Coping With the Expenses of Home Education
- Friday, June 14, 2002
The articles on the HomeSchool Channel this week point to the success and benefits of home schooling. We have three articles that display real academic muscle: Home Schooler Wins National Geography Bee, Home School Team Wins National High School Mock Trial, and Home Schooling Works With Math, Too!
In addition, we have articles about the great advantages of the home-schooling process. Annette Friesen reminds us in her article Written on Their Hearts that the main lessons we teach our children are to love God and one another. Amy Hollingsworth provides us with great inspiration to work with our children and their God-given personalities and abilities in According to Their Step: A Philosophy of Home Schooling. And the Callihans point us toward the value of family learning in their article Learning - Family Style! (Part 2).
The evidence is overwhelming: Home schooling works - and works very well. Most of us know that, but it is nice to be reminded, especially when we start adding up the expenses for the coming school year - books, school supplies, tutors, outside classes, computer paraphanalia, and extra-curricular activities. And if that isnt enough, most home-school families are living on one income!
So, what are we to do? In todays so-called "two-income economy," how do we cope financially? The most obvious answer is that we learn to walk by faith, not by sight. We learn that God is a marvelous Superintendent of Education and provides what our children need in sometimes miraculous ways.
We must also strive to learn the lesson that Paul has mastered in Philippians 4:11-13:
For I have learned to be content in whatever circumstances I am. I know how
to get along with humble means, and I also know how to live in prosperity;
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