Taking the long view on home education
In the final hours of childbirth, before I pushed my firstborn out into the world, my pain intensified and I slipped into survival mode….
Raising children is a noble profession. In many ways, our future depends upon it. Somewhere along the way, our culture has lost sight of just how important motherhood and fatherhood really are.
Charles Spurgeon said it well:
You are as much serving God in looking after your own children, and training them up in God’s fear, and minding the house, and making your household a church for God, as you would be if you had been called to lead an army to battle for the Lord of hosts.
Our adventure opens upon a battlefield. The year is 585 BC. Lydian soldiers clash with Medes. Blood flows; men die.
After six grueling years of engagement, weary families wonder whether the fighting will ever end. An ominous rumor ripples across the field. The philosopher Thales had made a frightening prediction. Suddenly, the sky grows dark. …
Homeschool moms are notorious for giving educational resources to their children on birthdays and for Christmas.
I’ve bought a few such items myself (with mixed responses from my sons depending upon what type of item I purchased.) I thought perhaps I could share with you a few of the gifts I’ve given over the years that my sons have thoroughly enjoyed….
“Father…” I choked on the word as Roger and I sang a worship chorus with a small congregation in Kauai. I was a new believer at the time, and I still associated the word with my personal experience.
I love my father, and the Lord brought peace and great healing to our relationship before Dad passed into eternity. But for a very long time our relationship was a source of deep hurt.
Although God gave us the gift of family, when fathers’ hearts are not turned toward their children, that gift becomes distorted. Such families suffer a loss that is difficult to overcome. For some, it is devastating.
And the pain often carries into the next generations…. …
We’ve studied a lot of history in our house — ancient history, world history, the Renaissance and Reformation….
However, at the start of the 2016 school year, we had yet to complete a systematic study of all periods of American history. So, when selecting courses for dual enrollment, American History 1 and 2 were natural choices.
(If you’re just joining us now, you might not know that dual enrollment enables high school students to earn college credit for the courses they study.)
CollegePlus / Lumerit Scholar outlines a variety of cost-saving ways for high school students to earn college credit for American history. Students can attend a traditional college class, take a CLEP or DSST exam, or enroll in an online course.
After reviewing our options, we decided to enroll Roger and Ryan in Lumerit courses. The courses are a bit more expensive than CLEP tests, but they offer some benefits that we found “merit” (pun intended) the additional cost:
Roger and Ryan particularly liked the open-book tests. The format still require them to comprehend the material but didn’t require them to memorize minutia.
Upon successful completion of Lumerit’s American History 1 and American History 2, Roger and Ryan earned 3 college credit hours per course.
SPECIAL NOTE: As you probably know by now, we place a high value on critical thinking. Because Lumerit’s American history courses are not written from a biblical worldview, it’s not surprising that Roger and Ryan encountered perspectives that caused them to evaluate and challenge the author’s opinion regarding the facts presented. That can be a great opportunity to exercise those critical thinking skills.
However, it does require discernment.
If you’re not concerned about earning college credit but simply want a solid homeschool curriculum that approaches American history from a biblical worldview, we strongly recommend (referral) Dave Raymond and Compass Classroom.
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Without formal testing, it is unreasonable to expect a teacher who is responsible for a large classroom of students to know with certainty whether those students are comprehending the material presented.
But in the intimacy of the homeschool environment, there are a variety of ways to make this assessment. …
We’re excited to release our first children’s hardcover book. And we’re praying that mommies everywhere will read it to their little ones at bedtime, and that little ones will fall asleep knowing how precious and chosen they are!
If you’ve ever wanted to take a little peek “behind the scenes,” here’s a little pictorial journal of the printing of I’d Rather Be Your Mommy. …
It seems a little ironic that such an important facet of our lives — our family relationships — often receive so little strategic planning.
Tim VandenBos, director of annual father-son and father-daughter retreats, explains:
Most men don’t give fathering the kind of intensity that we give work. We don’t set goals. We just hope it happens.
My father became my dear friend before he passed into eternity, but we had a difficult history. He didn’t become a believer until late in life. Before choosing to follow Jesus, he made some choices that were incredibly destructive to our family. Those choices left marks of anger, rejection, and abandonment.
Consequently, I grew up with a distorted picture of fatherhood. However, when I became a believer, that distorted picture was gradually replaced by one that displayed the beauty of biblical fatherhood. Destructive marks were replaced with marks of grace, acceptance, and faithfulness.
It’s night. As you hear the now familiar drone of propellers, you brace yourself. Within minutes, bombs drop from the skies and explosions erupt. You feel helpless, hopeless, and an overwhelming sense of impending doom.
When at last it’s quiet , you fumble your way to the radio, your hand shaking as you turn the dial. A calm, reassuring voice fills the room, delivering the first of what will be a series of radio broadcast talks. This one is titled: “Right and Wrong: A clue to the meaning of the universe.” …
My homeschool mentor warned me, “One day, you may want to stop calling Roger and Ryan your boys and start calling them your sons.” I’m so grateful for her wise words.
It happened so fast! Long days crawled past while years flew by. But today, there’s no doubt — my boys have become men.
(We marked the transition with a special gathering detailed in Celebrating Manhood — a rite of passage guide.) …
Is everything is going well in your homeschool now? Just wait. If your experience is anything like many of us, the day will come when you encounter difficulty and discouragement in your homeschool. When you do, you’ll be faced with a critical choice: run … or overcome.
Shortly after my two teenage sons, Roger Dean and Ryan, officially started CollegePlus, my husband announced that he was taking us on a week-long vacation to Texas to visit his 88-year-old father.
(This is part 2 in our series. If you missed our first post, you can find it here.)
In 2005, Granda Farrell had moved back to his home town, a thousand miles away from us. We missed him. (I miss him now.) It had been far too long since our last visit. Although I was thrilled at the thought of seeing him again, I felt a bit of stress not knowing what impact this unexpected trip might have on our studies. …
Unbelievable as it may seem, my firstborn son is now a high school senior and his brother is a junior. Where did the years go?
In the joyful chaos that was my life after my second son was born a mere 19 months after my first, a dear friend warned me, “The days are long but the years are short.” Looking back to that day now, I marvel at the truth of her statement. …