Homeschool Blog

  • World's Worst Critic

    Posted in Daily Focus on Monday, Jul 14th
  • Homeschooling parents can be their own worst critic. Because the teacher inside strives for truth and accuracy, most have a tendency to judge themselves too harshly. Whenever I failed to teach a lesson perfectly or didn't have an immediate answer to my children's questions, I felt like a failure. After all, wasn't a teacher expected to know everything about every subject and have all the answers right at his fingertips? Thinking back, I now laugh at my foolish, unrealistic expectations of myself during those first years of homeschooling. Surprisingly, the hardest lesson learned in our homeschooling family was learned by me — no one's perfect, so learn from your mistakes and move on. Read More...


  • Lessons from an Aspen

    Posted in Daily Focus on Friday, Jul 11th
  • Summer vacation was a great learning adventure for our homeschooling family. As we took trips to the mountains, my children experienced lessons from nature that made both science and Scripture come alive. One lesson in particular came from a large stand of beautiful aspen trees. As we hiked past their white trunks, my son shared a fact he had learned from his schoolwork. "Mom, my science worktext says that aspen trees grow from one common root. Is that true?" Read More...


  • More Than a Celebration

    Posted in Daily Focus on Friday, Jul 4th
  • Memorizing historical documents was an important part of our homeschooling history lessons. Unfortunately, my children were less than enthusiastic about this particular assignment. Often, they would forget the value of the words they recited and either speak as quickly as possible or in slow, monotone voices. One day, as my son recited the beginning of the Declaration of Independence at the speed of light, I stopped him in mid-sentence and asked, "Have you ever considered the price that was paid when those men signed the words you're now reciting?" Read More...


  • A Hannah Heartache

    Posted in Daily Focus on Wednesday, Jul 2nd
  • When you are facing mountains of laundry or dealing with childhood squabbles, it's hard to imagine the heartache of couples who long for children. Two of our dearest friends experienced such heartache. For ten years they tried without success to start their own family. Realizing that God had chosen a different path for their marriage, they decided to "adopt" our children and actively help us when homeschooling. Whenever they came to visit, my children would squeal with delighted anticipation and run to the door to greet them. Natural-born teachers at heart, they usually brought a new educational gift to entertain our children, or they would spend countless hours reading their favorite stories. Even though bitterness in not having children of their own could have ruled their hearts, they chose instead to share their lives with unselfish love. Read More...


  • Fitting In

    Posted in Daily Focus on Tuesday, Jun 17th
  • The benefits of homeschooling are wonderful, but there are times when parents face difficult issues. As children grow into their teen years, they realize that homeschooling sets them apart from the mainstream. Wise parents will understand their teenager's need for acceptance during this transition into adulthood and provide an added sense of belonging. However, no matter how much affirmation you give your child, his true value and uniqueness will only be confirmed as he realizes and understands his worth in God's eyes. Read More...


  • Homeschooling in Reverse

    Posted in Daily Focus on Thursday, Jun 12th
  • As a homeschooling parent of young children, I couldn't imagine teaching my children through high school. My days were only focused on reading, writing, and arithmetic skills. Thinking about teaching college-prep courses was mind boggling. When talking with my husband about our children's future, the business manager in him said, "Why don't we start where we want our children to be educationally, spiritually, and emotionally in 12 years and work backwards from there." Read More...


  • No More Weeds

    Posted in Daily Focus on Monday, Jun 9th
  • Heading out the door to do morning chores before the heat of the day, my youngest daughter looked at me and implored, "Mom, do we have to pull weeds this morning? Can't we just go do something fun and play?" Read More...


  • First-time Requests

    Posted in Daily Focus on Sunday, Jun 1st
  • "I'm not going to tell you twice," I said to my daughter as she sat with her nose in a book. Frustrated, I thought to myself, "How many times do you have to ask your children to do something before they obey?" Expecting immediate obedience from my children seemed dogmatic, but our homeschooling was never going to survive without their willingness to obey when first asked. As I began to teach and maintain this new discipline, extra effort was required to reinforce my words. However, as my children learned to obey me, I knew they were also learning something even more important — how to obey God when He first asks. Read More...


  • Broken Walls

    Posted in Daily Focus on Thursday, May 29th
  • I'm not sure how the bad feelings began between my oldest and youngest child. Considering the fact they were both strong-willed, I suppose a conflict was inevitable. Whenever I needed my daughter's help in watching her brothers and sister, she was determined to let her little brother know she was in charge. My young son, however, had other ideas. Resenting his sister's bulldog methods of control, he tested her authority every chance he got, and homeschooling became difficult since I could never trust either of them together alone for any length of time. One day I finally asked my daughter, "Why don't you just talk nicely to your brother? Things get done so much easier when you speak with honey instead of vinegar." Read More...


  • Unseen Sacrifices

    Posted in Daily Focus on Wednesday, May 21st
  • Homeschooling is so exciting because it provides spontaneous opportunities to learn. Such was the case the day my son worked on his Bible assignment. As he looked up Scripture passages on prayer, he noticed "The Praying Hands" plaque hanging on our wall and asked, "Whose hands are those?" Read More...