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Some Saturday business…

June 21, 2008

I need to take care of is giving this link to Amy’s Humble Musings regarding a Homeschool Conference Giveaway hosted by Heart of the Matter.

If you are a homeschooler, then please take a look at this online conference opportunity. Honestly, the first thing that caught my attention was how much gas I could save by attending this conference versus another one offered later in my area.

While that may seem completely mercenary and unconcerned about the educational value of my children, let me explain. Our choice to homeschool certainly included desiring to teach our sons with a Biblical worldview, to tailor education to their specific learning styles, and to allow liberty with independent study projects. But another defining factor regarding our choice had everything to do with simplifying our lifestyle in general.

Our sons were attending a classical Christian private school with which we were mostly pleased. However, Husband and I were both laboring under the idea that our lives were being run by the school’s agenda and schedule. And this was not what we wanted.

I was on the road three hours a day with various picking up and dropping off activities, not counting the additional time spent on the road for extracurricular activities and meetings. This was when gas was under $2.00 a gallon. Sounds like a luxury now.

Realizing that we all felt like rats in a maze and a race, added to some growing concerns for the educational content and understanding that our sons were acquiring, we focused time and energy into researching homeschooling. Taking the actual steps to homeschool quickly revealed the perk of less time on the road equaled more time at home which meant less money on gas and wear and tear of the car plus less stress on Mom having to get everyone in and out and around. The savings all around were exponential.

Husband, good with numbers and curious about the net result, decided to do some figuring. He added up our gas cost and compared it to our homeschool curriculum cost. Within five months of the first year we had paid for our curriculum just in gas savings.

This year with gas costs skyrocketing and our curriculum cost lower (because we’ve put the money into reusable resources), we broke even in three months.

Lest you think we do nothing but sit at home in denim jumpers and catechize one another all day (or fill in your own stereotype of homeschoolers) all three of our boys are still able to participate in extracurricular and social activities. And we can actually afford it. Which would not have been the case with inflation plus private school tuition. We are a single income family.

So, the opportunity of the internet and online community found in this type of homeschool conference just accentuates to me even more of the real savings found in homeschooling–saving time, saving sanity, saving futures, and even saving gas.

I hope you’ll check it out. I understand that even if you’re not a homeschooler, valuable information will be available for Moms seeking to supplement their children’s education, through the summer or even throughout the year.

Thanks again to Amy for the opportunity to win a free registration.

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