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This is a digital directory for homeschoolers everywhere. Whether they need a new curriculum for their kids or a new blog design for themselves, homeschoolers can turn to this TOS business directory to find what they need.
The Homeschool Business & Entrpreneur Directory makes it easy for homeschool families and homeschool friendly businesses to support each other when purchasing educational items, household goods, or services.
It is also packed with articles about homeschooling and about establishing and marketing a business directed toward the homeschool market.
This is a digital directory for homeschoolers everywhere. Whether they need a new curriculum for their kids or a new blog design for themselves, homeschoolers can turn to this TOS business directory to find what they need. The Homeschool Business & Entrpreneur Directory makes it easy for homeschool families and homeschool friendly businesses to support each other when purchasing educational items, household goods, or services. It is also packed with articles about homeschooling and about establishing and marketing a business directed toward the homeschool market.
What is your business dream? Have you ever wondered how easy it would be to sell to the homeschool marketplace? To Market, To Market will help you launch or grow your business and provide you with the advice, inspiration, and tips you need to market successfully—whether you're just starting or you have already established your own business. This valuable marketing tool is only $49. Order your copy today! ONLY $49 www.TheHomeschoolMagazine.com Introduction Welcome to the Homeschool Business For More & Entrepreneur Directory! Information: H omeschoolers today are blessed with a bounty of curriculum, resources, and supplements to enrich and enliven their children’s education. This brand-new Homeschool requirements are directory is designed to help parents navigate the sea of possibilities when it legislated by each individual comes to choosing what resources to use in their home, whether they need a language arts curriculum, a geography book, or a dissection kit. state and vary greatly. The Homeschoolers do much more than homeschool, though, and we’ve brought in listings Home School Legal Defense from almost every type of business imaginable—from real estate and home décor to Association (HSLDA) provides insurance and Web design. helpful links to each state’s Every business advertising here is owned either by a homeschooling family or by someone supportive of the homeschooling choice, and we sincerely hope you’ll use this homeschool regulations and directory to connect with like-minded people as you fulfill your own family’s needs. support groups. Please visit Before you delve into the directory listings, take time to read the articles we’ve gathered www.hslda.org to determine the for you. You’ll be encouraged in teaching and guiding your children through their lives. rules for your state. You’ll also be able to read about the continually growing homeschool market and how you can share materials you’ve created with other homeschooling families. The encouraging articles for budding entrepreneurs are designed especially to help Find encouraging research homeschoolers start and/or build their own homegrown businesses. When you do delve and statistcs regarding into the directory listings, consider building your business using the support products and homeschooling at services offered there. www.nheri.org. Blessings from our families to yours, And, don’t overlook the benefit Paul & Gena Suarez, Publishers, and of connecting with other The Homeschool Business & Entrepreneur Directory Project Team homeschoolers online. There is a wealth of experience, information, encouragement, and fellowship at The 2011 Homeschool Business & Entrepreneur Directory www.HomeschoolBlogger.com. You’ll find bloggers ranging © 2011 The Old Schoolhouse® Magazine, LLC from classical homeschoolers P.O. Box 8426, Gray, TN 37615 to unschoolers and everything Printed in the United States of America in between. Journal your All rights reserved homeschool journey, practice your writing skills, let the world Project Manager: Cindy Horton know what you think about Project Assistants: Donna Campos and Amy Osborn Project Editors: Liz Koon, Donna Rees, and Karen Sargent things, or just read along. The Cover Design: Christi Gifford choice is yours. Layout: David Borrink This published work may contain facts, views, opinions, statements, recommendations, hyperlinks, refer- ences, websites, advertisements and other content and links or references to external sources (collectively, “Content”) not owned or controlled by the publisher, The Old Schoolhouse® Magazine, LLC (“TOS”). This Content does not necessarily reflect the views, opinions or recommendations of TOS, and any reli- ance upon such Content is taken at the user’s sole risk. 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TOS accepts no responsibility for the actions of third parties or for Content provided, uploaded, linked or posted by third parties. www.TheHomeschoolMagazine.com/BusinessEntrepreneurDirectory www.TheHomeschoolMagazine.com/BusinessEntrepreneurDirectory ©2011, The Old Schoolhouse® Magazine 3 ©2011, The Old Schoolhouse® Magazine 3 Table of Contents 3 Welcome to the Homeschool Socialization 58 From Desperation to Business & Entrepreneur Publication: A Curriculum Is Directory! 30 Inveterate Ironies of Born Socialization by Kim Kautzer, Expo Speaker by Emily Hoffhines Homeschooling Styles 62 Illuminations 31 Homeschooling and by Dari Mullins, Expo Speaker 6 What Kind of Homeschooler Socialization Opportunities Are You? by Heidi Johnson 64 A True Tale by Loretta Spangler by Diana Waring, Expo Speaker 32 The Great Bugaboo 7 Quiz Time: Find Your by Donna Conner 66 A Father of Vision Homeschooling Style by Norm Wakefield, Expo Speaker The Homeschool Market 8 What Makes Classical Education 70 Making Time for Things That Different 34 How to Break Into the Matter: Everyday Education, by Susan Wise Bauer Homeschool Market LLC, The Story of a Business by Liz Koon by Janice Campbell, Expo Speaker 10 What is a Unit Study? by Amanda Bennett 36 The Marketing vs. Advertising 72 From Famine to Feast: How I Conundrum Built My Writing, Editing, and 12 A Traditional Approach to by Mari Almon Coaching Business as a Single Homeschooling Homeschooling Mom by Sandy Dawson by Mary Jo Tate, Expo Speaker Working at Home 13 Unschooling 75 NHERI—The Research Institute by Bethany George 38 Ten (Unusual) Roles You’ll Play as a Work-at-Home Mom by Brian D. Ray, Ph.D., Expo Speaker 14 Eclectic Homeschooling by Carol Topp, CPA 78 Five Reasons to Use Mobile by Diana Waring Technology for Education 40 Move Past the Juggling Act: Balancing Home Life, by Terri Johnson, Expo Speaker 16 A Mini Primer on Charlotte Mason for Everyday Life Homeschool, and Home Biz 81 A Case for Freedomship & by Rea Berg by Mary Jo Tate Entrepreneurial Education by Andrew Pudewa, Expo Speaker 18 The Relaxed Homeschooling Schoolhouse Expo 2011 Lifestyle 85 Learning and Teaching and by Mary Hood, Ph.D., Executive 45 Hello, Friends! Business, Oh My! Director, ARCHERS for the Lord®, Inc. by Barbara Beers, Expo Sponsor 46 Accountant to Author: A Home 21 Frustration to Fun: Informal Business Journey 88 The Adventure of a Lifetime Homeschool Days by Carol Topp, CPA, Expo Speaker by Davis Carman, Expo Sponsor by Cindy Horton 49 Carol Barnier’s Impressive 90 Your Kids Can Train to Become Special Needs Business Plan Fire Station Buddies by Carol Barnier, Expo Speaker by Karen McHale, Expo Sponsor 24 Why Homeschool Children with Special Needs? 51 Child Diagnostics, Inc., Denver, 93 Rainbow Resource Center: Then by Rebekah Wilson Colorado and Now by Dianne Craft, MA, CNHP, Expo by Bob and Linda Schneider, Expo 25 Ten Reasons to Homeschool Speaker Sponsors Your Child With Special Needs by Amanda Fuller 54 Jim Weiss and Greathall Productions 27 Guiding Your Gifted Child by Jim Weiss, Expo Speaker 100 Who We Are and Why We Exist by Maggie Hogan 56 Bright Ideas Press: A Brief 102 Statement of Faith History by Maggie Hogan (& Tyler Hogan), Expo Speakers 4 ©2011, The Old Schoolhouse® Magazine 4 ©2011, The Old Schoolhouse® Magazine www.TheHomeschoolMagazine.com/BusinessEntrepreneurDirectory www.TheHomeschoolMagazine.com/BusinessEntrepreneurDirectory Homeschool Business & Entrepreneur Directory - Table of Contents Resources for Cosmetics & Skin Care . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 127 Illinois . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 151 Homeschooling Families Crafts . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 127 Indiana . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 152 Arts & Crafts . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 104 Economics / Finance . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 128 Iowa . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 153 Baby & Toddler . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 104 Event Venues . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 128 Kansas . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 153 Business & Economics . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 104 Family & Relationships . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 128 Kentucky . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 153 Business Services & Support . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 104 Foreign Language . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 128 Louisiana . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 154 Christian / Bible Study . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 105 Fun & Games . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 128 Maine . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 154 Classical Education . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 107 Gardening . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 129 Maryland . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 154 Clothing & Fashion . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 107 Graphics & Web Design . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 129 Massachusetts . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 154 College & Career Planning . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 107 Health & Wellness . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 130 Michigan . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 154 Colleges & Universities . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 108 Handmade Items . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .131 Minnesota . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 155 Computers & Technology . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 108 Homeschooling . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 132 Mississippi . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 156 Cooking & Nutrition . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 109 Homeschooling Encouragement & How-To . . . 133 Missouri . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 156 Critical Thinking . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 109 Homeschooling - Full Curriculum . . . . . . . . . . . . . 134 Montana . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 156 Cross-Curricular Products . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 109 Homeschooling - High School & Beyond . . . . . . 134 Nebraska . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 157 Family & Relationships . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .111 Homeschooling - History . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 134 Nevada . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 157 Fine Arts, Music & Drama . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .111 Homeschooling - Language Arts . . . . . . . . . . . . . 134 New Hampshire . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 157 Foreign Language . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .113 Homeschooling - Mathematics . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 135 New Jersey . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 157 Full Curriculum . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .113 Homeschooling - Music . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 135 New Mexico . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 157 Fun & Games . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .113 Homeschooling - Online Courses . . . . . . . . . . . . . 135 New York . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 158 Gifted Students . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .115 Homeschool - Planning & Organization . . . . . . . 135 North Carolina . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 158 Health & Physical Education . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .115 Homeschooling - Writing . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 136 North Dakota . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 159 Health & Wellness . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .115 Household . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 136 Ohio . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 159 High School & Transcripts . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .115 Household - Frugal Living . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 137 Oklahoma . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 160 History & Geography . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .116 Household - Home Décor . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 137 Oregon . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 161 Homemaking & Household . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .117 Household - Keepsakes, Gifts & Awards . . . . . . . 137 Pennsylvania . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 161 Homeschool Encouragement & Information . . .117 Household - Kitchen Items . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 137 Rhode Island . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 162 Language Arts . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .117 Household - Organization & Storage . . . . . . . . . 138 South Carolina . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 162 Language Arts - Penmanship . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .118 Insurance . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 138 South Dakota . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 163 Language Arts - Phonics / Early Readers . . . . . . .118 Literature & Books . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 138 Tennessee . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 163 Language Arts - Writing . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .119 Natural Foods & Farms . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 139 Texas . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 164 Lapbooking . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .119 Preschoolers . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 139 Utah . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 166 Literature & Books . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .119 Photography . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 139 Vermont . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 166 Mathematics . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 120 Publishing & Recording . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 139 Virginia . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 166 Movies & Film . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 120 Real Estate . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 139 Washington . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 167 Online Schools & Classes . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .121 Science & Nature . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 140 West Virginia . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 168 Preschoolers . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .121 Screen Printing . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 140 Wisconsin . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 168 Safety . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .121 Special Needs . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 140 Wyoming . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 169 Science & Nature . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .121 Travel & Hospitality . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 140 Alberta . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 169 Special Needs . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 122 Virtual Assistants . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .141 British Columbia . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 169 STEM Curricula . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 122 Work from Home Opportunities . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .141 Manitoba . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 170 Struggling Learners . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 123 Writing & Editing . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 142 New Brunswick . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 170 Testing / Assessments . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 123 Newfoundland & Labrador . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 170 Travel . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 123 Listings by Region Northwest Territories . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 170 Unit Studies . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 123 Alabama . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 144 Nova Scotia . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 170 Alaska . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 144 Ontario . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 170 Homeschool-Friendly Arizona . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 144 Prince Edward Island . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 170 Entrepreneurs Arkansas . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 145 Quebec . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 170 Automotive . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 124 California . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 145 Saskatchewan . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 171 Baby & Toddler . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 124 Colorado . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 147 Yukon . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 171 Business Services & Marketing . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 124 Connecticut . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 148 Finland . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 171 Christian / Bible Study . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 124 Delaware . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 148 Germany . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 171 Christian Music . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 125 Florida . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 148 Nigeria . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 171 Clothing & Fashion . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 126 Georgia . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 150 United Kingdom . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 171 Computers & Technology . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 126 Hawaii . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 151 Cooking & Nutrition . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 126 Idaho . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 151 www.TheHomeschoolMagazine.com/BusinessEntrepreneurDirectory www.TheHomeschoolMagazine.com/BusinessEntrepreneurDirectory ©2011, The Old Schoolhouse® Magazine 5 ©2011, The Old Schoolhouse® Magazine 5 Homeschooling Styles What Kind of Homeschooler Are You? by Loretta Spangler S tanding before the boxed mixes in of many methods in order to create a truly sorting through the many curriculum re- the baking aisle of the grocery store, individualized education that matches the sources available, it isn’t necessary to I am struck by the similarities be- teaching style of the parent and the learn- identify explicitly with one or the other. tween homeschooling and baking brown- ing style of the child. Just as some families change homeschool- ies. There are many options. From a single Unit studies are characterized by inte- ing styles in different seasons of life, other brand of mix, choices include chocolate grating work in all subject areas around a families blend two or more styles. chunk, dark chocolate, and cookie brown- chosen topic. So continue to explore these essays. ies. From a single cookbook, options in- Unschooling takes advantage of a child’s Search out the suggested resources. Talk to clude peanut butter, mint, and even ginger- innate curiosity by providing a rich learning homeschool moms near you. Read curricu- flavored brownies. Oh, sorry, I’m making environment of books, resources, and adult lum reviews. Join an online homeschool you hungry; I’ll stop now. The point is models so that he can productively explore community. Investigate on a small scale having so many choices can be simulta- those subject areas that interest him. styles new to you. Try out the Charlotte neously wonderful and overwhelming. The folks at The Old Schoolhouse® have Mason approach by adding a living book to Likewise with homeschooling. Given the brought together a group of experts to tell your current history or science curriculum. variety of educational methods and materi- you more about each of these homeschool- Sample the unit study approach by using als available today, the bigger decision is ing styles. As you read, you may find your- one of the Schoolhouse Planner modules often not whether to homeschool but how self nodding in agreement—“Yep, that’s published by The Old Schoolhouse® Maga- to homeschool. me”—or you may find you don’t fit into zine. Delve into classical education by play- ing around with an elementary-level Latin curriculum. Experiment with unschooling in just one subject area, maybe science. “The bigger decision is often not whether to Try all these things at once, and you’ll be an eclectic homeschooler by default! homeschool but how to homeschool.” You see, it doesn’t really matter if you are a classical homeschooler with a little Charlotte Mason thrown in, or if your un- The truth is there are as many ways to any one “type.” If so, that’s okay; person- schooling sometimes looks a lot like unit homeschool as there are families who ho- ally, I think peanut butter chocolate brown- studies, or if your style defies classifica- meschool. That is why homeschooling is ies taste great. tion. Homeschooling that is worthy of the such a unique gift. Every family can fully So, what kind of homeschooler are you? name happens when children are learning customize the education of their children. Did you readily identify with a particular at home and having fun while they do. Even so, most homeschooling approaches style? If so, you can use that knowledge Returning to the brownie analogy, it isn’t fall into one of several general types. to help fully customize the education you necessary to identify your favorite kind in The Charlotte Mason approach, also are giving your children. In choosing cur- order to bake a batch. So go ahead and known as the living books approach, is riculum, for example, you can look for throw a handful of chocolate chips or stir based on ideas developed in the early resources developed specifically for your a spoonful of peanut butter into your basic 1900s by British educator Charlotte Ma- style of education. brownies. The important thing is that they son. The essence of this approach is that Perhaps you found yourself thinking, are sweet and they are chocolate. the child is a person whose mind should be “I’m this kind of homeschooler, but I’d like offered a feast, not a container to be filled to be that kind of homeschooler.” If so, be Loretta Spangler is a widow who has al- with predigested bits of knowledge. encouraged to make changes; many fami- ways homeschooled. She has graduated one The classical approach is based upon lies switch from one style to another over of three sons and continues to homeschool methods that have been used successfully the course of their homeschooling years, the other two in between vegetable garden- for centuries. It can refer to both a specific basing their approach at any given point in ing, baking brownies bread, caring for the content, including logic, Latin, and Great time on their children’s interests, maturity chickens, tutoring upper-level math, and Books studies, and a method based on stag- levels, and state grade-level requirements. running her used curriculum and children’s es of learning described in a famous essay Still not sure what kind of homeschooler book business. She blogs at http://home- by Dorothy Sayers. you are? The good news is you don’t have schoolblogger.com/amnbooks and may be Those who use the eclectic approach to figure that out in order to homeschool contacted at email@example.com combine what they consider the best parts successfully. While labels are helpful in 6 ©2011, The Old Schoolhouse® Magazine 6 ©2011, The Old Schoolhouse® Magazine www.TheHomeschoolMagazine.com/BusinessEntrepreneurDirectory www.TheHomeschoolMagazine.com/BusinessEntrepreneurDirectory Homeschooling Styles Quiz Time: Find Your Homeschooling Style B efore you read the homeschooling styles articles on the following pages, take this quiz to find out which homeschooling method might fit you best! Remember, there are no right or wrong answers. These questions are simply designed to help you figure out how your personal preferences match up with the most common styles of homeschooling. 1. What type of lesson plans do you prefer? A) I want to open a book and have the lessons completely laid out–no preplanning for me! B) I love making up my own lessons and hate having someone else tell me what I should teach. C) I prefer laid-out lesson plans, but I don’t mind buying materials or preparing in advance. D) I like having a plan, but I’m always tweaking things to fit my family. 2. I want to be able to teach all of my children at the same time. A) Definitely B) Not really 3. How do you feel about re-creating a schoolroom at home? A) I think a dedicated place for learning is important. B) I don’t want our homeschool to look anything like a classroom. C) We may not use school desks, but I think structure and a daily routine are very important. D) I’d rather “’do school” cuddled up on the couch or outside in the sunshine! 4. How do you define academic success? A) When I see my children really enjoying their school time. B) Good test scores. C) Having my child develop a love of learning. D) My goal is for all my children to attend college and begin successful careers. 5. How do you feel about child-directed learning? A) I worry that we’d miss important concepts or topics. B) I think that following my child’s interests makes it easier for him to truly learn the material. C) I like the idea, but I’ll keep offering suggestions and guid- ing his interests. 6. As a homeschool teacher, you want to be: A) An example to your children. As you spend time read- ing and learning about new subjects, you’ll inspire your children to love learning new things. B) A resource for your children. You’re available to answer all their questions and discuss topics that interest them. C) A source of information for your children. You’ll plan lessons and select topics that are important for your chil- dren to learn. Write down your answers, then go to page 43 to find out what your homeschooling style is. www.TheHomeschoolMagazine.com/BusinessEntrepreneurDirectory www.TheHomeschoolMagazine.com/BusinessEntrepreneurDirectory ©2011, The Old Schoolhouse® Magazine 7 ©2011, The Old Schoolhouse® Magazine 7 Homeschooling Styles What Makes Classical Education Different by Susan Wise Bauer M odern classical education is built of phonics and spelling, rules of gram- as they do? Why does this book hold or lose around three distinctive, time- mar, poems, the vocabulary of foreign lan- the reader’s interest? What is the book’s tested principles. First: a child’s guages, the stories of history and literature, climatic point, its crisis, its resolution? mind develops in three distinct stages. Sec- descriptions of plants and animals and the Developing the habit of critical analy- ond: living books and primary sources are human body, the facts of mathematics— sis prepares the student for the final phase worth more than textbooks. Third: the pur- the list goes on. of education, the rhetoric stage. At this pose of education is to train lifelong learn- This information provides the “gram- point, the high school student learns to ers, not to fill a student’s head with a set mar,” or the basic building blocks, for the write and speak with force and original- amount of information. second stage of education. By fifth grade ity. The student of rhetoric applies the The first principle—the three-stage de- or so, most children begin to lose inter- rules of logic learned in middle school to velopment of the young mind—is proba- est in memorization and mere absorption the foundational information learned in bly the most distinctive aspect of classical of facts. Instead, the young student begins the early grades and expresses his conclu- education. In the classical pattern, the ear- to think more analytically. The child is no sions in clear, forceful, elegant language. liest years of schooling, roughly the same longer satisfied with asking a question and Students also begin to specialize in what- grades that American educators think of receiving an answer; instead, she wants to ever branch of knowledge attracts them; these are the years for art camps, college courses, foreign travel, apprenticeships, and other forms of specialized training. “The purpose of education is to train life- The second and third phases of edu- cation—the logic and rhetoric phases— long learners, not to fill a student’s head depend on the second principle of classi- with a set amount of information.” cal education: Living books and primary sources are more valuable than textbooks. Certainly, textbooks have their place in education. The classical educator is care- as “elementary school,” are spent on aca- find out why the answer is true. The second ful to make a distinction between skills demic basics. These years are often called phase of the classical education, the logic and content areas. Skills such as arithme- the grammar stage of education; not be- stage, is a time when the child begins to tic, English grammar, spelling, and begin- cause the young student spends four years pay attention to cause and effect, to the ning scientific education rely on the step- doing English grammar, but because dur- relationships between different fields of by-step introduction of new material that ing these years, the foundation for all oth- knowledge, to the way facts fit together builds logically on what has come before. er learning is laid. Grammar, in its origi- into a logical framework. A student can’t understand what a subject nal sense, means the basic elements of any A student is ready for the logic stage and predicate are until she understands art or science; during the first four years when the capacity for abstract thought be- nouns and verbs; she can’t fully grasp mul- of education, children learn the basic el- gins to mature. During these years, the stu- tiplication and division until she’s learned ements of reading, writing, mathematics, dent begins algebra and the study of logic how to add and subtract. A well-designed and science. and begins to apply logic to all academic textbook can be the best possible guide to The elementary years are the best pos- subjects. The logic of writing, for example, mastery of these skills. sible time for this basic learning. During includes learning paragraph construction But in the content areas—history, litera- grades one through four, the child’s mind and how to support a thesis; the logic of ture, more advanced sciences—classical is incredibly retentive, ready to memorize history demands that the student find out educators encourage students not to rely on and retain information. So during this pe- why the War of 1812 was fought, rather textbooks. Rather, children are given “liv- riod, education involves not primarily self- than simply reading its story; the logic of ing books”—books by individual authors, expression and self-discovery, but rather science requires that the child learn the sci- presenting particular points of view—and the learning of facts. Young students cer- entific method. For a grammar-stage stu- primary sources. tainly aren’t discouraged from self-expres- dent, the study of literature means reading Why? Because students in the logic and sion, but original thought and creativity are a book and then answering a simple ques- rhetoric stages are encouraged to think not required as a basic element of learning. tion: What happened? For a logic-stage critically about the ideas presented in their Instead, the focus is on spreading out a rich student, the study of language involves history, literature, and science materials. feast of information for the child. Rules new questions: Why do the characters act (continued on page 23) 8 ©2011, The Old Schoolhouse® Magazine 8 ©2011, The Old Schoolhouse® Magazine www.TheHomeschoolMagazine.com/BusinessEntrepreneurDirectory www.TheHomeschoolMagazine.com/BusinessEntrepreneurDirectory www.TheHomeschoolMagazine.com/BusinessEntrepreneurDirectory www.TheHomeschoolMagazine.com/BusinessEntrepreneurDirectory ©2011, The Old Schoolhouse® Magazine 9 ©2011, The Old Schoolhouse® Magazine 9 Homeschooling Styles What is a Unit Study? by Amanda Bennett W ell, first let me tell you what it is oceans are, and how all of these compo- or not politically correct. Many textbooks not. A good unit study does not nents work together. now read like encyclopedias, with little in- involve dry reading or memori- Take a minute to compare textbooks teresting reading included, just facts, fig- zation, busy work, endless worksheet com- with unit studies. Textbooks are one form ures, and condensed material. Most chil- pletion, and bored children. A good unit of curriculum used for education, and most dren or adults would never rush to pick up study involves learning about one topic in of us were educated using textbooks. They a textbook these days for a “good read.” an interesting and engaging way that will are written from the perspective that ev- Why would they get excited or eager to captivate students and make them want erything in the world fits neatly into one of learn from a textbook? to learn more and continue to think about several categories, such as science or ge- If we can teach our children with in- the things that they are learning. From cell ography. Textbooks include a collection of teresting materials, challenging them to phones to Ethiopia, from catapults to el- information that is to be read, memorized, think, reason, analyze, and dig deeper for ephants, unit studies can open up the world and repeated for a test or exam. The main further information, we will find them to to your children, one topic at a time. problem with textbook learning is that the be well-educated and ready to move on to As the process of “education” has de- student becomes very well trained at mem- a lifetime of challenge and questions and veloped through the ages, people have orizing information, but unfamiliar with adventure. While we will never be able slowly but surely categorized and com- how all of this memorized information ap- to teach children everything, we can cer- partmentalized almost everything in our plies to the world around him. By coming tainly teach them these things, providing a strong foundation and knowledge base for the future. After writing unit studies for 18 years, “A unit study works by capturing children’s I have been blessed to be able to see first- hand some of the advantages offered with attention and helping them understand the this curriculum choice. The use of unit studies can help your student develop into pieces of the whole as they fit together.” a self-motivated learner, eager to see what the world has to offer. Children learn to think and reason and understand the deep- world into specific areas of learning. from a different perspective and teaching er connections that God created in this These include science, history, geogra- the child about a complete topic, unit stud- world and how so much of His creation phy, art, and many others. However, to ies offer the advantage of helping children fits together according to His plan. Instead children who are eager to learn, the world grasp the big picture and then apply what of learning about clouds and water vapor is viewed as whole pieces, not segmented they have learned to other areas and other and the water cycle separately from the bits and parts. When they see the vast topics as their education continues. study of the rivers and lakes and streams ocean, they see it as teeming with whales A frequently asked question about unit and oceans of the world, they learn about and dolphins, full of sunken pirate ships studies is “will there be holes in a child’s these things just as they were created—as and octopus and seashells, covered with education using unit studies?” How many one part of an amazing world! rolling waves. A unit study tries to work textbooks did you finish in your own edu- from this viewpoint, taking one topic at a cation? Most of us never finished a single Amanda Bennett is a wife, homeschool time and explaining the way it works as textbook. We have huge holes in our own mom, speaker, and author. She travels and a whole to children who already see it as education. Also, realize that it will be im- speaks at conferences and retreats, sharing a whole. They don’t see the ocean as his- possible to teach your child everything that her faith, homeschool experiences, and a tory, geography, marine biology, etc. is now known. It is vitally important that contagious love of learning. Her newest se- A unit study works by capturing chil- we provide an excellent basic education ries of books, Download N Go™, is based dren’s attention and helping them under- and teach these bright young minds how to on a groundbreaking combination of unit stand the pieces of the whole as they fit think and find answers. studies, lapbooks, and digital interactivity. together. When they learn about the oceans In this day and age of information ex- With two that have graduated from college with a unit study, they learn about whales plosion, textbook publishers rush to keep and one teenager at home, she and her hus- and dolphins, how the oceans flow, how adding new information to textbooks, fur- band stay busy on their tree farm in Ten- explorers traveled the oceans with currents ther abridging, condensing, and modifying nessee. Visit Amanda at www.UnitStudy. and wind, how big and wide and deep the or deleting what they deem less important com and www.AmandaBennett.com. 10 ©2011, The Old Schoolhouse® Magazine 10 ©2011, The Old Schoolhouse® Magazine www.TheHomeschoolMagazine.com/BusinessEntrepreneurDirectory www.TheHomeschoolMagazine.com/BusinessEntrepreneurDirectory www.TheHomeschoolMagazine.com/BusinessEntrepreneurDirectory www.TheHomeschoolMagazine.com/BusinessEntrepreneurDirectory ©2011, The Old Schoolhouse® Magazine 11 ©2011, The Old Schoolhouse® Magazine 11 Homeschooling Styles A Traditional Approach to Homeschooling by Sandy Dawson I n order to understand the traditional Recognizing the fundamental nature of tation and creative writing are tools used approach to learning, we must look reading to all other learning, traditional to help children express themselves in an back to the very foundations of edu- training in reading is foundational and effective and confident way. The ability to cation in our country. The first American based on a phonetic approach. Knowledge speak comfortably before others is recog- schools were an extension of the family. of letters, sounds, blends, and pronuncia- nized as a skill that will serve them well Each community had its own autonomous tion rules will enable students to decipher throughout life. school, whose teacher served at the plea- any printed word they may encounter. The The most important aspect of traditional sure of the families in that community. study of phonics gives them basic reading learning is the emphasis on character train- These schools were local and individual- tools, which will not limit them to a list of ing. Our forefathers understood the need ized. Quality was high and waste was at a sight words they recognize. for instilling certain values in the hearts minimum. The parents provided the lead- After a child masters the basic phonetic and minds of our children. It is not enough ership and resources for the education of skills, he moves on to reading mastery to present lessons on such traits as honesty, their children, because education was not and concrete drills. A person learns skills compassion, resourcefulness, and responsi- considered a function of government. by understanding and performing them bility. The parents, through their example, A traditional approach to homeschool- repetitiously. Memorization is not only mentor their children to incorporate these ing would follow this one-room school- a means of retaining information; it also traits in daily life. Open discussions should house format. One teacher (the parent) su- disciplines the mind for more difficult ensue that show the practical relevance of pervises the studies of numerous students, tasks to follow. As his mental maturity the desired character traits and identify spending time working individually with allows, the older student will move into them in each child’s relationships and ac- each child. This one-on-one methodology more abstract thought, allowing him to tivities. The regular study of Bible verses and stories that exemplify the traits being learned will help children understand how to apply them to real-life situations. This three-fold approach to character training “Each child is permitted to progress at (example, discussion, and application) will create a foundational platform from which his own rate, on his own performance a child’s daily decisions are formulated. The traditional approach to education is level, with the emphasis on ‘learning’ individualized, child-focused, and mastery- based. Through the use of regular measure- rather than ‘teaching.’” ment, training in communication skills, and an emphasis on character, children can establish a solid moral and academic foun- dation in their lives. The use of an established, time-tested, in- is crucial to the success of the traditional deal with more complex materials. “Line dividualized curriculum allows parents the approach to learning. Each child is per- upon line, precept upon precept” is the freedom to spend their educational time in- mitted to progress at his own rate, on his Biblical model that is followed in direct- teracting with their children instead of pre- own performance level, with the empha- ing a child’s learning. paring lesson plans. Accelerated Christian sis on “learning” rather than “teaching.” In order for a child to master concepts Education® has been meeting this need for The focus is the child and his individual and be able to use them effectively, learn- over four decades for thousands of home- needs. The parent serves as a tutor to as- ing must be routinely measured. The stu- schooling families around the world. sist when needed rather than as a lecturer. dent is taught to take responsibility for his This frees the parent to zero in on areas of own learning, with frequent testing to en- Mrs. Sandy Dawson serves as an education strength and weakness for each child, giv- sure mastery. In all areas of study, mastery specialist for Accelerated Christian Edu- ing him the personal attention necessary to is required before a student is permitted to cation. After 25 years in the classroom, she make sure concepts are fully grasped. The advance to the next level. and her husband have spent the last nine child’s learning style and personality can Along with academic subjects, the tradi- years traveling the globe training Chris- be considered in the approach taken when tional approach to education values the de- tian educators. working individually with that child. velopment of communication skills. Reci- 12 ©2011, The Old Schoolhouse® Magazine 12 ©2011, The Old Schoolhouse® Magazine www.TheHomeschoolMagazine.com/BusinessEntrepreneurDirectory www.TheHomeschoolMagazine.com/BusinessEntrepreneurDirectory Homeschooling Styles Unschooling by Bethany George O f the myriad of homeschooling ers use whatever resources or experiences do them in your homeschool too, even if styles being utilized today, un- they deem useful and appropriate to their you know your kids will hate them! Un- schooling has got to be the most current need or interest. A third, and likely schoolers aren’t immune from comparing misunderstood. It was only a few months the most powerful, unschooling myth is themselves, but typically they won’t stub- ago that I, myself, had a very skeptical at- that unschooling is simply too risky. Terms bornly plow ahead with something when titude towards it. I didn’t know much about like interest-led and self-directed can be their kids hate it and they’re not really sure unschooling, but what I did know left me very unsettling for many homeschooling why they’re doing it in the first place. confused and maybe even a little suspi- parents. And yet unschooling students If you think about it, we are all unschool- cious. I was too concerned about my kids continue to excel. Unschooling is serving ing every day, though we may not call it keeping up to consider unschooling. How- many families very well. that. We live our lives, gathering the infor- ever, I did want to choose the materials and The unschooler label is broad enough for mation and skills that are useful to us (or methods that would cause the least amount a very wide spectrum of homeschoolers to that will be soon.) We find it easy enough of moaning and groaning in our home. I fall under it, some of which consider them- to trust this way of learning for ourselves, didn’t think there was much hope for my selves very close to mainstream, and others but somehow less so when it comes to our kids to actually love school, but I wanted far from it. But the way that unschoolers children. Unschooling strives to nurture them to at least not hate it. So I was always learn is surprisingly familiar; it’s exactly the natural joy for learning that we are all on the lookout for fresh ideas and tried to how we “non-school-age” folks learn. born with. In this way, a refreshing amount keep our learning as fun as possible. When I become interested in a particular of respect is extended to the student, reject- ing the moldy idea that education must be “An unschooling parent is highly involved, miserable, grueling, and forced. If there were an awards ceremony for continually receptive to her child’s particular homeschooling styles, unschooling would undoubtedly win the Kid’s Choice Award. needs, interests, and abilities during each But how quickly the thought follows: If they like it, it must not be good for them. season of growth.” I’m ready to challenge that thinking. My desire is for my children to be enthusiastic, That’s when I happened upon John Holt’s topic, I’ll use the Internet, library, conver- curious, resourceful young people who car- book, What Do I Do Monday? (Boynton/ sation with others, and sometimes classes ry with them the joy of learning throughout Cook, 1995). The author’s ideas made a or hands-on experiences to get the level of their lives. With these goals in mind, I’ve huge impact on me. It was an exciting time knowledge I’m looking for. That’s real-life moved from misunderstanding to embrac- as I began to view learning in a brand new learning, and that’s unschooling. ing the principles of unschooling, and from way. After looking for more information Unschooling asks why more often than suspicion to trust. These are exciting days about John Holt, I found that his writings the other homeschooling styles, I think. for our homeschool as we continue to grow had inspired the unschooling movement! I The parent and student both know why and learn together. was really intrigued now, and eager to give they are learning what they are learning. unschooling another look. Maybe it’s because the student is strongly A second-generation homeschooler who After I had done my research, I realized interested in the subject. Maybe it’s some- also attended public and private school, that my previous assumptions about un- thing the parent feels is important to know. Bethany knew she would choose home- schooling were far from accurate. I began Or maybe it’s simply required by the state. schooling for her own children. Blessed by learning what unschooling is not. For There can be many motivators for learning. with parents whose wisdom as veteran example, I found that unschooling is not The unschooler knows and can articulate homeschoolers she can draw from, she un-parenting. In fact, nothing could be far- which motive is driving his studies. has also found inspiration in the writings ther from the truth. An unschooling parent Because they are apt to ask why, un- of Ruth Beechick and John Holt. (Betha- is highly involved, continually receptive to schooling parents seem less afflicted with ny’s mom is TOS contributor Deb Turner her child’s particular needs, interests, and what I like to call the look-what-they’re- http://homeschoolblogger.com/pattycake.) abilities during each season of growth. An- doing syndrome—you know, that panicky Bethany, her supportive and hardworking other unschooling myth is that unschoolers feeling you get when you see the wonder- husband, Josh, and their four young chil- do not use traditional materials or take tra- ful things other homeschooling families dren enjoy living in the beautiful, rolling ditional classes. On the contrary, unschool- are doing, and feel that you must somehow farmland of Upstate New York. www.TheHomeschoolMagazine.com/BusinessEntrepreneurDirectory www.TheHomeschoolMagazine.com/BusinessEntrepreneurDirectory ©2011, The Old Schoolhouse® Magazine 13 ©2011, The Old Schoolhouse® Magazine 13 Homeschooling Styles Eclectic Homeschooling by Diana Waring W hat on earth does that mean? learning is a dynamic operation involving European-style bakery versus purchasing Eclectic homeschooling can be children who are constantly growing and ingredients from the store and baking the defined as “enjoying the freedom changing, it needs to be able to flex and cake yourself. Obviously, homemade—if to individually choose and utilize the best el- develop with them. you have the time and a bit of pluck—is far ements of various educational resources for What does this look like? An eclectic cheaper. Your version might not have the your individual children, rather than strictly homeschool mom will have spent time fancy box, but it won’t have the fancy price following a particular style.” Instead of be- prayerfully considering the unique needs tag, either. More importantly, with quality ing tyrannized by a textbook, scolded by and styles of her children, since she recog- ingredients, the taste of your homemade cake a schedule, or controlled by a curriculum, nizes that one size does not fit all. In addi- will be far better than the store-bought cake. eclectic homeschoolers have the liberty to tion, she will have taken her own adventure In the same way, an eclectic homeschooler say, “We will do this and not that today.” into the realm of learning—reading, listen- gets more bang for her buck by picking up It is emancipation from the impersonal de- ing to, and studying the varied educational some quality ingredients—readers, projects, mands of an educational approach that does ideas, philosophies, and resources—so that maps, etc.—from used bookstores, libraries, not know (or care about) our unique child or she can draw from each one’s particular neighbors, and resale sites. With her wise particular situation. strengths. She recognizes that the extra and thrifty approach, she knows she can Where did it come from? This contempo- time she spends now provides huge divi- scrimp here and splurge there. rary term is actually the strategy originally dends later, since her children actually en- How do you know it will work? Because used by homeschooling pioneers to teach joy the learning process and aren’t bogged we are dealing with humans, not machines, their children—when that was so far out- down by boredom mid-year. Essentially, we realize this is a dance between two side the norm that it was illegal in many she has the freedom to choose her family’s people, requiring a daily give and take. Our vision, as we look down the road, is to prepare their hearts for the future. We rec- “They discovered that this approach pro- ognize that our approach—though glori- ously liberating, giving our children a love duced far better results than traditional of learning—is going to be an ongoing forms of education!” process of tweaking and adjusting. It may mean occasionally tossing out things that didn’t work and trying something new, like states. Since these pioneers had already educational provisions from a wide variety Thomas Edison did with his light bulbs. As stepped outside the boundaries of tradition- of resources so that they can love learning. eclectic homeschoolers, we have to walk al schooling, they found it natural to look Where do I start? Become a “bird- in humility—always ready to say, “Hmm, for new and innovative ways of teaching watcher” of your kids: go to their natural that didn’t go like I planned”—but we also that would meet the needs of their unique habitat and quietly observe. What makes walk in confidence because these students children, inspiring them to love learning them tick? What delights their hearts? will be equipped to engage in every imag- in the process. They discovered that this What bores them? Do they like to tinker inable endeavor. approach produced far better results than with toasters? Do they want to play group traditional forms of education! games? Do they love to read books? Do Diana Waring, author of Beyond Survival, What do eclectic homeschoolers know they run and leap? Do they spend hours Reaping the Harvest, and the History Re- about how children learn? Learning is creating LEGO® masterpieces or prac- vealed curriculum published by AiG discov- not a mechanical process. As parents, we ticing music or painting pictures? All of ered years ago that “the key to education is do not set our children on conveyor belts these are clues to what will give them joy relationship.” Beginning in the early ‘80s, Di- where knowledge is dropped through a in the journey of homeschooling. Learn- ana homeschooled her children through high chute into their brains and then on to the ing styles, modalities, and the eight intel- school—which provided her the real-life op- next subject’s dispenser! Instead, learn- ligences make the eclectic homeschooler’s portunities to learn how kids learn. Mentored ing is relational: it should be warm and efforts in understanding her unique “birds” by educators whose focus was to honor Him responsive, kind and thoughtful, full of far more productive. Be encouraged—you who created all learners, and with an interna- God’s grace and mercy, taking into ac- figured out how to potty train them! This is tional background (born in Germany, univer- count the real, human students who are merely continuing down the same path. sity degree in French, lifelong student of world learning, and the real, human teacher who How much does it cost? Think about history), Diana has been enthusiastically re- is helping them in this process. 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The clear C harlotte Mason’s motto, “educa- the mind and heart. delineation of right and wrong in fairy tales, tion is an atmosphere, a disci- As parents striving to avoid for our chil- folk tales, and mythic and epic literature, nur- pline, a life” might accurately dren foods that are adulterated with sugar, tures the inclination of the human heart for be called “educating organically.” As preservatives, unhealthy fats, and chemi- that which is good, lovely, honest, and true. parents, many of us are interested in pro- cals, so, too, our approach to education By a rich and orderly serving of living books, viding our children with the most whole- should reflect a similar devotion. Mason the child’s heart is expanded and enlarged. As some foods we can offer in our day of called the adulterated curriculum often the youngest child listens and understands a mechanized corporate agriculture. When proffered children “twaddle—the men- story, he freely relates back his response to available, we desire organically grown tally inferior and useless stuff produced the story. The growing discipline of narration fruits and vegetables, minimally pro- or written for children by adults.”2 Mason initiates the child into the world of words. cessed whole grains, free-range, antibi- defined an “organic” curriculum as rich in True education begins. otic- and hormone-free meats, and best “living books.”3 of all, homegrown fruits and vegetables Because Mason recognized the inherent Education Is a Discipline. from our own gardens! We desire, to put dignity and individuality of each child, she In addition to a solid foundation of living it simply, to provide our families with strove to establish an approach to education books, Mason advocated the educational foods that are as close to nature and as that respected and encouraged that intrinsic benefit of play and nature study. Indeed, unadulterated as possible. value. Just as parents avoid junk food with Mason “recommended four to six hours outdoors each day . . . from April to Octo- ber” for growing children.55 While Mason had the benefit of the English countryside at her doorstep, many of us must drive or “...true education happens when the plan in advance in order to provide these right atmosphere is established that experiences for our children. But provide them we must. Running, swimming, skip- nurtures life and growth.” ping, jumping, climbing, and dancing will all make for happy, well-rounded children. Weeding a garden, feeding chickens, pick- ing fruit in an orchard, —all work to con- nect children to real life. This same perspective could be ap- its questionable nutritional value, curriculum While outdoor free play is important plied to understanding Charlotte Mason’s based upon tedious workbooks, monotonous in and of itself, Ms.iss Mason also advo- methodology of education. By defining rote work, and watered-down, uninteresting cated nature studies that open the eyes of education as “an atmosphere, a discipline, stories is to be avoided for its questionable the child to the beauty and wonder of the a life,” Mason strove to reconnect educa- educational value. Mason advocated only outdoor world. By the discipline of ob- tion to an organic understanding of it; in the best literature for children. As she notes, serving and relating (and even sketching other words, true education happens when “We hold that a child’s mind is no mere sac and recording) what a child sees as they the right atmosphere is established that to hold ideas, but is rather . . . a spiritual or- he experiences and examines the natural nurtures life and growth. When the human ganism, with an appetite for all knowledge. world–—both terrestrial and astral, —a spirit is nurtured by love, transcendent That is its proper diet.”4 An educational cur- connection to and appreciation for beauty truth, beauty, music, literature, adventure, riculum rich in Scripture, classic literature, is established. This is the beginning of imagination, play, and healthy expanding histories, biographies, poetry, and dramatic wonder. In a technology-saturated culture, labor, the mind and the spirit grow natu- works nurtures the spirit, develops the imagi- where children often spend little time out- rally. As Miss Mason noted, “we must doors, this becomes increasingly essential. 2 Macaulay, Susan Schaeffer. For the sustain a child’s inner life with ideas as The ability to see the small wonders of the Children’s Sake: Foundations of Edu- we sustain his body with food.”1 Analo- cation for Home and School. Wheaton, (continued on page 23) gous with nutrition’s importance to main- Illinois: Crossway Books, 1984. p. 15. 1 Mason, Charlotte. Towards a Philoso- 3 Towards a Philosophy of Education. p. 5 Mason, Charlotte. Home Education. phy of Education. Radford, Virginia: 118. Radford, Virginia: Wilder Publications, Wilder Publications, 2008. p. 86. 4 Ibid. p. 89. 2008. p. 40. 16 ©2011, The Old Schoolhouse® Magazine 16 ©2011, The Old Schoolhouse® Magazine www.TheHomeschoolMagazine.com/BusinessEntrepreneurDirectory www.TheHomeschoolMagazine.com/BusinessEntrepreneurDirectory Beautiful Feet Books hi s tory t hr o u g h l i t e r at u r e Visit Our New and Improved Website! 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We always did some- losophy and can be the basis for instruction manual! thing before leaving the table—generally instruction using a variety of methods When the children are young, I believe a Bible Study, followed by some kind of and materials. It is rooted in the follow- the most important thing is to establish a unit study. For the Bible study, we read ing beliefs: basic structure for the home. Our organi- The Story Bible by Pearl Buck (Random • You are a family, not a school. zation is called “ARCHERS for the Lord, House, 1997) over and over. When the • You are a dad and the head of the Inc.” (www.archersforthelord.org). We children were very young they drew pic- household, not a principal. are a non-profit 501(c)3 organization, and tures to go with the story. We used the • You are a mom, not a teacher. the name stands for “Association of Re- 11”x17” primary paper with the lines on • You have individual relationships laxed Christian Home Educate . . . Rs” (It the bottom and the place for the picture at with your children, not a classroom. almost works). It is also based on Psalm the top. The presence of the lines motivat- These beliefs free parents up to set their 127, which talks about our children be- ed the kids to want to put something there. own goals for their children and use what- ing arrows in our quivers. For most of the As they became ready, it started with a ever curriculum materials they may decide people who are associated with our group, title, then a caption, then a few sentences. to use in their own manner, without concern our Christian beliefs provide the bedrock After a while they were writing stories that for the intent or methods of the publishers. for the education and training of our chil- took up several pages. We stapled them It also frees the parents to treat the children dren. If you have other beliefs, your own all together at the end of the year, and the as individuals, rather than a group, and be values will guide you to find the basic children wound up writing their own ver- sion of the Bible every 3–4 years. After that, we often worked on a “re- “It frees the parents to treat the laxed unit study” One memorable one was “Medieval Times”. (Being relaxed means children as individuals, rather than a that Mom did not spend all night preparing a medieval feast or making costumes) In- group, and be mindful of individual stead, we read books, had meaningful dis- cussions, watched a couple of related vid- strengths and weaknesses.” eos, and maybe went on a field trip. Then, about the time other families would gear up for the big “culminating activity,” ours mindful of individual strengths and weak- structure for your family. Whatever you would die a normal death and we would nesses, as well as differences in learning may believe, it is important to think out move on to something else. styles and readiness. Finally, it helps the this structure carefully and set goals that Sometimes we used the time at the break- parents establish a framework for their days will guide your actions. fast table to work on foreign languages. I and their overall lives that is flexible and re- The structure includes not only your ba- believed in dabbling in several languages laxed, providing the structure children need sic religious and philosophical beliefs, but when the children were little, thereby pre- while allowing all parties to have some free- also the organization of your home and paring them for serious study later on. We dom to make adjustments when needed. your day. A famous philosopher once said, also studied other countries and cultures Today, for example, I’m sitting indoors “There is a certain disorder in any busy and read biographies of missionaries. This in Atlanta, here in the Deep South. Out- workshop.” Those homeschooling mothers planted the seed for later missions work. side there are four inches of snow on the who try to keep “Better Homes and Gar- Two of my kids wound up working in Asia ground! I’m staying flexible, writing this dens” houses are probably being unrealis- for several years as young adults. article instead of doing the real estate ap- tic. However, I believe there needs to be After the breakfast table, the morning praisal work I’m supposed to be doing! If an underlying order. I’ve always said, “A was known as “productive time.” “Produc- the children were still young, we wouldn’t place for everything and everything out of tive” might include playing with LEGOs be sitting indoors studying about Egypt its place some of the time . . . at least while or digging in the dirt, thinking! It did not today, either, even if that were what I had we’re working on a project!” include playing with neighborhood chil- planned! We’d be outside studying how Our schedule for our day was loose, but dren before noon. The television stayed off to make a snowman! “School” would be we always had one. When we first got up and there were no video games. This didn’t in session, even if the subject matter had in the morning, we began at the breakfast (Continued on page 20) 18 ©2011, The Old Schoolhouse® Magazine 18 ©2011, The Old Schoolhouse® Magazine www.TheHomeschoolMagazine.com/BusinessEntrepreneurDirectory www.TheHomeschoolMagazine.com/BusinessEntrepreneurDirectory www.TheHomeschoolMagazine.com/BusinessEntrepreneurDirectory www.TheHomeschoolMagazine.com/BusinessEntrepreneurDirectory ©2011, The Old Schoolhouse® Magazine 19 ©2011, The Old Schoolhouse® Magazine 19 The Relaxed Homeschooling Lifestyle (Continued from page 18) change during the summer or vacations. It Too many parents would have done ex- I never turned this in to anyone. A typi- remained the same throughout their child- actly what I did, but then knuckle under cal entry might say, “Today we discussed hood, until the children became teenagers, later. “Oh, well, the team needs you and good and bad insects while we were plant- when the situation began to shift a bit. we don’t want to let them down. I’ll go ing the beans,” or “Today we talked about Our education was always guided by ahead and take you just this once, but I the Civil War while going on a field trip to long-range goals, which I believe are HOPE YOU LEARNED SOMETHING Gettysburg.” (We did a LOT of field trips, critical for success in any endeavor. The FROM THIS!” usually just by ourselves or with a couple areas my husband and I considered were All our kids are grown now, and they have of other families.) (in order of importance to us): values, atti- all grown up to be people we can be proud of. In addition, we always kept a list of the tudes, habits, skills, individual talents, and They all followed unique, interesting paths books that we were reading. In most ho- knowledge. Note that knowledge was on into their adult lives. All five entered col- meschooling families, just this list will im- the list and was very important to us, but it lege and did quite well when they got there. press the socks off the authorities if they was less important than the kind of people Three have college degrees already and one ever really look at any of your records. we were raising. is working on her master’s in counseling. All Above all, just learn to chill and relax! Since we believe that our children should but one have spent time overseas. Set some worthwhile goals. Enjoy the pro- be treated as individuals, their own goals The relaxed homeschooling lifestyle can cess of moving forward while concentrat- and individual passions became more and be a wonderful way of living together and ing on the present. Focus more on abilities more important as they got older. To what- enjoying your children. You don’t need to than perceived disabilities, and have fun ever extent they were able to set goals, live with constant stress and worry about with your kids while they are with you! plan their own work, and manage their Now that mine are scattered all over the own time, we largely backed off after they world, I miss those times! Remember, too, became teenagers. However, to whatever extent they weren’t able to do so, we still “You don’t that we have an enemy who loves to stir up feelings of discouragement, depres- stepped in to help them do it! Even though I stress that teenagers are actually “young need to sion, and inadequacy. Be assured that God wouldn’t have called you to this journey transitional adults” and should be treated differently than children, we still kept be- worry about unless He believed you have what it takes to follow through! Relax, and let God guide havioral boundaries in place. someone else’s your goals. Enjoy those kids while they One of my sons was a very strong-willed are little. As they get older, spend more individual, and as he entered the middle expectations.” time on your knees than trying to control school years, it became difficult to work everything yourself, and then sit back and with him. One day I had asked him to do get ready to be astounded at the wonderful something for me, and he said, “You can’t someone else’s expectations. You don’t men and women they will become! make me do that!” (He had recently be- have to slavishly follow a curriculum, or come bigger and stronger than I was, and mindlessly follow the dictates of anyone Mary Hood, nationally known as “The he was probably just testing the waters.) outside of the family. Of course, you do Relaxed Homeschooler®,” believes that a Rather than fly off the handle and send him need to know the laws of your state and do “relaxed homeschool” develops out of the to his room until he was 21, I just looked at what it takes to stay legal, but most of the mindset that you are a family, not a school; him, and said, “You’re right. I can’t make time, if you really have your own convic- a dad, not a principal; a mom, not a teach- you do that.” While he was gloating, I fol- tions clear and can explain your goals and er; and that you have individual relation- lowed up with, “And you can’t make me methods to the authorities, you will be able ships with your children, not a classroom. make your supper, clean your uniform, and to follow the dictates of your heart. This mindset helps you to stress out less drive you to the game tonight.” It is important to keep good records, over school-like expectations, and relax After a brief pause, he did whatever I had even if your own state doesn’t expect it. I and enjoy your family. Mary Hood and her asked him to do. (I don’t even remember believe in standardized testing every year, husband, Roy, have been homeschooling what it was anymore.) One of the reasons beginning in the third grade, mostly to their five children since the early 1980s. this worked was the consistency that my help the children develop their ability to The older children have successfully made husband and I had developed in our disci- take tests. If they don’t do a great job, re- the transition to college and adult life. plinary techniques over the years. We did member the test makers aren’t testing your Mary has a Ph.D. in education and is a na- not have a million rules for the kids—just curriculum, and may not share your goals. tionally known speaker and the author of the basics, such as don’t hurt anyone and The tests never told me anything I didn’t such books as The Relaxed Home School, don’t ruin anyone else’s things. However, already know. The Joyful Home Schooler, and The En- when we did take a stand on something, I also kept a journal reminding me of ev- thusiastic Home Schooler. Visit Dr. Hood’s the kids knew we would follow through. erything we did during the year, although website at www.archersforthelord.org. 20 ©2011, The Old Schoolhouse® Magazine 20 ©2011, The Old Schoolhouse® Magazine www.TheHomeschoolMagazine.com/BusinessEntrepreneurDirectory www.TheHomeschoolMagazine.com/BusinessEntrepreneurDirectory Homeschooling Styles Frustration to Fun: Informal Homeschool Days by Cindy Horton L et me start out with complete hones- parents agree that instilling a love of learn- they happen to be. The grocery store and ty—homeschooling can be frustrat- ing in their children is one of the most im- the gas station are great places to prac- ing. Sometimes kids get frustrated, portant goals of this journey. tice all of the math skills, including esti- and sometimes Mom gets frustrated. Why exactly does being relaxed and mation, multiplication, fractions, and, of The cause is often a difficult subject comfortable make learning easier? Think course, decimals. such as math, reading, or spelling but is of it this way: When your body is well- Most subjects can be learned and prac- just as likely to be a learning disability, rested, tackling a physical job like clean- ticed in non-traditional ways around the illness, or plain ol’ burnout. Adjustment ing out a closet or weeding the garden house as well. Try these suggestions from to a major change in life, such as a move, is manageable, maybe even easy. If you homeschooling moms: a new baby, or going from public school sleep fitfully the night before or wait until “Stair hopping” for spelling or math. to the home environment, can also lead to late in the day to begin, however, these Place rewards, such as gum or coins, difficulty and frustration. same jobs become challenging and take on the stairs. Each time the child spells Whatever the cause, the result of this much longer to accomplish. a word or answers a math problem cor- frustration frequently includes tears, ar- The brain works the same way. It learns rectly, she gets to hop to the next stair and guing, and a true inability to learn new better when it’s well-rested, calm, and re- pick up the reward. Handwriting can be practiced in a sandbox, in a cookie sheet filled with “A relaxed atmosphere in the home, rice, salt, or beans, or even on a mir- ror covered with shaving cream. If your both during school time and in general, child is past the “finger writing” stage, let him use a dry erase marker to practice helps a struggling child to feel more writing on the windows. Audio CDs, especially for history and comfortable, which in turn helps him literature, can grab a child’s attention even if she usually balks at those subjects. Play look forward to learning new things.” them in the car or around the house while the kids play or help with the cooking or cleaning. Even when they don’t seem to information. Moms may interpret this laxed. Penny Ray, whose daughter is on pay close attention, you’ll be surprised at as a refusal to do lessons, as a contrary the autism spectrum, says, “As I relax and how much they retain. attitude, or as disobedience. In reality, move more and more into following her Lisa Ann Young likes to do projects and though, a child can become so stressed interests . . . I see her absorbing more in- activities with her kids that help them learn that his mind can’t possibly retain any formation and applying it.” “without even knowing it, because it is just new information whether it comes in the plain fun!” form of phonics rules, spelling words, But How? • Baking (covers math skills and home math facts, or state capitals. Okay, so you know that leaving for- economics) mal schooling behind can help a child • Painting Drop the Formality relax and learn better, but maybe you’re • Gardening If frustration has found its way into your wondering how in the world to go about • Working puzzles home, one of the most helpful things you this. Without textbooks and lesson plans • Reading books together can do is drop the formality of school for to guide you, what exactly should you • Watching educational programs and a short time (or permanently!) and take be doing? then discussing the topics a more relaxed approach to learning. As Mom Debbie Rowand sums it up nicely: • Listening to CDs with math facts, mom Sarah Dugger says of her son, “When “We look at schooling as a life experience.” spelling words, or other topics set we relaxed, so did he.” Learning doesn’t just happen between the to music A relaxed atmosphere in the home, both pages of schoolbooks. It can happen any- during school time and in general, helps a where and everywhere! Take It Outside struggling child to feel more comfortable, Beginning readers can practice their Being cooped up indoors all day long which in turn helps him look forward to phonics skills on signs at the grocery store isn’t fun or healthy for anyone, but out- learning new things. Most homeschooling or along the side of the road, or anywhere (Continued on page 22) www.TheHomeschoolMagazine.com/BusinessEntrepreneurDirectory www.TheHomeschoolMagazine.com/BusinessEntrepreneurDirectory ©2011, The Old Schoolhouse® Magazine 21 ©2011, The Old Schoolhouse® Magazine 21 Frustration to Fun: Informal Homeschool Days (Continued from page 21) side lessons stir up excitement in kids of interested. There, our kids learned that question about supernovas or your fam- all ages and personalities. Writing spell- the Confederate Army burned the entire ily discusses the French and Indian War ing words or math problems or just draw- town except for that house when they fled at the dinner table, those conversations ing pictures with sidewalk chalk is always the area during the war and that Lt. Col. constitute science and history lessons. going to be more fun than sitting at a table Rutherford B. Hayes and Sgt. William Depending on your unique situation, writing on notebook paper—but it still McKinley set up their headquarters and a you may prefer to use a portfolio evalua- counts as learning! hospital there. tion instead of a standardized test for your child’s yearly assessment. A portfolio can contain any cards or letters your child has written, photographs of projects he’s completed or of sites she’s visited, and printouts of computer work. “...it’s often best for kids to ‘experience Remember that most portfolio evalu- ators ask for just two examples of the first and name later.’ ” child’s work from each subject—one from the beginning of the year and one from the end. In math, for example, a child could complete two worksheets or work problems on notebook paper just twice to fulfill that request. During the rest of Angela Wells suggests taking a nature Other local field trip possibilities include: the year, math work can be done through hike where your kids are sure to see plenty • State and national parks, which often games, using sidewalk chalk, or in any of of wildlife, even if it’s only the six-legged offer free or low-cost nature programs the other ways mentioned. variety. If possible, let them pick flowers, • Fire station, police station, and If a state requires a yearly, standardized leaves, and grass or collect some of those rescue squad test, taking a little time to practice reading bugs to take home. They could use a book • Farms or dairies questions and filling in bubbles is usually or website to identify their items later or • Banks sufficient. This is when moms have to re- simply enjoy them. As Angela says, it’s • Library lax even more and trust that the informal often best for kids to “experience first and • Veterinarian’s office lessons are doing exactly what they’re name later.” When choosing field trips, it’s important supposed to do—helping a comfortable Field trips interest almost all children to select things your child will enjoy. If child to learn and retain the information he and allow them to experience history and you have a young boy who likes to collect needs to know! nature firsthand. These are but a few pos- frogs and climb trees, he may not enjoy an sibilities: art museum, even if art appreciation is part *If your family lives outside of the Unit- • Historical homes of the lesson plan this year. ed States, you should check your local laws • Native American sites regarding homeschool requirements. • Battlefields Meeting Requirements • Natural wonders such as caverns, When it comes to informal homeschool- Cindy Horton lives in beautiful West Vir- canyons, and waterfalls ing, parents are sometimes concerned ginia with her husband, Jon, and their • Science museums, children’s muse- about meeting their state requirements for sons, Nick, James, and Robert. Her fa- ums, and art museums yearly assessments and mandatory days vorite moments are spent with her family • Zoos and botanical gardens or hours of instruction. In reality, no state snuggled up under blankets, camping, or Even if your family can’t take a trip to mandates the use of textbooks or formal just playing in the backyard. She also en- visit a major battlefield or a large zoo, you curricula, which means that an informal joys knitting, hanging clothes on the line, can probably find field trip opportunities approach to homeschooling meets the le- and baking—mostly brownies and cook- close to home. In our small city of about gal requirements no matter where you live ies! Cindy and Jon have homeschooled 8,000 people, our family has visited more in America.* their sons from the beginning and fol- than a dozen different places where we’ve For states that require families to log low a relaxed, eclectic style. They like to learned about history, animals, literature, hours spent on different subjects, re- learn together by reading great books as and our community. member that math skills are being used a family, working on projects, and taking For example, our local Chamber of during baking and trips to the super- field trips. You can visit their family at Commerce has its offices inside a home market. Playing a spelling game counts Fenced In Family. that was built before the Civil War, and as language arts class just like taking a they offer free tours to anyone who’s spelling test would. If your child asks a 22 ©2011, The Old Schoolhouse® Magazine 22 ©2011, The Old Schoolhouse® Magazine www.TheHomeschoolMagazine.com/BusinessEntrepreneurDirectory www.TheHomeschoolMagazine.com/BusinessEntrepreneurDirectory A Mini Primer for Charlotte What Makes Classical Mason for Everyday Life Education Different Continued from Page 16 Continued from Page 8 natural world around us (even if we live They are taught to examine the informa- in a city or suburb) gives the child a lens tion they’re given, evaluate it for accura- through which to appreciate beauty and ex- perience life. cy and truth, and form their own opinions about it. Textbooks actively discourage “The final goal of Education is Is a Life. this sort of learning. Instead, textbooks classical education, Mason’s philosophy of education is de- provide students with a set amount of in- signed to develop life-long learners. Intro- formation that must be accepted as “true” after all, is to train a ducing children at a young age and through their educational career to the “best which and memorized. Textbooks rarely pro- vide footnotes; the authors are unknown, lifelong learner.” has been thought and said in the world” or else grouped together so that no one connects them to the rich literary heritage writer claims responsibility. Textbooks of western civilization–—a heritage that are designed to be accepted and passively can inform and inspire them throughout memorized, not questioned and analyzed. their lives.66 Opening the eyes of a child And this style of learning—passive, trust- kind of adult it wants to produce, classical to the beauty of the natural world around ing, and non-critical—is the complete op- education has a very clear goal. It aims to them him develops wonder–—a defense posite of classical education. turn a child into an adult who knows how against the cynicism and hubris of post- The final goal of classical education, to think: how to take in new knowledge, modern life. This can provide a critical an- after all, is to train a lifelong learner. The evaluate its worth, and then either discard tidote to an often violent and topsy-turvy three-stage pattern of classical educa- it or put it to good use. world. Understanding their his place in tion (first, master the basics of a subject; that world establishes a solid foundation second, think critically and analytically; Susan Wise Bauer is a historian and writ- for right relationship with God and their third, develop and express an opinion) is er. She is currently at work on a four-vol- his neighbor. a pattern that will guide all later learning. ume history of the world for W. W. Norton; The adult who decides to take up knit- her books include The History of the An- Rea Berg is the author of the Beautiful ting follows this same process; first, learn cient World, The History of the Medieval Feet Books History Through Literature the basic stitches; second, connect those World, and The Well-Educated Mind (all Study Guides, which utilize a living books stitches together into a pattern; third, in- from W. W. Norton) and The Art of the approach to teach history. Her company, vent new patterns. So does the lifelong Public Grovel: Sexual Sin and Confession Beautiful Feet Books, has brought back into learner who sets out to teach himself a in America (Princeton University Press). print the popular D’Aulaire biographies, new subject, be it philosophy or astro- She is the founder of Peace Hill Press, a the Genevieve Foster “World” books, as physics. First, he learns the basic terms, small press dedicated to publishing his- well as many other well-loved children’s definitions, and arguments; second, he tory and literature resources for parents authors. Rea speaks at educational conven- learns how the terms relate to each other, and teachers. Susan holds a Ph.D. from tions around the country on history, educa- and evaluates the arguments; third, he de- the College of William and Mary, where tion, and children’s literature. Rea has a cides whether or not he agrees. she now teaches writing. She lives in bachelor’s degree in English and a master’s In contrast with much modern educa- Charles City with her husband and four degree in children’s literature. She blogs tion, which doesn’t know exactly what children. on children’s literature at Rea Berg’s Book Blog and at Rea Berg’s Book Blog and can be emailed at firstname.lastname@example.org. 6 Arnold, Matthew and Jane Garrett. www.TheHomeschoolMagazine.com Culture and Anarchy. 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The teacher as ized education plan designed specifically new concepts. Special needs children gen- well is at the mercy of the lesson plan, for for the special needs student. The IEP erally learn slower than their non-affected if she does not adhere to it, she will find meeting would include the IEP—a legal counterparts and need a great deal of re- herself in trouble with the school. There document—stating what the child’s needs view through spirals. It is not unusual for is no freedom—no time to make changes, were and how the school would fulfill their lessons to be broken down into multi- slow down, or ensure your child is learning those needs. An IEP is a legal contract be- ple steps that may take days or even a week before moving on. tween the parents and the school on behalf or two to get through instead of just one At home, as with non-affected children, of the child. day. Understanding that this is normal and you as the teacher can go at the child’s For homeschoolers with special needs is also what happens in public school can pace and make adaptations and modifica- students, where do you start without an help homeschooling parents feel less stress tions and return again and again to a topic IEP, and how do you know you are doing when educating their child at home. Ho- until the child is able to comprehend and the best for your child? How do you adapt meschooling generally goes at the child’s retain and move on to something new. This curriculum, and how do you create expec- pace already, but when educating a special doesn’t happen in public schools! Never tations for your child that are reasonable needs child it may trickle down to a crawl feel you are shortchanging your special needs child by homeschooling him. You “Homeschooled children already have profes- are giving him an enormous opportunity to be educated one-on-one by a person who sionals in their lives—their parents!” has his best interest at heart. There are numerous strategies that can be and reachable? If the curriculum you are or even a standstill and that is okay. Don’t utilized when educating special needs stu- using is difficult or isn’t working for your worry; don’t panic; just persevere. dents at home and in public school. These child, how do you modify it or should you? Many homeschooling parents who transcend the barriers of home and school What happens if your special needs child have special needs children worry about and target the strengths of the student to reaches an educational hurdle and can’t not meeting the expectations of the local help him make connections with informa- move past it? Is that the end or are there school district or falling short and “getting tion, as well as comprehend and retain it. alternate ways to get him past the hurdle in trouble.” The reality is, in public schools Learning what these strategies are and how and learning again? How do you know his they often water down lessons for special to use them can make homeschooling your learning is adequate? Could he be doing needs children to the point of not educating special needs child much easier and less more in public school? the child! What you do at home, and the confusing, and will help show progress When it comes to special needs chil- information your child is presented with where you may not have seen it before. dren, most parents think they need to go and exposed to, is more than your child Setting specific and reasonable goals for to the “professionals” to make sure their would gain in a public school even with your child to reach and providing flexibility child receives the best education possible the “professionals” working with him. with the level of mastery your child attains and has the best options. However, home- Special education classrooms are filled will allow you to enjoy the homeschooling schooled children already have profession- with students of multiple levels of ability adventure instead of pushing too hard and als in their lives—their parents! Parents are and age, and the special education teacher making the experience unpleasant for you professional experts where their child is has to teach to the whole group. If a child and your child. Enjoy the journey—your concerned. Parents simply need guidance is on a higher level, he is forced to learn at special needs child is far better off at home in knowing what to do and how to do it, a lower level and often get bored and disin- than at school. and, most especially, they need to be flex- terested. If the child is on a lower level, he ible and patient. The focus should be on the is forced and pushed along to keep up with Rebekah Wilson homeschools her eight child’s ability and reachable goal, not on the rest of the class regardless of whether children: four have autism, and seven have the parents’ expectations. he understands or masters the concepts learning disabilities. Rebekah is earning a There are two vital areas of homeschool- being taught. Public schools cannot stand B.S. in elementary and special education ing a special needs child: understanding the still or slow down and continue teaching to help homeschoolers with special needs child’s strengths and weaknesses, which your child like you can at home. They have children. 24 ©2011, The Old Schoolhouse® Magazine 24 ©2011, The Old Schoolhouse® Magazine www.TheHomeschoolMagazine.com/BusinessEntrepreneurDirectory www.TheHomeschoolMagazine.com/BusinessEntrepreneurDirectory Special Needs Ten Reasons to Homeschool Your Child With Special Needs by Amanda Fuller C hoosing to homeschool your child the best experiences a child can have in ments need to be made to personalize your is a huge decision. Then add to that life. By homeschooling, you are able to child’s education. a child with special needs. This help special needs children nurture and brings up all kinds of mixed feelings, un- develop positive relationships with others 5. It gives you the ability to focus certainties, and emotions. I feel we tend to around them. Some of the most positive so- on your child’s strengths—not sell ourselves short when it comes to our cialization comes from family and friends weaknesses. children with special needs because this of all different ages, who help them learn Children with special needs face all kinds is uncharted territory. However, with re- to interact with adults as well as children. of challenges. The last thing they need in search, resources, and much prayer, you their education is negativity. You can take can do it. Here are ten reasons to home- 3. There are fewer distractions. the subject or work area that they are stron- school your special needs child. When a special needs child is trying to gest in and spend as much time as is needed learn, the last thing he needs is distraction. throughout their day working on this. This 1. No one knows and understands Most have to work harder to focus on their can boost their confidence, providing them your child’s needs better than work, so when you have their attention, it is with an opportunity to say, “Hey, I’m good you do. important to keep it. Having them at home at this!” instead of feeling frustrated while Who is there when your child is diag- gives you the opportunity to keep distrac- working on tasks they aren’t ready for. nosed with a special need? Who spends a tions at a minimum. If you need to take that If they have subjects that they are not as great deal of time at doctor appointments, child into a separate room during instruc- strong in or are struggling to comprehend, in therapy sessions, and by their beds when tion time and close the door so that he or you can just touch on these subjects briefly throughout the teaching time. Minimize their frustration by focusing more attention “Your knowledge of his needs allows you on their stronger subjects. to modify your child’s schooling based 6. Use your child’s interest or com- pulsive tendencies as educational on his needs instead of his needs having tools. to conform to someone else’s teaching My daughter with Down syndrome loves to shuffle cards repetitively on a daily ba- method or classroom rules.” sis. She rarely goes anywhere without them. So we use them in her education. She has trivia cards that we use for reading and they are sick? You! You have been through she can concentrate better, you can do that. playing cards that we use for number or- thick and thin with your child. You know Staggering the teaching time between your der, number recognition, sequential count- and sometimes understand a need or be- special needs child and your other children ing, addition, and subtraction. She loves it havior your child might be experiencing. is helpful. because she is getting to use her favorite Your knowledge of his needs allows you to things while she is doing school. modify your child’s schooling based on his 4. You can provide one-on-one needs instead of his needs having to con- teaching. 7. Siblings or other homeschoolers form to someone else’s teaching method or Many special needs children require can encourage and help your child classroom rules. one-on-one guidance throughout their dai- with his or her schoolwork. ly lives. This holds true for their education Siblings are fantastic teachers for your 2. Homeschooling provides posi- as well. You can sit down face-to-face with child with special needs. They are fantas- tive socialization opportunities. them and take as much time as needed to tic motivators. When your special needs One of the most common questions we explain and work through the task at hand. child sees a sibling learning to write in cur- hear as homeschoolers is “What about Giving your special needs child one-on- sive, you may very well hear these words socialization?” Something I have learned one attention not only can help encourage from her: “I want to learn how to write like over the years is that not all socialization and improve your relationship, but it also that.” You might find yourself teaching her is good or positive—especially for a child can give him a positive school experience. something you never thought possible. If with special needs. 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When we see someone who understands • Your 14-year-old speaks and writes a things more quickly, learns more easily, The Flip Side of the Coin foreign language fluently . . . one of or performs certain tasks far better than Then there are other potential characteris- his own invention. others, we say this person has a “gift for tics common to the gifted that can be, shall • Your 2-year-old insists on putting to- something—a gift for language or mu- we say, “a bit more difficult” to live with. gether his jigsaw puzzles “color-side sic or sports, etc.” We call a person who • Perfectionism down” so it won’t be “so easy.” learns easily and thinks well or differently • Super sensitivity or heightened senses • At the bookstore you discover your “intellectually gifted.” Many types of tests (can’t stand the toes of the socks to be 9-year-old in the checkout line with and assessments that help to ascertain gift- on “wrong,” requires the tags in shirts $500 worth of science books. edness are available. This partial list of to be cut off, or overly sensitive to • Your 4-year-old cries when he hears attributes commonly found in gifted chil- light or sound or environment, etc.) news reports about a famine in Africa. dren is a useful starting place. (Few gifted • Very intense emotionalism • Your 5-year-old strikes up a conversa- children will exhibit all of these, and some • High energy levels tion with a stranger on a plane, which characteristics may be masked by learning • May require little sleep results in his deriving a mature grasp disabilities.) • Stubbornness (the extreme side of of negative numbers. • A developed sense of humor persistence!) • Your 10-year-old writes, directs, stars • Does things earlier and better than • Unable to finish projects in, and gets all her friends involved in peers • Impatient with details a musical. • Very different perspective than peers • Manipulative • Opinionated • Argumentative • Organizationally challenged “...we’re just holding on for dear life. • Easily frustrated They drive us crazy one minute and leave Parenting Gifted Kids I think a parent of gifted children must us laughing, flabbergasted, and utterly have coined the phrase “herding cats!” You know what I mean—these kids are amazed the next.” always into something and they are seem- ingly impossible to keep on track (your track, that is!). At times, their overwhelm- ing energy, creativity, persistence, and Whew! Hanging on! • Extreme focus on one or two hobbies boundary testing can drive a parent just Does any of this sound familiar? Life • Sees patterns—both concrete and south of crazy. But please understand this: with our gifted children can certainly be abstract Gifted children are gifts. God intentional- both a joy and a challenge! Think of it as • Precocious use of language (if ly placed your gifted child in your home. an amusement park ride—fraught with verbally gifted) When it gets difficult, when you think you thrills and screams and the fear of immi- • Prefers to do math work in head (if can’t keep up with her, don’t despair. You nent disaster, but when we get off, we just mathematically gifted) can’t—but God can! Look to Him first for want to hop right back on! Despite opin- • Active imagination—creative wisdom and encouragement. ions to the contrary, we aren’t “pushing” • Extremely competitive our children; we’re just holding on for dear • May show extreme emotional Should We Homeschool Our Gifted life. They drive us crazy one minute and sensitivity Children? leave us laughing, flabbergasted, and ut- • Original thinker—may be a We may find ourselves wondering if we terly amazed the next. nonconformist can really provide these amazing children • Persistent (Continued on page 28) www.TheHomeschoolMagazine.com/BusinessEntrepreneurDirectory www.TheHomeschoolMagazine.com/BusinessEntrepreneurDirectory ©2011, The Old Schoolhouse® Magazine 27 ©2011, The Old Schoolhouse® Magazine 27 Guiding Your Gifted Child (Continued from page 27) with an appropriate education at home: ler, began high school, he was spending our jobs is indeed to teach them how to Surely they would be better off in “gifted more and more time at church—too much learn and to inspire them to learn, it isn’t programs!” time, I thought, to get all his academics our primary job. Our primary job is to raise The good news is that there is a growing completed as well. Plays, choir, orches- disciples of Christ, and there is no place, no amount of support, in terms of services, tra, and mime ministry were all compet- place, better than home to accomplish this research, and information available to ing for his time. Fortunately, before I did goal of eternal importance. you. In the fall 2007 issue of Mensa Re- something stupid, God helped me to see search Journal, Simone de Hoogh writes, that this was His plan for Tyler. No, there Maggie Hogan is an author and speaker “Research results confirm the effective- wouldn’t be time for Latin, but yes, there who lives in Dover, Delaware, with her hus- ness of home education beyond a doubt: would be time for God! Tyler’s desire band, Bob. They are the founders of Bright Parents and caretakers who choose home was to serve the Lord through his musi- Ideas Press. When not reading or play- education create an environment for the cal and theatrical gifts, and God blessed ing with her granddaughters, you can find child in which it can develop its abilities Him. Ironically, I once told Tyler that all Maggie drooling over travel magazines. in both social and intellectual fields, re- this mime and such wouldn’t get him into gardless of the educational level or social college or provide him with a livelihood. position of the parents.”1 God must surely have chuckled when Resources We parents need to search out the best Tyler secured a full, 4-year, academic Mentors—Look to families with gifted in education, resources, and opportunities scholarship to a fine Christian college, in children who are older than yours. Pick for our gifted learners, just as we would part on the strength of his mime perfor- their brains; find out what worked and for our athletes, musicians, or learning mance! Now that he has graduated from what didn’t. (Then pass it on—be a mentor disabled children. With prayer and pa- college, he is working toward starting a yourself.) tience we can provide our gifted chil- Christian Performing Arts Center. The dren an outstanding education within the lesson I learned? Always submit your Groups.Yahoo.com/Group/HSGifted— sphere of homeschooling. curriculum plan to the Lord. Maggie Hogan’s safe haven for Christian parents who want to talk about the joys Working With Their Natural Bent Curriculum for Gifted Students and challenges of homeschooling gifted Use what you know about your child in In case you are wondering, there is no children. order to guide and motivate him. Some stu- perfect curriculum designed for gifted dents need encouragement to work to their children. Additionally, curriculum is not Nationally Recognized Gifted capabilities, while others are perfectionists limited to textbooks. In developing your Programs and need help learning to lighten up and to student’s educational plan, think outside CTY/IAAY: Grade 2 and up. Johns Hop- not take everything so seriously. Our oldest the book. Use resources and activities that kins University has widely recognized son, JB, was a serious, perfectionist child. incorporate higher-level thinking skills. programs for gifted youth. They consist He refused to learn to ride a bike until he Provide plenty of imaginative learning op- of testing to determine eligibility, camps, was sure he could get on it and ride with- portunities. A student might: workshops, symposiums, and online class- out falling off. (He was considerably older • Volunteer es, all created for very gifted kids and/or than his peers when he finally learned, but • Create a board game their parents. he learned on his terms.) My husband and I • Perform in a play didn’t pressure him to succeed because he • Publish a newspaper Johns Hopkins University and the Center was already hardwired to avoid failure at • Invent a product for Talented Youth (CTY) all costs. If anything, we needed to show • Start a business 3400 North Charles Street him that making mistakes is a part of life. • Pursue a passion Baltimore, MD 21218 • Travel 1.410.516.0337 More to Life Than Academics • Apprentice www.cty.jhu.edu Although it is easy to focus on academ- • Write a book www.cty.jhu.edu/imagine/linkb.htm ics, remember to develop other essentials • Enter a competition (links to academic and artistic competitions) such as social skills, spiritual develop- • Try Scouts or 4-H ment, character, service to others, fine • Learn a language Duke has a similar program called TIP arts, etc. When our youngest son, Ty- • Enjoy free time! (Talent Identification Program), which in- 1 Hoogh, Simone de, “Home-education: cludes a seventh-grade talent search. Duke A successful educational experiment?” Finally, Relax, Dear Ones also publishes a free, quarterly E-Newslet- Our job as homeschooling parents is not ter for parents of gifted students. Mensa Research Journal 38.3 (2007): to cram all the available facts into their Duke University TIP 35-39. heads (as if we could!). Although one of Box 90747 28 ©2011, The Old Schoolhouse® Magazine 28 ©2011, The Old Schoolhouse® Magazine www.TheHomeschoolMagazine.com/BusinessEntrepreneurDirectory www.TheHomeschoolMagazine.com/BusinessEntrepreneurDirectory Durham, NC 27708 provided by the regular school program in Giftedness, Special Needs, and 919.684.3847 order to realize their contribution to self Home Education www.tip.duke.edu and society.” (Marland, 1972) Lastly, research bears out what parents http://parentpals.com/gossamer/pages/De- already instinctively know. Home educa- Useful Websites tailed/686.html tion gives one the best opportunity to pro- GiftedDevelopment.com/Index.htm vide individualized instruction to students Now, realize that No Child Left Behind with special needs. www.UniquelyGifted.org—Resources for legislation created a new, achievement- “Home-education makes it possible to gifted children with special needs (ADD/ based definition of giftedness; however, individualize instruction, respecting the ADHD, learning disabilities (LD), Asperg- it does not mandate that states use its principles of good education for high- er syndrome, etc.) definition. ability children. Home-education gives If you are curious as to what individual all highly and differently gifted children a Giftedness as Special Needs? states have to offer concerning special pro- chance to flourish in a way that is tuned to Let’s look at giftedness now from an- grams for the gifted, look at this page: their unique needs. . . . Moreover, home- other angle: giftedness as a “special need.” http://www.davidsongifted.org/db/state_ educated highly gifted children with learn- First, read the following three quotes: policies.aspx ing disabilities (twice exceptionals) are self-confident students, and although their From the Encyclopedia of Children’s What does all this mean? It means that academic skills may develop at uneven Health: “Although gifted and talented yes, gifted children do have special needs. rates, they have usually achieved academic students are not usually considered candi- And no, the government is not going to proficiency by high school.” dates for special education and there is no solve your educational dilemmas for you! Excerpted from: federal mandate to support these students, As a parent whose oldest son was in a full- Hoogh, S. de (2007). Home Education, a exceptionally gifted children may also be time gifted program until we elected to pull Successful Educational Experiment? Men- entitled to receive special education ser- him out of public school at the end of third sa Research Journal, Vol. 38, no. 3, Fall vices. Gifted children who are not identi- grade, I will attest that what we did at home 2007, p. 35–39. fied and continue to be taught in a general for him was far more valuable than ANY- Here are websites jam packed with infor- classroom may develop behavioral issues THING he received in his gifted program. mation and ideas to help you in your quest due to boredom.” to do your best by your gifted student and http://www.healthofchildren.com/S/Spe- Giftedness and Other Special Needs your twice exceptional student: cial-Education.html#ixzz1GJa5TEDo As if it isn’t sometimes tricky enough deal- ing with a gifted child, many gifted children http://www.hoagiesgifted.org/ “The US government defines “Gifted & are also “special needs” in other ways as The mega-site for all things gifted! Talented” students as those . . . “who give well. Being gifted does not make one “im- evidence of high achievement capability mune” to dyslexia, ADD, Asperger’s Disor- http://www.hoagiesgifted.org/special_ in areas such as intellectual, creative, ar- der, etc. These children are often referred to needs.htm tistic, or leadership capacity, or in specific as “twice-exceptional” or “2e.” Hoagies’ page for 2e children academic fields, and who need services or Many times these children are misla- activities not ordinarily provided by the beled. Sometimes their giftedness hides http://www.davidsongifted.org/ school in order to fully develop those ca- the disability. (Gifted children who strug- Davidson Institute for Talent Develop- pabilities.” 20 U.S.C. Section 7801(22). gle with reading, for example, may mask ment—this site has a great articles library. (Wrightslaw: No Child Left Behind, Title it with their tremendous memory.) Some- IX, Part A, (22). p. 526) times their disability hides their giftedness! http://www.wrightslaw.com/info/2e.index. http://www.wrightslaw.com/info/2e.in- I’ve heard this so many times: “He can’t be htm dex.htm gifted—he can barely read” or “she can’t Wrightslaw page on twice exceptional be gifted—she is way behind in math.” It is children Former U.S. Commissioner of Education important to realize that being gifted does Sidney P. Marland, Jr., in his August 1971 not mean your child doesn’t need help in report to Congress, stated, “Gifted and tal- some way! Too often people assume that if ented children are those identified by pro- a child is smart, he will get by just fine. If fessionally qualified persons who by virtue a child has a disability, the parent has the of outstanding abilities are capable of high responsibility to sort it out and use the ap- performance. These are children who re- propriate resources for helping that child— quire differentiated educational programs even if that special need is “giftedness.” and/or services beyond those normally www.TheHomeschoolMagazine.com/BusinessEntrepreneurDirectory www.TheHomeschoolMagazine.com/BusinessEntrepreneurDirectory ©2011, The Old Schoolhouse® Magazine 29 ©2011, The Old Schoolhouse® Magazine 29 Socialization Inveterate Ironies of Socialization by Emily Hoffhines O ne of the inveterate ironies in the principles we have for guidance? the best forum for acquiring social skills. life of a home educator is that the It started rather badly. History books are Again and again the Old Testament pat- question, “What about socializa- filled with examples of disastrous social- terns of socialization reside in families. tion?” exposes the flawed social skill of ization. In the earliest Biblical account, we We learn in Genesis 18:19 that Abraham the enquirer. This is most often asked by find Adam and Eve chatting with a soon- was chosen because God could trust him a person who has only recently met you. to-be notorious serpent. The next thing we to be a family counselor. Moses, who was The question presumes that socialization know, they hear God walking around and raised by Pharaoh’s daughter, had his sis- could be troublesome. Because it carries an decide to go hide. In their case, you could ter, brother, and father-in-law for social re- intrinsic mistrust in your ability to recog- make the argument that they hadn’t had sources during the wilderness years. Queen nize and deal with socialization issues, the much opportunity to gain practice in social Esther, with the Persian court before her, question can rankle your defenses if you situations. But nine generations later, Noah found her best social networking with her are not prepared for it. found himself bobbing along on top of a cousin, Mordecai. Bless their hearts, most people who ask, flood after the socialization experience had In the E-Book, Turning Points,1 Donna “What about socialization?” are quite clue- gotten out of hand. Wood tells of the time her son remarked that less that they have just made a faux pas. A Socialization under Nimrod gives us a he loved Saturdays. Expecting an answer well-socialized person would never cause a snapshot of one possible outcome for the along the line of getting to sleep in or be- new acquaintance to feel defensive on pur- mantra, “Can’t we all just get along?” The ing able to watch television, she asked him, pose. But even if she is oblivious to how she unity and teamwork used to build the Tower “Why?” But instead of focusing on any spe- cial privilege, he shrugged and said, “I feel like part of the family on Saturdays.” Her “Clearly, city-size groups are not always the son had seen the socialization offered at the best forum for acquiring social skills.” local Christian school and had decided that Saturday with the family was better. But sometimes, even families are too big sounds to a homeschooler, she has tuned in of Babel were extraordinary but sorely mis- for learning good socialization. In a maneu- to the collective belief that socialization is a directed. In the end, the LORD scattered the ver that defies the common logic, there are problem for many people. construction crew abroad over the face of times when the best socialization takes place A few years ago I had the opportunity to be the whole earth. alone. The Gospels offer many examples of involved in a countywide youth rally. During A lot of what passes for good socializa- Jesus going off by himself. I believe his hu- registration we asked the teens to fill out a tion today has seeds of the same error. They manity had to connect with who He really short informal questionnaire about what they had said let us build for ourselves a city, and was/is. A properly socialized person will felt was the greatest problem they faced. No let us make for ourselves a name. Self-confi- need time for reflection, and time to learn to one was troubled by foreign verb conjugation dence and pride of workmanship have their think for himself. or irrational coefficients of imaginary num- place, but how close has today’s doctrine of Without first becoming grounded in who bers. No one was worried about their carbon socialization come to emulating the builders you are, who your Creator is, and in know- footprint or the spikes in the prime lending of Babel? This was a highly socialized soci- ing what your purpose for the day is, social- rate. The top three answers were drugs, sex, ety, but the focus was on self-improvement, ization can become a buffeting wind that and peer pressure—all of which are rooted in not on mentoring a servant’s heart. sends you even farther adrift. negative socialization. When we do find successful socializa- Public schools are truly a “house di- tion in the Old Testament, it often comes Emily Hoffhines homeschooled her three vided” when it comes to socialization. In structured as generational continuity. children from babyhood to adulthood. She policy statements, they are against illegal Perhaps it is because America began as is currently an adjunct teaching assistant drug use and promiscuity; yet they provide a nation of immigrants whose familial at Ashford University and enjoys writing, the climate that fosters these very behaviors. ties were severed by a voyage across an editing, and woodland gardening. School is the place to be popular and fit in. ocean; perhaps it is the product of the in- Acceptance is aggressively competitive and dustrial revolution followed by the rapid 1 Turning Points: Real Life Stories of the most highly admired qualities are often progression of technology; perhaps it’s Families Searching for Their True materialistically driven. a combination—but in any event, family North (The Old Schoolhouse® Maga- So, what about socialization? How did time is not what it used to be. zine, LLC, 2009) it start? And what are some of the Biblical Clearly, city-size groups are not always 30 ©2011, The Old Schoolhouse® Magazine www.TheHomeschoolMagazine.com/BusinessEntrepreneurDirectory Socialization Homeschooling and Socialization Opportunities by Heidi Johnson I f you have thought about homeschool- ents trade teaching time with other parents or playing an instrument. Many times adult ing or presently homeschool, you have so their children can learn something the worship teams encourage teens to partici- invariably thought about the socializa- parent isn’t able to teach them. Seasonal pate with them. Various churches have tion issue. “Lack of socialization” keeps events such as spelling bees, science fairs, sports teams or open gym activities as an many people from homeschooling because and group field trips allow plenty of oppor- outreach to the community. Homeschool they think homeschoolers don’t get the in- tunity for interaction with others and even students can participate there and interact teraction with others that they need. People public speaking practice. with others in a sports setting. who homeschool can just smile when oth- Homeschooling offers plenty of ways ers ask about socialization, because they 4. Interaction with siblings and for children to interact and socialize with know there are plenty of opportunities parents others as long as parents watch for and are for homeschoolers to interact with others. Just because a child interacts with five aware of the various opportunities avail- Here are some examples: people each day instead of 30 doesn’t mean able to them. he doesn’t know how to relate to people. 1. Community activities Children who are homeschooled interact Heidi Johnson specializes in helping Almost every community has some form with their family members and siblings families find resources to simplify and im- of recreation department that can offer constantly. Sometimes family relationships prove their lives. For more tips on home- a variety of activities such as volleyball, are the most challenging relationships they schooling and homeschool resources, grab your free report “How to Homeschool Using the Best Resources” at www.home- “People who homeschool can just smile school-how-to.com by Heidi. when others ask about socialization, because they know there are plenty of opportunities for homeschoolers to interact with others.” softball, baseball, soccer, and more. Some will have to deal with. They can practice communities even have drama, choir, and and learn problem-solving skills all day band groups in which your child can par- long by interacting with their own family. ticipate. 5. Public school activities 2. Lessons and classes Some schools are now allowing older Parents can pay for their children to take students to participate in classes that they classes such as martial arts, gymnastics, can’t get at home, such as band, choir, ballet, and swimming. Free classes are or drama. There are many programs that sometimes offered by various organiza- schools provide that are open to anyone in tions or groups that teach jewelry making, the community and are usually free. Stu- babysitting, drawing, and more. Home- dents can attend sporting events with their schoolers can interact with people in these families and interact with others while classes and learn a great deal about how to watching. relate with adults and other children. 6. Youth group or church activities 3. Homeschool co-ops or support Many churches promote programs where groups. children meet and practice a drama or mu- If homeschoolers belong to one of these sical and then perform it for the congrega- groups they can often attend weekly or tion. Youth groups often have a youth band monthly classes or events. Sometimes par- where students can participate by singing www.TheHomeschoolMagazine.com/BusinessEntrepreneurDirectory ©2011, The Old Schoolhouse® Magazine 31 Socialization The Great Bugaboo by Donna Conner S ocialization. we have to remember a watchword: bal- child, you can look into the icing on the It really is the “great bugaboo” of the ance. Yes, we do have to be more proactive cake—the extras: activities and classes that homeschooling community. Gener- on the social aspects of education, but we are not necessarily imperative but do add ally, it’s the first thing those on the outside don’t have to do “school in the car” every that balance to your charge’s life. For the ask about when they hear we homeschool- day of the week. very young, having another family or two ers are educating our children at home. It First, consider your child’s personal- to interact with in each other’s homes is seems to be the primary concern for some- ity. Is she a homebody, happy to play and a nice, easy step into play dates at parks one contemplating this new lifestyle. By work alone? Or is he a social butterfly who with a larger group. Then there are classes. and large, it truly is extremely overempha- thrives on all that interaction and go-go- They may or may not be needed for several sized. It is, however, more of a concern for go? Both types do need interaction with years. If you have a social butterfly, they those with only one child. others (of all ages). The homebody may may be a bit more necessary earlier than There is no built-in peer group. No one to need to be pushed a bit out of her comfort for one who is a homebody. automatically learn alongside. No siblings zone, but doesn’t need constant or daily Don’t forget to look at your pocketbook! to put one into his place. No siblings with interaction. The social butterfly may want Classes can be expensive, in either actual whom to play, to fight, or to work togeth- constant or daily interaction, but he needs cash outlay or in the time you need to vol- er. No one to share with on a regular and to learn to cope with times when he is on unteer. Don’t fill up every empty hour. It’s not horrible if you are home one, two, or “It is, however, more of a concern for those even three days a week! (Sometimes, I’ve been home with my son for a full week at with only one child.” a time or more with no scheduled activi- ties. We both happen to be homebodies by daily basis. Also, no one to occupy oneself his own. Balance for both is needed. nature, but I don’t allow us to become her- with while Mom is doing her own neces- Second, list what you already are doing mits!) Don’t fill up your child’s life (and sary chores, duties, or even when Mom just as a family in the way of getting out and yours) with good programs when the bet- needs a small break in the conversation. about. Remember, every outing is a lesson ter way is to be less active. Don’t settle for We have to be more proactive in getting in socialization! How do we react to strang- good when you can have the best. Every our child in with groups to learn all the nice- ers interacting with us? Do we run scream- family’s calendar will look different. Af- ties of social living. We need to encour- ing to the nearest exit (or behind momma’s ter all, we are all individuals and unique! age a few play dates, and depending on the legs), or can we learn to be polite without Aren’t you glad? I don’t know if I could personality of our own child, consider how familiarity, knowing that this nice person keep up with the ones who have two or many co-op classes might be helpful. really is a stranger. Children need to be able three things scheduled every day of the Americans tend to think “more is better” to talk for themselves in all situations, and week (and more on the weekends). Give and can easily go into overdrive, living out learning how to deal with a stranger under yourself permission to say no to some great of their vehicles so that their children are not mom’s protective presence is a great way to programs or activities, and don’t feel guilty deprived in some way. Classes of all sorts learn. Learning how to address one’s elders about it! Your child needs to learn balance, abound on our schedules (or can if we don’t is important. Young men should be taught and he or she is watching you. keep this in check): soccer, art, science, his- to open doors for others (both ladies and tory, language, sports for every season, and their elders, and even to be polite with peer Donna Conner lives in Fort Worth, Texas, so forth. Balance is always needed. I have groups), and this can easily take place at the with her husband, Glenn, their son, Mike, heard that some families with more than grocery store, the mall, or the doctor’s of- Donna’s mother, Charlotte, and their dog, one child will allow one activity per season fice. Church attendance is full of opportuni- Lucia. Donna is an artist and has always for each child to be involved in. Those with ties to learn social skills. One has to learn enjoyed writing. She wrote Homeschool- multiple little urchins to tote to practices what kind of behavior is expected in the ing Only One in 2003, after discovering and classes give way to allowing half the sanctuary, during Sunday school, Sunday that there were many other families home- children to have one activity and the other morning, Sunday evening, and/or Wednes- schooling only one child. Her website is half skip this season, rotating throughout the day night services, and children’s ministry devoted to those with only one student in year. This can be tiring and expensive any activities. You may find that your child is their homeschool, with listings of online re- way you look at it. getting a lot more socialization in a week sources. You can visit her website at http:// Having only one student may not be as than you thought you were providing! donnac.com and read her blog at: http:// expensive as if you had four or more, but Third, depending on the age of your www.homeschoolblogger.com/DonnaC. 32 ©2011, The Old Schoolhouse® Magazine www.TheHomeschoolMagazine.com/BusinessEntrepreneurDirectory www.TheHomeschoolMagazine.com/BusinessEntrepreneurDirectory ©2011, The Old Schoolhouse® Magazine 33 The Homeschool Market How to Break Into the Homeschool Market by Liz Koon W hether you are an established • What is your target market? What sider where customers will be searching business with years of experi- types of homeschool families do for products like yours and choose a vari- ence or you have an idea for a you think will be interested in your ety of methods to connect with buyers. new business that targets home educators, product? There are many ways to advertise— the homeschool market can be a profitable • How will you position your products some free or relatively inexpensive. Begin place to sell your products and services. or services? What problems can home- advertising where your budget allows and This is a billion-dollar market represent- schoolers solve with your products? then as your business demand increases ing nearly 2.5 million homeschoolers in • What will be your marketing meth- and funds become available, increase the United States alone. Even during eco- ods? Where will you advertise? What your advertising expenditures. Here are nomic downturns, the homeschool market types of advertising will produce the some different advertising mediums start- is growing as families continue to search best results? ing with lower-cost options and moving to for innovative products and services to use • How much should you budget for more-expensive choices: in their homeschools. advertising? • Press releases or white papers that can be distributed for little to no cost • Social networking through Face- “Consider where customers will be searching book®, Twitter®, Ning®, LinkedIn®, blogs, etc. for products like yours and choose a variety • Internet marketing via a company website, blogs, affiliates, Google® of methods to connect with buyers.” AdWords, or webinars • Email marketing by distributing newsletters or promotional blasts If you are attempting to break into Mari Almon, director of advertising sales • Online or brick-and-mortar home- the homeschool market, John Holzmann at The Old Schoolhouse, recommends a school conferences at which you can of Sonlight Curriculum® recommends: marketing strategy that includes advertis- display and sell products, hand out “Fall in love with your customers, not ing frequently and keeps customers think- flyers, or give workshops your product(s). Serve your customers’ ing about your product. She says: “It’s a • Magazine advertisements in home- needs. That’s not only Biblically right, well-known fact that one-time ads don’t school publications but it makes good business sense. Sure, yield the desired effect. The people you are Let’s discuss each of these options in you’d love to sell product. But if you’re trying to reach need to see your ad/logo/ more detail. A press release is similar to more concerned about selling your prod- brand name many times to consider your a news story. It may provide information uct than you are about meeting your cus- company real as a resource when stacked about a trend in your industry, an anniver- tomers’ real needs, plan on being out of up against the well-known competition. sary, a restructuring, an award, or a pub- business soon!”1 Consider this: Even the major, most well- lic appearance, or it may announce a new The first thing you need to consider known companies still advertise—even product or service offered by your compa- is your marketing strategy. A marketing though they have made it to the top—be- ny. Although press releases may be mailed, strategy will help customers become fa- cause they understand that it is necessary they are more commonly emailed or faxed miliar with your products and lead to sales. to advertise to keep their position in the to editors at newspapers, magazines, radio Prayerfully ask yourself these questions: market. Out of sight is really out of mind stations, television stations, or television • What is unique about your company? when it comes to advertising.” networks. Commercial press release distri- What do you have to offer to the Once you have a marketing strategy, you bution services, free or for a fee, are also homeschool market? can begin to choose advertising venues to used to distribute press releases. Journal- help customers become familiar with your ists are always looking for news, and if company and boost sales. Homeschoolers your press release is newsworthy, it may 1 http://thehomeschoolmagazine. are a diverse and unique group. Some ho- be picked up for publication or broadcast. com/E_News/e-newsletters/ meschoolers like to use pre-packaged cur- Sometimes journalists may also request an PRMama_e_Newsletter_02_06. riculum they can use right out of the box, interview in response to a press release. php http://thehomeschoolmaga- while others have a more eclectic approach Many word-processing programs such as zine.com/E_News/e-newsletters/ to schooling and like to use a wide variety Microsoft® Word have templates that can PRMama_e_Newsletter_02_06.php of resources to teach their children. Con- be adapted easily to create press releases. 34 ©2011, The Old Schoolhouse® Magazine www.TheHomeschoolMagazine.com/BusinessEntrepreneurDirectory The white paper is written as a persua- ing programs such as Google AdWords to often save magazines to read again and sive essay to address a specific problem drive traffic to your website. again. Customers frequently mention that and pose a solution. White papers are also Email marketing is another Internet- they save copies of The Old Schoolhouse® known as learning guides, position papers, based advertising option. Rather than mail- Magazine and refer to back issues year af- reference letters, market overviews, or in- ing information to customers, you create ter year. A reader named Anna wrote: “I got formational manuals. The white paper does emails (blasts) to promote new products, my magazines today and they are wonder- not actually sell anything, but it highlights send reminders about workshops or speak- ful! I have read every article in them and the reliability of your company and subtly ing engagements, or announce other im- there was so much that gave me encour- introduces your product. It can build your portant company information. The success agement and helpful ideas to use with my company’s reputation. White papers may of email marketing is based on the value of daughter . . . . These are definitely maga- be distributed as a hard copy, PDF file, E- your customer list. Names for your list can zines that will be kept and referred back to Book, audio (podcast), video (vidcast), or be collected in exchange for free down- again and again.” webinar. White papers are spread far and loads or newsletters; from customers who This is a short overview of ways that you wide and promote your company as read- purchase products, visit your website, or can enter the homeschool market. For more ers pass them on to friends and colleagues. view your Facebook page; or by partnering information about growing your business Social networking is a new and relative- with another company. For example, TOS and marketing your products, purchase a ly inexpensive means of reaching custom- offers a service in which your email can be copy of To Market, To Market, an E-Book ers and includes using sites such as Face- sent to customers on their email list. being released in the spring of 2011 by The book, Twitter, Ning, or LinkedIn. There are two ways to use these sites. The first is to establish a company presence and set up a business page, an almost no-cost op- “Seek God’s will for your business, tion. On Facebook, for example, you can set up a business page and build a follow- obtain wise counsel, research your ing of customers. Offering coupons, spe- options, plan carefully, and follow cials, or valuable information can attract readers to your Facebook page. The other sound financial practices..” option is to purchase advertising on these websites. Facebook has an especially pow- erful advertising system in which you are Webinars are basically online classes or Old Schoolhouse®. Filled with more than charged each time someone clicks on your forums. They provide an interactive way one hundred pages of marketing advice, ad. Social networking can quickly spread for you to meet with customers and dem- tips, and inspiration, this E-Book will be a information about your company across onstrate a product or teach customers how valuable tool in your marketing arsenal. the Internet. to use products. Examples of webinars What’s the best way to break into the The Internet provides other options for would be the FREE Classes offered by Ho- homeschool market? Seek God’s will for spreading the news about your company meschoolBlogger.com. your business, obtain wise counsel, re- and equips you to reach a worldwide audi- Homeschool conferences, either virtual search your options, plan carefully, and ence. A company website permits custom- or those hosted in a physical location, can follow sound financial practices. Remem- ers to browse an online catalog, ask ques- provide valuable publicity for your com- ber, it must be God who builds your com- tions, and purchase products. A blog is like pany. You can display your products in pany (Psalm 127:1). The billion-dollar an online newsletter and helps establish vendor booths, conduct workshops, hand homeschool industry continues to flourish name recognition for your company. Blogs out flyers, or speak during main sessions. as parents realize that home education is may be a part of your website or posted Conferences allow you to network with the very best choice and as homeschooled free on sites such as HomeschoolBlogger. prospective customers, homeschool lead- children become adults and school their com or WordPress®. ers, and companies like yours—people own children. The homeschool market has Numerous methods for advertising on who can help spread the word about your plenty of room for old and new businesses the Web abound. Affiliate marketing uses company. Online conferences include the to prosper. other company or individual websites as Schoolhouse Expo sponsored by TOS, and adjunct marketers for your products and physical conferences are usually hosted by Liz Koon is a freelance writer and editor services. An affiliate is like an indepen- a state homeschool organization. and an assistant to the publisher at TOS. dent sales person for your company. An Although advertising in magazines can She and her husband, Craig, have three affiliate agrees to place on his website a be expensive, it is an excellent means of children—two homeschool graduates and banner or button that links to your com- marketing your company. Print advertising one to go! Liz loves learning new things pany. In return, you give him rewards or in homeschool magazines allows you to and crafting with dried flowers. You may a portion of the profits made through his better reach your target audience. In addi- contact her at LizKoonWritingandEdit- referrals. Other advertising options in- tion, print advertising has a longevity that ingSvcs@gmail.com. clude advertising on other websites or us- other types of advertising do not. Readers www.TheHomeschoolMagazine.com/BusinessEntrepreneurDirectory ©2011, The Old Schoolhouse® Magazine 35 The Homeschool Market The Marketing vs. Advertising Conundrum by Mari Almon H ave you developed a product or ser- the marketplace as they are introduced. Think consumers. “Out of sight is out of mind.” vice that you’d like to introduce into of it as “the effort to enhance the perception I strongly recommend that you consider the marketplace? Perhaps you have of your product,” which includes market re- rolling out your advertising slightly in ad- put thousands of hours into research and de- search to gain knowledge about potential users vance of finalizing your product. You want velopment getting your product or service of your product and the purpose(s) for which orders as soon as that product is available. A ready for the market, and depending on the they will want to use your product (some of well-made ad that announces that your prod- product, you may have made a huge financial these answers may have become clear while uct is “coming soon” or tells consumers to investment already. Tell me now—are you you were doing research as you developed “order now for first fulfillment” can generate ready to sell your product? your product). The images you relate to the early sales that you will appreciate, especially You are ready, right? Now comes the easy product, the logo, the packaging/colorations/ since you have already spent a lot of money part, right? No! specific words used, and even the partner- getting your product to this point. There are experts you can hire to help you sift through the information, and if you have “You are ready, right? Now comes a large company with several products, you the easy part, right? No!” may want to consider doing this. However, often you can navigate this process on your own and save thousands of dollars that can be Now that you have “birthed” your prod- ships you form can all enhance how you are invested elsewhere. Here at The Old School- uct, you must make every effort to ensure its perceived in the market. Perception is critical. house®, we offer free market research tools, growth and longevity of success in the mar- If you are trying to reach more than one mar- demographic survey information, and advice ket. Much like raising young children, you are ket, you may even need to package and pres- to help you promote your products within our stepping into a new stage of life. You are now ent your product differently to each market to niche. Generally, most reputable advertising ready to segue from the development stage generate the maximized perception. venues will be able to provide this sort of ma- to the marketing and advertising stage. You Advertising is the aggressive promotion of terial if you ask for it. are totally sold on your product—you love a product, idea, or organization in order to I always recommend comparing what a it! You created it, and you are convinced that cause individuals to buy, support, or approve couple of competing companies have to offer. many consumers out there need it and will be of it. It is a deliberate attempt to promote your Don’t look only at price, but consider the reach eager to purchase it. Congratulations! But you product or service to specific individuals or of the company and the various services it of- still have a way to go . . . companies whom you hope will buy it, using fers. Just remember that old adage is true—you As I speak with potential advertisers who the advertising venues that your marketing do get exactly what you pay for. So dig deep are in the development stage of a product, I research has determined will convince them and make sure that you have all of the answers hear a couple of recurring statements from most effectively. Successful advertising re- you need—before leaping. those who are eager to get a product on the quires strategy and understanding of the vari- I wish you the very best in your new ven- market—statements like these: “I will start ous advertising venues available, as well as ture! Please feel free to contact me if I can promoting my product as soon as I have it knowledge about your competition. answer any questions for you. ready and packaged for sale” and/or “I have so As I mentioned earlier, working hard to much invested in the development stage that produce an excellent product is critical, but Mari Almon, Director of Advertising Sales I can’t afford to advertise, so I’ll just do what equally important is getting your product in for The Old Schoolhouse® Magazine, spe- I can myself” or “I didn’t budget for any ad- front of the prospective buyers quickly—over cializes in consultative sales in a business- vertising.” But this is a fact: You will not have and over again. If you want your business to to-business, media environment and is also a buyers if they don’t know about your product. grow, then I can tell you from years of ex- homeschool marketing consultant. Mari is a How many people do you know? How many perience that advertising is not optional. You published author, an avid gardener and bird people can you personally introduce your must get the word out in a broad way, quickly, watcher, and an enthusiastic traveler. She is product to? What is your time worth? to generate the “buzz” that catches a potential married to her best friend, Steve. They have What’s the difference between marketing buyer’s interest. No matter what the product two grown children, both of whom were ho- and advertising? Do I need both for my busi- is, repeat views of the image and message meschooled through high school graduation. ness to prosper? Let’s look at the difference; are what sell products over the long term. It’s Mari and Steve live in northern Georgia, and the answers will become evident. not necessarily the size of the ad that matters; you can write to Mari at MAlmon@TheHo- Marketing is the process by which products what matters most is putting your product out meschoolMagazine.com. and services are most effectively described to there in the sight of, or hearing of, potential 36 ©2011, The Old Schoolhouse® Magazine www.TheHomeschoolMagazine.com/BusinessEntrepreneurDirectory What is your business dream? Have you ever wondered how easy it would be to sell to the homeschool marketplace? To Market, To Market will help you launch or grow your business and provide you with the advice, inspiration, and tips you need to market successfully—whether you're just starting or you have already established your own business. This valuable marketing tool is only $49. Order your copy today! ONLY $49 www.TheHomeschoolMagazine.com www.TheHomeschoolMagazine.com/BusinessEntrepreneurDirectory ©2011, The Old Schoolhouse® Magazine 37 Working at Home Ten (Unusual) Roles You’ll Play as a Work-at-Home Mom by Carol Topp, CPA E very work-at-home mom (WAHM) direct sales for a company, a business plan 5. Practice your runway walk. Put on plays several roles. I’ve been work- can help you focus on customer service working clothes and model them in front ing from home for more than ten and marketing. Here is what to put in your of the kids even if you are staying at home. years, and I change myself into something business plan: Some WAHMs find that it puts them in the different several times a day. Usually, I’m Goals: How much do you hope to earn correct frame of mind if they are dressed an accountant, but sometimes I feel like a and how, specifically, will you do it? for work. I didn’t follow my own advice gymnast doing a balancing act, a writer cre- Market: Who are your customers and one morning during tax season—it was ating a business plan, a detective sniffing how will you reach them? 9:30 a.m. when a tax client called and told out scams, or a time management special- Competition: Who is already out there? me he was dropping off his tax return in ist wondering how I’m going to get it all How are you unique? 10 minutes! I was in my sweaty workout done! Price: What will you charge? Be sure to clothes, had on no makeup, and there was I hope you can learn from my tips for cover your direct costs, indirect costs, la- no time for a quick shower! I kept him at working from home! They are a little un- bor, and add in some profit. the door and rudely stuck out my hand to usual, but very practical. Your qualifications: Do you need to grab his folder of information, muttering a quick “Thank you for stopping by.” I tried getting my kids to answer the door, but they were in their pajamas (we’re home- “I’ve been working from home for more schoolers, baby!). than ten years, and I change myself into 6. Investigate like a police detective. Watch out for WAHM job offer scams. something different several times a day.” Here are a few clues that a scam may be operating: • It sounds too good to be true. • There is only a vague idea of what the 1. Don your leotard and tights and learn more about any aspect of your busi- job entails. practice walking on a balance beam. You’ll ness? Where will you go for help and in- • Promises of making tremendous need to work on your gymnastic skills as formation? amounts of money with little time you balance your work and home life. Be- Obstacles to overcome: List everything invested are made. fore you begin being a WAHM, ask your- that can go wrong, along with solutions. • Advertising with lots of exclamation self, where will the time come from? If you 3. Buy some crime scene tape and set points and lofty promises. think you will need 10–20 hours a week for boundaries. Stretch out some tape around • Ads require you to pay a fee to get work, write down specifically where that your workspace so your family can clearly information or dial a 900 (toll) phone time will come from. For example: see where there are boundaries. A real of- number. • Skip three favorite TV shows and fice with a door is ideal, but a spot where • Working at home is the main empha- work 3 hours a week. you can work comfortably and store your sis in the ad, not the skills or experi- • Get up one hour earlier 5 times a things can also suffice. If you don’t have a ence needed to perform the job. Re- week (ouch!). set workspace, try what one mother did. She member working at home is a benefit • Work one night a week for 4 hours. put on a special hat when she was working, of a real job, not a job in itself. Then discuss your list with your spouse so her children knew that she should not be 7. Study industrial engineering (or and children. They will be your reality interrupted. That works in a pinch! just watch the movie). Pioneer of indus- check and ask hard questions, such as: 4. Become an alarmist. Set an alarm trial engineering and time management, • Can you really be productive in the and establish a quitting time. Author of the Lillian Gilbreth, of Cheaper by the Dozen morning? popular history curriculum The Mystery of fame, used her experience as a mother of • What if customers call or visit in the History, Linda Hobar, had set hours for ho- 12 to eliminate wasted time. She’s one of mid-afternoon? meschooling and for work when her chil- my heroes (I studied industrial engineer- • What if sales calls must be made in dren were young. She found that she could ing at Purdue University where Lillian the evenings? homeschool in the mornings and then as- had been a professor in the 1930s). Lillian 2. Take up your pen and write. If sign independent work for her children to taught managers how to be efficient, sim- you’re starting your own business, write a finish while she researched and wrote her plify work, and manage their time better. business plan. Even if you are working in books in the afternoons. I apply her principles when I make a to-do 38 ©2011, The Old Schoolhouse® Magazine 38 ©2011, The Old Schoolhouse® Magazine www.TheHomeschoolMagazine.com/BusinessEntrepreneurDirectory www.TheHomeschoolMagazine.com/BusinessEntrepreneurDirectory list, create a filing system, or keep my desk nicest people too.” Direct-selling compa- up with your bookkeeping or get help if organized. Rent the 1950 version of the nies can offer wonderful opportunities for needed. There are software packages such movie Cheaper by the Dozen for an enter- WAHMs, but you should be aware of the as QuickBooks® and new online services taining evening with the family while you pitfalls, such as overspending your time such as FreshBooks® to make record keep- pick up some ideas on running your work- away from home. ing easier for WAHMs. at-home life better. 9. Become a techie (or find a seven- Working from home for the past ten 8. Pull out the dictionary and read year-old). Learn how to work an answer- years has been a great experience and I about the difference between “work at ing machine. Turn on the answering ma- have stretched myself in many ways. I had home” and “home-based business” op- chine during meal prep time and do not no idea I would learn so much and perform portunities. The latter means that a lot of answer the phone nor let the children an- so many roles. Fortunately, I have had sup- the work is done outside of your home, swer it. Nothing throws off a schedule like port and lots of helpful role models. You, such as selling presentations and deliv- an interruption at dinnertime. Return calls too, will find working from home challeng- ering products. Mary Kay®, Pampered after dinner. ing as you learn new skills and roles, but it Chef®, and Usborne® books are all con- 10. Put on a green eyeshade and do is very rewarding. sidered “home-based.” You will work your bookkeeping. “Here are my receipts; several hours at home making phone I have no idea if I made a profit,” Bob Carol Topp, CPA (CarolToppCPA.com) calls and placing orders, but many hours told me as I prepared his tax return. I am has been working from home while ho- are spent outside of the home also. Many amazed that some of my tax clients are so meschooling her two daughters for ten homeschooling mothers enjoy this type lax at record keeping. It was no surprise to years. She is an author and accountant of work because their selling parties of- learn that Bob had not made a profit that offering “cents and sensibility” to fami- fer an opportunity to get out a bit. My year. Businesses that keep monthly records lies, micro-business owners, and non- friend Cindy, a jewelry sales representa- have an 80% survival rate, while business profit organizations. She is the author tive, finds that the best part of her work, owners who only prepare records once of the Micro Business for Teens series dealing with people, is also the hardest. a year have a 30% survival rate.1 Keep and Homeschool Co-ops: How to Start “Getting people to commit to booking a Them, Run Them, and Not Burn Out. party and return my phone calls can be 1 The Small Business Book; Robert difficult,” she admits. “But I have met the Hamilton and John English Ten Reasons to Homeschool Your Child With Special Needs (Continued from page 25) cruit a fellow homeschooler to spend time Homeschooling your children gives you sibly even years. To see that joy and ex- with her. an opportunity not only to verbally teach citement after such a struggle is priceless, them your family’s morals, values, and and with the child at home you are right 8. Personalize self-help and life manners but also to show them by your ex- there to share it with him. You get to see skills to meet your child’s specific ample. Just because your child has special the tears of joy and struggle and even shed needs. needs doesn’t mean that you can’t teach some yourself. Each child with special needs has very her these things too. You want her to have As a parent of a special needs child, I different needs. If your special needs child every opportunity that life can offer, just feel that we have been chosen by God to is at home, you can identify his needs and like anyone else. If we hold back on teach- raise these precious, special children. If He discern what he needs help with to grow ing our special needs children how to be has laid it on your heart to home educate up to be as self-sufficient as possible as an respectable people in life, then we are sell- yours, then He will be there to help guide adult. If this means that you dedicate an ing them short. The instruction might have you through the amazing journey. It may entire school year to teaching him how to to be broken down into smaller or simpler not always be easy, but with much prayer feed himself with a spoon or how to choose lessons, but it can be done. and patience, it can be done. the appropriate clothing to wear for the weather outside, then that should be a part 10. You can share all of the differ- Amanda Fuller and her husband, Billy, of his education that is just as important as ent joys, excitement, and struggles have been homeschooling their two chil- math and reading. Children with special that you and your child may en- dren, the oldest of which has Down syn- needs do have to work harder to accom- counter during his education. drome, for seven years. Amanda enjoys plish tasks, with lots of repetition and posi- Teaching a child with special needs can spending time with her family and has a tive reinforcement, and this holds true for be rewarding and yet heartbreaking. Spe- newfound love for gardening. For the last self-help and life skills. cial needs children have to work harder ten years, she also has been a support par- at school and life. There is nothing more ent for other parents of children with spe- 9. Teaching morals, values, and rewarding than to see your child achieve cial needs. The Fuller family lives in west- manners is also important for chil- or comprehend something that he has been ern North Carolina. dren with special needs. working on for weeks, months, and pos- www.TheHomeschoolMagazine.com/BusinessEntrepreneurDirectory www.TheHomeschoolMagazine.com/BusinessEntrepreneurDirectory ©2011, The Old Schoolhouse® Magazine 39 ©2011, The Old Schoolhouse® Magazine 39 Working at Home Move Past the Juggling Act: Balancing Home Life, Homeschool, and Home Biz by Mary Jo Tate B alancing all the responsibilities of Don’t Juggle; Balance ment, resulting in a triage approach to life: home life, homeschool, and home For years I thought in terms of juggling We ignore the things that aren’t going to be business can often seem overwhelm- my responsibilities; you probably use that done no matter what, ignore the things that ing—better suited to Supermom than ordi- metaphor too. You have all these balls in will be taken care of anyway, and give all nary mortals. How do you do it all? the air that you’re juggling, and it’s so hard our attention to the current crisis. Here are just a few of the frustrations to keep everything from crashing—includ- You just can’t live that way for very long. that work-at-home, homeschooling moms ing you. Life is a marathon, not a sprint. You’ve got may encounter: In the early years of my business, I to find a pace that you can maintain for the • You sometimes wonder what good it handled the juggling act with the Planned long haul. Rushing frantically from one does to be working at home if you’re Neglect Rotation Cycle. When I had an deadline or crisis to the next will burn you too busy to spend time with your editing deadline, I’d spend less time ho- out and eventually injure innocent bystand- children. meschooling and taking care of the house. ers—your family. Constantly operating in • You’re paralyzed by such a long to- I didn’t literally neglect my children, but triage mode is a signal that your life is like do list that you don’t know where to comparatively speaking, they got much a disaster scene. start. less of my time. So don’t think in terms of crisis manage- ment. Don’t even think in terms of time management. The most balanced approach “You sometimes wonder what good it does is to think in terms of life management— balancing all of life in the real world. to be working at home if you’re too busy to Although the details vary, our life cir- cumstances fall into three main categories: spend time with your children.” (1) irreducible facts—things you can’t change, such as chronic illness or being a single mom; (2) non-negotiables—deep commitments you’re not willing to change, • You drag through the day exhausted, I’d focus on the editing job while it last- such as religious practices or homeschool- thinking only of how much longer it ed, and then there wouldn’t be any more ing; and (3) preferences—things you can is before you can finally collapse into work for a while (I hadn’t learned about change and are willing to change. The third bed . . . just to get up and start all over marketing yet), so I’d spend extra time on category is where you have to make deci- the next day. homeschooling and housekeeping. When a sions that reflect your ideals but also ac- • Your life is so dominated by the ur- new editing project came up, I’d shift my commodate the realities of your life. gent that you never get to the impor- attention back to business. I’d neglect one tant. thing at a time, but I would keep rotating it, Find Peace in the Space Between • You feel like you could finally get it so that everybody and everything eventu- the Ideal and Reality all done . . . if you could just get past ally got taken care of . . . or so I thought. One of my number-one rules is no whin- that pesky 24-hours-in-a-day barrier. Finally, I realized that the juggling act in- ing. The irreducible facts are just that— If these struggles sound familiar, you’re evitably leads to dropping the ball. facts. Pity parties and panic attacks are probably caught up in the juggling act . . . Eventually I found a better metaphor for counterproductive; they sap your energy. but take heart! You don’t have to stay in what I wanted to accomplish. Think of a The cure for whining is one of my most that trap. performer on the high wire at a circus or fundamental principles: Find peace in the As a single mom homeschooling four maybe crossing the Grand Canyon on a space between the ideal and reality. energetic sons while growing my home tightrope. Tightrope walkers make fre- The ideal is what you would do and have business as a writer, editor, and coach, quent small adjustments to maintain their if you could do and have anything you I’ve battled all those challenges. I’m not balance; they move a little to the right and a wanted without any complications or the Supermom, but I’ve developed powerful little to the left, adjusting gradually without hindrances of an ordinary life. The reality strategies that cut through the chaos and drastic shifts. That image of balance rather is your everyday life—the facts that you get results. I’ll share some of my most than juggling made a powerful difference have to deal with. No use whining about important secrets—excerpted from my in the way I approach my daily life. that. The real question is: What are you go- 7-hour home study course, How Do You When we’re caught up in the juggling ing to do in the middle? Do It All—here. act, we think in terms of crisis manage- (Continued on page 42) 40 ©2011, The Old Schoolhouse® Magazine 40 ©2011, The Old Schoolhouse® Magazine www.TheHomeschoolMagazine.com/BusinessEntrepreneurDirectory www.TheHomeschoolMagazine.com/BusinessEntrepreneurDirectory How Do You Do It All?!? Proven Strategies for Balancing Family Life and Home Business “ Mary Jo is a real pioneer in this arena. We were truly amazed when we saw what we had accomplished using her Mary Jo Tate is a single mom with four energetic sons—whom she guidelines. — Colleen in TX homeschools—while growing her profitable enterprise as a writer, editor, and Her practical teaching takes real life book coach. Her downloadable time-management course can help you move into consideration—interruptions, past the juggling act and into genuine success: dirty dishes, and all! — Joy in LA • Finding peace in the space between the ideal and reality Mary Jo liberated me to pour my • Setting goals—when, why, and how energies into being a woman of • Essential tools to simplify your life motion, rather than being paralyzed • Entrepreneurial principles for growing your business by my list of what ‘should be’ but • Schedules, routines, and flexibility wasn’t. — Dawn in IN • Training independent, responsible children • Avoiding a crisis-management approach to daily life Her down-to-earth, sensible advice • When to multitask and when to focus is grounded in the fact that she lives • • Your calling versus opportunity Balancing self-discipline with self-care. . . . . . and much, much more. Get all the info at: it herself. It isn’t just some theory. — Karen in WA ” www.HowDoYouDoItAll.com www.TheHomeschoolMagazine.com/BusinessEntrepreneurDirectory www.TheHomeschoolMagazine.com/BusinessEntrepreneurDirectory ©2011, The Old Schoolhouse® Magazine 41 ©2011, The Old Schoolhouse® Magazine 41 Move Past the Juggling Act: Balancing Home Life, Homeschool, and Home Biz (Continued from page 40) One of the best ways to implement this Goals must be specific and measurable. egories: personal, family (including home- principle is to be realistic in your educa- If you can’t measure it, how can you know schooling), and business. Using these cat- tional plans, especially about how much if you did it? For example, instead of set- egories helps you see the balance (or lack time you can devote to direct instruction of ting a vague goal to get more exercise, my of it) in your life each week. You won’t al- your children. specific goal is to walk at least 30 minutes, ways have a perfect balance among the cat- Teach your children together whenever at least 5 days a week. It’s very easy to as- egories—and it’s not just about the number possible. Skills such as math and phonics sess: Did I walk 30 minutes? Did I do it 5 of items in each group. Some weeks will have to be taught at individual levels, but days? Yes or no—very clear-cut. necessarily lean more toward one area than children of different ages can study the Goals should be shared. I’ve done the others. But if you often have 25 items in same period of history and the same sci- best job of sticking to my goals when I’ve the business list, 5 in family, and 0 in per- ence topics, with individual assignments at shared them with a mastermind team or ac- sonal, you’re headed for burnout fast! varying levels of difficulty. countability partner. Having a trusted friend Encourage independent learning when or team who will ask tough questions when It All Boils Down to Prioritizing they become competent readers. Tak- you start to slack off is priceless. Just as the three most important factors ing responsibility for their own education in real estate are location, location, loca- teaches important skills and offers the op- Balance Short-Term and Long- tion, the three most important tasks for portunity for each child to pursue his own Term Goals work-at-home moms are prioritize, priori- special interests. Everyone needs both short-term and tize, prioritize. Don’t try to do everything yourself. long-term goals. Building our lives primar- Remember that pesky 24-hours-in-a-day Delegate some instruction of younger ily around short-term tasks plants us firmly barrier? It’s real. You can’t add a major children to older children, which rein- forces their own learning as well. Par- ticipating in a good homeschool co-op “Goal-setting may be old hat for can multiply your own efforts. You can also delegate, in moderation, to techno- some people, but if you’re deep in the servants such as audiobooks, educational videos, and software. trenches of triage, you may think goals It may not be possible for your home- school to match your highest goals, but are a luxury you can’t afford—your you can still make it work and give your children an excellent education. only goal is to survive another day!” Set Written, Specific, Measurable, in triage mode and keeps us focused on the commitment like a home business to an al- Shared Goals urgent rather than the important. Instead, ready busy life without letting something Zig Ziglar says, “There are two sure start with a long-term vision for your life else go. That’s why the stop-doing list is so ways to fail: think and never do, or do and and build your yearly goals around that. important. Here are a few strategies to help never think.” That’s another balance we Then you can plan each month, week, and you prioritize. all have to find. Setting goals and putting day in alignment with that vision. Focus. Figure out what it is that only them into action helps you balance think- Use the week between Christmas and you can do, and prioritize those things. ing and doing. New Year’s to review the year and set Remember your long-term vision when Goal-setting may be old hat for some goals for the coming year. Each Sunday you consider what your focus should be. people, but if you’re deep in the trenches afternoon throughout the year, evaluate What are you passionate about? What are of triage, you may think goals are a luxu- the previous week and plan for the week your most profitable skills? What is unique ry you can’t afford—your only goal is to ahead. Just half an hour of weekly planning about what you have to offer? survive another day! But no matter where will multiply your productivity and relieve Eliminate. Edit your life by eliminating you are in your life and in your business, stress and frustration. activities that don’t fit your goals or your setting goals is one of the most important I use seven essential planning tools: (1) current priorities. Opportunity does not things you can do. long-term vision (big dream), (2) yearly equal obligation; say no to the good in or- Goals must be written; otherwise, goals, (3) monthly priorities, (4) weekly der to say yes to the best. they’re just talk. Writing down your goals plans, (5) daily tasks, (6) running to-do list, Delegate. If it can’t be eliminated, of- makes them more real, and you become and (7) stop-doing list. The order is impor- ten someone else can do it instead of you. accountable to that piece of paper—espe- tant. Each set of goals should be in align- Delegate some housework, laundry, and cially when you look back to evaluate how ment with the one that precedes it. cooking to your children—this helps them you’re doing. It’s useful to set goals in three major cat- learn responsibility and makes them feel 42 ©2011, The Old Schoolhouse® Magazine 42 ©2011, The Old Schoolhouse® Magazine www.TheHomeschoolMagazine.com/BusinessEntrepreneurDirectory www.TheHomeschoolMagazine.com/BusinessEntrepreneurDirectory Quiz Time: Find Your Homeschooling Style (Continued from page 7) like they’re contributing to the family in a meaningful way. Look for ways to involve Use this table to calculate your score: your children in your business. Outsource. For a fee that’s often less than the hourly value of your own time, Question 1 Question 3 Question 5 you can outsource household and business A) 1 points A) 1 point A) 1 point tasks such as lawn care, housecleaning, B) 4 points B) 3 points B) 4 points piano lessons, order fulfillment, duplicat- C) 2 points C) 2 points C) 3 points ing CDs, accounting, keyword research, D) 3 points D) 4 points website design, and much more. Question 6 Question 2 Question 4 A) 4 points Find Time for Fun and Take Care of A) 3 points A) 3 points B) 3 points Yourself B) 1 point B) 1 point C) 2 points Don’t neglect to make time for fun as a C) 4 points family. When you work at home, it is dif- D) 2 points ficult to identify when your “work day” is over. Taking a break is good for all of you, If you scored 7-10 points, you may be most comfortable with a and it can actually make your work time more efficient. traditional approach to education. The security of planned out lessons Many work-at-home moms neglect tak- and clearly defined goals will help you measure success as your ing care of themselves, but you simply children grow and learn. Start by reading Sandy Dawson’s article, A can’t nurture, provide for, and educate Traditional Approach to Homeschooling, on page 12. your children well if you’re always on the edge of burnout. Taking care of yourself If you scored 11-14 points, you may prefer a more hands-on isn’t selfish, and it isn’t optional. You ab- approach to education through unit studies and other activity-based solutely must make time for personal rest, renewal, relaxation, and even recreation. learning. Unit studies may provide the perfect balance between Make sure you’re getting enough sleep, carefully planned lessons and your child’s interests to keep both exercising, eating right, and drinking of you happy. Start by reading What is a Unit Study? by Amanda plenty of water. Bennett on page 10. God Is Faithful If you scored 15-19 points, you may enjoy a literature-based style Even with the best strategies and goals, such as classical education or the Charlotte Mason approach. things won’t always go exactly as you plan. But if God has called you to homeschool Both of these methods allow you to teach children of different ages your children, He will provide the strength, together with a focus on great books. Start by reading Susan Wise patience, grace, resources, and time to do Bauer’s What Makes Classical Education Different? on page 8 or it. May your family and your life be a testi- Rea Berg’s article, A Mini-Primer on Charlotte Mason for Everyday mony of God’s faithfulness. Life on page 16. Mary Jo Tate, host of the “Homeschool If you scored 20-23 points, you may want to use a relaxed approach Spotlight” interview series for the Home- such as unschooling. With this approach, your child’s interests and school Channel, has been educating her sons at home since 1997. A lifelong bib- natural curiosity can lead to learning throughout everyday life. Start by liophile, published author, book coach, and reading Bethany George’s article, Unschooling on page 13. international editor since 1986, she also teaches homeschoolers, single moms, and Of course, there is no “one-size-fits-all” approach to homeschooling. work-at-home moms how to create balance Maybe the result you got from this quiz doesn’t really match the style between family life and home business. Her of homeschooling you see yourself using. Most parents pull from complete How Do You Do It All course is multiple teaching philosophies as they homeschool their children and available at www.HowDoYouDoItAll.com. discover what works best for each individual child. Diana Waring’s article, Eclectic Homeschooling, on page 14 talks about this style of homeschooling which is tailor-made for each unique family. www.TheHomeschoolMagazine.com/BusinessEntrepreneurDirectory www.TheHomeschoolMagazine.com/BusinessEntrepreneurDirectory ©2011, The Old Schoolhouse® Magazine 43 ©2011, The Old Schoolhouse® Magazine 43 Do you have days when you find it difficult to fulfill all your responsibilities at home? Do you ever feel poured out? Empty? Take time to “get a refill” at the Schoolhouse Expo Dr. Susan Wise Bauer Carol Barnier Deb Wuehler Dianne Craft Diana Waring Kim Kautzer Listen to your favorite speakers whenever it’s convenient with Expo To Go! Download MP3 recordings of every Schoolhouse Expo session and listen to the encouragement and inspiration any time you need a refill. Find out more at our website where you can also read up on the speakers and topics we’re lining up for 2012! www.SchoolhouseExpo.com 44 ©2011, The Old Schoolhouse® Magazine 44 ©2011, The Old Schoolhouse® Magazine www.TheHomeschoolMagazine.com/BusinessEntrepreneurDirectory www.TheHomeschoolMagazine.com/BusinessEntrepreneurDirectory Schoolhouse Expo 2011 Schoolhouse Expo Hello, Friends! Speakers Spring 2011 marks the third Schoolhouse Expo, brought to you by The • Susan Wise Bauer Old Schoolhouse® Magazine. This totally online conference features • Janice Campbell • Dr . Brian Ray encouraging speakers such as Dr. Brian Ray, Susan Wise Bauer, Carol • Dianne Craft Barnier, and Norm Wakefield. With the theme “Homeschooling with • Kim Kautzer • Diana Waring Heart,” the speakers share tips, tricks, and tools to enhance all phases of • Malia Russell your homeschool journey, from the preschool and elementary years to • Carol Barnier • Maggie Hogan high school, college, and beyond. • Tyler Hogan • Dari Mullins As a special bonus, this section of the Homeschool Business & Entrepre- • Carol Topp • Jim Weiss neur Directory includes articles from some of the 2011 Schoolhouse Expo • Norm Wakefield speakers and sponsors. • Mary Jo Tate • Terri Johnson Here they share their stories with you—stories of how they started their • Tricia Goyer • Heidi St . John businesses at home and grew into the successful companies of today. • Andrew Pudewa These articles will help you get to know your favorite speakers a little bet- • Molly Green • Deborah Wuehler ter and might just inspire you to start your own business! 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Leavens- Knapp, EDU2000 next Schoolhouse Expo coming in 2012! • Barnabas Bridgman & James Townsend, LeTourneau University Visit our website at http://www . The Schoolhouse Expo Team schoolhouseexpo .com/?page_ id=10150 to read descriptions of each session topic . Michael and Sharra Badgley, Cindy Horton, Renee Neace, and Wendy Hilton Remember to visit the virtual Vendor Hall too! http://www .schoolhouseexpo . com/?page_id=8698 www.TheHomeschoolMagazine.com/BusinessEntrepreneurDirectory www.TheHomeschoolMagazine.com/BusinessEntrepreneurDirectory ©2011, The Old Schoolhouse® Magazine 45 ©2011, The Old Schoolhouse® Magazine 45 Schoolhouse Expo Accountant to Author: A Home Business Journey by Carol Topp, CPA, Expo Speaker W hen my children were young, one class at a time while I homeschooled my These were great experiences. I met many I switched careers. I had been children. I call myself a homeschooled CPA. wonderful people and learned a lot about working as an engineer for the I named my first website HomeschoolCPA running a nonprofit. Volunteering allowed U.S. Navy. It was an interesting job that as a play on words. me the flexibility I needed to continue to paid well and used my skills, but it in- homeschool and stay at home with my volved traveling and leaving my children Launching a Home-Based Business daughters, but unfortunately, it didn’t pay with a babysitter. My daughters were eight and ten when I anything! Eventually, I realized I could I needed and wanted a source of in- received the news that I had passed the gru- combine what I knew about nonprofits, ho- come that: eling, two-day CPA exam. By this time, I meschooling, and accounting and launch a • Had flexible hours so I could take was enjoying homeschooling so much that new business. care of my children instead of using I didn’t want to re-enter the workforce, so babysitters or daycare. I decided to start a home-based accounting A New Business Is Born: • Allowed all the work to be done in and tax preparation business. Homeschool CPA my house. Since I had started to ho- I wanted to start small, so I had to care- One day I was explaining nonprofit sta- meschool, I wanted to be in my home. fully consider my advertising. I limited my tus and its benefits to a local homeschool I noticed that a lot of businesses were clients to my network of friends and ac- co-op leader. She was very confused and “home based,” meaning the office is quaintances. I started by throwing a party to I wrote her a long email explaining boards in the home, but a lot of time doing celebrate passing the CPA exam, so all my and bylaws. I realized that there was very the job was done outside of the home. friends and neighbors knew that I was now little information for homeschool leaders. • Used my skills, talents, and interests. a CPA. Then I considered all the organiza- On the Internet I found a few articles about starting a support group, but very little on running a co-op, forming a board, collect- ing money, or obtaining 501(c)(3) tax-ex- “Start with what you know. Don’t start a empt status with the Internal Revenue Ser- vice (IRS). I saw a need that I could fulfill, business; instead grow a business from so I started writing down what I knew in some short articles, and I launched a web- your current interests and hobbies.” site, HomeschoolCPA.com, in 2006. HomeschoolCPA.com is a website for ho- meschool leaders of support groups, co-ops, and sports and arts programs. My articles Career Exploration tions I belonged to, including my church, cover many areas, including setting up as a I decided to spend a little bit of time re- neighborhood, and several local home- nonprofit organization, opening a checking searching work-at-home opportunities. I school organizations. Several groups al- account, writing bylaws, paying workers, read a lot and I evaluated my skills. The lowed free ads in their newsletters as a way conflict resolution, and insurance for home- book What Color Is Your Parachute? by to support the businesses of their members. school groups. There was some information Richard Bolles (Ten Speed Press, 2008) This is how I landed my first tax clients. that needed to be in a longer format, so I was very helpful. I knew my strengths were Now I rely entirely on word-of-mouth and started writing short books. Initially, I of- in math, analysis, and organization, so I de- frequently turn away clients because tax fered them for free on my website; later I cided to take the H&R Block® tax class, and season is already very busy for me. expanded each book and now offer them I really enjoyed it. The challenge of seeing for a low price through a digital-products if I got the right answer and if I understood Volunteer to Gain Experience company called Clickbank®. Eventually I how to fill in the tax forms appealed to me. I At the same time I started my fledgling expanded the website to include a question- then worked a season for Block. This job did tax preparation business, I started volun- and-answer blog and webinars. not fit my three criteria mentioned above, teering my accounting services to several but I looked at it as a learning experience. nonprofits. I served as treasurer for my I Never Planned to Be an Author I learned that I could be a tax preparer and church, as a finance committee member for After about a year of running Home- even enjoy it, so I started studying account- a local crisis pregnancy center, and as the schoolCPA.com, I took a writing class ing classes to become a certified public ac- volunteer bookkeeper for American Heri- titled Want to Be An Author? I never in- countant (CPA). I studied at home, taking tage Girls, a God-based scouting program. Continued on page 48 46 ©2011, The Old Schoolhouse® Magazine 46 ©2011, The Old Schoolhouse® Magazine www.TheHomeschoolMagazine.com/BusinessEntrepreneurDirectory www.TheHomeschoolMagazine.com/BusinessEntrepreneurDirectory Cents and sensibility from Carol Topp, CPA Micro Business for Teens A micro business is a very small, one-person business that a teenager can start easily and quickly with what he or she already knows or owns. No money needed, low risk and no debt! Students can spend as much time run- ning a micro business as they wish and even close it down during busy times. By starting a micro business a teenager can learn: Business skills Writing skills Public speaking Time management Confidence About future careers How to earn money! Books and ebooks available at MicroBusinessForTeens.com www.TheHomeschoolMagazine.com/BusinessEntrepreneurDirectory www.TheHomeschoolMagazine.com/BusinessEntrepreneurDirectory ©2011, The Old Schoolhouse® Magazine 47 ©2011, The Old Schoolhouse® Magazine 47 Accountant to Author: A Home Business Journey (Continued from page 46) tended to be an author, I just needed help that they can be successful. I try to explain room with a door is ideal. with the articles I was writing for my web- nonprofit management to homeschool lead- • Establish a daily routine with set site. The class instructor encouraged me ers, confusing tax forms to taxpayers, and lunchtime and a real quitting time. If to submit articles to magazines, and I was IRS rules to small-business owners. you never stop working, you will soon thrilled when The Old Schoolhouse® Mag- After several years of doing tax returns, I burn out. Burnout can be prevented if azine published my first article “Pursuing had helped a few ambitious teenagers who you stop working every day at a set Their Dreams: Career Exploration for High had started their own businesses. From that time and give yourself a break. School Students” in Spring 2006. Later experience, I decided to write a book series • Turn on the answering machine dur- they published other articles on running a titled Micro Business for Teens. It is set for ing meal prep time. Do not answer homeschool organization including: an official launch in early 2011. This is a the phone and do not let the children • Building a Strong Homeschool Orga- new area for me so I have hired a publicist answer it either. Nothing throws off a nization to teach me how to market a book. I am schedule like an interruption at dinner- • Insurance for Homeschool Groups also honing my speaking skills by travel- time. Return calls after dinner. • Money Management for Homeschool ing to homeschool conventions and doing • Stick to a daily schedule. Have set Groups webinars and podcast interviews. These hours for homeschooling and for • Easy Fundraisers for Homeschool speaking engagements help me reach my work. I homeschooled in the morning Organizations audience of homeschool leaders and mi- and assigned independent work for In 2008 I launched my first full-length cro-business owners in a new way. my children to finish while I worked book, Homeschool Co-ops: How to Start I have now been a home-based accountant in the afternoons. Them, Run Them, and Not Burn Out. It for ten years, and I find that I love work- Go where your experiences take you. I took me two years to research the con- ing from home. I also enjoy how my career find a lot of inspiration from the story of Jo- tent and learn about self-publishing and changes, grows, and expands into new ar- seph in the Old Testament. He was sold into marketing a book. I joined Yahoo groups, eas. I will continue to learn more every year slavery, worked for a rich man, landed in including The Old Schoolhouse® Home- as I try to help my readers and clients. jail through false accusations, had oversight school Leaders’ forum and another great of his fellow prisoners, interpreted dreams, group called Christian Self-Publishers. I Lessons Learned and eventually managed the seven-year learned so much from the generous people After ten years of running a home-based famine that saved Egypt and his own fam- in these forums. It was through their com- business, I have learned a lot and have ily. Joseph made the most of every opportu- ments that I learned about E-Books, self- had many great business mentors. Here’s nity that came his way, whether intended for publishing, blogging, and how to build a a brief list of my tips and lessons I have good or evil. Each experience led to being better website. learned along the way: hired for his ultimate “dream job” of work- Grow your business as the kids grow. ing for Pharaoh. We do not know what the The Learning Never Ends I started with 12 tax clients my first year. future holds for us, but we do know Him I continue to learn about running a Now as my children are almost grown (one who holds the future. Entrust your plans, home-based business, being an author, and is in college and one is in her last year of ambitions, ideas, and fears to our Lord, and meeting the needs of my readers. I take high school), I have expanded to 60 tax re- He will guide you as He did Joseph. online classes from great teachers such as turns a year. I also serve dozens of nonprof- I keep in mind this treasured verse: Kelly McCausey (my Web designer) and it clients and find myself writing and speak- And whatsoever ye do, do it heartily, as Jimmy D. Brown (an Internet marketing ing more. This didn’t happen overnight! It to the Lord, and not unto men; knowing guru). I visit forums (MomMasterminds. grew slowly as my children grew. that of the Lord ye shall receive the reward com is one) and listen to podcasts such as Start with what you know. Don’t start of the inheritance: for ye serve the Lord Felice Gerwitz’s Information in a Nutshell a business; instead grow a business from Christ. (Col 3:23, 24) for Authors and Publishers. your current interests and hobbies. Starting I have found that I have knowledge that and running a home business means long Carol Topp, CPA (CarolToppCPA.com people need, and I view my job as an op- hours and sacrifice; it is easier if you are do- and HomeschoolCPA.com) is an author portunity to communicate this knowledge ing something that you enjoy. Brainstorm and accountant specializing in helping in a clear and easy-to-understand way. I your skills and list everything you’ve done homeschool organizations and micro-busi- started a small self-publishing business or know about whether you’ve been paid ness owners. She is the author of the Micro called Ambassador Publishing this year. I for it or not. Focus on areas where you can Business for Teenagers series and Home- chose the name because I see myself as an see yourself spending a lot of time. Then school Co-ops: How to Start Them, Run ambassador between the IRS and my clients consider whether your area of interest can Them, and Not Burn Out. Her next book is or readers. I speak a foreign language called generate income. titled Business Taxes and Tips for Authors IRS-ese and help my clients understand in Set boundaries: and Publishers. plain English what the tax regulations are so • Set up a real office, if possible. A 48 ©2011, The Old Schoolhouse® Magazine 48 ©2011, The Old Schoolhouse® Magazine www.TheHomeschoolMagazine.com/BusinessEntrepreneurDirectory www.TheHomeschoolMagazine.com/BusinessEntrepreneurDirectory Schoolhouse Expo Online educatiOn Carol Barnier’s Impressive frOm taylOr university Business Plan by Carol Barnier, Expo Speaker I wish I had a really impressive story But there’s a backstory to my approach. about my little business—something For a long time I wasn’t a Christian. In about looking into the churning clothes fact, I was an atheist. And boy, did I have washing machine and seeing the fabrics plans. I owned my own successful busi- aligning themselves into a message from ness at 23. I measured my value by ac- God. “Write . . . a . . . book.” complishments. I kept score with dollars. Or perhaps something more proactive— I had left God out of things by design. It like I’d known since I was 18 months old was part of my plan. that I wanted to be a writer so I followed So when I came to faith, I took a differ- that path steadfastly through grade school, ent tack. I simply told God I would walk high school, and college, apprenticed with through whatever doors He presented to a dozen well-known writers, and began my me. I was done being in charge. Now I dream the moment I graduated. Doesn’t have my hands thrown skyward while He that sound self-disciplined and focused? pilots this roller coaster I’m on, and so far, But the truth is I was just living my life, it’s been a fun ride. He’s taken me places Christ-centered. being happily married and raising kids. My I would never have dreamed of going, let Academically excellent. Flexible. “Not very business-y of me, huh?” This is our commitment to you. You can take a class or earn your degree completely online while studying firstborn child was very ADHD (from the alone made plans for. at home when it fits your schedule. womb forward), and we began to home- I don’t know what turns He’ll take me Programs include: school after recognizing that a traditional on next. I may write another book, (well • Dual credit classes classroom wasn’t going to work. Five actually, that one is happening), I may start • Associate of Arts in Biblical Studies years of trial and error produced a pretty a lawn mowing service (I really hope He • Associate of Arts in Justice good stable of ideas that worked well with doesn’t open that door), and I may end up Administration this child’s distractible mind. I turned to learning Klingon for a feature role in an up- • Associate of Arts in Liberal Arts my husband one day and said, “I wish I’d coming Star Trek movie (please oh please • Bachelor of Business Administration known then what I know now” . . .which oh please, open that door). • Transition to Teaching • Various certificate programs led to a website, which led to a speaking Don’t know. But for now, I’m watching invitation, which led to a book. for the next door. Dual Credit Program: There was no plan. So how does this all impact you? In fact now, over ten years later, with Well, if you’d like me to write for your Head Start on College Courses are taught online in an dozens of articles, tens of thousands of au- magazine, blog, or other publication, give independent study format, which means dience attendees, frequent guest commen- me a call. If you’d like me to speak to your there is only one student in the class. taries on Focus on the Family®, and two group or retreat, give me a call. He/she completes assignments at his/her more books with another on the way (if If you’d like me to mow your lawn, pray pace while working one-on-one with the it sounds like a pregnancy, there’s a good about this, put out a fleece, sacrifice an un- professor. The coursework is due six reason—the mood swings, weight gain, blemished goat, and I’ll get back to you. months from registration, but can be and birthing pains are about the same), I If you’d like me to be in that Star Trek completed early. Students must admit, there’s still no plan. movie, give me a call. Better yet, just send can register and begin Not very business-y of me, huh? me your number and I’ll call you. a course any day of Stop by the year. Don’t get me wrong. I believe in plans. Today. our Expo I like plans. I think plans are a really good booth for more thing, essential, in fact, for most endeav- Carol Barnier, author of three books, is a information ors. And frankly, if you want to become a popular conference speaker who is known writer, you’d better do some serious plan- for mixing serious topics with equally se- 800-845-3149 ning, because there are a lot of steps and rious humor. Learn more at www.Carol- email@example.com there’s much to learn. Barnier.com or www.SizzleBop.com www.taylor.edu/online www.TheHomeschoolMagazine.com/BusinessEntrepreneurDirectory www.TheHomeschoolMagazine.com/BusinessEntrepreneurDirectory ©2011, The Old Schoolhouse® Magazine 49 ©2011, The Old Schoolhouse® Magazine 49 I Can't Believe I Said THAT! We don't write on the baby. Get your head out of the cheese! Please don't lick the car. How can you not know what hit you? The bruise is between your eyes. Parents of highly distractible kids wind up saying things that other parents just don't. We never know what these kids will do next. So where do we nd our community? Where's our support group? Come to Sizzle Bop (it's free), where you get teaching tips discipline tips commentary on relevant news action prompts community input curriculum survey results funny stories about our funny life with these funny (and oh-so-precious) kids and best of all . . . where you get com- munity with people who completely understand why you adore this child www.SizzleBop.com 50 ©2011, The Old Schoolhouse® Magazine 50 ©2011, The Old Schoolhouse® Magazine www.TheHomeschoolMagazine.com/BusinessEntrepreneurDirectory www.TheHomeschoolMagazine.com/BusinessEntrepreneurDirectory Schoolhouse Expo Child Diagnostics, Inc., Denver, Colorado by Dianne Craft, MA, CNHP, Expo Speaker C hild Diagnostics, Inc is a consul- children who struggle become successful ages, I was led to seek out classes that were tation service that serves children at home . . . easily, effectively, and inex- taught around the country on brain integra- who are considered struggling pensively. tion therapy and right-brain teaching strat- learners. I define a struggling learner as egies. When I pursued this education and a bright, hard-working child who has to In the Beginning . . . then implemented these techniques into my work too hard to learn. This consultation I am a former homeschool mother resource room teaching, I saw spectacular service has been in business for 13 years who previously had worked in the spe- results. In fact, in the students I used these in Denver, Colorado. There are three cial education field. I have a bachelor’s new techniques with, I almost always saw a “arms” to this company: and master’s degree in special education. two-year gain in reading, writing, and math Private consultations for parents of chil- After I finished homeschooling my son, in one year. I praised God for the wonder- dren who are working too hard to learn. I returned to the public school setting ful answers he was showing me. Over 65% of the parents I see fly in from to teach for many years. God turned my Another special education teacher, Anna other states. We spend the day together, teaching resource rooms into laboratories. Alvarado, who taught across the hall from me, asked what I was doing to make such a difference in these children. She had been “I found that the older methods that teaching at that school in special education for years, using the old, regular methods included a lot of auditory teaching or and was just seeing a six- to seven-month gain each year. I was very happy to show required them to write while they were her the new techniques that God had taught me. She experienced the same success I did learning were not methods that worked . . . a two-year growth in one year for these for these young students.” wonderful, struggling learners. I now have shown these techniques to many home edu- cators, have worked personally with many schools to increase the efficiency of their evaluating the child and then videotaping Through God’s leading, I learned many special education and literacy classes, and the interventions that will help the child new ways to help my struggling learn- teach courses to teachers and occupational become successful, whether the need is for ers in these classrooms. For many years therapists for graduate level continuing academic intervention (reading, writing, I taught children who were labeled “twice education credits through the University of math) or behavioral intervention (sensory exceptional.” These were children (like Colorado in Denver. processing, attention/focus, Asperger’s, many we have at home) who had above- autism, or other children whose nervous average intelligence and were considered Free Daily Lesson Plans system is in disequilibrium). For the be- gifted, but who were also working two to My passion is to help homeschooling havioral interventions we use targeted three years behind in either reading, writ- parents identify where their child’s learn- nutritional supplements, along with some ing (composition and spelling), or math. ing glitch is and learn how to help that change in the child’s everyday diet. Many of them had a true dyslexia, so they child overcome the glitch in the home set- Teaching products, such as a right-brain were very far behind in reading. I found ting. Many of the homeschooled children reading program for children with dyslex- that the older methods that included a lot I see have had extensive testing and have ia and other reading issues, a home mid- of auditory teaching or required them to labels such as “auditory processing dys- line therapy program called Brain Inte- write while they were learning were not function” or “sensory processing dysfunc- gration Therapy to minimize the effect of methods that worked for these young tion,” but the parents still do not know how the learning struggle, and teaching DVDs students. I taught children in grades one to help their child at home. I feel that is on right-brain learning strategies and cor- through eight who were struggling be- my calling—to show these parents how I recting dysgraphia and writing problems cause of processing difficulties such as taught children in a school setting to get at home. auditory processing problems, visual pro- them past the learning glitch, and how they Workshop presentations at homeschool cessing problems, or writing problems can do it at home. My motto is, “It doesn’t conventions, and one-day, struggling learn- such as dysgraphia. have to be so hard, and it doesn’t have to er seminars, along with teaching webinars As I sought God for new solutions for be so expensive!” given across the country to help parents of these bright, hardworking children of all (Continued on page 53) www.TheHomeschoolMagazine.com/BusinessEntrepreneurDirectory www.TheHomeschoolMagazine.com/BusinessEntrepreneurDirectory ©2011, The Old Schoolhouse® Magazine 51 ©2011, The Old Schoolhouse® Magazine 51 52 ©2011, The Old Schoolhouse® Magazine 52 ©2011, The Old Schoolhouse® Magazine www.TheHomeschoolMagazine.com/BusinessEntrepreneurDirectory www.TheHomeschoolMagazine.com/BusinessEntrepreneurDirectory Child Diagnostics, Inc. (Continued from page 51) All parents who are willing to read and or paragraphs, then any other good writing unique enzymes plus the essential fatty ac- learn can become their child’s own re- program can help with the polishing of his ids in very particular amounts. In addition, source room teacher. (Resource room is work. Many children who have not writ- many of these children are experiencing the name given to the classrooms that edu- ten anything because it has been so hard for “hearing under water” because of an un- cate children who were tested and qualified them are successful using this easy, stress- diagnosed dairy allergy. I have written ar- for special education classes or literacy free writing method. ticles on this, and worked with the parents classes). On my website, www.dianne- who come in for personal consultations craft.org, I have provided the lesson plans Convention Workshops and have heard the wonderful results that that I used daily for the reading and writ- I love to educate parents on effective they very frequently see. ing classes when I taught these wonderful teaching methods for their bright but strug- When a child is having frequent melt- children in the school setting. These daily gling children. I do this through a series of downs or the parent is finding that she lesson plans have often been used by many workshops I offer to homeschool conven- needs to walk on eggshells around a new special education teachers in their first tions. The titles of these workshops are: particular child because of these daily few years of teaching, until they felt that • Identifying Your Child’s Learning upsets, we generally find that there has they could branch out on their own, using Block been early antibiotic use, or even that the their rich experience. These teachers, as do • Smart Kids Who Hate to Write child was exposed to antibiotics in utero, the parents, almost always experienced the • Teaching the Right-Brain Child or that the mother had a yeast infection same success that I saw by using the com- (Parts 1 and 2) while she was pregnant. These scenarios bination of brain integration exercises, and • The Biology of Behavior (Parts 1 tend to upset the child’s nervous system right-brain teaching strategies . . . a two- and 2) for many years if proper interventions year growth in a year. These daily lesson At the end of this six-workshop series, have not been taken to “right” the child’s plans are called: parents are able to identify exactly which chemistry after these exposures. The • Daily Lesson Plans for the Struggling of their child’s learning gates are blocked interventions are easy and powerful. I Reader and have a simple plan to reduce the stress have articles on my website, and a three- • Daily Lesson Plans for the Struggling in the child’s learning system. month nutritional supplement program in Writer and Speller For the speakers committees who are a CD set called The Biology of Behavior I have provided these daily lesson plans interested in having me speak at their con- that gives parents a step-by-step guide in for FREE on my website. They include ventions, I have a speaker’s package avail- helping their child feel better, and thus the step-by-step method that I used each able with the detailed descriptions of the act better and focus better. The parents day, four days a week, with the students I workshops. They can just email me for this can also see a local nutritionist if they worked with. They include the daily exer- speaker’s package at firstname.lastname@example.org. would like personalized help with just cises designed to help make more connec- this one area of learning. tions between the brain hemispheres for A Nutritionist’s Perspective I have so enjoyed using my knowledge easier processing of material and elimina- The unique perspective I can offer parents as a nutritionist for parents who are often tion of reading and writing reversals, the of bright but struggling learners includes at their wits’ end with their wonderful chil- right-brain phonics technique for reading not only my experience as a homeschooling dren. I have a teaching PowerPoint slide which eliminates copying or memorizing mom and my years as a special education that has these words on it, “Is it Character sounds, and the right-brain, visual spell- teacher, but also the fact that I am a nutri- or Chemistry?” Dr. Sydney Walker, MD, ing method, which bypasses the writing tionist. My exact title is certified natural says that “children act how they feel.” We and auditory gates for spelling by training health professional. I became a nutritionist often overlook the obvious physical is- the child to use his strong photographic after realizing that there was another impor- sues the child is presenting that can be the memory for spelling. These methods work tant puzzle piece to these struggling learn- cause of this unhappy behavior. We always incredibly well, and cost nothing. I provide ers. If a child’s biochemistry is upset and his seem to be able to impact a child’s focus- the list of spelling words along with the nervous system is not responding correctly, ing, memory, and behavior with targeted technique I used for free on my website. it can look like he has a focusing problem, nutritional strategies. I receive wonderful I also provide for parents the method of auditory processing problems, and even testimonies all the time from parents who paragraph and composition writing that I dyslexia. We now know that there is a par- have used this information to set their child successfully used with my second through ticular chemistry of dyslexia. It is a chemi- free of the unwanted behaviors. eighth graders. For example, by the end cal upset, really a deficiency that we tend of the year, my sixth graders, who had to pass on to our children, generally male My Business Plan struggled writing even a paragraph for to male. This cycle can be stopped with the I presently have a waiting list of about me, were writing four-page papers on their correct information. nine months for families for a personal own. I give detailed instructions about how I also have found that many parents who consultation with their child, although we to do this at home. This is free also. Af- have a non-verbal or very low-verbal child do have a cancellation list, so families can ter the child can easily write a paragraph see fantastic gains when they add some (Continued on page 54) www.TheHomeschoolMagazine.com/BusinessEntrepreneurDirectory www.TheHomeschoolMagazine.com/BusinessEntrepreneurDirectory ©2011, The Old Schoolhouse® Magazine 53 ©2011, The Old Schoolhouse® Magazine 53 Schoolhouse Expo Child Diagnostics, Inc. (Continued from page 53) Jim Weiss and Greathall get in sooner most of the time. I have a slightly shorter waiting list for telephone Productions consultations. We sell my teaching and nu- by Jim Weiss, Expo Speaker tritional products to countries all over the I world. I continue to be privileged to speak at statewide homeschool conventions n June, 1989, Jim decided to do throughout the United States, perform- across the country. To what do I attribute something more with the craft that ing at theaters, stores, libraries, schools, my success? he had formerly practiced solely colleges, and community events. He has • God is my business and personal for pleasure. He and his wife, Randy, hosted and starred in an Emmy Award- partner. formed a production company, Greathall winning PBS television special and has • We freely give products and informa- Productions, and have thus far produced even performed at The White House an- tion at every opportunity that comes forty-four (44) storytelling recordings, nual Easter event. up. You can never out-give God. all recipients of national awards from As a storyteller, Jim’s connection to • I continually study to keep myself at The American Library Association, Par- his audience is magnetic and interactive, the top in my field. ents’ Choice Foundation, NAPPA, the proof positive that storytelling remains What methods have I used to “market” Parents’ Council, The Oppenheim Toy among the moving, most personal forms this business? Portfolio, The Film Advisory Board, of entertainment. Adults and children • Many free articles on the website, Parents’ Guide to Children’s Media alike leave the performance feeling educating parents. Award, and more. that they have really met the charac- • Speaking engagements to make par- ents aware of alternative methods of teaching. As a storyteller, Jim’s connection to his • YouTube teaching videos. • Web seminars presented for various audience is magnetic and interactive, organizations. • Articles in local homeschool proof positive that storytelling remains magazines. among the moving, most personal Running this business is the most fun I have ever had. It is so exciting to set forms of entertainment. children free who have been working so hard. In addition, Jim has recorded many ters and benefited from “experiencing” Dianne Craft is a former homeschool mom complete audiobooks, from read-alongs the events. Jim’s presentations garner who has a master’s degree in elementary for early readers to the Newbery Award- heightened respect for the art of story- and special education. She has 25 years’ winning biography Carry On, Mister telling and the literature itself. experience teaching bright, hardwork- Bowditch, and from works by the British Twenty-two years after forming ing children who have to work too hard to novelist G.A. Henty to Susan Wise Bau- Greathall Productions, Jim and Randy learn. She teaches parents across the coun- er’s acclaimed The Story of the World. Weiss still pursue the same goal: to try how to help their children learn faster Jim’s newest release, Gone West: instill in children the lifelong love of and easier, using therapies and strategies Bold Adventures of American Explor- great literature by telling the stories on that are very effective while being very ers and Pioneers, includes stories of a child’s level without altering the au- inexpensive. Dianne has created many the Westward Expansion, including the thors’ intent. teaching products for right-brain learn- Louisiana Purchase, Lewis and Clark, ers and those struggling with dyslexia or Fulton’s steamboat, the covered wagon Jim Weiss is an internationally known dysgraphia. She is also a certified natural pioneers, the impact on Native Ameri- author, storyteller, recording artist, and health professional specializing in natu- cans, and the building of the transconti- teacher who performs across the U.S.A. ral treatments for children with attention, nental railroad—all in story form. and internationally. His vast repertoire learning, and behavioral issues. Dianne includes vivid presentations from classic is president of the educational consulting Live Storytelling Performances literature and history ranging from Ae- firm Child Diagnostics, Inc., in Littleton, Jim Weiss’s live performances have sop to Shakespeare, Bible stories to the Colorado. been called “inspiring, exciting, and . Founding Fathers, Greek mythology to . . filled with laughter.” He offers both accomplishments of great scientists, art- performances of stories and entertaining ists, and authors. Jim’s recordings have sessions on how to write, tell, and ben- received more than 90 major awards. efit from stories. 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Many I had opportunities over the years to write is now newly retired after 35 years of civil families, in an effort to fit into a certain articles in newspapers and magazines, it service. He is looking forward to work- philosophy of education or prove them- wasn’t until I became a homeschooling ing with me full-time.) JB, our oldest, has selves to their family or friends, try to do mom that God really began opening doors written a book which we’ve published (a way more each day than can reasonably be for me to pursue my writing dreams. To- collection of stories about his military ex- expected. Lastly, budget. Many great pro- day, those dareams have developed into periences called From Basic to Baghdad: grams are just too pricey for the average a substantial business, a great experience A Soldier Writes Home) and does proj- family to afford. with the wonderful world of homeschool- ects for us with his wife, Christy, from That’s why our mission has always been ing, and a chance to bless others. their home in Iowa. Our youngest, Tyler, to provide practical, fun, and affordable geography, history, and science. Our ma- terials are designed to be hands-on, appeal- “Our mission has always been to provide ing, and exciting for all ages and learning styles. We strive to assign a reasonable practical, fun, and affordable geography, amount of work, and make it clear when things are optional, while still giving stu- history, and science. Our materials are dents enough of a challenge to help them grow. We also try to do everything we can designed to be hands-on, appealing, and to keep our costs low, so we can pass sav- exciting for all ages and learning styles.” ings on to you! It’s been so exciting to publish Christ- honoring books, which families can enjoy and customize to meet their own needs. When I (accidentally) became the di- started working for us full-time after he In the past few years we have published a rector of a local homeschool group in graduated from Belhaven University. He number of popular books, including: 1992, I discovered that I had a lot of help- manages the office and helps develop our • The Mystery of History series ful advice that many new homeschoolers curriculum and product lines. His wife, (by Linda Hobar) needed. With that in mind, my best friend, Helen, also writes and illustrates for us • The Christian Kids Explore Science Janice, and I decided to collaborate our (when she’s not busy with their two little series (by several authors) experiences with home education into a girls, Kaylee and Avalon). • The All American History series (by simple book. Although I was new to the Our business is a ministry that my hus- Celeste Rakes) homeschooling field myself (and hardly band and I enjoy doing together. We love • Illuminations—a literature/language felt qualified to write on the topic) the traveling and meeting people. I love to arts program, which uses our history publication of The Unofficial Guide to speak and Bob has such a servant’s heart books as its spine Homeschooling in Delaware was a huge for helping homeschooling parents in our And there are many more in the works! help to many families. This was a great booth at conferences. He also takes care of In the past few years, we’ve seen a no- learning experience for me. the business finances, freeing me to write ticeable shift in the needs of our custom- The next year brought my first invita- and be creative. It’s also been so encourag- ers. For one thing, people have recently tion to speak at a homeschool support ing seeing Tyler grow as a business man- seemed more concerned with conserving group on the topic of geography. Janice ager, speaker, and writer. He’s taken over shelf space. To that end, we’ve been em- was helping me and we worked hard on many of the areas that I don’t have the time phasizing our digital products and supple- developing great handouts. Perhaps we or energy to run anymore. I always knew mental materials more. We have recently went a little overboard on them, because he had the entrepreneurial bug too! put out downloadable products such as fol- instead of a handout, we ended up with Over the years, through talking with so derbooks, coloring pages, challenge cards, our next book: Hands-On Geography. many families, we’ve noticed three main notebooking pages, etc. for our history and (Since then it has been greatly revised and things that get in people’s way as they ho- science programs, which have been hugely expanded.) meschool. We call them the “three home- (Continued on page 61) 56 ©2011, The Old Schoolhouse® Magazine 56 ©2011, The Old Schoolhouse® Magazine www.TheHomeschoolMagazine.com/BusinessEntrepreneurDirectory www.TheHomeschoolMagazine.com/BusinessEntrepreneurDirectory Brand New! Maps Could Become Your Favorite Part of Teaching Pick Your Print Your Features! Maps! $ 49 95 Enter coupon code TOS4WonderMaps and receive 20% off Hundreds of Customizable Maps with Endless Possibilities! 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So we canceled class for two my shingle when our youngest, Ben, grad- if he couldn’t write the words himself, all weeks, scrapped the lesson plans we had uated from high school in 2003. his great ideas would just smolder inside so carefully crafted over the summer, and My children were such different learn- his busy little brain unless he had an outlet. started from scratch. We had made a com- ers. Like their mama, Karah and Janel By allowing him to dictate his stories and mitment to teach these children to write, were pretty much born with a natural short reports to me (with lots of prodding, but clearly we had to take a detour. knack for the written word. They became prompting, and questions on my part), I voracious readers from the moment they was letting Ben express his knowledge From the Ground Up figured out how to decipher the code. And and understanding of the different things Deb and I needed a plan. Our minds once they picked up that first pencil to we were studying—and his creativity with swirled with goals and ideas, but we felt rather clueless about how to achieve them. While each of the programs on our shelves had merit, not one of them provided every- “To our dismay, every child in the group thing we needed or wanted to help us feel struggled. They all needed to go back to successful at teaching writing. But how does one build a writing course from the the basics, and nothing on our shelves ground up? We began—as good writers often do— seemed to hold the key.” with a brainstorming session in which we dreamed up a wish list of components for our “ideal” writing class: • Pre-writing games to get creative scrawl out their earliest sentences, they oral vocabulary and storytelling grew by juices flowing never looked back. leaps and bounds. • Skill-building activities to equip stu- Eager and independent, the girls learned But by the time he was 12, I had become dents with new writing tools with ease and progressed quickly through more desperate to see some independence • Creative, varied writing exercises their lessons. But Ben—my fidgety, ac- in this area. So even though we had no idea with clearly defined expectations tive, kinesthetic little guy—was a pea what we were doing, my friend Debbie • Incremental lessons that built upon in a much different pod. Like a sponge, and I committed to teach a writing class previously learned material he soaked up facts about volcanoes and for a handful of homeschoolers. Our class • Writing checklists to help students black bears and Pilgrims, but when the launched in September 1997, and believe edit their own work time came for learning to read and write, me, I was nervous. What did I know about • A simple evaluation tool to help us he couldn’t catch on. teaching writing? I’m one of those intuitive grade final drafts objectively I was at a loss, because what had worked types for whom writing comes easily. But I Our new plan was in place, and class for my daughters was failing me miserably had no idea how to help others learn what I began afresh. We prepared lesson plans now. Lord knows, I tried. I found myself know and do what I do. and activities as well as homework as- starting and stopping again and again, fi- Still, Deb and I were enthusiastic and signments, and we designed checklists and nally realizing that my son just wasn’t expectant. That Tuesday morning, we grading keys to suit our needs. wired to learn traditionally at this season in greeted our little class with their first as- Deb and I had no intention whatsoever of his life. I had to let go of my expectations, signment: a five-sentence paragraph. But writing a curriculum. After spending hours which meant asking God to help me teach our high hopes met reality face to face together in person and by phone, we were in a way that met the needs of my auditory, when we sat down with those composi- relieved just to hammer out one lesson at a hands-on boy. tions later that day. time by Monday at midnight! But in a mat- “Oh, man!” we squeaked. “What have ter of weeks—when writing finally began Looking for Answers we gotten ourselves into?” to click for every student in the class—we Since Ben had such a hard time hold- And it wasn’t just our own reluctant knew we’d struck gold. ing a pencil (or sitting still, for that mat- boys whose efforts cried out for help. To (Continued on page 60) 58 ©2011, The Old Schoolhouse® Magazine 58 ©2011, The Old Schoolhouse® Magazine www.TheHomeschoolMagazine.com/BusinessEntrepreneurDirectory www.TheHomeschoolMagazine.com/BusinessEntrepreneurDirectory www.TheHomeschoolMagazine.com/BusinessEntrepreneurDirectory www.TheHomeschoolMagazine.com/BusinessEntrepreneurDirectory ©2011, The Old Schoolhouse® Magazine 59 ©2011, The Old Schoolhouse® Magazine 59 From Desperation to Publication: A Curriculum Is Born (Continued from page 58) Within two years, as our class waiting sons for our newest series, WriteShop • Take advantage of viral marketing list soared to 50, parents started asking Junior. Filled with fun, creative ideas for opportunities such as the TOS Re- us to write a teacher’s guide and turn our teaching writing, WriteShop Junior has view Crew. Because the homeschool ideas into a curriculum so they could teach been receiving high marks among home- blogging community is so active, it at home. “Ha!” we scoffed. “That’s for school families currently testing the les- word about a favorite new product real authors.” sons. We plan to release WriteShop Junior or method can spread like wildfire as But the seeds had been planted. And Books D and E in 2011. bloggers link to curriculum websites when a trusted friend with much experience or reviews. as a curriculum counselor gave our thick Making Sense of Marketing In addition to purposeful marketing, I’ve stack of lessons her stamp of approval, we Debbie and I are not born businesswom- found it helpful to become a speaker. Pre- set to work on a teacher’s manual. Eventu- en, and we’ve had to learn as we go. The senting sessions at homeschool conven- ally we published our first set of materials world of printing, publishing, and market- tions over the past eight years has enabled for junior high and high school students: ing was new to us, but we knew we needed me to bring encouragement and support WriteShop I and WriteShop II. to get the word out about our books. and share my expertise with many who A small but growing publishing business struggle to teach writing at home. I’ve also New Ventures such as WriteShop has limited resources enjoyed coming alongside homeschoolers Even as our young company was mak- for advertising, so we’ve tried to think of through articles I write for various blogs ing headway in the homeschool curriculum creative ways to get the most for our mon- and magazines. market, neither Debbie nor I ever expected ey. Over the years, we’ve invested time to write or publish any more books. Yet in learning how to: Necessity Is the Mother of Invention If anyone had bothered to ask me 14 “But as they say, “Necessity is the years ago what I planned to “do” with my life when I was done homeschooling, I may mother of invention.” And for Debbie have rolled out a list of unfinished projects and me, necessity came in the shape I’d finally have time to complete, stacks of books I longed to read, or the conversation- of those two 12-year-old boys who al Spanish class I yearned to take. I would certainly never have said, “I simply could not write.” think I’ll write a curriculum for home- schoolers.” Nor would I have ever dared to say, “I’d like to speak at conventions and 2007 we spread our wings again and intro- • Develop a website and optimize it for equip parents to teach their kids to write.” duced a new product line—StoryBuilders search engines. Many new custom- My dreams didn’t allow for the possibil- E-Books—offering printable writing ers learn about WriteShop through a ity that something I put my hand to would prompt cards to help families add some friend, but over half find us by search- become a topic of conversation on Inter- pizzazz to writing time. ing Google for “writing curriculum” net discussion boards, or that homeschool WriteShop Primary, a writing series for or “homeschool writing program.” bookstores would one day stock their K–3, followed during the next couple of • Write a blog that offers encourage- shelves with books that have my name in years. This was our first experience part- ment, teaching tips, and free writing the byline. nering with another author, the amazing lessons for homeschool moms. The But as they say, “Necessity is the Nancy I. Sanders. We also learned to col- poetry lessons and articles about mother of invention.” And for Debbie laborate with a graphic artist and an il- teaching reluctant writers draw the and me, necessity came in the shape of lustrator. In the end, we were thrilled to most traffic to In Our Write Minds. those two 12-year-old boys who simply produce an eye-catching, hands-on cur- • Advertise wisely (we currently run could not write. riculum that helps parents introduce the print ads in TOS magazine and ad- This story ends well. By high school writing process to little ones gently and vertise on a few homeschool-focused graduation, Ben had become quite a deep effectively. websites, and we watch for other thinker, avid reader, and strong, articulate Now that we have writing materials for special opportunities as they arise). writer. Now 25, our once-struggling son is early elementary ages, junior high, and • Participate in cross-promos with other a Ph.D. candidate studying “to show [him] high school, it only makes sense to fill the homeschooling companies. self approved unto God, a workman that gap by developing products for middle- to • Join the social-networking sphere needeth not to be ashamed, rightly divid- upper-elementary ages too, so we’ve been via Twitter and a WriteShop Face- ing the word of truth” (2 Timothy 2:15). keeping Nancy Sanders busy writing les- book page. The very subjects that dogged him as a 60 ©2011, The Old Schoolhouse® Magazine 60 ©2011, The Old Schoolhouse® Magazine www.TheHomeschoolMagazine.com/BusinessEntrepreneurDirectory www.TheHomeschoolMagazine.com/BusinessEntrepreneurDirectory Bright Ideas Press (Continued from page 56) child—reading and writing—have become popular. Additionally, people have been his passion. I thank God that he encour- looking for programs that are simple and Providing the following online aged me to let Ben be Ben, and that when don’t require a tremendous amount of plan- the time came, He showed me a new way courses: ning on their part. To that end, we’ve put to help my son learn. out a new program called Illuminations, Dyslexia In-Depth which is an all-in-one curriculum that ties WriteShop Turns 10 Reading Comprehension together history, Bible, geography, litera- Many times during this wild WriteShop ture, and language arts chronologically. adventure, we’ve felt like we were barrel- Special Education We have received great feedback about this ing down the rapids, but God has remained Advocacy product. Parents really appreciate having a faithfully in control of our little boat. Along Orton-Gillingham detailed yet flexible schedule that they can the way, we’ve been encouraged through use with a wide age range. many testimonials of homeschooling fami- Tutor Training Our Lord has blessed us beyond measure. lies who have successfully used WriteShop Often, I simply stand back in wonder at all materials with their children. There’s noth- Our courses are ideal for any the Father has done for us. It has certainly ing so satisfying or fulfilling as knowing parent, teacher, guardian, tutor not been easy—sometimes it’s been very we’ve had a hand in helping inspire so or anyone who is interested in difficult and humbling. But we’ve tried to many successful writers. keep our eyes on our Lord and Savior Jesus 2011 marks WriteShop’s tenth anni- learning more about dyslexia, Christ and to follow His will for our family versary as a company. These days, with how to remediate it. and our company. He has brought us from WriteShop users in all 50 states as well Additionally, graduate credits are the first year of homeschooling to the pres- as Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Great ent year of our business, and we know He available through the University Britain, and beyond, Debbie and I still will keep us in His hands forever. pinch ourselves now and then to make sure of San Diego. It’s our privilege to be a part of your ho- this is real. We don’t have all the answers, meschooling journey! Please let us know if but we can offer tools to teach and evalu- Some perks of online courses: there’s any way we can serve you. ate writing in a parent-friendly, step-by- step manner. And while we may appear to Log on any time Maggie Hogan & Tyler Hogan be “writing gurus” to some, in truth we’re Go at your own pace www.BrightIdeasPress.com a couple of ordinary homeschool moms contact@BrightIdeasPress.com who stumbled out of obscurity because Ask questions any time Toll Free 877.492.8081 our children had a need. Desperation Live chats with the yielded to creativity, creativity gave way instructors Maggie Hogan is an author and speaker to potential, and potential became reality: who lives in Dover, Delaware, with her hus- WriteShop. A chance to meet other band, Bob. They are the founders of Bright parents and teachers Ideas Press. When not reading or playing Author and speaker Kim Kautzer loves who are interested in with her granddaughters, you can find Mag- to help parents feel more confident about gie drooling over travel magazines. dyslexia or may have a teaching writing. The co-author of Write- Shop, she now helps develop and publish child with dyslexia Tyler Hogan (Maggie’s son) is the office new products for the company. Kim and Instructors with manager at Bright Ideas Press. He is a her husband homeschooled for 15 years. husband, father, teacher, writer, speaker, extensive experience They live in Southern California, where world traveler, mime, and graduate of Bel- they enjoy their empty nest and six spunky and education about haven University. He and his wife, Helen, grandchildren. Kim blogs about writing at dyslexia enjoy time with their daughters, reading, www.writeshop.com/blog. and drinking tea. To register and for more information: dyslexiatraininginstitute.org 619-517-0683 www.TheHomeschoolMagazine.com/BusinessEntrepreneurDirectory www.TheHomeschoolMagazine.com/BusinessEntrepreneurDirectory ©2011, The Old Schoolhouse® Magazine 61 ©2011, The Old Schoolhouse® Magazine 61 Schoolhouse Expo Illuminations by Dari Mullins, Expo Speaker I met Maggie Hogan many years ago at a All American History series for grades to go! Visually appealing schedules are homeschool convention in Boston. We 3–12. With these two popular history se- provided—use them “as is” or type your were both speaking there and I felt es- ries as spines, Illuminations schedules ad- own entries in the blocks. They are cus- pecially blessed to be spending time with a ditional subjects, including everything ex- tomizable! “veteran” homeschooler whom I respected cept math. Bible, language arts (grammar, Choose the elements you want to use— and admired. We had a great time sharing writing, copywork/dictation, spelling, and just history and literature or all the disci- ideas and stories. It turns out we think a lot vocabulary), literature, science, humani- plines—your choice! Either way, your cur- alike. (In fact, she said I was the only other ties (poetry, theatre, music, and art), geog- riculum elements are completely scheduled speaker she had ever met who also spoke raphy, history, and life skills are all either for you. We’ve chosen curriculum you can on both geography and poetry!) She asked scheduled based on existing curriculum just pick up and use. if I would be willing to help her with a new (for example, WriteShop®) or were written Our literature guides are the best avail- project down the road. Of course I jumped expressly for Illuminations (for example, able. They include discussion questions at the chance. our Bible and literature study guides). and activities for all learning styles. The Several years later, our paths crossed When designing Illuminations, the core literature study guides provide questions, again at another homeschool convention team had several ideas to make the curricu- discussion generators, applicable Scripture, in Florida. She shared again her vision for lum unique: activities, and vocabulary words. They are companions to the literature selections, written to walk with you through each “The mission is simple: to provide a book carefully chosen for Illuminations. With strong spiritual and literary analysis quality program that is customizable emphasis, these guides help prepare your students for college and for life. for each individual family while However, even with the best plans, ho- remaining practical, fun, affordable, meschooling can sometimes feel over- whelming. With Illuminations, our online and encouraging.” community provides you with support and encouragement without ever stepping out your door. Go ahead; dive in! You CAN this new curriculum project with me and • The customizable schedule grids do it! asked if I would be willing to do market allow parents to tailor the program Fun—what is fun about school you research for it. I agreed and so began a new to specifically target their children’s might ask? Well this is where Illumina- journey for both of us. interests and needs. tions wants to help! Not all education will After extensive market research and • Learning-style friendly: We include be fun, but we designed Illuminations to much prayer, Bright Ideas Press deter- many ideas for kinesthetic, visual, and help you build “fun time” into your sched- mined that the product idea was both vi- audio learners. ule. We have all kinds of doable activities able and needed. They asked me to join the • Paper trails for record keeping. that help make memories. These things in- team as Project Manager. We assembled a • Summer enrichment literature guides. clude simple items such as audio and video core team of four (now five) people, with a • Parent support. suggestions to reinforce your studies, or combined 35+ years of homeschooling ex- The authors and designers for this proj- simply having great read-aloud and discus- perience, to oversee this massive project. ect are qualified people who include ho- sion time questions (and answers—which We meet several times a year at various meschool parents, homeschool graduates, makes it easier on Mom!) that encourage locations for marathon planning sessions. professors, clergy, and others with vast ex- thoughtful responses. Thank goodness for technology . . . or we perience in their chosen fields. With many There are projects that require a little would all have to move to Delaware! of the authors using the product, we are more time and effort but provide lots of fun The mission is simple: to provide a qual- walking alongside each other in this home- time for you and your children. These in- ity program that is customizable for each schooling journey. clude things such as fun games, building a individual family while remaining practi- Each year is available in a single down- model of a Chinese invention, or making a cal, fun, affordable, and encouraging. Il- load and includes a wealth of practical costume based on a favorite character from luminations is an all-inclusive curriculum schedules and useful information. Simply that week’s literature. based on The Mystery of History and the load it on your computer and you are ready (Continued on page 69) 62 ©2011, The Old Schoolhouse® Magazine 62 ©2011, The Old Schoolhouse® Magazine www.TheHomeschoolMagazine.com/BusinessEntrepreneurDirectory www.TheHomeschoolMagazine.com/BusinessEntrepreneurDirectory Since 1992 we’ve provided user-friendly resources for homeschoolers. Now We’re Excited to Present Our Brightest Idea Yet... Practical Fun Affordable Encouraging We can do this! We can enjoy this! We can get this! We’re not alone! Illuminations is: What people are saying about Illuminations: An all-inclusive curriculum based on “We have just entered week 10 of both MOH 1 and ILM 1 - and we The Mystery of History and are LOVING it! I really want to communicate just how much these tools are affecting my life and walk with the Lord, as well as that of All American History series. my 11-year-old daughter.” The program includes: “The Family Study Guides alone are worth at least triple the » Bible » Mom Support money! I didn’t realize how great those Graphic Organizers are! It’s amazing how it has helped my son to write out his answers and » Literature » Language Arts thoughts in a much more structured and understandable way.” » Science • Grammar » Humanities • Writing “Having tried to use another curriculum, I’m looking forward to a program that looks much more realistic for my family!” » Geography • Copywork » History • Spelling “Thank you so much for everything. I love Illuminations and MOH. My school time is much happier now and I’m spending quality » Life Skills • Vocabulary time with my kids rather than yelling at them to get their work » Projects done. My husband has also noticed the happy difference in our homeschool.” Your Complete, Chronological, Customizable Guide to a Christian Education! Years 1, 2, & 3 available now! For a literature list and free samples go to 3rd-8th Grade or High School http://Illuminations.BrightIdeasPress.com Call toll-free 877.492.8081 On CD or as a Digital Download www.TheHomeschoolMagazine.com/BusinessEntrepreneurDirectory www.TheHomeschoolMagazine.com/BusinessEntrepreneurDirectory ©2011, The Old Schoolhouse® Magazine 63 ©2011, The Old Schoolhouse® Magazine 63 Schoolhouse Expo A True Tale by Diana Waring, Expo Speaker O nce upon a time, there was a vi- musicians and I) decided to send us to sev- Gifts to be their representatives in the Mid- sionary girl named Diana and a eral more conventions that year. west. Packing our three children and two steadfast boy named Bill. At the Going to these conventions was fun, not dogs into the minivan, pulling behind us a time of their marriage, their prayer to the profitable. And they were educational, as U-Haul trailer filled with books, we began One who had called them together was well. We met people like David and Shir- our vagabond lifestyle of traveling, exhib- simple: “Lord, teach us to live by faith.” ley Quine, who had been homeschooling iting, and speaking at homeschool events. From that point, things got complicated. much longer than we had. Their approach Though it was sometimes fun, it was still If she had had any idea what God’s an- was so richly relational and warmly in- unprofitable. swer to that prayer would entail, I don’t teractive that it challenged my very con- It began to dawn on us somewhere dur- think she would have had the courage to cept of education. Inspired by what I had ing this time that the difficulties we faced pray it. Thank God, she didn’t know. seen and learned in interactions with the might be connected to that prayer, “Lord, Fast forward ten years. Three children— Quine family, we began a new chapter teach us to live by faith.” homeschooled from birth because their in our own homeschooling, moving from Reading about the heroes in the “Hall of mother read a Dr. Raymond Moore book— a dreary plodding through textbooks to Faith” of Hebrews 11, I began to recognize two dogs, and two mortgages later, a friend an intriguing adventure in real books and that these folks had lived through impos- suggested that I teach a workshop at our experiences. Tuning in to our children’s sible circumstances before they saw the local homeschool convention. Little know- questions and studying to understand what promises fulfilled. That’s the point—faith ing that this was the first step on a path delighted their hearts led to some memora- is the substance of things hoped for, the around the world, my proposal to the or- ble—if rather offbeat—learning experienc- evidence of things not seen. ganizers was an off-the-wall idea that was es. “Why do steel ships float?” had never interesting to me: how to learn American entered my mind, but when my son really His Ways Are Not Our Ways history through its folk music. When they wanted to know, the quest for answers be- In 1995 at a point when we were ear- nestly searching for a better career/life- style, it became crystal clear that the path we were trying to get off was the one God had set us on. It went something like “Lord, teach us to live by faith.” this, “You have been given a business. It’s time to treat it like a business.” Sigh. From that point, things got complicated. Thus, Diana Waring—History Alive!, with its few books and tapes, was born. (Due to an unexpected and threatened lawsuit over the name “History Alive!” several years ago, we changed our busi- agreed to this proposal, I suddenly realized came a fun detour for a few weeks. The ness name to Diana Waring Presents! that the research necessary to pull this off results, after hands-on experiments and That experience turned out for our good, might be easily turned into a booklet, and wild stories from history, were absolutely however, because we met our copyright that some local friends with a studio might riveting: bright and interested kids who re- attorney, Susan Spann.) join me in creating the accompanying folk ally and truly said, “Do we get to do school If someone had asked me when I was song recording. again today?” younger if I wanted to be a business own- er, I would have emphatically replied, “No Fools Rush in Where Angels Fear When Life Hands You Lemons . . . way!” Routine schedules, taxes, and mail to Tread When a series of unpleasant circum- order all sounded incredibly boring. But I had no concept of how much work this stances pushed us back to my husband’s obedience opens doors to an abundant life would be. Through the mercy of God and hometown in South Dakota, we did not see beyond your wildest dreams. many long nights, we somehow managed this as the hand of God leading us along the Much to my surprise, this path has taken to gather up all of the barely finished piec- next step of answered prayer. It felt crazy us beyond the borders of North America— es just in time for the convention. To my to move to a town with few opportunities all the way to Thailand and Hungary, to amazement, this “History Alive! Through for employment, but this was what opened Korea and Scotland, to Australia and Eng- Music” booklet and tape sold so well that our hearts to the casual invitation from Bob land . . . and to New Zealand for a seven- the partnership of Hear & Learn (the studio and Tina Farewell of Lifetime Books & month sojourn. 64 ©2011, The Old Schoolhouse® Magazine 64 ©2011, The Old Schoolhouse® Magazine www.TheHomeschoolMagazine.com/BusinessEntrepreneurDirectory www.TheHomeschoolMagazine.com/BusinessEntrepreneurDirectory The Key to Education Is chronologies, and told stories from the re- Linda Schneider). These incredible people, Relationship search to spellbound audiences throughout along with the countless ones I haven’t It was during this 1999 Down-Under the U.S. and Canada. named, have provided wisdom, encourage- trip that I met Rosalie Pedder, a brilliant In 1994 at the advice of a friend, we re- ment, counsel, prayer, and laughter. We Christian educator from New Zealand, corded these stories and released a series wouldn’t be here today if it had not been who became my mentor. With a passion- of world history tapes. Not knowing what for them. ate and practical knowledge gained from to call the series, I asked our dear friends Looking back, we see the unmistak- teaching around the world, Rosalie had experienced firsthand how God made each person smart—in his or her own way. She fervently believed that non-Western stu- dents could become brain surgeons just “I was opening the doors to a love like their Western counterparts, as long of learning for all different styles of as they were taught in a way that honored their unique approach and culture and with learners so they could thrive, not methods that drew them deeply into the subject. In other words, if they were taught merely survive.“ relationally, with dignity and respect, they could learn anything. Her commitment to bring “the glory of God” to the classroom, and her determination to make education from Five in a Row, Steve and Jane Lam- able hand of the Lord leading us on this available to all—regardless of learning bert, for help. Steve’s brainstorm “What in journey to serve homeschooling families. style or ethnic background—passed to me the World’s Going On Here?” became our The mistakes are ours; the grace is His. and became foundational to our work and award-winning, number-one bestseller. And I would not have missed this living- ministry. Fifteen years after that original booklet by-faith adventure for all the coffee in My book Beyond Survival, developed and audiotape on American history, I had Seattle! over the course of hundreds of conversa- written three world history study guides, tions with struggling homeschool moms two books on homeschooling, and had Diana Waring, author of Beyond Sur- at conventions, intrigued Rosalie. She recorded more than twenty-five audio vival, Reaping the Harvest, and the His- told me that reading it had tremendously tapes. Planning to move on to greener tory Revealed series, discovered years ago encouraged her because she saw that what (and easier) pastures, I was stunned by that “the key to education is relationship.” she was doing for adult learners, I was do- God’s clear direction to go back and do it Diana homeschooled her children through ing for children—opening the doors to a all over again. He showed us in unargu- high school—providing her the real-life love of learning for all different styles of able ways that our world history products opportunities to learn how kids learn. learners so they could thrive, not merely required revision and expansion for a new Mentored by educators whose focus was to survive. generation of homeschoolers and Chris- honor Him who created all learners, and tian schools. with an international background (born He’s Got the Whole World in in Germany, university degree in French, His Hands Anything worth doing is worth lifelong student of world history), Diana Meanwhile, the American history book- doing well has been enthusiastically received by audi- let and tape had given rise to a whole new It hadn’t dawned on me how long doing ences on four continents. way of learning history: a multi-disciplin- well would take on a project of this size and ary approach that included not only music complexity. After slightly more than seven but geography, literature, science, drama, years of revisions, the final piece of the His- even cooking! No longer content to mere- tory Revealed series is nearly finished. ly focus on American history, I plunged After our children graduated and stepped headlong into a panoramic study of world on to the path of their own adventures, my history, beginning with Creation. husband and I continued to work togeth- As a little girl, I used to constantly get er as a pas de deux—a dance of two. By in trouble for reading books at night. And God’s grace, though, we have been en- for talking too much. Though struggling to circled by a fantastic network of support chart out the chronologies of the kings and from our publishers (Answers in Genesis, queens of England from encyclopedias did Apologia Ministries, Emerald Books), and not get me in trouble, it was an odd thing our friends (including Dr. Jay Wile, Paul for a 10-year-old to do. But God’s design and Gena Suarez, Clay and Sally Clarkson, in this learner became increasingly clear as, Eric and Joyce Burges, Jay and Heidi St. thirty years later, I devoured books, charted John, Derek and Cheryl Carter, Bob and www.TheHomeschoolMagazine.com/BusinessEntrepreneurDirectory www.TheHomeschoolMagazine.com/BusinessEntrepreneurDirectory ©2011, The Old Schoolhouse® Magazine 65 ©2011, The Old Schoolhouse® Magazine 65 Schoolhouse Expo A Father of Vision by Norm Wakefield, Expo Speaker I magine the following scenario. Eight God’s Vision Is to Make Us have the same root word. We draw great junior high boys are placed in a gymna- Like Christ security from the verses in the Bible con- sium for one hour with a football, bas- Our confidence with God is based on the taining the word predestine because these ketball, soccer ball, and ten 8” rubber balls. same principle. From beginning to end, assure us of God’s vision. There are no adults and no vision is given to when God puts His brush to your canvas, Isn’t it amazing to think that God put them. What do you think would happen? every action occurs to fulfill His vision a restraint upon Himself with regards to What happens when no one has jurisdic- to make you like Jesus Christ, if you are all of His children? Remember, vision tion and any group of people lack vision? His. We are told in Ephesians 2:10 that “ provides restraint. His wrath does not fit It’s devastating. Proverbs 29:18 explains it . . . we are His workmanship, created in within the vision; therefore we need not well. “Where there is no vision, the people Christ Jesus unto good works, which God fear His wrath. In contrast, God’s vision perish: but he that keepeth the law, happy hath before ordained that we should walk for His Son was that He would bear the is he.” The primary purpose of the one who in them.” I am so glad my salvation does wrath of sin, therefore God’s vision pre- has jurisdiction is to give vision or revela- not depend upon my workmanship. How determined that Jesus would bear the full tion of what is right. That’s what made about you? force of God’s judgment against sin. That the nation of Israel so different from other From God’s perspective, his purpose or is our peace as Christians. We are assured nations. Until Jesus came, they were the vision predetermines His every act. This that nothing happens in our lives apart from God’s purpose for us. Whether trials, persecutions, affliction, wealth, comfort, “The father who leads his family with and pleasures in this life, everything in the life of the believer is understood to have a vision from God’s Word provides them sanctifying purpose. As long as I evaluate and respond to all the affairs of life from with a basis for security and happiness.” that vision, I have peace and grace. When I don’t, I suffer. only people on the planet to whom God re- principle of vision in concept is contained Natural Man’s Vision Is His Own vealed Himself. That revelation (the Law, in the word predestined. To some, this is a Happiness and Comfort the Prophets, and the Writings) provided frightening word, however, it’s not a word As it is with God, our words and actions restraint to Israel and gave them a basis for of which to be afraid or troubled because reveal our vision. All of our actions relate security and happiness. it’s a word that communicates security. The directly to our vision. Without vision from The man in the flow of God’s Word has Greek word for predestine is prohoridzo. God we are unrestrained. That is why we the right and responsibility to speak God’s You’ll notice the root word horidzo is the get confused, bitter, angry, and despair- vision, His revelation to the family. If a base for our English word horizon. It there- ing. To us, life is viewed through our vi- man doesn’t have vision for his family, you fore means “to mark off or to put a bound- sion for life and history—our own comfort can count on it—Satan does! However, the ary around.” No matter where we go, the and happiness. Every situation is viewed father who leads his family with vision horizon goes with us. We’re always in the through the filter of our own purposes and from God’s Word provides them with a ba- middle of it. That’s how it is with vision. goals. We even evaluate people’s actions sis for security and happiness. The acts of God or a person are always in in light of ourselves, as if we were God. the center of the vision. Such is the effect of sin. What Is Vision? We might think of God’s vision this How easy it is to get offended at others I’ve found it helpful to think of vision way. He has revealed that His vision for who don’t have the same vision we do— as the perspective of heart that produces all of His people is conformity to Jesus making ourselves happy and comfort- purposes or goals from which all words Christ. This vision restrains all His ac- able. This is why man is hostile to God and actions flow. Lets take an artist for tions toward us. Therefore we read in Ro- and we are at enmity with each other. Sin example. His vision of his work prede- mans 8:28–29 that “ . . . all things work has so controlled man’s heart and ruined termines his actions. The painter sees a together for good to them that love God, his soul that his vision alienates him from picture in his mind previous to any brush- to them who are the called according to God and others. Without a work by God’s stroke on a canvas. Every touch of the His purpose.” We could say Christ-like- Spirit, man will always be in conflict with brushstroke of the painter is dictated, pre- ness is their destiny. Notice the connec- God’s vision. determined by his vision. tion between predestine and destiny. They (Continued on page 68) 66 ©2011, The Old Schoolhouse® Magazine 66 ©2011, The Old Schoolhouse® Magazine www.TheHomeschoolMagazine.com/BusinessEntrepreneurDirectory www.TheHomeschoolMagazine.com/BusinessEntrepreneurDirectory Re- Relation- Resources for Relationships Books, DVD’s, CD’s, and MP3’s Equipped to Love: Idolatry-Free Relationships Equipping Men: Practical Tools for Life’s Issues Teenagers 101: Practical Help in Challenging Times Marriage for God’s Glory Walking Worthy Series for Men Looking Up: Faith At Work www.spiritofelijah.com ©2011, i Old Schoolhouse® B y N o r m W a k e f Thee l d Magazine ©2011, TheOld Schoolhouse® Magazine www.TheHomeschoolMagazine.com/BusinessEntrepreneurDirectory www.TheHomeschoolMagazine.com/BusinessEntrepreneurDirectory 67 67 A Father of Vision (Continued from page 66) What Vision Principles May Be sion for the family is, the lack of vision When we view the tests and trials of life Learned? has left the family to the loudest and most as “God’s vision tests,” we will respond Understanding how vision works, we are demanding person. God did not intend for differently to them than when we view able to draw some conclusions and articu- fathers to abdicate the leadership of the them as interruptions and roadblocks to our late some vision principles we may apply family to their wives and children. It is a plans and desires. Children have always to all of life in general, but our to our fa- sign of God’s judgment when women and been powerful tools in the hands of God thering in particular. children rule because fathers have been ab- to test fathers. They constantly check us Everyone functions with vision. The sent or unclear about God’s vision for the to see if we are fulfilling our jurisdictional question we all face is whether we will family (Is. 3:12). responsibilities and leading with God’s vi- function with our own vision or that given sion for the family. by another. This principle has already been How to Be a Father of Vision Troubleshooting With Vision explained, but remember, everyone’s de- You’ll discover things at home will go Principles fault function is selfishness. much easier and more peacefully if you Here are some questions that help trou- Vision predetermines all actions. will take the time to listen to the members bleshoot problems when they arise: When we don’t understand someone, it of your family and together develop vision • Am I in di-vision with God? helps to think in these terms: I appar- annually, semi-annually, monthly, weekly, • Is God shaking my own vision ently don’t understand his vision. There- and daily. It doesn’t take as much time as it through this individual or situation? fore, I’ll inquire by asking questions to may seem, especially when you think about • What is my vision, and have I articu- discover his vision. Also, if my words and the advantages and benefits to be gained lated the vision clearly? actions are being misunderstood, clarify- from the time expenditure. You probably • What is the other person’s vision? ing my vision will give others a basis for do it at work! Why not at home? • How is God using this di-vision to understanding. make us like Christ? The one who has jurisdiction must give God’s Vision Test • How can I gently and lovingly correct clear vision according to God’s word. Perhaps you can imagine this demon- someone’s vision, which is in conflict The person who will have to give an ac- stration. I’m holding a cup of orange juice with mine? count to God for the jurisdiction has the re- and ask my wife to take my wrist and shake • Can we come to the same vision? sponsibility to give God’s vision for those it. When she does, of course, orange juice in his jurisdiction. This requires humility, sloshes out of the cup on both of us and Correcting a Problem knowledge of God’s Word, and prayer. It on the floor. Question: Why is there orange Where you haven’t been giving vision or is a husband’s and father’s responsibility juice on the floor and us? Answer: Because have been in error, you need to confess it, to give God’s vision to his family and ex- there was orange juice in the cup. Lesson: apologize, and ask forgiveness. If you have pose and remove all di-vision. Where there Whatever you are filled with will come out allowed your wife and children to rule the is uni-vision, there will be peace with God when your cup is shaken. family and have not given vision for a long and one another, security, happiness, and a What comes out of you when your cup is time, then be patient after you have first sense of order. shaken? Usually we react to the agent God begun your repentance. To begin leading All conflict is a collision of visions. uses to shake our cups, don’t we? How- with vision, you’ll want to show how your Conflict occurs when two or more people ever, understanding the vision principles vision relates to God’s Word. If someone in any union (marriage and family), organi- above, we can view such an event entirely has rejected God’s order and your vision, zation (work force or church), or team have differently. There are sinful and selfish at- then humbly lead her (or him) through the different visions. Where there is no vision, titudes within me that must be put to death process of evaluating her relationship to the people are unrestrained. This concept is if Christ is to fill me. My goal in life is God’s vision. Depending upon what God clearly explained in the word division: di- for Jesus Christ to come out of me when wishes to accomplish through this conflict, meaning two and -vision meaning purpose I’m shaken. When the Holy Spirit wants she may or may not respond. If she does, or goal. For example, if a father doesn’t to sanctify me and lead me to put to death then you can forgive her and lead her to provide vision for his wife and four chil- a flesh hindrance in my life, how does He confess, apologize, and submit to God’s vi- dren, then everyone in his jurisdiction will put it on the table for me to see? He allows sion for her life. develop his or her own vision. The chances someone to shake my cup by acting con- Father in heaven, make us fathers with for conflict escalate exponentially. trary to my vision! Your vision. Where the vision is absent or unclear, I’ve heard it said, “If you can be offend- This is my prayer for you. You may learn the most assertive person will provide vi- ed, then count on it, God will allow others more about vision from the Equipping sion. 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Because parents are either too busy opportunity to love and every event as an in the upcoming Schoolhouse Expo. to lead or haven’t known what God’s vi- opportunity to trust. 68 ©2011, The Old Schoolhouse® Magazine 68 ©2011, The Old Schoolhouse® Magazine www.TheHomeschoolMagazine.com/BusinessEntrepreneurDirectory www.TheHomeschoolMagazine.com/BusinessEntrepreneurDirectory Illuminations (Continued from page 62) Norm Wakefield is the founder of The We have included challenging projects • ILM 1: http://groups.yahoo.com/ Spirit of Elijah Ministries, International and for those of you who like more involved, group/Illuminations1/ has ministered to homeschoolers around the hands-on activities. Some of these proj- • ILM 2: http://groups.yahoo.com/ world since 1992. 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I’ve always enjoyed sharing things with other writers and editors, teaching ing a small business into their ho- I learned, so I ended up writing many ar- them how to create a profitable business meschool experience. It’s an ide- ticles about homeschooling through high from home. During that year, I founded al way to teach entrepreneurship and many school, teaching literature, teaching writ- the National Association of Indepen- other skills, but what does it look like in ing, becoming a writer, and creating a dent Writers and Editors (NAIWE.com), real life? Here’s the story of how one small learning lifestyle. which provides individual websites, ca- venture began and grew, followed by a few reer-building teleclasses, and marketing tips on starting your own small business. Q: When did your writing and speaking support to members. turn into a business? Q: When did you first begin to think of A: I wrote articles and edited a home- Q: What does your business look like having a business? school newsletter and magazine for sev- today? A: It all began with avocados, a little red eral years, then bought the domain name A: Since 2008, I’ve offered all my books wagon, and a serious entrepreneurial bent. Everyday-Education.com in 2000. I had as both print books and E-Books. Interest- Until I felt too old to be seen in public with accumulated many articles, and wanted a ingly, when I first began offering E-Books, my Radio Flyer, I peddled our generous place to share them, as well as a place to I sold about one E-Book for every four or yearly crop of avocados around our Los An- post answers for the questions I often re- five print books. Now I sell about three E-Books for every print book. People, es- “It wasn’t wealth untold, but for a pecially international customers, love the convenience of instant download, plus the kid, it wasn’t bad. I learned the value savings on shipping. of creative presentation and pricing Q: What new projects are you working on for the future? by size, and my customers got lovely, A: There’s always more to do! We’re working on a new website just for the Ex- fresh avocados for their guacamole.” cellence in Literature curriculum. I envi- sion being able to offer it as an online book, geles neighborhood, averaging about $100 ceived. My son created my first website with many of the art, music, and research a year with no overhead. It wasn’t wealth and I was able to post many of my articles. resources right on the site. I’m also working untold, but for a kid, it wasn’t bad. I learned It was a great learning project for him, as on the Making Time for Things That Mat- the value of creative presentation and pric- well as the start of something big for me. ter Life Planner, the TimeFrame Timeline, ing by size, and my customers got lovely, I’m still using that first site, and it’s grown a writer’s handbook to go along with Excel- fresh avocados for their guacamole. One bigger than we ever anticipated. lence in Literature, and a few other things. neighbor found my budding business so Whenever I spoke at homeschool con- amusing that for many years he’d donate a ferences, I heard many of the same ques- Q: What advice can you offer other bag of fertilizer for the tree so I’d be sure to tions being asked, so in 2002, I wrote a families who would like to start a home- have a lot to sell. That first business experi- short book called Transcripts Made Easy. I based business? ence showed me that it was possible to start didn’t know how to price things or put up a A: Start small: If you begin with a mi- simply and make money from home. shopping cart, so I just wrote a description crobusiness, work only with what you have of the book, stuck a price on it, and told in hand and build the business with its own Q: How did you end up writing for ho- people to email for further information if profits. That way, you will be able to ex- meschoolers? they wanted to buy it. They did want it, and periment on a small scale to find out what A: From my earliest days as a bibliophile the website grew. And grew . . . works, and eventually build a profitable (book lover), I knew that I’d one day write In 2005, the boys were nearly grown and business without risking a lot of money or my own books. While I was waiting for the I began to write even more. 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As our four sons while caring for my elderly Literature curriculum for grades 8–12. an entrepreneur, you need to continually grandparents, so there was plenty to write By 2007, I was also doing a lot of work (Continued on page 74) 70 ©2011, The Old Schoolhouse® Magazine 70 ©2011, The Old Schoolhouse® Magazine www.TheHomeschoolMagazine.com/BusinessEntrepreneurDirectory www.TheHomeschoolMagazine.com/BusinessEntrepreneurDirectory signments grades 8-12 • Self-directed per school year • Five levels for • Includes writing may order online at: and artistic context its literary, historic, ors option available • Week-by-week as- • Nine 4-week units • Study literature in • College prep; hon- Got Easier Literature Just Teaching Great www.ExcellenceInLiterature.com viewers, moms and stu- Cathy Duffy, and other re- what Andrew Pudewa, context-based curriculum by Janice Campbell. 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One of the first things I did past ten as a serious entrepre- graduate school at the University of South was call Dr. Bruccoli, and he connected me neur), I see that my business is a com- Carolina as my husband’s studies neared with several publishers as well as having bination of talent, passion, opportunity, completion, I sought one of the four edito- me edit and index his own books. I also necessity, experience, networking, and rial assistantships rather than the traditional edited The Fallacy Detective for Nathaniel especially God’s providence. The exact teaching assistantship because I knew that and Hans Bluedorn, and Laurie Bluedorn recipe can’t be duplicated, but you can editing would be more compatible with became a one-woman, volunteer, word- apply the essential ingredients to your staying at home someday with our future of-mouth marketing machine in the home- own unique situation. children. (At that time I had never even school publishing community. For several When my husband left in 2001, I was heard of homeschooling.) years, at least 75 percent of my work came shocked, angry, and scared. I was embar- That morsel of underpaid experience from Bruccoli or Bluedorn referrals. rassed to be divorced; for a while I felt gave me a competitive edge, and I landed The boys and I received enough child as though a scarlet D were emblazoned an assistantship with Professor Matthew support and alimony to live on for about on my dress. My sons (ages 9, 6, 4, and 6 J. Bruccoli, the world’s leading expert on a year while we adjusted to our new life, months) were bewildered, and their world F. Scott Fitzgerald, who became my first and I edited when I could squeeze it in. was turned upside down. I was deeply mentor. I had the incredible privilege of (Total business income for 2001: $455.) In committed to remaining at home and con- working with him on the Cambridge Uni- 2002 my ex-husband stopped working for five months, and we received zero. When he went back to work, his monthly support “I tell single moms “Don’t be a lone to us was only $200. I reluctantly went on food stamps and even got groceries and one ranger,” and the same principle applies month’s electricity payment from a nearby charity. My parents helped with house and to work-at-home moms. Building a car payments, or we would have been in support system is essential.” serious trouble. We were blessed with a loving church that sometimes helped finan- cially, and church members often provided volunteer child care and home repair, as tinuing to homeschool them, yet I won- versity Press edition of The Great Gatsby, well as gifts of clothing and firewood. dered how I could support us all finan- so I can legitimately say I have edited one Sometimes we received anonymous cash cially. Slowly I converted my occasional of the great American novels. or gift cards in the mail—providentially freelance editing to a real business, but I My first son was born six weeks be- timed when we needed them most. had a lot to learn. fore I completed my thesis for my M.A. I knew that something had to change for Editing and writing were a natural fit for in English (Finishing the thesis six weeks my business to become profitable enough a lifelong bibliophile and English major, but before his birth would have been so much for me to remain at home with my children, oddly enough, the providential seed of my smarter!), and we moved back home to so I started reading business books and at- business goes all the way back to my fourth- Mississippi. I did some sporadic freelance tending business conferences, beginning grade piano teacher. I married a seminary editing for Dr. Bruccoli and even wrote an with Rhea Perry’s Entrepreneur Days. I student during my senior year at the Univer- academic reference book (F. Scott Fitzger- began to get a vision for what was possible, sity of Mississippi in 1986 and took a series ald A to Z) when he recommended me to a to learn business and marketing strategies, of mind-numbing secretarial jobs. By then publisher. My second and third sons were and then eventually to take action. I call my former piano teacher worked for a semi- born nineteen months apart during the time this sequence Grow, Know, and Go. nary professor who was looking for some- I was writing the 931-page manuscript. I’d As I began applying what I learned, my one to edit Doctor of Ministry dissertations. nurse the current baby, hand him off to a business shifted from sporadic to steady She told him I was “good in English,” and college student who helped in the after- and eventually to overflowing. At first, the rest is history. noons, and write for a few hours before the weeks or sometimes even months elapsed I cut my editorial teeth on dissertations baby got hungry again. between jobs. I still remember the land- written by students for whom English was When my fourth child was six months mark day when UPS delivered my next ed- a second language; I think I earned $25 per old, my husband moved out to live with his iting project just three hours after I mailed 72 ©2011, The Old Schoolhouse® Magazine 72 ©2011, The Old Schoolhouse® Magazine www.TheHomeschoolMagazine.com/BusinessEntrepreneurDirectory www.TheHomeschoolMagazine.com/BusinessEntrepreneurDirectory off the last manuscript. It wasn’t just about the money. I wanted financial freedom not only to pay the bills 12 Tips to Build Your Business: and get rid of the terrible pressure of pover- ty, but also to gain time freedom. I wanted • Find the intersection between your passions/talents and time to spend with my boys. I wanted time what the market will pay for. to minister to other people. I wanted time to take care of myself and my own health • Gain experience and testimonials wherever you can to without collapsing into burnout. get started. I tell single moms “Don’t be a lone ranger,” and the same principle applies • Ask satisfied clients to refer you to friends and associates. to work-at-home moms. Building a sup- port system is essential. In 2004 I joined • Grow by gaining vision, know by getting education, and a mastermind team of five entrepreneurial go by taking action. Christian women with similar goals for growing our businesses. We met weekly • Work with a mastermind team, accountability partner, by phone for a year and a half to pray, mentor, and/or coach. brainstorm about challenges, share our goals, and hold one another accountable • Get out of your comfort zone. for doing what we said we would do. Later I worked with an individual accountability • Plan strategically and work on your business as well as partner, as well as a professional business in your business. coach, Mauricio Martinez, who urged me to aim higher and helped me figure out • Eliminate or outsource less profitable activities to focus how to accomplish my goals. One of the most important principles on what you do best. I learned was that I had to get out of my • Charge what you’re worth. comfort zone. That uncomfortable lesson was reinforced in a surprising way. My • Network at live events. second son, Andrew, went with me to an entrepreneurs’ conference in Phoenix in • Teach what you know. 2005. On day 1, it was a challenge for him just to look people in the eye and shake • Build your platform as an expert through speaking hands; by day 3, he spoke in front of 200 and publicity. people with a handheld microphone and won a sales contest to help a charity. Afterward we went to the Grand Can- and what I wanted my life to look like. I check made me ineligible. Don’t you love yon—it was utterly glorious! Andrew, learned to work on my business as well as God’s timing? I cut up my food stamps who was ten at the time, went right up in my business. That’s also when I devel- card on stage when I won the contest three to the edge, but I was hanging back ner- oped the time management and work/life months later. vously, so he challenged me: “You know, balance strategies I teach my students and At the same time, I loosened my perfec- Mom, if I could get out of my comfort coaching clients today. tionist death grip on doing everything my- zone enough to speak in front of 200 I eliminated less profitable business self and began outsourcing website design, strangers, I really think you could get out activities (editing magazine articles and recording, transcribing, and smaller editing of your comfort zone by moving closer to selling Creative Memories scrapbooking projects. I even hired someone to rearrange the edge of the Grand Canyon, couldn’t supplies) to focus on editing and writing and copyedit new material for the second you?” What else could I do? I moved a books, and I raised my editing rates to re- edition of my own Fitzgerald book. I did little closer to the edge! flect my experience and expertise. More my first public speaking at a Los Angeles That trip triggered massive action and importantly, I developed a new service, publishing conference co-hosted by an ed- progress for me, and within a year I dou- Tell Me Your Book, to target a more lucra- iting client I had met at an Internet mar- bled my income and won a contest for the tive market—businesspeople who needed keting conference, was interviewed on my most-improved business. I’m still enjoy- to publish a book but didn’t know how first teleseminar as a guest, and hosted my ing the laptop computer I won, but the to write. The fee for my first booktelling first teleseminar to interview a marketing most valuable part of the contest was that project was equal to my entire income the expert whom I had met at another confer- it forced me to think seriously and strate- previous year, and the down payment ar- ence. (Are you starting to see the value of gically about where I wanted my business rived in the same day’s mail as my notice networking?) to go, where the money would come from, to reapply for food stamps—for which that (Continued on page 74) www.TheHomeschoolMagazine.com/BusinessEntrepreneurDirectory www.TheHomeschoolMagazine.com/BusinessEntrepreneurDirectory ©2011, The Old Schoolhouse® Magazine 73 ©2011, The Old Schoolhouse® Magazine 73 From Famine to Feast... (Continued from page 73) Even though work was steady and my radio, TV, Focus on the Family magazine, I’ve been amazed at the momentum as rates were higher, I was still trading hours and a book for work-at-home moms. I love God has opened doors and one opportunity for dollars, so I began implementing what to teach, encourage, and inspire, so I’ve has led to another and then another. I am so I had learned about creating residual in- also enjoyed speaking for teleseminars, thankful for His faithful provision, and I pray come (work once; get paid over and over). webinars, and live conferences. In 2010 I that He will bless you abundantly as you seek “Teach what you know,” the experts said, got out of another comfort zone by going His will for your life and your business. so in 2006 I taught a four-part teleseminar on camera (Gulp!) for an HSLDA webinar, called Get Started as a Freelance Editor, a local TV station, and a weekly Internet Mary Jo Tate, host of “Homeschool Spot- then turned it into a downloadable home TV program, “Homeschool Spotlight,” for light” for the Homeschool Channel, has study course. I also trained several editing the Homeschool Channel. been educating her sons at home since apprentices. In 2007 I taught a five-part Every entrepreneur’s situation is unique, 1997. A lifelong bibliophile, published au- teleseminar, How Do You Do It All? Prov- but there are many common principles for thor, book coach, and international editor en Strategies for Balancing Family Life success. (The sidebar lists 12 strategies since 1986, she also teaches homeschool- and Home Business in the Real World, and that have helped me the most.) Your path ers, single moms, and work-at-home moms turned it into a downloadable home study won’t look just like mine, and that’s okay. how to create balance between family life course, with a follow-up offer of one-on- For example, don’t fret if you can’t travel and home business. Find her online at one coaching. to conferences; God will enable you to www.WriteAGreatBook.com, www.How- Since 2008, I’ve been interviewed about bloom where you’re planted. The Home- DoYouDoItAll.com, www.EditingBusi- work/life balance, homeschooling, single school Channel studio is a mere two miles ness.com, www.SingleParentsAtHome. parenting, writing, and home business for from my house. com, and www.EclecticBibliophile.com. Making Time for Things That Matter... (Continued from page 70) learn from others who are farther along and that’s closer to what it really takes. will never happen. If it’s good enough to in business and marketing than you are. Outsource: Know what you do well and provide the information or perform the Ask questions, read books and blogs, and focus on it. As soon as financially feasible, activity for which it was designed, and if be willing share what you know with oth- get rid of things that you’re not sure of or it’s something that can meet the needs of ers who are coming behind you. There’s a don’t do well. When I was able to out- others, let go of your ego and put it on the big learning curve to becoming an effec- source bookkeeping, it removed a lot of market. If you feel very unsure about it, get tive business owner, no matter what field stress and freed up more time for writing. some feedback from another businessper- you’re in. You’ll never know enough to You may feel that it’s cheaper or easier to son or offer it as a “beta version” and re- stop learning! do it yourself, but that’s usually not true. quest customer feedback. For each of my Make time to connect: When you’re By doing things that others can do better, books, I’ve discovered and fixed typos in starting business, even a small one, it’s im- you’re wasting time that could be spent every edition I’ve published. It’s part of portant to be where people can find you. building your business with the things that life, and most people realize that (and you Potential customers first, of course, be- only you can do. probably don’t want to be around the ones cause they need to be able to find you in Good enough is good enough: Many who don’t!). order to purchase what you offer. But sec- would-be entrepreneurs waste years wait- Starting a business isn’t for everyone, but ond, you need to connect with others who ing to get their book or product absolutely it has worked well for our family. It’s been a know more than you do, and who under- perfect, or every detail of life perfectly in blessing to be able to share what I’ve learned stand what it means to have both a business order. Others keep themselves stuck in one with others while still being at home, mak- and a balanced life. The Internet has made place by insisting that no one else can do ing time for things that truly matter. it possible for people to start and run busi- things as well as they can, so they fritter nesses that would have been impossible away work time doing something they’ve Janice Campbell, author of Excellence twenty years ago. Learn to use it to connect not been called to do. The reality is that in Literature and Transcripts Made Easy, with those you need and those you serve. there is only one perfect Creator, and it’s is the graduated homeschool mom of four Learn how to estimate time: I confess neither you nor I. sons. Visit her websites (www.Everyday- that I’m an optimist, and tend to underesti- If you have something you need to be Education.com and www.NAIWE.com) mate the time it takes to complete projects, sharing through your business and you’re and blog (www.Janice-Campbell.com) to but I’ve finally learned to double and some- holding back because it might not be per- find resources and encouragement for ho- times even triple my initial time estimates, fect, let me assure you that perfection meschooling, writing, and business. 74 ©2011, The Old Schoolhouse® Magazine 74 ©2011, The Old Schoolhouse® Magazine www.TheHomeschoolMagazine.com/BusinessEntrepreneurDirectory www.TheHomeschoolMagazine.com/BusinessEntrepreneurDirectory Schoolhouse Expo NHERI—The Research Institute by Brian D. Ray, Ph.D., Expo Speaker National Home Education Research mediately, many people began to consider 1990, purchase basic equipment such as a Institute and Its Beginnings me an “expert” on homeschool research. laser printer (wow!). (Thank you, all you I suppose if no one has done something, individuals and organizations who were a T he halls of academia—ahhh, the and then someone does it, he is an expert. part of NHERI’s beginnings.) books, the professors, the musty (Be careful, it does not necessarily mean It was not long before NHERI and I got smell of the old buildings, and bul- he knows what he is talking about or is a to execute and publish many studies that letin boards. The flyers might tell of an good expert.) went far and wide into the media, the cul- upcoming lecture on overpopulation, a In 1985, I founded the quarterly publi- ture, research organization conferences, folk dance down on Main Street on Fri- cation Home School Researcher. It was homeschool conventions, and society’s day night, or a basketball game. Or, that basically a review of research for several consciousness. The research that others a group is looking for a teacher for their years. Soon, however, it was converted to a and I were doing began affecting how leg- children in an alternative school. peer-review, or refereed, scholarly journal. islators, educators, policymakers, the me- Many things happened as forerunners to Professors, doctoral students, other gradu- dia, grandparents, parents, and many more the National Home Education Research In- ate students, and others began submitting perceived the relative effectiveness of and stitute (NHERI). I was wandering the halls research to it. I was the editor-in-chief. philosophy and pedagogy behind the ho- of Oregon State University one day and Soon thereafter, I conducted basic and meschool movement. A limited sampling saw a “want ad” looking for a teacher for new research on homeschool students, com- of those studies is as follow: • A nationwide study of home educa- tion: Family characteristics, legal mat- “Homeschool organizations began to ters, and student achievement, 1990 • Home education in Montana: Family see the value of research, and many characteristics and student achieve- ment, 1990 began commissioning or helping • Social capital, value consistency, and the achievement outcomes of home sponsor research I was doing.” education, 1990 • Home education in North Dakota: Family characteristics and student a small, one-room school with children of paring them to public school and private achievement, 1991 various ages. It turns out that these were ba- school students, as an on-the-side study • On the propriety of education profes- sically alternative homeschooling folks be- to my doctoral dissertation research. (My sionals instructing home educators, fore the term “homeschooling” was known committee did not allow me to study ho- 1992 or settled upon. I passed up a teaching job meschoolers but that, as they say, is another • A nationwide study of home education offer but was becoming more keenly inter- story.) That study was published as Under- in Canada: Family characteristics, ested in “alternative schooling.” About the standing public, private, and home school student achievement, and other topics, same time, my wife and I were wondering students’ beliefs, attitudes, and intentions 1994 “what to do with” our children. related to science learning (1989). From • Strengths of their own—Home Fast forward. I was in the middle of my then on, the Lord led me from one study to schoolers across America: Academic doctoral studies years (mid-1980s) and another in the field of home-based educa- achievement, family characteristics, by then had heard of people homeschool- tion, and I began meeting people from all and longitudinal traits, 1997 ing. I wondered how much research had over the nation who were interested in home • Home schooling for individuals’ gain been done on the topic and found it was educating their children and anything that and society’s common good, 2000 nearly none. As part of my doctoral stud- research might say about homeschooling. • Home educated and now adults: Their ies, I wrote a comprehensive paper enti- Homeschool organizations (e.g., Home community and civic involvement, tled, A comparison of home schooling and School Legal Defense Association, state- views about homeschooling, and other conventional schooling: With a focus on wide homeschool organizations) began to traits, 2004 learner outcomes (1986) and defended it see the value of research, and many began • Academic achievement and demo- before my department professors and doc- commissioning or helping sponsor research graphic traits of homeschool students: toral-student colleagues. In a sense, and as I was doing. They also were generous in A nationwide study, 2010 they say, “The rest is history.” Almost im- contributions to help NHERI, founded in (Continued on page 84) www.TheHomeschoolMagazine.com/BusinessEntrepreneurDirectory www.TheHomeschoolMagazine.com/BusinessEntrepreneurDirectory ©2011, The Old Schoolhouse® Magazine 75 ©2011, The Old Schoolhouse® Magazine 75 Just the Facts, Ma’am! (and a dash of philosophy) www.nheri.org National Home Education Research Institute PO Box 13939, Salem OR 97309 Join Forces With NHERI! The National Home Education Research Institute and Dr. Brian Ray are already working for you! Get free reports by signing up at “Ongoing quality homeschool research is essential nheri2010.org/nheri/ for success in both courts and legislatures. and we will send you a copy of Your participation with NHERI is vital.” Dr. Ray’s spiffy booklet, — Michael Farris, Chairman, Home School Home Education Reason and Research: Common Questions Legal Defense Association; and Research-Based Answers Chancellor, Patrick Henry College Free Research Booklet NHERI: • Helps in court cases • Testifies in state legislatures and courts on behalf of parents • Influences public opinion through the media If you sign up (for FREE) • Produces basic research, facts, and statistics for all to use and benefit from to get homeschool research updates and pithy messages • Assists providers of curriculum and other materials in understanding homeschoolers’ needs from NHERI • Acts as a clearinghouse of information for home educators, scholars, & the media and Dr. Brian Ray. • Serves home educators at conventions National Home Education Research Institute PO Box 13939, Salem OR 97309 (503) 364-1490 • fax (503) 364-2827 • www.nheri.org • email@example.com 76 ©2011, The Old Schoolhouse® Magazine 76 ©2011, The Old Schoolhouse® Magazine www.TheHomeschoolMagazine.com/BusinessEntrepreneurDirectory www.TheHomeschoolMagazine.com/BusinessEntrepreneurDirectory www.TheHomeschoolMagazine.com/BusinessEntrepreneurDirectory www.TheHomeschoolMagazine.com/BusinessEntrepreneurDirectory ©2011, The Old Schoolhouse® Magazine 77 ©2011, The Old Schoolhouse® Magazine 77 Schoolhouse Expo Five Reasons to Use Mobile Technology for Education by Terri Johnson, Expo Speaker B eing an educator today is very ex- click “install” and it does. citing. It is 2011. We have rolled Less expense! Frankly, I think apps are over to a new year and there are too cheap, but why not take advantage of “For education, we so many educational opportunities on the it while this is the trend? Take foreign usually rely upon horizon. Today’s technological advances are as monumental as the world-changing language, for example. You can buy a textbook for $50 or more, or computer our eyes, ears, and inventions of paper or the printing press. Information is dispensed at increasingly software for upwards of $200 or more, to help your child learn a new language. sense of touch. If you rapid speeds. Or you can buy an app for $4.99. This The speed and methods we use to is simply amazing technology at ridicu- own a smartphone absorb information have not changed, lously low prices. but our access to it and the ways that Tip: If you do purchase apps for educa- or mobile device we interact with that information have tion (and you should if you have the tech- (especially an changed greatly. As human beings, we continue to pro- nology!), then remember to back up your iPhone or iPad to iTunes so that you can iPad), you hold cess information the same way we always have—through our five senses. For educa- re-install the apps if they ever get inadver- tently deleted or you replace your device an incredible tion, we usually rely upon our eyes, ears, with a new one. and sense of touch. If you own a smart- educational tool in phone or mobile device (especially an Terri Johnson is dedicated to helping iPad), you hold an incredible educational homeschooling families succeed. For 10 your hands.” tool in your hands. Why, you ask? Be- years, her company, Knowledge Quest, cause it is interactive and multisensory. Inc., has published a large selection of “How is an iPad different from a comput- history and geography curricula for the er?” is another question you may be asking. homeschooling marketplace (http://www. Here are my top five reasons why an iPad KnowledgeQuestMaps.com). Since new is superior to a regular computer and even and experienced homeschooling parents textbooks when it comes to learning. are using more technology than ever, No mouse! As quickly as we all pick Knowledge Quest is seeking to provide up the concept of a mouse moving a cur- an online location where parents can sor on a screen, it is still an extra step for find, rate, and review the best mobile the information to travel from the brain to apps available for educational use (http:// the device and vice versa. When a child www.Apps-School.com). uses his finger to manipulate information or draw in a letter or a shape, there is no extra step of the mouse to get in the way. No cords! You can take an iPhone or an iPad with you anywhere. In fact, that’s the whole point—technology on the go. You can learn from anywhere, not just a school desk or a kitchen table. No books! Now, I love books and have thousands of them, but you can learn ev- erything from Spanish to math to grammar to handwriting, all from one single device without having to lug around an armful or backpack full of books. Less waiting! Installation of an app is much quicker than installing software onto a computer. 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These online courses can help your students prepare for the technological challenges of ministry, college, and the workplace. www.aceministries.com/aceconnect or 1-800-925-7777 80 ©2011, The Old Schoolhouse® Magazine 80 ©2011, The Old Schoolhouse® Magazine www.TheHomeschoolMagazine.com/BusinessEntrepreneurDirectory www.TheHomeschoolMagazine.com/BusinessEntrepreneurDirectory Schoolhouse Expo A Case for Freedomship & Entrepreneurial Education by Andrew Pudewa, Expo Speaker E ntrepreneurship and freedom were During the 1800s, the one-room school- three, or even four grade levels of aptitude intricately woven through the origi- house was common. As many as forty chil- in core subjects. To ensure success for all, nal fabric of American culture. dren between the ages of six and sixteen standards must be lowered, then raised Ninety percent of those early Americans learned in an environment that nurtured again when they fall too low. Grade level were owners . . . of farms, shops, trading independence, cooperation, shared learn- integrity fails and children move to the vessels, small businesses. Freedom and ing, and leadership. Older students helped next grade . . . ready or not. faith marked these entrepreneurs whose younger students and gained teaching In his book, The Underground History success rested squarely on their hard experience and leadership opportunities, of American Education (Oxford Village work and integrity and the quality of their while the younger students had role mod- Press, 2000), New York State Teacher of product. Today, more than 90 percent of els to follow. the Year John Taylor Gatto describes how Americans are employees. The ideal of The Industrial Revolution of the mid David Farragut, the first admiral of the ownership has been lost. And although and late 1800s created a great need for U.S. Navy, took command of his first ship many people do wonderful, respectable, factory workers who could do mindless at age 12. Thomas Edison couldn’t read important, and meaningful jobs, the men- jobs for long hours, and this correspond- and was kicked out of school, but by age tality of an employee is vastly different ed with the establishment of city schools, 14 was printing a newspaper and making from that of an entrepreneur. where children were segregated by grade more money than the teacher who removed him. Albert Einstein, who also did poorly in school, stated: “It is nothing short of a miracle that the modern methods of in- “Schools gradually changed from educating struction have not yet entirely strangled the holy curiosity of inquiry.” History proves individual talents to becoming a method of that all children want real, honest-to-God responsibility—to be relevant, to be need- social engineering and standardization.” ed, to be able to make a real contribution and a meaningful difference, but increas- ingly, students find schools to be uninter- esting and irrelevant. Even Bill Gates as- What has happened to our entrepreneur- or age. Children became less independent serts that the modern system of education ial spirit? Where have “owners” gone? and more teacher-dependent. They had is not meeting the needs of the modern Oliver DeMille, in his teaching on leader- fewer opportunities to demonstrate leader- economy, and that America’s high schools ship education, places the responsibility ship and, without their older role models, are quickly becoming obsolete, in that they for this change on the educational system tended to adopt similar vocabulary and be- are not teaching our youth what they need itself. With a brief history of this system, havior as their peers, whether good or bad. to know for the continuation of a free and DeMille describes how schools gradually This modern educational system began prosperous nation. We no longer live in an changed from educating individual talents to produce its desired goal: a predictable, industrial economy, and the factory model to becoming a method of social engineer- controllable, obedient workforce not pos- school won’t meet the needs of our ever- ing and standardization. sible in the earlier American climate. changing society. During the Colonial period, most chil- New methods of instruction—based on Oliver DeMille, in The Coming Aristoc- dren learned their basic skills—reading, German psychology aimed at creating this racy: Education and the Future of Freedom writing, and arithmetic—at home with type of worker—were implemented in the (The Center for Social Leadership, 2009), their parents or mentors. Colleges, such as classroom. Initially parents resisted, but suggests that entrepreneurial-style edu- Harvard, Princeton, and Yale, were estab- by the early 1900s, most memory or un- cation is beneficial for the individual and lished as schools of divinity, designed to derstanding of the previous approach had for the nation. Without skilled, character- educate Christian leaders for a Christian faded, leaving only conveyor belt educa- driven, competent people in the society, nation. The country boasted high levels of tion where students enter in kindergarten the whole society becomes susceptible to literacy and produced people like Jefferson or first grade and move through a standard- governance by the few, “the coming aris- who were able to self-educate. The book, izing system. By twelfth grade they are tocracy,” and an increasingly greater gap A Thomas Jefferson Education (George ready to enter the workforce or military. between those who “know” and those used Wythe College Press, 2000), describes the But we know that when children are age- as pawns of the whole system. The convey- mentorship style of this period. segregated, any group will still exhibit two, (Continued on page 83) www.TheHomeschoolMagazine.com/BusinessEntrepreneurDirectory www.TheHomeschoolMagazine.com/BusinessEntrepreneurDirectory ©2011, The Old Schoolhouse® Magazine 81 ©2011, The Old Schoolhouse® Magazine 81 you experience Let this be the year Excellence in Writing! You’ve heard about the Institute for Excellence in Writing; now you can experience firsthand its powerful tools guaranteed to make teaching writing an enjoyable experience. 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Employers in every industry and pany, Institute for Excellence in Writing, them to restaurants. So he convinced local field complain about college graduates to- started publishing materials, I continued schools and day cares to recycle their use- day, arguing that “they can’t speak prop- thinking about a curriculum that would in- less little crayon stubs, thus providing him erly, can’t write properly, and don’t think. tegrate writing with practical tips for kids with free materials. He melted the crayons They’re worthless until we train them.” on how to plan and start a business. A few into molds, then packaged, and began mar- What we need now—for the good of the years ago, I came across someone who had keting them. (I bought a package of four country—is a nation of “owners.” created a sequence of lessons and activi- little fishy crayons from him for a buck. How could I not?) There is now a national chain of restaurants that wants to purchase “A “freedomship” and entrepreneurial his molded crayons. He is an articulate and enthusiastic 11-year-old, and meeting education is therefore based on the idea of him would convince anyone that there’s a bright future for this country. self-education, mentorship, and initiative. ” I went through the process with my son and helped him start up a little business. Because he is profoundly dyslexic, reading and writing have always been hard, but he A “freedomship” and entrepreneurial ties that could be done with one child or a loves swords, so selling swords became his education is therefore based on the idea of group of children. We have since licensed business. Together we figured out costs, self-education, mentorship, and initiative. and published this excellent course under selling price, profit margin, record keep- Though the word freedomship is not found the title Lemonade to Leadership. ing, marketing, etc. He would sell at con- in the dictionary, we are trying to coin this Again, entrepreneurial success rests ventions with a table near mine. I watched term, which refers to self-directed leaders squarely on hard work, integrity, and qual- as he drew crowds. The boys liked the in homes, families, businesses, and life. ity of product. When looking to start a swords, the girls followed the boys, and People who lead themselves well become business, ask yourself, “What service or the moms came to find their children. He responsible, independent, intelligent, product do you have the skills or resources developed this elaborate little impromptu well-educated citizens in a free country. to provide?” Other questions also help: speech explaining that when you buy a Entrepreneurship is learning about busi- “What are some of the needs in the neigh- sword, you buy a bit of history, and that ness, economy, and activity, and an entre- borhood? What are some problems? What buying a sword was an educational pur- preneur is “a person who organizes and are some things people are too busy to chase. I was very impressed. manages any enterprise, taking on the do? What could you do that someone else However, his dyslexia caused him prob- initiative and the risk.” The word comes couldn’t do? Will it work? Is it safe? Le- lems. One of the nicer-looking swords he from the French word meaning “one who gal? Is it profitable? Can I get customers? was selling cost him $16, so we decided undertakes an endeavor.” Do I have access to what I need? Is it going that he should sell them for $32. That According to Peter Drucker, one of the to require start-up funds? Do I have time? seemed fair. Well, we took them to our foremost thinkers in the area of business Do I have the experience?” These ques- next show, where he sold every last one success and entrepreneurship today, “In- tions, along with forms and simple writing of these swords. When we counted up his novation is the specific instrument of en- activities found in the eight-lesson series, money, we found he was considerably trepreneurship. It is the act that endows help to crystallize the thinking of the future short. Then I found a check for $23. He resources with a new capacity to create entrepreneur and lay the foundation for set- had sold the swords at the inverted price! wealth.” And having the means to create ting goals, creating a name, doing market Rather than get discouraged, he simply wealth is, in essence, the key element of research, getting official, and starting to changed the price at future shows to $33, political and economic freedom. sell. Aimed at middle-school children, the so that either way he was safe. For every My own entrepreneurial drive began at course is simple, yet solid enough to help problem there is a solution if you think age 16 with selling war games out of the parents with businesses that they might about it. It was a hundred-dollar lesson, trunk of my car, and since then I have al- like to start on the side. but well worth it. ways been self-employed. When my two We’ve only been publishing the program Mentoring is essential to leadership oldest children were 12 and 10, I started for about a year and have had several re- education, because few children can suc- looking for resources that would help chil- ports back from kids who’ve done this. I ceed without guidance. This is where par- dren learn how to start a business. I found recently met an 11-year-old boy who had ents are key. Starting a family or child- a resource called Business Kids, which gone through the lessons. He saw that res- run business, whether it succeeds, breaks came in a game-style box and provided taurants provide crayons to children as they even, or loses a little money, is never a booklets, checklists, and planning forms to wait, and knew that children like crayons waste of time or resources. Every family help children learn how to get their busi- shaped into different things, such as fish, (Continued on page 84) www.TheHomeschoolMagazine.com/BusinessEntrepreneurDirectory www.TheHomeschoolMagazine.com/BusinessEntrepreneurDirectory ©2011, The Old Schoolhouse® Magazine 83 ©2011, The Old Schoolhouse® Magazine 83 A Case for Freedomship & Entrepreneurial Education (Continued from page 83) should have a business; it is an educational the booth, and the product. He also learned Education cannot solve the world’s opportunity—one that allows children to that although he is not good at everything, problems. Neither can money. Both are grow up making a meaningful contribution he is good at many things, despite his dys- tools. Bill McCartney of Promise Keepers to the family. In all my business ventures, lexia. He has already decided to hire other maintains that, as with first-century Chris- my children have assisted me; my older kids to do what he can’t or doesn’t want to tianity, it all begins in the marketplace children helped me run a preschool. When do. He has learned the value of teamwork where the disciples of Jesus daily rubbed I got the writing business started, they put and using his strengths. shoulders with the lost. Christian entrepre- the books together, collated discs, and I believe we are in a time when we will neurship is essential for bringing truth and hauled boxes at conventions. They learned either rescue Western civilization or we goodness and beauty into the public arena. to give some of my talks. I needed them will watch it become something else. We I commend you in this direction. The world and they knew it, which was a great thing can save America or watch it fall. We’ve will hate you for it, but if you persevere, for them to know growing up. The educa- had a period of safety and grace, but we are you and your children can experience true tional and social growth opportunities that at critical mass in our economy, politics, and lasting success. a home business has afforded my children education, and international influence. To are irreplaceable. regain what once made America great, we Andrew Pudewa is the director of the In- Because there is significant correlation must raise children who know the truth and stitute for Excellence in Writing. Present- between activities learned at a young age can communicate that truth powerfully— ing throughout North America, he speaks and developing lifetime aptitudes, provid- children who have evangelical and entrepre- on many topic,s including writing, thinking, ing meaningful, challenging work for chil- neurial energy that will preserve goodness, spelling, educational philosophy, and the dren is a lifetime gift. Another reason to truth, and beauty. It is because I have this value of entrepreneurship and home-based encourage entrepreneurial activities at a sense of urgency that I’m working hard to businesses. With clarity, insight, practical young age is the fact that children are fear- create things that support and encourage this experience, and humor, he inspires and less, and this make learning easier—even mission. It requires courage and strength to equips parents, students, and teachers when they make mistakes. It is the job of the be a parent in this century. Though the world while delivering powerful tools to dramati- mentor to stress that failures are just part of opposes your attempts to nurture Christ-like cally improve their students’ skills. He and the lessons. What lessons are learned? My qualities in your children’s minds and souls, his beautiful, heroic wife, Robin, currently son learned that invisible things have costs. it is possible to raise up children of wisdom, teach their three youngest children at home Dyslexia had a cost . . . along with his time, virtue, and good character. in Locust Grove, Oklahoma. NHERI—The Research Institute (Continued from page 75) In a sense, the long name, National get to do most of the research. We have a lot what we do at www.nheri.org. Home Education Research Institute, hides of others who serve the public via NHERI. I strongly encourage you to sign up for what NHERI really is. It is a relatively few We have a board of directors, volunteers our free E-message system. We will tell you people with a big, long-term vision to ad- who do things such as keep the website when new research comes out. I try hard to vance knowledge, understanding, and truth current, and we have donors—yay! make it interesting. And I try to challenge about parent-led, home-based education. NHERI is a nonprofit organization that your educational and philosophical think- They want to do basic research and sum- has a simple, three-part mission: ing. Sign up here: www.nheri2010.org. I marize research done by others, and put it • Produce high-quality homeschool think you will like it. out to the nation and to the world. It goes to research (e.g., statistics, facts, findings regular dads and moms, to professional ed- on home-based education or home- Dr. Brian Ray is president of the Nation- ucators, to legislators, to professors, to the schooling). al Home Education Research Institute media, to judges, and to teachers’ unions. • Serve as a clearinghouse of research (NHERI.org). He has published numer- Further, the folks at NHERI realize for the public, researchers, home- ous articles and books, been repeatedly that all researchers (and all persons) hold schoolers, the media, and policy interviewed by major media, served as an a worldview from which they formulate makers. expert witness in court cases, and testi- ideas and conduct their lives, including • Educate the public concerning the fied to legislatures regarding educational research. The folks at NHERI want to see findings of all research on home edu- issues. Dr. Ray is a leading international all things from a biblical perspective. They cation (i.e., homeschooling). expert in research on homeschooling. He strive to recognize God’s revelation and We rely on contributors, those who pray holds a Ph.D. in science education from truth in all activities and let this guide their for us, research grants, and encouragement Oregon State University. Brian and Betsy plans and research. from a lot of people. have been married 32 years and have eight I have the privilege of leading NHERI. I Come and take a look at the research and children. 84 ©2011, The Old Schoolhouse® Magazine 84 ©2011, The Old Schoolhouse® Magazine www.TheHomeschoolMagazine.com/BusinessEntrepreneurDirectory www.TheHomeschoolMagazine.com/BusinessEntrepreneurDirectory Schoolhouse Expo Learning and Teaching and Business, Oh My! by Barbara Beers, Expo Sponsor W hen asked to write an article dis- curriculum for others to use. ding. I could never do that—I don’t have cussing my homeschool busi- Without coming across as self-centered the patience. Yes, I went through all the ness, how my company got or self-important (I hope), I should prob- same emotions and excuses inherent in started, and what steps I have taken so far ably tell you a little about me. I love to considering homeschooling. I loved the to help get it where it is in the marketplace, read, I love to learn, and I love to teach. thought of teaching my kids real truth and my first reaction was to chuckle. I had vi- Because my dad was in college preparing real content as was my calling as a mom, sions of eager young faces looking up to me to go to seminary when I was young, he but was I ready to put all my effort into a for guidance about what college degrees to taught me how to read before I ever went well-rounded education for all of my chil- pursue and about how to write a compelling to school and even had me reading out of dren, each with his or her particular needs? business plan. They would hang on to every the King James Bible—his favorite. And Not to mention that in those early days of word in which I waxed eloquently about the without a television in our house in those homeschooling, A Beka Book® and Bob pros and cons of various corporate struc- days (horror of horrors!), there was no end Jones University Press® would not even sell tures that I had learned while working on to what we could learn through reading, to us because we were not “real” schools. my doctoral thesis in business administra- games, outside activities, etc. As the oldest And some parents even spent some time in jail for teaching their kids at home. After much prayer, research, and with a “You see, He has a wonderful sense of commitment to undertake this task (with a bit of fear and trepidation), we began humor in that He took someone like our homeschool journey. The details of me who did not finish college (a music all the joys, troubles, accomplishments, failures, and tremendous work would fill major of all things) and led me to learn too many pages, but suffice it to say that this journey has been the most rewarding Latin, teach Latin, and then write a and hardest thing we have ever done. God stretched, molded, corrected, encouraged, curriculum for others to use.” enlightened our understanding, and always remained faithful no matter how deficient we were in many areas of life. tion. And of course, while actively pursuing of five children, my love of teaching was In those beginning years, after getting a brilliant business career, I had mastered often interpreted as bossy older sister, al- over the initial fears and then getting over classical Latin and was prepared to impart though that did not deter me from pursuing the giddiness of having three young stu- my vast knowledge to these fledgling stu- it with great vigor through all the years I dents who would hang on my every word dents, teachers, and even homeschool par- lived at home. and make permanent every skill I would ents. (Bubble pop!) After high school and some college, I teach them, it became important to me that Oops, back to that article. I’m sorry to married a great Christian guy, had three if I were going to pray for the downfall of disappoint you (although maybe it will not children, and came face to face with school the modern education system as we know be such a disappointment after all), I did as my oldest was turning five years old. It it today, with its emphasis on a humanis- not follow the typical model for starting is not that I hated school; I actually loved tic model, I would need to be prepared to and maintaining a viable business for over school, did well, and got good grades. But offer a viable educational option for those 19 years. God had other plans for me, a with the constant deterioration of educa- coming after me. I ended up writing and plan that unfolded and continues to unfold tion and especially in its anti-Christian phi- coordinating most of my own curriculum where He provides the love, inspiration, losophies and methods, my husband and I in those days, since most studies either energies, content, and people to share with ended up opting for Christian school. But were designed for a classroom with a lot me, and I follow along behind striving dai- even a couple of years into that, we saw of busywork or employed suspect methods ly to pay attention, understand, trust, and that there was little difference in the edu- and content. work hard along the way. You see, He has cation methods, since most of the teachers Because I loved to read, learn, and teach, a wonderful sense of humor in that He took (as kind as they were) were steeped in the it was a great joy to prepare and teach someone like me who did not finish college modern education models of their universi- various skills to my children, but the first (a music major of all things) and led me to ties and teachers’ colleges. thing I learned was that there was a lot of learn Latin, teach Latin, and then write a Homeschooling? You’ve got to be kid- (Continued on page 87) www.TheHomeschoolMagazine.com/BusinessEntrepreneurDirectory www.TheHomeschoolMagazine.com/BusinessEntrepreneurDirectory ©2011, The Old Schoolhouse® Magazine 85 ©2011, The Old Schoolhouse® Magazine 85 86 ©2011, The Old Schoolhouse® Magazine 86 ©2011, The Old Schoolhouse® Magazine www.TheHomeschoolMagazine.com/BusinessEntrepreneurDirectory www.TheHomeschoolMagazine.com/BusinessEntrepreneurDirectory Learning and Teaching and Business, Oh My! (Continued from page 85) “fluff” out there in the educational commu- ponents in many of our more difficult Eng- DVDs, and reference guides, a parent can nity that passed itself off as curriculum. I lish spelling words for awhile, but delving confidently teach high school Latin even was expected to teach a myriad of subjects a bit deeper, I ran right into the fact that as she learns it with her students that are that never seemed to result in any skill. there was no language in all the world’s fifth grade and higher. Because there were Content for memorizing was emphasized history that affected English as much as so many more custom pieces to this cur- over building skills, and very few students Latin. English is over 60% based in our riculum than other Latin studies, I chose to learned how to think for themselves, much vocabulary with valuable clues to both oversee its production and Schola Publica- less write with any fluency using words meaning and spellings. I knew from my tions was born in 1993. The final volume like a fine craftsman. So from the begin- experience in Spanish that the translation in the 3-year study was completed in 1997 ning of building initial skills in spelling, process would help us think logically and and has been successfully used by thou- writing, and reading, I immersed myself in learn the details of the grammar of both sands of homeschool families around the probably the best early language curricu- languages well. And since Latin is the world as well as many junior high and high lum out there, The Writing Road to Read- mother language of Spanish, French, Ital- schools. Our business has steadily grown ing by Romalda Spalding. The preparation ian, Portuguese, and Romanian, I could every year, even since my own children in learning and implementing this study give my children an even better head start have grown, married, and given me seven was very intensive, but in teaching my kids in language than I had. As far as I could grandchildren (another set of eager learn- not only the skills it taught, I helped them see, there was only one problem—I did not ers!). understand it so well that they could turn know Latin! My husband and I have traveled around around and teach it when they got older. But what many homeschool parents the United States each year for the past 18 Each of them participated and finished come to understand after a number of years years speaking and sharing my curricula. a 2-week teacher training course in this is to not let the fact that you do not know Year after year I would speak to parents method by a certified instructor near the a subject deter you from teaching it. Crazy and teachers who often lamented about the end of their own studies. as it sounds, there is no better motivation poor spelling, writing, and reading skills of With these solid, basic foundations in for learning something than the desire for their students. Trying to teach Latin to stu- spelling, writing, and reading English your children to know it. And so I became dents with poor basic skills was nigh unto words, we began building those words a Latin junkie. As I drilled vocabulary, impossible. And so in 2002 I began assem- into sentences, learning the grammar and they drilled vocabulary. As my notebook bling all the language arts that I had done relationship of those words as they helped grew in thickness, so did my students’ with my children when they were young us to communicate. At the same time we notebooks. My library grew to hundreds of and The PHONICS Road to Spelling and practiced composition skills that helped Latin textbooks dating back to the 1800s, Reading was first made available in 2004. us communicate to others effectively by which formed the content of most of my Completing Level Four in 2007, The PHO- using those words correctly. We stud- pleasure reading for several years. But we NICS Road was the first and is still the only ied high-quality children’s literature that did not learn Latin just for Latin’s sake. complete language arts curriculum to make taught us how great authors paint pictures Our Latin study formed the foundation for the method first developed by Dr. Samuel with words so that we could emulate them our advanced English grammar skills. And Orton and Mrs. Spalding easy to imple- in our own writings. Rather than treating so what developed in those years was an ment in a home or classroom by presenting the subjects of spelling, handwriting, read- upper-level Latin curriculum with built-in it fully on 42 DVDs over four years. A par- ing, grammar, composition, and literature advanced English grammar and vocabulary ent can get all the advantages of personal as separate unrelated and boring subjects, all designed to fit the needs of homeschool teacher training in her own home and then even the youngest students understood the families. And because we began earlier, we implement it to meet her children’s needs. reasons for each new skill. actually finished our high school foreign Curiously, in the writing, paginating, By the time my children were near the end language by the beginning of high school. scripting, video production, and print pro- of their elementary years, I was faced with During this process of learning and duction I have done over the past 20 years, how we would proceed with our advanced teaching, many of my friends wanted to I have actually become rather skilled in a language studies. I got excellent grades in have their children learn Latin, so I got the number of business models, well beyond English classes all the way through school opportunity to fine-tune my study with stu- what I could have attained with several de- but truly understood more about English dents other than my own and at the same grees. Who’d have thought? when I took my three years of high school time give the parents the resources to learn Spanish. There is something about having and teach Latin as I had done—except with A veteran homeschooler for over 27 years, to translate between two languages that all the preparation work done for them! Barbara Beers has not only taught her fixes the relationships of words, sentenc- And so 18 years ago The LATIN Road own children, other students, parents, and es, and communication in general in your to English Grammar was made available to teachers, but has organized her studies and mind. And since I knew they needed two parents and teachers for the first time. With written the popular series, The PHONICS years of a foreign language in high school, all the helps of a written text, worksheets, Road to Spelling and Reading and The I began searching for the best approach. tests, a notebook approach, lesson plans, LATIN Road to English Grammar, used Oh, oh! I ran smack into Latin again. answer keys, charts, vocabulary cards, au- in schools and homeschools around the You see, we had been seeing Latin com- dio pronunciation CDs, teacher training world. www.TheHomeschoolMagazine.com/BusinessEntrepreneurDirectory www.TheHomeschoolMagazine.com/BusinessEntrepreneurDirectory ©2011, The Old Schoolhouse® Magazine 87 ©2011, The Old Schoolhouse® Magazine 87 Schoolhouse Expo The Adventure of a Lifetime by Davis Carman, Expo Sponsor R ecently, Rachael and I celebrated Does your family enjoy a good hike? But as the years progressed and our path the graduation of our oldest child Mine does. Sometimes our excursions are became worn, we all grew more confident after thirteen years of homeschool- as simple as walking through the woods in our ability to navigate the terrain and ing, yet I still remember the fear and anxi- in our backyard. We’ll follow the stream find our way around. Initial fears of losing ety that accompanied our initial decision through the neighborhood, looking for our way were replaced with a clear sense to teach our children at home. By God’s deer tracks, turtle shells, and trees felled of direction. grace, we’ve come a long way since that by an enterprising beaver. When we first Homeschooling is often like the adven- first year. I’ve learned that homeschooling began exploring the few acres surrounding ture of hiking. The parents may start off is not a stroll down a cleared, well-marked our house, we experienced times of won- tentatively, as everything is so new and trail but, rather, is a choice to take the path der, suspense, and even fear. Little hands unfamiliar and even scary at times. A less traveled. The journey is rarely a casual gripped mine to make sure they didn’t get friend may give some welcome advice to walk where sandals are sufficient. It’s best lost or stumble over a stray log. There was “just read to the kids.” The wary parents to have your boots on because homeschool- no path to follow—we were literally blaz- give it a try and soon find that the relation- ing is a hike. ing a new trail. ship with their children is growing stron- ger. They notice that the kids are enjoying time with Mom and Dad and are actually paying attention and learning. With each new school year, they set higher goals and make course adjustments. Then one year they realize they’ve grown in confidence and are ready to blaze new trails with their children, now excited and not fearful about what the future holds. The photo with this article depicts a family working together to climb a dif- ficult trail. They are helping each other, reaching out to assist one another as they strive together to reach their goal—the summit. Along the way, I suspect, they will see some wondrous sights and stop to take it all in. They’ll rest every once in a while to catch their breath and plan for the next leg of the journey. They’ll probably check their map and compass to make sure they are still headed in the right direction. They may even run into an obstacle that forces them to regroup or even change di- rection. Yet they will stick together, work together, climb together, encourage one another, and persevere until they reach their final destination. Homeschooling is a journey that pres- ents unique challenges and marvelous op- portunities for you and your children. As a parent, you can create for your family a rich learning environment that stimulates young minds and strengthens young hearts. This may be achieved through continual exposure to great books, providential meet- (Continued on page 92) 88 ©2011, The Old Schoolhouse® Magazine 88 ©2011, The Old Schoolhouse® Magazine www.TheHomeschoolMagazine.com/BusinessEntrepreneurDirectory www.TheHomeschoolMagazine.com/BusinessEntrepreneurDirectory WHAT WILL SHE BELIEVE WHEN SHE’S 15? Every time she turns on the TV, listens to her iPod, or logs on to Facebook, she hears different ideas about who she is, how she’s supposed to look, and the person she should aspire to become. These messages are often in conflict, and many are seductive yet extremely harmful. What’s a girl to do? You can’t protect your children forever, but you can help them separate the truth from the lies by teaching them to see the world around them through the unerring lens of God’s Word. Provide them a clear biblical worldview with the What We Believe curriculum series. Beautifully illustrated and written in a conversational style, the What We Believe series makes the study of God’s Word exciting and memorable for boys and girls of all ages. Through engaging stories and creative notebooking, your kids will begin to develop an unshakeable faith and a sense of God-given purpose that will carry them through the teen years and beyond. “A wonderful tool to help Christian parents keep family discipleship front and center.” Debra Bell Author of The Ultimate Guide to Homeschooling in partnership with “A powerful inoculation of truth that will help protect our young people and make them better ambassadors for Christ.” Frank Turek Co-author of I Don’t Have Enough Faith to Be an Atheist VISIT WWW.ApoLogIA.com or cALL 1-888-524-4724 www.TheHomeschoolMagazine.com/BusinessEntrepreneurDirectory www.TheHomeschoolMagazine.com/BusinessEntrepreneurDirectory ©2011, The Old Schoolhouse® Magazine 89 ©2011, The Old Schoolhouse® Magazine 89 Schoolhouse Expo Your Kids Can Train to Become Fire Station Buddies by Karen McHale, Expo Sponsor K ids love firefighters and know that book for kids 12 years old and younger. It ules were made of who was in charge and firefighters will come and get them tells about the secret of the Fire Buddies which team went where, but it was very if they are hurt. Firefighters do a and how those fun pillow animals for the confusing and there was no basic, standard lot more than just fight fires though—they younger kids are really a cover story for the plan for the event. President Bush created have become all-hazard emergency re- real animals that help firefighters do their Homeland Security, reorganized FEMA, sponders. As a volunteer firefighter in the job. This elite group of animals can only and instituted ICS in 2002. All responders mountains of Colorado, I invented the Fire talk to firefighters, and they help train kids must be certified in ICS and must use the Station Buddies to help kids learn about to become emergency responders. In The system on all hazards, small and large. We problem solving, strategy, tactics, rescue, Pact, you meet Jordan and his five friends now have a command structure as well as and to just have fun. (Annie, Will, Michael, Kate, and Ryan), endless documents that are filled out on ev- The Fire Buddies were created when my who stumble onto clues and find out that ery call. Your kids will learn what ICS is boys were small. My oldest son, Jesse, car- these animals do exist, but the firefight- and how to use it. As more sections of the training manual are available, children will have to use ICS to work on the problems I “Pretty soon the entire neighborhood will give them. Section two is about putting a prepared- had Buddies, and the kids were making ness plan together in case you have to evac- up stories about what they did, how they uate from your home. What do you take? Will it all fit in the car? What about impor- lived at the fire station and were on the tant documents, medicine, clothes, and pets? You will need to help your kids build the trucks, and the adventures they had.” evacuation list and then you need to prac- tice. Kids love doing this and you will be surprised at how much stuff you think you ried a blanket around and was always sick, ers have forgotten all about them. The are going to take with you and can’t. Make even though I washed that blanket every kids bring the firefighters and the animals your list, practice by building a pile in your day. When my son Drew was born, I de- (Flame, Majesty, Sage, Max, Omega, and living room, and then see if it will all fit in cided no more blankets, and I put together Stanley) together and they all start train- the car. Making sure that your kids have re- a pillow buddy made out of quilt material ing. There will be six more books in the sponsibilities and feel that they are contrib- and stuffing. The Buddy could be washed, series—one for each kid and the animal he uting will help them to be less afraid. and both boys had 5 or 6 Buddies each. or she now trains with. You can download There may be twenty to twenty-five sec- Pretty soon the entire neighborhood had a free copy of chapter one at www.firesta- tions in total, and future sections will in- Buddies, and the kids were making up sto- tionbuddies.com. clude how we do search and rescue and ries about what they did, how they lived at So how can you train without a training how kids can help rescue themselves. Sec- the fire station and were on the trucks, and manual? The Buddies now have a train- tions will include what to do if you are lost the adventures they had. When I became a ing manual that will be written by section in the mountains, swift water and ice res- firefighter, I used the Buddies to help raise and available for download only at the Fire cue, and lots of ways to practice. Kids will money for our volunteer fire department. I Station Buddies website. Get your kids a also learn how to talk on a walkie-talkie still sew them and store them on the trucks, three-ring binder about two inches thick and will learn some of the radio codes we and we hand them out to kids at accident and keep a lookout for the training sec- use. So the next time you call them for din- scenes. Jesse and Drew are now in their 20s tions. The first section is about the Incident ner, they can tell you they are code 3 (en but they still help me with the Buddies. Command System (ICS) that all respond- route), and when they get to the table they I finally decided to start writing the adven- ers use. It is a management system for all can tell you they are code 1 (on scene). tures down. The first book I wrote was The events. September 11, 2001 showed that The radio code list, along with instruc- Legend, which is a picture book for kids 5 there were communication, organization, tions for building an emergency backpack, years old and younger and introduces kids to and manpower problems in our response to are available on the website. I explain why the Buddies. I have plans to write more pic- emergency events. Police, firefighters, and they need the backpack, what goes inside ture books for younger children, but it’s the paramedics from all over the country went it, and how to start using it. An emergency older kids that have my attention right now. to New York to help, but they couldn’t even backpack, the Fire Buddies books, and a My second book, The Pact, is a chapter talk to each other on their radios. Sched- (Continued on page 95) 90 ©2011, The Old Schoolhouse® Magazine 90 ©2011, The Old Schoolhouse® Magazine www.TheHomeschoolMagazine.com/BusinessEntrepreneurDirectory www.TheHomeschoolMagazine.com/BusinessEntrepreneurDirectory www.TheHomeschoolMagazine.com/BusinessEntrepreneurDirectory www.TheHomeschoolMagazine.com/BusinessEntrepreneurDirectory ©2011, The Old Schoolhouse® Magazine 91 ©2011, The Old Schoolhouse® Magazine 91 The Adventure of a Lifetime (Continued from page 88) ings with influential people, or travel to Today Apologia offers a lineup of award- inspiring locations. I hope it also includes winning K–12 science textbooks, biblical consistent and reverent worship of God Al- worldview studies, practical books and re- mighty and our Savior, Jesus Christ. sources to equip and encourage homeschool Family discipleship naturally lends itself parents, retreats for homeschool moms, mis- to individualized educational planning. If sion and scholarship programs, and an on- your daughter loves science and excels in biology, then she can spend an inordinate line academy with courses in science, Bible, worldview, and apologetics. We’ve also Get out and play! amount of time studying and mastering that locked arms with respected Christian organi- subject. A homeschooler who wants to be a missionary to China can work on learning zations such as Summit Ministries and Walk Thru the Bible Ministries. noodleheadfun.com the language and culture for many hours I believe that Apologia will be honored each week. A son who is constantly work- as we honor God. We will stand on the ing on a computer graphics or animation truth of God’s Word and point people to project will have the opportunity to master no one other than Jesus Christ, the author this subject because it can be written into and perfecter of our faith. I want this to be the curriculum. As a parent, you can infuse true of everything we say, do, and publish into your kids the notion that they are being at Apologia. groomed to change the world. Every day, You can learn more by visiting our web- your children can hear and believe that site at www.apologia.com. We’d love to they are God’s workmanship, created in hear from you. You can join the discussion Christ Jesus to do good works, which God at www.facebook.com/apologiaworld or prepared in advance for them to do (Ephe- send us your feedback at our contact page. sians 2:10). I pray that your family will look to Deu- Think of the possibilities! You may be teronomy 6:4–7 and that you will teach growing a future leader in a field that needs your children to love God with all their talented Christians to reshape the culture. heart, soul, mind, and strength. I trust that The homeschool lifestyle is truly an ad- your example will inspire other parents to venture. You cannot anticipate exactly how diligently teach their children the ways of everything is going to play out, but you God in the daily course of family life—as can make adjustments along the way and they sit, as they walk along the way, as they press on toward the goal. I encourage you rise up, and as they lie down. Is this not a to enjoy the educational benefits of family beautiful picture of family life? discipleship and savor the sweet fruits of homeschooling. It may be a hike, but the Davis and Rachael Carman are in their blessings you find along the way are well second decade of homeschooling their sev- Assistive Technology Resource Guide worth it. en children. Davis is an engineer and a vice Created for Parents president of North Carolinians for Home Nationwide Consultation Service Building a Firm Foundation Education, the state’s largest homeschool Physical Disabilities Autism Spectrum Disorder of Faith association. Rachael is a published author ADD/ADHD Learning Disablities In 2008, Rachel and I embarked on a and a popular speaker at homeschooling new and exciting adventure. We purchased conventions and women’s retreats. Apologia from Dr. Jay Wile, who founded Apologia Educational Ministries in the educational early 1990s when the modern homeschool- Dinnertime ing community was young and in need of high-quality, creation-based science cur- riculum. Dr. Wile authored or co-authored Fun! several junior high and high school science textbooks, which were so well received that the series quickly grew to become the leading science curriculum among home- schooling families. We completed the acquisition of Apologia Educational Ministries with a vision to take the company in new and expanded directions. 92 ©2011, The Old Schoolhouse® Magazine 92 ©2011, The Old Schoolhouse® Magazine www.TheHomeschoolMagazine.com/BusinessEntrepreneurDirectory www.TheHomeschoolMagazine.com/BusinessEntrepreneurDirectory Schoolhouse Expo Rainbow Resource Center: Then and Now by Bob and Linda Schneider, Expo Sponsors T he goal of our family business, with our four young children. Linda was a and collated the pages, with the last person Rainbow Resource Center, has al- computer systems consultant and Bob had folding and stapling it together. ways been to help homeschoolers his CPA, so we decided to start a recycling Fortunately for our bank account, our in as many ways as possible. We started service for homeschool materials. In this new products catalog was becoming as a ministry to help families reduce their way, buyers could save money compared more popular, and in 1993 contained 60 curriculum costs by purchasing used items to buying new materials, and sellers could pages of products. Items were described for less-than-new prices and giving sell- get cash when their items sold. In these in detail, with some pages containing ers a way to turn no-longer-needed school pre-Internet days, we generated on a dot- only one or two products. This was also items into cash. When we added new items matrix printer our first newsletter contain- the year that we started exhibiting our to our offerings, we decided to sell these ing 10 pages of products and a few helps materials at homeschool fairs, hitting six items at discount prices. A widening selec- and hints on school and family issues, and shows in the Midwest. tion of products from more publishers al- then mailed it to 200 families whose ad- By 1995 the business had grown enough lowed customers to select items most suit- dresses we had found in homeschooling that Bob could leave his job and work full- ed to the student’s learning style and the publications. time in the business. That we had managed to keep up with and grow the business is a testimonial to Linda (who worked tire- “We started as a ministry to help lessly between homeschooling and doing all facets of the business for six years) and families reduce their curriculum costs by the four oldest kids (who also worked at schoolwork, exhibits, packing books, and purchasing used items for less-than-new writing descriptions, all with very little prices and giving sellers a way to turn no- free time). By 1997 we had outgrown our home (sev- longer-needed school items into cash.” en kids now), office (enclosed front porch), and warehouse (over-sized, under-heated, 2-car garage). Finding a suitable home in teacher’s preference. So that our custom- Response was encouraging, so we the area and able to buy the adjacent 8-acre ers could make informed decisions about forged ahead, undaunted by our lack field, we moved family and business about which products might work best for them, of space (half the living room, hallway, 30 miles to our current location. The huge we provided detailed descriptions as well. 2-car garage), staff (kids 9, 7, twins 5), (to us) 5,000-square-foot office/warehouse Bringing a wide array of items to home- money (subscription was $6/year for 8 would be heated and air-conditioned, a school curriculum fairs around the country issues), or time (published phone hours luxury not previously available. Just before allowed parents to evaluate the products were 3–9 p.m., but calls on our single-line our first 1998 exhibit, we finished moving firsthand. And for those who needed addi- family phone could come anytime). Linda our shelving and inventory into the ware- tional help in selecting curriculum or deal- was homeschooling four kids, and Bob house, and conducted interviews for new ing with teaching issues, we offered free worked full-time. employees in the as-yet-unfinished office. consulting services. Fall of 1990 saw increased subscriptions For the first time, customers could contact Our homeschooling career spans 25 for our 65-pages-of-used-book-inventory us via email. And the following year, you years, beginning in 1986. After home- newsletter and also marked the beginning could find us on the Web at www.rainbow- schooling for three years, we had accumu- of the new products “catalog,” containing resource.com. lated a number of schoolbooks that were in a whopping 56 products. Having survived Y2K, our number of good condition but that we did not plan to Our used book recycling service grew product offerings and our sales continued use again. Living in a rural area with few at a modest pace and then hit a plateau; it to grow. We currently offer about 40,000 homeschoolers, we had no local options for also proved to be a very time-consuming products for grades PK to 12 from over reselling these items. Since the number of proposition. Each book had to be evalu- 1000 publishers. In this way we can offer homeschooling families was much smaller ated for condition, entered in the comput- items for all teaching and learning styles. in the late 1980s, we thought other home- er, and shelved in findable order. Pages of We offer these items at competitive, dis- schoolers around the country might face the newsletter were now printed by a local counted prices, staying true to our original a similar problem. We were also looking print shop, but, being frugal, we assembled mission of saving families money. Our for a ministry that we could do as a family them ourselves. Our family sat in a line (Continued on page 95) www.TheHomeschoolMagazine.com/BusinessEntrepreneurDirectory www.TheHomeschoolMagazine.com/BusinessEntrepreneurDirectory ©2011, The Old Schoolhouse® Magazine 93 ©2011, The Old Schoolhouse® Magazine 93 There’s no place like a homeschool convention... ... to see new products, meet new people and be encouraged by terrific speakers. Since 1993, we have exhibited at hundreds of conventions to bring you some of the best products at affordable prices, as well as experienced and helpful staff members to answer your curriculum questions. While it’s hard to beat convention shopping when it comes to seeing products for yourself, we try hard to bring elements of conventions into everything we do. That’s why you don’t even have to set foot in a Rainbow booth to enjoy... 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Serving the Homeschool Community Since 1989 Toll-free Phone: 888-841-3456 Toll-free Fax: 800-705-8809 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org www.rainbowresource.com Visit our website to check out our 2011 convention schedule, contact our consultants, view our inventory of new but damaged “Bargain Books,” request a catalog and more! 94 ©2011, The Old Schoolhouse® Magazine 94 ©2011, The Old Schoolhouse® Magazine www.TheHomeschoolMagazine.com/BusinessEntrepreneurDirectory www.TheHomeschoolMagazine.com/BusinessEntrepreneurDirectory Rainbow Resource Center: Then and Now (Continued from page 90) 1300-page catalog is free for the asking, settings. They do their best to offer advice God has been good to us, and we have but it contains some of the best informa- on curriculum selection and other educa- grown significantly over the years. We are tion available anywhere on educational tional matters, and can be contacted by thankful that we have been able to serve products. We continue to provide detailed phone or email. tens of thousands of homeschool families reviews so that the educator can make in- Our order fulfillment has improved as over the years. We are also thankful that formed choices about which products will well, since we currently operate out of our two of our daughters and their husbands be the most effective. Reviews are writ- 36,000-square-foot distribution center. Or- are working with us in the business. We ten by our family and employees, based ders typically leave the warehouse in one look forward to serving your family into on our own evaluation of the items. Our to two days, and more than 98% of the the next generation. website includes these reviews, plus cover items are normally in stock. and content images, and even a table of If you attend homeschool curriculum Linda and Bob Schneider have home- contents where appropriate. In both the fairs around the country, you may well schooled all of their seven children from catalog and website, similar products are see us there. This year we will be at 39 first grade through high school, starting grouped together to make comparison and conventions between March and July. Al- in 1986 and with the last two currently in evaluation easier. though we can’t bring everything in the high school. Both graduated with business Since God has blessed us over the years, catalog, we offer between 2500 and 4000 degrees from the University of Illinois and we are able to offer free consulting servic- different items at these shows. Where pos- worked in the business field before starting es. We currently have four consultants— sible, one of our consultants also provides their own family business. women who have taught in homeschool, workshops and is available at the booth to private school, public school, and tutorial answer questions. Firestation Buddies (Continued from page 90) T-shirt will be given away as a door prize mechanics, inventors, clerks, lawyers, not. Sign up to become a volunteer Buddy during the Expo. truck drivers, dispatchers, carpenters, and today and start the adventure. www.firesta- After all the training, your kids should be people who are good at strategy, tactics, tionbuddies.com. able to become the Incident Commander at and logistics. We have big disasters in the a fire, search and rescue, or other event. U.S., and it takes thousands of people to Karen McHale, is a chemical engineer, They should be able to figure out what re- rescue and rebuild. volunteer firefighter, and an emergency sources are needed, plan the operation to The kids currently in the program love planner. She has spent her career help- complete the event, know what strategies it and tell me all the time to hurry up and ing industrial facilities in the private and to use, and be able to document the event write faster. Your kids can email any of the government sector to plan and then train and successfully complete their task. I am Buddies and they will write back. I encour- for any kind of all-hazard event. Karen planning to develop computer games at age kids to make suggestions for future has authored three books and has an In- some point so kids can try out their plans books. Your kids will learn with the Bud- ternet talk show on VoiceAmerica™—The and then react to the results. dies lessons they can use throughout their McHale Report. Knowing what is going on behind the lives whether they become responders or scenes makes kids less afraid. We hear news stories of kids who are only six years old saving their parents’ lives because they were taught to call 911. Kids at car accident scenes tell me all the time that they knew www.TheHomeschoolMagazine.com the firefighters would come and get them. 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By training: As a student develops and expands his or her inventory of informa- tion (known as the grammar phase) we begin to incorporate critical thinking and analytical skills (known as the dialectic phase). Formal logic and debate hone your student’s ability to view culture, history, philosophy, language, science, and math through the lens of a biblical worldview. Finally, in the rhetoric phase of high school, your student shows mastery of learning by deeper analysis of topics, by persuasive speaking and writing, and by leading peer discussions. By mentoring: All of this occurs within community. Grammar-stage families meet with students weekly to receive mentoring and encouragement from experienced homeschool parents. At the rhetoric level, only students meet with a trained and experienced homeschool tutor who nurtures, guides, and directs learning as well as serving as an invaluable resource as you navigate the road toward adulthood and college. To learn more, or to find a community near you, please visit our website. It is a mission... It is a model... It is a method... to know God and to make Him known. to combine a biblical worldview and to equip parents and encourage In every subject, God has hidden His classical tools. We support parents in students. We do this in community truth and beauty. It is our pleasure as their divinely appointed role as with other parents at each stage of the students and teachers to discover Him educators of their children by provid- classical learning journey: grammar, as we learn. ing classical tools of learning. dialectic, and rhetoric. www.TheHomeschoolMagazine.com/BusinessEntrepreneurDirectory www.TheHomeschoolMagazine.com/BusinessEntrepreneurDirectory www.ClassicalConversations.com99 ©2011, The Old Schoolhouse® Magazine ©2011, The Old Schoolhouse® Magazine 99 Mission Statement Who We Are and Why We Exist Our Mission Core Values Target Market Our mission is to produce a high-quality, • The Word of God is foundational to Age Biblically based magazine that is a practi- everything we do. Women between the ages of 25 and 50 cal resource for homeschoolers. We strive • Biblical family values—God comes • 25-33—Newbies, rigid to introduce the home educator to addi- first, family second, others third, and • 33-40—Transitional, experimental tional products, services, and information self last. • 50+—Oldies, mentors that will strengthen, support, and challenge • Biblical authority structure—The hus- (Encourage the older women to men- the family both spiritually and academical- band is the head of the home; the wife tor the younger. Encourage the younger ly. Ultimately, our goal is to equip home- is in submission to her husband; the ones to honor those who pioneered ho- schoolers to impact the world for Christ. children are obedient to both parents. meschooling. Remind them of the move- The Old Schoolhouse® Magazine for ho- • Parental responsibility—Education, ment’s history, where we came from, meschoolers is a business. We do not claim both academic and spiritual, is the where we want to go.) to be a ministry, but because our Lord and parents’ God-given responsibility. Savior Jesus Christ rules our lives, we seek • Christian worldview—We hold and Marital state to honor Him in all things, including the promote a Christian perspective on • Married moms who work part-time education of our children, our vocations, life and education. • Married stay-at-home moms and our recreational activities. Therefore, • Single moms we seek to honor Him through the publica- Core Qualities • Divorced moms tion of The Old Schoolhouse® Magazine. Integrity—We are who we say we are even when no one else is watching. Educational background Our Purpose Empathy—We come alongside ho- • The majority have at least a bach- To equip parents to take back their chil- meschoolers, encouraging and sharing as elor’s degree. dren spiritually and educationally by sup- fellow homeschoolers, without judging or • Thirteen percent have doctorate porting, encouraging, informing, edifying, condemning. degrees. and inspiring them. Transparency—We’ve been where they are and we’ve learned from our mistakes. d Gizmos Galore! ology: Gadgets an Our Vision Inclusivity—We are inclusive in meth- Educational Techn Celebrating 10 Years To advance the cause of Christ by odology and curriculum, without compro- ® mising our biblical stand. strengthening homeschool families Non-Political approach—We avoid po- spiritually and academically. litical topics unless they relate to the clear How to Become a teaching of Scripture. Backpacking Rhwaybo,tics: Core Beliefs 1. Homeschooling is not just a choice; What Is Lifestyle Learning? o to Fun Teamwork, Chef Pat it is a conviction. The Learning Lifestyle and Creativity 2. Public schools pursue a godless pur- HomeschooFieldg • Involves the whole family. lin pose and agenda. Christian parents • Emphasizes raising children in the Grammar on the Mission need to be lovingly warned about the dangers of the public education fear of the Lord. • Instills godly character and integrity Rules We Just Can’t Live Witho ut system. in the children. Y u m m y M at h : 3. Homeschooling allows parents to Physics Class in 1 • Promotes and strengthens a child’s My Homeschool? exercise their God-given respon- relationship to God. sibility to educate their children • Provides quality education for chil- Lessons in the Kitchen ry! spiritually and academically. dren. Captivating Chemist 4. Homeschooling strengthens fami- • Does not have to be formal. way he should go and when he is old, Train up a child in the Proverbs 22:6 lies, ultimately strengthening the • Uses many different methods. he will not depart from it. body of Christ. • Addresses a variety of learning styles. 5. Homeschooling is a venue to impact the world for Christ. 100 ©2011, The Old Schoolhouse® Magazine 100 ©2011, The Old Schoolhouse® Magazine www.TheHomeschoolMagazine.com/BusinessEntrepreneurDirectory www.TheHomeschoolMagazine.com/BusinessEntrepreneurDirectory Financial state • Reassure homeschoolers that they are • How do I get started? • Middle-class not alone. • Where do I look for resources? • Average income $60,000 a year • Demonstrate that our transparency • What materials should I use? and sincerity by avoiding a know-it- • How can I manage the household, Family size all or dictatorial tone. teach my kids, help my husband • Varying number of children (3-5 • Legitimize homeschooling. financially, and still keep my devo- average) • Reinforce the vision of homeschool- tional life vibrant? • Wide age range (often kindergarten to ing. high school) • Encourage home educators to be per- Our Place in the Market sistent, rekindling their commitment. How are we unique? Geographic location • Give a sense of camaraderie/com- • We don’t tell them how to home- • Across the nation munity. school. We provide information about • Houses and apartments • Be practical for the family—relational a wide range of methods and teaching as well as educational. styles. Religion • Offer help for special needs learners. • We provide the most up-to-date • Mostly nominal Christians • Introduce and evaluate homeschool research and statistics. • Growing number of non-Christians vendors/products. • We have the largest homeschool blog • Provide a platform for homeschool in the world. Value in the Market experts and everyday homeschool • We have staff and writers, experts Homeschooling moms are frugal about educators. and everyday home educators all over their purchases and may view TOS Maga- the world to provide many diverse zine as a luxury rather than a necessity. But Positioning perspectives. they will spend money on what they feel is • Remember that the customer’s initial • We have high-quality, well-designed a priority/must-have item. We need to be at perception of our company is her print products with solid content. the top of the list of homeschooling neces- reality. • We aggressively pursue and partner sities. We need to prove our value. • Answer their “pain” through the with the homeschool market. To be valued in the market, TOS must: magazine, e-blasts, newsletters, etc. • We have a website, blog, magazine, • Provide immediate access to relevant • Control the market by creating a e-blasts, message boards, conferences, ideas, advice, and resources. unique system with our own vocabu- The Schoolhouse Store, e-newsletters, A Walk Down Me lary. partnering promotions, and more. mory Lane: The History of the Hom eschool Movem ent • Position TOS as the intentional first Celebrat ing 10 Yea choice. Competition in the Market rs ® • Learn from successful companies, Our competition is not just other home- services, and products like Heinz, school magazines. It is any person or place Charlotte Mason & Google, and Aspirin. where customers go to meet their “pain.” a Relaxed Homeschoo l The Art of Letter Writin g The Pain in the Market • Other homeschoolers Lapbooking What are they thinking? • Friends Our Way to • I’m disorganized. • Church Horses! • I’m not educated enough; I need more • Support Groups 17 From training. • Conventions Grocer • I’m inadequate. • Google to Grace • I’m always being criticized by friends • Libraries Reforming and family. • Vender partners’ websites the Picky Eater Ways to Connect • My children don’t get along. • I have a strong-willed/problem child. • Blogs With Literature • How will I every get it all done? Homeschooling the Special Needs Ch • I never have enough time alone. Train up a child in ild • I wish I could spend more time with the way he should he will not depart go and when he is from it. old, Proverbs 22:6 my husband. www.TheHomeschoolMagazine.com/BusinessEntrepreneurDirectory www.TheHomeschoolMagazine.com/BusinessEntrepreneurDirectory ©2011, The Old Schoolhouse® Magazine 101 ©2011, The Old Schoolhouse® Magazine 101 Statement of Faith From The Old Schoolhouse & Paul and Gena Suarez Jesus Christ, the Word is God, God the Father is God. The Holy Spirit is God. There are no gods but one God. We believe in God the Father, who is the This eternal life with God is freely given of one of these books is given by inspiration Maker of the heavens and the earth; and in God but must be accessed His way, which of God, to be the rule of faith and life. Jesus Christ, His only Son, our Lord. Jesus is through His son, our Lord Jesus Christ. Christ was conceived by the Holy Spirit, There are several books, commonly and was born of a virgin, Mary. He min- We believe in the full deity of the Holy called the Apocrypha, which are not of istered to many during His ministry, never Spirit, and acknowledge His role as God, divine inspiration and are no part of the once sinning. He suffered tremendously in creation and in redemption and, very canon of Scripture. Therefore, they can not under Pontius Pilate, was crucified on a importantly, as our Comforter. The present be used as an authority from which to draw cross, died, was buried (descending into ministry of the Holy Spirit, among many from in the Church of God. They are not Hades at that time), and then ROSE again things, is to indwell in the Christian, en- to be more esteemed, or made use of, than on the third day, from the dead! After ris- abling him to live a Godly life. any other works of printed materials. ing, which shocked and amazed many wit- nesses, causing them to worship Him and We believe that man is in rebellion The authority of the Bible does not de- acknowledge Him as God in the flesh, Je- against God because of Adam’s sin. Man’s pend on the testimony or tradition of any sus ascended into Heaven, where He sits very nature is evil and all are bound for hell, man or church, but entirely upon God, who at the right hand of God the Father. Back a place of eternal darkness and torment, is Truth itself, and the Author of truth. It to Earth He shall come again, to judge the unless the Father calls him. For salvation is therefore to be received as the highest living and the dead. of any man, regeneration by the Holy Spirit authority, and can be depended on fully, is absolutely necessary. We are made righ- without any supplementation. It is the di- We believe in the Holy Spirit, one holy teous by God, through faith in Him, and vinely inspired Word of God. Christian church, the communion of all although faith without works is dead, it is true saints, the forgiveness of sins, the faith ALONE which brings salvation. The whole counsel of God, concern- resurrection of the body, and the eternal ing all things necessary for God’s glory, (never-ending) gift of life. We believe in the resurrection of both man’s salvation, faith and life, is either the saved and the lost, those who are saved expressly set down in Scripture or may be We believe that the Bible is the ONLY to the resurrection of life, and those who deduced from Scripture. Nothing what- inerrant Word of God. In it, we can find all are lost to the resurrection of damnation. soever is to be added to this, whether by instructions in righteousness, holiness and “new revelations” of the Spirit or by the faith. It is our authoritative “handbook” for We believe that at the perfect time in traditions of man. Christian living . . . the ONLY book that is history, God chose to reveal Himself and necessary for our faith. to declare His will to His Church. After- The infallible rule of interpretation of wards, for the purpose of preserving and Scripture is the Scripture itself. Therefore, We believe that there is one God, eternal- propagating the truth, and for the more when there is a question or misunderstand- ly existent in three persons: Father, Son and certain establishment and comfort of the ing about the true and full sense of any pas- Holy Spirit. This ONE God is omnipotent, Church against corruption, and the malice sage in the Bible, it must be searched and omnipresent and omniscient. This God is of Satan and of the world, it pleased Him known by other places in God’s Word that also holy, righteous, good, loving and full to commit this revealed will to the written speak more clearly, always considering of mercy, by character. He is the Creator of word. We can approach the Word of God Biblical context. all things. He sustains all things. as the source of truth about the gospel of Jesus Christ. We believe that there is one living and We believe that Jesus Christ, Who is our true God. He is infinite, perfect, pure. He is Lord God, is fully God, yet fully man. Only The Holy Scripture (the Bible or the the Rewarder of those who diligently seek through Jesus Christ can man find redemp- Word) consists of all of the books of the Him. He is most just in His judgments, hat- tion and have eternal life. Without Jesus Old and New Testaments, which are Gene- ing all sin, and He will by no means clear Christ, man cannot find eternal life but will sis through Malachi, and Matthew through the guilty. God is loving, gracious, merci- spend eternity apart from God, in suffering. Revelation, respectively. Each and every ful, patient, abundant in goodness and truth. 102 ©2011, The Old Schoolhouse® Magazine 102 ©2011, The Old Schoolhouse® Magazine www.TheHomeschoolMagazine.com/BusinessEntrepreneurDirectory www.TheHomeschoolMagazine.com/BusinessEntrepreneurDirectory As our Statement of Faith presents, TOS is a Christian (protestant) company . We have gathered many businesses of all sizes for the Homeschool Business & Entrepreneur Directory, but in doing so, we have utilized Facebook, word-of-mouth, and other Christian homeschool businesses to spread the word of our existence and desire to provide this listing of resources for homeschoolers . He forgives sin, but there is only One way He will forgive sin, only One—through We have asked that businesses choosing to join us be in His Son, our Lord Jesus Christ, Who sacri- support of homeschooling, even if they are not actively ficed Himself on the cross for His Church. Many men say their ways “seem” right, homeschooling themselves, and many are likely to be but in God’s holy Word, we find what God of a likeminded biblical worldview as well, but some Himself requires for the forgiveness of our may not be . The Homeschool Business & Entrepreneur sins, and eternal life with Him. Directory accepts all subscriptions for listings, subject God has all life, glory, goodness, bless- only to editorial criteria concerning inappropriate edness, in and of Himself. He is not in need of any creatures which He has made. or offensive language . A listing does not imply any He has most sovereign dominion over all evaluation or endorsement of any listed business by creatures—over them, to do by them, for the publisher of the Directory, so we urge users to be them and upon them. He does what He pleases, and nothing to Him is contingent diligent in thoroughly browsing websites, reading or uncertain. He is most holy in His coun- “About Us” pages where appropriate, and determining sels, His works and in all His commands. To Him, and Him alone is due from angels the suitability of any business in regard to a personal and mankind, and any other creature, what- worldview . Our hope is that all of our readers find the ever worship, service or obedience He is salvation in Jesus Christ that has so incredibly blessed pleased to require of them. our lives, and that homeschools grow closer to God as Please send us a note if you would like families learn together . more information on spending eternity with God . . . Click Here. 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