by Heather Haupt
Snow days. Even if our children went to school we don’t get those here in the Arizona desert, so we decided to create our own—using shavingcream.
Aside from the 3R’s, I usually teach to the oldest and let the younger ones pick up what they pick up (which is usually a surprising amount). But sometimes I like to take the day off from our normal routine and just have some good ol’ open-ended play specifically geared towards my youngest.
by David Quine
Shirley and I were recently asked this question. The answer is found in the challenge that is set before us. We have to raise our children to live in a non-Christian society. Dr. Francis Schaeffer wrote that we must be making a conscious effort to establish the next generation — that is, our children — on the Biblical world view so that they will be ready to face the difficult days and decisions that lie ahead. Where can we gain perspective amidst the changing educational and philosophical views?
Homeschoolers, the flying mammals of education
by Hal Young
When you have several children, sometimes the phrase “Take it outside” applies to the parents too sometimes, like when you have a phone call to make. I had just finished one of these excursions myself and was halfway up the front steps when I noticed something fluffy and brown clinging to the wall by the door. Since we’ve found the occasional wren or sparrow hiding under the eaves of the porch, I walked right up to it – and found myself eye-to-eye with a small brown bat.
by Dr. Bruce Eagleson
Mary Ann & I have been home educating for twenty-eight years. We have seen a lot of changes in homeschooling over those twenty-two years. One notable change has been the response we get when people find out that we homeschool. In the early years the nearly universal response was, “Is that legal?” Now the common response is “I could never do that!”
Another change is the choice of curricular materials. The first Christian Homeschool Association of Pennsylvania (CHAP) convention we attended was the second annual meeting in 1986. As I recall there were about twenty vendor booths. This year the CHAP convention had over 380 booths. There are so many choices now that it makes deciding what to do much harder than it used to be.
by David Watkins
There is something satisfying about fruit production. In late winter when the bare branches of the apple trees reveal their need for pruning, the gardener is faced with a decision. Which branches must be cut and removed in order to prepare the tree for maximum fruitfulness? The goal at that point is not to make the tree appear aesthetically attractive to the eye, but to enable the tree to develop its full potential within God’s design. The gardener does not ask the trees when pruning them, “How do you feel?” If they could speak, the answer would probably be something like, “Not very well, thanks. Every limb is suffering terrible pain and I see no sense in this at all.”