Truth is, home is still the best place to learn, and YOU are smart
enough to know what’s best for your children.
Again, your list may be different. Now,
let’s make a burnout-proof schedule.
Something that is sustainable and enjoy-
able by all. Leave it open, not minute by
minute, but in generalities, allowing for
. . . life. Here’s my sample school schedule
to learn, and YOU are smart enough to
know what’s best for your children.
• Bible time—Basic Bible accounts
(known as stories). Google it. There
are lists of between 100–180 accounts
(one for each day). Just read it and talk
about it for a few minutes.
—Learn and recite books of the Bible.
—Memorize key Bible verses, such
as John 3: 16 (Google “ 20 key Bible
• Read aloud time—Read 30 minutes
or more of a great book. Need a list
of books? Google it. The goal is not to
read a certain amount in a year but just
to read together during the year.
• Math time—No way around it; you
just have to plug away. Our favorite
math program is Teaching Textbooks.
• Reading time—Don’t get frustrated;
just do it. If they already know how to
read, then make them read on their
day doing copywork, dictation, or free
writing. We’re not trying to create little
Hemmingways, just children who can
communicate through the written language (check out Institute for Excellence in Writing).
Todd Wilson, author of Lies Home-
schooling Moms Believe, Help! I’m
Married to a Homeschooling Mom,
and The Official Book of Homeschool-
ing Cartoons, is a dad, writer, conference
speaker, and former pastor. As founder of
Familyman Ministries, his passion and
mission are to remind dads and moms
of what’s most important through weekly
emails for dads, seminars, and books that
encourage parents. Todd and his wife
Debbie homeschool their eight children
in northern Indiana and travel around
America in the Familyman Mobile.
We often have the older ones read
each day out of a science book, history
book, or “whatever book” to give them
an overview of a specific topic. We don’t
give tests or quiz them on what they’ve
learned. They just learn.
That’s it. Simple? Yes.
More than adequate? Yes.
That’s what homeschooling is all about,
and our kids will end up learning and . . .
Will you get tired? Yes. Will you need a
summer vacation? Yes. But I think you’ll
find the trouble in Homeschool City has
moved on, leaving in its wake a family
that enjoys being and learning together. Truth is, home is still the best place