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Thanks for checking out the HOMESCHOOL HeartBeat! This information will be changed periodically, so keep coming back! Check out the list of workshops that I have available and contact me to set one up! List of available workshops

August Arizona HOMESCHOOL Heartbeat August 1, 2010 FEATURED ITEMS

The Arizona HOMESCHOOL HeartBeat

Updated August 1, 2010

Dear Homeschoolers,

Where has the summer gone? Now is the time many will be starting the school year again, so there is lots to think about.

If you have junior or senior high school students, have you considered getting questions answered about college prep so you can have a jump on the process? A Transcript is a hugely important piece, and one that is much easier to compile as you go go along than waiting until senior year. I have a very informative workshop August 11 that will give you all the tools you need for creating a successful document.

Please check out these other great resources:

Workshops:

Back-to-school Bargains

Let me know how I can be of service to you and your homeschool support group this year.

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July Arizona HOMESCHOOL Heartbeat July 22, 2010 FEATURED ITEMS

The Arizona HOMESCHOOL HeartBeat

Updated July 22, 2010

Dear Homeschoolers,

Here is some last minute information on the AFHE convention, other upcoming workshops, and more ways the budget cuts are affecting each of us–even homeschool families.

EVENTS:

BUDGET CUTS:

FREEBES:

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July Arizona HOMESCHOOL Heartbeat July 10, 2010 FEATURED ITEM

The Arizona HOMESCHOOL HeartBeat

Updated July 10, 2010

Dear Homeschoolers,

Check out these articles for some great events coming up–and they are all on the same day at the same time for you convenience.

Are you looking for some FABULOUS deals on curriculum?

Are you needing to start thinking about high school and getting ready for college?

Do you want something extra special for the kids to do to stave off summer doldrums?

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June Arizona HOMESCHOOL Heartbeat June 28, 2010 FEATURED ITEMS

The Arizona HOMESCHOOL HeartBeat

Update June 28, 2010

Homeschooling Friends,

Did you know that many of your regular, non-“school” activities can be counted as credits on a high school transcript? What about the idea of taking subject tests for high school classes and getting up to 12 hours of college credit for the subject–without taking the class and for just the cost of the test? Find out more at the workshop on Preparing for College

Student Testing Opportunities

Student Classes

Parent Continuing Education Workshops

Summer Homeschooling Events

Legislative Lookout

June Arizona HOMESCHOOL Heartbeat June 21, 2010 FEATURED ITEMS

The Arizona HOMESCHOOL HeartBeat

Update June 21, 2010

Have you struggled with knowing what records to keep to make sure all the homeschool bases are covered? There are so many things to keep track of, it can be overwhelming!

I have a great workshop that will discuss all the different kinds of records to keep, for how long and some ways to organize them. We will also cover Goal setting so you know what has been accomplished for the year. Please join us!

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June Arizona HOMESCHOOL Heartbeat June 13, 2010 FEATURED ITEMS

The Arizona HOMESCHOOL HeartBeat

Update June 13, 2010

I can’t believe how fast the summer is going! There is still plenty of time to enjoy some skill building and enrichment activities.

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June Arizona HOMESCHOOL Heartbeat June 5, 2010 FEATURED ITEMS

The Arizona HOMESCHOOL HeartBeat

Update June 5, 2010

Dear Homeschooling families,

Summer is upon us! Many of the support group activities are slowing down for the hot months, but there are still plenty of things to do in the Phoenix area to enrich your homeschooling journey.

What questions do you have about homeschooling? On what topics would you like to read? Email me with your ideas.

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May Arizona HOMESCHOOL Heartbeat May 29, 2010 FEATURED ITEMS

The Arizona HOMESCHOOL HeartBeat

Update May 29, 2010

Dear Homeschooling families,

Here are some events that are coming up very soon, so don’t delay in reading and signing up.

Have a blessed Memorial Day weekend!

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May Arizona HOMESCHOOL Heartbeat May 19, 2010 FEATURED ITEMS

The Arizona HOMESCHOOL HeartBeat

Update May 19, 2010

Dear Homeschooling families,

We are in the hot summer days already! It is time to get the kids going on summer reading programs and time to evaluate how this past year has gone. Here are some great ideas for ways to earn prizes by reading, plus two opportunities for June IOWA testing.

Don’t forget about the Homeschool Summer Workshop series that you can see here and here.

What questions do you have about homeschooling? I would love to connect with you.

May Arizona HOMESCHOOL Heartbeat May 12, 2010 FEATURED ITEMS

The Arizona HOMESCHOOL HeartBeat

Update May 12, 2010

Homeschool friends,

Are you wanting an easy and fun way to gain some homeschooling skills and information over the summer to help take you to the next level of teaching your children? Here are some wonderful workshops which will give you some great tools.

WORKSHOPS:

What about those classes for the kids that you want some help to teach?

What questions do you have about homeschooling? I would love to chat with you. Contact me by email or phone: 602 942-7296

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May Arizona HOMESCHOOL Heartbeat May 2, 2010 FEATURED ITEMS

The Arizona HOMESCHOOL HeartBeat

Update May 2, 2010

I just found out about a wonderful scholarship opportunity that is super easy, will take about 15 minutes, and is worth $2000. The deadline is May 3, noon CDT so check the link right away.

Scholarships:

Homeschool 101 Scholarships: Fifteen minutes could land you a $2000 scholarship-Deadline May 3!

Other recent articles (This link will take you to the page with the active links for all the articles)

What questions do you have about homeschooling? I would love to chat with you. Contact me by email or phone: 602 942-7296

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April Arizona HOMESCHOOL Heartbeat April 15, 2010 FEATURED ITEMS

The Arizona HOMESCHOOL HeartBeat

Update April 15 2010

Good morning Homeschoolers!

I hope that you all have completed your taxes, and the outcome was positive for you. Mine took longer than I had hoped, and I found several things I needed to go back and redo, but they are done.

I am frequently asked about information for getting homeschoolers prepared for college. I have two workshops (right away! Sorry for the short notice!) that may be of interest to you.

Saturday, April 17, 12:00-2:00 PM

North Phoenix–near I-17 and Union Hills (If interested, please contact me ASAP by phone (602 942-7296) or email and I will give the exact address)

Preparing the Homeschooler for College and Creating a Transcript (2 workshops back to back for a really great price)

  • Great tips for the high school years
  • College prep coursework
  • What colleges are looking for
  • The timeline for all the steps
  • Practical hands-on info for all the parts of a transcript

Cost: $15 (bring your teen along for $5) (Please pre-register online or by phone 602-942-7296 so I have materials for you.)

Monday, April 19, 1:00-2:30 PM

Mari copa Community Library

44240 W Maricopa Ave, Maricopa, AZ 85239 Phone: 520-568-2926

Homeschool 101 Workshops: How do you prepare your student for high school and college?

This will be similar to the one on Saturday, but without the details on the Transcript Preparation. Full details are at the link above.

Cost: $5.50 pre-registration online or $7.00 at the door.

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Here are some current articles that may be of interest:

If you would like to keep up with the articles as they are written, I encourage you to subscribe to my Phoenix Homeschooling Examiner column by clicking on the Subscribe button at the top of the link page. This way, you will get the headlines in your email box as the posts are published, and you won’t miss out!

Thanks so much for reading!

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April Arizona HOMESCHOOL Heartbeat April 6, 2010 FEATURED ITEMS

The Arizona HOMESCHOOL HeartBeat

Update April 6, 2010

Hello, friends!

It is not hard to find things to write about in the homeschooling world these days. I could probably write 10 articles and day (if I had the stamina LOL) and not run out of information to share. If you would like to keep up with the articles as they are written, I encourage you to subscribe to my Phoenix Homeschooling Examiner column by clicking on the Subscribe button at the top of the link page. This way, you will get the headlines in your email box as the posts are published, and you won’t miss out!

Thanks so much for reading! Here are some of my recent articles.

Elections

Where can homeschoolers go to meet and learn about the local candidates?

Workshops/Conferences

Homeschool 101 Workshops: How do you prepare your student for high school and college?

Homeschool 101 Events: Unschooling conference-Childhood Unboxed-with screening of Race to Nowhere

Homeschool 101 Special Needs: Gifted student conference provides great teaching and enrichment tips

Homeschool 101 Free Resources: Ways to get complimentary tickets to AFHE homeschool convention

College Prep

Homeschool 101 Scholarships: Can homeschoolers qualify for academic scholarships?

Classes

Homeschool 101 Resources: Art students learn 3-D multi-media collage

Book Sales

Homeschool 101 Resources: Spring curriculum sale has 50% off used children’s books

Learning Styles

Homeschool 101 Learning Styles: Show me and I will know it–the Visual learner

Homeschool 101 Learning Styles: Four ways to discover how your child learns best

Events

Justin Bieber to perform in Phoenix in July–tickets on sale March 27 (video, photos)

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March Arizona HOMESCHOOL Heartbeat March 23, 2010 FEATURED ITEMS

The Arizona HOMESCHOOL HeartBeat

Update March 23, 2010

Dear Homeschooling Friends,

Where has this month gone? I realize that my goal of weekly updates for this time has become a monthly venture. It truly is amazing to realize how full life can be when you have no children in the house, no outside job to report to and a schedule to fill as I please. I did a yard sale two weeks ago, and that preparation consumed me for over a week. WHEW!

I would love to do an article on how the health care bill will affect your homeschool family. If you have any insights, anecdotes or predictions, let me know.

Here are some of my recent titles that you may find intriguing.

AFHE convention

Homeschool 101 Resources: AFHE convention-Children are a gift from God-July 23-24

Homeschool 101 Free Resources: Ways to get complimentary tickets to AFHE homeschool convention

Learning Styles

Homeschool 101 Learning Styles: Avoiding the tears when your child doesn’t get the lesson

Homeschool 101 Learning Styles: Understanding yourself as teacher is key in selecting materials

Scholarships and Free money for college

Homeschool 101 College Prep: Fund your college account with an ESA

Homeschool 101 College Prep: Earn money for your college fund while you shop? How cool is that!

Homeschool 101 Scholarships: H2O4U program offers $1000 prize for six students

Homeschool 101 College Prep: Ten reasons why you don’t need SAT or ACT to go to college

Homeschool Support Groups

Homeschool 101 Support Groups: Introducing TGIF (Teaching Generations in Faith) Homeschool Group

Free resources and Great deals

Homeschool 101 Resources: Educator Appreciation Week at valley Borders stores offer 30% savings

Homeschool 101 Free Resources: Eat free on your birthday at numerous Phoenix metro locations

Homeschool 101 Free Resources: Great money savers with places for kids to get a free meal

Homeschool 101 Free Resources: Restaurants that offer free kids’ meals – Part 2

Homeschool 101 Free Resources: Alphabetical list of Phoenix area museums offering free admission

Homeschool 101 Free Resources: Alphabetical list of Phoenix area museums offering free admission

Homeschool 101 Activities: Can our students play sports with the public schools?

Special Needs

Homeschool 101 Special Needs: Down Syndrome Hidden Miracles and Autism workshops this week

Homeschool families

Reflections on the brilliant life and death of a homeschool inspiration

Events

What do homeschoolers, Jack-Jack Parr and Olympic athletes have in common?

Homeschool 101 Resources: Spotlight Theatre’s Anne Frank cast boasts four homeschoolers

Homeschool 101 Events: Homeschool Day at the Capitol is Tuesday March 2

Homeschool 101 Events: Homeschool Week in AZ proclamation by Governor Jan Brewer

Homeschool 101 Resources: Book sales, art classes, testing at Covenant Home School Resource Center

I would like to invite you to subscribe to my articles so you can stay in the loop; simply click on the subscribe link at the end of this email and you’ll be notified whenever I publish a new article. Also, feel free to forward this email to anyone else you think might enjoy my articles. As always, thanks for your support!

Warmest regards,

Holly Craw

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Would your company like to sponsor the Phoenix Homeschooling Examiner page with your ad? The rates are very reasonable.

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February Arizona HOMESCHOOL Heartbeat February 22, 2010 FEATURED ITEMS

Dear Homeschooling Friends,

Aren’t the Olympics awe-inspiring?

The stories of the struggles and comebacks and even the losses remind me of the tremendous amount of dedication and commitment that is involved in preparing for this event. It is similar in some ways to homeschooling your children as you:

  • dedicate yourselves to finding the materials that will work best for them,
  • provide them with the most suitable environment for the full development and expression of their gifts,
  • and even push them to excel when they don’t think they can give any more.

I have collected some articles that will be useful as you are training your “Home Schoolympians” for their moments of glory as you nurture them to become the adults they are meant to be. (That sounds like an article I will need to write next.)

If you have questions or topics on which you would like me to write, please contact me with your ideas. You may Email or call me at 602-942-7296.

OLYMPICS

Olympians with ties to homeschooling or Arizona include Tanith Belbin and Lindsay Vonn

COLLEGE PREP

Homeschool 101 High School: How to know if community college is right for your freshman studentHomeschool 101

College Prep: Admissions officers secrets about SAT and ACT tests

SCHOLARSHIPS and CONTESTS

Homeschool 101 College Prep: Great insider tips from CollegePlus! on writing a winning essay

Homeschool 101 Scholarships: How do homeschoolers qualify for ASU merit scholarships?

Homeschool 101 Scholarships: Looking for merit awards? You need to take the AIMS test to qualify

Homeschool 101 Scholarships: The AIMS scholarship is accessible, but should we take the test?

Scholarships: AZ SB1280 will give equal playing field to scholarship awards

Recent articles of interest:

Is your school spying on you? One more reason for homeschoolers to avoid government connections

EVENTS AND EXTRA-CURRICULAR ACTIVITIES

Homeschool 101 Events: CHET-SE’s 11th Annual Youth Seminar covers careers and college prep

Homeschool 101 Activities: Naval Sea Cadet Corps recruits homeschooled students

Please let me know if I may be of service to you.

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February Arizona HOMESCHOOL Heartbeat February 8, 2010 FEATURED ITEMS

Dear Arizona Homeschoolers,

It is February already, and that means many of you will start thinking about your homeschooling plan for the next few months. Here are some articles with great resources for you. You will find more on the page.)

PARENT ENRICHMENT OPPORTUNITIES: Tools that will make your homeschooling job easier.

Essential workshops:

Homeschool 101 Resources: Free workshops give practical help on testing and curriculum

( If you can’t make this one, contact me. I am willing to set up something in your part of town for you and your friends.)

Homeschool 101 Testing: What does Arizona require and what are reasons for testing?

Homeschool 101 Curriculum: Five approaches to teaching and instructional materials

Homeschool 101 Resources: Coaching for parents to teach writing skills to their children

Networking and preparation tools:

Homeschool 101 Resources: WAHMs and entreprenuers have a great opportunity to network and connect

Homeschool 101 Events: What is the educational climate going to look like in the next decade?

Superbowl of Conservative Candidates Open House-great opportunity for homeschoolers to get involved

HOMESCHOOL SUPPLIES AND MATERIALS: Where to find great deals.

Homeschool 101 Resources: Science supplies spring sale and standardized testing opportunities

COLLEGE PREP AND SCHOLARSHIPS: Key information for getting the best shot at college.

Homeschool 101 College Prep: Essay contest, scholarships and college the easy way from CollegePlus!

Homeschool 101 College Prep: Kurt Warner supports College Goal Sunday for FAFSA application

SPECIAL NEEDS: Resources and information for helping your child succeed.

Homeschool 101 Special Needs: How to advocate for your special needs child workshop

STUDENT CLASSES, EVENTS, AND ACTIVITIES: Great ways to develop skills and meet new friends

Homeschool 101 Resources: Charcoal art workshop gives students “instant skills”

Homeschool 101 Events: Valentines’ Skating Party for the whole family

Homeschool 101 Events: Complete and updated information on the AZ HEAT prom

Superbowl of Conservative Candidates Open House-great opportunity for homeschoolers to get involved

Homeschool 101 Resources: AFHE offers junior and senior high graduation ceremonies-deadline soon

I would love to hear some of the things on your heart–your questions or comments related to home education. Stay up-to-date with the most current articles by subscribing to my blog or my Examiner column. You can choose to either read the compilation of headlines online (RSS feed), or you can choose email delivery(Subscribe by email) for a daily post of new headlines.

If you have topics that interest you and would like a customized workshop, especially if you are in Maricopa County, Arizona, Email me. I can set up at a location near you for you and your friends, and we can have a great time of interaction to answer your questions.

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