Homeschool Blog

  • God's Gifts

    Posted in Daily Focus on Thursday, Jun 19th
  • My son was sitting at his desk with a contemplative look on his face as he studied his lesson for school. With his Bible open to Romans 12, he was struggling with identifying his spiritual gift and how he might use it in Christian ministry. "Mom," he said. "I really don't know what gift God has given me. What do you think my spiritual gift is?" Read More...


  • Heavenly Ears

    Posted in Daily Focus on Friday, Jun 13th
  • I never understood the old saying, "Parents have eyes in the back of their heads," until I became a parent myself. After several messy disasters and naughty pranks played by my children, I learned to be in tune with the symphony of sound during our homeschooling. Even if I was in the kitchen preparing supper, I knew what each child was doing in other parts of the house by the noise involved. In fact, the only time I really worried was when there was no sound at all. Total quiet usually meant one of two things. Either all my children were reading a book, or they were into trouble. Read More...


  • New Birth

    Posted in Daily Focus on Thursday, Jun 5th
  • As I tucked my two oldest children into their bunk beds, I felt the pull of my own bed calling me. Our homeschooling family had relocated near our mission organization's headquarters, so my husband and I could receive extensive child evangelism training. Late nights in preparing teaching visuals for our training lessons, studying biblical doctrine in-depth, and maintaining our homeschooling schedule had frazzled us both mentally and physically. Each night we were half asleep before we even laid our heads on the pillow, and tonight was no different. However, as I reached to turn out the light after reading a story to our oldest son and daughter, my daughter asked, "Mom, how can I get to heaven?" Smiling, I realized this was the moment I had been praying for since the day she was born. 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...


  • Influences for Good

    Posted in Daily Focus on Sunday, May 25th
  • The most important influence on your homeschooled child is the environment in which he grows. When parents demonstrate a healthy relationship between each other and the Lord, a child's perspective about himself and his world is influenced for good. Parents who fear the Lord and live according to His Word have a far greater impact on homeschooling's success than parents who worry about having the best curriculum or the latest computer. Giving your child a Christian education, therefore, requires a homeschooling parent to be completely in line with God's will. Read More...


  • Forgiving Failure

    Posted in Daily Focus on Friday, May 23rd
  • If you've ever felt guilty about past homeschooling failures, you're not alone. Many parents have known setbacks with over-scheduling, under-planning, and teaching unfamiliar courses. However, the worst failures experienced as homeschooling parents aren't related to academics or schedules. Our worst failures come when we fail to show the love of Christ. Losing our patience and becoming irritable with our children, we speak harshly and suffer regret and remorse for foolish words and actions. Afterwards, even though we confess our sin, we fail to accept God's forgiveness and torture ourselves with our mistakes until we quit homeschooling altogether. Read More...


  • Upward Thoughts

    Posted in Daily Focus on Thursday, May 15th
  • Homeschooling families have incredible opportunities to train their children in righteousness. Without public mandates restricting our actions, we can enjoy daily devotions, prayer, and the Bible's wonderful truths. Just as exciting is the unlimited moments we have to direct our child's thoughts toward God. Throughout the entire school day, biblical applications can be interjected as they apply to our Christian curriculum or the problems of daily living. Growing in the Lord, our children's faith becomes vibrant and powerful as they learn to "think on these things" (Philippians 4:8b). Read More...


  • The Joy of Children

    Posted in Daily Focus on Tuesday, Apr 29th
  • Call me crazy, but I just love kids. Therefore, making the decision to homeschool our four children wasn't difficult. It was simply a result that grew out of love. What did seem crazy, however, were the countless, negative remarks I received from people who felt bogged down by the responsibilities of parenting. Such comments like, "Why in the world would you want to stay home with your kids?" or "I can hardly wait until they're ready for school, so I can enjoy my life again," seemed as crazy to me as my homeschooling did to them. In response I thought, "Why wouldn't you want to spend time with the people you love most?" Read More...


  • I Forgot

    Posted in Daily Focus on Sunday, Apr 13th
  • How many times have you heard your homeschooler say, "I'm sorry, but I forgot to read that lesson" or "I forgot to get my assignment done"? When my children were little, saying "I forgot" meant exactly that. Their young minds were still developing and learning how to organize and remember. However, as my children grew older, I realized that "I forgot" was more often an excuse for being lazy or procrastinating. The unintentional forgetfulness they experienced during childhood stood in stark contrast to the forgetfulness of sidestepping their responsibilities as an adult. Read More...