Here are a few fast facts and frequently asked questions:
How many kids do you have?
We have eight children, by design rather than by plan. Our children are currently ranging in age from 20 down to 3. Three boys (Micah, 20; Nikolas, 18; Alexander, 16), two girls (Hannah, 14; Abigail, 13), followed by three more boys (twins Levi & Quinn, 6; Zachary, 3).
Don’t you know what causes that?
Yes, actually. Thank you for asking. 😉
Do you homeschool?
We do. Our oldest two are homeschool graduates and one of them went on to University and just earned a 4.0 in his first semester. We did absolutely everything wrong as homeschoolers. I’ve never attended a convention (not saying I wouldn’t enjoy doing so!), I don’t collect curriculum or experience excitement when the catalogs arrive in the mail. I always, always feel like I’m failing and never, ever feel like they’re getting enough. And yet, God honors our efforts and stands in the gap.
What curriculum do you use?
Firstly, we use the Bible. A relationship with Christ is the cornerstone and character is paramount. We are faithful to gather the children for morning and evening worship where we disciple their hearts to know and love God. We teach them the importance of confessing our wrongs to one another and to Him, and we encourage attitudes of gratitude. We focus on Scripture memorization but also on hearing the voice of the Spirit through the Word of God.
Secondly, we use living books, nature, life skills, and household chores to train them up with the knowledge they will need for life. We help them find employment with people near to us where they can be a help and also earn a modest wage. But we stress the importance of serving others without expecting anything in return.
Finally, we are currently using Monarch online (the family plan is affordable) for our students in 11th, 9th and 7th grades. And for our first graders we use a variety of resources but in the interest of full disclosure, we don’t push academia at their age. We are laying the foundation for strong reading skills although we haven’t yet taught them to read. They have mastered letter recognition and are increasingly able to write the letters well, but we haven’t pushed. We firmly believe their eyes need a chance to mature yet and that their minds learn best when not pressed into books but are allowed to experience life with their hands. Our three year old is currently majoring in the art of self-control. He definitely hasn’t mastered it yet. 🙂
Have you considered writing a book?
Yes. I have one started and I’m hoping 2018 is the year I finish it. I did put together the book 31 Days of Praying Scripture Over Your Children with the help of my friend, Honey, and it’s available in ebook form and we’re hoping a hardcopy version will soon be a reality.