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Information, Inspiration, and Encouragement
a Distinctively Christian Perspective of Home Education
Cindy Short and Sue Welch,
Co-Editors / http://www.TeachingHome.com
Table of Contents
Where To Look for the Support You Need
To Home School This Year
Look to the Lord as Your First and Best Support
Look for Support at Home
Look for Support from Other People
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As you start this school year, you might feel
like you can't
do it alone -- and you're probably right. But the good news is
that you don't have to go it alone.
In this issue we remind you that there is
more than enough
support available to you to successfully see you through the year.
"The joy of the Lord will be your strength."
Relax and have
a good time learning with your children this year!
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Where To Look for the Support You Need
To Home School This Year
Don't try to tough it out all alone.
Line up your support
team now for smoother sailing; don't wait until it's too late.
Look to the Lord
as Your First and Best Support
Others may let you down or fail to fulfill
your needs, but
not God. Go to Him first for the support you need.
"My soul, wait thou only upon God;
for my expectation
is from Him.
He only is my rock and my salvation:
He is my defense;
I shall not be moved.
In God is my salvation and my glory:
the rock of
and my refuge,
is in God.
Trust in him at all times; ye people,
pour out your
heart before him:
God is a refuge for us."
"I waited patiently for the Lord;
and he inclined
unto me, and heard my cry.
Blessed is that man that maketh the Lord his
1. The Lord Is Always There
You don't have to wait for next month's support
meeting or until someone else is available to help you. You can
call on the Lord at any time, day or night. His invitations and
promises to you assure that you will never become a burden to
"Come unto me, all ye that labor and are heavy
and I will give
you rest." (Matthew 11:28)
"I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee."
2. The Lord Is All-Knowing
The Lord knows exactly what you are going
through and how
you feel. He knows precisely what your family needs, both now
and in the future. He is willing to share this wisdom with you;
all you have to do is ask.
"If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of
to all men liberally, and upbraideth not;
and it shall
be given him.
But let him ask in faith, nothing wavering."
"For we have not an high priest which cannot
with the feeling
of our infirmities;
but was in all points tempted like as we are,
Let us therefore come boldly unto the throne
that we may
and find grace
to help in time of need."
3. The Lord Is Loving and
The Lord loves you and your family with unfathomable,
and unfailing love.
"Behold, what manner of love the Father
that we should
be called the sons of God." (I John 3:1)
"Casting all your care upon him;
for he careth
for you." (I Peter 5:7)
He will give you what is best in His time and
in His way.
This is where our trust in Him must be implicit.
"But without faith it is impossible to please
"And we know that all things work together
to them that
love God." (Romans 8:28)
How To Avail Yourself
of the Lord's Wonderful Support
Sadly enough, we all too often fail to receive
gifts of our Lord for various reasons.
• We get into the habit of trying to meet our own needs,
forgetting to turn to the Lord.
• The physical world can seem more real to us than the
We can correct this habit and misperception
and find our
Lord's aid and fellowship in the following ways:
1. Spend time daily in
reading, studying, memorizing,
meditating on God's Word.
Morning, noon, and night is not too much.
• Morning - Have your private time with the Lord.
• Noon - Read, study, or memorize Scripture in your school
or at the lunch table.
• Evening - Have family Bible reading at the table or before
bed with Dad.
It is in His written revelation to us that
we meet the Lord
and He speaks to us.
The law of the Lord is perfect,
The testimony of the Lord is sure,
The precepts of the Lord are right,
The Teaching Home's online Bible reading schedule
started at any time and is divided into three readings each day
for six days per week.
2. Fill your life with
good Christian music.
Music is a powerful influence in our lives.
Both the words
and the style of the old hymns of the faith carry a message that
honors the Lord and reminds you of Him and His attributes.
Although constant background music can be
lose its impact, there are many times during the day that
listening to, or singing, Christian songs can turn your thoughts
to the Lord.
You might want to lead your children in a
chorus or hymn
each time you read from God's Word.
"Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly
in all wisdom;
admonishing one another
in psalms and
hymns and spiritual songs,
singing with grace in your hearts to the Lord."
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3. Talk to the Lord frequently
throughout the day.
It might be hard to visualize the Lord beside
you all day
long, but if you engage in conversational prayer with Him
throughout the day, you will be reminded of, and comforted by,
Be anxious for nothing,
but in everything
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Look for Support at Home
Your family comprises a support group for
you, your husband,
and your children. Here is how you can give and receive support
right at home.
1. Start with Yourself
Set Realistic Expectations
God does not ask us to do more than we are
able. It is up
to us to make sure we don't load ourselves down with extra
projects of our own devising that he did not intend.
• Don't get carried away with extra-curricular activities;
need to be home to home school!
• If you are overwhelmed already, consider some of our
suggestions for efficient school schedules
• Cut back and slow down until you can manage your goals.
is better to do a little well and then add
more back in as
Maintain Your Health
We must also be good stewards of the resources
He has given
us, including our own health. We are not free to indulge in
excesses, but must eat, work, and rest in ways that preserve our
ability to accomplish His purposes. We all know the basic rules:
• Eat healthily; drop extra pounds.
• Drink enough water.
• Exercise regularly, but reasonably. A daily walk
family promotes family unity as well as physical
• Deal with stress and problems God's way, don't let them
• Take time to relax and enjoy your family.
• Get your full amount of sleep every night.
You cannot get enough support from others to
make up for a
disregard of the laws of cause and effect that God has ordained.
2. Don't Overlook Your Spouse
Maintaining a loving relationship with your
naturally be a great support to you. And remember, you are his
support system too.
While your spouse is your closest human support
be kept aware of your thoughts and feelings, problems and
struggles, he should not feel that he is solely responsible to
"fix" everything. Let him know that you have other resources,
and discuss options together with the confidence you gain from
trusting the Lord.
It might help to obtain a book and show it
to your husband
to reassure him of the validity and benefits of home schooling.
• "Worldwide Guide to Homeschooling: Facts and Stats on
Benefits of Home School" by Dr. Brian Ray
• "Home Schooling: The Right Choice" by Christopher J.
Your spouse may need some practical suggestions
for ways to
• Perhaps you only need 15 or 20 minutes at the end of
day to debrief each other and pray about any
• Agree on standards for your children's behavior and a
for their consistent discipline.
• Plan times to relax together.
"We need to pray
for our husbands that they will be
good leaders and sources of wisdom.
And we need to ask
for their input with a humble heart."
-- Meredith Curtis
3. Look to Your Family
Home schoolers recognize the value of the
family unit. Let
it support you. Enlist the help and support of your children.
Grandparents or other relatives may offer support as well.
Your family will need help in knowing how
to support you.
• You may need to tell your children, "I really love you
love teaching you, but I need a little extra
help in keeping
up with the chores. A word of encouragement
or a hug would
sure come in handy too!"
• Be sure you model support and encouragement in the way
interact with your family at all times.
• Family members can, and should, be each others' best
and supporters. Talk to your children
about helping each
other in this way. A focus on the positive
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Look for Support from Other People
1. Look to Good Friends
Just one faithful, sympathetic, and praying
friend can offer
a tremendous amount of support. This informal "support group"
can meet on the phone whenever the need or opportunity arises or
once a week at a specified time.
Caution: Don't let this good friend
take the place of the
Lord or your spouse.
When like-minded home-school families spend
they provide needed support and encouragement for the whole
"As we spend
time together, there is a sense that
we are not alone. Others share our convictions
values. This has been such an encouragement
family over the years!" -- Meredith Curtis
2. Consider Mentoring
Veteran home educators should consider what
they have to
offer beginners. New home schoolers can look for veteran home
educators to mentor them. A regular time together or an
occasional phone call can make a big difference!
A local support group may be able to help
you find a mentor.
when I first started home schooling,
looking with great admiration at anyone who
schooled for three years. These women
had so much
experience and knew the ropes! I sat
at their feet in
awe, ate up every story they had to tell,
and looked to
them for advice.
"I think perhaps
the most helpful thing my
experienced home-school friends did for me
encourage me to relax and enjoy our children,
them learn at their own pace, and to prioritize.
took time from their busy schedules
to encourage, inspire, and instruct me.
I owe them a
debt of gratitude.
to me that this is an area where
'freely you have received, freely give.'
"I'd like to
inspire those of you who are
'veteran' home schoolers to budget some time
mentoring those who are beginning."
-- Michael and Alyce-Kay Garrett, California.
3. Look to a Support Group
Support Groups may consist of only two families,
or they may
be large and offer many functions and activities.
Involvement with your local Christian home-school
can provide encouragement, fellowship, educational opportunities,
field trips, academic training and information, solutions to your
problems, and answers for your questions.
• Don't become overwhelmed by trying to participate in
activities offered by your support group.
• Look for a group that will support your family's standards.
"The thing that
I appreciate the most about our
support group is the fact that all of these
people are brothers and sisters in the Lord.
have the same dedication and commitment to
a godly generation that seeks the Lord."
-- Mrs. James D., Ohio
To find a local support group in your area,
go to our
website and link to the website of a state organization in your
4. Look to Your Local Church
The fellowship and teaching of your local
important support for your spiritual life.
An ideal home-school support group might also
within your church if fellow members are home schooling. It is
an added blessing to have a pastor who encourages you in your
"And let us consider one another
to provoke unto
love and to good works:
Not forsaking the assembling of ourselves
as the manner
of some is;
but exhorting one another:
and so much
the more, as ye see the day approaching."
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