Help for Those Who Are Considering Homeschooling

If you are thinking about homeschooling but really don’t know what to think about it, I think I can help you!

If you know nothing about homeschooling, it is a legal option for educating your children in the United States. It is legal in all 50 states, but there are different regulations for it from state to state, so you should consult a site such as www.HSLDA.org to find out what the regulations are in your state. Some states have quite a few regulations and others are totally free to homeschool without having to report anything to anybody. Texas is completely free of restrictions or requirements!!!

You can homeschool your child! If you don’t have any children yet, or if you only have a baby so far, it’s never too early to start preparing or at least researching to find out what it is like, what it takes to do it, why it is a good thing to do and if the Lord might be calling you to do it.

There are many books written on the subject, but I would like to recommend some books that I think explain the value and importance of homeschooling in a way that will touch your heart and bring you to a place of understanding why so many are choosing to teach their children at home – not just academics but character, spiritual training, relationship skills, and self-esteem and security from being in a warm, loving environment that is natural and comforting for children, younger and older.

I call homeschooling family schooling because it is so much more than just teaching children the Three R’s.

In my opinion, if we do homeschooling right, it becomes the lifestyle of our whole family. God established marriage and blesses marriages with children so that they can raise godly offspring.

He gives us the responsibility to raise them for Him. They are His children, but He gives us the privilege of loving and guiding them and being loved by them.

I will list some of the books that have guided and influenced my thinking and helped me to formulate my philosophy of education, consolidated my reasons for homeschooling, and given me inspiration and instruction for doing it in a way that gives God the most room to lead us in the way that He would have us to go.

For the Children’s Sake by Susan Schaeffer Macaulay (daughter of the late Francis Schaeffer)

Teaching Children by Diane Lopez

For the Family’s Sake by Susan Schaeffer Macaulay

Beyond Survival: A Guide to Abundant-Life Homeschooling

A Charlotte Mason Companion by Karen Andreola

The Successful Homeschool Family Handbook by Dorothy and Raymond Moore

The Three R’s by Ruth Beechick

Each of these authors has many other great books that will also help you, but these will get you started.

Sally Clarkson also writes some very helpful, encouraging books that will inspire you to be the best mother you can be and give you a balanced perspective of how to raise children through all the different seasons of their lives. She also gives tips for teaching and homeschooling children with great success. Her blog at I Choose Joy is very inspirational and encouraging.

Another source of help and guidance for living life together as a family in the fragmented society that we live in today is Lifestyle of Learning with Marilyn Howshall. Her website at LifestyleofLearning.org is full of articles and videos and some free materials to help you get started with a lifestyle that emphasizes the importance and value of relationships within a family and teaches the mother how to do the heart work that she needs to do so that she can properly raise her children in a warm, loving environment that encourages them to explore their interests and become the people that God intended them to be.

I would be remiss in my duty to inform you of great homeschool authors and speakers if I left out Cindy Rushton. She has lots and lots of good information and audios, books, articles, etc. at her website at CindyRushton.com. Her support and encouragement helped me to hang in there and inspired me to center our homeschooling around our family life and my husband’s schedule and make memories together with my children at a time when things were really rough and unstable for our family. She and her audios and online seminars probably helped save our family at a very perilous time.

One more very encouraging ministry that encourages mothers to stay at home with their children and see the calling of motherhood as an important, vital ministry is Above Rubies with Nancy Campbell. Her website AboveRubies.org is very helpful, too. She is an amazing woman who has raised unbelievable children, and I think you will find lots of encouragement for your homeschool journey there.

Photos from Abby’s Dedication

Thanks to Dennis Arima at New Life Church, I have these beautiful pictures of Abby’s dedication to the Lord.

We celebrated this day on July 20, 2014. She is 5 years old, almost 6. I have dedicated every one of our babies to the Lord when they are a year old or younger. But we have moved 4 times in Abby’s short lifetime! We never got settled in anywhere long enough for me to feel at home or find someone that I felt comfortable asking to do this ceremony for us. We have been in Texas for two years now, and we’ve been attending New Life Church for almost a year, so I decided it was time to make this public commitment to raise Abby in the nurture and admonition of the Lord.

Pastor Dusty Kemp and his wife Mary graciously conducted the ceremony for us. Mom and Dad were here visiting. They just happened to choose this weekend to come. Coincidence, I think not! Our church does the baby dedications the third Sundays of the month. Kelsey’s birthday just happens to be on July 20th. So we combined all of these wonderful occasions in one big full day.

The main thing that Pastor Dusty stressed during the ceremony is that we are committing to raise Abby so that we are helping her to become the person that God made her to be. This resonates with what I have always prayed for my children. He was very good with Abby, and it was a very blessed time.

Here are the pictures that Dennis took during the ceremony and of the whole family afterwards.

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Kelsey’s Birthday Party from Shawn’s Perspective

I’m so excited about this! Shawn did what I’ve been wanting him to do for a long time. He took our semi-exciting video of our very exciting birthday party for Kelsey and turned it into a totally entertaining, creative and ultra-exciting fun video for all to watch.

Watch this!

Thank you, Shawn!

Please leave comments to tell Shawn what a great job he did. 🙂