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Pajama School

From the archives, a review that is worth a second look … It was with great excitement that I picked up my copy of  Natalie Wickham’s book.  I, too, am a homeschool graduate, and I could not wait to read an honest account of growing up counter-culture.  Imagine my delight, upon beginning the first chapter, to discover that Natalie’s homeschool beginnings were so like my own.  I identified with her first day of school-at-home: the carefully arranged  desks in the meticulously prepared homeschool-room; the carefully-chosen wall-charts, assignment notebooks, and workbooks; and the nervous excitement while saying the pledges to the flags.  I also relished Natalie’s honestyregarding the natural emotions homeschoolers face when the newness wears off: the anxiety about leaving friends from the former church-school and feeling like an outsider at times during church activities; the struggle with family relationships in the first year while siblings adjust to being home all day together; the periods of adjustment every time Mom re-evaluates her teaching styles; and the strain of trials on the entire family as they …

Ask the Grad – Elysse Barrett

I think we must always be asking {what would I do better}, both as Homeschool graduates and as Christians. In the Bible those who compare the practices and traditions they are used to, and the things they’ve been taught against God’s unchanging Word are commended. Further, if we never ask what our parents did – both good and bad – we will never be able to go farther than they did. And, nothing will honor them more than if we stand on their shoulders and take their vision farther than they were able to.

Ask the Grad – Allison Adams

Allison Adams is a very special homeschool graduate. As 2010 Texas Honey Queen and reigning 2011 American Honey Princess, she travels the country as spokeswoman for the American Beekeeping Federation. But today, she shares with us how her home education past prepared her for her current role and shaped her plans for her future.   Ask the Grad by Allison Adams Of all the undeserved blessings God has so lovingly bestowed upon me, home education is one of those for which I am most thankful. I share my story with the prayer that God may be glorified in this testimony of His faithfulness to our family, and that it may encourage and benefit you in some way as you also seek to glorify God in this important area of life. COMING HOME I began my first day at the public school kindergarten on my fifth birthday. I suppose that year went fairly well, but once I began 1st grade Mama became increasingly aware of the negative influences present at the school. At the same time, …

Ask the Grad – Molly Evangeline

Homeschooling also helped and provided the time for my creativity and imagination to grow. I am a very creative person, and I am just plain unhappy when I’m not creating something. At eight-years-old I began writing stories after seeing my mom writing. Little did I know then that through the years I would discover that was what I was most passionate about and what I wanted to do with my life. All those free afternoon hours of writing shaped me into an author.