CHESS, Brisbane, July 2008
The venue was an old church hall — quite chilly inside but adequate. We all kept our coats and jackets on for the meetings and warmed up with multiple cups of tea and coffee in the breaks.

Yesterday, I was buzzing with enthusiasm and excitement after spending the day at a home education seminar and show. David looked after the older girls, so I only took Calista with me.

Calista, 4 months old, July 2008
It was a real blessing to be able to put Calista to sleep in a cot in a nearby room. She hasn't had much experience sleeping in the pram, so I was anticipating a difficult day, but she kept on the regular routine thanks to good sleeping periods in this cot.

This particular seminar and show was presented from a Christian perspective and most of the books on display reflected a Biblical worldview.

CHESS, Brisbane, July 2008
LEM's Peter Frogley gave the keynote address: "Children: a heritage in the Lord".

I was able to use this opportunity to talk to other people who are currently homeschooling and enquire about their methods and texts.

CHESS, Brisbane, July 2008
Two major providers had rows and rows of texts on display.

The teaching was inspiring, and very briefly, here are some things that were said that I want to remember:

  • Homeschooling is a lifestyle you commit to for the sake of your family.
  • To young children, repetition is not boring. Use this time to teach spelling, sums, times-tables and Scripture.
  • Do not accept the premise that teenagers must rebel.
  • Don’t make excuses for a child’s poor behaviour. It is their sin nature which is not controlled by the Holy Spirit.
  • Don’t let “boring” become a part of your child’s vocabulary.
  • Cultivate the understanding that learning and life are exciting.
  • University gives a person a very good education in humanism.
  • Ask yourself, “What sort of person am I training my child to become for their life partner?” or “What kind of wife will I inflict on some man?”
  • Foolishness is bound up in the heart of a child. The rod of discipline will remove it far from him. (Proverbs 22:15)