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The MassHOPE Messenger

May 8, 2024

Welcome to The MassHOPE Messenger, an up-to-the-minute email summary of events and other opportunities for homeschoolers as well as other news items related to home education.

Please note that listing of items herein that are not sponsored by MassHOPE does not imply endorsement by MassHOPE. Due diligence should be exercised in determining what you consider appropriate for your own family.

Calendar of future MassHOPE events

June 1, 2024: Formal graduation ceremony, Holden Chapel,

Holden, Massachusetts

June 22, 2024: Used Curriculum Sale

Chapel of the Cross, Westborough, Massachusetts

April 24-26, 2025: Annual homeschool and Christian parenting convention

Sturbridge Host Hotel & Conference Center, Sturbridge, Massachusetts

New or Updated

 1. Convention feedback wanted!

 2. A fond farewell to Save U Money

 3. Used curriculum sale in Westborough on June 22

 4. Another free Hillsdale course!


For Your Encouragement

 5. The kids are alright: Part 2

Homeschooling in the News

   6. Alaska ruling being appealed


  7. For your encouragement: Consistency and flexibility are not natural enemies

  8. Homeschooling in the news: Homeschooling parents in Michigan are paying attention

  9. Spread the word!

 10. Discount from

 11. Convention recordings available

 12. MassHOPE Facebook groups

 13. MassHOPE advertising opportunities

 14. MassHOPE Facebook discussion group

 15. The MassHOPE Educator ID Card

 16. Your news items wanted

 17. Remember to “Like” MassHOPE on Facebook

 18. Are you on our mailing lists?

Getting Started?

  19. How to homeschool legally in Massachusetts

 20. Videos and webinars from HSLDA

 21. MassHOPE: homeschooling in Massachusetts

1. Convention feedback wanted!

If you attended MassHOPE's 2024 convention, we want to hear from you! Please complete the convention evaluation form here . You can either print, complete, and mail your submission, or you can make it easy on yourself by completing and submitting it directly from our website. Deadline for these submissions is May 20, 2024. Any afterthoughts or further feedback after May 20 should be emailed to .

In appreciation, we will randomly select one submission to receive a FREE HSLDA one year membership/renewal. Be certain to include your name on the submission form.

2. A fond farewell to Save U Money

We bid a fond farewell to a loyal supporter of MassHOPE. Save U Money has been a popular vendor at our annual convention for over three decades and has retired with this year’s event. Their booth was busy as always, with all items drastically reduced in ordered to clear out inventory. Sales proceeds of more than $1,200.00 were generously donated to MassHOPE. We wish God’s best for the Karls’ future and will miss them greatly at upcoming conventions.  

3. Used curriculum sale in Westborough on June 22

You heard right!!! It’s back, and hopefully better than ever! Our bookstore-style used curriculum sale is set for Saturday, June 22 from 10-1 at Chapel of the Cross in Westborough. Stay tuned for details on how to sell your books (consignment style) at New England’s largest New England book sale! In the meantime, mark your calendar and plan to come, prepared for bargains!

4. Another free Hillsdale course!

Hillsdale College’s "American Citizenship and Its Decline" is taught by respected historian Victor Davis Hanson and is based on his book  The Dying Citizen . This course argues that at the heart of America's current crises are symptoms of a far larger problem that afflicts the West: the loss of freedom and political power of the citizen.

Dr. Hanson frames this problem by first explaining the history of citizenship in the West and by reminding us how rare it is in human history to have governments that are created and controlled by the people.

To maintain this type of government requires a robust and self-reliant middle class, clearly defined and enforced borders, national autonomy, and confidence in our way of life.

Yet today, the middle class is disappearing under enormous economic strains, the distinction between citizen and resident is being blurred by open borders, and pre-civilizational tribalism is dividing Americans into a variety of identity groups.

These problems are being aggravated by top-down pressures from an unelected bureaucratic class that uses judicial, executive, and legislative powers to overwhelm the citizen.

Finally, globalism poses a historic challenge to national sovereignty, as many of today's elites seek to replace American laws and independence with international bodies, often without the consent of our elected representatives or the people they serve.

The course, however, concludes on a hopeful note: Citizens still hold the key to revitalizing our traditions of empowered citizenship and regaining control over our government.

By enrolling in this free course, "American Citizenship and Its Decline," you can embark on this journey to learn about these threats to our rights as citizens and how to combat them.

Click the secure link below to start: .

5. The Kids Are Alright: Part 2

Brian Ray of the National Home Education Research Institute (NHERI) has reviewed a study by Jillene Seiver and Elisa Pope. Part 1 was in our February 28 issue. Part 2 focuses on “social engagement in young adulthood as a function of K-12 schooling type, personality traits, and parental education level.” You can access it HERE . While you’re at it, you might consider donating to NHERI.

Your donations help NHERI and Dr. Ray (1) keep up with new research to give you the facts on what is happening in the United States and around the world regarding homeschooling research, freedoms, and insights and (2) be ready to speak to scholars, journalists, courts, policymakers, and parents. NHERI is receiving  no tax dollars  to do its work and serve the public. You may either:

1. Send a check to: NHERI, PO Box 13939, Salem OR 97309 (using a check puts the largest percent of your gift to work at NHERI)


2. Donate online  HERE .

Thanks in advance for your support.

6. Alaska ruling being appealed

These TWO ARTICLES focus on a legal battle in Alaska over public monies being accessed by homeschoolers.

7. For your encouragement: Consistency and flexibility are not natural enemies

Maximize the BENEFITS OF FLEXIBILITY and avoid its pitfalls

8. Homeschooling in the news: Homeschooling parents in Michigan are paying attention

In Michigan, PUSHBACK against a new “registry” for homeschoolers.

9. Spread the word!

Help us share the news about our upcoming convention and so much more! Tell all your homeschooling friends about  The MassHOPE Messenger , MassHOPE's bi-weekly e-newsletter, filled with opportunities and items of interest for homeschooling families. All they need to do to receive it is to send full name and email address to . Help them stay informed!

10. Discount from

Homeschooling can be challenging.   It can be expensive, time-consuming, and confusing to choose classes and curricula for multiple students. We are writing to tell you that   will provide all the courses you need for homeschooling each of your preschool through graduating 12th-grade students at the discounted annual price of $179 (you save $90) .  With hundreds of online courses, lesson plans, quizzes, tests, answer keys, certificates of completion, and streaming videos, your annual   membership will ensure you have a full-spectrum, non-Common Core curriculum platform to confidently educate your children at home.

Membership is good for your whole family—including grandparents—no matter how many children you have. Because everything is included online, there is no need to buy textbooks. PLUS, there are no per class, no per child, nor any other hidden fees. You can also generate quarterly report cards for each student and access help with transcript creation for your high schoolers. The regular price is $267.97, but by  JOINING HERE  you'll save over $90 and pay a total of only $179 for the year. Also, you will receive a print subscription to The Old Schoolhouse® Magazine, with a fresh issue delivered each quarter as long as you remain a member. contains nearly every subject imaginable—art history, drawing, computer technology, foreign languages, history, language arts, math, music, science, and loads of electives. Let your kids help pick out their own courses!

11. Convention recordings available

Recordings are available from our 2024 convention. If there was a particular session you'd like to hear again or share with others, or if there is a subject you wish you had been there to hear, go to  ALLIANCE RECORDINGS .

12. MassHOPE Facebook groups

Did you know that MassHOPE has two private Facebook groups in addition to its main Facebook page? If you would like to join the MassHOPE Massachusetts Homeschool Discussion and Support Group (described in Item #14, below) or the MassHOPE Massachusetts Homeschool Marketplace and UCS group, or if you invite anyone to join these groups, please note that there are questions you will need to answer in order to be approved. If you don't get approved soon after your request to join, perhaps you didn't answer the required questions.

13. MassHOPE advertising opportunities

MassHOPE has a variety of advertising options available at reasonable rates in several media paths – MassHOPE website, dedicated email, Facebook, MassHOPE Messenger. If interested, please send an email to All ads are subject to availability and space. MassHOPE reserves the right to accept or reject ads as we must apportion limited space and evaluate relevance to our audience.

14. MassHOPE Facebook discussion group

Connect with us on Facebook at MassHOPE’s Massachusetts Homeschool Discussion and Support Group. This group provides support and encouragement for homeschoolers pursuing privately-funded, parent-led home education. Its purpose is to encourage and equip homeschool parents to disciple and educate their children for the Lord, and to connect families within our state to give them opportunities to gather together for educational and recreational experiences.

15. The MassHOPE Educator ID Card

Educator IDs are available for benefits such as potential discounts at retailers. Order them from our website   HERE .

16. Your news items wanted

Do you know of an event or activity in or near Massachusetts that would edify or interest the homeschool community? Email Anne Smith at   and we will review it for possible inclusion in the MassHOPE Messenger.

17. Remember to "Like" MassHOPE on Facebook

"Like" MassHOPE's Facebook page: . You'll be encouraged in your homeschooling journey and will receive all updates for upcoming events.

18. Are you on our mailing lists?

If you are receiving this e-newsletter, you are on our email list! May we also add you to our “snail mail” list to receive occasional information via the U.S. Postal Service? If Yes, please send your full name and complete mailing address to .

19. How to homeschool legally in Massachusetts 

This video features Michael Donnelly, formerly HSLDA's designated counsel for Massachusetts: .  The link referenced for further Massachusetts-specific articles is .

20. Videos and webinars from HSLDA

Could Homeschooling Fit My Family? —Q&A , with Rochelle Matthews-Somerville, HSLDA Special Needs and High School Consultant, and Tj Schmidt, HSLDA Staff Attorney.

Helping Your Child Love Learning —Q&A with Ainsley Arment, Wild + Free founder, and Natalie Mack, HSLDA High School Consultant.

Homeschooling Through Major Life Changes —Q&A with Faith Berens, HSLDA Special Needs Consultant, Tracy Klicka, HSLDA Director of  Development, and Sunny Coté, state department spouse.

9 Tips for Homeschooling in the Military —Q&A ,  with Natalie Mack, HSLDA High School Consultant and U.S. Navy Chaplain’s wife, and Sabrina Riley, Army National Guard, active duty spouse.

Homeschooling through the Holidays? (or taking a month off? or flexing with hands-on learning and unit studies? or . . . ?) , with Vicki Bentley, HSLDA PreK-8 Educational Consultant and homeschooling mom to eight biological kids plus nine foster kids through the years), and Chelsea Moore, HSLDA blogger (and homeschooling mom to two).  

T hree-part video series on getting started: .

Helpful overview of how to start homeschooling .

You Can Homeschool Through High School .

How to Start Homeschooling with Special Needs .

And many, many more .

21. Get started homeschooling in Massachusetts

Check out this MassHOPE site for   getting started .

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