17 (More) Reasons Why I Homeschool

I have done a couple of posts now on why I choose to homeschool, citing news articles about current events that continue to reaffirm our family’s decision to educate our children at home. I have continued to compile lists of recent events in the news (the list I am giving you today is news events just from the past month!), and it never ceases to amaze me the things that are happening in public schools these days. As a mother – especially a Christian mother – I simply cannot imagine sending my child to a public school knowing these things are going on all over the country. Please, as you are going through these lists, note that these things are happening everywhere; they are not simply isolated to a few “bad” areas. I urge you, please take a step back and pray about your child(ren)’s education, and see where God leads you.

So, yet again, here are even more reasons why I choose to homeschool.

 

  1. Because I am not okay with Bill Gates video taping my children.
  2. Because no child should come home with a bloodied face on his first day of school, or EVER.
  3. Because I’m pretty sure I’d wind up in jail facing assault charges if a teacher did this to my child – especially upon finding out that the teacher wasn’t terminated for such conduct.
  4. Because children should not be pressured into making career choices at 12 and 13 years old!
  5. Because… this. I shouldn’t need to waste my time explaining why this is wrong.
  6. Because parents should not have to pay $200 (on top of all the other costs) just to see their children graduate.
  7. Because extramarital sex and teen pregnancy should not be glorified.
  8. Because this is 2014, and teachers are not allowed to beat students!
  9. Because a child should never under any circumstances be denied the right to use the bathroom.
  10. Because hard work, competition, and a drive to succeed is what this nation was founded on and should en encouraged, not discouraged.
  11. Because I will never tolerate people like this educating my children.
  12. Because my husband and I will be educating our children about sex, family planning, and what moral standards are acceptable, not teachers.
  13. Because this is so incredulous, I can’t even find the words to express the ridiculousness of the situation.
  14. Because anyone who bans the use of sunscreen on OUTDOOR field trips, in JUNE, in TEXAS, is clearly not fit to make decisions about my children’s education.
  15. Because this is the sort of thing we as parents try to protect our children from; we should not have to fear our children encountering this at school! (And because I know for a fact that my husband would do the same thing if he were in this father’s shoes.)
  16. Because there has never been a school shooting at a homeschool.
  17. Because parents of first graders (or any age, for that matter) should not have to worry about their children being exposed to heroine!

Charlotte Mason Artist Study: Edgar Degas

I have been researching and putting another artist study, this time highlighting Edgar Degas. Naturally, his ballerina paintings are a favorite among my daughters. It will be interesting to explore a little deeper into his amazing artwork! Here are some of the free resources I have uncovered. I hope you find them useful!Edgar-Degas

History:

Notebooking pages:

Crafts and Activity Ideas

Charlotte Mason Artist Study: Claude Monet

Time for another artist study! Today’s focus is Claude Monet. Here is a list of some awesome resources for creating a totally FREE Charlotte Mason-style artist study. Enjoy, and happy homeschooling!

Claude Monet

Biography:

Notebooking pages:

Activity ideas:

Charlotte Mason Artist Study : Vincent Van Gogh

I have been having a lot of fun putting together these artist studies for my children. I never realized before that there are SO many free resources out there – all you have to do is search! I have assembled another compilation of resources for a Charlotte Mason-style artist study. This time we’re focusing on the well-known artist Vincent Van Gogh. I hope you find these resources helpful in your homeschool!

 

van gogh

The Life and Art of Van Gogh:

Fun activities and games:

Charlotte Mason Artist Study: Leonardo da Vinci

Image

Arguably, one of the greatest artists of all time was Leonardo da Vinci. He is a favorite of mine, and I am very excited to share his artwork with my children. There are so many incredible resources out there, many of which are FREE! I wanted to share some of the incredible free resources I have uncovered while scouring the internet to create an artist study for our homeschool. I hope you enjoy!

History/Biographies:

Free Coloring Pages:

Downloadable/Printable Notebooking and Journaling Pages:

Activity Ideas:

Charlotte Mason Artist Study: Pierre Renoir

We’re studying artists like crazy at our homeschool, and my kids are eating it up like candy! We are beginning a new study on Renoir, so I thought I would share some of the awesome FREE resources I have found.

Renoir-themed craft and activity ideas:

lapromenade

Enjoy! Happy Homeschooling!

Our Favorite File Folder Games!

I am a total file folder game junkie. My kids adore them. They are learning while having fun playing games. Does it get any better than that?? I think not!

games

There are a lot of free resources out there for file folder game printables and downloads. It’s hard sometimes to sort through them all and find the ones that are actually worth printing! I decided to compile a list of my kid-tested, mom-approved favorites. Oh, and did I mention FREE? Gotta love it! Enjoy!

Pre-K and Kindergarten File Folder Games

Elementary File Folder Games:

Charlotte Mason Artist Study: Wassily Kandinsky

For those of you who love Charlotte Mason style education, here are some great resources for you! This is all you’ll need to do a completely free artist study on Wassily Kandinsky.

Here are links to some great FREE resources:

Just for fun, I am also throwing in a printable PDF I created, of information on my favorite pieces of artwork by Kandinsky:

Kandinsky Study

Also, here are some printable pictures of the artwork in found in the PDF I created. Enjoy! Happy homeschooling, friends!

 

Yellow-Red-Blue

On White II

Composition X

Composition VII

Composition IV

The Days of Lot

 

What are “the days of Lot” Jesus referred to in the book of Luke? I have seen a number of references to this verse lately, so I decided to do an in-depth Bible study on it.

Let’s start at the beginning. Here’s the passage in context:

Then He said to the disciples, “The days will come when you will desire to see one of the days of the Son of Man, and you will not see it. And they will say to you, ‘Look here!’ or ‘Look there!’ Do not go after them or follow them. For as the lightning that flashes out of one part under heaven shines to the other part under heaven, so also the Son of Man will be in His day. But first He must suffer many things and be rejected by this generation. And as it was in the days of Noah, so it will be also in the days of the Son of Man: they ate, they drank, they married wives, they were given in marriage, until the day that Noah entered the ark, and the flood came and destroyed them all. Likewise as it was also in the days of Lot: They ate, they drank, they bought, they sold, they planted, they built; but on the day that Lot went out of Sodom it rained fire and brimstone from heaven and destroyed them all. Even so will it be in the day when the Son of Man is revealed.” (Luke 17:28-30)

The first thing to notice here is that Jesus is talking about the end times. He is describing what the world will look like before his second return. He’s giving them several warnings: false teachers will come, there will be suffering, and things will be as they were with Noah and Lot. So, how were things with Noah and Lot? Genesis paints a pretty clear picture about how things were in the “Days of Noah”:

Then the Lord saw that the wickedness of man was great in the earth, and that every intent of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually. (Genesis 6:5)

The Biblical account of the “Days of Lot” is even clearer. In Genesis 18:20, the Lord himself states that “the outcry against Sodom and Gomorrah is great,” and that “their sin is very grave.” I don’t know about you, but this definitely piques my interest. What were they doing that was so very grave? Genesis 19 answers that question.

Now the two angels came to Sodom in the evening, and Lot was sitting in the gate of Sodom. When Lot saw them, he rose to meet them, and he bowed himself with his face toward the ground. And he said, “Here now, my lords, please turn in to your servant’s house and spend the night, and wash your feet; then you may rise early and go on your way.” (Genesis 19:1-2)

If you read on, you see that they go with Lot to his home. Here’s what happens next:

Now before they lay down, the men of the city, the men of Sodom, both old and young, all the people from every quarter, surrounded the house. And they called to Lot and said to him, “Where are the men who came to you tonight? Bring them out to us that we may know them carnally.” (Genesis 19:4-5)

To be clear, “knowing them carnally” means to have sex. Yes, the men of Sodom saw angels of the Lord appearing in the form of men and wanted to have sex with them. I don’t know about you, but that is just about the most repugnant thing I have ever read. These men were so perverse, so depraved, that they planned to rape God’s messengers. They were knee-deep in some seriously disturbing sin. It wasn’t just the men, however. The women of Sodom and Gomorrah were also partaking in these goings-on. The Book of Jude verse 7 tells us, “They were giving themselves over to sexual immorality and going after strange flesh.” (In case you’re wondering, “strange flesh” is any flesh which is unnatural; i.e. homosexuality).

The other major sin being committed by Sodom and Gomorrah was haughtiness, or pride.

Look, this was the iniquity of your sister Sodom: She and her daughter had pride, fullness of food, and abundance of idleness; neither did she strengthen the hand of the poor and needy. And they were haughty and committed abomination before Me. (Ezekiel 16:49-50a)

The picture painted is pretty clear. They believed they knew best, and they did as they saw fit. As Christians, we find their behavior shocking and repulsive, but to them it was normal and completely acceptable.  This was a nation blinded by their perversion. Their sin, which was an abomination to the Lord, was not sin to them, and they were too deeply immersed in their lifestyle led by their carnal desires to see anything wrong with themselves. (Does this sound familiar?)

So, when Jesus says that the end times are like the days of Lot, I believe He was telling us that it will be a time when men and women, as a whole, live only for themselves, and will do what they see is right in their own eyes. As Revelation 18:7 tells us, the world will say, “I sit as queen, and am no widow, and will not see sorrow.” People will be prideful, thinking they are better than God and have no need for Him. The world will be rife with sexual sin, and these perversions will be seen as normal and perfectly natural, and will be embraced by those who do not follow the Lord. In a nutshell, the world is going to look an awful lot like Sodom and Gomorrah. Based on what Jesus Himself tells us, I believe Christians today should be watchful. We are certainly rapidly approaching the end times. It may be sooner than any of us think.

But know this, that in the last days perilous times will come: For men will be lovers of themselves, lovers of money, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy, unloving, unforgiving, slanderers, without self-control, brutal, despisers of good, traitors, headstrong, haughty, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God, having a form of godliness but denying its power. And from such people turn away! For of this sort are those who creep into households and make captives of gullible women loaded down with sins, led away by various lusts, always learning and never able to come to the knowledge of the truth. (2 Timothy 3:1-3)

But take heart, fellow Christians, for as Jesus tells us, “He who endures to the end shall be saved.” (Matthew 24:13)