Homeschooling: Our latest family adventure

Homeschool

Here we go!  A new adventure for us is the decision to homeschool our kids this year.  Please understand that we were anti-homeschooling for a a while, and even not too thrilled about private Christian schooling.  My wife, Tammy, has been a public school educator and a product of the California system–going to school, college and post-graduate through public schools, state university and the UC system.  Our desire is to bring out the best in our very bright and creative kids.  So, over the years we have put them in public and most recently in private Christian school where my wife was a vice principal and teacher.

This brand of homeschooling we are embarking on is connected to a California charter school (Modoc Charter School) and offers us free books, money for the gym to take the kids their P.E. and supervision by a credentialed teacher.  Even though my wife was able to pick the course of studies, all the courses and books we picked fall into the state system and requirements which means our kids can transfer to another school more easily.  The school has full WASC accreditation  It seems like the best of two worlds–home school attention and public school input.

My daughter can use her guitar lessons as part of her electives.  We can also schedule our family time and ministry balance with more freedom.  This part of the deal with my ministry and the family schedule has been the hardest for us.  I work every Saturday and Sunday so my family’s time off does not correspond.  Now, we can remedy that a bit.  We hope.

Anyone else out there new to the homeschooling?  And, if you are, do you go through a charter school?

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Rich Kirkpatrick

Rich Kirkpatrick

Writer, Speaker, and Musician. Rich Kirkpatrick was recently rated #13 of the “Top 75 Religion Bloggers” by Newsmax.com, having also received recognition by Worship Leader Magazine as “Editor’s Choice” for the “Best of the Best” of blogs in 2011, 2014, 2015 and 2016.

32 comments

  1. Thanks for sharing your thoughts Rich. Rachel and I have always been pretty anti-homeschooling ourselves too, so it’s interesting to hear from you coming from that perspective. We both came out of public schools, my wife has a heart to teach in public schools, and has, and it scares us to think about the lack of influence in the world if every Christian were to leave the public system.
    Anyway, point is, knowing you had some similar perspectives, I appreciate hearing your heart and really look forward to hearing more about how it goes for you guys.

  2. Thanks for sharing your thoughts Rich. Rachel and I have always been pretty anti-homeschooling ourselves too, so it’s interesting to hear from you coming from that perspective. We both came out of public schools, my wife has a heart to teach in public schools, and has, and it scares us to think about the lack of influence in the world if every Christian were to leave the public system.
    Anyway, point is, knowing you had some similar perspectives, I appreciate hearing your heart and really look forward to hearing more about how it goes for you guys.

  3. Thanks for sharing your thoughts Rich. Rachel and I have always been pretty anti-homeschooling ourselves too, so it’s interesting to hear from you coming from that perspective. We both came out of public schools, my wife has a heart to teach in public schools, and has, and it scares us to think about the lack of influence in the world if every Christian were to leave the public system.
    Anyway, point is, knowing you had some similar perspectives, I appreciate hearing your heart and really look forward to hearing more about how it goes for you guys.

  4. Thanks for sharing your thoughts Rich. Rachel and I have always been pretty anti-homeschooling ourselves too, so it’s interesting to hear from you coming from that perspective. We both came out of public schools, my wife has a heart to teach in public schools, and has, and it scares us to think about the lack of influence in the world if every Christian were to leave the public system.
    Anyway, point is, knowing you had some similar perspectives, I appreciate hearing your heart and really look forward to hearing more about how it goes for you guys.

  5. Hey Rich, welcome to the homeschool adventure. I’ve actually never heard about a program like you’re entering into. We’re on our third year of homeschooling, and we love it. We’ve even been asked to be on the board of our county’s homeschool association for the next two years.
    I was a Christian school teacher for 8 years before settling down to do “only” worship leading, but I myself am a product of the TX public schools. Either way, you just can’t beat the one-on-one your children will get.

    Keep in touch and let us know how it goes. If you or your wife ever need a homeschooling ear to talk to, I and my wife would be glad to listen. We know how tough it can be sometimes, but it is greatly rewarding.

  6. Hey Rich, welcome to the homeschool adventure. I’ve actually never heard about a program like you’re entering into. We’re on our third year of homeschooling, and we love it. We’ve even been asked to be on the board of our county’s homeschool association for the next two years.
    I was a Christian school teacher for 8 years before settling down to do “only” worship leading, but I myself am a product of the TX public schools. Either way, you just can’t beat the one-on-one your children will get.

    Keep in touch and let us know how it goes. If you or your wife ever need a homeschooling ear to talk to, I and my wife would be glad to listen. We know how tough it can be sometimes, but it is greatly rewarding.

  7. Hey Rich, welcome to the homeschool adventure. I’ve actually never heard about a program like you’re entering into. We’re on our third year of homeschooling, and we love it. We’ve even been asked to be on the board of our county’s homeschool association for the next two years.
    I was a Christian school teacher for 8 years before settling down to do “only” worship leading, but I myself am a product of the TX public schools. Either way, you just can’t beat the one-on-one your children will get.

    Keep in touch and let us know how it goes. If you or your wife ever need a homeschooling ear to talk to, I and my wife would be glad to listen. We know how tough it can be sometimes, but it is greatly rewarding.

  8. Hey Rich, welcome to the homeschool adventure. I’ve actually never heard about a program like you’re entering into. We’re on our third year of homeschooling, and we love it. We’ve even been asked to be on the board of our county’s homeschool association for the next two years.
    I was a Christian school teacher for 8 years before settling down to do “only” worship leading, but I myself am a product of the TX public schools. Either way, you just can’t beat the one-on-one your children will get.

    Keep in touch and let us know how it goes. If you or your wife ever need a homeschooling ear to talk to, I and my wife would be glad to listen. We know how tough it can be sometimes, but it is greatly rewarding.

  9. As a public school guy, you know your kids and family a lot better than we do. Best of luck to you and your family as you embark on this adventure! I have some extended family who have been really successful with homeschooling. Sounds like you guys are doing this with a great deal of thought and prayer.

  10. As a public school guy, you know your kids and family a lot better than we do. Best of luck to you and your family as you embark on this adventure! I have some extended family who have been really successful with homeschooling. Sounds like you guys are doing this with a great deal of thought and prayer.

  11. As a public school guy, you know your kids and family a lot better than we do. Best of luck to you and your family as you embark on this adventure! I have some extended family who have been really successful with homeschooling. Sounds like you guys are doing this with a great deal of thought and prayer.

  12. As a public school guy, you know your kids and family a lot better than we do. Best of luck to you and your family as you embark on this adventure! I have some extended family who have been really successful with homeschooling. Sounds like you guys are doing this with a great deal of thought and prayer.

  13. My Wife started homeschooling our daughter this past year. We are using Sonlight curriculum and love it.

  14. My Wife started homeschooling our daughter this past year. We are using Sonlight curriculum and love it.

  15. My Wife started homeschooling our daughter this past year. We are using Sonlight curriculum and love it.

  16. My Wife started homeschooling our daughter this past year. We are using Sonlight curriculum and love it.

  17. Hey Rich,
    I’m an ex-public school teacher and an ex-youth pastor. I’ve worked with all kinds of kids and because of that, I tend to think that a mix of each is what our kids really need. Too much homeschooling and they’re socially inept, too much public school and they’re… well, you know. Too much Private school and they don’t understand or appreciate what they have.

    I think you’re doing the right thing… that means whatever is right for you and your kids at this stage.

  18. Hey Rich,
    I’m an ex-public school teacher and an ex-youth pastor. I’ve worked with all kinds of kids and because of that, I tend to think that a mix of each is what our kids really need. Too much homeschooling and they’re socially inept, too much public school and they’re… well, you know. Too much Private school and they don’t understand or appreciate what they have.

    I think you’re doing the right thing… that means whatever is right for you and your kids at this stage.

  19. Hey Rich,
    I’m an ex-public school teacher and an ex-youth pastor. I’ve worked with all kinds of kids and because of that, I tend to think that a mix of each is what our kids really need. Too much homeschooling and they’re socially inept, too much public school and they’re… well, you know. Too much Private school and they don’t understand or appreciate what they have.

    I think you’re doing the right thing… that means whatever is right for you and your kids at this stage.

  20. Hey Rich,
    I’m an ex-public school teacher and an ex-youth pastor. I’ve worked with all kinds of kids and because of that, I tend to think that a mix of each is what our kids really need. Too much homeschooling and they’re socially inept, too much public school and they’re… well, you know. Too much Private school and they don’t understand or appreciate what they have.

    I think you’re doing the right thing… that means whatever is right for you and your kids at this stage.

  21. Hey Rich,
    Welcome to the club. Our oldest is 8–soon to be 9 and we’ve been schooling him, and now his little sister, and soon their little brother from the beginning. We’ve always said we’ll just take it a year at a time and see how it goes, but the more we get into it, and the more we see our kid’s learning blossom, the harder it is to imagine taking them out of it. My wife describes their first day of school this year here.

  22. Hey Rich,
    Welcome to the club. Our oldest is 8–soon to be 9 and we’ve been schooling him, and now his little sister, and soon their little brother from the beginning. We’ve always said we’ll just take it a year at a time and see how it goes, but the more we get into it, and the more we see our kid’s learning blossom, the harder it is to imagine taking them out of it. My wife describes their first day of school this year here.

  23. Hey Rich,
    Welcome to the club. Our oldest is 8–soon to be 9 and we’ve been schooling him, and now his little sister, and soon their little brother from the beginning. We’ve always said we’ll just take it a year at a time and see how it goes, but the more we get into it, and the more we see our kid’s learning blossom, the harder it is to imagine taking them out of it. My wife describes their first day of school this year here.

  24. Hey Rich,
    Welcome to the club. Our oldest is 8–soon to be 9 and we’ve been schooling him, and now his little sister, and soon their little brother from the beginning. We’ve always said we’ll just take it a year at a time and see how it goes, but the more we get into it, and the more we see our kid’s learning blossom, the harder it is to imagine taking them out of it. My wife describes their first day of school this year here.

  25. Hey, Homeschooler.I too, have left the public realm, as a teacher and my kids as students, and have established Hilliard Christian Academy Suma Cum Yada Yada.
    There will be happiness and tears along the road, but with God’s help, you CAN do it. If I can anyone can. I’m a militant learning to take it easy and go with the flow. Special blessings to your wife.

  26. Hey, Homeschooler.I too, have left the public realm, as a teacher and my kids as students, and have established Hilliard Christian Academy Suma Cum Yada Yada.
    There will be happiness and tears along the road, but with God’s help, you CAN do it. If I can anyone can. I’m a militant learning to take it easy and go with the flow. Special blessings to your wife.

  27. Hey, Homeschooler.I too, have left the public realm, as a teacher and my kids as students, and have established Hilliard Christian Academy Suma Cum Yada Yada.
    There will be happiness and tears along the road, but with God’s help, you CAN do it. If I can anyone can. I’m a militant learning to take it easy and go with the flow. Special blessings to your wife.

  28. Hey, Homeschooler.I too, have left the public realm, as a teacher and my kids as students, and have established Hilliard Christian Academy Suma Cum Yada Yada.
    There will be happiness and tears along the road, but with God’s help, you CAN do it. If I can anyone can. I’m a militant learning to take it easy and go with the flow. Special blessings to your wife.

  29. Thanks for the encouragement, my dear readers and fellow bloggers. This is surely and adventure.

  30. Thanks for the encouragement, my dear readers and fellow bloggers. This is surely and adventure.

  31. Thanks for the encouragement, my dear readers and fellow bloggers. This is surely and adventure.

  32. Thanks for the encouragement, my dear readers and fellow bloggers. This is surely and adventure.

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