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August is here and a lot of us are thinking about the kids going back to school (or you’ve already started back).  For homeschooling moms, it’s always nice to get a little encouragement to get us back into gear for the year!  Veteran homeschooler, Lori Hatcher, has written straight to the heard of stressed and tired parents in her book Joy in the Journey.  With humor and faith, she shares lessons from her own homeschooling journey and challenges you to press on.

The book is broken into months with a group of devotions related to each month.  There’s a different devotional for every week of the school year, and Lori tackles tough subjects such as discouragement, sibling relationships, busyness, priorities, and character training (yours and theirs).

She sent me a book of my own to review a few months ago, and it was such a joy to be able to read it!  Every devotion was very applicable, and they were short enough for me to read during the stolen moments of the day.

Joy in the Journey is relevant for families no matter where they are in their homeschooling journey.  We’ve been homeschooling for three years, and it’s still just as relevant to us today.  Whether you have 1st graders, or your kids are moving on to college, I would say it was time well spent to find refreshment and encouragement.

Right now you can grab Joy in the Journey in paperback or download the ebook version for only $1.99 via PayPal.

 The Giveaway:

Lori is giving a Paperback copy of Joy in the Journey to 6 Southern Savers readers!

To Enter:

Tell me in a comment below what you love about homeschooling.  If you’re thinking about taking the plunge to homeschooling, what are you most excited about?

    • Shannon V.

      Have thought about homeschooling, but not sure if I can do it. Hoping this book would provide encouragement, information and experiences!

    • Rdunderw

      I love sharing the day with my kids, it is not always easy but so worth it.

    • Sue

      I never thought I could homeschool.  I always figured that’d be “my time” (when my kids were at school).

      But now that I have two small children, I can’t imagine sending them off for 6-7 hours a day to be instructed by someone else.  We are now planning to homeschool and I’m so thankful we are able to have that option!

    • Couponchick30

      This is my first time homeschooling and I’m not sure what to expect but I am excited to try something new!

    • Asmith

      The time I get to spend with my daughter has been priceless for the last 7 years. The most rewarding has been seeing her grow in her love for the Lord.

    • Jessica

      I am interested in learning more about it. My daughter has one more year before starting school, and it is something we have discussed as a family.

    • Kimmie

      We are a homeschooling family of two now. My oldest one graduated last year. I love that we go at our own pace and make our own schedule.  We can go as in depth as we want and take as long as we want to cover a subject.

    • Lmwidrig68

      The schools in our area are not very safe at all. I feel better teaching my daughter at home. She does very well and we love the flexibility! Her 3rd grade, end of the year testing , she scored all the way up to 7th grade level!!

    • Wolfmyjic

      I love showing my  son something new and seeing him get excited.  I honestly can’t say the one thing I love most.  I guess I love that my son has the freedom to follow what he’s interested in at his own pace.  

    • Christy

      I love being with my kids everyday and getting to watch them grow and learn. I am beginning with my fourth child this year, having had all girls before now, I’m a little nervous starting with him. I pray God gives me the determination to keep up this journey no matter the struggles. God Bless!! 

    • neenah

      Have been thinking about homeschooling.  Love that he would be taught in a christian environment.  Just worry about how to keep him in contact with other kids his age.

    • Amanda Chitwood

      Right now I am more nervous than excited.   I look forward to homeschooling our little girl and future children.  I know I do not want her in public schools here in Jacksonville because the school system has gotten so bad.  I look forward to joining other moms in my area that homeschool.   I could use any encouragement at all.

    • Geezbees75

      It really allowed my daughter to sail through her string subjects and devote extra time to things that challenged her.

    • Abck5

      I will be new to homeschooling “officially”, but we’ve been having preschool classes each day.  I am so excited about seeing my children continue to make new discoveries each day.  I am looking forward to being able to teach my children about God while teaching them the required basics. 

    • Blouzahdeb

      I love seeing everything my daughter is learning, and knowing where she excells or needs extra help. No “what did you learn today?” “Nothing” conversations :)

    • Broogill

      I am thinking about it, but not sure if I’m tough enough.

    • Heather Brandt

      I love differentiating instruction for my son’s personal needs & interests.

    • Jennj73

      I currently homeschool two of my three children and what I love about that is knowing that for these two they are getting the one on one attention that they need to learn. I am getting to see them on a daily basis catch on to things they were struggling with before and that brings me great joy!

    • Jennj73

      I currently homeschool two of my three children and what I love about that is knowing that for these two they are getting the one on one attention that they need to learn. I am getting to see them on a daily basis catch on to things they were struggling with before and that brings me great joy!

    • Dana

      This is our first year! I am excited about learning with my kiddos and loving the time that I am getting to be with them!

    • Dana

      This is our first year! I am excited about learning with my kiddos and loving the time that I am getting to be with them!

    • Sarah

      My daughter is too young to homechool yet, but I was homeschooled and I loved all of the oportunities I was given that my public school friends were not because of constricted schedules on their part.  I also love spending time with family!

    • Sarah

      My daughter is too young to homechool yet, but I was homeschooled and I loved all of the oportunities I was given that my public school friends were not because of constricted schedules on their part.  I also love spending time with family!

    • Danammorgan

      This will be my first year homeschooling my 2 little girls who are 4 and 5 and we all are SUPER EXCITED!  The school desks we ordered came on yesterday and the colorful chairs came in today.  We are excited to get our school room ready upstairs and begin this AWESOME journey together putting God first and knowing that everything else will fall into place.

    • Danammorgan

      This will be my first year homeschooling my 2 little girls who are 4 and 5 and we all are SUPER EXCITED!  The school desks we ordered came on yesterday and the colorful chairs came in today.  We are excited to get our school room ready upstairs and begin this AWESOME journey together putting God first and knowing that everything else will fall into place.

    • Brownhairbrowneyedbeauty

      I’m 26 years old and I was homeschooled the whole way through. :) My mother also homeschooled my 24 year old sister…and is almost done with my 17 year old sister. She is a blessing to us girls! I am so thankful for the Godly foundation she gave to me and how it prepared me for my college years

    • Brownhairbrowneyedbeauty

      I’m 26 years old and I was homeschooled the whole way through. :) My mother also homeschooled my 24 year old sister…and is almost done with my 17 year old sister. She is a blessing to us girls! I am so thankful for the Godly foundation she gave to me and how it prepared me for my college years

    • Jessie 3

      My oldest is 4 and starting pre-K.  I am thinking about homeschooling since my husband’s job will probably require us to relocate a few times before he gets to highschool and I feel like that’s the path God is leading me towards. I am excited, but nervous since my husband and his parents are very against the idea.  Their stereotypes of homeschooling mommas and kiddos are too overwhelming for them to even consider it might be God’s plan for my children.  I am hopeful that they will come around and will continue to pray through it.

    • Michele

      This will be our 4th year homeschooling and I love how much closer we are as a family first to God and also with each other! Homeschooling changed our lives in every way and has made us a stronger family!

    • Godsgapeach

      Monday we will start our eighth year of homeschooling,  There is so much that I love about it, it’s hard to pinpoint just one thing.  But, I guess I have to say that as my daughters are now preteens and I see the differences between them and their friends, I am grateful that God led us to homeschool. I feel assured that my kids will be better prepared to handle the world on their own, better equipped to run their own households, and have been trained up in the way God wants them to go.

    • Cbennett71203

      We just started homeschooling our 3rd grader and couldn’t be happier with the decision. We have already seen big changes in his attitude towards learning. He use to not like to read at all because it was always something to be tested on but since starting homeschooling he now wants to read all the time. Just to see a joy in mu child again about learning is enough confirmation that this was the right decision.

    • Chastidy

      Wow, where do I start?  I love being able to be here with my kids.  Seeing them learn and grow in their knowledge is just awesome.  My little K’r came in the room today and was sooo excited!  He said Moma, I can SPELL!  B-O-O-K spells book!  It’s so exciting to see that lightbulb go off in their head.  I am honored to have our four children.  Didn’t know if we’d have any at all… The LORD has truly blessed us and I love being able to teach them Biblical concepts and our family devotions are the highlight of our day.  Would love to have this book!

    • Martha

      Love spending the time w/ my kids and love the flexibility it allows during the school year for family visits. So thankful that I have the opportunity to be w/ them instead of sending them off so many hours out of a day. 

    • Donna

      After Homeschooling for over 6 years – I love seeing my kids grow and learn together. The flexibility is one of my favorite things about the home school lifestyle.

    • kmcoble

      I personally am not a home schooler or a mom that home schools. My mom on the other hand home schools my three younger siblings and this is her first year with my twin brothers. She had to home school my sister due to her special needs. I went through all thirteen years of public schools and at times it was hard but I was fine, I really enjoyed it actually. I am now a Junior in college and I love watching my family get closer and closer to each other and the Lord through this whole process. It allows each of my siblings to be able to be who they want to be rather than whats cool. 

    • amber

      I am wanting to homeschool still got another year to decide but feel like God is leading in that direction. I think it would be exciting to incorporate Bible with his curriculum.

    • Lorap7

      That I don’t have to send my kids away for 8 hours everyday.  If I sent them to school I don’t feel like I would have any time with them.

    • Smore93

      this will be our 8th year homeschooling. wow …. that seems like a really long time! we take it one year at a time. I like experiencing everything my kids are learning — watching the little light bulbs go off in their heads as they learn a new skill in math or learn to read. Seeing them triumph in something they have been struggling in. I really like that we can go at THEIR pace .. in math, I have one that needs to stop and sit in a spot for awhile and I have one that gobbles it faster than I can get it for him!

    • Mel

      we are on our 3rd full year of home schooling…  I am thankful for the opportunity to be a part of my childrens education!  Everyday I have the ability to direct my children in the areas that they need it most..   They no longer get lost in a classroom of 30+ students! This year I have a tenth grader and 2nd grader…

    • Christine West

      I haven’t homeschooled yet, but I am planning on it when my son is old enough for school. The part I am looking forward too is seeing him learn, and knowing everything that he is learning.

    • Carissa

      I love the light in my son’s eyes when understanding of a concept dawns! His smile is so infectious!  

    • Irene

      I have a 5 and 6 year old, and this is my first year to buckle down and really do 4-6 hours of school a day. I love that I get to spend quality time with my children, and the joy of seeing the light come on when they learn something is so rewarding. We started school a little early this year to make up for possible family down time later in the year so we are a week and a half into it so far this year. I’m loving it. 

    • Crysbrannon

      I love that homeschooling has brought me and my son so much closer!

    • Doublercrawford

      We are just entering our twelveth year as a homeschooling family, which means my child is a senior now. It has been a joy (although not at every turn) to watch her grow not only in wisdom, but also in stature into a beautiful young lady that loves the Lord. People often ask me how do you do it? Well, my answer is very simple, “By the grace and guidance of the Lord.  I would not change a thing.

    • Lainiebug21

      My oldest is 3 and we’re planning to homeschool. I’m looking forward to seeing her learn first hand and being able to encourage a biblical worldview.

    • JanaLBrown

      I love that our schooling isn’t confined to a building. We learn everyday, no matter where we are!

    • Erin I.

      We’re looking into homeschooling our son when he is ready to begin school and I love the idea of being able to help him learn, grow, and mature in our own home and helping him pursue areas of interest. We have been doing preschool at home and he is reading so far beyond his age. I also like the idea of our family being able to spend so much time together.

    • Katworm

      My sister is home schooling her two children just our Mom did with her.  I would love to be able to give this to her, as she amazes me with her patience and dedication to educating her children.

    • Susan

      What I love the most is watching the joy of reading unfold in my child,and being able to spend time with them and see their personalities develop.  I also love being able to cater our homeschool study topics to their personal interests!

    • Filam_76

      I homeschool my daughter since kindergarten and now she’s on third grade, and it’s a journey for us, we love it. The quality time i spend with her is priceless…

    • Monday will marks the beginning of our 6th year of homeschool in our family. I love the flexability we have…..we can slow down in subjects/areas we need to and move more quickly when needed as well. My 12 yr. old daughter has been ready to start school for the last 2 weeks because she’s bored. (But I’m not ready yet;) SO we’ve compromised and she is doing a “report” on the history of the modern Olympics….. I love being able to use anything and everything as a teaching tool for my kids!

    • LC

      Love homeschooling my two boys K and 2nd grade.  It is such a joy to watch them learn and an even a bigger joy to watch them teach one another.  Homeschooling has it’s challenges too, but the benefits far out weigh the challenges.

    • Lisa

      Watching my kids learn something new that excites them.

    • Deanaspivey

      This is my second year to homeschool. Last year was kindergarten, now on to first grade! Excited and scared at the same time. Kindergarten seemed like a piece of cake compared to first grade. I know we are just getting started but I am a little apprehensive about what the year is going to hold for us. I am so glad my husband allows me to stay home with our children and be their mom and now teacher! Any advise would be welcomed and appreciated!

    • Av8her

      I was home educated all 12 years prior to college. I had a very well paid, gratifying career. Now having been married only 3 years with two small children, the decision to home educate my children is quickly approaching and rather intimidating.

      I saw the sacrifice my mother made to teach the four of us. This was not the path nor the timeline which I had imagined. I’m struggling with throwing away my career and aspirations.

      I hope this book will be the encouragement I need to make the decision I feel is best for my children.

    • Liz H

      I’m excited to see my daughter read and know that I’ve had a hand in her accomplishment!  What a joy and blessing!

    • I’m looking forward to being our children’s primary teacher & training them up in the way they should go!

    • Stephanie

      My husband is active duty military and we have four children.  Homeschooling is such a blessing to us as we are able to school around life events such as moving and deployment.  What  a TREMEDOUS blessing it is to take a break from school to welcome him home after six months of deployment, enjoy some family time and then pick back up again after some reuniting time!!

    • Jennifer G.

      I have only recently started looking into home schooling my babies.  My oldest is almost 4 and my baby 16 months, but I love the idea that I can share in their learning successes.  The look in their eyes when they learn something new…priceless.  

    • robin

      Most excited about seeing my kids eyes light up as they learn new things!

    • robin

      Most excited about seeing my kids eyes light up as they learn new things!

    • Emerald_15

      I love seeing my child’s face light up when he learns something new and it’s exciting to me to be able to be the one to teach him. :)

    • Kerenjs

      I have really enjoyed being able to have another way to connect with my kids! Its been a blessing to be able to share in their struggles and triumphs as they learn.

    • Mrs88smith

      The time with the kids.

    • Mrs88smith

      The time with the kids.

    • Pamaksimenko

      It’s a privalidge that I can homeschool my children and a true blessing to watch them grow in faith in our Lord Jesus Christ!!!
      I love to see them resolve issues amongst each other through the biblical principals that were tought during home school.
      I also love that I get to be the one who enjoys their funny comments and curious questions they always seem to ask….

    • Rlmapes

      This is our 5th year homeschooling our 13 yr old son.  He attended private school up until the 3rd grade.  He was becoming bored and was not challenged enough.
      Homeschool seemed to be the solution.  It is not without daily trials, but overall we love the fact that we can find new challenges for our son.  It affords us the time to allow him to explore areas that interest him more than he would have had the chance otherwise. 

    • Jen A.

      My favorite thing is being there when they learn something new and find it super cool or interesting! Also when they accomplish something that they feel proud of.

    • Momof2

      I have two boys under 2, so we won’t be starting “official” homeschooling for a while but I am most looking forward to watching them learn and cultivating their interests. 

    • tlp

      I love being with my children all the time – they grow up way too fast!

    • Adamerika

      Well this is my first year.  We are on day 3. It was a better day but I could use the encouragement. I feel as though I can possibly be as entertaining as going to traditional school.  I will keep trying.

    • Marciea

      I love the freedom of teaching my children in academics, but I reply value being able to build up their self esteem before other people try to shape it into what society deems as acceptable. I love arming my children with firm values that are falling by the wayside these days. I love teaching my kids who they are and where they come from and how to be inclusive of other people. That is what I enjoy above anything else in this world is raising and teaching confident and independent children who can be self sustaining on their own one day!

    • Carrie

      My favorite thing is getting to have such influence over my kids. I love getting to disciple them through our education and getting to see how God’s word applies to everything… even math!

    • Cjarrardkids

      Some days it is hard, but I do enjoy homeschooling our 4 children who will be in 11th, 9th, 5th and 5th grades this year.  I really need and would love some new encouragement for this upcoming year.  Thanks so much for all you do.  I enjoy the freedom to teach them about God and anything we would like to.

    • bragging3

      I love having my children with me each day.  I have truly enjoyed teaching each one to read.  Watching them learn is priceless!  This will be our 13th year; my first homeschool graduation takes place in June 2013!

    • Lesliestocks

      A good friend of mine homeschools her son. She is an amazing mom, teacher, and person. I would love to be able to give this book to her

    • Ablessedmama

      I love homeschooling because I get to spend precious moments with my children that I wouldn’t other wise get to if they where in school outside the home.



    • Tara H

       I just love being able to be with my boys! A lady at a store a couple days ago made the comment that I must really be ready for school to start back, only because I had my 5 boys with me (none of them were acting bad or anything). I thought how sad that so many people have that “I can’t wait for the kids to be gone all day” mentality. I told her that we homeschool! :)

    • Crystal Osment

      It has been the biggest challenge and blessing of my life.  I have 3 boys, 9, 3, and 18 months.  I have been homeschooling for 2 years.  I love knowing what my child is learning and more importantly being obedient to my God.  I would be thrilled to win a copy of this book.  Thank you!  Faith for the journey!

    • ejuar

      I love our time together!!

    • Clara1

      More time together!

    • Kristen

      I’m excited about the possibility of having my girls at home with me all day! :) It’s such a new concept to me, but being able to guide their education and be able to incorporate God into every aspect of their lives is something that sounds like it could be an awesome fit for our family! I’m excited to learn more! :)

    • Brewers99

      I’m new to homeschooling. Today was our 5th day! We’re all loving being home and learning together!

    • Babydoll 1999

      This will be our 3rd year homeschooling.  I love knowing what my son is learning and that he is not stressed out over homework and needing to know something for a test at the end of the week.  Thank you so much!!  God bless!!

    • Noblue39

      i dont do it but a friend does it every year if i win ill give to her!!

    • Hillfam00

      I would love to win this for my sweet friend Nichole.  She is starting to homeschool her son this year and would appreciate the encouragement from a veteran!

    • Tanya

      I love the flexibility that homeschooling allows.  Also, I love being with my children and being able to choose the influences around them.  We’ve homeschooled from the beginning (in our 10th year). 

    • 7gators

      I have been Home Schooling for 16 years!! I’ve graduated 3 and my last 2 are in 8th and 9th grade. I have faced challenging times, but HS has been such a blessing. I truly know each of my children personally and we enjoy learning together and spending time together. 

    • Lynn1123

      This is my first year homeschooling. I enjoy knowing what my kids are learning and spending my day with them.

    • CaseyD

      Homeschooling is an opportunity to invest in the most critical years of my cbildren’s lives without having to worry about the messages and information they could be getting from other adults and children….and it’s an incredible privilege to be able to homeschool! A parents is his/her children’s number one teacher, as designed by God!

    • AudraB

      I plan to homeschool.  I live in a city where the public schools are not good, so I am glad to be able to keep my children out of that environment.

    • Amber

      I have a friend who is trying out homeschooling for the first time this year.  If I were doing it, I would probably enjoy the extra time with my kids, but I’m not brave enough.  Kudos to those who do this!!!

    • Joeo219

      Sick.  Just sick.

    • Mindi3957

      I’m just beginning to homeschool my twin boys in kindergarten. I love that we can add religion into our subjects as well as use life skills to teach the concepts.

    • Ginnifer2003

      Saw the post about this giveaway just in time to lift my spirits! This will be my first year homeschooling and boy had it been an emotional decision. We have three daughters ages 4, 3, 1, and just found out we are expecting! We will be the first ones in our family to homeschool and once we made the decisions it seemed like everyone had an opinion on whether it was a good idea or bad idea. Unfortunately the negative comments outweighed the positive but me and my husband have prayed about it and feel certain that the Lord is pleased with our decision to homeschool! With that being said I believe this devotion would be the added encouragement too begin this new journey! Thanks for reading!

    • belefa

      I love being able to transform as many moments of each day as possible into character building/discipling moments.

    • Tammyla

      we are thinking abt it, my oldest will be 3 tomorrow.  I will enjoy spending time with my kids and watching them learn new things.

    • Kandygirlmcd

      I love being able to make our own schedule.

    • Millervillage

      We are starting our 8th year of homeschooling.  This is my first year with all 4 kids officially doing school.  I love spending time with them every day.

    • Lynette

      We have been homeschooling for 13 years and I am still excited about it! I have enjoyed being at home during the day and knowing all the things my kids are learning about. Over the summer I learned we have a bit of dyslexia, so I am SO excited about how that will turn out, once we learn a different way of teaching.  

    • Maria

      I’ve been homeschooling for almost 5 years. I homeschool my ‘typical’ 9 year old and a ‘special needs’ 10 year old. What do I think is most rewarding?? When I hear my children read something.. I think to myself how cool is that, teaching another person to read!! That’s something that individual will have for the rest of their lives. Reading :) 

    • Tessa C.

      I’m so excited to start home schooling my son! Who can teach him better than me, right?! Would love to read this book. So glad to see there are so many moms out there that home school as well. We need support and encouragement instead of the negative comments sometimes!!

    • Renee

      The opportunity for family discipleship is what we love the most about homeschool!  This year marks our ten year adventure of discovering together!  By the 3rd grade a homeschool family has spent more time together than most families will in a lifetime.  I love the strength of the relationships we have built with our girls.  Our flexible schedule allows us so much time to explore how each girl is “bent” or shaped and encourage them to pursue areas outside of the “normal” for education.  We have so much time to be activly involved in our community and church family.  I wouldn’t trade one moment of discovery for any material thing we may have sacrificed by choosing this lifestyle of learning!

    • Renee

      The opportunity for family discipleship is what we love the most about homeschool!  This year marks our ten year adventure of discovering together!  By the 3rd grade a homeschool family has spent more time together than most families will in a lifetime.  I love the strength of the relationships we have built with our girls.  Our flexible schedule allows us so much time to explore how each girl is “bent” or shaped and encourage them to pursue areas outside of the “normal” for education.  We have so much time to be activly involved in our community and church family.  I wouldn’t trade one moment of discovery for any material thing we may have sacrificed by choosing this lifestyle of learning!

    • Amanda

      We are on our 6th yr and I can’t narrow it down to just one thing, but for times sake, I’ll say we love the flexibility! I so need this book right now!

    • Sb4lhinson

      I am a new homeschooling mom and am most excited about having control over what they are being taught!! My main goal in homeschooling is to raise them to be good stewards and be devoted to God, not stressed out and bombarded with academics.

    • I really enjoy the whole journey. We are starting our 8th year homeschooling. We all still love it. 

    • kayakjen

      My little girl just turned 4… homeshooling is appealing so I could keep teaching about Jesus and how he loves us.  I know she has love in heart for the lord from the part time church program she’s been a part of.

    • Walking16

      I have a 3yr old who is almost 4. We have always really wanted to home school but need some initial guidance. 

    • Xiggie2

      I love having the extra time to spend with them and to teach them the things that are most dear to our hearts. 

    • Ge3747

      I love the flexibility and the fact that we can teach the boys things that are not taught in school and to allow them to work on things that they want to learn about.

    • Alexia

      My daughter just turned two and I am planning on homeschooling, but I am so overwhelmed by all the choices!  Any help and guidance I could get would be much appreciated!

    • Ram_z99

      Love the education and the lifestyle – we fit “school” around our preferred modes of of learning and schedules

    • tgoheen

      Love not having to rush around in the morning and enjoy breakfast and so many other things too!

    • jennifer h

      What I love about homeschooling- I love being with my kids and seeing how much they learn.  I also like letting them express themselves without worry of judgement or criticism.  

    • Stella

      We are just beginning our homeschooling journey (my son is 4, so we are beginning K4 this year), so I really don’t know what I love most about homeschooling yet.  I am excited to begin our journey, and would love to win this book!

    • Megan

      This will be our first year homeschooling. Mostly nervous, but excited for all the adventures we will experience together :)

    • Corbett_joy

      I will be homeschooling for the first time this year (k4 & k5). I am looking so forward to being together with my kids and watching them grow in learning.

    • Jen

      I love how much time I get to spend with my kids. Before I know it they will be on their own and homeschooling has allowed us to keep close to our kids while giving them maturity to be their own people at the same time. Wouldn’t change a thing.

    • casey

      As a mom of 2 little ones and one on the way, I am seriously considering homeschooling — mostly for the flexibility it offers, as well as the ability to develop plans around areas of interest for my children. This would be a great prize to win! 

    • Tambry

      Well we have only completed 3 days, but I love the flexability and taking the time to make sure our Son has a solid knowledge of what we are teaching.

    • Migdalia

      As a soon to be homeschooling mom I am very excited about keeping the kiddies close and enjoying the years together instead of missing out on so much. Also, I’m looking forward to the flexibility the lifestyle offers. Thanks!

    • Aimee

      I am so blessed at how God has restored my relationship with my daughter after pulling her out of public school to homeschool.  She is my joy and I enjoy her now more than ever!  Looking forward to what the teen years have to offer being together every step of the way!

    • Christina Devane

      I quite possibly will be starting to homeschool in the next couple years. 
      I’m excited about teaching from a Biblical point of view and not having to worry about what my child is being taught all day long.

    • Broomdarlene

      I love that I get to spend quality time with my girls.

    • Tara

      I am just starting my homeschooling journey this year. For two years I believe God has been leading me in this direction, but I was too afraid to do it. Well I have peace about my decision and am pressing on no matter what others might think. I am most excited about the time with my children and their educational development in a Christian environment.

      Thank you, Tara

    • Camillia Reed

      I love homeschooling because it’s such a privilege to teach and train these little ones..lol..my oldest son Ty wouldn’t think of himself as my little one but i do. It’s really a journey and a God given blessing.

    • Camillia Reed

      I love homeschooling because it’s such a privilege to teach and train these little ones..lol..my oldest son Ty wouldn’t think of himself as my little one but i do. It’s really a journey and a God given blessing.

    • Barb

      Considering Homeschooling.  My son has been bored for 2 years in school.  He is already schooled at home when he gets home from school.  Just not sure if it is the right move…

    • acarter

      This is my second year homeschooling my little girl-who just ran over to me all excited to have her first loose tooth:). It is hard to pick just one thing, so I will give you my top two favorite reasons. I love that I am always available to her. I also love the flexibility. If we want to take a day to go to the park-we can, if we want to go visit with family for week in the middle of the school year-we can!!

    • acarter

      This is my second year homeschooling my little girl-who just ran over to me all excited to have her first loose tooth:). It is hard to pick just one thing, so I will give you my top two favorite reasons. I love that I am always available to her. I also love the flexibility. If we want to take a day to go to the park-we can, if we want to go visit with family for week in the middle of the school year-we can!!

    • Jill Waters

      This is my fourth year of homeschooling and I find NOTHING else more fulfilling for our family.  I love being able to equip our kids according to the things we value and I love how close our girls are because they have learned how to work together and compliment each other along the way… the vacations after “peek” season isn’t bad either :o)!  ~Jill Waters

    • Eric Bachman

      This is my first year homeschooling.  I am so excited about getting to explore the subjects with my kids, and having time to do all the fun activities and experiments.  I loved that my kids came to me and asked to start school a week earlier than I was planning because they were so excited!

    • Hammondynda

      This will be our 4th year of homeschooling. our daughter is a year round swimmer, and this enables us to challanger her in the classes that we feel are critical for her growth as a young christian woman. she can still swim 6 days a week. attend all of her out of town meets, and keep up with a heavy class load. she is starring High school next week and we know that she will do fabulous. I always luve to talk to other parents on what their strengths and challenges are in homeschooling. i like the ideas that many moms have, that have been doing this since day 1 . we started homeschooing when our daugher started 6th grade. frustrated with the middle school, the crowded school, (900 kids), and the things that were going on in the school , with not one person even caring about it. the techers were taxed to the end with jobs ,overcrowded classrooms, violens, and mostly not one mention of the LORD Jesus . Since then we grow stronger with our daughter every year.
      God bless all of you homeschooling, the ones of you that are thinking about it, just Do It !

    • Djajham

      I love the freedom homeschooling allows us. Freedom to teach each child in their own unique way. Freedom to visit family and take vacations when it fits our schedule and our budget. Freedom to be with my children and train them and pour into their lives as their number one influence.

    • Theirishschool

      we love preparing our children with a Christian world view for the times when they are bombarded with humanistic ones!

    • Janet

      I love being able to give my daughter a solid foundation academically but also in her faith. Teaching her at home lets us put an emphasis on the things most important to our family. I love the flexibility as well, as we are very busy in our church. I never thought I’d homeschool but now I can’t imagine it any other way!

    • Beenawink

      I have enjoyed learning along with my children, introducing them to great books and the Word of God. I love not having to subject my children to the pressure of high-stakes standardized testing. I love being there when the light comes on — when they grasp a concept about the academics, and most importantly, about the LORD.

    • colleen

      I am really thinking about homeschooling my son. He is 14, has learning problems and all I ever hear from the school is that I need to medicate him. I so don’t want to medicate my son because the side effects of ADD/ADHD medications are terrible. I just don’t think that I can take another year of public school.

      • Luci

        You may want to research on non medicated therapy. Saw one at a homeschool conference, DORE. Have no idea how effective it may be.

    • Jessdunn83

      This is my first year of homeschooling and my son is starting kindergarten! I am pretty nervous and would love to read this book! 

    • volvosweetie

      I love having my kids with me and knowing what is going on with them.  We were later in life in having kids so it is important to make as many memories for them.  It is also good to be able to let them learn things that they want to learn.  The best is vacations when we want.  My husbands job informed him they would be shutting down for the DNC so even though we have already begun school we  planned a vacation that week.  We love homeschool.

    • Gina

      I love that I can know first hand what my son actually learned and understands long term compared to what he is shown.

    • Karina Coffer

      I am not homeschooling, but sometimes I feel like I am.  I have a special needs daughter that has difficulties in school and I basically have to re-teach just about everything to her once she gets home.
      We really need to start a family devotional.
      Karina Coffer

    • Tracie

      I love being with my kids all day! I love that they spend time together learning and loving. I love that I know what they are learning. I love the time we have together!!

    • Kellyconnell

      I have been praying for several years for my husband to come into agreement so that I could homeschool my children.  This summer he agreed and I am in my first week, and absolutely love it.  I know it will be hard at times, but the benefits outway the struggles. I would love an opportunity to read others journeys.  

      • Heather

        Rejoicing with you!

    • Zoocrewmommy

      We took the leap of faith into homeschooling last year. I was terrified  that I would not do something right. Turned out to be an awesome year. I created bonds with my kids then 6 and 13 that I could not believe. I have always felt close to my kids but this bond is different. I love the freedom of homeschooling. I love that I can teach my kids morals and character along with core subjects. That leap turned out to be the greatest jump ever.

    • Milian O

      I’m trying to take the plunge into homeschooling.  I’m excited to see my kids excel without the stress of school bullying.

    • Kristi Laughinghouse

      we start homeschooling at the end of the month..im terrified..but im most excited about seeing what God does through me to teach my children, and what He will do in them!

    • Angiek124

      I’m thinking about homeschooling next year.  I’m excited about being able to help my child learn and learn together!

    • Nancy Ellis

      We are homeschooling for the 3rd year starting next week.  I’m very excited about the new year, but it will be different as I am due with baby #6 in 4 weeks.  :)

    • Asmyers

      To be honest I”m a little scared because my children went to public school last year; but listening to what God wants us to do, we are going to homeschool them this year.  No matter how hard it gets, this is what He wants us to do and we are trusting Him through it all.       

    • Asmyers

      To be honest I”m a little scared because my children went to public school last year; but listening to what God wants us to do, we are going to homeschool them this year.  No matter how hard it gets, this is what He wants us to do and we are trusting Him through it all.       

    • Ashleigh S

      I will start homeschooling at the end of the month. My son has a blood disease and I want to give him every opportunity to thrive and learn! Like many moms I am nervous about homeschooling but I know the Lord will bless our time together.

    • Thepeavysix

      What I love most about homeschooling is being able to not only spend the day with them learning, but knowing what they are learning and how they are learning. I choose their curriculum based on their needs and strengths, and can custom fit it to their weaknesses. If they are struggling, I know what the problem is with no interference from teachers or students who want to pick! This is our 10th year homeschooling and this year will be a challenge with 5, 10th grade to kindergarten and me in school as well :)

    • adrienne

      i love being able to watch the brains grow;) as they learn and understand concepts for the first time. i love knowing that what my kids are learning is what really matters. i love that i get to learn everything all over again too! and this time it’s much more fun! 

    • Danacamp

      I love the extra time with my kids while they are little.  I know they are only little for a little time!

    • gamoma3

      This is our 5th year homeschooling and after several years in public school beforehand, I know this is the right decision for our family. I would not trade it for anything, even on days where I want to pull all my hair out!

    • Lgweeks19

      This is our third year homeschooling… Hard job but def worth it!!

    • Joy

      My children have been in a wonderful Christina school.  We are homeschooling for the first time this year so we can be prepared to move out of state anytime since our home is on the market.   As a teacher, I look forward to watching my children learn academics.  I get the opportunity to share information with them and know that they understand it.  We are especially excited about all of the extra things we can add to enhance our curriculum that is too difficult to do in a classroom.

    • Marie

      This is our first year of homeschooling! We are super excited, and yet I am so nervous. I taught in the public schools for 7 years, but felt God calling me to teach my own children. I feel very inadequate, which is funny since I felt very adequate in the classroom. My children were struggling being in large classrooms and not getting the one on one help they desired. We are taking it year by year, but in the last 3 days I have loved teaching and working along side my kids. We are still figuring it all out, and I am trying to find the best way to fit it all in, but I truly feel that God has laid his blessings on this journey, to help our family become what he has planned it to be.

    • Amy

      I love having my kids at home with me. I love being flexible with my day. 

    • Theresa Sykes

      I love homeschooling my children because they are great learners and because they get to meet and converse with lots of interesting adults that they wouldn’t otherwise meet.

    • Esther

      What I love about homeschooling:
      *being with my kids!
      *reading to them a lot
      *not worrying about bullying or bad influences
      *no homework in the evening!!
      *get to incorporate Bible into the curriculum
      *if we want to take a day off and do something fun, we can!
      *can teach at the pace that is comfortable for my kids
      I could probably go on and on, but I won’t . . .

    • Andie0204

      What most excites me is that I get to love on my children and learn more about them everyday!! I also have a great opportunity to share God with them!! :-))!!

    • Lisahathaway77

      This will be my first year homeschooling. I am excited about what this investment will do for my children!

    • Aandjmaxfield

      One of the many things I love about homeschooling… the privilege of seeing the “a-ha!” moment when they grasp a new concept.

    • Jenny

      I love teaching my kids. I love when they “get” something we have been working on.

    • Christa

      It’s so nice to be able to move at your own pace!

    • Judy Sparks

      I am excited to soon start homeschooling with my 10 year old daughter! I look forward to art with her she loves art and so do I.

    • Klpj5

      To Marie:  Feeling inadequate to homeschool is a good place to be–it causes you to rely on God more.  This is our 7th year home educating and I am so thankful for God’s faithfulness and strength.

    • beachgirl85

      I am new to homeschooling.  We just started this week so we are doing the trial and error process of homeschooling.  I couldnt find a cirriculum that I liked (or could afford) so I basically researched and came up with my own. Any help or encouragement would be a blessing!

    • Sharon

      I am starting homeschool this year with my 4.5 year old and 2 year old.  God has blessed our family and I am so excited to be able to stay home teaching them.  I can’t wait to see what God has in store to teach me too.

    • Holly

      We feel like it is OUR responsibility as the parents of our children to raise and teach them.  The Lord gave them to us.  I couldn’t imagine shipping them off at the age of 4 or 5 to spend the majority of their wake time by a classroom full of children their own age and one adult.  Our oldest is four so we are just starting on the homeschooling journey (though my husband was homeschooled), and I’m so excited to be able to teach them, engage with them and encourage them everyday!

    • Christa E.

      I have homeschooled for 2 1/2 yrs now! Love,love, love it!!!! I enjoy teaching my kids, being with them, molding them. We are adding bible and character building to our curriculum this year. So excited! Would love to get this book of devotions!

    • Luci

      New to formal homeschooling as well with a Kindergartener and toddler. We love books and learning outside the box. So to continue our explorations as a family, seemed like the best fit for us. Still pulling together what we’ll be covering to keep them active.

    • Ppreacherswife

      I love the fact my boys are home with me, being taught by me, getting our values, not someone else’s!  

    • Pastry4life

      I am thinking about taking the plunge into homeschooling.  I am most excited about the journey of discovering new things with my children and being able to be there as they grow!

    • JEDMom

      My favorite part of homeschooling is I get to see firsthand the victory smile when a difficult math concept is mastered, the bright eyes when the reading starts to make sense, the funny comments made as kids get slap happy, the older kids offering to help younger siblings do their work. I see it firsthand rather than have someone else tell me about it at a conference. Obviously, the challenges are there and often constant but I would hate to miss the good! 

    • Jennifer

      I am excited to be learning together with my child when I start homeschooling her :D Just to see her growing and learning — it’s an experience to remember!

    • my3sons

      Our favorite part of homeschooling is the flexibility and being able to spend all day with my children watching them learn….which is not always easy. We are going our 2nd full year and will be adding a Kindergartener to the mix this year.

    • Bbookie1953


    • LeeAnne Cline

      My sister-in law is taking the plung.  I am so excited for her!  Just a little bit jealous.  I think it is wonderful choice to have to educate ur children. 

    • RRB82

      I am thinking about homeschooling.  I love the idea of have flexibility and just the opportunity of educating my child in a positive environment.

    • Apryle

      I am excited to be homeschooling my daughter in kindergarten this year using the Five in a Row curriculum. It makes me wish I could go back and enjoy my first year of learning reading with my Mama.

    • Christina

      This is our second year homeschooling.  Our son was in public school until 4th grade.  We chose to homeschool so that our children could have a christian based education. I love the freedom that homeschooling offers. I also have seen how much closer our family has become through it.

    • Momofrrj3

      Today was my first day starting homeschooling with my 6th grader and it went great.  I decided to take the plunge because of the school she would be attending I feel like she would not be getting a good education.

    • Jhdon

      I love being a witness to the lightbulb going off in their minds when information clicks and they get it!  It is also a delight to hear them play out different scenes from history based on what we just learned:)

    • Liz

      I love learning new things right along with my children.  We have so much fun discovering things together.  I feel like I’ve learned far more homeschooling my kiddos than I ever did in school.  I love it.

    • Joy

      I plan on homeschooling my son.  I can’t wait to see him discover new things and be able to work with him one-on-one with activities he enjoys.

    • Carolyn1229

      Looking forward to our new curriculum and me learning along
      With them. Also looking forward to a schedule
      And more disciplined time management.

    • Anne

      I love spending time with my children and seeing their love of learning blossom more everyday!

    • Anne

      I love spending time with my children and seeing their love of learning blossom more everyday!

    • Emily

      I love homeschooling because it gives me an opportunity to see my children develop friendships with each other, and it gives me constant accountability for how I speak and act!

    • Cheri Etheridge

      I love that I have the opportunity to take advantage of so many teachable moments that I would miss if my children were away all day.  I love that we are learning together and that I am seeing God’s faithfulness to equip me to do this!

    • Cheri Etheridge

      I love that I have the opportunity to take advantage of so many teachable moments that I would miss if my children were away all day.  I love that we are learning together and that I am seeing God’s faithfulness to equip me to do this!

    • Cheri Etheridge

      I love that I have the opportunity to take advantage of so many teachable moments that I would miss if my children were away all day.  I love that we are learning together and that I am seeing God’s faithfulness to equip me to do this!

    • Joyful

      I love homeschooling because I am the first one to see them everyday, I am the first one to celebrate their accomplishments, I am the first one to cultivate their hearts to know and love the Lord. I homeschool so they will know God in every subject they study. I find joy in the struggles because I love my students.

    • Tara

      My kids are not old enough for school yet, but we are most likely going to homeschool.  I went to college to be a teacher, so I’m excited to get back to teaching again, since it’s been 5 years since I taught!  :)

    • Andrea

      I love homeschooling because I get to spend so much extra time with my children, I get to talk to them about God, I get to watch them enjoy their siblings, I get to expose them to fun things like science experiments and great books. What don’t I love about homeschooling? That would be a much shorter answer. :)

    • MBrito

      I will begin homeschooling my 4 yr old daughter this year. While I am excited about being a part of a home schooling community (Classical Conversations), I am most excited about being the primary instructor/guide in my daughter’s educational, social, emotional, and spiritual growth. 

    • Brooke

      I love that I can 100% be a part of what my kids are learning… I love the control… I love the flexibility… I love being the positive influence… I love everything about homeschooling my kids :)

    • Rlscan

      I am about to start homeschooling my 4 year old this year. I am excited that I am going to be the main input in her life instead of secular teachers. While I am teaching her about basic skills, I can also teach her Christian values as well.

    • Karen

      I love that we are growing closer as a family; that I get to see and celebrate their accomplishments; and that we can incorporate Biblical principles throughout each subject!

    • Amy Pedoto

      I love being able to travel as a family and the ability to know what she learning and keep out the junk.

    • Mrs. Barker

      I love the extra time with my kids!

    • Crb174

      I cherish the quality time I am able to spend with my children.

    • Wiseadrian

      Homeschooling scared the mess out of me! I was so scared of failing my kids, my husband, and to myself. It took my husband 2 years to convince me to do it.
      He had complete confidence in me. BUT, I wasn’t confident in myself. Last year was our first year of honeschooling, and it was a complete success! My kids lifted me every single day and we have a special bond that we wil always cherish. I asked my son,he is 10, if he wanted to go back to public school this year. He looked at me like I was crazy and said,” No way mom! It won’t be fun unless YOU teach it”. That meant everything to me. I Finally found my confidence! Who knew my child was holding it the whole time! LOL

    • KCant20

      I would love to homeschool my kids after they learn to read.. I dont believe I’d have the patience for that but after that and praying my Lyme disease can find a cure I would cherish the opportunity to homeschool!!

    • Heather

      I love just about everything about homeschooling. I love that I can tailor what we do to each child’s needs/strengths/etc. I love that if something isn’t working, we can switch curriculums, switch routines, switch whatever we want whenever we want. I love that I can be with my kids ALL DAY. I love that my kids can learn to be best buddies with each other.
      I love that I can teach my children Biblical truth without watering it down with tolerance.
      Now granted, we have VERY TOUGH days sometimes, but God’s grace is enough, and we wouldn’t rade it for anything.

    • Kelly

      Homeschooling seems scary, but I think that it would be very beneficial! You don’t have bullying and some of the peer pressure that students are exposed to in public schools. Teachers can have a hard time giving their 1 on 1 attention to all students throughout the day, but with homeschooling each child is has their teacher’s individualized attention. I haven’t started it yet, but would love to learn more about it!

    • Beccae92

      I love everything about homeschooling! This year we’ll begin our 9th year! I mostly love having my girls at home with me ALL the time! That way I can make sure they are learning all of the important stuff and that they aren’t learning any of the garbage! I know that a lot of parents are relieved when they can send their kids off to school and get some peace but I dread the day when they’re gone! I love homeschooling!!!

    • Danicounts

      I love so many things about it but mostly I love that my teenage boys enjoy being with us.  They value our family and family time and I am not sure it would be that way if they were in public school.  I’m very appreciative of the opportunity to have them home.

    • Tstralow78

      I enjoy spending time with my kids and being able to see them learn each day.

    • Eric Aliciax3

      We are about to begin homeschooling. I am super excited, nervous, anxious and every emotion in between. But the bottom line is we know this is what the Lord wants for our family right now, and I know he will equip me to do the job He has called me to do!

    • Natsimms

      I enjoy teaching my children’s Biblical principles and God’s word daily. Children are a blessing and it is our job as parents to raise and teach them in the way they should go. I just enjoy every minute of being a homeschool mom…both the peaks and valleys :)

    • Wjohnson371

      We are starting homeschool this year with our son who will be in pre-k.  i am very excited to be able to see him learn and grow first hand and being able to taylor the lesson which way works best for his very hands on learning style.  Hoping to take him all the way through school with homeschool.

    • Fourboysathome

      I love homeschooling my boys! The relationship they have among the four of them is precious and wasn’t as close when they attended a Christian school. The trust your build as parents is a gift from God.  Would love a devotional!

    • Dana

      We’ve done a mixture of home school, private school, and public school with our four kids throughout the years, and each has their strengths and weaknesses, but the thing that makes me love home schooling is that we are “together.”  Yes, we can drive each other nuts, but we’re learning and playing together, making our own schedule (and not the crazy rush of drop off and pick up!), and doing life as a family.  Nothing beats that!

    • Jmattingly

      This will be my first year homeschooling and I am so excited to leave amazing comments, like the veterans, in a few years.  I know I have much to learn and I am not at all opposed to public school.  It has been a decision of obedience for our family.  I trust the Lord to strengthen me and grow our family.  Thank you for this opportunity.

    • Mrs Rhea

      I love being able to see my kids everysingle day and watch them grow up!

    • Prdmmy3

      There are so many reasons I love homeschooling. Being able to put God first in all things, being around to answer my kids questions about anything including God. I also love that we have the freedom to teach fully….we do not have to use only textbooks that were written by a few people that decided what our children should know. Look at our American history and all the textbooks have removed!!! Y 13 yr old saw a video today where people were asked who the three stooges were and then asked what our three branches of government are… She was shocked that more people knew who the three stooges were!!! I just LOVE that God has allowed me and trusted me to teach my children in ALL things!! Although education is important, it is more important that they have a relationship with Jesus and grow up serving him!!!

    • Tracey

      I am thinking about homeschooling my children beginning with preschool. I am most excited about not only what they will learn but the things I will learn as I teach them. I have a lot of friends who homeschool their children and they are always making comments about the things that they are learning as they teach them.

    • Brhoff06

      I am excited to try homeschooling because I want to watch my children learn and grow every day. I also want to teach them from a biblical worldview.

    • Jennifer

      I just started homeschool last week.  I have 2 children; my son is 2 and daughter is 4.  So I just started PreK with my daughter and we are havinga  blast.  There are hurdles though that we are praying about. I still work 3 days a week and we are praying the Lord will make a way for me to be home full time so I can give all my attention to homeschool and raising my children for the Lord.  Me and my husband have great support from his family but my family think we are crazy to homeschool our children but it is our hearts desire to do so and can’t wait for what is in store with homeschool!! 

    • HisWillow

      I love homeschooling my little ones!  I especially love seeing the light in their eyes when they come to understand a little more about God’s world!

    • Starfishnc

      Oh my goodness! I just saw this and am about to embark on the homeschooling journey with my little ones! I have gotten some resources from my local library and am beyond excited! I used to teach elementary school and was so disappointed to find that the most important part of a child’s education (learning about their Maker) was totally omitted. This book would be such a blessing for my family and I to get our first school year off to a God-centered start! :-) Good luck to all of the homeschool families this year.

    • Odessa

      I just started homeschooling my daughter this year as she is entering middle school. I wanted to be able to do this so that she is surrounded by a positive influences & in a pleasant atmosphere.

    • Tara

      I am homeschooling for the first time this year. I have wanted to homeschool for two years but was apprehensive. I am ready to give it a try, and I look forward to being with my children, watching them learn, and teaching them from a Christian perspective.

    • Cnsummy

      I just started my second year of homeschooling 2 of our 4 children. It is not an easy endeavor but it is a rewarding one. I love that I get to have the extra bonding time with my children that I would miss out on if I sent them away every day for school.

    • Michelleyoung117

      I am in my 6th year of homeschooling with my youngest of 4 joining in this year.  It has always been a struggle to get everything done, but I wouldn’t have it any other way.  I am excited about our new curriculum, My Father’s World, that we are starting this year.


      We just started homeschooling my 3 year old and my 2 year old this year… mostly because my three year old begs to go to school so this is a really big deal!! I looked into putting her into pre k but I am not thrilled about putting her in the school systems around here I truly wanted them both to attend a christian school because in our life God is the most important part of every day  and public schools can’t teach that. The only thing that bugs me is  every one in my husbands family is very against it, they say they won’t have any social skills.. and I can see that. What if they don’t get any social skills, they are friendly now..With my husband trying to finish collage and the money is tight just not an option right now..WE start each day off with a prayer and a worksheet and before we know it we are rolling in the journey of learning..I love every minute of it!!!

      • Anjulwings

        Don’t burden yourself with the worry of your children not be socialized.  The interactions they receive from your household, family member, church members, friends, and the countless opportunities available to the homeschooling community is endless from co-ops, to Classical Conversations, science and art classes offered at local zoos and science centers, not to mention field trips.  I have discovered an unending plethara of opportunity.  Besides, do we really want our children” socialized” as concerened family members say in the public school system today.  I don’t see good role or peer models there for the most part.  Plus if your children are friendly now I don’t see it being an issue.  My son was friendly as a toddler and now at twelve after being homeschooled since K-5 we receive compliments frequently concerning his social skills and personality.  A visiting family from Israel even wanted to know what we have done to make him so outgoing.   Don’t worry—enjoy!

        • I second that!! Very well said – there are some children who are homeschooled who aren’t very social, but there are also public schooled children who aren’t very social! I started homeschooling at the end of my oldest’s 5th grade year – and Anjulwings is correct – we have found so many avenues to take classes with other kids it’s just silly! We joined a support group who meets every week at a park to let the kids hang out, and the moms hang out too. If socialization is important to you for your kids, make it happen :) Homeschooling is so worth it in my book!!!

    • Shemaschool

      I have been homeschooling for six years now…  I am so blessed and honored to teach my children and KNOW them as they get to know about Christ…

    • Eljeffers

      Love having the chance to give my children the whole true story….a Christ centered education!

    • Eljeffers

      Love having the chance to give my children the whole true story….a Christ centered education!

    • Faith Academy

      We homeschool because we love being directly involved in what our children learn.  I know every they might be struggling with or succeeding at!

    • Kelly Stanford

      I am a first time, soon-to-be grandmother. My grandson will be here in December. My daughter is an unwed mother still living at home so I will be one excited grandmother since I will be helping with his care until his mother finishes college. Both of my children are grown and I sent both of them to public school but if I could do it all over…I definately would homeschool. We werent active in church until my children were teenagers. I have learned so much from other christian homeschooling women in my church and now realize I could have saved my children from so many wrong choices and bad peer pressures. I have been talking to my daighter about letting me homeschool her son, my grandson. She has agreed to let me try it. Therefore, I am wanting to read and research all I can in order to be prepared for the years ahead. This book defiantely sounds like a great start. 

    • Amys

      For the back week, every day the topic of homeschooling has come up. All my children want to be homeschooled, but I’m afraid. I love my children and have enjoyed all four of them being home this summer. The two oldest children will attend a cathiolic school and I will start a pre-k home program for the third child. But I keep questioning should I homeschool them all.

    • Jambhuff

      The thing I love most about homeschooling is being there for the moments when I can actually see my children’s faces light up over learning something new.

    • Sammnettles

      What I love the most is the time I get to spend with my kids and the freedom to travel and see the world.

    • Anjulwings

      I most love having the opportunity to mold my child and bend him in the Lord’s direction.  I also love the flexibility it offers for Fall and other off season family vacations, as well as, other teachable moments and family bonding times.  Our times with our children are such fleeting moments that I thank the Lord for allowing me to experience my son’s life to the fullest!

    • Pinkladyalley35

      My son has started kindergarten this year. I am a stay at home mom and he is my only child. I did his pre-school at home and am still considering doing all of his schooling at home. I can’t decide, but love the home school values! I am currently letting him try public school, but we will see how it goes. I need any information I can get on home schooling! I love my son more than anything and I want to instill my traditional Christian values in him while doing what’s best for him in regards to his education.

    • Patter3

      I have been homeschooling for 7 years now.  I love spending time with my children & conversing with them throughout each day, taking opportunities to share truths from God’s Word each day. 

    • Stephanie

      We are going into our third year of homeschooling, and I love having my child with me throughout the day.Just watching my child achieve new learning skills, and the fact that I had a part in that, makes me love homeschooling!

    • Charity

      I love having the opportunity to keep my children’s education Christ-centered without the pressure of the government breathing down my neck- long live homeschooling!

    • This is our second year homeschooling! We started homeschooling cause my oldest has a learning disability that was being over looked int he B&M school. After a couple months of homeschooling, I started seeing more benefits from the decision the made. I know more about my girls! We can figure out ways together that help them learn. The best part, We work at our own pace. I wont lie. Last year was hard! It was our first year and it was mixed with health problems from other family members along with ours. We stuck with it though and came out on top. Math is my oldest worse subject. She scored higher on her CRCT test this year than she ever has!  I’m so thankful for the opportunity to be able to homeschool my Girls!

    • Melissa

      We are just starting our 11th yr of homeschooling with our children. The thing I love most about homeschooling is being together. This was a driving force for our decision to homeschool in the beginning. And through the years we haev seen it played out so well. Our children are extremely close and our older children got to experience their younger siblings in those early days, weeks, months in a way they never could have had they been gone from morning until late afternoon. I think this has greatly contribted to the bonds they enjoy now.   

    • Nwoleslagle

      I love having a flexible schedule for life events and learning and being able to raise my children in the glory and admonition of the Lord.

    • This will be our 3rd year of homeschooling and we particularly love the flexibility of homeschooling. As an Army family, homeschooling gives my soon-to-be 3rd grader stability and it gives me the opportunity to teach anywhere the Army sends us!

    • jean

      I have one more year to decide about homeschooling my oldest. I have been debating this since she was born!!

    • Laura

      I love so many things about homeschooling. We are a closer and happier family because of homeschooling.  I wish I could have been homeschooled but I’m so thankful I can provide this opportunity to my children. 

    • Stephanie

      If I win this book, I will give it to my own mother.  She homeschooled me and my brother (we are now 25 and 22 years old) and now is homeschooling again with my younger adopted siblings (10 and 11 years old).  She is such an inspiration to me, and dedicates her life to her children’s eduation.  She is my hero.

    • We are going into our 4th year homeschooling.  I love everything about it.  I love the challenge, the rewards and everything in between.  I especially love spending time with my kids and husband that we would not have the opportunity to do if we were all outside the home.  I love being able to see them learn and being the one to help them and teach them.  I would love this book because it is challenging everyday and would love a devotional to help me through those tough times!!

    • Lisa

      I love homeschooling because it gives me the opportunity to know what my kids are learning, but also allows my husband and I to lay the foundation for our children and focus on the needs of each child. To raise our kids up in the ways of the Lord is important to us. To see how excited they get when they learn something they didn’t know or just to wait on Daddy to get home so they can tell him about school. The excitement you dont see when their at school. Its also a learning experience and a refresher for mom and dad. There are some days for homeschool moms when you’re filled with doubt,this book would be an encouragement to have.

    • Treeky3

      We’re considering homeschooling because we want out daughter to be influenced by our values.  We’re excited about watching her discover new things.

    • Melissa

      We are new to homeschooling.  My 13 year old will be in 8th grade.  We are most excited about all the opportunities that await him.  From being able to exercise everyday, for as long as he (we) want, to having a smaller classroom and getting more individualized help.  Also being able to control what he actually gets for lunches.  We’re also excited because his goal is to get a basketball scholarship for college.  There are so many opportunities that await him that will give him a better educated experience. 

    • Hecticbuthappy

      I homeschooled my first child for four years, then sent him & his sister to a charter school. I now have my third child in the school as well. I’m now thinking of homeschooling the younger two for 6th & 2nd next year (my oldest will be entering a highschool/early college program). I enjoyed know exactly what my son was learning, learning along with him & setting our own schedule. I also think the bond between the kids was stronger and more harmonious.

    • firechick

      I have 5 children and think that I could offer much more one on one time than public school could offer them.

    • Deb

      I love the flexibility it’s given our family and it’s helped us to remain close as family members.

    • Rachel Hankinson

      My four children are all at home for their education. While its challenging, I believe that their education and overall well being is worth all the years that I have given and will continue to give. :o)

    • Mpspmp

      I LOVE spending every day with my three wonderful children!!!! Some days I wonder what in the world I have gotten myself into, but most days I am thanking God for the gift of homeschooling.  Very thankful for being allowed to watch them grow in wisdom, stature, and favor with God and man; just like our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ!!!!

    • Stacyaback

      We are starting our homeschooling journey this year.  My oldest daughter will be in Kindergarten.  I am most excited about sharing a stronger, closer bond with her and being able to see her grow, learn, and flourish.  I was nervous about our decision to home school at first but have really realized this is the best choice for us and now I am diving in!

    • Renee Gillis

      My husband started a non-profit for orphans and travels a lot and homeschooling will allow us to travel with him and be a part of the ministry! Allowing our children to see how many orphans are in the world and the impact we can make to end the orphan crisis is an education in and of itself. I am starting homeschool for the first time this year!  I started with a little apprehension wondering if I could do it…..but the first day of school we started with our reading program and I taught my daughter the first 6 letters and their sounds and then we started to blend them.  Right out to the gate she was able to sound out the word map!  I was so excited that I started tearing up!!  I told her to run and get her dad!!  I couldn’t believe I got to see her “get it”.  I can’t wait to watch her learn each day~ what a privelege!  I am so blessed to have the opportunity to teach my children!  My daughter is just starting kindergarden and my son justed turned 2 and I am so excited about the opportunities and adventures that homeschooling will bring to our family!

    • Michele R.G.

      We just started homeschooling last October, and this book would be wonderful to have. Sometimes I feel like I”m losing my mind! Praying I win….   :)

    • Michele R.G.

      Sorry I hit the wrong button! We love homeschooling because my kids, who struggled SO MUCH in public school, are able to take this at their own speed; there is no rush to get a subject done, and they have a chance for “do-overs” if they get something wrong. They learn by correction, not by failure. We feel so blessed to be able to homeschool  :)

    • Gml1618

      I love watching my kids learn and grow academically.  I love being able to teach them what I believe is needed, Godly and academically.  

    • Pmbarber1

      I am taking the plunge and starting home school in 2 weeks. I am excited and scared at the same time. I love the idea of having them here with me while they still want to.

    • Jeana

      There are so many aspects of homeschooling that I love!! I love having more time with my daughter to be able to instill in her the values and morals that we feel are most important. I love being there to watch her grow and learn and accomplish new things each day in a loving individualized environment. I love the flexibility of what we study and how we spend our time each day….and being able to just pick up and go out of town when needed. =) Homeschooling is definitely the perfect fit for our family right now!

    • Tntallents5

      We enjoy the time we have with our children through homeschooling.  The time we have for character training, etc. is just a vapor.  It goes soooo quickly.  We certainly do not want to waste a moment of it.  There are so many other benefits and joys of homeschooling, but it seems that so many others here are describing accurately.

    • Tnrerdmann2

      I love having my daughter home with me so I can help her grasp new ideas and establish morals and values such as working hard and perseverance. And seeing her enjoy learning and accomplishing things in her life.

    • Momtobeemma

      I once heard a lady in my church quoted as saying “We are all homeschooling our children.” She continued to explain that for some that includes academics. Her children have attended a private school since kindergarten, but she reminded us all that we all are responsible for teaching our children morals, values, character development, manners, how to interact with others….The list is rather lengthy, but all so important. For us homeschooling is a conviction from God that we are to teach our children His truths alongside their academics. I love that I have the freedom to spend that time with them investing in them as He has called us to do. It certainly has its daily challenges, but the rewards are such blessings! It is such a privilege to be able to see them grasp concepts and tackle challenges and overcome them.

    • I can’t begin to say how great it is to home school our 2 boys. I began this journey 14 years ago and haven’t looked back since. In 2010 our oldest son graduated and is studying to get his commercial pilot’s license. I’m currently teaching our youngest son and he is in the 8th grade. In the beginning, home schooling was challenging for me as I worked a full time job in the mornings and we did school in the evenings. Although, I had a hectic schedule at that time… it is very gratifying and makes it all worth it. I know that my boys got and are getting the best education that they could possibly get. Through faith and God’s word we have accomplished that :)

    • Jennifer Ludwig

      We love the flexibility!! We can really take the time to ensure our sons are mastering something before moving them along to “the next thing”.  They love not being told to sit still and quiet for hours and hours a day. 

    • Coopgirlz

      We just decided this year to homeschool our 4 kids.  I am VERY nervous and excited about this new venture for my family.  This is a huge responsibility that I do not take lightly.  Homeschooling goes against the grain but in my opinion is so worth the sacrifice and extra effort!

    • Elizadoan

      For years, homeschooling has been something I’ve wanted to do but just didn’t think I could.  I finally decided to take the plunge this year and I LOVE IT!  We have been homeschooling for a month now and I love seeing the light go on with my children.  Just the time with them is precious.  I am so glad we took the leap.  I feel a perfect peace in our decision to homeschool our family.

    • April

      We are going into our 5th year of home school! I have to say I love the flexibility & being able to teach my own child is a blessing! The most rewarding is to be able to hear him read & know that I taught him how. It’s definitely been challenging & we’ve had to make some sacrifices but it’s for us! I am really interested in this book!

    • Jessica

      Homeschooling allows me to connect with the children more than anything else does.

    • Jennie

      I especially love not having to wait in that horrific pick-up car line.  ;)  But honestly, I love the opportunity I have to teach my children when we sit in the house, walk by the way, when they lie down, and when they arise.  I’m a work-out-of-the-home mom turned stay-at-home mom turned homeschooling mom and I wouldn’t go back now if they paid me…or something!  :)

    • Mirlande Bond

      I’m thinking about taking the plunge to homeschooling. I’m most excited about the quality time that I’d be spending with my daughter and being able to tap into her genuine interests and balancing those interests with tailor-made learning through discovering her style of learning and teaching her.

    • lil A’s mom

      my daughter is 14 months, but hubby and I have decided already we are homeschooling!  We both went to public school and I was a public school teacher before I had her.  What we love about homeschooling we learned from the Bates family (friends of the Duggars)…you need to shelter a flower inside before you plant it outside so that it can weather the storms of life :)

    • Neighbors3D

      I am entering my 5th year homeschooling! Wow…I can’t believe it! The first year, my first born was ready to start kindergarten and I was troubled deeply in spirit about sending him off to “big” school. After much prayer, God reminded me that I had another option–homeschooling! So the journey began, thinking in my mind that year would be my first and only year for some odd reason. At the end of that year, and each year since then, I have asked God what I am supposed to do next, am I supposed to do it again for the coming year? And He continues to say, “Yes!” That’s what I love about homeschooling–that I am in God’s hands and following His plan. Otherwise, I’d be in a big mess trying to do this on my own!

    • Michelle

      I love growing right with my children – it’s a bonding experience unlike anything else!

    • April V

      I’ve always wanted to homeschool. I look forward to the one-on-one time between me & my children.

    • Michelle

      This will be our first year to homeschool and I’m nervous and excited at the same time for the journey that we are just beginning!

    • Amy G

      We are starting to homeschool right now!  I have a 3 year old, 21 month old and a 5 week old!  I need all the prayer I can get!  

    • Katie

      I’m most excited about building a solid Biblical fondation for my daughters and being about to continue to spend more time with them.

    • Scott Faust

      I know my wife is getting very excited for the start of our school year next week. As a public school teacher myself, I know what it is like to take some flak from this decision we have made but I know this is the best investment we can make in our children.

    • MarciaNron

      We’re starting homeschooling for the first time this year.   I’ve been teaching for the past 10 + years, but now have the new adventure of creating a “classroom” in my own home.  The boys’ excitement is growing as the reality of what is about to happen unfolds in our spareroom/office turned classroom.  Would love to journey this year with this devotional, as my new adventure unfolds with the boys.

    • Palmerchris

      Well the one good thing is that you can do school whenever you want, whether it is morning or night….Oh and you don’t even have to get dressed!

    • Donnarut

      Homeschooling has been the hardest but most rewarding challenge I have ever undertaken. I love the fact that I get to direct what my kids learn and how they learn it.  And I love the idea of a devotional written by a fellow homeschooling mom. How exciting it would be to have a daily dose of biblical encouragement from someone who understands its unique challenges!

    • Daniblueyes

      I am looking forward to the joy of discovering life afresh alongside my children, catching their infectious joy, and instilling in them a love for growing in appreciation of all that God has for them to discover and experience! And doing all of this TOGETHER so that our own relationship deepens, and so that Daddy is very involved as well.

    • alissa

      I love the peace of knowing that I’m doing what God has called me to do, no matter how challenging homeschool can be. I’m so thankful for the many blessings of teaching @ home… witnessing my son learning to read, the flexibilty in vacationing whenever we want, the precious time spent together as a family, the freedom to have God weaved into all learning & all of the wonderful friends I’ve met through homeschooling.

    • Lucinda

      I love instilling in my children a love for serving others. ( Along with a love for learning!)

    • Vonda

      I have sent two thru public schools and now am starting over with 2 more and I am considering homeschooling.  I have talked to several people who homeschool and they all love it.  I hoe we have the same experience.

    • Tp

      I love that my two little boys are becoming such good friends and playmates since they spend so much time together.

    • Amy

      I am homeschooling my 5-year-old for the first time.  Although anxious, I am excited to be a part of watching him learn things for the first time. :)

    • Jarssica0714

      This will be my first year homeschooling and my son is in k4, I am excited about being able to teach him what the Bible says is important!!

    • msl

      I have 2 boys 5 and 6 years old and I enjoy learning together, I  am teaching them but God is teaching me even more than I expected…Just seeing the wonders and blessings  in our family is great

    • oneshannon

      I love getting to be with my kids all day!

    • Crystal

      Although I do not homeschool I have wanted to for many years. I have been praying that God will let me have this opportunity to do so within the year. Up until recently I worked as an assitant in an elementary school and now I am out on disability due to a car accident. I teach my kids over the summer everthing I can and in hopes that they don’t forget something. They are always futher along than their classmates.  My husband doesn’t like homeschooling but I love to be with my kids and help them.

    • Guest

      I love that I am in control of teaching the values that our family holds dear.

    • Liz Hengst

      I made the homeschooling vow this year.  I don’t know why I did not do it sooner.  My children and I have become so much closer.  I love being able to nurture my childrens abilities and help them advance in areas where they are lacking. 

    • Lesley Rackley

      We are thinking of homeschooling our two children so we can control what is being taught and being able to instill our Christian beliefs in them while teaching.  

    • Msti See

      I have been homeschooling for a little over three years.  Looking forward to my son making more gains this year, and starting preschool with my 2 1/2 year old in January.  I checked this out from the library and this book is very well done.  Great job, Lori!