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The unfortunate truth is that working moms often miss seeing much of their younger children's development (first steps, first words, new discoveries, etc.) Homeschooling, especially as children get older, allows moms more time to interact and get to know their children better. Many working moms are tired from their workday, and the few concentrated hours in the evenings, when energy and emotional levels are low, are not ideal times for interaction.  J. Michael Smith, President HSLDA

"My primary purpose as a mother is to protect my son so that he becomes firmly rooted in faith and family before I let the harsh elements of our culture take a shot at him...The goal is not to isolate him, but to prepare him by laying a proper foundation. I want to be the primary influence in his life, not our culture. I want God to be the center of his life.” Former San Antonio News Anchor, Debora Daniels Albrecht - Homeschool Mom

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I Feel All Alone.

By Denise Kanter

 We see two major trends in most of the e-mail letters we receive, first:  The intense pressure families feel to educate their children in the preschool years in academics, and secondly how Christian families with their children in public schools are desperate because their children are suffering academically, and more importantly spiritually. 

“I have two children 1 and 3.   How can I find out about home schooling and meet other moms not using preschool.  I don't want to go back to work, but I feel all alone.” 

“I noticed my three year old to be is learning things very fast.  For example, he is able to count beyond 30, knows almost all ABCs, started to use computer, read some books on his own and started to put 30+ piece puzzles at age of two.  He is currently at a very reputable licensed day care.  But almost every morning, he tells me he doesn't want to go to his "classroom".  I am afraid he is bored there.   I started to take him out school more often and teach him on my own.  I am hoping to get some help from your organization as far as how we can provide better education for him as well as provide a balanced growth in all areas, including his faith in God"

“I have always considered home schooling and I think that my two and a half year old is ready to begin-she is very smart and always seems bored and under stimulated.  My husband agrees.  I have no idea where to begin and I have so many questions about curriculum and structure etc…  Can you help me out?”

 For most homeschooling families, we have let our young children discover and learn through play and experience and that it has proved to be a successful plan with later academics.  However, the media and institutional preschool advocates portray a different plan, one of strict academics.  Recently while researching different aspects on daycares and preschools, I came across a daycare website, listing itself as “Infant University”.  That is the idea of education today.  Since America falls at the bottom in academics when compared to many countries, the secular answer is just start them earlier.  If you look at our history, and in particular with America, many of our founding fathers attended and graduated from universities while still in their teens, and what did they do when they were of preschool age?  They played, did chores and listened to their parents read.  No institutionalized preschool, no television, no textbooks.

The needs for mentors are great.  We hear from families across the entire nation who want to be mentored.  Many Christian families are aware of the ungodly trend in public schools today, but since they are in the ‘in-between stage’ considering but not home schooling, they generally do not have access to homeschool support groups.  These Christian families need help in dispelling the myths that circulate in the secular media about home schooling, and they need help in understanding that research has shown 75-89 percent of children who spend 12 years in public schools no longer profess faith in Jesus Christ.

The purpose of our ministry is to mentor Christian parents with babies, toddlers, preschoolers and with their children in public schools about the blessings of a Biblical home education.  If we reach out to these families while their children are very young, show them they can teach preschool at home, they will be less likely to send their children to public schools.  There is also a huge need to help families who have already enrolled their children in public schools.  While it is generally more difficult for parents to take the children out and homeschool them because of lifestyle changes, nonetheless, many parents are willing to learn and need mentorship as well. 

Dr. Brian Ray Ph.D. has done extensive research on the outcome of home educated children.  And the most important discovery Dr. Ray made is that 94% of home educated children keep the faith of their parents.   Homeschool evangelism is child evangelism.

Find a homeschool convention near you.  Nothing quite works like seeing thousands of homeschooling parents excited about what they are doing, so invite someone whose children are in preschool or public school to attend.  Who knows that invitation may just well help lead their child to a lifelong faith in Jesus Christ.