I wrote this guest post about our decision to send our children to public school eight months ago.

The comments in that post really softened my heart to being open to God’s leading – to make the best decision for each child when it comes to school. But, we “knew” where He was leading. That’s why I wrote the post.

Wouldn’t you know, six months later, He spoke something very clear into our lives that was TOTALLY different than what I posted. TOTALLY.

So we listened. And talked. And prayed. And read. And listened some more.

And made a big decision.

For family and educational reasons, we have decided to homeschool Big J next year. I wasn’t excited about God’s push in that direction at first {I was a public school teacher for five years}, but He has changed my heart and now I can’t wait for the school year to start!

Just to clarify again: We are NOT choosing to homeschool for religious reasons at all. I still 100% support what I wrote eight months ago that we can raise strong Christian children AND send them to public school. The two don’t have to be mutually exclusive.

But I am now much more in tune to making educational decisions based on what is best for each child, and this is what is right for Big J right now. We’ll be evaluating what is best for him, Little J and our whole family each year, and trusting God to show us the way – He has for everything so far!

With all of that being said, one book that I was able to read early on in our decision-making process was an amazing resource.

The Ultimate Guide to Homeschooling by Debra Bell is an all-inclusive resource for anyone getting started in homeschool or a veteran looking to get re-energized or more organized. There are tips for every age student, every subject, every budget! And this revised, updated version includes recommendations for use of the internet and technology in homeschool.

I really appreciate the author’s honesty and humor in this resource – it was fun to read and that is a good thing when you’re looking fresh ideas and helpful tips in a whole new arena! I felt like I was talking over homeschool with a good friend as I read it!

The Ultimate Guide to Homeschooling is published by Apologia, one of my favorite companies for parenting resources – some of Sally Clarkson’s books are published by Apologia, as well as her daughter’s book, Read for the Heart (EVERY parent should have this book!). The Apologia science curriculum comes VERY highly recommended also!

So, as I eat my words from the earlier post and trust God, off we go, into the throes of planning for homeschool next year – another new adventure here at Home with the Boys!

{Say a little prayer for me?!}


I received a copy of The Ultimate Guide to Homeschooling from Apologia at no cost to review. I was not compensated in any other way for this post, and all opinions are 100% my own.

And here I am, joining in the Hip Homeschool Hop for the first time too!

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