From Religion to Relationship: My Personal Story of Finding the Cross

This is a homeschooling blog. Three times a week I write about things that will hopefully encourage homeschooling parents.

But I’m not just a homeschool blogger. I’m not just a mom or a wife. I’m not just a daughter. First and foremost, above all things, I am a follower of Jesus Christ.

A few weeks ago, my pastor preached a powerful message. At the heart of this message were these three words:

Tell your story.

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50 Reasons Why Homeschooling Is Better Than School

Written by a mom who has actually had kids IN public school!

As a homeschool mom who has also had children spend quite a bit of time in a public school setting, I believe I have a unique view of compulsory education that many homeschool moms do not. As many of you know, I am no fan of our nation’s school system. One thing I’ve noticed with other homeschool moms is that, although there are some exceptions, the vast majority of homeschoolers who back public schools have never actually had their own children attend them.  Continue reading “50 Reasons Why Homeschooling Is Better Than School”

No Fear by Tony Perkins- Review

Real Stories of a Courageous New Generation Standing for Truth

The United States was formed by a population of Christians who were seeking a land where they could worship as they chose. Fast forward a few centuries, and this country has seemingly embraced a worldview completely opposite that which this country was built upon.  Continue reading “No Fear by Tony Perkins- Review”

The Dragon of the Month Club- Review

As my children get older, I’m finding it more and more difficult to find quality literature that will appeal to them. Young children are generally very open to a vast array of books, as long as they are being read to. As time goes on, however, they tend to become more and more particular about what they read.

Don’t get me wrong. This is a good thing. It means that they are finding their own preferences, and thus are much more likely to actually pay attention when reading. The hard part for us parents is locating books that fit our growing kids’ criteria.

The Dragon of the Month Club, by Iain Reading, is a valuable option for parents to consider. This isn’t your ordinary fantasy genre book about a dragon. It’s far, far more.  Continue reading “The Dragon of the Month Club- Review”

5 Reasons Why the Government Should Stay Out of Education

Ever since writing this post last week, I couldn’t help but keep turning the issue of government education over and over in my head. I’ve been having a really hard time wrapping my brain around why so many people- my former self included- just seem to obey whatever the powers-that-be tell them to do with their own children for 30-35 hours a week, 180 days a year.

I’m sorry, but it just isn’t right.

I’m really hoping against all hope to wake people up to this fact and at least ponder what I have to say here:

The government has no business being in the education business, and here are 5 reasons why:

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Are You Being #Shaken?

Are you going through tough times? Do you feel like the world, and more specifically, God, have it in for you?

You are not alone.

Former Heisman Trophy winner and NFL football player, Tim Tebow, has tackled- no pun intended- this very difficult issue in his latest book, Shaken. Besides delving deeply into his own personal stories of difficulties, Tebow has compiled a heartwarming, and sometimes heart-wrenching, collection of stories of everyday people who go through tremendous trials and yet somehow allow God’s glory to shine through every step of the way. From cancer-stricken children to former victims of abuse, these stories highlight the God-given strength of people who have wholly committed their trust in the Lord.

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10 Reasons Why Homeschooling Is Perfect for Late Readers

“To a very great degree, school is a place where children learn to be stupid.”

-John Holt, former teacher and education reformer; late author of How Children Learn

In a society that touts early literacy as the be all and end all of a good education, children who aren’t following the arbitrary timelines created by educational bureaucrats are often left as feeling “less than.” 

I’m dumb because I can’t read.

My teacher says I might have to be held back because I can’t read. Doesn’t that mean flunking?

I get so embarrassed having to get pulled out of class everyday when all my friends get to stay together. 

What’s wrong with me?

I always get laughed at when the teacher picks me to read aloud.  Continue reading “10 Reasons Why Homeschooling Is Perfect for Late Readers”

How to Homeschool High School English Simply and Effectively

Homeschooling high school can seem like an intimidating prospect. Homeschooling, high school simply, however, turns a potentially daunting task into one in which not only much learning occurs, but a love of learning prospers.  Continue reading “How to Homeschool High School English Simply and Effectively”

8 Things You Need to Know Before Deciding to Unschool

Do you find yourself pondering the notion of disposing of all curriculum and simply allowing your children to learn from what life throws at them? Are you intrigued by fairy tale-like stories you read about families who live as if school didn’t exist?

Although I haven’t considered myself an unschooler for quite some time now, I still find myself drawn to writing about it from time to time. Despite the fact that I am now a bit more structured, I’m still very passionate about what I learned from this experience- the good and the bad.

Unschooling has in so many ways opened the doors to a new world of learning for us- a world free from the schoolish mindsets that so many of us grew up with and tend to not even question.

On the other hand, living in this world for a couple of years also made me realize that there are some important principles to keep in mind when making the decision to immerse your family in this style of learning.

It is this aspect that I choose to address today.  Continue reading “8 Things You Need to Know Before Deciding to Unschool”

Not Sure How to Homeschool? When in Doubt, Just Read!

One thing that most moms have in common, despite differences in any other areas of life, is a lack of confidence. Too often we doubt our abilities to be adequate parents. Raising children who will one day grow up to be adults is an enormous responsibility. Add to that the prospect of not only raising, but also educating our own kids, and the task seems ten times bigger than before.

As wonderful as it would be if every mother jumped into her homeschooling journey completely prepared, having read every home education book known to man, it just doesn’t work that way. Most of us begin not knowing what we’re supposed to do and how we’re supposed to do it whenever we figure out what it is. Confused? That’s exactly how it feels to be a newbie homeschool mom.  Continue reading “Not Sure How to Homeschool? When in Doubt, Just Read!”