Committed: Is Public School an Option?
July 11, 2018
Hey Mama,

As another school year approaches, the old deceiver likes to whisper in your ear, “Give up. You can't do this. Just send them to public school.” You look at the piles of dishes, piles of laundry, and wonder, would it be easier?

We've all thought it, Mama. But—stand fast. Stand firm. You've got this, and God's got you. His hand is on your head and your homeschool. Need a reminder why you're keeping them home? Read these articles from  The Old Schoolhouse® Magazine :




And remember, Mama. . .

“Put on the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil. For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high  places .” -Ephesians 6:11-12

This goes for our homeschools, too. The enemy does not want you keeping your kids home where they belong, where they can learn in freedom, not banned from praying aloud with other students. Where they can learn true, honest, real history as it happened, not revised history the public schools sometimes dole out. Where they can learn the Constitution and what it means rather than almost zero hours of constitutional studies in some schools. Where they are free to read the Bible and apply it.

You have been given a gift. Homeschooling is a gift to you from the Lord. It may not be allowed forever. Take this opportunity you have, and use it to its fullest while you still can.

-gena
Michelle Beazer
Are you feeling burnt out? Stressed?
Just really, really tired of all the work it takes to homeschool your kids?
Do you envy the public school mothers who get to drop their kids off every day and go for coffee?

You know the one . . . she has a perfect house. She wears nice clothes. She gets to go grocery shopping ALL BY HERSELF!

Do you stay late at church on Sundays just so you can spend a few more minutes talking to grown ups?

Me Too!
Guess what? Good news! You are completely normal!

Whew! Now that we have that all out in the open, all parents have times in their lives when they are overwhelmed with the life the Lord has given them—homeschooling or not; it's a fact of life.

I want to tell you something you need to know: YOU are LOVED!

You are a cherished child of a loving Heavenly Father! He knows your stuggles and your fear and your self doubt. He knows how hard you work to raise the children he has entrusted to your care.

You want to know a little secret? Those public school moms secretly envy you.
No, really they do. They envy you. They see a mom who is brave and strong and smart! They wish they were strong and brave and smart like you, too. If I had a dollar for every time a mother of public school kids said, “Wow, you're brave! Homeschooling must be a lot of work. How do you do it?” or “I could never homeschool my kids!” I would be rich!

That mom might just have a tidier house, but it is empty of laughter and the joy of new things learned and discovered.

Maybe she gets to dress all fancy and go grocery shopping on her own, but who is teaching her children the value of money and healthy eating?

There are more benefits to staying at church a little longer after services than you might think. More than just talking to grown ups face to face . . . you are teaching your children you value time and friendships with Godly people. They also learn you value time with God and each child's personal relationship with God because you take them to church, even when it's hard and sometimes weeks go by when you can't remember even one word that was spoken from that pulpit.

Repeat after me, “I am strong, loving, and smart! I can do this!”

Michelle is a Canadian homeschooling mom to four great kids including two on the autism spectrum, one of whom is the owner of NoveltyTrades.ca. She also has two adorable granddaughters. They have been homeschooling for 20 years. Michelle is the Marketing Assistant, Canadian Division, The Old Schoolhouse® Magazine.
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Natasha, age 11, Ontario

Victoria Day is celebrated in Canada to celebrate Queen Victoria’s birthday. Queen Victoria, who was queen of the United Kingdom and Ireland and Empress of India, was born May 24, 1819. As a child she was trained to keep her chin up. To help her with this they put holly under her collar to irritate her if she put her chin down. Her mother always spoke German at home, and even though Queen Victoria reigned for sixty-three years she never learned to speak English properly. Queen Victoria was only five feet tall. Queen Victoria married her first cousin Prince Albert. They had nine fine children, five girls and four boys. Their names were Edward, Victoria, Alice, Beatrice, Alfred, Leopold, Arthur, Louise, Helena. Queen Victoria and Prince Albert had thirty-four grandchildren.
Queen Victoria became queen on June 20, 1837 after her uncle King George the IV died. She was only eighteen years old.  Queen Victoria was the last teenager to rule England. She reigned as monarch until her death on January 22, 1901. She reigned for sixty years and died during her sixty-fourth year and was buried at Frogmore Mausoleum, Windsor. When Queen Victoria died her son Prince Edward VII,   became king. At the end of her life she was known as Victoria the Good she was also nicknamed the Grandmother of Europe.

After confederation Queen Victoria’s birthday was celebrated on May twenty-fourth unless it was on a Sunday. In that case, a proclamation was issued saying that the celebrations would be on May twenty-fifth, the following Monday. After the death of Queen Victoria an act was passed from the parliament of Canada to establish a legal holiday on the twenty-fourth of May or the twenty-fifth of May if May twenty-fourth landed on Sunday.

Victoria Day is usually called May 2-4 weekend, Victoria Day weekend, May long weekend, and May long. It is also called the May 24 and it always falls on the weekend before Memorial Day (U.S.). It used to be called Commonwealth Day but now it is called Victoria Day. We celebrate it the Monday on or before May twenty-fourth because it is more convenient to have a holiday on the weekend rather than in the middle of the week.  

Victoria Day is usually celebrated with fireworks and picnics especially on the Monday. It is the first popular weekend for spring and summer travel. Many people open their cottages, plant their gardens, or just get away during Victoria Day weekend. Many people open their pools as well during this holiday weekend. Expect crowds at resorts and hotels. You can also expect busy highways. Since Victoria Day is a holiday, banks, schools, and many stores are closed on Monday. The British do not celebrate Victoria Day because they never did. It is a totally unique Canadian holiday. The British celebrate Queen Elizabeth’s official birthday.

The way my family celebrates Victoria Day is that all my Grandma’s family (on my Mom’s side of the family) goes to Queenston Heights in Niagara Falls for the day. We either have pizza or have a barbeque for supper. We used to go to Swiss Chalet for supper but there are too many of us now. My family has been doing this for over forty years (since before my Mom was born)

This is why we celebrate Victoria Day and how my family celebrates it. Victoria Day is an important holiday in Canada as it kicks off the summer holiday season. It is celebrated in many ways such as picnics like my family does.


Scarlet, age 9, Alberta
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