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Lynnae Hadaway
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Lynnae Hadaway and her husband, Donovan, began homeschooling in 2004 using the BJU Press HomeSat program, but they have also tried out some other curricula along the way. However, they switched back to using only BJU Press, as it was a much better fit for their family. Lynnae found that BJU Press instilled a true love of learning in her daughters instead of expecting them to simply retain “dry facts.” The family currently uses a combination of BJU Press Distance Learning videos and BJU Press textbooks. The girls count art, creative writing, history, reading, and spelling as some of their favorite subjects.

Lynnae and her family reside in Columbus, Ohio. She has been a consultant with HomeWorks by Precept since 2008. She views consulting as her ministry, assisting other homeschool parents with challenges such as teaching reading, adapting to learning disabilities, and building a biblical worldview. In an interview, Lynnae shared some of the most common topics she discusses with parents who are educating their children at home:

A love of learning is the key

You can teach children to repeat lots of facts. You can “drill and kill” if you want. After a while, teaching becomes very tiring. Learning is no longer fun for your children. However, BJU Press has cultivated and encouraged a love for learning in my children. BJU Press plants a seed of learning and grows a love for the subject matter. I have seen evidence of BJU Press’s teaching approach making leaps and bounds of growth with my daughters, even in the area of learning disabilities. When children approach their school courses with a love for learning, they are going to enjoy their schoolwork. Loving learning is much more fun and exciting than dreading the drilling and regurgitation of facts.

As a family, we encourage the love of learning with our daughters, not just during the school day, but in everyday life. We are always in discussion, even around the dinner table. We are also big history enthusiasts, so we look for history wherever we go when we travel.

Critical Thinking through Reading Comprehension

Reading is the foundational skill for all learning. When I started homeschooling, I would always ask other homeschool parents how they taught their child[ren] to read. Around 98% of these parents would say, “Oh, I put my children in school first to let the school teach them how to read, and then I brought them home.” I have personally taught all three of my children how to read. Homeschool moms can teach the skill of truly learning to read with the aid of BJU Press. BJU Press can be used by all the different forms of learners, even children with disabilities.

The biggest thing I have learned through teaching my daughters to read is do not put pressure on yourself nor the child to read within a certain time frame. We always think, “My child needs to be reading by the end of kindergarten. She needs to be reading fluently by [insert age].” I do not think people truly understand the essence of learning to read with comprehension. You are so anxious for your children to just read, and if they are not reading “on time,” then you as the parent get frustrated. Children do not lose their baby teeth nor get their permanent teeth at same time - they do this at varying degrees. In the same way, children will not learn how to read at the same age nor time as one another. Do not pressure your child, and do not pressure yourself.

People will come to me at a convention booth and say, “My daughter is in 3rd grade, and she can’t read.” These parents are starting to realize that their child is decoding words, but no sense of reading comprehension exists at all. I say to these parents, “We have to reestablish the phonics, and we have to have fun with it.” Get phonics established, learn to ask open-ended, deep-level thinking questions about their reading content (which BJU Press provides in their Teacher Manuals), and true reading with comprehension (i.e. "getting the author's message from print") will be achieved. You are not just getting to the mind of child - you are getting to the heart of the child through these kinds of questions.

The most important thing: Biblical Worldview

The number one priority for me as a consultant is encouraging homeschool parents to see the need to use a Christian curriculum with a fully integrated biblical worldview. Many children are walking away from church, away from the principles that their parents have tried to teach them, and there is a reason for that. I am not saying that BJU Press is the only answer to this problem. However, I do believe wholeheartedly that you need to use a quality curriculum, and you need to make the investment in teaching them a biblical worldview.

Homeschooling is a matter of priorities. It connects your family and brings you together in a way that is truly unique. Being Spirit-controlled is a major key to homeschooling. You are not going to be able to communicate with those children the way that you need to if you are not in God’s Word and if you are not on your knees every day. You can have a great curriculum, but being Spirit-led must be first and foremost. You are not just teaching the mind of your child - you are teaching the heart.

Lynnae is just one of many HomeWorks consultants throughout North America. If you have questions about curriculum or homeschooling challenges, you can find and contact your local consultant through the Consultant and Event Locator.

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