Is it possible to homeschool your children using God's LOVE as a foundation in our atheist society?
I was TERRIFIED as I stepped into homeschooling.
I never taught anything but Sunday school before.
My family began our homeschool journey in a co-op school where parents worked together to teach our kids.
My family enjoys our son's musical theater debut as an Oompa-loompa
At this school, your "job" was assigned by a board of directors.
Honestly, it felt like a game of Yahtzee.
I trembled as my students stared at me with anticipation.
My mouth was dry and beads of sweat formed on my forehead.
Those 12-year olds dared me to teach them to:
I was in way over my head.
To my surprise, school proceeded just like any other classroom.
...and then it happened.
I watched God Reach the kids' hearts.
After recess one day, the kids were bickering about something.
I pushed aside the afternoon lessons and had all the kids sit on top of their desks.
Actually, they talked, I listened.
As we chatted about different ways to solve the problem, the Lord impressed a story on my heart.
We grabbed our Bibles and sat under our desks.
Pro Tip: When teaching a bunch of 12-year olds, keep them moving.
> Sit in weird places.
> It keeps their attention better than anything other than food.
We didn't get to our regular lessons that day.
Instead, the kids and I learned a priceless life-lesson.
CHARACTER trumps Curriculum.
It was the first of many times I set aside "school" and listened to my kids AND to the Lord.
The magic of listening and focusing on the heart is addicting.
Of course, the moment I got comfortable teaching in a classroom, the Lord prompted us to pull our kids from the school.
We were "real" homeschoolers now.
I was in over my head again!
>I searched for curriculum
>planned out lessons weeks in advance
>became an expert at doing the next thing on my to-do list
But why was my head spinning?
I began to hear a whisper to my heart.
Then a question began to form in my mind.
Is it possible to focus on the heart of a child AND give them a solid education, by focusing on CHARACTER first
I shrugged my shoulders.
"I have no idea."
So I prayed.
"Lord, I'm gonna need some help here."
As the prayer passed my lips, my phone rang.
"Can you come join us for coffee?"
The details are blurry in my memory.
Somehow, I found myself accepted into an inner circle of veteran homeschool moms.
We met every Friday for prayer, coffee, and to let our 18 collective children play.
I was the only mom without a teaching certificate.
Yet, the moms treated me like equals.
I was nervous and full of questions for these calm, confident, & educated women.
Their answers came in the form of
> another cup of coffee
> GOLDEN wisdom
I learned so many valuable lessons from those women over coffee
Energized and excited we taught our kids and watched them grow
We focused on the heart.
The kids thrived.
A few years into my journey, I began sharing about homeschooling from the inside out.
"Lord, let me help one mom at a time feel more confident in her homeschool journey."
I launched my blog, A Better Way to Homeschool.
I had NO CLUE how to do the technology stuff, but I kept sharing what worked for my family.
I even wrote a book.
Then moms began to gang up on me.
"Bekki, You should create online classes for homeschool moms!
I asked myself, "Are there other moms, like me, who wanted to teach their kids from the 'inside out'?"
I heard another whisper to my heart.
Like Kevin Costner in The Field of Dreams,
"If you build it, they will come."
Corny, but true.
I took a spiritual deep breath and poured my heart and soul into creating the class and The Heart of Homeschooling God's Way was born.
Moms signed up for the online class and I paced the halls like a soon-to-be-dad of the 1950's.
They didn't like the class...
They LOVED it
Because it was honest, practical, and straight to the heart.
My readers and I shared the same desires, struggles and fears.
"I lie awake at night worrying that that I'm not doing enough for my kids"
How the heck do I
I don't get it. I'm surrounded by:
Then something unexpected happened.
Our desire to reach the hearts of our kids knit us together.
TRUTH: You gain strength, COURAGE, and confidence every time you stop to look fear in the face and remember... The Lord is my strength and my HOPE.
In the Heart of Homeschooling God's Way you'll discover
> Giving God your homeschool fears and doubts is FREEING.
> Learning to teach your kids from the inside out gives you PURPOSE.
> Equipping your kids for life by focusing on character brings us JOY.
Homeschooling from the inside out builds CONFIDENCE.
"I am 60% into Bekki's Homeschooling God's Way class and I am r eally learning and finding so many hands-on, down to earth real tips and tricks, and encouragement, where to start and how-to in her class.
I am working on it, printing it, putting it in my notebook (probably should have made a binder instead) taking notes and implementing in our day to day, it is exactly what I was looking for and much more !!!!
If you are overwhelmed, don't know where to start, need some guidance or just encouragement, grab yours ASAP it will boost your homeschooling life !!!!
I feel so much more confident and I already see results as a calmer mom and happier kids, and we get so much more done in one day than before.
Bekki, thank you sooooo much for putting this together and being present in the class with us !!!! "
How about YOU?
What if you could make a few changes to your day that will:
>Give you CONFIDENCE even in the midst of dirty laundry
>Help you ENJOY the homeschool journey even if you don't know how to solve that math problem
Are you hearing a WHISPER in your heart too? A soft, "Yes..."
> Yes, you can stand upon the solid foundation of God's LOVE and promises.
> Yes, you can have a short list of goals that will carry you through your entire homeschool journey.
> Yes, you can FOCUS on the character of your kids rather than the page number written in your lesson plan.
> Yes, you can homeschool your kids successfully!!!
What if, by the time you finished homeschooling your children
Mama, If you completed your homeschooling journey and could see your children
Wouldn’t you count all your efforts as a HUGE success?
"This isn’t one of those courses that gives you step by step instructions as to how to go about teaching your children at home. Rather, this is full of gentle reminders, that God gives wisdom. So many brilliant, simple tips and tools to help us along. So many wonderful gems to glean from these simple lessons. This one even comes with a downloadable e-book to help you work though all of this and be encouraged."
What you'll learn in The Heart of Homeschooling God's Way
> QUICK LESSONS. You're busy. I designed each lesson to be completed in the time it takes you to enjoy a cup of tea.
> SELF PACED. The class keeps track of where you are so you can go put the baby down for a nap, help your older kids with their science and come back later and pick the lessons right where you left off.
> Video, Audio, Reading, and Printable lessons.
> LIFE TIME Access.
> BONUS. 31 days of encouragement.
I'm a lover of Jesus, a blessed wife, and the happy homeschooling mom of FIVE amazing sons.
(It's crazier than it sounds)
I don't believe in "one-size fits all" homeschool. Honestly I don't believe homeschool is for every family.
Different ways we've educated our five boys over 20 years:
I've been homeschooling for 20 years and mentoring homeschool moms for over 10 years now.