Excellent FREE programs for learning foreign languages!

Our family has taken an interest in learning Spanish and Hebrew.  We have found a great FREE program that offers a unique platform for training students in the language.

For Spanish we use Duolingo – you can earn “lingots” which will allow you to increase your level by cashing them in the virtual store and helping you in the lesson.  They do offer a wide variety of language choices and they also give you the option to request more.


For Hebrew we use Hebrewpod101 – they have a lot of free lessons to get you started in practicing your numbers and alphabet, (some of these are only 3 minutes long!). They do have a wide variety of videos available for free on youtube as well!  If you do wish to purchase a membership, the most basic one is only $4/month!!


Please feel free to share any other programs that you have tried and would recommend for others to use!


Parents please homeschool your children!

For almost 20 years I have been advocating for the disbanding of public schools and recommending home school. Yes, the public schools can teach the basics but in addition to those basics is a curriculum full of embracing socialism, sex before marriage (as well as alternative sex), homosexuality is encouraged, secular music, secular and pagan holidays, and recently encouragement of pagan religions.

If your child is in a public school, pull him or her out immediately!

Here is the fruit of a public school education and the last straw, as far as i’m concerned, for them to have any redeeming qualities…

Annie Langston couldn’t believe the school assignment her 14-year-old daughter Mikalia brought home, so she wrote a letter to she teacher and the principal…

Please consider homeschooling your children!!!


With so many changes going on in the schools, from religious to safety concerns, the education system is no longer concerned about training young adults to be entrepreneurs they are more interested in everyone following the customs and rules they are pushing for the day.

If you are concerned about your own education and whether you have been trained enough to give your child a quality academic upbringing, please let me assure that with so many curriculum’s on the market there is something for use for each of your children.  One program might not work for all your children, you can mix and match or coordinate a program that will help further your child’s career goals. I have had to switch out my programs as each one of my children got older in order to accommodate their needs.

Another concern for parents is that one or both of them have to work, my husband and I made the choice when our children were small that WE would be responsible for their education and well-being and not turn them over to someone else.  I have taken on jobs that require me to work overnights or even just an evening job in order that one of us was around.  It is not easy but well worth the sacrifices!

Please parents, really consider educating your children yourself.  Don’t rely on others to instill values and morals that only you can share with them.  You only have them for a short time!!!

Homeschool Exempt from New Vaccination Law

“If you haven’t heard, this was the latest news on the vaccination law and it’s affects in California, although you may not reside in California many times they will “bleed” and become standards in the state you are living in.”  

Homeschools Exempt from New Vaccination Law

Homeschooling in California.

HSLDA stands ready to protect your group members.

HSLDA PresidentMike Smith has been an advocate for homeschooling for more than 30 years.

Dear Group Leaders:

As you probably know by now, parental rights suffered a major setback yesterday when Governor Brown signed into law the mandatory vaccination bill that eliminated the personal beliefs exemption.

The only exemption left for the majority of the people in California is the medical exemption which is like not having any exemption at all. However, the good news is home-based private schools (homeschools) are excluded from this requirement as well as public school independent study programs that do not offer classroom-based instruction.

The classroom-based instruction limitation only applies to the public school independent study programs. If you run a PSP, you can continue operating the way you have. The law does not go into effect until the 2016–17 school year.

We are very concerned about the direction California is going, but G-d intervened at this time to protect homeschooling. It is a privilege to serve you at HSLDA, and if you have any questions, please contact us.

Mike Smith

Mike Smith

President, HSLDA

180+ Schools that do NOT require ACT or SAT for admissions

180+ Schools that do NOT require ACT or SAT for admissions

George Washington University in the Washington, D.C. is the newest major school to drop its requirement that most freshman applicants must submit SAT or ACT test scores for admissions purposes, according to this story by my Post colleague Nick Anderson, joining a list of more than 850 accredited, bachelor-degree granting schools (out of about 3,000 in the United States).

Of that group, some schools don’t require any students to submit scores, others exempt those students with specific GPA and class rank statistics, and still others require the test scores for the purposes of class placement or other non-admissions reasons.

[George Washington University applicants no longer need to take admissions tests]

Here is a list of 181 leading colleges and universities that have changed their requirements on submitting ACT and SAT college admissions test scores. The number next to the schools refers to their rank on the U.S. News & World Report Best Colleges Guide (2015 Edition)

This list was compiled and is maintained by the National Center for Fair and Open Testing, known as FairTest, a non-profit that works to prevent misuse and abuse of standardized tests. Its Web site has a lot of information on the SAT and ACT as well as on standardized testing in general. FairTest Public Education Director Bob Schaeffer said that growing number of test-optional schools “recognizes that no test—not the SAT, old or new, nor the ACT – is needed for high-quality admissions.”

And here is an analysis of the schools by Anderson.
National Liberal Arts College

5. Bowdoin College (ME)
7. Middlebury College (VT) “Test Flexible”
15. Colby College (ME) “Test Flexible”
15. Hamilton College (NY) “Test Flexible”
15. Wesleyan University (CT)
19. Bates College (ME)
19. Smith College (MA)
27. Bryn Mawr (PA)
27. Colorado College (CO) “Test Flexible”
34. College of the Holy Cross (MA)
35. Pitzer College (CA)
37. Dickinson College (PA)
37. Franklin and Marshall College (PA)
41. Mount Holyoke College (MA)
41. Union College (NY)
45. Bard College (NY)
45. Connecticut College (CT)
45. Sewanee — The University of the South (TN)
45. Trinity College (CT) “Test Flexible”
50. Gettysburg College (PA)
51. Denison University (OH)
51. Furman University (SC)
56. St. John’s College (MD)
56. St. Lawrence University (NY)
59. Lawrence University (WI)
59. Sarah Lawrence College (NY)
61. Beloit College (WI)
61. Hobart and William Smith Colleges (NY)
64. Gustavus Adolphus (MN)
64. Kalamazoo College (MI).
64. Muhlenberg College (PA)
69. Wheaton College (MA)
73. Agnes Scott College (GA)
73. Earlham College (IN)
77. Lewis and Clark (OR)
81. Allegheny College (PA)
81. Knox College (IL)
81. Transylvania University (KY)
81. University of Puget Sound (WA)
89. Bennington College (VT)
89. St. John’s College (NM)
96. Washington & Jefferson College (PA)
99. College of the Atlantic (ME)
99. Drew University (NJ)
99. Ohio Wesleyan (OH)
99. St. Michael’s College (VT)
105. Augustana College (IL)
105. Goucher College (MD)
105. Juniata College (PA)
105. Stonehill College (MA)
105. Washington College (MD)
113. Siena College (NY)
116 Susquehanna University (PA)
120. Lake Forest College (IL)
120. St. Anselm College (NH)
124. Presbyterian College (SC)
129. McDaniel College (MD)
139. Wittenberg University (OH)
155. Illinois College (IL)
155. William Jewell College (MO)
159. Lycoming College (PA)
165. Hartwick College (NY)
165. Warren Wilson College (NC)
172. Guilford College (NC)
177. Albright College (PA)

National Universities

27. Wake Forest University (NC)
32. New York University (NY) “Test Flexible”
33. University of Rochester (NY) “Test Flexible”
35. Brandeis University (MA)
53. Univ. of Texas – Austin (TX) “Top 8%”
54. George Washington University
68. Texas A & M (TX) “Top 10%”
68. Worcester Polytechnic Institute (MA)
71. American University (DC)
76. Clark University (MA)
116. Duquesne University (PA)
121. DePaul University (IL)
121. Temple University (PA)
121. University of Arizona (AZ)
129. Arizona State University (AZ)
135. Hofstra University (NY)
135. New School (NY)
138. George Mason University (VA)
142. Kansas State University (KS)
145. Univ. of Texas – Dallas (TX) “Top 15%”
149. University of Mississippi (MS)
156. Virginia Commonwealth University (VA)
194. University of Nevada – Reno (NV

Regional Universities – North
2. Providence College (RI)
3. College of New Jersey (NJ)
3. Fairfield University (CT)
3. Loyola University (MD)
7. University of Scranton (PA)
9. Ithaca College (NY)
11. Bryant University (RI)
11. Marist College (NY)
11. Saint Joseph’s University (PA)
19. Le Moyne College (NY)
19. Rowan University (NJ)
28. Wagner College (NY)
31. Assumption College (MA)
31. Hood College (MD)
31. Nazareth College (NY)
38. Sacred Heart University (CT)
41. College of Saint Rose (NY)
41. King’s College (PA)
41. Roger Williams University (RI)
50. Montclair State University (NJ)
50. Salve Regina University (RI)
56. Chatham University (PA)
56. Mercyhurst University (PA)
60. Emmanuel College (MA)
65. Johnson and Wales University (RI)
65. Salisbury University (MD)
83. Manhattanville College (NY)
87. SUNY Potsdam (NY)
87. The Sage Colleges (NY)
103. Eastern Connecticut State University (CT)
103. Plymouth State University (NH)
120. Utica College (NY)
125. Keuka College (NY)
135. Cabrini College (PA)

Regional Universities — South
2. Rollins College (FL)
6. Stetson University (FL)
13. University of Mary Washingotn (VA)
17. Christopher Newport University (VA)
18. Hampton University (VA)
34. Radford University (VA)
65. St. Leo University (FL)
65. St. Thomas University (FL)

Regional Universities – Midwest
3. Drake University (IA)
14. Baldwin-Wallace College (OH)
48. University of Wisconsin –Whitewater (WI)
80. Northwest Missouri State University (MO)
80. Robert Morris University (IL)
84. Wayne State College (NE)

Regional Universities – West
9. Whitworth University (WA)
35. California State Univ. – Chico (CA)
38. San Jose State University (CA)
40. California State Univ. – Fullerton (CA)
43. Sonoma State University (CA)
46. California State Univ. – Fresno (CA)
55. California State Univ. – Stanislaus (CA)
58. California State Univ. – Sacramento (CA)
58. Humboldt State University (CA)
58. San Francisco State University (CA)
58. Walla Walla University (WA)
66. California State Univ. – San Bernadino (CA)
68. California State Univ. – Monterey Bay (CA)
68. California State Univ. – Northridge (CA)
68. University of Alaska – Anchorage (AK)
68. Weber State University (UT)
75. California State Univ. – Channel Islands (CA)
80. California State Univ. – Bakersfield (CA)
80. Hawaii Pacific University (HI)
84. California State Univ. – Los Angeles (CA)
84. California State Univ. – San Marcos (CA)
84. Western Oregon University (OR)

Regional Colleges – North
4. Elizabethtown College (PA)
6. Lebanon Valley College (PA)
7. University of Scranton (PA)
9. Merrimack College (MA)
12. Bard College at Simon’s Rock (MA)
17. Wilson College (PA)
18. University of Maine – Farmington (ME)
24. Cazenovia College (NY)
26. Dean College (MA)
28. Pennsylvania College of Technology (PA)
31. Unity College (ME)
33. SUNY College of Technology – Delhi (NY)
37. University of Maine – Fort Kent (ME)
40. Nichols College (MA)
46. University of Maine – Presque Isle (ME)
46. Washington Adventist University (MD)
Regional Colleges – South
16. Catawba College (NC)
37. Belmont Abbey College (NC)
40. Keiser University (FL)
54. Lees-McRae College (NC)
64. Indian River State College (FL)
70. Everglades University (FL)

Regional Colleges – Midwest
47. Olivet College (MI)
64. Dunwoody College of Technology (MN)

Regional Colleges — West
6. Oklahoma Wesleyan University (OK)
25. St. Gregory’s University (OK)

Important safety reminder from Families for Home Education!

Dear FHE members and friends,

FHE Reminder: It is summer and there are more door-to-door sales people, etc. FHE advises homeschool families to use extreme caution when talking with alleged information seekers, whether they present themselves as sales people, social workers, school personnel or even law enforcement, whether on the phone or at the door. Always ask for ID &/or business cards, (and a warrant if law enforcement or social worker); if it seems safe to do so, walk out and write down their license plate number, car make & model, color, etc., plus photos with your cell phone if possible. Write down immediately any physical description of the individual(s). If they have a card with office contact information, call it, and if possible “google” it as well (anyone can print a business card, there is no legal requirement for business cards.) Then, only share what information YOU feel comfortable giving AFTER having done your due diligence. If you begin to feel uncomfortable as the conversation progresses, cut it off immediately and tell the person to vacate your property. Call law enforcement regardless for non-law enforcement contacts (sales people, etc.) if they exhibit any questionable behavior, as it may take several reports before legal action is initiated (public warnings or increased police patrols), and it is better to log a report that is not needed than to fail to do so and learn later you should have. In the past FHE has been contacted by homeschool parents who have started answering questions that seemed innocuous, and then the questions devolved into inappropriate probing. Legitimate law enforcement and sales people are not offended by citizens demonstrating proper caution.


The Families for Home Education Board




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Missourians: Call now to protect parental rights HB 557

Call Now to Protect Parental Rights

Homeschooling in Missouri.

Help protect parental rights.

Senior Counsel Scott Woodruff answers questions and assists members with legal issues in your state. He and his wife homeschooled their children.

Dear HSLDA Members and Friends:

A bill that will protect the rights of Missouri parents, HB 557, needs your help! The bill passed strongly through the House, but it is being held up in the Senate because Senator Tom Dempsey, the President of the Senate, has not scheduled it for a vote.

Time is very short. The legislative session ends May 15!

Action Requested

Please call Sen. Dempsey at (573) 751-1141. Please ask him politely to schedule the bill for a vote. You can leave a message if he does not answer personally.

Please call either today (Thursday) or Monday. The legislature is closed tomorrow (Friday).

Your message can be as simple as: “Please schedule HB 557 for a vote. The Missouri Legislature has never passed a law protecting the rights of parents. Now it’s time to put the rights of parents in writing. It should not be left up to the whim of the courts.”


There are three types of rights: absolute, fundamental, and ordinary. The government cannot regulate absolute rights at all. It can regulate ordinary rights for virtually any reason. But it can restrict fundamental rights only if there is a compelling reason and a less restrictive option is not available. When a right is considered fundamental, the citizen has a very good chance of prevailing against government encroachment.

Parental rights were considered fundamental until a U.S. Supreme Court case in 2000, Troxel vs. Granville, refused to say that parental rights were still fundamental. This caused tremendous confusion among judges. Some continued to treat parental rights as fundamental; others began downgrading parental rights to ordinary.

If a state has not enacted a law stating that parental rights are fundamental, there is nothing to prevent a judge from downgrading parental rights in that state. Missouri is one of the states that has never passed a law protecting parental rights.

It is unacceptable for the legislature to “punt” this issue to judges. It’s time for Missouri to end its silence on how parental rights should be protected.

Thank you for standing with us for freedom!


Scott Woodruff
HSLDA Senior Counsel

P.S. We greatly value you and your support—it is a privilege to serve you! If you or someone you know is not a member of HSLDA, will you consider taking a moment today to join or to recommend us as we defend the rights of homeschooling families? Join now >>

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