Sentiments from Accidental Homeschooling Mamas

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My friend Nancy Bjorkman is co-owner, along with her husband Brad, of Heppner’s Legacy, a homeschool bookstore in Elk River, Minnesota. We appreciate the curriculum they purchase from Notgrass History to sell in their store.

Social distancing requirements are keeping customers out of the store right now, but Nancy continues to advise homeschooling parents on the phone and online. In a recent newsletter, Nancy shared what she has been hearing from non-homeschooling mamas who now have their children home from school. With Nancy’s permission I wanted to share some of those mamas’ comments with you.

  • I wish I’d known long ago the things they’re teaching my daughter. I don’t approve of this content.
  • I’m actually finding that I relish the time we’re having together as a family.
  • My kids are starting to get along better than ever before, and they like being home.
  • I’m fed up with trying to juggle all the things they want us to do in this distance learning.
  • My child who used to cry every day before school, and who had started to really struggle with anxiety, is now the child I used to know.
  • We’ve experienced so much more peace than ever before now that we control our time.
  • We’re trying so many new things, and my kids like learning again.
Opera singer Louise Dilworth Homer (1871-1947) with children, 1918. Courtesy Library of Congress.

Just yesterday morning, our customer service specialist Josh told us that another of our wholesale customers (this one in Texas) has been hearing similar sentiments.

I’m proud of you for homeschooling! Thank you for doing what God wanted Abraham to do for his children.

For I have chosen him,
so that he may command his children
and his household after him
to keep the way of the Lord
by doing righteousness and justice,
so that the Lord may bring upon Abraham
what He has spoken about him.
Genesis 18:19


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  1. I’ve heard so many similar sentiments here in Texas! One friend who is a schoolteacher is loving the freedom of online teaching—she has a more relaxed approach—and she loves having her 2 kiddos learning from home. Another friend told us how her kids plow through all their weekly schoolwork in 2 days, and have the other 3 days to pursue other projects. I’ve seen so many moms, dads, and kiddos out biking or walking through the neighborhood together during the day! These are some of the things I hope will never change once quarantine passes!

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