HSLDA Releases ‘Quick Start’ Guide to Homeschool in Light of COVID-19

Purcellville, March 03, 2020 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — March 3, 2020

PURCELLVILLE, Va.— The Home School Legal Defense Association is a nonprofit organization, and for over 37 years has led the homeschooling movement to make homeschooling possible and to protect the rights of Americans to homeschool in all 50 states and territories. The emergence of COVID-19 in Washington State is already closing schools, and more cases of the virus are continuing to be identified in the United States.

“We are deeply saddened by the recent news of the deaths from COVID-19,” said HSLDA president Mike Smith.

As school officials and parents look for the best way to protect children’s health, many learning options are readily available. Education is not necessarily limited to traditional classrooms—and homeschooling can be a great alternative.

“For those Americans needing to transition to educating their children at home, we created a Quick Start guide to homeschooling that will help you get started right away,” said Mike Smith.

Homeschooling allows learning to happen in a variety of settings and ways. Many kids thrive when their curriculum is customized to their strengths and needs—and when they are equipped to explore their passions and talents, at their own pace.

The National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) released a report in October 2019 that says home education has become an increasingly popular choice in America, with more families homeschooling than ever before. Between 1999 and 2016, the number of homeschool families nearly doubled, from 850,000 students to 1.7 million.

“Homeschooling allows parents to mentor their children to become caring, responsible adults who give back to their community and their world,” Smith said. “Kids who have experienced bullying or other types of trauma often thrive when they are given the freedom to learn in a safe, loving environment.”

HSLDA’s attorneys help parents, school officials, and legislators understand sometimes complex state homeschooling laws. Our educational consultants customize guidance for parents on questions from special needs to creating high school transcripts for college. HSLDA Online Academy offers live, interactive subject courses for grades 7–12 from math to writing and even coding. For homeschoolers in need, HSLDA offers grants to purchase curriculum and other educational materials.

HSLDA makes homeschooling possible by protecting homeschooling families and equipping them to provide the best educational experience for their children. We have been trusted since 1983 to care for homeschooling families as we safeguard their freedom and secure the future of home education.

Quick start homeschool link: www.hslda.org/quickstart

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Virtual Curriculum Provider, Starpoint Academy, is Exclusively Serving Homeschoolers and Special Needs/Disability Students and Providers

Columbus, OH, September 30, 2019 –(PR.com)– As Homeschooling continues to grow in the United States and Internationally, the need for a curriculum specifically customized for Homeschool parents and students is vital to support this quickly growing population. With over 17 years of experience in the online curriculum industry, Starpoint has recognized the need for and focus on customized and flexible curriculum programs for homeschool families and Special Needs/Disability students.

As the active homeschool parents of five, Tim and NiQui Chatfield developed Starpoint Academy and Starpoint Partners to keep up with the exponential growth of the worldwide homeschool and special needs communities. Starpoint evolved utilizing their experience as the founders of Progress Academy, also the managers of a non-profit homeschool association (HECLC) for the state of Ohio and an online social media site, Fusefly, just for homeschool families.

“Starpoint has a ‘how can we’ attitude, because we understand that parents and educators working with students needing flexibility to allow learning – not just deliver education. From customizing all courses and curriculum, to eliminating deadlines – we create an environment rich in experiences and exploration for the already eager students,” said co-founder NiQui Chatfield about the benefits of Starpoint. She also points out that, “Excellence in customer experience and training sets Starpoint apart from most providers in the market.”

Starpoint created their online learning community, Starpoint Academy and Starpoint Partners, has welcomed, enrolled, and provided services to thousands of students in every state of the U.S. and in over 40 different countries. They continue to grow from positive word-of-mouth and a presence at nationwide Homeschooling and Special Needs/Disability events. Starpoint reaches the Homeschool and Special Needs community by offering each student the safe, secure online environment they need; specific student, parent, and teacher accounts allow each person a very unique and customized experience.

About Starpoint Academy / Starpoint Partners

Starpoint Academy/Partners is a curriculum provider and management company serving Homeschoolers and Special Needs/Disability students, families, schools and organizations around the world. This innovative program provides customized curriculum and an extremely flexible implementation program for all stakeholders.

Contact Information

Starpoint Academy
Ann Campbell
614-355-0100
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Homeschoolers: Consider a Gap Year Program Before Entering College

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Institute for Excellence in Writing Hosts Virtual Winter Retreat

BIXBY, Okla. (Nov. 1, 2018) – The Institute for Excellence in Writing (IEW) is hosting their annual online Winter Retreat on December 8, 2018, intent on providing educators with refreshing and informative content.

“The conference was really useful for me. Even the sessions that I wasn’t interested in somehow hooked me in, and I stayed to listen to them. I am so grateful to have found IEW,” said Jane Cooper, an attendee of one of IEW’s virtual retreats.

Speakers at IEW’s Winter Retreat include founder and director Andrew Pudewa, Susan Barton of Barton Reading & Spelling System, Sarah Mackenzie from Read-Aloud Revival, Adam Andrews from CenterForLit, author and speaker Heidi St. John, and IEW’s marketing director, Julie Walker.

IEW’s Winter Retreat is free and open to anyone wanting to learn more about dyslexia, reading, and writing and what IEW does to motivate and assist teachers, parents, and students. IEW’s mission is to equip teachers and teaching parents with methods and materials which will aid them in training their students to become confident and competent communicators and thinkers.

Contact Information: Nicholas Buscemi Phone: (800) 856-5815 Email: info@IEW.com