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May 08, 2015

The Individualized Adventures of Homeschooling!

Meet Eric and Christine Valk and their family of one daughter and six sons: Jacob (17), Macayla (15), Justin (14), Kadin (14), Levi (10), Gideon (7), and Malachi (3). The Valk family began their homeschooling adventure in 2002, when Jacob was almost five. The family had just moved from New Zealand, and the school year had already begun. With the support of several homeschooling friends, Eric and Christine decided to give homeschooling a try. Nearly thirteen years later, they haven’t looked back!
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Apr 29, 2015

Quebec Ombudsman Files Its Report with Minister of Education

You will recall that we were invited to two meetings with representatives of the Protecteur du citoyen (Québec Ombudsman), in the Fall of 2013. We have just received from their offices a link to their final report just recently submitted to the Québec Ministry of Education. We are pleased to see that many of the recommendations in this report have taken into account the concerns we raised at our meetings with representatives of the Protecteur du citoyen.
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Apr 28, 2015

Why Handwriting?

My seven year-old son approached me this week with one of his school worksheets and a bashful grin. It was the type of grin that made you wonder if he’d done something particularly sweet, or particularly saucy! I am happy to report it was the former, not that latter. As I looked at his worksheet I noticed, scrawled across the top in his best cursive effort, “Zach loves Mom.”
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Apr 21, 2015

Homeschooling to Develop Passion

Thank you for your comments and questions here on the blog, and on the HSLDA YouTube channel. It is so important that we encourage one another and share experiences with each other in the homeschool community. We believe that homeschooling is better with HSLDA, and one factor that makes that true is the strength of our members’ support for one another. So, thank you! As such, Paul Faris wanted to address one of our member’s questions this week in the video update. It is a question that many of us have asked, I’m sure: how do we help our children discover and develop their unique gifts and passions?
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