While at Teach Them Diligently in Nashville we had the opportunity to catch up with Michael Donnelly, Director of Global Outreach at HSLDA (Homeschool Legal Defense Association). We are so thankful for the work HSLDA does to protect homeschooling families and for their support of Schoolhouse Rocked.
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.
We had a great time interviewing Josh Tolley for Schoolhouse Rocked: The Homeschool Revolution. One of the themes that has been repeated often in our interviews for the movie is that homeschooling gives families the opportunity to create healthy family businesses, and that Involving your children in the business and family economy grounds their education in real-life principals. Josh’s message of entrepreneurship serves homeschooling families well, and Josh and his Purple Monkey Garage mechanics are out on the road helping families to put this idea into practice, by “fixing businesses, repairing lives”, through his book EVANGELPRENEUR and the great training from Purple Monkey University.
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 – The Way, the Truth, The Life
“Christ is the note in which – he’s the key in which the whole cosmos sings. The angels sing in the key of Christ, and we should too. And when we aren’t willing to think, for whatever reason, when we aren’t willing to think according to our capacity, which for none of us is very great, but if we’re not willing to think according to our capacity then we have to consider the possibility that it’s because we don’t believe that Jesus is the truth, which he claimed to be – “The Way, The Truth, and The Life.”
Andrew Kern, CiRCE Institute
In this short segment Yvette talks with Dr. Jennifer Murff, president of Future Leader Lab and Millennials for Marriage. Dr. Murff is a homeschool mom of four, a college professor, and a homeschooling and family advocate. She talks about how she is balancing family, homeschool, and work, and how even though most of the time she feels competent as a mom and wife, the thought of homeschooling brought new challenges and doubts. Thankfully, God has equipped her, like he equips other parents, to be exactly what her children need.
“I want you to know, the time that you invest is oh so worth it. Those days when you feel like you’re a failure, those days when you feel like you’re going to ruin your child, you just keep showing up. Motherhood is the ministry of showing up. Show up moms. Show up every day. Be patient. Be diligent. Be faithful. God will reward you when you do not grow weary and quit. It’s always too soon to quit! The cool thing is, you can finish this race well. You can finish this race with kids who actually like you. You can finish this race with a family that’s intact. You can finish this race with kids who are able to stand strong in this world, that can take their place in the marketplace, that can function well in society, that can love the Lord and really make a difference in this world. And you have that opportunity when you choose to homeschool. And you just keep pressing on, and you keep leaning in to the Lord when those days are super hard. You can do it! I know you can!” – Connie Albers