Standing Firm: Remembering Why You Homeschool
May 23, 2018
Mercy Every Minute  
From the beginning of time, our enemy questions us about what God has said. Did He really say not to associate with fools, or to come apart and be separate, or to crucify ourselves to the world? Did God really say to teach our children so that they will teach their children? Let’s see:

 “Wherefore come out from among them, and be ye separate, saith the Lord” (2 Corinthians 6:17).

“Beware lest any man spoil you through philosophy and vain deceit, after the tradition of men, after the rudiments of the world, and not after Christ” (Colossians 2:8).

“That ye may be blameless and harmless, the sons of God, without rebuke, in the midst of a crooked and perverse nation, among whom ye shine as lights in the world; Holding forth the word of life” (Philippians 2:15).

He who walks with wise men will be wise, but the companion of fools will be destroyed” (Proverbs 13:20).

“The fathers to their children shall make known the truth” (Isaiah 38:19).

It can be easy to forget why we are homeschooling due to the daily stress, and the emotional and physical demands of the job. We need reminders so that when the tough times come, our homeschool will not collapse. 

During those days where we only see the sacrifice and not the blessings, here are a few reminders: 

  • God blessed us with children and trusts us to be a good steward and train them up in His ways. I am trusting that as I pour His Word into their hearts, they will be prosperous and successful (Psalm 1).
  • At home, day and night, we can teach our children the things of the Lord. We can build their thinking Biblically so that all they need to know in history, science, literature, etc., is based on a Biblical worldview. 
  • Secular education is based on a humanistic, hedonistic philosophy based on the tradition of men and the principles of a secular world. We are called to come apart and be separate. The holiness of God warrants a people set apart and separate for His use. 
  • We are to be strangers, just passing through, living a Biblical worldview. We are to be those who boast in the cross of Christ, not in anything else this world boasts in. We are to be in the world but not of the world.
  • Our children are not left on their own to defend themselves against the attacks of the enemy. We are right there with them, protecting, sheltering, and training them, so that they will be able to face the world on their own and advance His kingdom. 
  • We are living in the fear of the Lord, which is the beginning of knowledge (Proverbs 1:7-9). 

These children are not ours to do with as we please; the earth is the Lord’s and everything in it. We must determine to raise our children for His glory. Only God knows what they will become to shake the enemy’s kingdom as they represent their King.
God blesses parents who are willing to lay down their own desires and who give their all to teaching the next generation. Be strong and courageous as you remember why you are keeping His children Home Where They Belong.


Super important announcement:

If you are a current member, you are entitled to the PRINT magazine mailing to you at no charge, every time it comes off the press. Did you claim your FREE 2018 Summer issue of 
The Old Schoolhouse®  Magazine yet?

You have a few more days to go to your member dashboard and get yours. If you dont' claim it, we can't mail it. 

Last day to claim your FREE copy is May 31! 
Standing Firm: Remember Why You Homeschool

I like to say that Rachael and I got started on our homeschooling journey with a providential two-by-four over the head. We were reluctant, to put it mildly. In other words, homeschooling was not part of our master plan or anywhere on our radar screen. 

So I’m not necessarily urging you to remember why you started homeschooling. The reasons you continue to homeschool are probably not the same as those that convinced you to start. I hope to encourage you to stand firm and remember why you are homeschooling now.

I don’t have to tell you that homeschooling is hard work. It requires big sacrifices of time, money, and energy. I’m sure there are days when you wonder if it’s worth the effort. Maybe you worry that you aren’t teaching your kids everything they will need to succeed in the real world. That’s when you need to take a moment and remind yourself of some of the reasons why homeschooling is awesome.

When homeschooling, you enjoy extraordinary freedom to schedule your days (and school year) to provide for time to rest and reflect on things that are eternal. You can customize class schedules and tailor your curriculum to individual interests, thus allowing each child to thrive, to love learning, and to master a chosen field of study. You can even make spiritual growth and family relationships a high priority.

If this is one of those days when doubts are creeping in and you’re believing lies from the enemy, I urge you to stop, stand firm, and remember that home is the ideal environment for your children to learn. After all, you love and care for the well-being of your kids more than any stranger ever could!

So keep up the good work. Your children are depending on you. 

Apologia has prepared a FREE homeschool encouragement e-Book with articles, devotionals, and scripture coloring pages. Visit for your free copy.

Walking by faith and enjoying the homeschooling adventure of a lifetime!

Davis is the president of Apologia Educational Ministries, the #1 publisher of Creation-based science and Bible curricula. He is the author of five illustrated children’s books designed to help kids learn a Biblical worldview. He believes that if there were ever a time to homeschool, it is now!
Dara Halydier
You’ve prayed and planned, budgeted and bought new curricula, dreamed and dug in, then . . . Life happens. It may be a loss of a job, a new baby, ridicule from a family member, a death, elderly parents who need care, a child’s rebellion, or something else that has come into your life unexpectantly and thrown you to the floor to cry out to God, “How do I deal with this and homeschool?”

We homeschooled through my three major spinal surgeries and long recoveries, moving every year or two, parents not supporting us, learning disabilities, a rebellious teenager, and the birth of twins. Was homeschooling a challenge? Yes, but it also allowed us to experience life together and impact our children for Jesus in the midst. Because of these situations, my five boys are adventurous, compassionate, and servant-minded, and they still made good grades and graduated. We often had to remind ourselves why we chose to homeschool. We wanted to be consistent in our boys' discipline and training, impact their lives by living God’s Word daily, and simply enjoy their childhoods together.

There are three steps to weather the storms of life:
  1. Confirm God’s calling for your family to homeschool.
  2. Consider options for a time.
  3. Commit to being obedient no matter what God calls you to do.

First, you need to know that you know that God has called your family to homeschool. Then you rely on His promise in Hebrews 13:20-21 to equip you for the good work He has called you to do. Then you look at the obstacles and begin to pray that God will lead you to options that will work for your family. It may include hiring outside help, putting off extra activities for a time, changing to a more student-guided curriculum, or cooperating with another family for meals or teaching. Finally, pray and seek God’s guidance for each year. Seek His peace in homeschooling through the tough times. When you know what God would have you to do, follow through one step at a time being obedient to Him who called you.

Remember that life isn’t about waiting for the storm to pass, it’s about learning to dance in the rain. God doesn’t promise that He will keep us from being uncomfortable or from having unfortunate things happen to us. He does promise that He will be there with us always (Heb. 13:5). And that’s enough. 

“Character over curriculum” was one of our family’s sayings. The times that math and science got sidelined for more pressing needs were times that we saw our boys step up and pitch in and realize that the world was bigger than just their needs. We all learned to Bloom Where We Were Planted and to be content. In the end, our family flourished in relationship to one another and to God, and they all still managed to graduate and grow up to be men of God.

Dara Halydier is an author, speaker, and mom of five grown boys! She homeschooled for twenty-one wonderful years and is now encouraging other homeschooling families. She is the executive director of Abiding Truth Ministry and the author of the Practical Proverbs series and other books. Dara has learned life’s lessons the hard way—experience! The lessons she shares come from truths that she has learned from dealing with chronic pain, having moved thirty-three times, having four boys with learning disabilities, and having overcome a past of abuse to proclaim God’s grace, forgiveness, and freedom. Find out more at .

GET READY TO LOVE HISTORY. Go behind the scenes in the lives of humans starting with Noah and up to Patrick Henry in the American Revolution with the EPIC team of seven talking, hilarious, lovable animals, and see Biblical and world history come alive as never before! 
Hey Mom,

I hope you’re wrapping up this year’s lessons right now because you need to be gearing up for summer. Ahhh…it just sounds so good to even say it. I’ll be speaking at Prince Edward Island at their first ever homeschool convention on this Thursday night and then in New Brunswick this weekend. Would you pray that it would be a great week of encouragement for them? If you happen to be in the area, stop in, and be the first to ask, “Did you bring your Toque?” to win a FREE copy of Family Is Hard: Deal with It.

We wrote this easy-to-read book because family IS hard . . . homeschooling is hard. Everything worth doing is HARD. That’s just the way it is. People come up to me and often say, “I must be doing something wrong because it’s so hard.”

I usually answer, “You’re not doing something wrong . . . you’re doing something right because good things are HARD.”

My fear in all this, as it applies to homeschooling, is that in all the hardness you’ll forget about all the goodness. Because although homeschooling is hard . . . it is GOOD. Being a mom is hard . . . but it is GOOD. Being married is hard . . . but it is GOOD.

That’s why we homeschool. It is GOOD. It’s good for our children to be home. It’s good that we get to be with them all day long. It’s good that they get to learn at their own pace without the junk and pressures that come with the school institution. It’s good that they get to be best friends with their brothers and sisters. It’s good that they’re not surrounded by peers and bombarded by ungodly philosophies.

If all you do is focus on the hard, you will be miserable and give up. You need to focus on the good just like Jesus did, “who for the joy set before him, He endured the cross.” (Hebrews 12:2)

So stand firm Mom . . . and cling to the good . . . that’s WHY you homeschool. And . . .

. . . be real,

You can get a get $1 off your copy of  Family Is Hard: Deal with It when you use this code at check out - FAMILYISHARD
Discover a world of marvels with our media-enhanced books!
AV2 , EyeDiscover , and Lightbox provide groundbreaking media-enhanced books for grades K-12 students. A unique code printed on page two will unlock multimedia content. Watch your book come alive with video, audio, weblinks, activities, and much more! 
Advertisement helps children who struggle behaviorally, socially, and academically through an integrated and customized approach. We go beyond a child’s strengths or challenges - we tackle the root causes. Our program integrates sensory-motor training and academic activities with nutritional and dietary guidelines , in an effective and individualized approach.   800-877-5500
Caryn Hommel
Distractions are more numerous than ever today. This makes establishing a long-term vision for your homeschool more important than ever before.

“Where there is no vision, the people perish. . .” (Prov. 29:18a)

The time may come when your enthusiasm (and your students') will wane. Perhaps you are there now! Having explicit, written (and posted) goals will be incredibly important if this time comes. 

I am reminded of the admonition to “fix these words . . . in your hearts and minds; tie them as symbols on your hands and bind them on your foreheads.” Now, I’m not suggesting that you tattoo your goals to your face or hands! But why not define and post them where you will be reminded each day of the reasons why you are homeschooling? Here are some questions to ponder:

  • Who or what will be first in your student’s life and heart?
  • What kind of work ethic do you want for your student as an adult?
  • What kind of spouse, parent, child, neighbor, or friend will your student be?
  • How will your student use gifts of leadership, influence, and opportunity?
  • How would a different educational path affect the fulfillment of these goals?

When our oldest graduated in 2013, his sister (who was only 16 months younger) was, in many ways, just as ready to graduate. They had completed many of their core classes together, after all. Partly for this reason and partly because we were hosting an exchange student who would attend the local public high school, we gave our daughter a choice: she could graduate from homeschool like her brother, or she could spend her senior year in public high school. After much deliberation, she chose to try the high school.

That was an eye-opener.

I won’t exaggerate and say that the experience was all bad because it wasn’t. There were many aspects of public school that my daughter enjoyed: she got a role in a school play, joined the newspaper staff, took several AP courses, and enjoyed clubs, sports, and games. She thrived academically and began a passionate pursuit of French language and culture that I expect will endure for a lifetime. And yet . . . on our daughter’s graduation day, we had this conversation:

“Do you wish you had started [public high school] sooner?”
“When did you begin to grow tired of it?”
“After the first semester.”
“Why did you tired of it?”
“It felt like prison.”

As a former public school student AND teacher, I understood her perfectly. Responsible, self-motivated students have to ask for a pass to use the library, to visit the restroom, or to retrieve necessary items from a locker. Students compete for limited opportunities and resources. The message often feels like “You get what you get,” and “You’re not that special.”

Meanwhile, students are exposed to more numerous and serious temptations and poor influences.

I asked for my daughter to speak to her siblings from her experience in the public high school setting. Her message to them was simple: “You aren’t missing anything!” 

I can’t say that I totally regret giving my daughter a choice for her senior year. Her academic success was a satisfying confirmation that the homeschool environment provides for an excellent education. I'm glad that we didn’t send her sooner, and I don’t feel the need to ever try it with her younger siblings. ;) 

With two teenagers to go, I expect to have moments when my enthusiasm will wane. I expect that theirs will, too . . . and that’s okay! Eyes on the goal. (That, along with humor, grace, and frequent deep breaths will do it). “He who began a good work in [us] will be faithful to complete it!”

Caryn Hommel, homeschool mom and author, earned a degree in Spanish Language and Literature from  NCSU  and taught Spanish in public schools for ten years. Her successful experience with  Total Physical Response (TPR)  and  Total Physical Response Storytelling (TPRS)  motivated her to develop  Excelerate SPANISH , a unique DVD-based curriculum to help other homeschoolers to benefit from wonderful, brain-friendly approaches to foreign language instruction. The Hommels have homeschooled since 2003 and have graduated two students. She continues to teach her younger two children, and thinks that celebrating life and learning as a family is the most fulfilling way to spend your days!
Use coupon code: YEARLYOPTION to get your new membership to  before May ends. Lock in now for only $99 instead of $179. Hit the CHAT box on the home page of  to get a live rep.
Our company is committed to reestablishing a foundation for moral sexual behavior. We publish resources that focus on the wholesome, sexual development and healing of youth, young adults, singles, and married couples. This unique, landmark series has been produced after more than 25 years of in depth, scholarly research. Human sexuality is addressed with a scripturally conservative focus.

Share this newsletter with a friend, and be sure to let those 
CONSIDERING  homeschooling know about the enormous  FREE  info-pack which awaits them here: .
Did you know? Every class is INCLUDED for ultimate members! 
No limits.
Do you ever get the urge to drift away to a quiet island where you can be refreshed and re-energized in your parenting, homeschooling, and spiritual journey? While we can’t give you tickets to a tropical paradise, we can offer you access to our Parent eBook Library on Here you’ll find a collection of more than 50 eBooks about homeschooling, home and garden, finances, working from home, and much more. It’s your own island of encouragement and information right at your fingertips.

All of our nearly 400 courses on, along with all our parenting, scheduling, and educating resources, are available to your family with your membership. If you haven’t yet joined, come give us a try during our May special and lock in a low monthly or yearly rate! If you or someone you know would be interested in teaching or writing for us, let us know. You can email me at We look forward to serving you and your family! 

Join today!
in the latest issue of
The Old Schoolhouse® Magazine.
Contest Corner  
For the month of May

Recently, we had the opportunity to use The Master and His Apprentices: Art History from a Christian Perspective, by Gina Ferguson. ( . . .) The student text of The Master and His Apprentices contains 19 chapters on art throughout history, plus an appendix with additional information. Every page has at least one full color reproduction or image related to the topic; most pages have several color images! I was blown away by the quality of the graphics and appropriateness of each image chosen.

The introduction to this text explains the author's philosophy of God as the Master and all other artists as apprentices. Right away you can see this will definitely be a text written from a Christian perspective. The author explains how timelines will be used throughout the book to allow the student to relate various artistic periods to historical events and to the Bible. The book was written after the author experienced the need for a more family-friendly approach to art history, where nude works of art are excluded, making the text safe to use in family lessons. Still, the book does not suffer in its ability to provide proper high school level art history instruction.

Even with the Teacher Guide, the author states this text is not intended as a comprehensive art history resource, but as an introduction. She encourages students to research further their favorite artists and periods. Even as an introduction, The Master and His Apprentices covers a good deal of art history in the 19 chapters of the book:

  • Ancient Cultures, including Ancient Near East, Egyptian, and Aegean
  • Classical Antiquity, including Early Greek, Etruscan, and Roman
  • Middle Ages, including Early Christian and Byzantine, Medieval and Islamic, Romanesque, and Gothic
  • Renaissance
  • Baroque to today
  • Non-Western Art

The text is organized chronologically and includes a good deal of history from the time frame and geographic location being discussed. One might even say it is a history text written from an artistic point of view. Each major era includes a timeline that compares the major Biblical events with the comparative world and art events. Then, a complete timeline for all eras is included in the appendix. Major works of art have headings that list the type of work and the estimated, or known, date of completion. Nearly all types of art are covered in this art history text: architecture, sculpture, pottery, painting, mosaics, engravings, and illuminations. ( Read the rest of the review.)

YOU can WIN this book for your homeschool! 

TO ENTER: Click on over to our entry page and follow the instructions! Contest ends at midnight, the last day of the month.
The SPRING issue of  The Old Schoolhouse Magazine
is now available for FREE online!
Click the graphic to read it cover to cover! 
Read the Spring 2018 issue free
or download the free mobile apps

Current subscribers go  here   to access all back issues.

We Want Your Feedback!
If you liked today's  Homeschool Minute , please email the editors and tell us what part you liked most. It's a huge blessing to receive feedback!