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Encouragement

The Value of the Homeschool Conference

Cheer up! Homeschool conference season is just around the corner!

Homeschool conferences are a great place to learn what went wrong and to share the excitement of what went right during your homeschooling year. You can learn how to get better organized, find new answers to puzzling problems, grow encouraged and do what homeschooling moms love to do most—shop for new school materials!

Outside the Greenhouse

There is nothing like the protection that a family can provide as we raise little ones to maturity in the greenhouse of home education. It is a safe place that nurtures these children like olive plants (Psalm 128:3) as they grow up.

They Call Her Blessed

It can be a hectic lifestyle, one that can chase the sanity from even the sanest individual, the patience from the most long-suffering saint and the serenity from the calmest person. It is often a demanding job, a thankless occupation and an overwhelming mission. So, I penned the following words of tribute to my wife, Karen, and in fact, as a tribute to all homeschool moms.

How to Fail at Homeschooling in Three Easy Steps

As I have reflected on that time in our lives, I have come to realize that I took three basic steps to becoming a homeschool failure. My hope is that, in sharing my mistakes, I will speak to the heart of some other mother who finds herself gazing a little too fondly at the big yellow school bus.

What Do You Do When You Fall Behind?

I have learned through the years to fully rest in God and trust His plans for our school.

Hal’s about It: Happy and We Know It

But for most of us, this is the life. It’s hard work: bothersome at times, downright troublesome days, but generally speaking—a life we’ve chosen and can’t imagine trading.

I discovered a pattern in much of the educational and policy research that confirms homeschoolers’ commitment and satisfaction.

In the Dreariness of Winter We Wonder: Is there Life after Homeschool?

A friend used to say that the hardest thing about homeschooling was January and February. Isn’t that the truth?

Homeschooling the Only Child

I soon began to notice that I was alone, in a sense. I never saw an only child on the cover (or the inside) of Teaching Home, or any other resource I found. I began to observe that homeschoolers are a prolific group—most of my friends had three or more children, and they weren't slowing down.

Yet, despite doubts from without or within, I returned to the comfort that God has ordained all our circumstances and His calling and provision still stands. My son truly enjoyed his own company and had no problems being an only child. We were able to go on more adventures using fewer resources, than anybody I knew, and we greatly enjoyed our years together at home.

Reflections of a Reluctantly Retired Homeschool Mom

There I was, two years after my youngest had graduated from high school, walking through the annual NCHE Book Fair. This was the third NCHE conference that I’d attended with no one to buy for and nowhere to apply my new knowledge from all the wonderful workshops. What torture!

How Do You Spell Homeschool?

Whether we spell home school as two words or one—the new way according to Webster’s—our goals and vision for our children are determined by our vision of homeschooling.

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