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Beverly's Blog . . .
October 8, 2013
Is it legal to homeschool everywhere?
In the United States, it is! But each state sets its own requirements and it's important to know what the laws are in your areas. In other parts of the world, there are a variety of different laws and limitations.
If you live in the United States and have questions about what is required of homeschoolers, the Home School Legal Defense Association (HSLDA) has a fantastic web site with detailed information for each state. Visit www.hslda.org and check out the page for "My State." You'll find laws, legislation, homeschool organizations, and news—all available to the public. If you're member of HSLDA, there are lots more resources available to you.
If you are a prospective or emerging homeschool parent, I teach an online course called Homeschool with Success that teaches parents how to select curriculum, understand children’s learning styles, and make the most of an opportunity to oversee your children’s education.
October 14, 2013
Don't forget the arts!
I had the most delightful weekend watching my son perform on stage as part of a youth theater program doing Sound of Music!
He played the part of Franz, the butler, and although he knows the history of World War II quite well, to act the part of an Austrian during the invasion of the Germans and to work through the character's decision on what to do as the Germans took over Austria was very educational! As the Nazi swastikas dropped into place on the stage, we all got a moment of reflection on what it would be like to have your country invaded and that we should never lose sight of the terrible times that War brought to our world.
I'd highly recommend you look for youth theater options in your community! Christian Youth Theater is an excellent option in various locations across the country, but there are lots of other options for homeschoolers! Youth theater is often very welcoming to homeschoolers because we have the ability to rearrange schedules around rehearsals, school day performances, and show weeks!
If you're interested in teaching history and the arts with movies, check out this site as well!
And a favorite high school curriculum we used: