Making Memories

Making Memories | HSLDA Blog

Making Memories | HSLDA Blog

Homeschooling is about so much more than academics. The real value lies not in just learning facts, but in training the mind to think and instilling the love of learning through adventures and shared experiences. Kids often love contests because it offers them the opportunity to do something different – often for a good cause – with the bonus of a possible reward.

When our (now-grown) family is looking back and talking about our homeschooling years, we aren’t remembering the math problems, the Latin lessons, or which handwriting book we used, but we are reminiscing about the time our preschooler won tickets to Sesame Street Live in the local grocery store’s coloring contest (random drawing), the children that won or placed in essay contests, attending family camp, visiting The Holy Land Experience with grandparents in Florida, and the Liberty Bell in Philadelphia.

Here is a (non-exhaustive) compilation of CONTESTS, CAMPS, and HAPPENINGS that will provide amazing opportunities for making memories:

To enter, share a video or photo of you reading to your child. (Yes, there are actually going to be winners for just reading to your child – It doesn’t get any easier than that!)

::AUTHORS NOTE:: My politically-minded kids loved this class. My NOT-politically minded and (reluctant-to-go) kids LOVED this class. It’s like a civics 101 intensive. Everyone needs to learn how our state government works!

  • Summit’s Student Worldview Conferences May-Aug conferences for ages 16 and up
  • Worldview Academy Leadership Camps  June-Oct camps for ages 13 and up.
  • The middle school years are an especially great time for field trips. Check out this comprehensive field trip guide by state and plan your adventure!
  • And don’t forget to check out “Homeschool Days.” Many attractions all over the country offer perks and deep discounts! Here are just a few – Six Flags, Colonial Williamsburg (VA), Silver Dollar City (Branson, MO), Dollywood (Pigeon Forge, TN), LegoLand (FL), and Mount Vernon (VA).
  • Some attractions offer homeschool discounts with your HSLDA membership or just for the asking.  Creation Museum (KY) currently has a promotion through June 30 that allows you to buy two adult tickets and get up to four kids’ tickets FREE. And check out the nearby and coming soon, Ark Encounter (opening July 7, 2016).

Now go have some fun and real life experiences!


Did you know that each department has consultants available to assist our HSLDA members? Please check out our web departments: Toddlers to Tweens, High School, and Special Needs.  || Photo Credit: Graphic design by Charity Klicka.


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