Pioneer Homeschool Days

I wanted to chase a bunny trail off of my direct testimony to share some of my homeschool thoughts and experiences from these early homeschool days.  There were not many curriculums to choose from.  I’m going to show my age a bit, but there was NO internet!!!  There were barely computers.  There certainly weren’t smart phones!  My parents and I wanted a Christian curriculum & the Johnson family helped us to choose a bit from Abeka, a bit from Bob Jones University Press, & a bit from Alpha & Omega “Lifepacs.”

The typical read and answer way of learning was not new to me.  Afterall, I was a sophmore in highschool!  I loved algebra and science and hated English & history in public school.  In homeschool, I still loved algebra & science, but hated geometry!  I tolerated English, but was absolutely stunned by how much I loved the history!

The process of aligning ancient history alongside the Bible is AMAZING!!!  To understand the cultural and political surroundings during the old testiment stories is unbelieveable!  Was Abraham alongside Hammarabi?  Was Nefertiti the Egyptian princess who found Moses?  Even down to understanding how the plagues of Egypt were stratigically chosen by God to discount specific Egyptian gods.  I remember studying Ancient Greece and going through the Olympians.  I remember crying tears of understanding as history started to come alive out of the pages of those books.  It was so much more to me than the names and dates thrown at me in school to memorize only long enough to get a good grade on the test.  In public school, the lack of chronological order confused me.  Others seemed fine with it, but I struggled to piece history together and understand when everything actually happened.  Regardless of what school you attend currently or did attend in the past, for the young & old alike, I highly suggest going through a good chronological Christian history such as Mystery of History or Story of the World.  There are so many absolutely wonderful options out there these days, but I’m getting way ahead of myself!

Nevertheless, Texas was a homeschool friendly state then & it remains a homeschool friendly state now.  If you are interested in homeschooling in Texas, I suggest you check out the Texas Homeschool Coalition Association.  For those of you anywhere in the United States and abroad, I suggest you check out the Homeschool Legal Defense Association.  The process to homeschool is easier than you would think.  If you are interested, I can give you further information on homeschool if you leave a comment.

For me, the decision to homeschool my Sophmore through Senior year would change my life and shape my world in so many ways!  God’s hand was apparently on that decision as I’ve been blessed beyond measure.

Is homeschooling the only way?  Absolutely not!  I believe that God calls us to various places and situations throughout our lives to bring us to where he would have us for His plan.  Consider Joseph’s decision to share his dreams, Israel’s decision to send Joseph to check on his brothers, and Reuben’s decision to just throw Joseph in the cistern, but not kill him.  All of those decisions worked together for God’s plan when Joseph’s brothers came to Egypt in search of food during the famine.  Have you ever stopped to think about how things would have been different if just one piece of the puzzle were not put into place?  It is mind boggling!  God is so good & will work all things together for good!  He has a plan and it is so much more glorious than I could ever even attempt to dream up!

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