Let's face it, we homeschoolers love figuring things out. As a group, we DIY homeschooling. It's in our DNA. While everything is “figuroutable” — it's not always the easiest path to follow, is it?
A History of Homeschooling
When homeschooling got its start, materials were limited, groups were non-existent, and laws were strict. In fact, it was illegal in many states. The first homeschoolers were true pioneers. They invented DIY homeschooling because they had to! We truly stand on the shoulders of those who've gone before us.
Homeschooling Has Changed
Homeschooling has seen a lot of changes, and friends, that's a good thing. The craziness of 2020 has accelerated some of the changes, and we now have more homeschooling families than ever before. So, why are we still DIY homeschooling? What can we do differently and why should we?
The Bible is True
Homeschooling is the responsibility of the parents.
Deuteronomy 6:7 You shall teach [the words of God] diligently to your children, and shall talk of them when you sit in your house, when you walk by the way, when you lie down, and when you rise up.
The Bible also tells us we don't have to do it alone. Two are better than one, because they have good return for their labor. Iron sharpens iron. We're to use our gifts to minister to others. When we know the truth, we're to be helpers to the truth. We're to provoke one another to good works. We're one body, with members.
While not all homeschoolers are Christians, the principles of Christianity bless all of homeschooling and homeschoolers.
This sums up my point — we need one another. We can DIY homeschooling, but we don't have to.
The World Has Changed (Sort Of)
The world has changed. We're more connected than at any time in history. What hasn't really changed is human nature. Let's be honest, it's the realization of the continuity of human nature that's part of why we homeschool in the first place. As Christians, we feel a responsibility to our children to provide for them and protect them from the worst in human nature.
We also want them to see the best in people and be prepared to live and work in the world God has given us. It is our Father's world, after all. He wants us to tend to it and the people he puts us in touch with.
Homeschooling prepares our kids for that.
With all of this connectedness, we need to be diligent to our responsibility to our children. And again, we don't have to do that alone. We don't need to DIY homeschooling.
Moving Beyond DIY Homeschooling
True North Homeschool Academy was born out of a passion to equip and nurture parents as they intentionally educate their children.
We’ve been offering live online classes for over a decade, and have collectively been involved in alternative education in the form of private schools, classical academies, yeshivas, co-ops, class days, classical charters, online academies, and more.
We believe that Education is the Transmission of Culture. We are coming from a decidedly Judeo-Christian point of view. We are people of the Book.
True North Homeschool Academy teachers are a group of passionate, qualified, creative educators providing carefully curated Core Courses and Clubs, delivered by utilizing cutting-edge technology, gamification, and solid academic pedagogy. We understand the unique challenges and opportunities of homeschooling.
Making Your Homeschool Your Own
I know many will choose the DIY homeschooling route. And I'm here to support all homeschoolers. But, if you're looking for support, accountability, and connection, I encourage you to consider our live, online, interactive classes.
A partner in homeschooling doesn't mean you have to have a cookie-cutter homeschooling experience. And you don't have to DIY homeschooling. Pick and choose what works best for YOUR family. Make your homeschool your own.
Getting Started with a Homeschool Partner
Things to consider:
- What's their homeschool pedagogy?
- What is their worldview?
- What do others have to say about the potential partner?
- Consider other questions you might have in advance.
However you decide to pursue homeschooling, your children will thank you. Leave me a comment if you have questions.
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