Even though Indiana is a homeschool-friendly state, and even though my son is only 5 and the law doesn't require me to start his official schooling yet, I wanted to join HSLDA this year.
Why? Well the Home School Legal Defense Association has done a LOT to advocate for homeschoolers. Legally, legislatively, public-relationally...read all about it here.
If a member family were to run into legal trouble regarding homeschooling, the HSLDA would be there to represent them for no charge beyond the membership dues.
Friendly as Indiana may be, I have seen Hoosier parents run into trouble from overreaching public school administrators. It's a bit concerning.
So I'm happy to put part of my homeschool budget toward a HSLDA membership. The money helps support a cause I believe in.
The bargain-lover in me wants to share this:
As a (free!) member of my state's homeschooling association, I was able to get a discount pricing for HSLDA membership. You can, too.
ALSO, if you join for a 2-year or 5-year membership, you can get a free gift. There are a few options from which to choose.
I chose the "Adventures in American History" from Adventures in Odyssey. It's 8 hours of CD stories. Woo! Retail value of $49 for non-members. This appears to be an exclusive HSLDA compilation, but I could be wrong on that.
Either way, I have been looking for more audio stories to enjoy in the van and I'm excited! I think I vaguely remember some Adventures in Odyssey programs from the radio from when I was little, but I could be mis-remembering.