Our children pick up on whether or not we are modeling Christ at home. For instance, I am not a professional writer, but I love to write. However, I have not always enjoyed writing. In high school, I used to loathe writing assignments, and saw them as time spent not doing other things that were more interesting…talking on the phone with my friends (remember stretching the phone cord as far as it would go so you could have some privacy?). I tried to complete these assignments as covertly as I could, because if my mother discovered an opportunity to write, she took it; whether it was a thank-you note, a letter to my grandmother, but especially if it was a homework assignment. Read more
It’s summer! Time to catch the children up on math, read those literature assignments that fell off the lesson plans, and revisit all those amazing science experiments that were planned for this past school year!
OR…is it time to catch up on some quality one-on-one time with each of your children, and read that novel you have been putting off because you’ve been too busy? Read more
As I was enjoying the calm after one holiday rainstorm, Psalm 118:24 came to mind.
“This is the day the Lord has made. Let us rejoice and be glad in it.”
I began to reflect upon rejoicing and what that means. As a former homeschool mother of four, I did not always exhibit joy during the homeschooling journey when the lesson plans needed attention, the laundry was piling up, there was no milk in the refrigerator, and there were so many dust bunnies in my house we could start a farm!! The Psalmist commands us to rejoice in each day and be glad, but I found I could become overly focused on the stressors, which can take away the joy in the journey. Read more
Much has changed since I first began my homeschooling journey in 1991. I remember feeling quite the fashionista with my spiral perm, denim dress, and white tennis shoes with bobby socks. Of course fashion is not the only thing that has, quite thankfully, changed over the years. The climate of homeschooling has changed as well. The resources that parents have available to them today are abundant. Many universities no longer question a transcript from a homeschooled applicant, and as a matter of fact, many of them seek out and welcome homeschoolers. Yet, even with all the advances within the homeschooling community, some things never change. I polled some real homeschool moms with whom I am friends—some veteran, some still in the midst of the great homeschooling adventure—and asked them what they wish they had known when they started homeschooling. Here is their sage spiritual and practical advice. Read more
Whether you are in a PSP that provides curriculum or you are choosing your own textbooks, it is important to know what to look for in a language arts curriculum. No matter what your child’s reading level, the right curriculum can enhance and challenge your child’s reading development, comprehension, and fluency. It can be quite tempting to simply go with a curriculum that has been recommended by someone you trust, but how do you know it will work well for your child? Sometimes we don’t know until we try it. Clouding the issue even further are the numerous language arts options available, each claiming innovative learning strategies. Some are purely workbook studies, while others use a hands-on approach. A number of language arts curriculum uses traditional pedagogy, while others are designed with classical education in mind. How does one process all of this in order to make the best choice? Read more
If you are new to homeschooling and are now second-guessing yourself, you are not alone. I am a veteran homeschooler of 23 years and sometimes still wonder if I did the right thing. Looking back, however, knowing I depended upon the Lord for answers, I have no regrets. When I ask my adult children how they feel about having been homeschooled, they reply that they are grateful for the relationships they share with each other, the trips we were able to take as a family, and the emphasis of study on topics of their choosing. None of them would change a thing. Now it wasn’t always so easy on the road to getting where we are today. There were definitely trying times (once I even called the local high school and asked how I could enroll my ninth grader the next day!). Here are some things that I hope will be helpful as you prepare for your new journey into the exciting and often chaotic adventure of homeschooling. Read more
Just when did this novel idea of teaching your own children at home become such a fad? Did it evolve with the hippie movement of the 60s? I am sure you have heard the list of prominent homeschoolers over time; George Washington, Abraham Lincoln, Douglas MacArthur, Albert Einstein, Leonardo da Vinci, Dwight Moody, Benjamin Franklin, John Philip Sousa, and C.S. Lewis, to name a few. Since it appears that home education has been around for some time, let’s take a look at how the foundation was laid. Read more
Art enhances a child’s perception of their environment, and allows them to experience uninhibited interaction with the world around them. The sheer delight and joy that a child possesses as she gleefully creates a finger-painting produces more than just a nice project. It produces a happy, self-satisfied artist. Read more
The Art of Goal Setting: Almost everyone enjoys the satisfaction of setting and meeting a goal. Whether it is getting to the gym three times a week, making sure your children meet the required P.E. hours, or knocking out the “to do” list, every time you scratch a task off of your list, you have to admit it just feels good! Experiencing that good feeling is not at all surprising to those who study psychology. According to Psychology Today, when goals are made and met, there is a release of dopamine, which does two things. First, it gives the feeling of pleasure, and secondly, it gives a desire to want to meet another challenge. Perhaps you have felt this after you have sorted through your schoolroom and gotten rid of old materials, or cleaned out the kids’ closets. Those who set goals have a higher level of productivity and commitment. There is so much more to setting goals than simply getting tasks done. Achieving goals can teach us valuable lessons about ourselves, as well as keep us on track. Read more
Whoever said homeschooling was easy was not being honest. It takes a toll on the heartiest of parents. When God calls us to embark upon any journey, He does so with the best of intentions in mind, and the choice to home educate is no exception. Across the world, parents are responding to the calling of taking the education of their children into their own hands. They are sacrificing their careers for lesson-plans, their clean laundry for hands-on science, their orderly home for near chaos. What could possibly persuade anyone to sacrifice time, resources, and a comfortable way of life for the next twelve or more years? Following in the footsteps of Abraham, David, and the Apostles, obedient parents all over the world are answering the call of God. Read more