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Why Online Homeschooling is on the Rise


The Jubilee Academy
Tuesday, 15 March 2016 18:34

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Why Online Homeschooling is on the Rise

 

Homeschooling is on the rise, but also online homeschooling specifically. Why are more parents choosing online homeschooling over many other options? More people are aware of the online homeschooling websites from an increase of advertising, but what factors lead to their decision?

 

Online Homeschooling is Easy: Parents have all of the resources they need to teach their children from the convenience of their computer. Teacher guides, lessons, printables, worksheets, and everything they can imagine has already been assembled by the online homeschooling company.

 

Online Homeschooling Expands Their Learning Potential: If the parent has forgotten their high school Spanish lessons, they don’t have to compromise their children’s language learning potential. Online homeschooling has the resources as well as online teachers who can fill in the gaps for any subject from kindergarten to 12th grade. This gives the parents more confident that they are meeting the needs of their own students.

 

Online Homeschooling is Accessible: Anyone with access to a computer and the Internet can get their education through online homeschooling. Students can live in the city or remote, rural cities. This means that parents who are not satisfied with the level of quality education in their school district have more choices because of online homeschooling.

 

States across the country are reporting that more students are leaving the physical classroom and are taking advantage of blended and online learning opportunities. Parents are opting for online homeschooling for reasons including child safety from violence or bullying in school, dissatisfaction with the quality or content of education, or the convenience that the flexibility of online homeschooling provides the family. They also have the confidence that their child will be gaining the education they need.

 



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Mimi Rothschild Asks "Homeschool Curriculum – Do I Need It?"


Mimi Rothschild
Thursday, 6 May 2010 10:14

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Mimi Rothschild Asks “Homeschool Curriculum – Do I Need It?”

Author: Heidi Johnson

Homeschool curriculum and books are plentiful.



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Mimi Rothschild Brings You "Top 12 Reasons to Homeschool Your Children"


Mimi Rothschild
Wednesday, 5 May 2010 12:40

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Mimi Rothschild Brings You “Top 12 Reasons to Homeschool Your Children

Author: Teresa Dear
1.) Have control over the material your child learns. Worldview included!

2.) Decide with your child the depth and duration of topical studies. To skim the main ideas or to delve into the deepest detail of whatever topic!

3.) Never again be a slave to the school year or the school day: go to the grocery store and the amusement park when you want to, not the same week as everyone else!

4.) Be the major influence in the shaping of your child, instead of his peer group!

5.) For the ability to take advantage of all the opportunities for interesting, character-shaping talks with your child as they arise.

6.) Delight in the fact that your children will be able to interact and converse with all age groups, not just their own.

7.) For the fact that your kids will be able to investigate community helpers



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Mimi Rothschild Brings You "When Your Homeschooler Does Not Like School, 8 Steps to Re-fit Your Program"


Mimi Rothschild
Tuesday, 4 May 2010 17:53

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Mimi Rothschild Brings You “When Your Homeschooler Does Not Like School, 8 Steps to Re-fit Your Program

Author: Lily Ann
There is something you can do about it and that’s what makes homeschooling successful. When your child tells you that he doesn’t like school, you know the program doesn’t fit.



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Mimi Rothschild Brings You "5 Steps to Beating Burnout"


Mimi Rothschild
Thursday, 29 April 2010 14:55

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Mimi Rothschild Brings You “5 Steps to Beating Burnout

Author: Pat Fenner
Homeschooling can be a physically exhausting undertaking. Even for those who have been in the trenches



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Mimi Rothschild Brings You "Finding Your Daily Motivation: Homeschooling Challenge"


Mimi Rothschild
Thursday, 29 April 2010 14:19

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Mimi Rothschild Brings You “Finding Your Daily Motivation: Homeschooling Challenge

As with any job or task, we often find ourselves becoming complacent and homeschooling your child is not different. Sometimes you might wake up thinking to yourself that this is becoming more of a job than an adventure. It is certainly okay to feel that way from time to time but it can also be a deterrent to continuing your child’s education at home if you wake up feeling this way every day.

Some of the ways that you can get your motivation are also going to be determined by what is going on in your life at the time and how your health is holding up. If you have been sticking to the same type of schedule for an extended period of time, then a time to change that schedule is now.

Having the same schedule constantly is definitely one of the ways to find yourself feeling this way all of the time. So instead of starting your day at 8 a.m. every day, try an earlier time or a later time. Be sure that if you do this you are informing your child of the change so that they are not thrown off guard and feel free to explain to them why there is a need for the change.

The next thing to do is change the order in which you start the daily studies. For example, if you typically start your day with reading, change that to doing math. One of the things I used to do to get me motivated and make every day different and unique is to ask my child what they wanted to start with everyday. They do not always want to start out with math or reading every day and this way, I was able to accommodate them as well as keeping me on my toes because I never knew what their choice of first topic was going to be.

If after trying some of these suggestions, you feel as though you still are not motivated enough, then that is actually a sign that you really do need a break. After all the kids in school take breaks all of the time and being a homeschooler is no different. You do need a mental break from all of that knowledge and your children will be sure to appreciate that break as well.

Set a reasonable time frame and make plans to go do something that is completely nothing but fun!


Melissa Murdoch has a passion for life span development and education, and believes wholeheartedly that a healthy society begins at home.


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Mimi Rothschild Brings You"God’s Love Shown Through One Baby Girl


Mimi Rothschild
Wednesday, 28 April 2010 11:51

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Mimi Rothschild Brings You

“God’s Love Shown Through One Baby Girl” by Rebecca Springer


I was married at the young age of 18 and began my family before that. I tell most people that I loved life so much I that I hurtled right over into it. By the time I was 19 I was expecting my second child and I could never be happier. It all happened so fast that it takes me a minute just to remember the details. It is time for my husband and I to go to the doctor and I am so excited they plan on telling me what sex the baby is. I am sitting in the waiting room with anxiety, my legs are bouncing and it seems like my heart is going to jump out of my chest. I can’t hurry fast enough into the sonogram room when they call my name out loud to come back. “I am here let’s hurry and find out. Can that be the first thing you look for please I really want to know?” I say very impatiently.As the doctor comes in the nurse turns to him and has a look on her face that I can’t seem to get out of my head. He looks at the sonogram and sits what seems like ever so slowly in his chair and I remember a tear beginning to trickle down the side of my face. Something was wrong. He turns the monitor toward him as to get a better look at the screen. Than I hear the news that no mother wants to hear when she is pregnant. The doctor says he wants me to go see a specialist because he sees an abnormality with the baby’s heart. I beg him to tell me what it could be with no avail. I leave this day with sadness surrounding me and I feel as all hope is lost.I wait nervously in the waiting room feeling tears whale up in my eyes, with all the ‘what ifs” going through my head. All I can do from breaking down is asking my husband to hold me. We are called in and we have to wait no longer Dr. Tabor is all ready waiting on us. The sonogram is confirmed the baby is missing the left ventricle of the heart and has fluid build up on the brain. Dr. Tabor stops in mid sentence and tells us that it is not too late to terminate the pregnancy if I should feel that this is too much to bare. My heart is broken I knew at this very instance that I didn’t want to loose my child. Dr. Tabor goes on to say that he wants to do an amneosynthesis to check for chromosomal abnormality. We agree and when it is done we leave there with 2 options. To terminate the pregnancy or to continue with the pregnancy with prayer that things may change. It was not till later on this day that I went to church and asked for prayer. It is there that I felt like all would be ok. I felt God’s presence surrounding me in a way I never felt before. My husband at my side holding me up my preacher at the other I felt at peace when something that had never happened to me happened. A sweet little old woman began to speak in a way that no one understood. We looked at her in amazement by the way she spoke in these tongues. And then it happened. I man came forth and made himself known and began the prophecy. It was spoken over me that God himself would take care of this situation and that I need not worry for this child is in the palm of his hands. I had to turn this over to him. “Do not be afraid, nor fret my child. You lean on me and let me have this. This burden is not for you to carry.” I laid it at the cross that night. I would worry no longer but I would continue to go to the to high risk specialist with hope in my heart On my very next visit to Dr. Tabor the nurse is amazed by what she sees. She has to call the doctor in to confirm. The fluid that surrounded the brain is down a considerable amount. I am filled with delight, joy and I began to cry once again. Only this time it would be with an over coming sensation of relief. The results from the amneo came back and all looks well. The doctor praised me for not even blinking an eye when it came to the decision of keeping the baby. Then I finally hear the news that I have waited to hear since my last visit with my regular doctor. My husband and I are being blessed with a baby girl. Each visit to the doctor we received better and better news. We praised God each time saying you are an awesome Father and we can’t thank you enough for the miracles you are working in our lives, for the love that you are pouring upon us. At one of the last visits before I gave birth to my daughter Dr. Tabor stands in shock as he looks at the screen and sees no fluid around the brain. He has no words to describe what has happened. He seemed so sure of the words he had told me so many times before that she would be born with pressure on her brain caused by this fluid and now it is no longer there. “For lack of a better word I am stund and speechless” he says to me with a look on his face of what is happening. He moves on to say that when she is born they will have to do surgery on her heart but this is a common procedure and all should go well. Once again I leave with a since of relief, hope and pride that my God works in many ways. My beautiful baby girl, Emyli, was born on April 4, 2002. I had longed to hear her cry out but there was nothing not a sound made. I prayed and cried out to God please make her cry I want to hear my child and in that instance Emyli cried hard and long. My love burst from my chest across the room and met with my child. They rushed her out and with a glimpse of her I knew again something was wrong. Hours go by and I hear nothing no one has come by to tell me what is going on. Her doctor finally makes an appearance in my door way and ask if he can sit. He comes in and tells me the horrifying news. Emyli has been born with no eyes but to everyone she looks like she is sleeping, the bone in her nose that allows her to breath has not separated, she is missing her pituitary gland and the left ventricle of her heart. She was born with septo optic dysplasia. I was broken. Three days later my precious daughter passed away. I cried and I begged God for an answer. “Why God!!! Why did you take her from me? Why did you lie to me and say that you would take care of her and that I didn’t need to worry God!!!! WHHHY!” I was crushed and angry. I felt as if God had let me down. At Emyli’s funeral many people came from all over. I had never seen some of these people. I kept asking myself “who are these people?” “Why are they here?” I wanted them to go away. They had no right to be there they didn’t know me or my child. I kept repeating it in my head over and over again “Just go away.” “My baby is here I see her, I want to hold her, smell her, and I want to take my baby home.” I became very withdrawn from God. I became so withdrawn that I wouldn’t attend church, pray, and I locked my bible away in hopes that I would never see it again. Soon I wouldn’t sleep in fear that I would have the dream that I had had over and over again. ‘A man calls out to me in a distance. When I turn I see him and he is holding my baby. He says to me “Becca I don’t understand if you want her fight for her just come take her from me.” I would walk forward. The faster I walked and then ran the further away he seemed. There was no end and no hope to catch him.’ I tried so hard and ran so fast that even when I woke up in the morning I would feel like I just ended a race. One year went by and I learned that my husband and I were expecting another child. I cried myself to sleep that night wondering how I can give birth to a healthy child and love this baby as much as I had missed my Emyli. In that night my dreams had changed. ‘A man calls out to me in a distance. When I turn I see him and he is holding my baby. He says to me “Becca I don’t understand if you want her fight for her just come take her from me.” Then I hear a voice a tiny little voice calling out “Mommy no don’t.” When I look to my left I see another man that shines so bright I can hardly see and walking hand in hand with a beautiful little girl. She again cries out “Mommy I am here. That is not me there in his arms I am here. I am with Jesus please Mommy don’t run anymore. I am here.” When I turn to walk away from the man that is standing in front of me he drops the blanket that has been in his arms and nothing is there just as my little girl had said.’ When I wake up that morning I knew that I have been chasing nothing and that my Emyli is where she belongs “sitting at the feet of our Lord”. I realize that God did do exactly as he said he would do. He did take my daughter and welcome her home. I also realized that he sent her here not just for me but for everyone to hear her story. I began to open the letters that were sent to me after her death and again reading them but this time listening to what they said. Letter after letter I read how Emyli had touched their heart and brought them closer to God. How just being at her funeral they asked God to be their hearts and number in their lives. I was touched and new that Emyli touched each and every person that was there that day. Her body had lain in a casket lifeless but her spirit had moved across the rows of people. God’s spirit along with hers and finally into people’s heart. I still have each letter that was written to me and I like to read over them now again to show me that God can move through anyone; even a child. This is my daughter Emyli’s story of how God’s love is shown through one baby girl.



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Mimi Rothschild Asks "Are Your Children Growing Up Too Fast"?


Mimi Rothschild
Tuesday, 27 April 2010 18:21

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Mimi Rothschild Asks

Are Your Children Growing Up Too Fast?
by Kimberly Chastain


Each time our children graduate from one stage to another (i.e. crawling – walking, preschool – school, highschool – graduation) we as parents are excited and a little sad as well. We want our children to grow up, but we reminisce about the “good old” days. I think those mixed feelings are normal for all of us. My question for you is – “Are your children growing up too fast emotionally and socially?” We can’t stop their physical growth, but we can affect their emotional and social growth.

Our society is compressing childhood more and more to where children are not children for very long. We only have 18 years in our entire life to be children. We struggle as parents to keep our children innocent. Unfortunately, the events of September 11th stole away even more of our children’s innocence.
Children are not little adults. Often, children dress like adults in miniature. Children want to emulate their teen or adult heroes in dress and talk. As parents we are fighting a raging river in keeping our children young and innocent. Society, schools, and parents are pushing children to grow up too fast.

Answer the following questions to see if your children are growing up too fast?

1. Do your children want to wear clothing that is designed for much older children?

2. Do your younger children want to watch TV shows designed for teenagers? Do your teenagers want to watch adult TV shows that contain sex and violence?

3. Are the books your children are reading age appropriate?

4. Are your children involved in so many extra-curricular activities they have no down time to just explore or goof off?

5. Are your children losing that wonderful “childish” sense of wonder about the world or do they know it all?

6. Do your find your children are growing increasingly inpatient and have to be entertained? Do they often say I’m bored?

7. Can you remember the last time you told your child you are not old enough to know about a certain topic and we will talk about it when you get older?

8. When was the last time you told your children, “No, you can’t do that until you are older or that outfit is not acceptable to wear in our family?”

9. Do you monitor what music your children listen to, computer games they play, Internet sites they visit – are they age appropriate?

10. Do your children hang out with much older kids who are not a good influence?

Hopefully, these questions have caused you to stop and think about how quickly your children are growing up. Due to society’s pressures you will have to make a concerted effort to keep your children innocent. There will be parent and child peer pressure to force your children to do things early. You may not be a popular parent when you say No to something “everyone else is doing.” Parenting is not for the fainthearted or a popularity contest.

In closing, let me relate a recent example. I was watching a morning news show and they were discussing summer camps for kids. The guest said more and more kids are looking for computer and science camps, in order to improve their resumes for college. I found myself yelling at the TV – “Why can’t you just enjoy camp, instead of it looking good on a resume. When did camp stop being fun and start being work?”

Remember the wise words of King Solomon in Ecclesiastes 3:1 – “There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under heaven.” Childhood is a precious time and it is all ready much too short, keep your children innocent and protect their childhood.




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Mimi Rothschild Brings You "Another Kind of Special Needs Child"


Mimi Rothschild
Thursday, 22 April 2010 09:52

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Mimi Rothschild Brings You “Another Kind of Special Needs Child”
by Linda Krueger


If you’re like most people – myself included – when you hear the term “special needs,” you probably start thinking of a certain type of person; one who may be physically or emotionally handicapped. And in fact, until very recently this is the only definition of special needs that I was aware of. But while trying to find out more about our son’s giftedness I found something very interesting. It seems that the more profoundly gifted a child is the more that child could be considered special needs; not in the traditional sense of the definition, but special needs none-the-less. Initially I didn’t much care for this label for our son, but the more I thought about it the more it made sense. And the more it made sense, the more freedom I found.

Our son’s chronological age doesn’t seem to have much bearing on either his cognitive reasoning or his emotional maturity and it is the great difference in these areas that makes our son a special needs child. While it can be quite a delight to teach him and see him absorb information almost as fast as I can feed it to him, because of his ability to communicate at a level on par with a 12 or 13 year old I have a tendency to treat him as though he were older than he is. This can cause quite a lot of frustration on my part, especially when he starts behaving like a 3 or 4 year old, which is about where he is emotionally. It’s sort of like have three kids rolled into one – and boy can it be tiring!

To look at an asynchronous child – one whose emotion, intellectual and chronological ages are on different levels – you might not think that the child was different from any other. But then they talk to you and you soon realize that something is different. Our son is much like that. He looks like a normal 5 year old boy. Then he opens his mouth and it’s all over. For the parents of asynchronous children life becomes an unusual symphony – trying to be the intermediary between your child and the world, and vice versa.

My husband and I are the ones who have to explain the world to our son; not only the world, but his place in it. We also have to explain to our son why he can’t do the things that he wants to do because he’s just too young to do them. It’s times like these that his asynchronisity is most evident. His intense emotions are easily frustrated by his advanced intellectualism. When these worlds collide inside our son, all we can do is be there for him, hold him and comfort him.

Just the other night my husband said that he wished our son could just be a little boy. I have often felt cheated out of our son’s toddler years, and even this time when he should have no cares, no worries other than which toy to play with first. But when your child teaches himself to read by the age of two and a half, when he takes six weeks to complete a full year’s kindergarten curriculum before he’s three, and learns his states and capitals by his fourth birthday, what can you do?

We have never pushed our son academically. On the contrary, it has been our son who has run so far in the lead that at times my husband and I merely try to keep up with him. I won’t deny him intellectual stimulation just because society says that a child his age should be doing X, Y or Z. And we’ve found that if he doesn’t have something to challenge him intellectually, he becomes bored and then, watch out!

Parenting a “normal” child is a big balancing act. Parenting a child with special needs, whether society would call them handicapped or gifted, can be a three-ringed circus. But with God’s help and guidance, and learning as much as you can about the uniqueness and intricacies of your child, it can be the greatest show on earth!

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Mimi Rothschild Brings You "Homeschooling 101"


Mimi Rothschild
Wednesday, 21 April 2010 15:31

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Mimi Rothschild Brings You “Homeschooling 101″
by Lena Mabra


It never occurred to me that possibly some day I’d be married with three children. I didn’t have the best upbringing and had to raise my sisters and brother so focusing on my future was not high on the priority list.

Suddenly there was my future, now my present, staring me in the face: two children, a baby on the way, and a recent layoff. We had just moved to a small town from Nashville and my husband’s income was less than half of what we had been living on. To make matters worse, we still had a house to sell in Nashville and two car payments that took up most of his monthly income. An understatement would be to stay that we were merely surviving. The craziest thing was that in the midst of it all, God said the most ridiculous thing I had ever heard, “I want you to homeschool.”

“Okay you want me to homeschool,” I laughed at God. “First, I must have enough strength to even make it through the day with being eight months pregnant and caring for two young children. Then we must have a lot more income than this barely-getting-by amount.” I continued telling Him all the things that needed to happen in order for me to begin homeschool, as if He already didn’t know.

He listened patiently and after I gave Him my sob story as I did every single day, He repeated, “I want you to homeschool.” I laughed to myself, feeling like Sarah in the Bible when at the ripe old age of ninety, God said that she would have a baby.

A billion questions flew through my head as I pondered the possibility of teaching my children. How and where do I begin? What do I teach them? What curriculum do I use, if any at all? What if I don’t have the money to purchase books? What if the kids don’t obey me? What if I can’t control them? How do I keep their attention?

The questions put me in a panic as I reasoned with God. Lord, you really must not know my child and if you do then you know how easily he gets bored. You know how easily bored and distracted I get, jumping from one project to the next. Oh, and my daughter has her own ideas. She won’t do an assigned project, she’ll do her own thing. It just won’t work. I have too much on my plate already. I’m not qualified. I don’t even have a clue about the legal aspects of homeschooling. I don’t know how to take them out of school. I don’t have the time. I DON’T WANT TO BE RESPONSIBLE FOR MY KIDS’ STUPIDITY!!

Three years later and still God’s voice could be heard more clearly than ever, “I want you to homeschool.” When something is so strong and won’t go away, you can almost guarantee that it’s from God. Things had improved financially but the only way this was a possibility was because my husband accepted a job in a larger town and I was working part time and enrolled in college again. The money I received from scholarships and grants brought in more than if I were to work and pay for childcare.

“But, Lord, I’m in college again after ten years, I’m working also, and raising three kids,” I argued again.

“That’s okay. I’ll help you,” He replied softly and patiently. “I’ve provided you with more income and an extremely flexible schedule with college hours that you were able to select. Your job allows you to bring the children and work your own hours also.”

I must admit, this He did. Even so, I didn’t have enough money to buy a packaged curriculum. I didn’t even have enough to buy used books. There, that was my excuse! “You already have the desire,” He told me.

“But it takes more than desire. I need books and supplies. I have to know how to teach.”

“You’ve taught them everything they know since birth. You taught them happiness and security by meeting their needs. You’ve taught them how to walk, eat, talk, and pray.”

“Okay, okay. I’m getting the point here but I don’t have materials. You know, the stuff called books to teach with.”

“You have what you have,” He answered. Why does God always have to talk like that, I thought to myself. It’s that same “I am who I am. My name is I am” answer. That can get annoying sometimes. He knew what I was thinking as He said, “The Bible, library books, items around the house, the garden, museums, nature. Everything you need is already provided.”

I begin to realize that I never had any training or education on how to raise my siblings and to be a little adult, God helped me along the way and I used what I had and did what I had to do. I didn’t know anything about marriage and dealing with a lifelong partner but learned as the years went by. Not to say that the learning was always easy! I definitely didn’t know much about being a mother and yet I was doing a good job so far. “Okay,” I told Him, “I’ll try it for ONE month. If the whole idea is a failure, then I gave it my best shot.” He smiled at me.

Between all other commitments, I started researching. There were many books at the library on the subject of teaching your own children, an entire section even. There were programs with events such as art shows, reading programs, science fairs, and field trips. There were math and spelling bees, computer classes, fitness classes, and support groups. I could even get free lessons and even an entire year’s lessons online. Wow!

I’m a very organized person so setting my own lesson plans was no problem but if some of you aren’t, there are many resources through the library, websites, and various programs that offer plans already written out. However, after five years of homeschooling, I don’t even have a lesson plan. Be sure to check with your state laws first and can find those anywhere. My state is very flexible in homeschooling guidelines.

I chose to use the Bible along with library books.. We read stories that allowed them to get in a Bible lesson and picked out words to learn for spelling and comprehension. History, as you know, is a huge part of the Bible. Math was incorporated by counting the number of descendants, figuring out the measurements of Noah’s ark and the Ark of the Covenant, the number of years between each event were calculated, etc. Lifeskills was taught by applying scripture to daily life and doing projects that stemmed from the day’s scripture. For instance, we’d make the food that the verse talked about or worked on making a slingshot after reading the story of David and the Giant. Art was incorporated by drawing scenes and characters. Drama and music was taught by putting on skits and plays from favorite stories and characters. My children would often choose addition books, videos, and games based on what they learned.

You don’t have to use the Bible. This is just an example of how I started homeschooling with what I already had. Keep in mind that if you aren’t as creative or flexible, there are many wonderful books and websites that have lesson plans in which you can follow.

Although I went to public school and my children were in both public and private school, I believe sitting in class for hours every day with a recess squeezed in here and there is not the most effective way of learning. Yes, there are times that we must be structured and do desk work and such for in real life, this does apply. Mostly in the real world, however, people live and learn by doing. Hands-on practical learning, I believe, is the best learning of all. Plus there is a lot more interaction between teacher and child and homeschooling allows you to work with each child’s pace and style. For instance, my son is not a sitter! He is not highly motivated in the area of desk work. Although I have him do desk work or “traditional schooling”, we also school his way. His way may mean shooting baskets while practicing spelling. If he spells a word correctly, he gets to aim for a shot. If he misses, I get a turn. My daughter, however, is a self motivator and she loves sitting and working with her books and papers all day. Adding some exercise keeps her from being physically inactive each day.

Another benefit of homeschooling is that in the real world, we are not segregated by age. Where else in the world do all seven year olds do everything together while thirty year olds can only work with each other? The biggest myth about homeschooling is that students miss out on socialization. Whose to say that getting quality time means being with the same age group? If you are able to watch kids throughout the day especially on the playground. You will see that there are a few “Top Dog” kids; the popular kids who rule over everyone else. The “Bottom Rung” kids; the ones who the kids pick on. Then the few kids who are in between and ride the fence. There is a terrible level of hierarchy and politics which have ruined lives for a long time.

Not unlike homeschooling, a few rare school programs are able to encourage children are able to interact with all ages. Therefore, they learn to help the younger and respect their elders. This also helps to alleviate peer pressure. We definitely need more of this in our society! However, after a teacher has more than so many children, she cannot put this type of time and quality into each child.

Practical, or hands-on learning, also seems to be the best teacher for most people. Adults included! How many times have you tried to read an instruction booklet only to become frustrated due to lack of understanding? However, when you tinkered around with the project/project or when someone else demonstrated, the learning came easier to you. Hands-on teaching not only is easier for a child to learn but they are able to have fun and it’s great quality time with your children.

In my early days of homeschooling, we’d check out books at the library and study up on whatever subject we desired. If Mexico was the topic, we’d head into the kitchen to whip up a Mexican dish or make pottery from clay purchased at a nearby arts and crafts store. Planting cilantro, a popular herb used in Mexico, in small pots on our porch is now a springtime tradition in our family. For science, we’d read about worms and bugs and then head out into the backyard in search of little critters.

As we were doing all of this, I discovered the answers to my questions such as “How do I know what to teach? What if I’m not smart enough?” and the answer was I LEARNED WHILE THEY WERE LEARNING.

Not only did they learn how fun Mom and learning can be, they also gathered that it was okay for parents not to always know the answer. They learned that it’s okay to say “sorry” and “I don’t know. Let’s go look it up”. They were taught that they didn’t have to strive for perfectionism but to be genuine. I learned all these things too as I slowly released the unrealistic expectations as mother, wife, and teacher that I held for myself.



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