Our oldest child John was the first;high;school;graduate in our local support group. Since we had never attended a
homeschool graduation, we had to invent
a way to celebrate. After several years of
homeschooling, inventing new ways to
do things was getting to be a habit with
Our early years of homeschooling were
tried to meet the expectations of others
expression of who we are rather than a
heavy load we had to carry.
My husband Ray and I wrote down
our family philosophy. It really wasn’t
always believed, but one thing was differ-
us off course. Our homeschooling would
our energy. This is what we wrote:
We believe that we should spend our lives
praying for and pursuing our goal—
That we, our children and their spouses, our grandchildren and their spouses, and every succeeding generation
live as Christians on earth and live
forever in Heaven with our God and
with each other.
We want to spend our lives working
diligently for the realization of this
goal with all the strength He gives us.
we;didn’t;always;live;up;to;our;philoso-phy, but we tried. God blessed us, and
the adventure was a wonderful one. It
We made sure that our children met
Graduation at Home
every requirement necessary to gradu-
ate from high school in our state, but
their course content was far from typi-
jects. They read widely and listened to
their dad and me read great literature.
As we had always done, we continued to
after state to our family travel map and
Art classes, music lessons, plays, and
concerts enriched their experiences.
We gave them time during the “school
We also gave them time to volunteer,
We decided to celebrate our out-of-the-norm high school experience