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Enjoy the Summer, FREE!

Everybody loves something fun to do, especially homeschoolers! 

Catch the latest list of what’s fun to do for FREE this weekend in the Free Fun in Austin site:
This weekend you can make a free sundae, watch a pooch parade, catch the Formula Sun Grand Prix and more!Weekend Top 10 FREE Events –>

Afterwards, tell me in which event you participated.

Which one was worth repeating?

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Which curriculum is best?

This is a loaded question. There are many factors in selecting the perfect curriculum for your family: ages, special needs, technology availability and experience, finances, space, schedules, homeschool experience.. However  you choose to school your children, do it with recommendations, much consideration and discussion (even with the children), planning, and a good attitude. There are tons of choices out there, which can be good or bad. Make your informed decision with the help of veteran homeschool families. They can help you close the gap on the mountain before you and let you grow in the meadow you see that appears most enjoyable. After you’ve come to the basic conclusions based on all the factors at play, jump in and go for it, knowing that those with experience are ready to stand with you (and let them – your sanity will thank you).

Here’s one type of curriculum that seems to do it all offered by TheJubileeAcademy.com.

The Best Home Schooling Curriculum
What is the very best home school curriculum? The best home school curriculum teaches itself with technology and has lessons ready every day. From keeping pe…
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Why do you Homeschool?

In response to the July 6, 2014 Las Vegas Review-Journal article by Glenn Cook, “All Your Children Belong to Us,” the following Facebook meme appeared:

I homeschool because I have seen the village and I don't want it raising my children
Mr. Cook revealed that the Scottish government plans to appoint an “official state guardian” for every child in Scotland by August of 2016 – that’s this year! Here are other similar articles: “Scottish children don’t need these government spies,” “Child guardian plan faces legal challenge,” and one of the latest articles with videos (including a homeschool “mum”) can be found in “Act Sparks Backlash.”

What about you? Whose “village” do you want to raise your children?
 

Born with Music

Some homeschoolers totally feel this too. That’s why private music lessons and group classes are so popular among them. Here are some local recommendations:

* Paul Finley – http://www.paulfinleymusic.com

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* Mark Ramsey – http://onedayacademy.com/faculty/humanities/mark-ramsey/

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* Kathy Blair – http://www.ccsa.info/  (Christian Choral Society of Austin)

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“I was born with music inside me. It was a force already within me when I arrived on the scene. It was a necessity for me- like food or water”. – Ray Charles

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Local (and Beyond) Homeschool Groups

Here’s a current list of homeschooling support groups, co-ops, and curriculum sales in Austin, Texas and Beyond:

Homeschool Groups – Austin, Texas, and Beyond

Homeschool for Free!

online-homeschooling

Homeschooling just got easier! Do it for free! Use your computer. One of the best website articles that lists the top-rated websites for homeschooling use is from Homeschool.com – “Top 100 of 2014”. It’s rather long, but that means it’s comprehensive. It includes the following categories of interest:

  • News
  • Multiple Subjects
  • Math & Science
  • Reading & Writing
  • Spelling & Grammar
  • Language
  • Geography
  • Gifted
  • Special Needs
  • Preschool
  • High School
  • Open Online Courses
  • Games
  • Worksheets
  • Arts & Crafts
  • Homeschooling
  • General (which lists YouTube!)
  • Blogs
  • Christian
  • Miscellaneous

Homeschool? Get a Lawyer

Advocacy groups such as the THSC and the HSLDA are here to help homeschoolers.

It makes me green around the gills. The public as a whole has not completely embraced homeschooling. Not all businesses, neighbors, nor social services understand it unless they’ve experienced it. Even in the freest state in the world, Texans still have to come to the realization that to homeschool also means knowing Parental Rights. It’s the new and unfortunate concern in the homeschooling world.

Ask Christina Tutt. Her court cases and legal woes continue to be before her and her family. We’re waiting to hear the outcome of the latest battle on Friday, June 27, 2014. The current post on the Tutt family situation is posted on the THSC website, which includes the previous posts to bring you up to speed. Check it out and other similar cases, and remember to keep them in your prayers.

Like THSC, the Home School Legal Defense Association (HSLDA) also assists homeschooling families. Their focus is national and abroad. Their latest post on Parental Rights include the recent Return of the Parental Rights Amendment  to the US Senate. Check out their other great resources while you’re at it.

 

Another blog post of related interest is: “The Unbelievable State of Parental Rights in America” by Titus2homemaker.com.