- What made us decide to homeschool?
- We saw what the public schools were offering
- We wanted to teach our kids God's Word
- We wanted them to have a set time for school and then be done for the day, no homework
- We felt as though that was the way God wanted us to go.
- How do we homeschool?
- Preschool: Workbooks for math and language arts, signing videos, bible lesson, practice reading (library has books based on reading levels)
- When we move into official homeschooling beginning in Kindergarten, we will be using a set curriculum and also teaching them to play the piano
- What struggles have we dealt with?
- Focus - They have trouble right now staying focused on their tasks. However, once we get them focused they go through their work pretty quickly
- Perseverance - When it gets challenging for Sarah or she's not interested, she doesn't want to do it. We just try and be patient and let her know that she cannot play until she finishes her work. Initially she was stubborn, but with consistent training, she is slowly improving in this area
- Sarah is reading whole books almost completely on her own, can write the whole alphabet and numbers 1-10. Sarah is also learning how to cut and paste.
- Lydia knows the whole alphabet and numbers although her writing is a bit less legible but that is to be expected with her being only 3.
- They both know quite a few signs. I'm hoping that one day it'll be like a second language for them.
- Resources we like
- Indoctrination DVD (Affiliate Link)
Homeschool Couple Pepper Sprayed in Front of Children
Homeschooling Family Sues New Jersey CPS for $60 Million for Unconstitutional ‘Home Intrusion’
Kentucky Police Seize Ten Children of Homeschooling Off-Grid Family, Arrest Pregnant Mother
Texas Senate Approves Bill to Allow Homeschoolers to Play Public School Sports
Alabama Legislators Advance Bill Allowing Homeschoolers to Play Public School Sports
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- What are the kids being exposed to in the public schools?
- Promiscuity without consequences
- Celebration of unbiblical lifestyles
- Peer Pressure - sex, drugs, alcohol, smoking
- anti-Christian, pro-secular humanism/moral relativism environment, islam
- Sin is encouraged, while Christian values are mocked, ridiculed
- Anything remotely Christian is being silenced
- Combatting Obejctions to homeschooling
- Kids arent socialized if they are homeschooled
- Parents arent qualified to teach their kids what they need to grow into successful adults
- The children are being sheltered, homeschooling doesn't prepare them for real life.
- How can your kids be salt and light for other children if they're homeschooled?
- Homeschool parents fail to teach values different than their own.
- Can we see anywhere in Scripture an example of God's followers sending their children off to be trained/taught by others?
- Samuel was raised by Eli after being weaned, exception not the rule (1 Samuel)
- men and women, to be taught by the wise, particularly those in church leadership (1 Timothy, 2 Timothy, Titus, etc.)
- What does the bible say about the parent's role in the upbringing of their offspring?
- "Hear, my son, your father's instruction, and forsake not your mother's teaching" (Proverbs 1:8)
- "You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your might. And these words that I command you today shall be on your heart. You shall teach them diligently to your children, and shall talk of them when you sit in your house, and when you walk by the way, and when you lie down, and when you rise." (Deuteronomy 6: 5-7)
- "Train up a child in the way he should go; even when he is old he will not depart from it." (Proverbs 22:6)
- "Fathers, do not provoke your children to anger, but bring them up in the discipline and instruction of the Lord." (Ephesians 6:4)
- "Blessed is the man who walks not in the counsel of the wicked" (Psalm 1:1)
- What are the benefits to homeschooling
- More time with the children
- you decide what they learn, not people who aren't personally invested in them
- opportunity for you to learn alongside your children
- Questions about homeschool
- How do I get started? Where do I find the help I need?
- One big piece of advice I got that helped steer me towards what i was looking for was to find out your style of homeschooling. You can google this to find out more. There's classical christian education, there's unit studies, and more. Once you learn what styles seem to best suit you, you can research them a bit more and find what seems like the best fit
- Stay in touch with other moms in the trenches of homeschooling. i go to these women in my life often for advice
- Paul Washer Sermon Series (mentioned during show)
- check out a local homeschool conference where you can examine the various kinds of material that is out there
- Find out what the homeschool laws are in your area. Each state is different in what is required if you wish to homeschool
- Start simple. Don't buy 20 different curriculums that are high maintenance requiring tons of prep.
- Start the kids when they are very young too. Babies can learn. Teach them sign language. Use flash cards you print out or buy from the dollar store. Tell them the shapes and colors of items they are playing with. Do bible memorization with them and use scripture often for training and correction. Take advantage of the fact that they are sponges waiting to absorb information.