Encouragement for Home Schooling &
Help for the Family
page updated March 29, 2011

NEW! Considering Homeschooling Ministry

Exodus Mandate Project
let my children go...

Training our Daughters to be Keepers at Home
the "unofficial website:

Common Grammatical Errors, Common Errors in English Usage
Paul Brains
I intend to add to this page other resources regarding common phrases,  grammar, writing, etc.,  as an easy reference for you.  For now, I hope you enjoy this new "Common Errors" page.


Why the King James for Homeschoolers? 
Why the KJV  by Lynn Bruce

Teaching Children at Home
This page is another page of Helpful ideas
& links to sites that will really benefit you
in your Home Schooling 

Remember what you're doing and why. 
Don't measure your homeschooling success
or failure by the events of one day
or even one season. 
Homeschooling is not a sprint...
it's a long, long marathon. 
Train well, train daily, train wisely...
and go easy on the runners. 
They'll make it!

YouTube Homeschool Videos
A HomeSchool Family Tim Hawkins
A glimpse of a young mom's homeschooling day

Why Homeschool? Read some articles about the agenda of US government schools and you'll better understand why you ought to homeschool your children.

Mom, Dad, We've Decided to Homeschool
by Barbara Curtis

Investing in Eternal Treasures 
Glenys Hicks

What about socialization?"
I sometimes say, if there were anymore socializing,
we wouldn't get anything done at all!!

So you want to homeschool.

   This great site's been around a long while
and is filled with articles and resources for
homeschooling and teaching materials.
Eclectic Homeschool

Home School Legal Defense Association
Legal advocates for Homeschooling
The latest in Homeschool Laws and  News

Mary Pride's
Complete Guide to Getting Started in Homeschooling

Christian Homeschooling - Foundation and Practice
Michael McHugh

Homeschooling for Dummies
It's a secular book with lots of good ideas.
Homeschooling Year by Year (secular book)

Khan Academy
Watch  Practice Learn
almost anything for Free!

Do we want the world
socializing our children?

What about the pagan humanistic indoctrination process
of the government school system? Here's a neat article...

Take a moment to read this and other great articles
by Mike Farris

 No college education?? 
Is "higher" education absolutely necessary?
And even though teachers and educators have noble intentions, their position in our economy, by design is dependent upon a psychology of the scarcity of knowledge."

What do you think of this quote from the above site?  Suggesting this site to you is in no way an implication that a college or university education is unnecessary... just something to ponder.

Elisabeth Elliot


Author: Elisabeth Elliot
Source: Keep A Quiet Heart
Scripture Reference:


When my daughter Valerie Shepard was homeschooling three of her five children (the other two were preschool age), I asked her what she had discovered about the advantages of homeschooling. Here is her answer:

  1. The children have more time: to read (aloud and silently); to learn responsibility by doing chores at home; to play (without adult direction) and use the imagination; to listen to and enjoy each other; to learn obedience.
  2. Parents need not deprogram or reteach values the child hears for seven hours a day. They have the child's full attention at any time of the day and can give him full attention; he is not absorbing two different value systems daily.
  3. Children learn to love each other more. They do not look down on one another in favor of their peers, or in wrong adulation of older children. This society teaches that among children "older is better." That's not right. Having them at home all day allows them to be children without having to "grow up" in the wrong ways.
  4. They learn to be servants of one another. The family is a microcosm of the Body of Christ.

After I asked Val to write this I had the fun of trying it out myself. Val and Walt went to South Carolina (taking their nursing baby Colleen) and I had the other four for five (very busy!) days. There was a schedule of chores posted in the kitchen. Daily I reminded them (seldom more than once). The nine-, seven-, and five-year-olds took turns setting and clearing the table, emptying the dishwasher, folding laundry, sweeping the kitchen. Walter (the oldest) and Jim (not quite three} took out trash, the girls cleaned the bathroom. All but Jim made their beds.

School began at nine with Bible reading, singing, prayer, all four joining in. Jim sat on the floor and played while the others studied. Christiana finished her kindergarten work by ten or so, Walter and Elisabeth worked till nearly lunchtime.

Every afternoon there was Quiet Hour. This was a lifesaver for Granny. The three older children were expected to be in their rooms for an hour. They did not need to sleep, but they were to read or find something quiet to do alone. (Not once did we have any altercation about Quiet Hour. It had always been a part of their lives, and they liked it.) Jim and I lay down together, I read him a Beatrix Potter story, and he fell asleep.

Since we had no car, four of us walked to the grocery store every day, while Walter rode his bike. It was an interesting string of people, Elisabeth hugging (for example) five pounds of flour, Christiana batting things with a box of Saran Wrap, Jim lugging a bag of apples, Granny with a loaded brown bag.

We had poetry readings (Jim memorized with no effort at all) and singing. Everybody learned "Chattanooga Choo-Choo," by mistake, as it were--I meant for them to learn "Praise the Savior" but somehow that one didn't stick so easily, alas! Walter and Elisabeth practiced the piano and played vigorous duets for the rest of us. We made bread and organized drawers and closets and sorted clothes and toys for give-away and picked violets and had a marvelous time.

I should confess this--on the evening of the first day I wasn't sure I'd survive the week. When Val phoned I asked, "How do you do it?" "Mama, I just do what you taught me: don't think about all you have to do, just do the next thing!" I needed to be told what I have often told others, and it worked.

Homeschooling is demanding to say the least--but worthwhile. If you are considering trying it, you might want to get Mary Pride's The Big Book of Home Learning: The Complete Guide to Everything Educational for You and Your Child (Crossways).

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Home School Digest
HOME SCHOOL DIGEST will strengthen, encourage and equip you in your journey of homeschooling, raising Godly children, and walking closer with Jesus Christ.

A Look Inside The Human Body
Explore the Human Body --- A family SAFE place to see and learn about the human body and its function.
Take a test of your understanding of different functions of the human body.  No reproductive or se*ual content.

The Homeschool Projects Page 
This page has info and links for making little books for projects,  unit studies and more! 

free D'Nealian alphabet worksheets to learn and  practice manuscript handwriting
featuring fun coloring page images. 
These are suitable for preschool, kindergarten and early elementary.

Jan Brett's Alphabet Line Bulletin Board Set


Spencerian Penmanship course
and you can order the materials from
Keepers of the Faith

The Great Patriotism Information Page!  

Tons of information from organizations that are
Pro-Family ~ American Heritage ~ Pro-Homeschooling

Improve your
 writing & communication skills!
Access dictionaries, find phrases and learn more
about writing, grammar & punctuation.

Homeschool helps for you:


NEW!!   US History & Geography  
When were states admitted to the Union? 
What are some key facts about each state? 
Do you want to read a "mini history" of each state?  
Click on the state name to find out!!

Science Resources
So far, this page is simply a list of links to
Creation science websites!

"The probability of life originating from an accident is comparable to the  probability of an unabridged dictionary resulting from an explosion in a print shop."
- Dr. Arthur Conklin

MATH sites
for all ages 
a page of MATH stuff

Special Books and Homeschool materials for you
and your family!!

Robinson Books
History, Adventure and Character in 99 books
by G A Henty

Did you know that Christian Book Distributors has a great catalog of books, homeschooling resources and complete schooling courses?  You can call CBD and speak with one of their representatives: 
or you can visit their website:
By doing this, you may be able to save
quite a bit of money. 


More Neat Stuff For You!
(in other words these are neat things for which I don't have a specific place!!)

Begin filling a "Hope Chest"
You can read about the inspiring life of the author of the book, The Hope Chest: A Legacy of Love, about hope chests and traditions, and gather ideas and patterns for learning and preparing for your Hope Chest.  Many things have been added to this site.
The Hope Chest Legacy

The Hope Chest: A Legacy of Love   by Rebekah Wilson
Reebekah also has many other thoughts to share and suggestions for skills you will
want to develop.  One such skill is beautiful penmanship.  You can read
all about pens, & dipping ink, about
the art of writing and more. 
This book is a *must-read* for families.

a wonderful website: Happiness is a verb your inspiring inspirational pages


TEACHER: Why are you late?
WEBSTER: Because of the sign.
TEACHER: What sign?
WEBSTER: The one that says, "School Ahead, Go Slow."
TEACHER: Cindy, why are you doing your math multiplication on the floor?
CINDY: You told me to do it without using tables!
TEACHER: John, how do you spell "crocodile?"
TEACHER: No, that's wrong
JOHN: Maybe it s wrong, but you asked me how I spell it!
TEACHER: What is the chemical formula for water?
TEACHER: What are you talking about?
SARAH: Yesterday you said it's H to O!
TEACHER: George, go to the map and find North America.
GEORGE: Here it is!
TEACHER: Correct. Now class, who discovered America?
CLASS: George!
TEACHER: Willie, name one important thing we have today that we didn't have ten years ago.
TEACHER: Tommy, why do you always get so dirty?
TOMMY: Well, I'm a lot closer to the ground than you are.
TEACHER: Ellen, give me a sentence starting with "I."
ELLEN: I is...
TEACHER: No, Ellen..... Always say, "I am."
ELLEN: All right... "I am the ninth letter of the alphabet."
TEACHER: "Can anybody give an example of COINCIDENCE?"
JOHNNY: "Sir, my Mother and Father got married on the same day, same time."
TEACHER: "George Washington not only chopped down his father's cherry tree, but also admitted doing it. Now do you know why his father didn't punish him?"
JOHNNY: "Because George still had the ax in his hand."
TEACHER: Now, Sam, tell me frankly, do you say prayers before eating?
SAM: No sir, I don't have to, my Mom is a good cook.
TEACHER: Desmond, your composition on "My Dog" is exactly the same as your brother's. Did you copy his?
DESMOND: No, teacher, it's the same dog!
TEACHER: What do you call a person who keeps on talking when people are no longer interested?
PUPIL: A teacher.
SILVIA: Dad, can you write in the dark?
FATHER: I think so. What do you want me to write?
SYLVIA: Your name on this report card.   19992013   PO Box 2130 Snohomish, Washington 98291 USA
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