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Letter to Homeschool Grads

“Hi. My name is Susannah, and I’m homeschooled.” It’s kind of weird not having to say that anymore when people ask me where I’m going to school. Now I am still Susannah, a soon-to-be nineteen-year-old, a student at Belhaven University in Jackson, Mississippi, a child of God, and oh, yeah—a homeschool graduate. Growing up, being homeschooled wasn’t something I tried to identify myself with, it just ended up happening naturally.

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!

Walking through the book fair, wishing that this and that had been available years ago, I painfully remembered all the materials that I had sold at used book fairs—unused. Most of them, I didn’t consciously choose not to use, we just never got around to them.

Kevin’s Kluge, Graduation: a Time for Rest and Respect

It's graduation time, and I have the annual privilege of congratulating another group of young adults and their parents on successfully completing the marathon of providing and receiving a secondary education. It's a great thing to be a graduate. I always enjoy the special graduate issue of GREENHOUSE, as it allows NCHE to recognize our graduates with photos and biographical descriptions. I enjoy getting a sense of each graduate's personality and his or her aspirations for the future; these students are an inspiration to me.

Thriving through All Stages of Life

Congratulations graduates on completing your high school course of study and earning your high school diploma! Savor this time of celebration with your family and friends and enjoy the sense of hope and pride this achievement brings. As you make plans, I trust you will remember the sacrifices many have made to bring you to this point in your academic career.

Out of the Greenhouse, into the Garden: A Perspective on My Son’s Graduation

I want to express the gratitude I have to the Lord Who allowed me to have these eighteen years at home with my son. Some moms see their kids only a few hours a day, and their teachers have them the remaining hours. Some teachers get to teach them only one subject, and then the bell rings and the students rush out the door.

With the End in Mind

Finishing the homeschool race well means finishing.

 Now, this does not mean that you have to finish every book, conversation, subject, or project. We all have lots of unfinished projects and business and books in our lives.

Finishing implies, though, that we prepare our hearts and minds to let our children go. When the moment arrives, let them walk out the door.

I’ve thought a lot about this, because I’ve had to let all three of my children go to live their own lives, to fulfill their own dreams, to walk the paths the Lord has set out for them.

Moments with Mike: Mike’s Moment with the Grads

Each of you has some type of plans for the future. If I were to ask you individually what your plans are after graduation, one might mention college; another would report plans for other technical training; another, a career in a particular field; another, maybe ministry or mission work. The variety of plans that could be made is endless. Or maybe you haven’t quite figured out what your next step will be. If that’s the case don’t despair. I’ll have to admit, I went to college simply because everyone kept telling me I should go.

Your Role in the Unfolding Story: a Pleasant Place and a Witness

Graduation is a time of significance and celebration: a season of labor has yielded fruit—something we have longed for, hoped for, has been achieved. We rejoice! We embrace it and mark the occasion with a ceremony replete with gowns, music, symbolism and speeches. There are two major groups in graduation ceremonies. There is the more active group: those who stand, make speeches, shake hands and even turn tassels, and there are those who are the more passive group: who sit in a chair, read the program, listen and clap. Both of these groups, active and passive, are important.