It is amazing to look back nearly 45 years and see what inspired a mother to make what was then considered a radical choice- to homeschool her children. Patricia Heidenry’s article for the New York Times from 1975 –Home Is Where The School Is – is an interesting and inspiring and still relevant read.
“Our ideas of education take too narrow and too low a range. There is need of a broader scope, a higher aim. True education means more than the pursual of a certain course of study. It means more than a preparation for the life that now is. It has to do with the whole being, and with the whole period of existence possible to man. It is the harmonious development of the physical, the mental, and the spiritual powers. It prepares the student for the joy of service in this world and for the higher joy of wider service in the world to come.” ~Education, pg 13
When was the last time you read the book Education by Ellen G White? Some SDA homeschool families read this regularly for inspiration, encouragement, and direction for their homeschool program. If you have never read Education, please make the time to do so. It is a must-read for all SDA homeschool parents. You will be blessed. You can read Education online HERE and HERE.
We don’t talk enough about homeschooling fathers. Nor inspire or encourage them enough, especially since most of them must leave the home each day to provide for the family. Fathers, add these links to your summer reading list, and be reminded of the important role you play in your children’s lives.
“Children need more of their fathers and fathers need more of their children.“The first sentence of Gary Wyatt’s article is so true! The habits that Wyatt encourages homeschooling fathers to develop are timeless.
It is a challenge for a working father to stay closely involved in homeschooling his children. The title of Sarah Toney’s article, Involving Dad: Tips for the Working Father focuses on Dad, but her tips also give Mom some work to do. A great read for both parents.
The late Chris Klicka has left a lasting spiritual legacy in his Top Ten Tips for Homeschool Dads article. He was a lawyer for the HSLDA at the time of his death, which gives the foundation for his 10th tip. His tips are ones that Christian homeschooling fathers should read and re-read often.
Homeschooling Fathers: How Dads Can Help Struggling Readers gives 5 ways a father can help his children with reading. You don’t have to wait until the school year starts to implement these tips – now is a great time to start.
“The mother’s influence is an unceasing influence; and if it is always on the side of right, her children’s characters will testify to her moral earnestness and worth. Her smile, her encouragement, may be an inspiring force. She may bring sunshine to the heart of her child by a word of love, a smile of approval….”
The Adventist Home, pg 240
“The Saviour’s rule—“As ye would that men should do to you, do ye also to them likewise” (Luke 6:31)—should be the rule of all who undertake the training of children and youth. They are the younger members of the Lord’s family, heirs with us of the grace of life. Christ’s rule should be sacredly observed toward the dullest, the youngest, the most blundering, and even toward the erring and rebellious.”
Education, 292, 293.