history class.  What’s that, you say?  Anne is in college?!  Yes I am.  I am absolutely determined to finish the college degree I started over 30 years ago.

One of the many reasons why I insist my children get a college degree NOW is because it is much easier to do when you are 16 to 21 years old than when you are…well, as old as I am.  And yes, in our house college attendance is mandatory.  I will go into my rationalization for that decision in a later post, but suffice it to say that  I made the mistake of “taking a break” from college after I got married and, of course, I didn’t go back.  I could have finished my degree easily 30 years ago (I already had approximately 70 credits when I got married).  At this stage in my life it’s not so easy, but it is what I want to do and in many ways I enjoy it.  I also think it may be a good hedge against senility.  At least that’s what the research seems to say!  🙂

In any case, I am enrolled in a history class this semester (I am an English major/History minor) and I am required to read four books and write “analytical book reviews” for them – the second one is due on Tuesday.  I stayed up all night last night (Wednesday night) to finally finish reading the book because I want to have the paper written by Friday night.

Next week I plan on jumping back on my “How To Teach” series with a post on teaching science.  I am also probably going to begin a new series on “The Advantages of Home-Schooling.”  In the meantime, I wanted to publish my second “link-love” post specifically focusing on resources that can benefit you as a home-schooler.  So here we go:

  • You may be surprised to learn that I get e-mails from people all over the world asking me for help with home-schooling.  I feel so honored when people communicate their troubles and concerns with me and I try my best to help.  Almost inevitably, the first place I go to get information for these people is The Home School Legal Defense Association.  I cannot say enough good things about this organization.  Not only was the HSLDA in the forefront of the struggle to make home-schooling legal in every state in the country, they have also been instrumental in educating social workers and police as to the rights of parents to be safe from unlawful search and seizure, and they have also been working for some time with home-schoolers in other countries to help bring freedom to those home-schoolers.  Did you know that there are countries, and not communist countries either (!), where parents are jailed if they choose to home-school?  Did you know that there are people in THIS COUNTRY who want home-schoolers to be jailed simply because they choose to home-school?  It is a sad truth that the home-schooling community will have to be forever vigilant against those who want to tell us where, how, and when our children should be educated.  I encourage every home-schooling family, if possible, to find the money in their budget to become a member of the HSLDA.  Even if you never individually need their services, they are protecting our rights and our freedoms every day.  If you belong to a home-school group (state or local) you are probably eligible for a discount on membership.  If you belong to a group that does not have an affiliation with the HSLDA yet, make it a priority to get enough parents on board to get that discount.  Finally, I want to encourage you to peruse the HSLDA website and, particularly if you need to know about home-school laws or resources in your state, go to their state page.  You will see on this page an example of the depth and breadth of the HSLDA’s work here and around the globe.
  • Another organization I strongly recommend you look into (and get involved in) is  There are powerful (well-funded) people in this world who would love nothing better than to interfere in your right to raise your children according to your values, faith, and beliefs.  I realize some will say that is alarmist.  Fine, don’t bother then.  I have been involved in these issues long enough to know better.  We are on the verge of passing an amendment to the Constitution that will ensure parents in this country have the right to make decisions about, for instance, who their kids’ friends are, or whether they are introduced to graphic sexual education in kindergarten (regardless of where they are educated).  You think I’m exagerrating?  Check out how the so-called Convention on the Rights of the Child is being implemented in other countries.
  • On a different note, I’d like to mention that there are several home-school magazines available to home-schoolers that can give you innumerable ideas for curriculum or even just encouragement and support.  For several years I subscribed to The Teaching Home.  A couple of other magazines that I am familiar with and can recommend are The Old Schoolhouse Magazine and Homeschooling Today.  In most cases (if not all) you can peruse their resources before subscribing and I encourage you to do so, to figure out which one suits you the best.
  • Finally, if you have not checked out my Resources page, I encourage you to do so.  You will find there curriculum suppliers that I have been buying from for years, that I have trusted in and relied on to provide me with the curriculum I need at prices that help my home-schooling budget.

As I said, I’ll be back next week with another “How To Teach” post.  Until then I will be sequestered writing a paper on the Dust Bowl.  I just know you’re jealous!

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  • Every time someone recommends HSLDA on one of my homeschooling forums….you can’t count to 10 before someone else, a fanatical, born-again secularist posts a comment screaming about the *agenda* of HSLDA and linking to other legal organizations.

    • Anonymous

      Sadly, I have read of, and even listened to, other home-schoolers spout off in the way you describe. It boggles my mind. The protections the HSLDA has secured for home-schooling parents cannot be over-stated. It is a Christian organization that represents ALL home-schooling parents, regardless of what their religious affiliation is, or even if they have one at all. I do not hesitate to endorse their work or the organization itself.

      • Hmc3898

        This was just occurring on an online homeschooling loop I am a member of. It seems to be a very heated topic for people.

        Stopping in from the Hop! Happy Hopping!

        • Anonymous

          I’m so glad you stopped in from the Hop!

          I think it is so sad that people will waste their time dissing such a valuable organization. If someone doesn’t want to join HSLDA, no one is forcing them (unlike those who want to foist the failures of the government system on us).

          Sometimes there is something to be said for the old adage, “If you don’t have something nice to say, don’t say anything at all.” I wish the home-schoolers who feel the need to trash HSLDA would heed that advice!

          Thanks again for stopping by and taking the time to comment!

  • Homeschool on the Croft

    We’re here in the UK, and things are slightly different. However, the heart of man is no different, and the hearts of governments seem to be the same the world over. At the moment, we have total freedom to homeschool our children – more freedom than you have in the US. We need not even inform anyone of our decision; we don’t need to test, or submit records…. total freedom. It never ceases to amaze me, but I don’t believe this will last into the next generation. Other European countries (as you spoke of in your post) have legislated to make it impossible to homeschool your child. (In Germany, it was Hitler who made it illegal, wanting all the children to be indoctrinated with the same (his) philosophies. His legislation has never been rescinded.)
    Anyway, I could go on. If we had a body like the HSLDA, I would do all in my power to support them in any way I could. They do great work.

    I truly believe we live in dangerous times. I get the ‘rolling of the eyes’ so often when I warn of what’s to come in terms of State interference. I would love to be proved wrong, but I fear our children will find it very difficult to practice the way of life we’ve been blessed with.

    Anyway – I didn’t mean to go on! I’m glad I found your site (through your comment) and am following you now! So far, I’ve only had a glimpse, but there is loads of stuff here I reckon will be so useful. Many thanks, Anne x

    • Anonymous

      The beach pictures on your blog were sublime! I’m glad you made it over here and took the time to comment. I really appreciate it!

      I think the most important thing is that home-schoolers need to be vigilant. The nature of freedom (and mankind’s sinful nature) is such that there will always be those who try to take away liberty…and there is nothing more insidious than those who say, “but it’s for the children’s sake…”

      I am glad that you are able to home-school with no interference. While the state of Florida has one of the better home-school laws in the U.S. it does require a certain amount of record-keeping, annual evaluations and having to keep up-to-date with the local school board.

      Thanks again for the encouragement and I hope you’ll come back and comment again!