Tag Archives: Homeschool

★ Cecelia Schmidt Podcast Behind-the-Scenes Video

Cecelia Schmidt is a recent high school graduate who was homeschooled from 7-12 Grade. She is the published author of three books in a Christian historical fiction series, The War Rages On, The War Within, and The War’s End. These books are beloved in the Hampton household. She hopes to encourage other aspiring authors to develop their writing skills and use them for God’s glory.

★ Heidi St. John Full Interview – Backstage Pass Members Only

Heidi St. John is an encouragement to homeschooling moms across the country. Her books Becoming MomStrong: How to Fight with All That’s in You for Your Family and Your Faith, Prayers for the Battlefield: Staying MomStrong in the Fight for Your Family and Faith, Busy Homeschool Mom’s Guide to Daylight Managing Your Days Through the Homeschool Years, and The Busy Homeschool Mom’s Guide to Romance: Nurturing Your Marriage Through the Homeschool Years are best-selling hits with solid Biblical instruction to feed your heart and head.

We had the great privilege of interviewing Heidi at the beautiful Gaylord Opryland Hotel after the Teach Them Diligently homeschooling convention in Nashville, Tennessee. You will be blessed by her generous spirit and shared wisdom.

★ Josh Tolley Full Interview – Backstage Pass Members Only

“Homeschool families have an amazing opportunity when it comes to teaching their children about entrepreneurship,because what we see in schools… what we see in mass education is that we have a system that has to be graded, and if it has to be graded then it has to be taught to all students the same. This is the reason when people come to me and say, “Josh what MBA program in college should I go partake in to be a great entrepreneur?” I say, “none”, because MBA programs produce great managers. They don’t create great entrepreneurs, because great entrepreneurs have to do something that isn’t easily replicable, and when you have four thousand kids all getting their MBA this year they all got graded on the same criteria all you did was create four thousand people that are going to replicate answers and expect results. The opportunity for homeschoolers lies in the fact that everything can be customizable and applicable.” – Josh Tolley

Andrew Kern on Classical Education

Andrew Kern is the founder of the CiRCE Institute. We met with Mr. Kern in Greenville, South Carolina, during last year’s Southeastern Great Homeschool Convention. His insights into classical education, education philosophy, rest, wisdom and virtue, and Christian intellect were incredibly valuable, and did much to influence our own homeschooling practices.

Wisdom and virtue, truth, goodness, and beauty, knowing God and making him known – these continue to be hailed as the “important things”. Mr. Kern sums these ideas up perfectly in a single Biblical quote, “Seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added to you.” Hopefully, this is an encouragement to you, as you struggle to prioritize and schedule, plan and execute – to maintain balance.

Hope for Homeschooling Struggling Learners – Anna Meli, Dealing with Dyslexia

Anna attended public preschool and kindergarten, but severe dyslexia caused her mom, who knew she was smart and capable, to bring her home in order to keep her from being improperly labeled and segregated by the public schools. While her education wasn’t easy, her mom persisted and finally found a program that allowed her to learn to read. Even though reading is still a struggle and she didn’t learn to read until very late, homeschooling allowed her the freedom to pursue other passions and talents and provided the individualized education that she needed to succeed.

Andrew Pudewa on School At Home


Andrew Pudewa on School At Home

“Sometimes we just need to get that break from our, kind, of addiction to doing school at home. A lot of people want to do homeschooling, so they’ll, you know, pull their kids out, or not go to an institution, and then they’ll recreate that same kind of conveyor belt method at home, because that’s that’s all we know. That’s what we came through, and it’s hard not to do to your kids what was done to you, whether it was the right thing or not. And so we have to kind of break those paradigms.”
Andrew Pudewa, Institute for Excellence in Writing

Andrew Kern “Taste and See”

“So we need to orient our instruction toward harmony, because Christ is the principal of all harmony, and if we do that then imitating and memorizing and paying attention will be energized. They will not just be a hook through the nose forcing kids to do things for tests, but they will be energized and directed toward something truly satisfying to the soul, and it’s satisfying because God made it that way. God made the soul to hunger for harmony and he made made himself as the solution. So every single time the soul harmonizes anything they experience the delight, ultimately the delight of knowing God, of enjoying God’s goodness. Now, obviously that’s the same thing as the glory of heaven, but it’s a taste. So let them taste it. “Taste and see that the Lord is good.” – Andrew Kern, CiRCE Institute