for Him. And then I trust Him. I pray
for more faith to trust Him. I hide in the
shelter called trust.
When I talk about prayer with my
kids, I tell them that prayer is not just our
mouths producing sound. God takes our
words of prayer seriously. He says they are
powerful, effective, and heard by the Almighty God! I also tell my kids that God’s
Word is not just black ink on white paper.
His Word is powerful and alive and has everything we need for life and Godliness ( 2
Peter 1: 3), and they can hear Him speak to
How They Learn
them through His Word. Through prayer
and seeking God through His Word, He
promises to provide direction. His Word
can answer our prayer for what is truly
important for life and Godliness. Yes, even
Another area in which we need wisdom
is the area of how each child learns best.
If you have a very auditory child, for ex-
How We Teach
ample, giving him big chunks of book
reading can be frustrating for him. In-
stead of requiring too much self-reading,
you learn to provide books on tape, or
lots of read-alouds. If you have a hands-
on child (kinesthetic), having him read
textbooks may be part of your curricu-
lum, but in order to cement those facts,
you will need hands-on projects for him.
What about those kids who have more
energy than you know what to do with?
Let them sit on an exercise ball for stu-
dies or play with modeling clay while lis-
tening to instruction. You will discover
how your children learn as you study
them just being who they are made to be
and doing what they are created to do.
If you don’t have time to read instructions every day before lessons, you will
need something that is less teacher-intensive and more student directed.
Independent studies will be important
for your older kids if you have a lot of
younger ones. If you are the type that
grades every paper and records every
learning experience, then find curriculum that takes advantage of that strength.
If you are more creative and less textbook oriented, then find resources that
complement your strengths. If you are
bored with a resource, it’s very likely
your child is as well. A curriculum can
sound like the best thing ever, but if you
know you won’t follow through with
using it, look for something else that
fits your teaching style better. It’s okay
to try new things. The cool part about
all of this is that no matter the teaching method or the curriculum, home-educated children excel.
The Shelter of Trust
Sometimes the hardest part is trusting
the Lord not only for resources, but for
the outcome of this home-based education. We are earthly creatures looking
for earthly help, and often forget to go to
the Creator of our children Himself. He
is “El Roi,” the God Who Sees. He sees
you and me. Can the God who spoke
everything into existence bring the resources we need to obey Him? He is
“Jehovah Jireh,” the God Who Provides.
Do we know Him as such? If not, we
should stop all other research and get
to know Him. We will find in Him a
shelter. We will find that no matter what
things look like, we can trust Him.
Homeschool Convention Benefits
Iam always refreshed and have my vision strengthened by attending a homeschool convention. I some-
times lose sight of why I am home edu-
cating; then when discouragement or
tedium hit, I crumble. We are doing a
lot of work in the face of a lot of op-
position. It takes strength and cour-
age to continue, and we can find both
when we renew our vision by attending
a convention. You will not regret mak-
ing the effort to attend. There are many
benefits to attending a convention:
• After researching products I am able
to actually look through them and
make the purchase right away. I can
often take the product home imme-
diately or receive free shipping. I am
able to ask questions and get imme-
• Seeing homeschooling in a bigger
setting helps me realize that I am not
alone; there are hundreds and thousands who have not “bent the knee”
to public education.
• Rather than being ridiculed and questioned, I am validated and supported
in the convention environment. It is
refreshing to be in the presence of like-minded families, speakers, and vendors.
• After praying for the right product
or help for a child, I have found answers through workshops or in the
aisles of the vendor hall. As I pray,
the Lord leads me to the right places
and people and answers my prayers
• My state and local support groups
spend a lot of volunteer time and
energy and I should support their
efforts with my attendance. When I
attend, I am not only being supported, but I am supporting the vendors
and speakers and, therefore, the vitality of homeschooling itself.
• Many husbands have fully “come
on board” after attending a convention. And, there have been
many instances where workshops
on CD have convinced friends and
naysayers of the benefits of home
• I find old friends and new, and I always leave conventions with joy in
my heart and the courage and conviction to continue on . . . and of
course a new book or two.
Dr. Samuel Blumenfeld, renowned
author, homeschool pioneer, and
conference speaker wrote an article
entitled, The Boom in Homeschool
Conventions, in which he summed
up the benefits of conventions this
way: “I could write a book about these
wonderful homeschool conventions,
the families that attend them, and the
fabulous entrepreneurs who offer their
products to parents who truly care
about their children’s well-being and
happiness. If you want to see the beautiful benefits of educational freedom,
go to a homeschool convention. You’ll
Sometimes the hardest part is trusting the Lord not only for resources,
but for the outcome of this home-based education.