Get Insights and Encouragement from a Home Schooling Prepper Mom

I make no bones about my belief that more families ought to be home schooling their children. This is certainly the case if you’re prepping. If you want to take greater responsibility for your family’s future, home schooling is the way to go.

With that in mind, my guest on DestinySurvival Radio yesterday was Sylvia Britton. She’s taught her children at home since 1991. Three have graduated and gone through college. Two are still being taught at home.

Sylvia is the founder of the Christian Homekeeper Network and has a show called the 21st Century Homekeeper on the Preparedness Radio Network, where you also hear DestinySurvival Radio. She was my show guest last August, and you can read about that here.

Yesterday’s show had an unashamedly Christian flavor to it. That’s because we’re both believers in Christ, and our faith was one of the motivators for home schooling each of our sets of children.

It was a delight to visit with Sylvia. She has much Godly wisdom to share, and we agreed on a number of key points.

She says she doesn’t want anybody to think she’s got it all together. Naturally, none of us is perfect. But I can say with confidence you’ll be blessed by what she had to say.

Sylvia’s home schooling journey started because of the example set by a neighbor family with six children. They demonstrated home schooling’s advantages and opportunities.

Embarking on the home schooling adventure parallels prepping in key ways. It’s a departure from what the rest of society is doing. And you may face questions and objections from family and friends.

Don’t let this discourage you because the rewards are worth it. As time passes, those others will see that, too.

Here are several other points Sylvia and I touched on.

  • Home schooling offers a different set of opportunities for your children.
  • Get to know your children. Know what they need. Grow with them.
  • You help shape your children’s character and views with the aim of turning them into better adults.
  • Children have different learning styles and learn at different rates.
  • No single curriculum is right for all. Don’t be afraid to make changes to fit your child’s needs.
  • Don’t worry about socialization. Home educated children learn to get along with all kinds and all ages of people.
  • Don’t be afraid to ask for help.
  • Don’t worry about being an overprotective parent. Your children need your guidance during impressionable years.
  • Let your children know they’re important to your family, and give them greater responsibilities as they mature.
  • Become involved in a local or state support group to connect with other home schooling families.
  • Know the legal requirements in your state.
  • Don’t give up.
Show Producer Steve let us go an extra half hour, which gave me the chance to ask more questions. But Sylvia rightly pointed out that we could talk for an hour each day for a week and never cover everything about the broad topic of home schooling.

You’ll be informed and encouraged when you listen to the whole interview with Sylvia Britton on DestinySurvival Radio for April 19, 2012. Check out her site at http://ChristianHomekeeper.org.

Sylvia says you can also e-mail her with comments or questions about home schooling at sylvia(at)christianhomekeeper.org. Replace (at) with @ in her e-mail address.

 

Additional resources Sylvia recommends on…

Charlotte Mason method

1,000 classical books

Home School Legal Defense Association

 

If you’re a home schooling family, how has it worked out for you? What’s been your greatest challenge? What’s been the greatest reward?

What would you tell other preppers who aren’t yet home schooling? Leave a comment and share your thoughts.

 

Author: John Wesley Smith

John Wesley Smith writes and podcasts from his home in Central Missouri. His goal is to help preppers as he continues along his own preparedness journey.

1 thought on “Get Insights and Encouragement from a Home Schooling Prepper Mom”

Comments are closed.