Cheerful Heart Academy

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I posted the below message in the week before Irma hit our beloved SW Florida area. To update, Irma came ashore on September 10th, 2017 for her second time in Florida at Marco Island.  Please see my Blog Post for the details of how we fared. 

Cheerful Heart Academy is still in business. Please remember that this is a one woman show and that woman still homeschools her own child and has a family - I will get back to you as soon as I possibly can. If I don't get back to you within two weeks after you've contacted me, (unless it's an emergency) please try again. Some of our services are still not working properly here and it's very possible that I may have just not seen or heard your message. 

Again, thank you all for your patience - and please keep praying for all of us in the state of Florida. Many of us have a long road of recovery ahead of us. 

~Lynda Rowley, Owner/Administrator of CHA

Cheerful Heart Academy is in the current 'cone of uncertainty' of Hurricane Irma. The physical location of the school records is located in Naples, Florida, which is on the Southwest coast of the peninsula. All records have been backed up on a computer, an external hard drive, and a USB memory stick and will be taken with the owner if evacuation occurs. 

If you are trying to reach CHA, or have been trying to reach CHA over the past few days, we have been in hurricane preparation mode. Please understand that it may be next week before I'm able to get back to you, but I will get to every email and phone call at some point within the next two weeks. If you have contacted CHA via phone or email and have not heard from Lynda at CHA by September 21st, please contact again.

Thank you all for your patience.

Please pray with me for protection for all of us in the state of Florida. 

~Lynda Rowley, Owner/Administrator of CHA



The resources found on this page are ones that I have either personally used or found helpful in my years as a Homeschool Teacher, Homeschool Support Group Leader, Non-traditional Private School Owner,  Daughter, Wife and Mom. I hope that they are of some help to many of you.


(wearer of many hats)


Many people ask about curriculum - what do I use and what do I recommend. I've listed some great resources below, but the answer to what I use is too long to list here. Click here for my answer, complete with links!

My Favorite Resources

Bible Gateway - I use this link regularly to look up Bible verses and see what they look like in different translations; there's much more to the website.

The Homeschool Resource Roadmap - I also use this link quite often to look up curriculum to see if it is aligned with Common Core Standards or not. 

Cathy Duffy Reviews - I find myself suggesting this one to most new home educating parents. I used it a lot when I first started out too. Cathy Duffy has reviewed quite a few different curricula and has a number of resources. 

Florida Parent Educator's Association - The FPEA has one of the largest homeschooling conventions in the world in Orlando every May, along with an awesome graduation ceremony for its seniors - but that's not all that it's about.

The Home Education Foundation - The Home Educator's Voice at the Capitol is Brenda Dickinson's website with all of the latest news about what is going on in Tallahassee regarding the laws that affect homeschooling. Sign up for her newsletters and be ready to make a call, write a letter, or send an email when she puts the word out that it is needed. And please, consider a donation. 

My Father's World Curriculum - This one is near and dear to my heart - we've been using this curriculum for three years now and thoroughly enjoy it. Not only that, I've seen God working in our family through this curriculum and that's a wonderful thing to see!


High School Resources

Florida Department of Education Graduation Requirements - you can check to see what public schools are requiring for graduation. This is helpful when you are planning the high school years or building a transcript. 

CPALMS - CPALMS is an online toolbox of information, vetted resources, and interactive tools that helps educators effectively implement teaching standards. It is the State of Florida’s official source for standards information and course descriptions  -  if you click on Course Descriptions, then you can browse the courses for all levels, including high school. This is helpful when you are building a transcript.

ACT Student - where you can register for the ACT test, upload scores. etc.

SAT RegistrationThe SAT is offered at least seven times each year in the U.S. and six times internationally. It is offered in October, November, December, January, March (U.S. only; SAT only), May and June.