Tuesday, November 07, 2006

Some of my favorite thoughts on homeschooling

4 Hear, O Israel: The LORD our God, the LORD is one. 5 Love the LORD your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength. 6 These commandments that I give you today are to be upon your hearts. 7 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. 8 Tie them as symbols on your hands and bind them on your foreheads. 9 Write them on the doorframes of your houses and on your gates.

Deuteronomy 6:4-9(NIV)

"If the schools were perfect, I would still homeschool my children - because it isn't about school. It's about families taking their children back and educating them as they see best. It's about giving birth to a child and loving that child enough to want to nurture him and be a part of his life until he no longer needs you. It is the natural thing to do. School is only a substitute for the real thing."

- Kathleen McCurdy

And for those who are afraid to try:

-case scenario: Our children don't understand phonics,calculus, or Shakespeare or speak French as we would like them to by the time they leave home--what has been lost? Nothing of eternal value. Nothing that can't be picked up later.

But if we don't ardently pursue the cultivation of their relationship with the Lord--what has been sacrificed? An opportunity we as parents will never have again. Their hearts are malleable; their minds are impressionable. I want the best shot I've got to demonstrate to our kids the importance and impact of the faith that unites Kermit and me."

- Debra Bell
in The Ultimate Guide ToHomeschooling

(coincidentally she was my evaluator
when I was homeschooled)


Anonymous said...

So good! I may have to copy these quotes!

Anonymous said...

Yay! I remember Mrs. Bell! I actually liked her best of our evaluators except maybe Sandy when we first started with her. You never had Sandy, though, did you?

Alicia said...

No, just Mrs. Bell and I think we had a man once , but I don't remember his name.