Karen spent 23 years teaching our own children at home from birth through graduation (Sculley Academy), and she is passionate about offering encouragement to others who are considering going this route with their own children.
Karen currently teaches high school classes at a local home school co-op (you can read her bio here).
(under construction, transitioning from our old website, material I wrote in the early 2000’s . . .)
Homeschooling organizations and support groups
My favorite education-related websites
My favorite homeschooling suppliers
Since we live in the state of Georgia, here are some specific things for homeschoolers in our state:
Georgia homeschooling connections
Best of the best homeschooling web sites
The Homeschool Channel
Eclectic Homeschool Online
College prep sites
Good question! Here are some of the reasons I’ve heard . . .
God is leading me to do it [Deuteronomy 6:4-9–“Hear, O Israel: The LORD our God, the LORD is one. Love the LORD your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength. These commandments that I give you today are to be upon your hearts. Impress them on your children. Talk about them when you sit at home and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up. Tie them as symbols on your hands and bind them on your foreheads. Write them on the doorframes of your houses and on your gates.”]
I want my child to be the best he / she can be, and not become mediocre (typical classrooms tend to pace the teaching according to the class as a whole and not to the individual child)
I want my child to love learning (sadly, many children seem to lose their natural love for learning, discovering, and creativity because of the inherent restrictiveness of classroom instruction, and negative peer pressure)
I want my child to inherit our values, and not someone else’s, or, worse, learn in a spiritually vacuous environment
I want the major influences in my child’s life to be people of all ages and walks of life and not a group of kids the same age and maturity (or not) level
close family relationships
one-on-one tutoring at each child’s own pace
opportunity to explore family and personal interests and tailor curricula to your own family’s needs and preferences
lots of extra time to spend as a family instead of plodding through endless homework!
character training: here are some of the attributes we hope to pass on . . .