One of my grown sons asked me to give him some names of homeschooling resources that I would recommend. He has two young sons now and plans on homeschooling, but he has always looked at homeschooling from the student’s point of view. He was homeschooled from birth through high school graduation and he said that he now needs to look at homeschooling from a parent’s point of view.
Wow, what fun! He has sent me on a wonderful journey of remembering people and circumstances that God has used to make our family life so rich and meaningful. I know God had us on a trip of a lifetime and it will continue on through our two sons and their families. Some of it has been exciting and wonderful; some of it has been filled with difficulties and struggles. But through it all, God has been living His life through us (when we let Him) and for that, I am truly thankful to Him.
I told my son that I just don’t want to give him a practical list of tools. I want to tell him the stories of how God worked all of this out, sort of reminisce a little.
Okay, now to get busy.
The first and best resource my children have is their dad. He was the one that God told first that we should homeschool. When we first got married, he made the decision to follow Christ and there was no turning back. He loves the Lord so much and truly is in love with Him. My sons and I have had the benefit of living a blessed life because of his decision to follow Christ. From the time our children were born, their dad said that we were starting a new dynasty for God.
Because of work, he could not be very involved in the day to day homeschooling, but because of his willingness to provide and protect us, we were able to homeschool. Through the years, he was just as dedicated to homeschooling as I was. In fact, many times he was more dedicated and kept me going.
He was always excited to go to the homeschool conferences and bookfairs with me for which I was very grateful. It was so much fun doing that together and both of us being excited about it. He wanted us to learn all we could plus he was very discerning and kept us out of several bad situations.
Even if you’re not from Texas, the first thing I would recommend is to read through the Texas Home School Coalition website at http://www.thsc.org and http://www.thsc.org/Categories.aspx?Id=Considering_Homeschooling. This is great basic info about homeschooling. Yes, this applies to Texas, but it’s great home education info. Use the drop down lists. Go through the Q & A section. Take time to watch the video on the home page. On the right hand side of the home page, sign up to get a free subscription to the “Review” quarterly. It’s a great little magazine. Then google…homeschooling nameofyourstate. You’ll find some great resources to study and read through.
As you go through the different resources that I recommend, ask God to show you what He wants for your family. As you study these resources, you need to develop your philosophy of education. When homeschooling days get tough (and they will), your educational philosophy will help you to keep going. You can keep going because you know God has a plan and He’s working out that plan through your family.
Well, that’s all for now… more resources coming soon.