HSLDA 2014 Essay Contest


2014 Essay Contest

Kick off your school year with HSLDA’s 13th annual essay contest! Offering cash prizes upwards of $200, this contest is open to all homeschooled students ages 719 and runs through November 1, 2014. Our themes for this year’s contest focus on inventions.

Each student is invited to enter up to two essays relating to the theme for his or her age category.

Entries must be post marked by November 1st.

Visit the HSLDA website for more information!

Armstrong Air & Space Museum’s Young Astronaut Program

Young Astronaut Program

The Armstrong Air & Space Museum’s Young Astronaut Program

As a Young Astronaut you will explore topics about space, rocketry, aviation, engineering, astronomy and more!

The Young Astronaut Program will run bi-weekly from

October 7, 2014 to May 14, 2015.

 Tuesdays: 4:30-5:30PM: First Session 10/2/2014—Open to students in grades 5-7 (Specialists)

 Thursdays: 4:30-5:30PM: First Session 10/7/2014—Open to students in grades 2-4 (Cadets)

 Saturdays: 10:30-11:30AM: First Session 10/11/2014—Open to students in grades K-1 (Beginners)

 Program fee is $30 per child, which covers the entire year

 Visit the Armstrong Air & Space Museum’s website to download your child’s application: www.armstrongmuseum.org/camps

Fall Soccer Enrichment Program

Dave Tilton will be offering homeschool children from ages 5 and older a weekly soccer program. Details are still being finalized but he hopes to meet on Thursdays around 3:30 pm at a place to be announced, hopefully in the Shawnee area. The session will run for 6-8 weeks, and will start in mid to late September.

Dave will have a booklet made up for each individual participating so they can keep track of self improvement. They will also get a shirt with their number on it.

Cost will be $15.00 per child. This will cover a shirt, book and minimal instruction costs. You can find out more about his ministry at Coffee Amor.

Please sign-up with Misti Wilson 419.230.7792 by September 9.

HSLDA & HB 597


Passing HB 597 would be a key step toward stopping the Common Core in Ohio by repealing and replacing the Common Core academic standards and related assessments. For those of you who were unable to attend, you can see a video of Michael Donnelly’s testimony (and others) before the House Rules and Reference Committee online.

Please contact your elected representatives and ask them to support HB 597, and ask candidates where they stand on this issue in the upcoming election.

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The Value of Volunteering


HSLDA : Homeschool Heartbeat published a great podcast this week discussing The Value of Volunteering. Please take some time to listen to why volunteering is so important and learn some great ways that your family can serve.

It is the goal of Home Educate to offer one volunteer opportunity each month for the entire family to participate in. Some of our upcoming ideas are:

  • card showers
  • rake & run (stop at a random house rake the leaves into a pile and run before they know who did it!)
  • packing boxes for Operation Christmas Child
  • shoveling snow
  • ringing bells
  • trash pick up
  • food drive

If you have a great opportunity for us to serve as a group or family, please contact us. Keep your eyes posted to our events page to see how you and your family can volunteer this month!