We did not homeschool our children to isolate them from the world, but to have the freedom to show them the world. We wanted them to see history, see geography, see life in its reality. From the butterfly museum to NCAR (National Center for Atmospheric Research) to milking cows or goats to visiting the Gettysburg Battlefield to camping in numerous national parks to visiting cities from New York to Rio De Janeiro and Jerusalem, my children were given a well-rounded education because they saw the world through their own eyes.
As I considered these two women, Ma Ingalls and my own mother, I saw that they had created a pattern for accomplishing their work and then resting. In their own way, they had “carved out their seven pillars.” Although both of these women rested on Sunday and not the seventh-day Sabbath as commanded, it was an illustration for me to begin to “carve out my own seven pillars.”
Home education is not only about reading, writing and arithmetic. It includes learning about life and enjoying the world in which we live. It is teaching and training children the way to learn for the rest of their lives. Home education, in the right mindset, begins at birth setting in motion a love for learning. Training continues until a child takes the reins and discovers his own love of learning and continues to learn and grow through his life. To limit education to finishing middle school or high school or even college, puts a child into a box and quenches vision of a lifetime of discovery as well as personal growth.
hen I was still a baby believer, I had a pastor ask me the following question: “Where in the Bible is the majority right?”