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People homeschool for many reasons. For some, it’s about living out their faith in concrete ways. For others, it’s about spending more time with their children and never missing an opportunity to influence them with positive life lessons. Whatever the reason, they all add up to a story, and that’s something worth sharing. After all, people love hearing from others who homeschool about why they do it, tips that help them succeed, and how to make it amazing year after year, grade after grade. That’s why Abeka created this space where you can share with others what makes homeschooling such an important part of your life and theirs. 

Hear from Abeka's President, Dr. Troy Shoemaker, about our passion for supporting homeschool parents.

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What inspires you to homeschool? Join the #TellUsWhyYouTeach movement to encourage others by submitting your story.

You might make a difference in a homeschool family.  You might inspire a mom or dad to begin their own homeschool journey. You could even get selected as our Homeschool Family Spotlight and get featured here on our website and on our social media channels. 

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See what others are saying about why they teach.

I teach because He is there with me every step of the way. We never expected to Homeschool. Being around homeschooling families when my daughter was a baby, was a big eye opener to another life we never imagined. And now, I could not picture our life any other way. Every day is different and may not ...

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Natasha

H.

Our journey began 2 years ago when my son, then in 4th grade started struggling in private school. We decided and felt we needed to start homeschooling him to give him a better education. We have used Abeka since then and he has learned and grown so much in the past 2 years. It is so rewarding!

Dawn

T.

I chose homeschooling for my children because I feel it is an honor to be their teacher. I love seeing them learn and sharing in the experience. I know firsthand each of my children's strengths and weaknesses and I am able to customize lessons to help them develop strong study skills!

Kelly

M.

I am a 73 year old grandmother raising an 11 year old and an 8 year old. Their father is career military and will be stationed about 19hours away from our home. If I homeschool the children will be able to visit Dad more, we won’t be limited to school holidays.

Evelyn

M.

As a parent, it is such an amazing feeling to know that I, through the grace of God, am responsible for opening up the world to my children and teaching them to effectively communicate with it. It is a blessing and an honor to be able to homeschool. God is good!

Amanda

C.

I began homeschooling after my daughter was diagnosed with Epilepsy. She has a difficult time with sleep issues, and I needed more flexibility in our schedule. We homeschooled her for the first year and then added my son the second year. The flexibility has been amazing for us!

Christy

B.

My husband and I serve as region directors for a motorsports ministry (Racers for Christ) and we have a very heavy travel schedule that has increased over the last few years.God's prompting lead us to begin homeschooling 2 years ago so that we can serve as a family.The flexibility has been AMAZING!

Diana

K.

Several years ago, I answered the call to take charge of providing a Christian homeschool education that fits the individual needs and interests of my children. Homeschooling is a part of my family’s ministry and aligns with training them to follow the ways of the Lord. Family comes first and mini ...

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Cynthia

T.

As missionaries in Africa, our education options are either homeschool or boarding school. Abeka DVD enables us to invest in our teenage kids while providing an excellent Christian education, and allows them to be involved in ministry with us. It's a win-win all the way around. We are very thankful.

Vikki

W.

As a teacher we can be the stewards in our children’s life. To be the one encouraging my child into greatness, whatever path he may follow. That is the most rewarding experience I can ask for.

Chilsea

J.

I want my daughter have a good character. Character is important. I hope when she is a little girl knows GOD. Abeka is very good in my mind. I hope study with children.

Nicole

J.

It is all about quantity time. Who will be with our children the most hours of any day? This was the deciding question in our minds when we chose to homeschool. The person who is with our children the most will have the most influence in their lives. We want that to be us, their parents.

Karen

L.

We homeschool because we want our children to be taught in accordance with the Word of God. We believe that home, church and school should give the same teachings so that children are not confused and can grow into proper Christians. That is why we chose Abeka and we are very pleased with our choice ...

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Hanna

K.

We began homeschooling our children because we wanted a better education for them. And, we wanted to disciple them. We wanted to be the primary influence in their lives and to bring them up in the nurture and admonition of the Lord when we sit down, walk by the way, lie down, and rise up.

Autumn

H.

To raise & protect my son’s God-given innocence by teaching him His Word & precepts. Provide 1-on-1 educational instruction, & to turn weaknesses into strengths. To protect him from the negative influences in public schools, government agendas, & from school shootings.

Michelle

Z.

Because we believe HOME is the best, safest, most loving place for our kids. The foundation we can give them about Jesus Christ in their early years will guide their future with seeds that can be just planted at home. Kids need their parents now more than ever.

Gisel

S.

My husband and I have been blessed with six gifts from God. It isn’t always easy, but most things worth doing aren’t. What a treasure to teach my children! Not only the necessities for their education, but most importantly their true reason for being created.... to worship our Lord and Savior.

Rachel

C.

I don’t actually have anything profound to claim as my driving force to homeschool. With five kids there are hard days! My priority is to give them the best start in life that I possibly can. Abeka has provided me with the means to give them that.

Sarah

S.

Hello. We had friends and family who homeschooled their children but my husband and I were not sure, and while doing devotions I came across Deuteronomy 11:19. It talks about teaching children Gods truth while sitting, walking, lying down and getting up. That’s pretty hard to do if your children ar ...

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Nettie

F.

We started homeschooling because my first child was reading at 4 and was not allowed to put her in regular Kindergarten due to her birthday being after the cut off date. If we didn't home school my children would not have been a year ahead in their studies. Each one started reading at 3 and K at 4.

yuliya

r.

When my husband and I first got married we met several families who homeschooled. These families planted the seed for me to want to homeschool our own kids. Finding a curriculum was very overwhelming at first, but I am so thankful for Abeka and all the options they offer. Teaching has been a joy!

APRIL

N.

My son was being bullied at school and it was being overlooked. The last straw was when another child broke his finger at PE, in the morning, they didn’t call me and I didn’t find out about it until 3 pm. Teaching him has turned out to be very rewarding for both of us and great for bonding!

Rachel

M.

We homeschool for many reasons. First, we homeschool because we can freely talk about God and weave the Bible into every subject we study. Second, we homeschool because we can choose the curriculum our children use. We have chosen to use Abeka, an advanced, Christian-based curriculum that we love!

Kayla

M.

I was born and raised in a christan home in predominantly muslim country in pakistan, my parents raised us with great example of what its like to have God be the center of your life and home. I am a mommy of 6 wonder kids and I choose Abeka becuase there christian values alined with mine.

shazia

s.

My child is a social butterfly and loves school. It’s truly the safety aspect. My aha moments was when I was looking to Purchase bullet proof gear like book bag and extra to protect our little one. My thoughts clearly if it’s this bad then why would I ever subject my child to this?

Cristin

S.

I am teaching my three boys, ages 6, 10, and 11, for the first time because, after years of having success (luck?) in the public school system, our last military move led us to a very disappointing experience. Homeschool was the only solution for our family. We are excited to begin this adventure.

Shannon

B.

The reasons we homeschool are to many to name. But I love every minute of it. I have learned more in the last 14 years of homeschooling then when I was actually in school myself. I thank the Lord that I have the opportunity to “train up my child” and be a part of their everyday life.

Alecia

W.

I taught my 3 kids at home because I wanted to educate them in a three fold way; in the way the Lord would be honored in their lives for His glory, in a diligent academic work ethic, and in a family focused environment. I knew I was my kids greatest advocate and Abeka helped make all of these goals

Debra

P.

I have been convicted to homeschool my kids on several levels. One of them being that I see what kids are taught in schools today and I think, why can’t I do that and maybe even better. I felt so proud when my daughter learned to read. Not just in her but in myself. I taught her that! Me! It is amaz ...

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Maggie

R.

After graduating from college I was introduced to families that homeschooled. I decided to give it a try with my four year old son. We agreed to take it a year at a time. 21 years later and 6 more children we have homeschooled all our children. I love the close bonds our family has formed.

Alicia

C.

We are blessed to be able to homeschool our 7 year old grandson for the first time. We will be traveling in our RV while homeschooling and seeing all the things some children only get to read about. In public school Morgen had trouble now he will be in an safe environment and we can challenge him.

Sheri

F.

We started homeschooling because our son was unhappy in public school and we were not satisfied with the curriculum or the lack of exercise and creativity. Homeschool was the single best choice we have made as a family. Our son is thriving academically, spiritually, and physically!

Gwen

L.

There’s nothing more important for a mom than the happiness of our kids. Homeschooling trough out Abeka, give me the opportunity to share more time with my daughter while she learn without any unnecessary stress. For my daughter, school means happiness.

Yarinell

R.

I teach because when I weigh the benefits of homeschool versus public and private school it doesn’t compare . Giving my children undivided attention in an uninterrupted environment while also including the gospel and doing adventures in our island with other homeschoolers, nothing beats that focus

Michelle

S.

I want the best education for my children, and I enjoying having my children home with me!

Cameron

B.

I knew before I even got married that I would homeschool the children God blessed me with and we would use Abeka. 19 years ago God blessed me with a husband who also had conviction last about homeschooling. And the rest is history!! We are so thankful for the Abeka curriculum and all it has to offer ...

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Jackie

B.

I love to teach children . I love helping them learn.

Joyce

K.

I started out homeschooling because I knew that my children would have a Biblical worldview and learn Christian principles. I was also super excited to watch my child learn. Since then I have enjoyed going on many family field trips. I enjoy knowing my children are getting a valuable education.

Angela

B.

We started homeschooling 15 years ago out of a deep, personal conviction that it was God's will for our family. While we are still convinced it is God's will for us, there are now heaps of reasons that we home school. I cannot imagine my days without the children at home! I would miss so much!

Karen

O.

I was homeschooled 5 years ago, because my dad was missionary in South America. The beginning was very hard because I didn’t speak English at all, but now I feel so blessed by the Lord for letting me use the Abeka Curriculum. I am so happy to watch my 11th grade video lessons.

Valentina

C.

I am doing what I love and my children are getting the best possible education we can give them.

Jaimy

B.

As we have sought God's will for our family, He has led us on this amazing journey. We have enjoyed having influence on our three daughters, choosing the curricula that we want instilled in their minds and hearts, developing wonderful relationships, and being able to have a flexible schedule.

Lydia

G.

My son is learning everything along with the Word of God, flexible schedule is pretty amazing too.

Carrie

S.

Because God told me to.

Nichole

W.

When asked this question it’s alway hard for me to try to pinpoint just one reason why we homeschool, truly there are so many reasons, but I think it comes down to this: it is what God has called us to do. He knows my children’s future.When it was first put on our heart it was always after I called.

Jessica

A.

My husband and I educate our kids at home because God calls us to do so - to insure that they have their best chance at embracing Him as Lord and Savior and also to maximize the individual gifts and talents He has given each one. We take Psalm 139 very seriously.

T.

H.

I homeschool because I know that with Abeka I will be able to give my daughter the education she deserves. I know that with the lessons taught, she will be equipped with the best education. I am just starting out in this experience so the best is yet to come.

Karen

J.

My husband left a year ago, but he has never really been present, so in some ways I’ve always been a single mom. I want my kids to have a strong faith foundation & I need to be the bigger influence in their lives because of our situation. Homeschooling gives me time with them to meet those needs!

Christina

F.

God is the ultimate reason we homeschool our children. It was placed in my heart very heavy four years ago but I couldn’t understand why. Now in our fourth year I truly see that this was not about me at all! My children have excelled at so much, are now young entrepreneurs, and living to please God!

Tonya

C.

We live in a liberal state and found that the public school was teaching our son values that were not good for those who love Jesus. It is wonderful to give him a strong Christ-based worldview upon which to stand, along with an amazing academic education. We love spending our days together.

Sheryl

T.

The reason we homeschool is because we like being able to shape our children ourselves to grow in Jesus, knowing exactly what they are being taught, having more family time and time for outside activities, and also flexibility. We also love the structure of Abeka!

Jaime

H.

I decided to homeschool because I felt it was God’s calling for our family. I never imagined how much closer it would bring us as a family. I was worried at first, since I was unfamiliar with homeschooling & thought I wouldn’t be good enough but as faith would foresee it, it’s truly a wonderful bles ...

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Sarah

H.

We homeschool our daughter to have the freedom to take Tennis and music development seriously. She will have the opportunity to decide if her ultimate focus will be in music, sports or other academic based interests.

Pedro

O.

We homeschool because we wanted school to reflect our values. We couldn’t afford Christian school so we gave Homeschooling a try. Been doing it for thirteen years now. It has changed how we view school. There are so many ways to learn. Homeschool doesn’t have to be school in a box.

Amy

K.

Abeka homeschooling provides our children with a solid Christian education that is sprinkled with a loving & tight knit family bond. It promotes self-discipline & time management as well as the freedom of a flexible schedule. Our children are a gift and we strive to equip them with the best.

James & Lady

Q.

The bonding we get from homeschooling is something you can’t get when children are in school. I wouldn’t miss it for the world! Kids grow up too fast. Also, as I get closer to the Lord I feel closer to my child. It strengthens respect and trust between parents and children.

Alexandra

K.

As a former homeschool kid, I know what a great opportunity homeschooling is. My Mom used Abeka for me and my brothers growing up, and now I'm using it for my children. Growing up being homeschooled, to me, there is no other option.This is what God has called me to do, and thankfully it's fun!

Tina

G.

My kids are getting a private school education for a fraction of the cost. They are learning at home where there are no negative influences and distractions. We enjoy lunch together as a family. They are learning in a structured environment and loved by their elite teachers. Thankful for Abeka!

Lee Ann

G.

I strongly believe the best gift I can give my child is a good education based on the Word of God. A verbally abusive teacher led me to start Homeschooling. My son said, "I love Abeka Academy" & I knew I had made the right choice. Planning ahead is key. My son is happy again and we thank A Beka!

CYNTHIA

O.

God set a path for me to homeschool my children. We have always been at a school that taught Abeka. We had one bad experience with a teacher who broke my daughter’s sweet spirit. I decided to homeschool and I now I have my daughter back. We love everyday of homeschooling.

Brandi

P.

As parents of 3, we really want to be their biggest influence in this world. Despite our own daily mistakes as parents and human beings, BUT because of who we are in Christ , we believe that homeschooling help us to guide our children to the Lord. So we pray we can continue until they graduate.

Sara

S.

I choose to homeschool my children, so that they will have a good foundation in which to build their lives on and there’s no confusion as to who they are and that’s what I like the best about homeschooling. They get to know who they are rather then others forcing who they’d should be on them.

Sasha

D.

I taught school for 11 years, and I loved it! It was fulfilling to see the excitement on my students' faces as they grasped new concepts. I now have the privilege to train our children and watch them grow mentally and spiritually. It is hard, but rewarding work. I love being with my kids daily!

Jennifer

P.

My daughter became very distracted from peer pressure in school. The best part about Abeka Academy is that the academic courses are christian based. I also appreciate that the teaching styles are more thorough and challenging which make retaining what she learns easier.

Charlene

M.

I teach because God chose me to be a teacher for my kids! By teaching them, I see how they learn and that brings me such a joy! I see how God opens their minds for learning and how amazingly God created their minds to learn. I thank God for every moment He lets me spend with my kids! Glory to Him!

Alla

S.

I homeschool my children because we live in an area in the city that is not ideal for christian families. I had planned to go back to work and use my income to pay the $20,000 tuition for my 2 kids to go to a christian private school, but then baby #3 came.....praise the Lord... and we chose Abeka.

Jennifer

H.

I homeschool my granddaughter because I enjoy it and knowing that she is getting a great Christian education is an added bonus. To watch her excel in all her courses, is a joy and really rewarding. Hope I can continue for years to come.

Mardrette

S.

We selected Homeschool for Christian conviction, wishing the best for our son, in addition for the convenience of mobilizing to any city for my husband's work. I thank God for Abeka. God bless Abeka.

Ericka

H.

I would like to have my child educated more than she would get from public school.

anna

k.

We homeschool because our daughter is able to work at the pace that works for her. She can move at a faster pace...or slow down if we want to do some time away from school. She has DVD teachers. I only need to facilitate for her. She is self-motivated and this program is perfect for her.

Sharon

P.

TIME! After raising 5 public school children to adulthood I chose to spend more time with our youngest. Amazing, how much I realized I missed when my others were in public school all day.

Andrea

R.

My husband's job requires him to travel all over the U.S.A. and abroad. We homeschool so we can have the freedom to travel with my husband. The world is one big classroom and home is where Daddy is!

Rachel

S.

I am a new to this homeschooling journey. I feel blessed and thankful that I decided to seek out what God had put on my heart. It's rewarding to see my kids grasp what they learn and be excited about it! We look forward to our school days! Homeschooling has been a blessing for our family for sure!

Jacque

B.

One Opportunity! You get 1 chance to spend each day with your child. To fill them with the knowledge and love of God. To share the teachable moments and conversations. I wouldn't trade those for anything in the world. I got to know my son better than most people will ever know their child.

ELIZABETH

C.

I started homeschooling because my daughter has Emetophobia. Also, because the schools were overcrowded and my daughter was being taught things we don’t believe in. Christian private school cost too much. Now my daughter is learning so much more than in public school.

Tania

K.

I truly enjoy teaching our son! This experience has brought us closer than ever. I understand better what he is learning and how he learns what I teach him. I have been thrilled to watch him grow and excel. I also love the religious classes. It opens up discusses between us. I want to thank Abeka.

Janet

B.

The number one reason that we homeschool is the fact that no one could care as much about our children's education as we do. We get to teach Godly morals and lessons everyday. I get to spend time with our 3 children... Which I will NEVER regret! Bonus is that they are super smart;)

Shann

T.

One of the major reasons that we homeschool because God asked us to. Because of that calling, God has grown, shaped, and changed me in ways I truly believe he could never have if I hadn't obeyed his call. The second major reason is for the time that I get to spend with my children every day.

Rosanna

S.

Why let others do it when IT'S A JOY hear your child read his first blend, be there when he gives his heart to Christ, laugh with him when the science project goes wrong and it almost blows up, watch him deliver his testimony, Not that frustration never shows up, but it is far exceeded by the b ...

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MARIANA

P.

My son struggled with behavior so upon the teachers request we had him evaluated. He showed multiple signs of ADHD. As an alternative to medicine I taught him at home. If we need to bounce on the trampoline to do our math and count we do it. He needs to move while learning so we adjust accordingly!

Jenny

M.

I chose to homeschool because of bullying in public school. Choosing Abeka was a no brainer since I was already familiar with the program from teaching preschool. My kids love the freedom and one on one teaching. Although I’ve never met any of the video teachers, I feel like they’re family.

Lisa

W.

Our main reason is: education from a Christian point of view. Also, being able to have a say on our children’s education and learning at a pace tailored to our children’s academic needs.

Silvana

S.

We had four children, we were in the military, and moved a lot. Doing Abeka kept us up to date, and on track. Each state does their curriculum differently, and they would of had to repeat some subjects, be way ahead in others. Abeka was great!

Holley

C.

We wanted to raise our children for the Lord. We also wanted to ensure a quality and individualized education for our children. Both of those things happen at home. With all of the flexibility, our children reap the benefits of focusing on what counts. And we can address problem areas individually.

Hannah

C.

We decided to homeschool our kids because we want to be their greatest influencer. We want to be their inspirer. And we also wanted to take them around the world. And with homeschool...all that became possible. We travelled the globe for 4 years and the world became our classroom also. I love it....

Mavis

M.

My husband and I decided to homeschool mainly because we want our daughters' education to be centered around a Biblical worldview. We were also concerned about the quality of educational opportunities in our area. We love the time together also and the flexibly of homeschooling is great!

Rachael

P.

Having both come from public/homeschool families, my husband and I decided to homeschool our children before we ever had them! Now on our eighth year of homeschooling with Abeka Academy, people who once thought we were “weird” or “making a mistake” now look up to us and respect our decision.

Krista

S.

Living in Australia, my son was unable to write a sentence after year 5 and had his confidence crushed by bullying. He graduated from Abeka in 2016. His scholastic achievements were so high he gained direct entry into University, before his peers! - Bachelor of Engineering - Internet of Things.

Helen

W.

We are able to teach our child in a manner that is best for him. We can add or delete things in his curriculum. We are giving him the best education we can afford. Our son gets to enjoy a happy childhood and isn't forced grown up too quickly. That is priceless!

Cyndi

S.

We homeschool because we believe that it's the best avenue to disciple our children and to make sure that we nurture them to whatever gift God gave them through education.

Amor

R.

We first started homeschooling 10 years ago due to our daughter's health issues. Now we homeschool because of the flexibility... She has time to pursue her passions, and try new things to determine her career path.

Aaron and Amy

B.

Homeschooling is a blessing. Today it’s hard trusting the public schools and what they’re teaching children. We wanted to teach our child from a biblical perspective. I thank God we’re in position to homeschool.

Calista

B.

I homeschooled three of my children with toddler twins at home as well. I homeschooled for two years , this is their first year back in school and they are at the top of the class but I will definitely homeschool again in God’s time...

Iris

O.

We began Homeschooling after being deeply convicted of God to provide our boys with a Christian education. We pulled our children out of public school to begin this journey. It has not always been easy, but God is faithful who helps us daily. Now I can say our boys are friends, not only brothers.

Lori

K.

1) Bible teaching that includes the “full counsel” of the scriptures. 2) Academically excellent curriculum. 3) I no longer need to worry about my family values being undone by a very liberal public school system. 4) Freedom to set my own schedule.

Cathy

R.

I homeschool because my precious children are a gift from the Lord, loaned to me for a few short years. It is a privilege to instruct my children & teach them the fear of the Lord! I love the solid foundation Abeka provides from the earliest level, of solid academics based on Biblical principles.

Rebecca

W.

We started homeschooling 10 yrs ago, and still doing it with our son . It gives us the possibility to know what our kids learn,and help them to have a strong Christian foundation . Abeka provides a structured daily work habit , helping in building a responsible life approach for students.

Mirela Lidia

I.

Abeka is Christ-centered and is very easy to use! I am always amazed at my children when you dont think they are paying attention or grasping a new concept and then they blow you out of the water by getting a 100%! Homeschooling can be overwhelming but always rewarding!

Pauline

S.

Main reason is for homeschooling religious reasons. I feel God is being drawn out of school, and I want a relationship with God for my child. Being able to do the pledge is also a big part. The freedom to go to doctors, etc which was a big deal when she was in school. It is something I would advis ...

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Mary

H.

Our primary reason of homeschooling is for religious reasons and for the close bond we have with our grandson. ABEKA and God has allowed us to have this precious gift (7 yrs)that not all children have. It allows us to instill the Word of God and to have control of what is fed in his mind daily.

Donna

B.

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