Throwing Myself Under the (School) Bus

Dear Lindsey,

Some of the most entertaining responses I have received when I said I homeschooled were:

  • “And you still have your hair?! That is amazing!” (Thanks, Melinda!)
  • “If I homeschooled, all that my kids would know how to do is shop at Target!” (Thanks for not homeschooling, my friend 🙂 .)
  • “I could never spend that much time with my kids; [and even worse,] they would never want to spend that much time with me!” (Thanks, lady at the park.)

Many feel compelled to tell me why they don’t homeschool – which really isn’t necessary – I know it is not for everyone. I am not a homeschool Nazi who thinks there is only one way to do well for your children. I have no vendetta against public school; I love all of my friends who send their kids to school; and I pretty much adore most of the teachers I have met.

More and more often, I hear, “How do you do that?” or “I wish I had done that.” And my favorite response: “Can you tell me why you would do that?” (Thank you, drug store employee!)

Children Who…

Chris explained to me one day, “I don’t look at our children as clay that we should mold, but as seeds God entrusted to us, and we should provide the best garden for their growth.”

The educational methods we have chosen are purposeful to allow our four children to grow to be adults who would:

    • Glorify the Lord
    • Reach their fullest potential
    • Are Hardworking (Prov 13:4)
    • Have a good attitude, showing the fruits of the Spirit (Gal 5:22)
    • Are leaders in their homes, their churches, communities, and country

In summary, the principles we would like to instill would raise happy, healthy, productive Christian Americans.

The Princess Bride Story (sort of)

Have you heard this story about a princess? She was of marrying age, so her father began his search for the right man to whom he would promise his daughter’s hand in marriage. Man after man lined up, trying to impress the king to win his favor and take his daughter’s hand. A chariot race was arranged on the dirt path at the edge of the mountain and the husband wannabes prepared their horses and carriages for the show. One man stepped forward to gain the king’s attention and said, “I would like your daughter to ride with me; I will get her within one foot of the cliff’s edge and bring her safely to the end of the race.”

The next man could not be outdone, so he had a different promise: “Sir, I would love to win your favor so much that I will get your daughter within one INCH of the cliff’s edge and bring her safely to the race’s end.”

The third man walked slowly toward the king. He meekly began, “Sir, your daughter is of such value; I would not risk getting her anywhere near the edge of the cliff. I will deliver her safely, in the right time, as far from the cliff’s edge as I can.”

The king cancelled the race and promised the daughter’s hand to the third suitor who promised her safety.

Why Homeschool?

I suppose I feel as if a King has entrusted four children to me, and I want to deliver them

Thomas Built Buses Mighty Mite school bus. Thi...

back to Him as safely as I am able. That is not to say that someone who does not homeschool is sending children over the edge of some cliff! Hear me out: I have met MANY public school educated people who are far from the edge of any cliffs themselves (including my perfect husband and perfect me! LOL).

“I can say that we have tried all kinds of schooling for our four kids: public school, private school and homeschool, and none of them works!” – Stephen Davey, tongue in cheek

Principal’s Principles

“Methods are many.

Principles are few.

Methods always change.

Principles never do.”

Homeschooling is not a principle in the Brady house; it is a method. This may be obvious since we currently have two in school and two schooling at home. This school year of 50-50 has shed light on both sides of the schooling methods, and spurred me to write you.

I have heard that data shows that the factor that is most influential over a child’s education is the parents’ active involvement in the education – whichever method is chosen.

“The philosophy of the schoolroom in one generation will be the philosophy of the government in the next,” Abraham Lincoln said. If that statement is true, then we parents had better know, and heartily agree with the philosophy of whatever schoolroom in which our children spend their weeks. (An article and a two minute video below tell a little bit about “Common Core,” a new classroom curriculum which has already started in 45 states. There is a core philosophy being mandated by the government, so I guess in those states, Lincoln’s quote could be restated: “The philosophy of the government in THIS generation will be the philosophy of the schoolroom, too.” But I digress…)

Normally, I would put a list of “recommended reading” at the end of a Letter, but the recommended reading here is practically more important than this Letter! So I want to include it here. Whether you homeschool, public school or private school, these books should be required reading for any parent:

Recommended Reading:

Thomas Jefferson Education (and its sequels by Oliver DeMille). I cannot quote DeMille enough in this Letter regarding school choice. I just want to print the whole book, which ironically I didn’t find until I had been homeschooling for 7 years! But even if you do not have children of school age, this book is an inspiration for any of us to never stop learning! (It is a great precursor to another of his books, Leadershift (by Woodward and DeMille).)

The Ultimate Guide to Homeschooling (Debra Bell, $2.99 at the link). A must-read for parents of school-age kids. Read the first few chapters and her great school debate. If you are not choosing to homeschool, skip the rest of the book. The first few chapters provide good insight and conviction, as well as a balanced look at school choices. The back of the book has many, many options of “how-to’s” which show the vast range of types of homeschooling.

Right Brained Children in a Left Brained World (Freed and Parsons). ADHD is a growing diagnosis among school-aged children. This book (by someone who is not pro-homeschool) not only helped free some thoughts regarding that diagnosis (and some other options besides medication) but also shed light on some of my own weaknesses. I was amazed at how my kids fell in line with his test. He helped me find strengths in them I didn’t know they had. It changed everything for one of my children, because I deal with him in all areas in a different way, and for us, it works!

The Reasons We Homeschool:

In her book, Debra Bell recommends writing down WHY you homeschool. (And I would recommend writing down WHAT YOU WANT AT THE OTHER END OF SCHOOL whichever method of schooling you choose – to keep yourself accountable to your principles.) This list has kept me “in” many times when the “bad wolf” was whispering contrary thoughts in my head; but it has also guided many decisions of ours, “Should we hire a teacher?” “Should we participate in a homeschool group?” “Should I offer to teach other like-minded families in a group or start our own school?” to name a few. We just look at how those decisions affect (or don’t affect) this list of benefits and then decide.

This list will be different for all families. Just because some of these are available to homeschoolers does NOT mean that these benefits are not available to public school or private school.

Brady Family: goals and benefits of homeschooling

  1. Biblical values being taught and “caught” – consistent without wavering based on denominations, legalism, or tolerance. This includes consistent discipline – not 6 hours of one way, and then a totally different magnitude at home.
  2. Closely knit family relationships. No age-group segregation to foster segregation within a family. Friends of all ages.
  3. Flexible schedule for travel, neighbors in need, and visitors.
  4. Speed of learning catered to individual and/or individual subject. Teach at a 1st grade level in reading, but 3rd grade in math, for example.
  5. Style of learning catered to the individual Spoon-feeding methods and memorization versus self-teaching and reading classics; audio learning versus visual versus kinesthetic learning methods, etc.
  6. Avoid negative comparison or labeling by people who don’t necessarily have my kids’ best interest in mind or don’t love them the way I do.
  7. Avoid unnecessary negative influence of peers, teachers, or bullies.
  8. Subjects of MY choice, based on my priorities: Bible, Employment, Self-employment, Business ownership and Investment quadrants of Cashflow (by Kiyosaki), outdoor play, music lessons, languages, people skills, etc.
    1. Once they have learned to read, they should be able to read to learn in any subject so they can take that skill to be life-long learners.
  9. Emphasize learning and mastery, not grades, standardized tests or brownie points.
    1. Focus on learning to think, not learning what to think (DeMille)

10. Be influenced by other admirable homeschoolers.

11. Learn through experience. Learn history through traveling with Chris, etc. I will know what they have learned, so when we travel (even to grocery store!), I will be able to point out what applies to them at their level.

FAQ’s of Homeschooling:

  1. Is it legal?
    1. YES! Unless the government says our children are not our own…which unfortunately seems to be too common of a trend in what I see. Go to the Homeschool Legal Defense Association website to see legal requirements for your state:
  2. What about socialization?
    1. Yep. Schools are better at teaching socialism. Haha! J
    2. I asked this question about socialization originally of a homeschool mother and she said, “Do you want your 5-yr-old to learn social skills from another 5-yr-old? Or an adult?” Good point.
    3. When I began, I coerced 3 or 4 good friends to do it with me. (OK – they say I dragged them into it – but over a decade later, and they have helped guide me as much or more than any opposite force.) There was no “trend” of friends to follow, but homeschoolers had laid a path that we found with ease. We got our kids together once/week for gym, music and art. The group grew to be 40+ families of 100+ kids by the time I left Michigan two years ago. Now here in Raleigh, NC, there are thousands in the homeschool groups, and several from which to choose. Socialization is with the right people during socialization time; learning takes place one on one in a quiet (well, relatively quiet) home.
  3. Am I able do it?
    1. Did you teach your child to use the bathroom? Tie his shoes? Make his bed? You have been homeschooling all along.
    2. If you don’t know where to begin, there are many resources available for telling you word-for-word what to do and say daily.
    3. In my experience, 5 and 6-yr-olds practically teach themselves when we offer them the right educational options of reading and play.
  4. What about special needs? ADHD?
    1. Special needs do not disqualify the ability to homeschool. Part of the confidence I had when I began homeschooling was due to working one-on-one with an autistic child, to whom his mother and I (among others) taught lessons each day, recording progress in a notebook. Thanks to God and the behavioral therapy, the non-speaking three-yr-old became an active kindergartener in public school just two years later, with no diagnosis of autism present. (Read “Let Me Hear Your Voice” by Katherine Maurice for additional information.)
    2. ADHD children might fair well when treated individually, at their own pace and designed environment.
  5. What does it cost?
    1. A part of me wants to answer this one, “everything!” since every part of me becomes part of homeschooling. But in dollar terms, the cost varies based on the method chosen, which means it varies A LOT! offers a K-12 classics curriculum for under $400 for 13 years’ worth (less on eBay). offers completely free downloads and reading lists by grade-level that provide most of the needs for FREE. A local homeschool group offers classes for most high school courses for about $500 each subject/year. Classical conversations costs about $1500/year for middle school. EBay changes all the numbers. As you can see, the cost varies greatly.
  6. How much time does it take every day?
    1. Oliver DeMille, in Thomas Jefferson Education, suggests spending five hours/day doing something academic. Some kids will drive themselves more from there. Younger kids, less.
    2. In the early years (K-3rd grade), I rarely spend more than 2 hours working with the student. Often 20min reading lesson and a little math and they are off on their own- reading, exploring the outdoors, etc. Last I checked, Kindergarten is still optional in many states, as well as the Brady home. The “incidental learning” through influence of reading aloud and playing games made Kindergarten “requirements” satisfied by age three or four for all four of our children – so I was never too worried about officially “starting school.”
    3. It is impossible to measure length of time in homeschooling. Maybe we work 8am-11am specifically teaching, but then I see Christine (9) off in the woods in the backyard, carrying a journal and the Nature Handbook with her. And I see JR (7) trying to get his remote control car to balance, holding the magazine that he hand-made for a friend down the street. Then we snuggle with popcorn and books (See the letter: “Raising Readers”) or get out the map at night, to see where Pagoo went on his journey during bedtime reading. How much time did it take to “do school”?
  7. What curriculum do you use?
    1. I highly recommend anyone trying to choose a curriculum to read the DeMille and Bell books (above), before choosing. I don’t use the same curriculum for all of my children (see “reason why Bradys homeschool” #5 above). Look for a future Letter to Lindsey regarding getting started.
    2. When I first began homeschooling, I simply brought school home; I even boasted, “I use the same curriculum as some schools.” However, experience has told me that I was not satisfying #4, 5, 8 or 10 of my reasons by just selecting a box curriculum (like A Beka or Bob Jones) and staying with it. So I branched. I got rid of the “chalkboard mentality paradigm” I had from growing up in school. Now, we do Bible, math and grammar/penmanship together and then focus on reading classics. Incidentally, if anyone asks, I highly recommend to anyone starting homeschool – especially with a child who has been in school – that they begin with a box curriculum like A Beka or Bob Jones, because it gets the daily routine right before you start picking and choosing creatively.)
  8. Is there an age when you shouldn’t homeschool anymore?
    1. My first “age” goal to reach for each child was 10-yrs-old. The goal was that after age 10, we could reevaluate whether homeschool was right for us. Dr. James Dobson says that if a child is given one standard consistently until the age of 8-10 years old, he is much less likely to veer from it. This goes along with the fact that most discipline for obedience within a home is heavily required until around age 6-10. If, however, the foundation has many “blows to its base” when a 1st grade teacher teaches evolution, for example, or promotes divorce, or doesn’t punish for a child’s lie, the child is more likely to not only question his beliefs, but his parents’ as well. So it was my first goal to get to age 10. Of course, we loved it and went beyond.
    2. My friend, Donna Ascol, who has graduated 4 homeschoolers with high school and associates degrees at the same time, and still homeschools two more says, “If I could only homeschool two years of their whole lives, it would be 6th and 7th grade.” I agree that those two years can be painfully unforgettable and unrealistic on the social skills of peers; I have not been put inside of a locker since 7th grade. LOL.
    3. We put our eldest in school at 9th grade, but I do NOT say that high school is the age where all should go to school…if they go to school at all! It was right for him, but it may not be right for all. My second son will be coming back home for 8th grade next year: his request; our choice.
    4. It goes back to praying through the pros and cons of your personal situation for each child. Reevaluating every year takes the pressure off. No for now doesn’t mean you can’t change your mind next year. Chris and I have often come to lean in a direction, just because it has less chance of regret. I will never regret the extra time I have spent with my kids, never.
  9. What obstacles are there to overcome? (The way to overcome any obstacle is to make sure the dream is bigger than the obstacle. Stay focused on your “reasons for homeschooling” any time one of these obstacles arises in your mind. Believe me, those school buses never look so appealing to me as every February; I get my list of “why” back out and read it!)
    1. Family and Friends: With any good decision comes resistance. Well-meaning family and friends can weigh a homeschooler down. I had to understand that even though it was TRULY not in my heart, my homeschooling implied that their schooling choice was not as good as my own. Not true, but I am guessing they felt it regardless. Time allowed us all to encourage each other in our choices, knowing God has a plan for each.
    2. Parenting: The fluency of homeschooling is limited by our own discipline within the home. Many have told me they want to homeschool, but their kids won’t listen to them. Sad. Excuse. If we can’t train them to listen to us, the parents, to what authority will they listen? Look at statistics of peer pressure and you get the answer. It is ok to make demands of your children – even in schooling. I am ashamed that I used to think that was “someone else’s job.”
    3. Toddlers: I don’t like calling children “obstacles,” but toddlers bring a challenge to homeschooling – not an impossibility – a challenge. You can do it anyway! Yes, it is easier now that I don’t have to try to dance with Cheerios in my hair to distract the 1-yr-old while, cleaning up the Play-Doh of the 3-yr-old, all while teaching the 6-yr-old addition, and the 9-yr-old science, but it was worth it. Much has been written about homeschooling with toddlers in the room, so I won’t bore with details, but I encourage you to look into it. (Help for the Harried Homeschooler is a good place to start.) It makes me oh so sad when I hear of a mom that gives up homeschooling her 6-yr-old because she is afraid her 3 and 1-yr-olds were too much of a distraction! (See answer to #6 above for how much time it takes. See Obstacles #9d (perfectionism) below and overcome it. Then re-read your reasons to homeschool before you consider putting a six-year-old in school due to younger siblings.)
    4. Perfectionism: My desire for perfectionism was such an obstacle, that it was the most common whisper/shout in my ear, trying to persuade me to put my kids in school. Sometimes the house fell apart. (THAT is funny that I just used past-tense, since it STILL falls apart!) The school day almost NEVER looks perfect. (“Almost” is optional in that sentence.) I too often imagined that some teacher, any teacher would do a better job than I was doing. SHE would be more organized. HE would get all of the checkmarks in the box for the day. But raising a child is not about collecting checkmarks! Raising the next generation of leaders will not always look organized! Now that I have some years of experience in homeschooling, I can confidently tell you that years of imperfect homeschooling are leading to mature children who are progressing in the direction of happy, healthy, productive Christian Americans.

Who should NOT homeschool?

  1. If the only reason you want to take your kids out of school is so they don’t wake you up in the morning, please don’t.
  2. If you are only half-interested in it, please don’t.
  3. If you are only mad at a teacher, please don’t. Rectify things with the teacher, and then make a decision through prayer.
  4. If you call your husband a “*&^#&*$^@bleep who won’t clean the toilets!” your kids could use a better influence. (HAHA – Remember from my last letter, “It Began as a Walk in the Park”?)
  5. If you don’t feel called to homeschool, nothing is wrong with you. There are other options and God may be using your life and your children’s in those situations for His glory! Press on!

In love,

Terri Brady

Two minute video on Common Core:

Article on two moms who who got involved and made a difference for their state when they noticed something had changed because their school started using Common Core: Two Moms Versus Common Core

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24 thoughts on “Throwing Myself Under the (School) Bus

  1. Terri, Thank You! I have been drawn to the idea of homeschooling for quite a while now. Kait and I only have one child (an 8month old precious little girl) so far, but we want to be as prepared as possible to make sure we do a good job raising her and her soon to be siblings. I appreciate the resources and the point of view that you bring to the discussion.

  2. What a fantastic article Terri! I will be sure to print this out out and have it handy in time of need. In the beginning of our homeschooling journey, the insecurities and the pressure to conform to what everyone else was doing was strong. (I remember being looked at like I had four heads and just returned from Mars when I had shared I was homeschooling, lol). I wish I had a resource and encouragement such as this available to refer to. You really do have to know your Why. We have to understand it isn’t for everyone and that sometimes when your doing something “different”, it has the potential to make the other guy/gal feel bad about their situation, so we need to remember grace when reactions to our homeschooling are less then pleasant. We too have taken each year with prayer and have tried a variety things including private and public charter. It’s been so rewarding to have the freedom to choose what and how your children are taught in order to lead them to their highest potential. I do have to say DeMilles ” Thomas Jefferson Education” approach is genius!
    Thank you Terri for this “series” on homeschooling and for all the resources. Truly you are affecting thousands of children’s lives and families, for the good, into future generations. Keep shining the light:) Love ya and God Bless!

  3. Great info Terri!!!
    I love homeschooling our 4 children, ages 16-9! I think it’s a wonderful adventure! What I love MOST is our morning bible study/book study. The best part is that any family can do that no matter your schooling preference.

    I love that your information here will be helpful to those “fearful” of taking the homeschooling leap. To those wondering, I would add a hardy be of great courage! Proverbs 22:6.
    Thanks for sharing Terri!

  4. Wow Terry!! I feel like your blog has been an answer to my prayers twice now!! I have decided to homeschool my daughter next year! She will be in 7th grade and although I’m nervous, I really love the suggestions you made and plan on looking into those books! I already read DeMille’s book, which amped me up even more to home school!! She and I are both so excited! Thank you for writing this!! God Bless you and your family for setting an example!

  5. Hey Terri what a fantastic article. You are such an amazing writer to put these words of inspiration and your experience into something that is so encouraging to read. I Thank you for your example and encouragement throughout the years that encouraged me to homeschool my own children. My daughter graduated in 2011 and now lives on her own there in North Carolina. I can’t imagine not having that time I had with her while homeschooling. It flew by. Recently I posted a picture on facebook of my son Will reading in a lounge chair by the pool.. It was captioned “Homeschool by the Pool!” I got many sweet and encouraging comments and likes but also got this one:
    “Jennie – Can’t imagine a Mother having the patience to “home school” or even wanting to do so, but to each his own!

    Anna Mancillas Huber- HaHa Jennie, I wouldn’t miss the time I get with my kids while home schooling them. Time flies so quickly and before you know it they are gone. I can tell you this, I have more patience with one of my kids than any teacher would have with 32+ kids!”

    I Thank you and Laurie so much for paving a path on the homeschooling front for me and so many others to follow.
    Love ya,

  6. Oh, how I treasure this series, Terri! This information and these resources, examples and experiences give me courage to continue homeschooling! Thank you!

  7. Thank you, Terri, for this wonderful article!! I have a 4-year-old who I have felt called to homeschool, but keep running into all the onstacles you mentioned. Teaching the 4-year-old can be challenging while occupying a 2-year-old and nursing the baby, but if this is the hardest part then it’s worth it!! I did try to start “Teach Your Child to Read in One Hundred Easy Lessons” because he is very interested in reading already, but met a lot of resistance. How did you start this with your children and what ages?

  8. Wow, what a well thought out and helpful blog! I appreciated most your encouragement to figure out your “why”. Whether it’s home schooling, pursuing a sport, changing careers, the why needs to come first and the rest will make more sense. Thanks Terri!

  9. Thanks for the article Terri. It speaks so well to the all the conversations around home schooling that people have.

    Maybe it’s because my wife has been home schooling for 1.5 yrs. (with great success!) that I sense momentum and more acceptance by the general public about home schooling. Maybe there really is more general acceptance…I don’t know. Regardless, you’ve done a fine job giving people well-articulated, real life advice and information on the subject that I will share with people for reference in the future.

    My wife, Leah, began a classical education 1.5 yrs. ago for our four girls at home at the ages of 13, 11, 10, and 8. In our estimation they are learning more than they would have in school, are learning different content and learning in ways that are more suitable to their personality and learning styles, are increasing their appreciation for the freedom they now have in this choice, begin each day in the Word resulting in greater lives of faith, and on and on with the upside & results… The financial cost is probably lower than public school. The major investment is Leah’s time. She invests many late night hours preparing for them but she loves to learn herself and at this point knows & see’s the rewards for our girls better than any of us. She eagerly serves them.

    Our son was beginning high school at the time 1.5 years ago and for many reasons he’s stayed on that track. He’s finishing his sophomore year now and continued to do well academically, in character, leadership skills, and in discerning his passions and growing in them.

    So at this point we have one in public education and four at home. Each year we’ll figure out what’s best for each kid and the family. Right now, it’s ALL good.

    Many, many true thanks to you, Chris, and the other leaders that have paved a path for those of us that are following in LIFE in our self-directed educations!

  10. If there was a LOVE button next to your like button, I would have hit it! This is wonderful; absolutely necessary and needed right now. I am homeschooling, but grew up in public school and also taught in public schools, as well. I have had many blessings and wonderful experiences there, but it did not line up with what I wanted for an outcome of school with my own children.

    Thanks for your dedication and sharing this. It takes a lot of time and energy to prepare the article, not to mention what you did to live it first. I appreciate what you do to serve God and how that in turn serves so many people.


  11. I love it. This helps reconfirm my thoughts on bringing home my one daughter. The other two obviously LOVE school. But she seems to flourish under direct one-on-one guidance. Thank you for writing these articles and showing us your side of real life homeschooling.

  12. Terri, thank you so much for sharing this information! I was able to share this post with three wonderful moms I know who either already homeschool their children or are currently considering it. I am a public school educator and am looking forward to homeschooling my future children. This is a wonderfully written article that will help many people. Thank you for your servant heart.

  13. Hi Terri! I am enjoying your homeschooling posts and will pass these on as a wonderful resource for those considering it and as a source of encouragement for those who are in the “trenches” and need some perspective. I wanted to make one correction to our homeschooling story that you mentioned. 🙂 By God’s grace, we have graduated 5 of our 6 now (all have completed college course loads-4 with Bachelor’s degrees and 1 with an Associates Degree). Our last will be a junior in high school this year. I am “semi-retired” from homeschooling since my eldest girlie has assumed the bulk of the oversight and teaching of my baby girl and I serve more as an advisor and principle (think “cracking the whip”) than as the primary teacher. God has been very gracious to us and I give Him all the glory!

  14. Terri-
    Thanks for the blog. I love they way Anna Huber said thanks for the inspiration I know that I couldn’t say it better than she did. As you described the teacher and the first grader student, I remember being in a similar position as a teacher and hating it. I was forced to move on no matter what. I struggled to have that one on one time that children need to grow and thrive. I love being a teacher and working with children, but I know that with parents like you children can do so much better than I can teach with a class of 25. I strongly suggest that people weight the pros and cons as you repeatedly suggested because of the influences that can and do happen at school. Good luck to those who are still deciding.

  15. Okay I have to say this: I LOVE YOU AND ALL YOUR BLOGS!! There has been so many of your blogs that have positively affected me and have stuck with me and that I come back to. This being one of them! THANK YOU!!!!!!!!!!!

  16. Excellent blog! Do you have any hints for aspiring writers?
    I’m hoping to start my own site soon but I’m a little lost on everything.
    Would you advise starting with a free platform like WordPress or go for
    a paid option? There are so many choices out there that
    I’m completely confused .. Any recommendations? Bless you!

  17. Hi Terri. Great blogs on home schooling. My sister Olivia Shaw home schools my niece. It was always something I never felt I could do until we got involved in the life business. It’s been a huge encouragement. Our children currently are in a Christian school but have been feeling lead to home school. Their current school is great but I’ve spent long enough letting someone else help raise our kids. Before we didn’t make good financial choices for me to be a stay at home mom. Plus I thought I wasn’t the stay at home type. What terrible thinking i had. Thankfully the life business has helped change our thinking. Our children are in 4th and 1st grade but have really been praying about bringing them home. It’s not that we are displeased with their current school but I really desire to be with them as much as possible while they are young. Have a say on what they learn. I am their mom, I have done many things to raise them. I am nervous of course and scared but I know God equips the called. I don’t want to do them an injustice by bringing them home and their learning to go down hill. I am not naturally good at school but desire to enjoy my kids now while they are young. If i have the right curriculum, i think they will be fine. Is that the wrong thinking? Plus we have a co-op that was started at my church. Are their any curriculums you could recommend? I am doing research now for next school year. I am not saying they wouldn’t go back to private school at some point but maybe not but I want to listen to Gods calling. I work at the school too but desire to be a stay at home mom. I have been feeling that call for a few years but until LIFE it just never seemed possible nor did I feel like I could or did I want to when they were younger :(. But it’s not to late. 🙂 thank you for your blog and info. Any info you can offer is appreciated. Looking forward to singing on Sunday at the major again but in Columbus this time. 🙂

    • That’s fantastic! You will never regret time spent with your kids. As for curriculum- the “Ultimate Guide to Homeschooling” book along with “Thomas Jefferson education” seem to have the best layout, so you can determine what is right specifically for your children. They will love having your one-on-one attention- and you will too!
      God bless,

  18. Thank you. You inspire so many and remind me that anything is possible. This letter hits close to home for me, and I’m grateful for all the resources and encouragement. You are amazing!

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