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The MassHOPE Messenger
August 3, 2022
Welcome to The MassHOPE Messenger, an up-to-the-minute e-mail 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.
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For Your Encouragement
 2. From discouragement to hope

 3. Try a free episode of Drive Thru History
 4. For your encouragement: “People think we just sit in our houses all day”
 5. Convention recordings available
 6. MassHOPE Facebook groups
 7. MassHOPE advertising opportunities
 8. MassHOPE Facebook discussion group
 9. The MassHOPE Educator ID Card
10. Your news items wanted
11. Remember to “Like” MassHOPE on Facebook
12. Are you on our mailing lists?
13. Support MassHOPE through AmazonSmile

Getting Started?
14. How to homeschool legally in Massachusetts
15. Videos and webinars from HSLDA
16. MassHOPE: homeschooling in Massachusetts
17. A bevy of materials, offers, and helps
18. Variety of interesting sites suggested by the Heritage Foundation
19. Browsing corner for vets and newbies
1. MORE free summer field trip ideas
Battleship Cove in Fall River, Mass. has the world's largest collection of World War II naval vessels open to the public. Children aged 4-12, normally $15, are FREE on their birthday. (Must have copy of birth certificate or passport.) Accompanying adult $25. Closes for season September 12. Tickets are valid for two consecutive days. Check hours and admission HERE.

Great Falls Discovery Center in Turners Falls, Mass: (For young kids) – Pack a picnic lunch and enjoy the view from the park overlooking the Connecticut River. At the right time of year you may see a bald eagle or two. Near the bridge over the dam is the Discovery Center (free). Young children will love the displays of wildlife found in the Connecticut River Valley. Walk the bike trail to see the flow from the bottom of the dam. If you are a fisherman, bring your pole. Check the Discovery Center hours HERE.

Minuteman National Historical Park (FREE). Visit the sites in Lexington and Concord as well as those along the Battle Road where it all began in 1775. Even if you have been to the Old North Bridge and Lexington Green, be sure to see the multimedia presentation at the National Park Service visitor center on route 2A for a good understanding of the events of April 19,1775. Be sure to check HERE for hours. The center may close early because of hot weather.

Memorial Hall Museum, Deerfield (FREE). Deerfield, Massachusetts is one of the most historic towns in our state. Learn about the famous and devastating Indian raid on the town in 1704. Admission is free this year for the 150th anniversary of the Pocumtuck Valley Memorial Association. For complete info, click HERE.

Throughout August the Highland Street Foundation is bringing you August Adventures - 31 days of no-cost admission to zoos, museums and carousels: one free attraction for each of the month's 31 days, from one end of Massachusetts to the other. Click HERE to learn more.

Old Sturbridge Village has a great deal going for kids this summer: up to three kids (17 and under) admitted free with each paying adult. Offer is good through Labor Day. The village is open Wednesday through Sunday from 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. See HERE for details.

Free admission to the nation's oldest public aquarium: Woods Hole Science Aquarium, 166 Water Street, Woods Hole, MA 02543. Be sure to check HERE for details, including hours.

The Jenney Interpretive Center‘s educational walking tours in Plymouth are free to those 12 and under every Tuesday this summer. See their website for details.

The Worcester Art Museum in Worcester, Massachusetts is free on the first Sunday of August (08/07/22). Check it out HERE.

2. From discouragement to hope
Here’s a nice little article by a second-generation homeschooler. “I was convinced that I would be the perfect Charlotte Mason homeschool mom, with all my little students gathered around me in a lovely little homeschool room complete with our schedule on the wall and my perfectly compiled homeschooling notebook.

Drive Thru History is an engaging and entertaining series of history videos, presenting secular and Christian history from a Biblical worldview. You can watch them on YouTube with a subscription (see one complete episode HERE for free!), but they are also available on DVD. Check out their channel HERE and the whole series HERE.

4. For your encouragement: "People think we just sit in our houses all day”
We’ve heard it before, but it’s always nice to hear it again: parents refuting misconceptions about homeschooling. "I think the biggest misconception about home education is the idea that parents have that they can't do this because they haven't been trained to be a teacher," she said. "But that is not the case at all. We have found through studies that homeschool students who are taught by their parents who do not have a college degree scored just as well on standardized achievement tests as those who do have bachelor degrees or higher." You can read the article HERE.

5. Convention recordings available
Recordings are available from our recent 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 to find the recordings. Under "Featured Conferences" to the right on the homepage, click on MA-2022 to get a listing of speakers and sessions. Next to each session title, "Show More" will give a session description

6. 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 #8, 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.

7. 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.

8. 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.

9. The MassHOPE Educator ID Card
Educator IDs are available for benefits such as potential discounts at retailers. Order them from our website HERE.

10. Your news items wanted

11. 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.

12. Are you on our mailing lists?

13. Support MassHOPE through AmazonSmile
Do you shop at Amazon? If you shop through AmazonSmile, Amazon will make a donation to MassHOPE! If you're not already signed up, you can do so more easily than ever. To start supporting our organization, simply click this link, which is unique to MassHOPE: HYPERLINK ""3220412. That's all! From then on, when – and only when - you enter the Amazon website through, Amazon will automatically donate 0.5% of the purchase price of eligible products to MassHOPE. Thank you for supporting the work of your Christian state homeschool organization!

14. How to homeschool legally in Massachusetts 
This video features Michael Donnelly, HSLDA's designated counsel for Massachusetts: The link referenced for further Massachusetts-specific articles is

15. 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.
Single-Parent Homeschooling: Success Strategies—Q&A, with Kim Sorgius, Not Consumed community founder, and Erin Eskew, Have Soldier: Will Travel blog.
Helping Your Child Love Learning—Q&Awith Ainsley Arment, Wild + Free founder, and Natalie Mack, HSLDA High School Consultant.
Homeschooling Through Major Life Changes—Q&Awith 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.11 Ways to Homeschool More Efficiently—Q&A, Nov. 11, 7 p.m. ET, with Vicki Bentley, HSLDA PreK–8 Educational Consultant (and homeschooling mom to eight biological kids plus nine foster kids through the years), and Tiffany Jefferson, writer, speaker, homeschool coach (and homeschooling mom to 10).
Ask Any Question About Homeschooling (Except Legal Advice!)—Q&ANov. 18, 7 p.m. ET, with Rochelle Matthews-Somerville, HSLDA Special Needs and High School Consultant (and homeschooling mom to six), and Darren Jones, HSLDA Senior Counsel and Director of Group Services (and homeschool grad and dad to four).
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).
Helpful overview of how to start homeschooling:
You Can Homeschool Through High School:
And many, many more:

16. MassHOPE: homeschooling in Massachusetts
Check out this MassHOPE site for getting started.

17. A bevy of materials, offers, and helps
My Father’s World materials. Includes offer of two free activity packs.
Notgrass History web-based curriculum. Free trial.
Free language arts lessons from IEW.
The importance of Christian homeschool organizations for homeschool freedom.
YouTube with Dr. Kathy Koch: Having Conversations about Today's Tough Stuff
Remember Adventures in Odyssey? Free 28-day trial.
Family activities from the Billy Graham Library.

18. Variety of interesting sites suggested by the Heritage Foundation
Science, engineering, and building projects and lessons from The League of Young Inventors.

Exciting free courses from Hillsdale College in literature, politics, history, and economics.

From Joy Hakim: DIY lessons on topics such as the human body, Magellan’s travels, the story of Elizabeth Jennings Graham, and plagues from previous eras.

Students can explore the remains of Athens’ ancient Acropolis, Parthenon, Temple of Zeus, and more in these virtual tours.

Free online language learning materials in English, Spanish, French and German, from Lingoda.
More free language learning from Duolingo, with 23 languages.
Core Knowledge offers a vast array of resources. Their Language Arts, History and Geography, and Science curricula are available for free.

TouchMath offers free downloads of TouchMath Workbooks.

19. Browsing corner for vets and newbies
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