Monday Sep 25, 2023

Navigating the Homeschooling Journey: Avoiding Pitfalls - Israel Wayne, Part 1

"Prioritizing relationship over academics is essential because if the relationship doesn't work, the homeschooling won't work, and if the relationship part is working, you can figure out the academic." - Israel Wayne

Yvette Hampton sits down with homeschooling expert Israel Wayne to discuss the pitfalls of homeschooling and how to avoid them. With insightful anecdotes and practical advice, Israel shares his experiences of teaching children how to read, think, and learn - and his stories of learning these skills when he was homeschooled by a high school dropout. Discover the importance of individualizing education, embracing unique gifts and talents, and prioritizing relationships over academic achievements.

Come back Wednesday and Thursday for the rest of this important conversation.

Navigating the Homeschooling Journey: Avoiding Pitfalls - Israel Wayne, Part 1

Watch this full conversation on our YouTube channel.

Israel Wayne is an author and conference speaker who has a passion for defending the Christian faith and promoting a Biblical worldview. He is the author of the books Questions God AsksQuestions Jesus AsksPitchin’ a Fit: Overcoming Angry and Stressed-Out ParentingRaising Them Up – Parenting for Christians,Education: Does God Have an Opinion?Answers for Homeschooling: Top 25 Questions Critics Ask, and Foundations in Faith. He has been a regular columnist for Home School DigestHome School Enrichment and The Old Schoolhouse magazines. He is the founder of Family Renewal, LLC and the site editor for

Discussion Questions For the Series:

    1. Why should parents avoid the pressure to think their homeschooled children should excel in every subject?
    2. Do you agree with the idea that not every child is meant to master every subject? Why or why not?
    3. How can homeschooling parents avoid the trap of replicating the traditional classroom model?
    4. What are some ways that homeschooling can be customized and flexible to meet the individual needs of children?
    5. How do you feel about Israel Wayne's bias against college? Do you agree or disagree, and why?
    6. How can parents prepare their homeschooled children for life beyond high school, even if they choose not to pursue college?
    7. Do you think standardized education and standardized testing are necessary for success in life? Why or why not?
    8. How can parents prioritize relationship and connection with their children over academics while still ensuring their education?
    9. What are some practical strategies for individualizing education based on children's different learning styles?
    10. How do you think homeschooling can provide opportunities for children to explore and excel in their unique areas of strength and talent?

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