Home-schooling is not as uncommon as it once was.  Parents are finding that when they bring their children home, they
are able to instill in them the values and faith that often seem to get swallowed up in institutional settings.  If you are unfamiliar with it,
know that home educated children are as "normal" as any that you meet.  How do home-schooled students turn out? Can a home-
school graduate get into college or get a job? How do they fit into society? Are they good citizens? Are they happy?  Take a minute to
look at
"Homeschooling Grows Up,"  a study by Dr. Brian Ray

Home-schooling is an adventure that you will not soon forget and an excellent choice in education.  Many
inventors, statesmen, and presidents were home educated.  Take sometime to do some research.   
Illinois Christian Home Educators
provides conventions and support in our home state.  Each state has its own state-level organization that offers similar services.  Local
support groups put you in touch with others of similar convictions.  Most home-school families are very active in grass-roots politics as
they desire to preserve the God-given freedom to direct the education of their children.  

There are so many good resources available to home educators today that it can make one's head spin!  The
following is a list of books that we highly recommend to facilitate getting started.  We believe that if you take the time to read one or two
of these books, you will begin to see your children and your goals with new enthusiasm.  We find ourselves suggesting these same
books repeatedly and so recommend reading or re-reading them as you will glean something practical, productive and/or encouraging
for your specific situation.

* The Successful Home School Family Handbook - Raymond Moore

* The Relaxed Home School - Mary Hood

* The 3R’s - Ruth Beechick

* You Can Successfully Teach Your Child - Ruth Beechick

We highly recommend joining Home School Legal Defense Association (HSLDA) to anyone who chooses to
educate at home.  They are an invaluable resource when it comes to legal matters.  Not only do they provide legislative updates
concerning our freedom to educate at home, they supply free legal counsel to their members in the event that you are contacted by a
school official or social worker concerning the education of your children.  They are a great asset in maintaining a parent’s right to
direct the education of their children.  Most public school officials are uninformed of what the law really says concerning home
education.  As home educators, we want to be sure that we know what the law says to maintain the freedom that we currently enjoy in
each state.  You can find a copy of what the law actually says on the
HSLDA site.

Curriculum is always the hot topic in homeschooling circles.  There is a plethora of items to choose from.  First and
foremost is to decide what direction your children are taking.  What are their interests, passions, goals?  Has he/she mastered the
basics of education? Are they even interested in learning, or has the public school completely burned them out? What are his/her
interests? What are his/her weaknesses?  What are his needs spiritually, and relationally?

The teen years can be some of the worst or the best depending on the foundation that has been laid in your
relationship over the preceding years. Generally, if your child has been in a public school, you are going to find that spending so much
time with peers and away from you has been damaging to your relationship with him. You may need to spend some time and energy
winning back his heart and restoring hope into his life. Does he have a vision for his life?  Is college in his/her plans?  As a home
schooling parent, you are free to tailor your children’s education to follow their interests.  Not only will they receive a superior education,
but will have a desire to learn if they have part in deciding what they study.  There are several approaches to learning.  A little research
will help to see what best fits your child.  The following provides a simple overview of learning styles:

Schooling takes a lot less time than you think.  Homeschooled students don't have to take time to change classes or travel
to and from a school, so they can proceed at their own pace. Parents and children often find that they may only need a few hours to
accomplish their work for the day.  A popular misconception is that all education must take place in a desk, be read, or written to count
as true education.  This simply is not true!  Remember this while perusing the information you find over the internet.  Be sure that you
look into the used curriculum market.  You can put together a course of study for pennies on the dollar of what a prepackaged
curriculum might cost.  Remember- you do not have to duplicate the public school methods.  

Keep in mind that a relaxed approach provides an excellent course of study.  It is not necessary to test and use
textbooks to provide a superior education for our children.  High schoolers can get a jump start on their college education by taking
college level courses for credit.  Colleges are petitioning for home-schoolers because they are well-adjusted and have excellent study
habits.  If you're wondering whether your homeschooled student can receive a diploma, the answer is yes!  As the parent, you've
prescribed your child's course of study and you can present a diploma that indicates he/she has successfully completed it.  

Don’t worry if you have some skeptical relatives or friends, you’re not alone. Many homeschooling families have
won the respect, and even changed the opinions of nearby critics through simply providing positive social interaction and allowing their
children’s educational success to speak for itself.   You can make a difference by having your child write articulate letters, or
encouraging him to perform some voluntary service demonstrating strong language, math, and/or social skills.  Research has found that
most homeschooled students are involved in a wide variety of outside activities, interact with a broad spectrum of people, and make
positive contributions to their communities. Experience has shown that homeschoolers are well socialized and able to make lasting
friendships across age and cultural divides.

Most of all, we encourage you to keep on keeping on.  God will give you the wisdom to know what is most excellent for
your children as you strive to glorify Him in their education.  May you be blessed in your endeavors to light your children’s fire rather than
fill their buckets.
Claude Monet
Leonardo da Vinci
Jamie Wyeth
Andrew Wyeth
John Singleton Copley
Blaise Pascal
Pierre Curie
Albert Einstein
Booker T. Washington
George Washington Carver
Winston Churchill
Konrad Adenauer
Benjamin Franklin
Patrick Henry
William Penn
Henry Clay
Composers and Musicians
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Anton Bruckner
Felix Mendelssohn
Francis Poulenc
Conlon Nancarrow
Irving Berlin
Yehudi Menuhin
Agatha Christie
C.S. Lewis
George Bernard Shaw
Noel Coward
D.H. Lawrence
Hans Christian Anderson
Charles Dickens
Mark Twain
Margaret Mead
Sean O'Casey
Rumer Godden
Brett Harte
Phillis Wheatley
Mercy Warren
Pearl S. Buck
Charles Chaplin - Actor
Florence Nightingale - Nurse
John Burroughs - Naturalist
Charles Louis Montesquieu -
Albert Schweitzer - Physician
George Rogers Clark - Explorer
Andrew Carnegie - Industrialist
Bill Ridell - Newspaperman
Will Rogers - Humorist
Tamara McKinney - World Cup Skier
Jim Ryan - World Runner
Ansel Adams - Photographer
John Stuart Mill - Economist
John Paul Jones - father of the
American Navy
Clara Barton - started the Red Cross
Abigail Adams - wife of John Adams
Martha Washington - wife of George W.
Frank Vandiver (President - Texas A&M)
Fred Terman (President - Stanford)
William Samuel Johnson (President Columbia)
John Witherspoon (President of Princeton)
American Presidents
George Washington
Thomas Jefferson
John Quincy Adams
James Madison
William Henry Harrison
John Tyler
Abraham Lincoln
Theodore Roosevelt
Woodrow Wilson
Franklin Delano Roosevelt
US Constitutional Convention Delegates
George Washington - 1st President of the U.S.
James Madison - 4th President of the U.S.
John Witherspoon - President of Princeton U.
Benjamin Franklin - inventor and statesman
William S. Johnson - President of Columbia C.
George Clymer - U.S. Representative
Charles Pickney III - Governor of S. Carolina
John Francis Mercer - U.S. Representative
George Wythe - Justice of Virginia High Court
William Blount - U.S. Senator
Richard D. Spaight - Governor of N. Carolina
John Rutledge - Chief Justice U.S. Supreme Court
William Livingston - Governor of New Jersey
Richard Basset - Governor of Delaware
William Houston - lawyer
William Few - U.S. Senator
George Mason
United States Supreme Court Judges
John Jay
John Marshall
John Rutledge
Alexander Graham Bell
Thomas Edison
Alec Issigonis
Cyrus McCormick
The Wright Brothers
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Traditional—Textbook/workbook approach, emphasizing reading,
writing, grammar, and spelling through drill and practice.

Classical—Following the medieval “trivium,” a child’s education
progresses from fundamental facts and skills to logic and advanced
language abilities. Students study the great works of Western literature.

Unit studies (instructor-designed thematic studies)—Progress in
several disciplines is woven around a particular theme.

Unschooling / Child-directed / Delight-directed—Allowing a child
to learn by encouraging and equipping him to pursue his own interests
(guided or unguided exploration).
What's home education all about?
"Hear, O Israel: Jehovah our God is one Jehovah: and thou shalt love Jehovah thy God
with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy might.  And these words, which I
command thee this day, shall be upon thy heart; and
thou shalt teach them diligently
unto thy children
, and shalt talk of them when thou sittest in thy house, and when thou
walkest by the way, and when thou liest down, and when thou risest up.  And thou shalt
bind them for a sign upon thy hand, and they shall be for frontlets between thine eyes."  
Deuteronomy 6: 4-9
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