A Homeschooler's Check List
by Tamara Eaton

Public schools are in session again in our hometown and even though we homeschool year-round in a relaxed style, our children have been motivated to create a new fall schedule and get ready for another homeschool year. Perhaps you're an inexperienced homeschooler and tempted to panic or feel overwhelmed. Take a look at this check list to see if there is anything you've missed in preparing for this new year!

"It is the parent, who has himself already experienced the salvation of God, who is appointed to lead the child to know God. The knowledge of God is no mere matter of the understanding; it is to love Him, to live in Him, to experience the power of His presence and His blessing. It is evident that the man who would teach others to know God must be able to speak from personal experience of Him, must prove by the warmth of love and devotion that he loves this God and has his life from Him."

--Andrew Murray (1828-1917)

One book I highly recommend for both new and veteran homeschoolers is TEACH ME LORD THAT I MAY TEACH... (or what we learned thinking we were homeschooling the kids.) by Barbara and Douglas Smith.

The Smiths share essays of encouragement and exhortation about lessons they learned while homeschooling. Instead of offering us "human" wisdom, they point us to the Lord and His Word and challenge us to be willing to be taught of Him instead of allowing the world's ways to be our standard. How refreshing to find not just another "how to" book filled with human opinions! TEACH ME LORD... is full of "quotable quotes" to inspire and encourage you in your day to day homeschooling. Here are just a couple:

" Getting our children educated will be a tremendous accomplishment, but graduation is only the beginning....Are we teaching them that graduation is not an endpoint? Are we teaching them to learn from the triumphs and the failures, judging nothing by appearances, but testing by the plumb line of Scripture? Will they be able to stand on the foundation we are laying? What will our legacy inspire? Teaching our children to trust the Master who always brings them through, is the best "education" we can give them" --Barbara Smith

And these words of encouragement to weary parents:

"If you, too, have failed to utter vibrant prayers because of viruses, days of cold, wet clothes, or unfinished lessons and chores, then think about the God to whom you are praying. He sees, hears, thinks, loves and cares. He knows what delights and pleases you...He is able to redeem the time that seems to slip away, to renew ebbing spirits, to heal tired bodies, and fill empty wallets. He can replenish a barn that the locusts have plundered. He will take time to comfort you, wipe away your tears, and rejoice with you. If you feel unworthy of His notice, remember He says you are more worthy than the sparrow whose fall to earth He also notices." --Barbara Smith

"Now unto Him that is able to keep you from falling, and to present you faultless before the presence of His glory with exceeding joy, To the only wise God our Saviour, be glory and majesty, dominion and power, both now and for ever. Amen." (Jude 1:24-25)

May the Lord bless your homeschool and fill your lives with His Love, Wisdom, Peace and Joy!

[ NOTE: You can order TEACH ME LORD... from Third Floor Publishing, P.O. Box 827, Arnold, MD 21012 or from the chfweb.com Homeschool bookstore.]

Copyright Tamara Eaton 1994-2000, all rights reserved.

Permission is given to reprint any of Tamara's articles in non-profit publications as long as the article is reprinted in full and contains the copyright information and website address. Please send a copy of the publication to :Deeper Life Family Ministries, P.O. Box 909, Killen, AL 35645.

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"And all thy children shall be taught of the Lord;
and great shall be the peace of thy children."

Isaiah 54:13