One of the first major decisions that Will and Karen faced when it came to raising their family was education.
Pela helping Isaiah with his Bible reading
But there was actually not much to decide about. Between the things being taught in public schools, and the potential for something bad waiting to happen (whether physical harm or negative influence), Will was determined to do anything he had to in order to teach his children at home.
And that is exactly what he did. He made sure that we received a good quality education, but also left room for our respective personalities and talents to emerge and blossom.
As the five oldest girls got older, they took over the homeschooling for the younger ones. But even the younger ones helped those younger than them. Now, Kath and Johannah handle most of the schooling.
Focus on the Bible
One of the things that Dad has instilled in his children is the importance of spending time reading the Bible. It is one of the main stays in the homeschool curriculum that we use.
Every morning is started out by reading a chapter or two, and copying a verse chosen by the teacher. Even on the non-school days, Bible reading is still a requirement that needs to be done in the morning before playtime.
Click here for more information on some of the books and other home schooling curriculum we have used throughout the years.
Contrary to popular opinion, homeschooling your children does not mean that your children will end up "socially stunted" or have dificulty dealing with "real-life" situations; not by any means! Take this homeschooled family for example... We currently run more than three family businesses, manage several websites (all designed entirely by our family), and own our own publication! We also have lots of artistic, crafting, and designing talent in our family.
In our family, "I don't know how", is not an excuse you'll hear. Rather, we embrace challenging situations with, "Well, I've never done that before, but there's no reason I can't try!" And, boy, do we have fun! Lots of fun!