Episode 16: Remembering Why We Homeschool

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Is homeschooling the right path? Is it worth all of the time invested? Today’s host, Christine Weller, is a public school employee turned homeschool mom. She leaves no doubt that home is an excellent place to learn. Listen to today’s episode of the Hey, Mama! Homeschool Show: “Remembering Why We Homeschool” and be reminded that teaching children at home goes way beyond academics. Remember, Mama, you get to teach values and life skills. Every day your children learn priceless lessons about family too. Listen to Episode 16, read the show notes, then write down your own reasons for homeschooling and remind yourself—you’re on the right path.


Connect with God’s Word 

And these words that I command you today shall be on your heart. You shall teach them diligently to your children and shall talk of them when you sit in your house, and when you walk by the way, and when you lie down, and when you rise. (Deuteronomy 6:6-7 ESV)

Connect with The Old Schoolhouse® Magazine 

For more on today’s topic, click on the links to these recent articles from The Old Schoolhouse® Magazine:

Released quarterly, each issue of The Old Schoolhouse® Magazine is filled with encouragement, advice, resources, reviews, and more that you’ll refer to time and again.

Is this the right path? Is it worth all of the time we are investing? Hey, Mama! Homeschool Show

Connect with The Canadian Schoolhouse

Be encouraged by homeschooling stories like yours by reading the articles in This is Why We Homeschool

Make a list for when those tough times come. Share a personal story of hard days with kids. Talk about your list with your kids too! Write for us at The Canadian Schoolhouse! Join our Contributors Team

Also from The Canadian Schoolhouse:

50 Reasons to Be Thankful We Homeschool.”

Connect with The Homeschool Minute 

Spend a minute with your friends from The Old Schoolhouse® Magazine!

The Homeschool Minute is a weekly eNewsletter for anyone homeschooling or considering starting. It’s brief yet packed with a powerful dose of encouragement to keep you going strong in your commitment to your family and to the Lord. Subscribe to the free homeschool newsletter.

Connect All Year Long

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Here is one of over 400 courses available to members of Growing in Homeschool Confidence. This one is for homeschool parents. 

Am I doing the right thing? Is there a better way? How do I know if it’s working? Growing in Homeschool Confidence encourages parents to improve their abilities while growing in their confidence about home education through eighteen lessons . . . and even homework!

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Connect with Homeschool College Directory & Resources 

You have kept them home, taught them well, and prepared them for life. The time is coming when your high schooler will graduate, spread their wings, and fly. The team that has walked beside you through the homeschooling years is ready to illuminate the path to post-secondary education. The Old Schoolhouse® is pleased to offer Homeschool College Directory & Resources, filled with colleges vying for the attention of homeschoolers. Plus, discover invaluable articles specific to this stage of life and other helpful resources to keep your grad on the right path.

Connect with the TOS App

Do you have the new and enhanced TOS App? It’s the hub for homeschooling. You can access all The Old Schoolhouse® Magazine articles—and more—wherever you go, whenever you need them. Search for homeschooling topics important to you. You’ll find curriculum choices, resources, homeschool advice, help, and encouragement. The app content is updated weekly. The TOS App is now better than ever, and it’s free. You can find the TOS App on Google Play or download from the App Store today! 

Connect with Upcoming Episodes

New episodes of the Hey, Mama! Homeschool Show are released every Monday. Check back right here for show notes and links at Here’s what you can look forward to next: 

  • 5/22/23: Episode 17—“Living Books and Good Literature – What Are They?” an interview with Dr. Mark Hamby of Lamplighter Ministries hosted by Heather Vogler of The Old Schoolhouse®
  • 5/29/23: Episode 18—“Help! I Want My Kids to Be Good Financial Stewards” hosted by Stephanie Morrison of The Canadian Schoolhouse and Christine Weller of and The Canadian Schoolhouse
  • 6/5/23: Episode 19—“Teaching Writing – Is It Always a Challenge?” hosted by Deborah Wuehler of The Old Schoolhouse® Magazine

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