Friday, January 18, 2019


New Cathy Duffy

One of my first "go to's" when looking for school resources is Cathy Duffy's review site. She have been reviewing homeschool curriculum for years (as in, I used her first book to decide what to do with my oldest for first grade!) Her site has just been a fantastic help for a long time.

And this morning they announced a major update! You can now set up an account and save resources you are considering, by child if you want! Add to that a superior search engine (you can now search by homeschool style and your religious views) and I know I will be spending even more time over there reading!

So hop on over and check it out :-)

(I am not receiving any benefit from this post. This is not an affiliate link. I'm just excited about an improved resource :-) )

Tuesday, January 15, 2019

Can We Please Stop Using Just-in-Case as a Rationale for Teaching Useless Skills?

Can We Please Stop Using Just-in-Case as a Rationale for Teaching Useless Skills?: It's the same, tired old excuse.

I have been becoming more and more minimalist in my homeschool.

You can't teach everything. No one can. Government schools only teach what they have chosen to believe is important. Private schools and canned curriculums follow them. But why should I? If everyone will have gaps in their education (which they will), then why not choose to leave out those things my kids will likely never need? Or those things my kids could learn in a day or two as adults at the time they actually need them, instead of spending half an hour a day, everyday "drill and killing" it now?

There simply isn't enough time to do everything. So I am increasingly picking the best and leaving the good alone; focusing on the basics and letting the kids have more time to pursue their own paths after "school" is done. (Have I mentioned that two of my kids now have self published books, one has a youtube channel with 500 followers, one has now built two computers from scratch, another is teaching himself to be a paramedic, several have their own blogs, a couple of them have learned to make movies, another keeps surprising us with, ummm, "interesting" things she has found to cook on Pinterest (and they taste good, too), and even my 11 year old has worked to perfect cookie making. So, why would I want to stop all this so they can "learn" stuff strangers 100 years ago decided were "important" and all of us who did learn them forgot them the minute we had a diploma in hand?)

Anyway, good article linked above.

Thursday, December 27, 2018


Homeschooler have known this for some time. 

I have heard of children who taught themselves to read at 3 or 4, but couldn't really understand addition until 10. I've also heard of kids who could do multiplication of fractions at 5, but couldn't really read until 9 or 10. By the time the child is a teenager, you can't tell which was which. I have one myself who was reading at 4 and another who just didn't "get it" until 9. Today, you can't tell which is which, or even which of my 8 oldest would be in running for either. 

Humans are each a unique creation of the Master Artist. We can't be lumped into one big group.

Of course, our schools were not designed for each child to achieve their best. That has never been the true goal. They were designed to produce an obedient workforce of consumers that can't think well enough to through off the manipulation of the elite. 

But that's not the goal we parent's have for our kids. Nor, honestly, the goal most teachers have for their students. They were lied to in college; told what they were being taught as "the right way" was the best for the kids. It's not. 

The only way we can possibly provide out kids with the best is to give each one a unique course of study designed just for them. 

Only through homeschooling (which includes private tutors, co-op classes, community or college classes, apprenticeships, etc) can we succeed in giving each child what they deserve.  

Wednesday, December 19, 2018

Get. Them. Out.


Jesus said there is no such thing as neutrality (Matt 12:30). If we are not with Him we are against Him. Government schools are God-free in their instruction by court order as well as original design, thus not with God, but working against Him. And they are socialist by design. Why are we so surprised we are losing 65-85% of our churched children when we send them to God-free socialist institutions for the bulk of their waking hours? If we "Train up a child" in God-free socialism it is only logical they choose God-free lives of the socialist.

Look, I know not everyone can pull their kids today, but if only half of the Christians in this country bought smaller houses and older cars and used that money to fulfill their God-given command to "...Bring them up in the education and culture of the Lord" (Ephesians 6) our current system would collapse, taxes would have to be lowered, making it more financially able for more parents to provide a God-based, Christ infused education. And I firmly believe the church would (and should now) step in with charity schools (as they did before the government schools were imported here from Germany) thus opening the door for MORE evangelism of the poor children in this nation.

And to the ministry: if you don't start preaching that it is the parent's responsibility to provide their children with a godly education RIGHT NOW the atheistic socialists will win in the courts and have godly education outlawed. What's more, we will simply loose so many children to the world that there won't be an American Christian church anymore by the time of our great-grandkids...or sooner.

Not everyone who comes to God can tithe. Whether it's because of debt or a disagreeing spouse, it's just not always possible. But we must preach tithing anyway because that is what the Bible says.

Not everyone will be able to pull their kids right now, whatever the reason. But we MUST preach it from the pulpit. There are actually more scriptures supporting exclusively Christian education for the followers of God than for tithing.

Tuesday, December 18, 2018


A couple of good articles today for moms.

First, goals for your homeschool for next year. Yes, I aim for these too.
3 Resolutions

What I Wish I Would Have Learned Before I Began Homeschooling – Part Three: Boundaries with Ourselves
The Kingdom of Mom

"When you take the free will out of education,
that turns it into schooling."

-John Taylor Gatto 
Author, The Underground History of American Education
Two-Time State Teacher of the Year
*The World's Most Courageous Teacher*

My goals for the coming year (most I have already started to aim for):

  • Draw something everyday.
  • Play music everyday.
  • Continue simplifying school so we can better focus on the big stuff

If I get that much formed into a habit, I will be doing good. I am looking into picking up a nice drawing journal to carry in my purse to help with the drawing one.

Saturday, September 15, 2018

Dream with Me.

To all in ministry of some sort;

I was raised in church, the daughter of our pastor. Taught Sunday School for some 13 years. So I know the excitement that happens when someone begins to come to church regularly and you know you will get to teach their kids every week. Oh the possibilities of teaching them about God and His ways!

And that's just when I know they will be there for one hour a week.

Imagine what we could do if we had the kids for 30 hours every week instead of just 1?

We could teach the Bible cover to cover, in depth!
AND we could teach them how to pray!
AND we could teach the old hymns and their history!
AND we could teach the new worship choruses!
AND we could teach church history!
AND we could teach Greek and Hebrew so our students could read original scripture.

We could teach;

  • World history starting with Genesis 1:1, using the Bible as one of our resources.
  • US history pointing out the spiritual life of the Founding Fathers and how God used them and and worked through them to create this nation.
  • Science beginning with honoring God for His marvelous creation.
  • Literature, art and music appreciation through the perspective of God's ideas and morals.
  • Penmanship by copying scripture.
  • We could use scripture to teach spelling, Grammar, even poetry and composition.
  • We could teach the absolute right and wrongs of math, pointing out that these principles point to God and His moral standard, that the logic behind math is the logic He used to create the universe. 
  • We could actively teach logic (and anyone watching the evening news knows that isn't currently being taught)!
  • We could teach foreign languages, art, music, dance, and composition with the idea of The Great Commission, preparing children to use these areas to spread the Name of Jesus.
Imagine a young adult that has received this kind of education; a "Chuck Norris" of spiritual warriors, right? Imagine the impact of sending such a one out to win the world for Christ!

So much more impact than our current practice of sending little five year olds who haven't even committed their lives to Christ yet to stand in the playground and lisping "Jesus Loves Me," right?

Here's the fact:

Matthew 12:30 "Anyone who isn't with Me opposes Me, and anyone who isn't working with Me is actually working against Me."

Luke 11:23 "Anyone who isn't with Me opposes Me, and anyone who isn't working with Me is actually working against Me." (New Living Translation)
There is no such thing as a "religiously neutral education." Our government schools teach without God, or to put it in Greek, they are "A-Theistic." Atheism is very much a religion, so to teach without God is to teach that there is no God. 

65-85% of children raised in church who attend government school will choose to live a God-free life when they become adults. And why does this surprise anyone? They received a God-free education. 

Luke 6:40 Students are not greater than their teacher. But the student who is fully trained will become like the teacher.

If the teacher, textbooks, peers, and overall authority a child is under for 30 hours each week, for 13 straight years is God-free, why would we expect the child to be any different?

(For comparison, only 15% of children raised in church who are homeschooled walk away from God when they become adults.)

So, dream with me about the possibilities of creating God honoring, Christ infused schools and homeschools throughout the country.

There are already curriculums created so small churches with only a couple of available adults can open private schools (the curriculums do the teaching so the adults are basically just supervisors).

Plus many online schools/curriculums are now available, some free, some not. 

And almost all churches in America today have classrooms sitting empty 6.5 days a week. 

Dream with me the possibilities of taking back education from the atheists in this country.

Dream of a child's learning truly honoring God in every way!

Monday, June 25, 2018

What will it take for American pastors to preach the Word of God on children’s education?

Ten problems with the “salt and light” excuse for feeding children to the State.
"Until and unless your 5-, 6-, 7-, or 8-year old is actually saved by the grace of God through the Gospel, they are incapable of being biblical “salt and light” to anyone."
I've been saying this for 13 years! And that's just reason #2.

Ten answers to those “What about socialization?” questions from public school advocates.

What if you can't afford to homeschool?

Actually, if you figure in the costs of book fees, bus fees, gym fees, fund raisers, nice clothes, etc, homeschooling is easily the cheapest method of educating a child.

However, sometimes you just don't have the cash to order textbooks.

When that happens, this site gives you a shortcut to getting started schooling with just the library.

(Actually, you don't have to be broke to use the library. Many a homeschooler in the early days of the homeschool revival, before we became slammed with choices aimed just at us, used just the library with outstanding results.)

Also, is a complete K-12 education, online for free.

Wednesday, May 16, 2018

Words Are Categorical

In my quest to find a more effective way for my kids to learn grammar, I have run across this serious of books. To be honest, I have no idea where the first couple books came from. I guess someone gave them to me at some time. But I have lately been making a point of reading them frequently out loud (technically to my 6yo, though I make sure its when everyone else can hear.) and have bought a couple new ones from Amazon.

I think it's working! At least, my 6yo is "getting" the parts of speech, and when my 10yo asked what an adverb was, I handed her the relevant book and she said, "Oh, yeah."

I intend to play the School House Rock Grammar video when it's my turn today (it's a rare rainy day here in Nevada, and several of the kids don't feel well, so the TV is going), and I think it will be the perfect complement to these books.

The ones I have don't go into an awful lot of detail, but the pictures are cute and the rhymes are, uhh, interesting. There appear to be more advanced ones available, though I haven't had a chance to read them yet.

So, at this point, these two resources- Words are Categorical and Grammar Rock- seem the perfect way to introduce grammar to a 6yo while reinforcing what the older kids already know.

Tuesday, May 8, 2018

I have had many government school teachers tell me how they use their teaching to preach God to their students.


We should all use every opportunity we can to tell people about Jesus.

But think about it a moment;

Are all government school teachers Christian?

No, of course not. Christians probably aren't even near the majority.

That means most are Atheists, Heathens, and/or Materialists.

What makes anyone think that the Atheists, Heathens, and Materialists are not using their opportunities to preach their "religions" (the religions of self-worship, thing worship, science and government worship [socialism] ) to their students?

To YOUR children in their classrooms?

If the Christian teachers are effective in their efforts to sway students to their religion, so are the non Christian teachers. If they are not effective, if this isn't an effective method of evangelism, then the Christian teachers are wasting their time.

This is why Christian parents should not be sending their children to government schools. Doing so is telling their children to consider other religions, other gods as their own.

"When the education is finished, the student will be just like their teacher." - Jesus

Tuesday, May 1, 2018

How do you choose what kind of education you want for your child?

Well, that depends on your goals, what do you want in your child's education?

  • Government school- a school paid for by the tax payer and controlled by the government and its employees. This would include K12 and Connections Academy, though they do eliminate the socialization problems of the Government schools.
  • Private school- a brick-and-mortar school paid for by the parents. This eliminates the curriculum problems of government schools, but not the social ones.
  • Homeschool- education paid for and controlled by the parent. This includes online private schools, correspondence schools, co-ops, private tutors, the library, Wikipedia, complete curriculum packages, "one hit wonder" curriculums (companies that produce only one or two subjects), and any combination of the these. 

Free Babysitting

Duh. Government school.

High Academic Standards

If this is your goal, then you have several choices:

  • Government School
  • Private School
  • Homeschool 

Which one will depend on your own education, time, other commitments, finances, and maybe other things, too.

Test scores say homeschoolers do best, academically, private schools next. But this varies and all families are not capable of producing top-of-the-line academics.

And some government schools, not many, but some, may offer the highest academic choices for your situation. Each family needs to choose what is best for them. There is no right and wrong (Alert! "There is no right and wrong." is the basic philosophical statement of the religion of Secular Humanism...Atheism)


Life isn't safe.
But homeschool is the safest choice, private school next.
But making choices based on fear is letting Satan choose for you.

2 Timothy 1:7 For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind.

It is never a good idea to let Satan make your choices for you.

Popularity, what is socially acceptable

Easy enough. 83% of all American children attend government schools. Even if you only look at those who claim they are Christians, the number is 80%

Godly Children who become Godly Adults

Christians are supposed to search the scriptures to find God's will in every decision. Many today do what they "feel like God wants," but that isn't biblical. God tells us His will first and foremost through scripture. It is only where the scripture is truly silent, or it gives two options that we need to search our hearts. God never contradicts Himself and it will never be Him telling you to so something different than what scripture says.

So, What Does the Bible Say about Education?

Deuteronomy 6:7, “Teach [My Words] to your children talking of them when you do your errands in town, rest in the evening, get ready for the day, and do your day’s work.” (In other words; Every Waking Moment.)

Ephesians 6:4, “Parents, don’t frustrate your children but bring them up in the education and culture of the Lord.” (Clearly, Mom and Dad, give your kids a Godly education.)

Deuteronomy 4:9 "Only take heed to thyself, and keep thy soul diligently, lest thou forget the things which thine eyes have seen, and lest they depart from thy heart all the days of thy life: but teach them thy sons, and thy sons' sons;" (When the King James Bible was translated, you, yours were plural pronouns; thee, thy, thine, thou were singular. So, when God means the nation as a whole, He say "You..." When He means individual parents, He says "thyself, thou, thy, thine.")

Deuteronomy 11:19 “And ye shall teach them your children, speaking of them when thou sittest in thine house, and when thou walkest by the way, when thou liest down, and when thou risest up.”

Proverbs 22:6 “Train up a child in the way he should go and when he is old he will not depart from it.” (This is a promise. And, it follows, if you train up your child in the way he shouldn't go, he will go the wrong way.)

Galatians 3:24 “Therefore the Law was our tutor to bring us to Christ, that we might be justified by faith.” (It is learning God’s laws that brings us to Christ.)

Jeremiah 10:2 “Thus says the LORD: “ Do not learn the way of the Gentiles;…” (Don't even know how the unsaved do things.)

Psalm 1: 2 “But his delight is in the law of the LORD, And in His law he meditates DAY AND NIGHT.” (This includes school hours).

2 Corinthians 10:5 “Casting down arguments and every high thing that exalts itself against the knowledge of God, bringing EVERY THOUGHT into captivity to the obedience of Christ,” (Even math thoughts)

Proverbs 23:7 “For as he thinks in his heart, so is he.” (And we think what we are being taught)

Luke 6:40 “A disciple is not above his teacher, but everyone who is perfectly trained (finished with his schooling) will be like his teacher.” (and if his teacher isn’t a Christian…)

Romans 12:2 “And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God.” (We aren't supposed to try to be like everyone else, but make our thinking conform to the will of God, which we know by reading the Bible. If your child is sitting in a desk between the world's children, studying the same books as the world's children, learning the same things as the world's children, they are receiving a worldly education. They are being conformed to the world.)

Matthew 16:23 “But He turned and said to Peter, 'Get behind Me, Satan! You are an offense to Me, for you are not MINDFUL OF THE THINGS OF GOD, but the things of men.'" (It offends God when we think more about worldly things and opinions then about His opinion.)

Colossians 3:1 “If then you were raised with Christ, seek THOSE THINGS WHICH ARE ABOVE, where Christ is, sitting at the right hand of God. 2 Set your mind on things above, not on things on the earth.”

Matthew 22:37-38 “Jesus said to him, ‘You shall love the LORD your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with ALL YOUR MIND.’ This is the first and great commandment.” (Even the Science parts of your mind)

Math= The language God used to create the world.

Science= The study of God's world.

History= The story of God's interaction with humanity and their interaction with each other.

Language Arts= The preparation to spread the gospel to all people, whether through speaking, writing, drawing, painting, dance, blogs, YouTube, Facebook, ....

There is no "non-religious" subject.

On the effects of non-Christian associations (socialization as schools know it) 

1 Corinthians 15:33 “Do not be deceived: Evil company corrupts good habits.” (being with those who don't love God leads you to not love God. You begin to think like they do)

Proverbs 13:20 “He who walks with wise men will be wise, But the companion of fools will be destroyed.” (Remember that “the fool says in his heart there is no God.” Psalms 14:1. So anyone who walks with, or spends time with, someone who doesn’t acknowledge God is on the path to destruction. Do the government schools acknowledge God? Why would you want your child on the path to destruction? Also, Proverbs 22:15 "Foolishness is bound in the heart of a child;..."  Seems putting our children with other children for large amounts of time isn't really the way to raise wise people.)

Matthew 18:6 “Whoever causes one of these little ones who believe in Me to sin, it would be better for him if a millstone were hung around his neck, and he were drowned in the depth of the sea.”

The content of true education

2 Timothy 3:16-17 “All Scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness, that the man of God may be complete, thoroughly equipped for every good work.” (What more do you need from an education?)

Proverbs 1:7 “The fear of the LORD is the beginning of knowledge, But fools despise wisdom and instruction.” (True education BEGINS with the fear of God, but atheists despise true knowledge. Atheist means, literally, "Without God." )

Psalm 111:10 “The fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom; A good understanding have all those who do His commandments. His praise endures forever.” (Remember that the student will turn out just like his teacher [Like 6:40], so what will be the result of teachers, textbooks, and schools in general who don't fear the Lord? Is that really a place for a child to grow wise and knowledgeable?)

Proverbs 2:6 “For the LORD gives wisdom; From His mouth come knowledge and understanding;”

Proverbs 9:10 “The fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom, And the knowledge of the Holy One is understanding.”

James 1:5 “If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask of God, who gives to all liberally and without reproach, and it will be given to him.”

James 3:13-18 “Who is wise and understanding among you? Let him show by good conduct that his works are done in the meekness of wisdom. 

14 But if you have bitter envy and SELF-SEEKING IN YOUR HEARTS (hints of the many “self-esteem” mantras taught in schools today?), do not boast and lie against the truth. 

15 This wisdom (the self seeking kind) does not descend from above, but is earthly, sensual, demonic. 

16 For where envy and self-seeking exist, (such as competing for the best grades) confusion and every evil thing are there. 

17 But the wisdom that is from above is first pure, then peaceable, gentle, willing to yield, full of mercy and good fruits, without partiality and without hypocrisy. 

18 Now the fruit of righteousness is sown in peace by those who make peace.”

Psalm 119:97-101 “Oh, how I love Your law! It is my meditation all the day. 98 You, through Your commandments, make me wiser than my enemies; For they are ever with me.”

2 Timothy 2:15 “Be diligent to present yourself approved to God, a worker who does not need to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth." (We SHOULD be diligent in our studies, but beginning with the Bible.)

Matthew 6:33 “But seek FIRST the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and ALL THESE THINGS (including a good education) shall be added to you.”

Matthew 12:30 "He that is not with me is against me; and he that gathereth not with me scattereth abroad" (Are the government schools with Christ? Are they gathering for the Kingdom of God? There is no such thing as neutrality.)

Children belong to God

Ezekiel “that you have slain MY CHILDREN and offered them up to them by causing them to pass through the fire?”

Matthew 22:21 “They say unto him, ‘Caesar's.(image)’ Then saith He unto them, “Render therefore unto Caesar the things which are Caesar's; and unto God the things that are God's.” (Caesar’s image was carved on the money. Render the tax coin to Caesar. Our children are carved in the image of God. Give them to God, not the government.)

Bro Voddie Baucham

Let’s look at some numbers.

65-85% of children who grow up in Christian homes, attending church regularly, and attend government school leave the church by the end of their first year of adulthood.

15% of children who grow up in Christian homes, attending church regularly, and are homeschooled  leave the church by the end of their first year of adulthood. 85% continue to serve God well after becoming adults. They never leave the church.

Private schools vary. Some loose more than government schools. Some keep almost as many as homeschool.

If your goal is to raise godly warriors for the Kingdom of God, can you send them to God-free government schools? Will you get the results you are looking for?

Now, there is a place for private schools, but they are hit and miss on the godly results. I would think the smaller the school (the more like a homeschool) the better chance of children choosing God.

So which method of education should you choose?

It all comes down to what you want from your child's educational years.

Worldly goals and methods will get worldly results.
Godly goals and methods will get godly results.

God invented the family for a reason; it is the best way to bring up children who will serve Him. Will you do things His way? Or the worlds?

Wednesday, April 25, 2018

Life and Homeschool

We live in a mobile home. 

Mobile homes come in different qualities. The expensive ones are pretty much the same as average site-built houses. The cheap ones, however, not so much. Oh, the frames, the buildings themselves,  have had to meet the same HUD standards as a site-built since the 70's, but the insides are made the absolutely cheapest way possible; cupboards are made of pressboard (sawdust and glue), 1x2's, and nearly paper-thin paneling, and are smaller than normal cupboards; plumbing is cheapy plastic, etc. This is great for those who can't afford your average home. 

Ours is one of the cheaper ones, and we are very thankful for it.

But, 27 years (we've owned it for 17) + 9 children + cheap products= well, a mess, sometimes.

Due to pipe leaks (note the cheap plumbing mentioned above), the cupboards throughout the house are not in the best of condition (note the sawdust and glue mentioned above).

So, I asked Hubby a couple days ago if there was any reason I couldn't go buy a couple 2x4's and just set the counter in my bathroom on to those, throwing away the rest of the cupboard. He didn't see why not, but on the way home from work Monday he saw a real nice looking bathroom vanity (professional word for the cupboards under the bathroom sink) sitting by the side of the road with a free sign on it. So, yesterday morning the kids and I went to look at it and brought it home. Though it's actually older than my original one (we talked to the previous owner) it is made of real wood, 2x4's instead of 1x2's, and the paneling it does have is 4x's as thick as what was on our old one. Obviously and expensive unit, even if it is dated.

We brought it home, and after doing only half a day's school, I couldn't resist any longer. We took the old one out (pretty much shattered as we did), sealed up the mouse holes behind it, and installed the new one. Two of my adult boys did the majority of the work (the third was at work).

So, what with all the going to get the tools they needed and taking things out of their way, and so on, I walked a lot yesterday :-) 9503 recorded steps yesterday. Yeah!

Though I always try to make school work a priority, life is school and school is life. Sometimes there are things that really are more important than math and spelling. 

Saturday, April 21, 2018

Friday, April 20, 2018

Putting together a study... when you have no money.

I think we've all had those times. Unfortunately the true "city library" is all the way in town. Now, we do have a "library" in our community, but it is in the government school (city planners saving money, no doubt) Ummm, I'm not taking my homeschooled kids onto a government school campus during school hours, thank you very much. (and the size of the building leads me to believe I have more resources in my house anyway.)

So, I've never done it quite this completely, but you can homeschool your child with just what you find in your library.

I am now doing my planning child by child at their birthdays. For those things we do together, I'm still working it all out over the Christmas break. But for them individually, just focusing on one kid at a time is really working. It lets me see what they really need without being distracted by what others are needing.

Yes, I am Anti Government Schools

An interesting article on Govenment schools being pagan and homeschooling being the solution. 

And they are in so many ways. We have trouble imagining anything but government schools, but really, they are a fairly new thing, especially in this country. and they were designed and and are controlled by socialistic Atheists. Why do we expect our kids to turn out as anything else whne that is exactly what the system is founded on?

Why Public Schools will never get better EXACTLY!
I try to steer clear too, often, but maybe we shouldn't. Maybe it's time we stood up and told other Christians, "It's time to quit doing the same things we've been doing for decades. It's not working and never has."

Ray Moore: Christian Parents Should Get Kids Out of Public Schools