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a Distinctively Christian Perspective of Home Education
Cindy Short and Sue Welch,
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Table of Contents
What We Can Learn from Our Readers About . . .
1. Overcoming Perfectionism
2. Confirmation and Encouragement from
and from the
3. Home Schooling an Only Child
4. Reaching Out to New Home Schoolers
5. A Father's Influence in Our Home
6. Carefully Guarding Your Marriage
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Letters are a valuable form of communication.
expresses his thoughts in a personal, yet focused, manner that
can be shared with many others far and wide.
In this issue we share some timeless letters
readers from a back issue of The Teaching Home. These writers
have addressed important issues with insight that can only come
through personal experience. In fact, two writers have asked
that their names be withheld because of the sensitive concerns
about which they write.
We received the following letter concerning
newsletter. If you missed issue #132 on Support, you can read
I just wanted
to thank you for the articles in your most
recent e-mail newsletter. It reminded
me of where my
strength and purpose comes from -- the Lord.
my schedule gets hectic (when is it not?),
the first things that goes is quality time
spent in Bible study
and prayer. Your article was just the
wakeup call I needed.
May God keep
and bless you all,
Kelli L., Woodbridge,
May the Lord bless you and your family for
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What We Can Learn from Pat in California About . . .
God has a way of working ultraperfectionism
out of our
lives. This is good because it steals our joy.
One way God has worked in my life is through
children. Out oldest is 7 and our youngest is 4 months, so it's
pretty hard to keep an immaculate house.
I realize now that a clean house is not everything.
Lord showed me that the desire for everything to be spotless had
a lot to do with pride.
Home schooling our children is more important
than having a
house shining clean with everything in order. I have even grown
to love our schoolroom with all its clutter after a busy day of
The unexpected visitor might not see my furniture
but that's okay, because I see a sparkle they don't see -- the
sparkle in the eyes of our 7-year-old when he finally understands
the math concept we had been working on so hard. Then I thrill
to hear our 5-year-old say, "I love this, Mommy. Can I read
I am glad that I feel so free in the area of
However, I sometimes notice that perfectionism is creeping into
our home schooling.
Our lives have been so busy over this past
six months with
the death of my mother-in-law, the birth of our fourth baby,
months of working hard and late with church commitments, chicken
pox, etc. It just goes on and on.
I noticed that when things seemed tough I would
just won't school tomorrow. When I realized this, I wondered
Then I realized that with my home schooling,
conditions to be perfect.
But I needed to incorporate home schooling
no matter what
I enjoy the smooth times, but now I have learned
school when I'm nine months pregnant on the couch with feet
up, when there has been no sleep the night before, when our
hearts are filled with grief, and with a busy toddler.
When things get a little rough around here,
is no longer the first thing thrown out. I know it's what God
has called me to do. And I no longer expect perfect conditions.
What We Can Learn from Pamela in Michigan About . . .
Confirmation and Encouragement from Others
and from the Lord!
We enjoy The Teaching Home very much; it is
a blessing and
encouragement and an essential teaching tool.
As we started home schooling four years ago,
read a cover story in your magazine and said, "Oh, so you do know
something about this." It was a huge encouragement to me that
the family pictured on the cover did things very similarly to our
own school, and our put-together curriculum was acquired in much
the same manner.
I'm so thankful for the blessing of home education.
hadn't know exactly how to home school, but God helped us through
our baby steps by surrounding us with a prayer-filled support
group and leading us to curriculum, if not actually placing it in
During our second year, our daughter had just
turned 10. A
private-schooled teen complimented her (after asking her age) by
observing, "She's so mature."
The compliments are a great encouragement,
but I think my
favorite thing is when God answers prayer and makes provisions
for my shortcomings. Than I am truly blessed.
When my strength and energy give out or when
I lack wisdom,
He picks me up and carries me or makes a way where I see none.
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What We Can Learn from Jeanette in Illinois About . . .
Home Schooling an Only Child
When we first heard about home schooling, we
because we enjoyed our daughter's company. But we thought it
wouldn't be possible with only one child in our home. By God's
leading and grace, however, we have completed our seventh year of
teaching Sarah at home.
One of the benefits we have experienced is
being able to be
involved in church ministries as a family. While my husband,
James, teaches the Bible lesson in children's church, Sarah
displays the flannelgraphs which she has prepared. She helps
when we have a craft, and she is our pianist when we sing.
We also lead an after-school Bible club.
In addition to
playing the piano there, Sarah teaches the memory verse for each
week and leads the sword drill for one group of children.
Sarah and I stay with my invalid father each
Mother can go out. We take "school" along; Sarah benefits from
Dad's knowledge and love of history. We always learn about
patience, respect, and serving others.
We have had to be diligent in assigning regular
to Sarah as well as including her in major tasks like
wallpapering and painting. It is a temptation to just do things
ourselves, but we know she must be trained in these as well as in
We have learned not to become too busy, even
field trips. There is a temptation to go just for companionship,
and we do need and enjoy that fellowship of other home schoolers;
however, we try to select only a few events each year. We find
that some places, such as museums, are best visited as a family.
James teaches German to Sarah, which gives
her a break from
me teaching all the time.
Sarah has sometimes wished for more friends,
but she says
she doesn't think good friendships would be made in public
school. It is my privilege to be her confidante and counselor.
Our church family has been important to us,
even though all
the children attend public school. Sarah has many surrogate
We would love to have more children, but it
seems that God,
in His wisdom, has had another plan. Our goal is that Sarah would
become a godly woman with a servant's heart. We look forward
What We Can Learn from
an Anonymous Home Schooler About . . .
Reaching Out to New Home Schoolers
My husband and I were alone in our decision
to teach at
home, so we eagerly looked forward to the local home-school
support group's curriculum exchange in the park. I anticipated
meeting like-minded people and making some friends.
When I arrived, everyone was happily talking
to one another,
and I became more uncomfortable as the day went on without anyone
greeting me or asking my name.
I introduced myself to two women, talked a
little, and left
feeling sad because of the advice, tips, and kinship I didn't find.
Later, as I helped a few women starting out,
to mention being discouraged after a similar experience with the
local support group. Three years later I am enjoying friendships
among these precious women. But I needed it so much more in the
Please reach out to the new ones who show up
at your support
group events. It's easy to forget in our busyness how insecure
and lonely it is for the beginning home schooler.
Contact a state home-school organization in
your state to get
a list of local support groups. See:
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What We Can Learn from Rhonda in North Carolina About . . .
A Father's Influence in Our Home School
Many moms have asked me how my husband is involved
He does not do any of the academic teaching,
but he is the
spiritual leader and godly example for our children to follow.
Together he and I rise at 5:30 a.m. to have
prayer time. (I am not a morning person at all, but it is the
only time that works consistently for us.)
Our children's alarm clocks are set for 6:00
a.m. (We have
four children, ages 10, 7, 4, and 2.) If they should get up
before their alarm, they know that while they can park on our
bed, they have to remain quiet until we are done talking to God.
At 6:10 a.m. Dad get ready for work while I
get the children
started eating their breakfasts. Daddy is ready to read the
Bible aloud at the breakfast table about 6:40. While our
children finish eating, he reads one chapter to them from the New
or Old Testament as well as a Psalm. Our children are expected
to pay attention because Dad will be asking them a couple of
When everyone is done eating, we recite our
verses. Dad leads us in learning a new verse each week as well
as in reviewing about a dozen more. (Our children find
easier to memorize than Mom and Dad do!)
Even though he is not at home from 7:10 a.m.
to about 6:00
p.m., my husband still makes his presence felt. Our children
know that Mom is to be obeyed in all matters or they will hear
about it from Dad. He leaves messages on the computer such as,
"Do a good job in school today. Obey your mom, and be good
children. I love you very much."
If a child really feels the need to communicate
immediate importance, he can call the office and leave a message
on Dad's answering machine. He checks his messages before
leaving work so as to be able to pray in the car and be ready to
deal with home pressures or concerns.
My husband leads our family devotions before
our 8:00 p.m.
bedtime. He gathers the little ones around and reads the Bible
lesson to them from a children's picture Bible. Then he leads
in praying for an unreached people group or country from "You Can
Change the World."
This has really turned our children's eyes
and hearts toward
missions as well as taught them a lot of world geography. Each
one prays in turn before hugs and kisses and lights out.
My husband really becomes the teacher when
our family goes
on vacation. He plans our routes so as to stop at historical
sites, state parks, science centers, and other points of local
Dad points out the landmarks, helps our children
difficult names on plaques, and ties new information in to what
we have previously visited or studied. This gives me a break
a chance to listen to our children's responses to see what they
While my husband lets me make all the decisions
curriculum to buy and books to study, he lets me know that he is
willing to give his advice if I need it. He reads "The Teaching
Home" and other materials, noting things I should consider before
teaching or purchasing.
He also makes a point of being home on the
night our support
group meets so that I can attend. He encourages me, holds me
in prayer, and serves as my front line of defense against people
who are hostile to home schooling.
I thank the Lord for such a godly husband and
father for our
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What We Can Learn from
an Anonymous Home Schooler About . . .
Carefully Guarding Your Marriage
This is a very hard subject for me to talk
about, but as a
home-school mom, I feel that other families may benefit from my
experience concerning the importance of our marriages.
My husband and I have been married for 10 years,
daughters, and have been home schooling for four years.
Last May my husband and another home-school
mom began to
show indications of "feelings" toward one another. I picked up
on it quickly.
After three months of a lot of deception, misunderstanding,
pain, and learning to wholly lean on God my Savior, I found
enough courage to tell my husband that this "friendship" could
God has miraculously restored us to a marriage
better than it has ever been before.
My purpose for writing is to let others know
your responsibilities are for your home, church, business,
school, etc., you need to gather the tools to build a lasting
marital relationship that includes romantic love for your mates.
We have found that Mom and Dad need time alone
week to communicate.
Don't let the mundane routine of daily responsibilities
you of your opportunity to show honor to each other as partners
in this life, but let each other know by your words, actions, and
attention that you place high value on your spouse.
My suggestions are, as our pastor so frankly,
1. Be fearful of the consequences
of destroying the trust
in your marriage by participating in a friendship with the
opposite sex outside of your marriage.
2. Be aware of your own vulnerability.
No one is immune to
Satan's all-out attack on the Christian home and family.
3. Form protective hedges around your
marriage. Pray daily
with your spouse for God to bless and keep your marriage and to
bind the enemy and any one or any thing that would come between
you in your marital relationship.
4. Be satisfied with the ordinary.
Be thankful in your
daily routine of serving the needs of your family. (If you were
married to anyone else, you would still have the same unglamorous
5. Remember, God will not tolerate
unfaithfulness to your
marriage covenant. You made your vows before Him, and He will
judge all who trespass against them. (Look at the life of King
As I mentioned, this is not an easy subject,
but if it will
save someone else the hurt and pain we've experienced and help
them to build a stronger, happier marriage, I will be faithful to
the Lord by sharing it.
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