It’s Homeschool Appreciation Day | Enter HSLDA’s Giveaway

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Home School Teacher Appreciation Day is Thursday, April 28, and HSLDA is celebrating with giveaways, encouraging blog posts, and more! Your homeschool teacher works hard all year round, so show her just how much she means to you on this special day of recognition. Give her a day she deserves by showering her with delicious food and gifts she’ll love. And while in most families Mom is the primary teacher, Dad is just as important! Check out our Teacher Appreciation Day Pinterest board to find creative ways to thank him!

MORE WAYS TO CELEBRATE & A GIVEAWAY

At HSLDA, we’re expressing our appreciation by offering homeschool teachers a giveaway filled with fun and encouraging resources. Scroll to the bottom to find out how to enter!  

There will be all kinds of fun going on next week. Starting on April 26, be sure to check out HSLDA’s Facebook page and the official Homeschool Teacher Appreciation Day page next week for more giveaways, free downloads, blab sessions, webinars, Instagram challenges, and more. Celebrating your favorite teacher on social media? Use hashtag #HSTA2016 to show us what you’re up to! 

FOOD & DRINKS 

Honey Mint Green Iced Tea 

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She makes life pretty sweet, right? Show her just how sweet by making this refreshing Honey Mint Green Iced Tea from Will Cook For Smiles. It’s got mint, green tea, honey, and a touch of vanilla to make it extra delicious. 

Parfaits 

yogurt

This year, give her the gift of health. Rather than making carb-loaded desserts, try bowls of Greek yogurt with sliced strawberries and blueberries drizzled with honey. Sprinkle some nuts or granola on top for an extra treat. It’s the dessert that loves her back – and she’ll love you for it. 

Reuben Dip 

Let’s get real: no celebration is complete without a little indulgence. This decadent, yet simple Slow Cooker Reuben Dip from All Recipes will be a party in her mouth. Melt some Swiss Cheese on top, pair with pita chips, and watch her try and stay away from it (hint: she won’t be able to). 

Kale Chips 

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Eating veggies doesn’t have to be boring! The Kitchn is an excellent resource for all-things-food, but they hit the ball out of the park with their kale chips. Spice it up with some Sriracha, parmesan and pepper, or paprika and chipotle seasoning.

Baked Parmesan Zucchini 

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Finish your veggie spread with this Baked Parmesan Zucchini (who said a veggie spread has to be carrots, broccoli, and ranch dressing?). Diethood has a recipe for Baked Parmesan Zucchini – quarter them lengthwise and spice it up a little more. We won’t tell if you add more cheese. 

Parmesan and Asiago Cheese Roasted Tomatoes 

tomatoes

I’m completely obsessed with tomatoes. And cheese. This is a recipe for tomatoes AND cheese, and I have to share it. Cooking Classy has got me starry-eyed over their Parmesan and Asiago Cheese Roasted Tomatoes, and I would be doing you a disservice if I didn’t pass it on. 

DIY 

Coffee Face Mask 

coffee

Help her pamper herself! This face mask will leave her skin moisturized and glowing. 

Instructions: Ground two tablespoons of coffee until it resembles a fine powder. Combine with two tablespoons of honey and mix well. 

Application: Massage mask onto face using circular motions. Leave on face for twenty minutes before rinsing. 

PLAYLIST 

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Set Mom’s mood with this relaxing spring playlist. Listen on Spotify! 

PINTEREST 

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From breakfast in bed to a family day out, everyone’s celebration looks a little bit different. Use our ideas to jumpstart your planning and let your favorite teacher know how appreciated she is. In case your favorite homeschool teacher is Dad, find fun activities on Pinterest that will show Dad how grateful you are for his love, time, and sacrifice. View our Teacher Appreciation Week Pinterest board

Giveaway Details 

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April 28 is Homeschool Teacher Appreciation Day, and we’re celebrating with a giveaway! Each winner will be given one prize, and HSLDA will select one of the five great gifts below to send you.

To enter the contest:

  1. Comment on our blog post and tell us either why you appreciate being a homeschool teacher or what you appreciate about your homeschool teacher
  2. Click the link below and sign in with your Facebook or email address
  3. Click the “Leave a blog post comment” drop-down button and click “I commented!”

Click here to enter!

*The HSLDA Homeschool Appreciation Day giveaway closes at 11:59pm EST, Thursday, April 28, 2016. HSLDA employees and their immediate family members are not eligible to participate in the giveaway. A random drawing will be conducted on April 29, 2016, and the winners will be contacted by email. If a winner does not respond to HSLDA’s prize notification within 24 hours, that entry will be discarded and a new winner will be drawn, with the same response rules applying. Entrants will receive information about homeschooling news and resources from HSLDA. We value your privacy and will never sell or share your information. You may unsubscribe at any time. 

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78 Comments on “It’s Homeschool Appreciation Day | Enter HSLDA’s Giveaway”

  1. Cathi Updike
    April 18, 2016 at 6:06 pm #

    I have spent 25 years homeschooling my six children. I have 1 year left with my “baby boy”. I have a great relationship with all of them and I would not trade that for anything. It is all about relationship.

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  2. Michele Landis
    April 18, 2016 at 9:01 pm #

    I love that as a homeschool mom I am able to be a part of my childs schooling every day. I can instill the godly values that are missing from the world’s teaching. And I can do many fun things – like field trips – that I might miss out on if I didn’t homeschool. I think that as a homeschool family we are much closer than those families who don’t homeschool – generally speaking.

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  3. Lori West
    April 19, 2016 at 4:37 am #

    Raising a family to know God and to bring others to Him. What a humbling privilege. I can’t see any other way than this home schooling journey and I have grown kids who believe in home schooling too and have plans of home schooling their children when they have families. God is sooo good!

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  4. thecottagedream
    April 19, 2016 at 9:35 am #

    I love the flexibility homeschool gives my family. We can choose the curriculum that works best for each kid. We can also take field trips to places for hands on learning.

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  5. Jeannette Longwell
    April 19, 2016 at 1:18 pm #

    This is my 13th year homeschooling. I wouldn’t give it up for anything! The first year, we thought we were just going to homeschool for one year. The kids and I all loved it, so we kept going. There is nothing like being there for each of the “aha” moments. God gave me these children…it is such a joy to spend every moment raising them for Him. My oldest three have graduated and plan to homeschool their kids. Only four to go!

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  6. Jill
    April 19, 2016 at 6:12 pm #

    I love being the one who taught my child to read. I love seeing their progress and the light of understanding light their eyes. I love being with my kids and not missing them all day! I love the relationships I have built with my kids and the relationships with each other. I love that they are “social” with all ages-not just kids their age.

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  7. Betty Bell
    April 19, 2016 at 6:30 pm #

    I am very proud of my son who is the Home School Teacher in their home. God has blessed them with three students (children).

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  8. mjdeloach78
    April 19, 2016 at 6:35 pm #

    I was homeschooled in high school and I’ll forever be grateful for the time and energy my mom spent on giving my sister and I a firm foundation of faith and a wonderful education! Now, I’m a homeschooling mom of 3 littles–just finished our 1st year by completing pre-K with our oldest. It’s such a blessing to know my kids the way I do and show them every day how much God loves them and has an incredible plan for their lives.

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  9. Janine McNally
    April 19, 2016 at 6:56 pm #

    I’ve homeschooled our three children from the beginning and I’ve appreciated most the fact that I have been able to spend so much time with them. SO many other reasons too, but that’s the most precious!

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  10. Gary McNally
    April 19, 2016 at 6:58 pm #

    I’ve loved that we’ve been able to impact our children for the LORD. Being able to more control the environment and influence in their lives has been awesome.

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  11. Crystal Hamernik
    April 19, 2016 at 6:59 pm #

    It’s our first year homeschooling after many years of our kids being in public school. It has by far been one of the best decisions we have ever made. It’s not the easiest thing in the world (neither is parenting!) but it has been an enormous blessing. We have grown closer, our sons have really started to find their individuality, and we have such freedom – from curriculum to field trips to school hours and days and vacation days.

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  12. Tiffany Tennant
    April 19, 2016 at 8:38 pm #

    What I appreciate most about being a homeschool mom is tone spent together. Growing, learning, playing, laughing, crying, exploring, discovering, reaching, succeeding, failing, resting, loving–we are blessed to do it all together.

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  13. Jeanna
    April 19, 2016 at 10:31 pm #

    Homeschooling is powerful! I am blessed beyond words to be able to be a part of my boys’ lives day in and day out.

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  14. momforhim
    April 19, 2016 at 11:26 pm #

    I love being able to learn beside my kids–things that I thought were boring or didn’t understand or wasn’t taught when I was in school. Some of the questions they ask are so thought-provoking!

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  15. Sara K.
    April 20, 2016 at 7:31 am #

    I appreciate being a homeschool teacher because I get to see my kids learn. I get to see the light go on as a new concept is finally grasped. I appreciate being there for my kids that would not be possible if we did not homeschool.

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  16. Paula
    April 20, 2016 at 9:24 am #

    As I am about to enter my 25th year of homeschooling my 10 children, I am so thankful for the privilege of homeschooling my children and so happy that I still have many homeschooling years to come!

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  17. Patti B.
    April 20, 2016 at 11:51 am #

    I appreciate being a homeschool teacher because I get to be intimately involved in my children’s educational paths, decisions, and futures. If there’s something not quite right about it, I can pray, seek guidance, and change it. If it’s going great, I can praise God for it and keep going along that path. Homeschooling is an incredibly flexible path that allows us to do what’s best for each of our children, regardless of their individual needs. I appreciate all of that so, so much.

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  18. Anastasia
    April 20, 2016 at 1:27 pm #

    I am so thankful that I get to spend much of the day with my family so that we all get to really know and learn to love each other.

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  19. Yvette
    April 20, 2016 at 4:31 pm #

    This was our first year homeschooling, and it wasn’t perfect. Watching my son grow and learn everyday is amazing. I can instill values and manners in him that seem to lack in today’s world.

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  20. Olivia Bardo
    April 21, 2016 at 8:22 am #

    I have been homeschooled since before I was a preschooler. I say this because my mom has always taught me and my five siblings that learning is not something that can only occur in the classroom. Rather, it is a constant, incredible journey which leads us to our purposes intended by our Creator. My mother has always given us ample opportunities to explore our interests and to discover new passions. She has always taught us to be constantly curious. What a treasure that has been. She always taught us that above all else, we must have a compassionate heart toward the world around us. I believe that was the most momentous lesson she taught us. I continues to resonate in my life, as well as in my sibilings’ lives. I cannot even begin to explain how much of a gift she is to me.

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  21. Mya
    April 22, 2016 at 2:22 pm #

    I love being a homeschool teacher. It allows us to make schooling work for our schedules and gives us family time.

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  22. Melissa
    April 22, 2016 at 2:53 pm #

    What I love about homeschooling is they can be taught everything from a Christian perspective.

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  23. Cheryl
    April 22, 2016 at 11:57 pm #

    I love being able to watch our children grow and learn each day. We can tailor our learning toward their interests.

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  24. Tonya
    April 23, 2016 at 11:07 am #

    I love spending my days with my children and being able to converse about what they are learning and how God is working in our lives.

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  25. Deborah Freeman
    April 23, 2016 at 12:46 pm #

    I am grateful for the mercy and grace that God gives me, that allows me the opportunity to homeschool my children.

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  26. Deborah Freeman (@blessedmama_4)
    April 24, 2016 at 12:21 am #

    I am so grateful for God’s grace and provision, that has allowed me to have this precious time with my children, homeschooling them.

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  27. Megan Schott
    April 24, 2016 at 5:59 am #

    I enjoy the full time engagement of watching my children learn as well as still learning myself. Teaching has given me a wonderful opportunity to learn all over again.

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  28. Kris Bell
    April 24, 2016 at 11:09 am #

    I appreciate the freedom – in each day, each season – to live and learn life within a family structure, not a forced group. Our seasons include ongoing medical issues and the hardest one of all, at the moment – the lost of my husband, the boy’s rock, their DADDY and my coconspirator in making education relevant to life. We are not doing so much books right now – just too hard to focus, but because we have the daily freedom to plan, reinvent, pause, we are making this season a part of the total education.

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  29. Wendy Graham
    April 24, 2016 at 5:38 pm #

    I have loved being a homeschool mom because I have been able to live life with my children and learn with them. I’ve been honored to be their mom and teacher and our family remains close even as the older children begin to leave the nest. They know who they are, that they are valued and loved by their parents and our heavenly Father.

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  30. Amy Hoskins
    April 25, 2016 at 12:19 am #

    Our freedom to homeschool is a blessing. I sometimes think I learn more than our boys because the information seems to be more interesting to me than when I was in school. I have enjoyed the time spent with my boys. It’s also nice to travel and visit tourist spots when others are in school. Less time spent standing in lines.

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  31. Courtney Boyce
    April 26, 2016 at 11:14 am #

    I love being a homeschooling parent because I am able to give my children an education that is stable despite constant movies mid-school year every year with the military. It is the one constant in our lives and I feel it has centered us as a family so much. Beyond that I love knowing that I am working hard to create children who aren’t just challenged academically but that they are challenged spiritually as well. I love being able to create a child who is whole and I know will grow into an adult who is confident in who they are.

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  32. Ashley Dillon
    April 26, 2016 at 3:19 pm #

    This is our 2nd year homeschooling, and I love the fact that I get to experience the joy of learning with my children and their education is tailor made for them.

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  33. Robin Spencer
    April 26, 2016 at 4:59 pm #

    This is my 25th year of homeschooling and I mostly just appreciate the privilege to do so. What a joy to be so involved in my children’s training and upbringing as was designed by God from the beginning. Making sure that they are taught to love the Lord and others is so important.

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  34. Jolene Ceravalo
    April 26, 2016 at 6:19 pm #

    I am a relatively new homeschool teacher. I’ve been homeschooling since about 2010. I really appreciate that I can be with my children all day and be the main person sowing information, truth, love, God’s word, and so much more into their lives. It is truly a gift and a privilege to be my children’s main educator.

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  35. Homeschool Mom
    April 26, 2016 at 6:34 pm #

    I love homeschooling my boys. We are able to spend quality time together as a family and take the time to work on character issues as they pop up. We are able to talk openly and freely about believing in Jesus and God creating the world. We can discuss other viewpoints such as evolution without stares, jeers, or peer pressure.

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  36. Meagan
    April 26, 2016 at 6:34 pm #

    This is my first year homeschooling and love the “togetherness” that is fostered in our family through living life and learning together.

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  37. Cindi Mackanic
    April 26, 2016 at 6:53 pm #

    I love being a homeschool Mom. It allows me to know my kids very well, to know what they know, and to encourage them to know their Creator, the One who loves them with power, authority and wisdom.

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  38. KellyRBaker
    April 26, 2016 at 7:03 pm #

    I appreciate being a homeschool teacher for many reasons, but I love that our family isn’t segregated for the majority of our days. We help each other, and learn from one another. It feels as if the precious gift of time has been given to us to build relationships. I couldn’t imagine doing life any other way.

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  39. blessedmombygrace
    April 26, 2016 at 7:50 pm #

    I have been homeschooling my seven children for 14 years so far ( with 12 more years to go!). I am so blessed to be able to teach them from a biblical perspective and to spend precious time with them all. I love that I can adapt our curriculum as needed for each individual child.

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  40. Susan
    April 26, 2016 at 8:29 pm #

    I love homeschooling for many reasons. One of the biggest is getting to journey with my kids each step of the way. I think it makes the growth seem more miraculous.

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  41. Kelli
    April 26, 2016 at 9:02 pm #

    I love that I am able to hang out with my kids everyday. They are the best… I’m so blessed to be their mom and their teacher!

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  42. Heather
    April 26, 2016 at 10:37 pm #

    There are hard days, like today but, there are lots more good days. I love being with my boys and watching them grow.

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  43. Elizabeth
    April 26, 2016 at 10:39 pm #

    When I had my children, I was scared to death of the ‘teen’ years!! Thanks to homeschooling, my oldest has sailed through the teen years and it has been more fun than I ever thought possible!! I’m so enjoying watching him completing his 1st year of college and taking on more responsibility, becoming the man God made him to be!! My youngest is 14 and truly a joy- I know if she had stayed in public school, things would be so different for us. We enjoy each other and are so thankful for our time homeschooling. There are still challenges, but we are a ‘team’ instead of competitors in different ‘peer’ groups. Words can’t express how grateful we are to homeschool!

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  44. Rene W.
    April 26, 2016 at 11:06 pm #

    I appreciate homeschooling because I get to see my kids excited about learning. Whether it’s learning to read or using those reading skills to learn more about how God has been at work throughout history, I am privileged to see them think and grow.

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  45. Kristin Call
    April 26, 2016 at 11:36 pm #

    I homeschool my children so they can feel more of those enlightened moments; those moments when you know you’ve learned something important.

    I homeschool so their whole lives are full of those moments.

    I *love* homeschooling because I get to see their moments. ❤

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  46. Lori West
    April 27, 2016 at 1:22 am #

    Pointing my family to Christ, that is what I enjoy about raising my family.

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  47. Debra Rose Childers
    April 27, 2016 at 1:28 am #

    I knew I wanted to homeschool before I ever wanted kids. There were times throughout my public school career where I felt like school was holding back my learning, and if I ever had kids, I never wanted them to feel like that. Now that I have three kids and I’m homeschooling, I have so many more reasons to love it. I get to spend so much time with these wonderful little people and I get to learn new things and expand myself with them. I can’t imagine a cooler way to spend my days. But also, my husband works in food service, so his hours go a little later in the day. If they were in public school, my children would never get to see him because they’d have to be in bed basically as soon as he got home. Instead, they can go to bed a little later (and get up a little later) and have several hours of Dad Time in the evenings. It makes me so happy to see them enjoying a relationship with their father that is only possible because of homeschooling.

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  48. Paula Gonzales
    April 27, 2016 at 8:30 am #

    The ability to gently help those I love the most with their biggest struggles, and then watch the lightbulb moment – that makes every ounce of the work well worth the effort. I love homeschooling my children and wouldn’t trade this time for anything.

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  49. Amber
    April 27, 2016 at 9:17 am #

    I am so thankful that I get to spend each day with my girls, teaching them and learning right along with them. And it is so wonderful to have the freedom to base our education on the Bible.

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  50. Jaime
    April 27, 2016 at 9:47 am #

    I love getting to teach my son at home. Not all days are easy, but they are all worth the time and energy that goes into raising him to be a well-educated, thoughtful man of God.

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