Introducing Civics In Your Homeschool

What a crazy year!

That statement is the understatement of the decade, isn’t it?

I hope that this blog post finds you doing well in the midst of what may be one of the craziest seasons of our generation.

With so much going on politically right now, you may be wondering how to begin to broach the topic of Civics with your kids or how to approach it with kids of various ages. Have faith (and a pen😉). I think I’ve found the answer- or at least a great launching point to not only help you not only incorporate American politics into your homeschooling plans but how to make it really come alive.

If you’ve never heard of it- there is a fantastic (and when I say fantastic- I mean yeah- it’s pretty incredible) cartoon series called Liberty’s Kids. And it’s all about the American Revolution.

I was so impressed by this series- I found myself secretly wishing my American history classes had consisted of weekly viewing parties instead of the dusty, dry textbooks I sat through as a kid- I might have liked history more instead if of trudging my way through it. But I digress. . .

My kids loved this series! They begged to watch it – I promise! And might I add, that the creators approached the American Revolution from multiple viewpoints (sometimes opposing) to help viewers appreciate the complexity of what the people of the day may have experienced. They definitely didn’t shy away from the tough issues.

But this series was just the jumping off point for our kids-from here we expanded into reading Who Was George Washington and the Rush Revere series by Rush Limbaugh

And now we’ve created something resembling a political monster, which I was slightly proud to witness at 3:45 this morning as I drove my 11 year old up north to go deer hunting with his grandpa. The two of us spent the entire 45 minute drive discussing politics- no lie. And he initiated the entire conversation.

If I’m going into an intellectual debate in socio-political issues before dawn and without coffee in hand- it won’t be by choice – um no thank you. But this morning left me proud albeit a bit groggy and wishing Caribou Coffee would adjust their wee morning hours during hunting season.

The beauty is- it wasn’t difficult to get our kids interested and more importantly aware of what is happening in the political world. My eight and nine year old daughters, although it doesn’t appear that they are following in the footsteps of their Ben Shapiroesque brother are fully capable of naming the candidates in the 2020 presidential race, what their stances are and the vast importance of our right to vote.

As for our soon to be 1 year old, he also has expressed an interest in politics. Mostly in the form of patriotism😉

Teaching Civics doesn’t have to be complicated – there is a lot to learn, don’t get me wrong, but if you start by cultivating the interest and emphasizing the importance there isn’t far to go for learning to become natural. Couple some of the fun resources listed above with deep conversations on the subject and you might find that you too have a budding political commentator on your hands as well.

Be Blessed,


The Struggle Is Real

My mom is a teacher and she says profound things that I don’t understand.

Again, I swear, I was an A student in school.


. .  . I’m just a little, you know, one twist short of a slinky.


This time it happened to be about teaching.

See, the Human Calculator and I homeschool our kids.

Confession: I swear I never thought I’d homeschool my kids.


I was like “Huh?”

I felt like God was like. “Yeah, you should homeschool.”

And then I was like, “Okay”


I’m still not sure what happened.


But here we are – we are those people your parents warned you about.

Come to think of it, I think my parents warned me about those people too.

And now I are one.




So I’m asking my mom something about teaching and she nods her head very knowingly, like the best teachers do, and she says, “Well, learning doesn’t take place until the student reaches the threshold just beyond what he is capable of.”


Say whaaaaaat?

No, I’m serious.  I’m gonna need you to repeat that.


Learning doesn’t take place until the student reaches the threshold just beyond what he is capable of.


Yeah, write that down.

That’s free mom advice.

You don’t want that to go to waste.


Life is supposed to be a just a little bit difficult.


Check this out:

My troubles turned out all for the best—
    they forced me to learn from your textbook.

Psalm 119:71 (The Message)


We have some friends that moved recently but our recurring joke was “God Loves the Struggle”.  We had a few others, ongoing jokes that is, but instead of ratting out my friends, I’ll just say that what happens in home group stays in home group.


But God does love the struggle, because it means we’re learning.



It’s kinda cool, right?

God actually knows what he’s doing.


When life is hard – his intent isn’t to torture us.

It’s to teach us something.


And the Holy Spirit loves to teach all kinds of subjects.

Health, Business, Interpersonal Skills, the list goes on and on.

How ever the trouble ended up on your doorstep isn’t necessarily the point.  It’s “How is what you’re learning going to get it to go away?”


It looks a little like this:

Maybe your health issues have caused you to learn a better way to deal with stress and worry.

Maybe the struggles in starting your business have been the Holy Spirit showing you a strength you posses that you didn’t realize was there.

Maybe the arguments in your marriage have shown you that you want to learn how to communicate better.

Maybe your codependency habits have exhausted you to the point of needing to learn boundaries and how to value yourself. (I’m not going to point any elbows on this one – ahem)


God loves the struggle, because it’s an open invitation to learn something new.


Something about who he is.

Something about who you are.

Something about what he’s wanting to do for you.

Something about what you’re capable of accomplishing.

And always about how much you are loved.


Sharpen your #2’s, because school’s in session.



Photo Credit: “Pencil” by monoar permission through C.C. by 2.0