homeschool mania

ABTo all homeschoolers:



September 8th is a day to celebrate that our children are learning safely at home and not indoctrinated in public schools!


school bus

A new blog that I have been enjoying is Berean Wife. Hat Tip to her article, “Is Public School Cheaper Than Homeschooling?”  Since many of us must always be prepared to defend our homeschooling program — this is a very creative angle. We are saving the government money.

The US spends an average of 8,700 dollars per student a year! I wish that they would pay me just a quarter of that since I have educated my children but still pay taxes! If you use a very conservative estimate of $5,000 a year, I have saved the government $60,000 in educating my oldest. Over $150,000 over the years of homeschooling all mine thus far. It will be a total savings of over $300,000 by the time all my children graduate! ($5000 times 60 total years of school) We have saved every taxpayer and yet we continued to pay our (un)-fair share.

Nestled in ther Berean Wife’s post is another great article by Voddie Buchman . . .

A recent New York Times article made my skin crawl as it exposed the ugly reality that is modern American early education.  The innocence and gaiety that once characterized early childhood has been replaced with an Orwellian nightmare of factory-like systems designed to mold little human beings into mindless cogs in the statist machine.

Read the rest of the article:  No Time for Childhood by Voddie Baucham

While perusing some of my favorite blogs with mind heavy thinking about ‘resolutions’ I read this from Generation Cedar:

And then, like the demonstration of placing larger rocks in the jar first so the smaller ones fit around it, I will prioritize the day, and put the big stuff in first. The stuff of eternal weight, no matter what others say is the most important. {emphasis mine}

I am prone to think that motherhood is a lot of crying out to God to bear me up, and a lot of smiling, talking and learning to enjoy my children as I try to show them glimpses of a Savior. Can I do those things? Won’t everything else fit in around that?”

graduationAs our children have grown {1 married, 1 college} our homeschooling emphasis slowly evolved from hands-on, ‘unschooling’ philosophy to full-scale panic focused on SAT scores and College applications.

Kelly’s simple reminder is like a breath of fresh air and will be at the top of my resolutions for 2009 ~~ the focus of our homeschooling plan should emphasize,

“The stuff of eternal weight, no matter what others say is important.”


The Night Before Christmas

by Christy Taulbee


‘Twas the night before Christmas and all through the home,

Children were still studying for their test on Rome.

Mom was planning, she had just an hour,

To teach ‘one more lesson’ before their night shower.  

 A whole week of vacation, the children were thrilled, But Mom saw the lesson plans, and the blocks were still filled.

“Can I stop for a day, much less a whole week?”

Just the thought of time off, made me shudder and shriek!  

 Would they remember anything, would they fall behind?
“Lord, I need your help, just give me a sign!!!”  

Then out on the sidewalk, I saw my five boys,
And I heard them say, “it’s not about toys.”

To the neighborhood kids, they explained Jesus’ birth,

And how through Jesus, not toys, we gain our worth.  

 At that point, math and spelling and learning to write,
Meant little to me as I had lost the sight

Of what teaching at home was truly about.

Then I sat at my desk and began to pout.  

 The pouts turned to sobs, “Lord what have I done?
It’s not about grades, but to follow your Son!”

“Please guide me and show me my job is to teach,

and turn them to you, and of Jesus I’ll preach.”  

 Now we’ll put away books and not open them ’til later,
We’ll focus on Jesus, our Lord and Creator.

It’s His day and so we will all celebrate,

I’ll never mention the words “behind” or “we’re late”.  

 So, Thank You, Lord, for blessing me,
With such a great husband and family.

Now homeschooling moms,


And, “Happy Christmas To All And To All A Good Night!”


Thanks to Crossroad Minsitries

the refiner's fire

the refiner's fire

After having a son sick for two days and being minimally prepared for our homeschool group, it brought such relief and pleasure to know I had a plan for today’s post. I have been thoroughly enjoying the blog I am going to point you to today. WARNING! WARNING! Her post on front is: “Twenty-Two Self Examination Questions and if some of your answers are like mine — it won’t be pretty. But when God forces us to look at the dark corners of our heart — is it every pretty?

So friends,

take a deep breath . . .

grab your Bible . . .

and prepare to face yourself . . .

while knowing our Loving Father awaits you . . .

Wednesdays are extremely hectic in our home with homeschooling group commencing last week. Since there may be those who visit the simple front porch daily, Wednesdays will be an opportunity to point you to my favorite blogs.

Today, I point you to The Quiet Pleasures of Home, Her reflections pour from a joyf-illed heart and she offers springs of refreshment for women. This woman after God’s own heart will challenge you to be all that God has purposed for Christian women as directed in Scripture and gently reminded by Mrs. V.

This experience is worth carving out some time in your day and  a cup of your favorite beverage. Tarry a while at The Quiet Pleasure of Home. ENJOY!

Some call it passion, others call it mania when they think about why they ever made their decision to homeschool. This time of year I am overwhelmed, indecisive, and full of panic. So it is a healthy exercise to remember why we decided to take the plunge.

  • slow moving mornings
  • peaceful evenings (no homework)
  • student-driven education
  • creative expression
  • flexibility
  • more time with parents for life instructions
  • no bus ride
  • learning and living with a Christian world view
  • uniting the family
  • staying in jammies until noon