Recently I joined an online book club with Amanda over at The Pelsers. I was first attracted to the book title: 7 Tools for Cultivating Your Child's Potential. It was convenient to download to my Kindle Fire.
The first 'assignment' was to read the Introduction and Appendix of the book.
(1) Introduction is her summary of their journey to homeschooling
(2) Appendix is her summary of their legal trials and triumphs to homeschool in the 1980s.
I was amazed more about her journey to FIGHT to homeschool then the journey. I believe at some extent we all say NO to God when it comes to homeschooling. It's just not that mainstream; although, more and more Americans are learning how fantastic homeschooling can be and deciding more to benefit from this type of education. I mean who doesn't want to cultivate their child's potential??? No matter the venue of the education.
As far as homeschooling, I believe and realize, it's a matter of choices and circumstances parents decide to homeschool. It's not at all ONLY because of religious matters...but academic as well.
Our own decision to homeschool is marked by several outside factors: military life, Christianity, DoDDs schools overseas, transitioning (moving frequently), and other Christian friends who have or are homeschooling. Prayer is a must. We know. We did.
It takes a great leap of faith to homeschool - no matter the reasons behind it.
If you would like, I have our personal story of our own journey to homeschool - that you can read below:
Anyway, as far as reading the Appendix in the book, I was amazed of the trials and triumphs in their family's journey to homeschool. If really makes me appreciate the freedoms we have in America and in the state of Texas. I pray we never forget the hard work, sweat, and legal defense that it took to keep this right, well, a basic right to homeschool.
I have known for several years about Parental Rights.org -I keep up with HSLDA.org and specifically news in Texas - and subscribe to the Texas Home School Coalition and then it trickles down to local co-ops and support groups.
Overall, I am excited to finish this book in detail and pray about our homeschool journey. We never know in which direction the Lord leads us -- until we sit down to pray, listen, and obey.
What we treasure the most is determined by what the heart desires, if we are seeking godly things the heart will long for those, likewise, if we are seeking worldly things the heart will long for those as well. Interestingly enough though, when we give our hearts to God He places new desires upon them and gives us treasures that nothing here on earth can compare to.
“Among whom also we all had our conversation in times past in the lusts of our flesh, fulfilling the desires of the flesh and of the mind; and were by nature the children of wrath, even as others. But God, who is rich in mercy, for his great love wherewith he loved us, For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God hath before ordained that we should walk in them.” -Ephesians 2:3,4,10.
So far I would definitely recommend this book, solely of the fact that the author is a veteran homeschooler and being on the front lines of changing legislation for the betterment of the homeschool arena -- it can't get much better than the real thing.
Thank you Zan Tyler for paving the way for me to homeschool my children!! It's truly a blessing to do so!