A Christian father recently said, “I had a great relationship with my daughter until puberty came along.” With deep sorrow the father related how his daughter became rebellious, untruthful, disobedient, and sensual as she entered adolescence. She no longer wanted to participate in family activities or talk about spiritual interests. A great “wall” emerged between the daughter and her parents. Their values and lifestyle were challenged and disobeyed by the angry, belligerent, and self-focused girl, who yelled, slammed doors, and defied common sense. (more…)
Parents home educate because they want to assume responsibility for training their children to be wise, morally upright, and capable of pursuing a purposeful life based on integrity.
That objective is not necessarily easy to attain. Numerous factors beyond parental control invade the home, disrupting “the best laid plans of mice and man.” Every day has its own set of challenges, disruptions, and circumstances. Daily routines can become easily “side-tracked.” A sequence of “side-tracks” can lead to meltdown of efficiency, thus thwarting the best of intentions to provide an effective home school program. (more…)
Thoughts of school beginning in the fall affects basically two types of families: those who are preparing to resume home educating and those who are seriously thinking about abandoning the public school system. Moreover, reasons for home educating vary among families. Some parents are simply “fed up with” progressive, Darwinian ideology and secular values which dominate secular, government school classrooms and textbooks. Other parents want to avoid negative influences from abusive students. Some parents hunger for their children to learn traditional moral values from curriculum that supports traditional family values. Fortunately, parents can find curriculum to support whatever reasons are stated for home educating children. (more…)
Home educating a teenager can be a fantastic blessing or a challenge to parental will-power. Tragically, too many parents balk at the idea of home educating an adolescent. Balking is understandable if the curriculum of parental choice requires mom to teach high school courses with books designed for academic experts. However, balking is not necessary when the parent chooses Paradigm Accelerated Curriculum. Don’t let the word “Accelerated” scare you. It simply means that the student is allowed to accelerate studies to complete courses as rapidly as desired or as slowly as needed to earn transcript credit.
Winter is the time of year when parents consider whether to switch to other curriculum or continue using “status quo” materials. Long winter days confined to kitchen tables and living room couches reveal whether students really like or dislike a particular brand of curriculum. And students, especially teenagers, let their feelings be known to Mom and Dad! (more…)