Jump to content
  • Sky
  • Blueberry
  • Slate
  • Blackcurrant
  • Watermelon
  • Strawberry
  • Orange
  • Banana
  • Apple
  • Emerald
  • Chocolate
  • Charcoal

Search the Community

Showing results for tags 'homeschooling'.

More search options

  • Search By Tags

    Type tags separated by commas.
  • Search By Author

Content Type


  • Discussions
    • Quiver Full of Snark
    • Quiver Full of Politics
    • Wide World of Snark
    • SOTDRT
    • Quiver Full of Worldly Distractions
    • Archived Topical Threads
    • Recommended Reading
  • Family Discussion Forums
    • Quiver Full of Duggars
    • Duggar Family Archives
    • Quiver Full of Bateseseseses
    • Bateseseses Family Archive
    • Lori & Ken Alexander (Always Learning/The Transformed Wife)
    • John and Esther (Keller) Shrader
    • Maxhell
    • Quiverfull of Jeubs (Chris Jeub & family)
    • Quiverfull of Fundamentalist Mormonism (including polygamy and Warren Jeffs)
  • Cooking Club's General Discussion
  • Cooking Club's Recipes
  • Cooking Club's Quiverfull of Food and Beverages
  • Gardening Club's Topics
  • Music Club's Forum
  • Coloring & Art Club's Coloring Forum
  • Coloring & Art Club's Drawing Forum
  • Coloring & Art Club's Painting Forum
  • Coloring & Art Club's Art Journaling
  • Coloring & Art Club's General Art Chat
  • NaNoWriMo's Forum
  • NaNoWriMo's Critiques
  • Book Club's Forum
  • Craft Club's Other Crafts
  • Craft Club's Crocheting Forum
  • Craft Club's Knitting Forum
  • Craft Club's Sewing & Quilting Forum
  • Pets Club's Other Pets
  • Pets Club's Horse Forum
  • Pets Club's Cat Forum
  • Pets Club's Dog Forum
  • Pets Club's Pet Loss
  • Genealogy Club's Forum
  • Genealogy Club's Topics
  • Genealogy Club's Quiverfull of Genealogy
  • Religion Club's General Forum
  • Religion Club's Bible Forum
  • Religion Club's Religious Texts
  • Religion Club's Picking a church
  • Lori Alexander Accountability Group's Forum
  • Lori Alexander Accountability Group's Contradictions
  • Lori Alexander Accountability Group's Power of the Transformed Wife
  • Writers Group's Forum
  • Writers Group's Journaling
  • Writers Group's Critiques
  • Writers Group's Topics
  • Frugal Living Club's Forum
  • Frugal Living Club's Tips & Tricks
  • Frugal Living Club's Shopping
  • Frugal Living Club's Food/Eating
  • Work at Home Group's Forum
  • Money Group's Budgeting
  • Money Group's Investing
  • Money Group's Saving
  • Money Group's Forum
  • Continuing Education's General Discussion
  • Non Theists's Media (books, movies, music, etc.)
  • Non Theists's General
  • Non Theists's Polls and Play
  • Doll Collectors Group's Ball Jointed Dolls
  • Doll Collectors Group's American Girl
  • Doll Collectors Group's Doll Chat
  • Doll Collectors Group's Refurbishing
  • Doll Collectors Group's Accessories
  • Weight Loss and Fitness Club's Fitness Forum
  • Weight Loss and Fitness Club's Weight Loss Forum
  • Weight Loss and Fitness Club's Recipes
  • Weight Loss and Fitness Club's Healthy Eating
  • Travel Club's Canadian Destinations
  • Travel Club's US Destinations
  • Travel Club's Travel Tips
  • Travel Club's Asian Destinations
  • Travel Club's Africian Destinations
  • Travel Club's Travel General Discussion
  • Travel Club's European Destinations
  • Travel Club's Australian Destinations


There are no results to display.

There are no results to display.

Find results in...

Find results that contain...

Date Created

  • Start


Last Updated

  • Start


Filter by number of...

Found 38 results

  1. While researching tiny(ish) houses for ourselves in the future (we plan to build a 5-600 square feet home cabin home one day) we stumbled across the Smyth family. A homeschooling family of 8, living off grid, packed into a 500 square foot house. I don't know if they are fundies but their are in some religious branch, because Mama Smyth dresses quietly and wears a covering. https://m.youtube.com/channel/UC_iz0mIhVFaMwD-KBfrLPWA
  2. Get the popcorn out and rescue ferrets may be needed for this rabbit hole... We were discussing this family in the MisForMama thread and some suggested we create a new thread. Michelle & Rod have 12 going on 13 kids and most of the kids feel neglected because "Our mom is either pregnant, nursing, or making YouTube videos" and father is someone "We don't really know" and one kid says on Dr. Phil, "I feel like my dad is a stranger living in my house". The husband says the mom neglects the kids with her YouTube channel, GOTKiDz. The kids agree that the mom neglects them for their Youtube channel. A sister says "I don't think my parents should have children anymore and they should focus on the ones they already have." The family's kids are having major issues. It's tragic. Names: The kids names rival the family from New Zealand. A sister is named "Sunshine", a brother named "Iron Rod", one named "Tuesday", another named "Daily"... In one of the other videos at the link on the Dr. Phil website below, Dr. Phil says to the mom "I get that you always wanted to have 13 kids but was there ever a point where you said, my doing this, my being pregnant all the time, is not fair to the kids that I have?" Dr. Phil also said "I'm going to give you a COMMON SENSE alert-- first step, get rid of homeschooling and have the kids go to public school." The mom gets MAD about it--and is still mad per her YouTube video. Dr. Phil says "COMMON SENSE ALERT!! YOU DON'T HAVE THE TIME TO RUN A SCHOOL! YOU'RE HAVING A THIRTEENTH CHILD! YOU DON'T HAVE THE MANPOWER!" Link to the entire show consisting of all of the video parts here on Dr. Phil's website (the entire show is separated into clips of about 7 videos): https://www.drphil.com/shows/12-kids-one-on-the-way-and-too-many-problems/ Michelle was NOT HAPPY with how she was portrayed on Dr. Phil. In the spoiler is only one of almost 3 videos of her ranting about Dr. Phil and fanatically defending homeschooling on her GOTKiDz Youtube: Also, she REALLY wants to be famous. She makes her titles and descriptions of her videos overly dramatic. Her 13th baby was born about 4 days ago at home and has Down Syndrome. HOW crazy is it to be 47 years old having your thirteenth baby, and despite knowing the baby has Down Syndrome, you STILL give birth at home?! After the kids went on Dr. Phil accusing her of neglect and addicted to her YouTube channel, Michelle is BACK AT IT and still streaming a LIVE YouTube video EVERY DAY. She reminds me of JRod...
  3. https://homeschoolsummits.com/parenting/ Including Geoff and Victoria Botkin of "Western Conservatory" (wow, they're sticking their heads out of their burrow), Kevin Swanson, Norm Wakefield, Emeal Zwayne (aka EZ, son-in-law of Banana Man Ray Comfort), Nancy Campbell of Above Rubies, and several others. The Botkins' topic is "Raising Kids to Stand on Your Shoulders" (meanwhile the actual PM of New Zealand is back at work from maternity leave)
  4. OK, new here and really struggling with finding my way around but think I'm in the right place - Atheist Club? If not, oops. Has anyone else watched Captain Fantastic? Got to say, we loved it. Noam Chomsky day, now there is a concept I can get behind! And secular homeschooling.
  5. starfish

    Bowe Bergdahl

    Hey everybody, I know Bowe Begdahl's case is all over the news. I understand that he was the product of "strict homeschooling" but I was wondering if anyone knew if his parents were evangelicals? I gather they live a somewhat off the grid existence.
  6. Just came across the Rembis family: 11 kids CPS currently has their 11 kids, age 16 months to 17, homeschoolers, antivax-ers. They have been reported to CPS in at least 3 different states with CPS taking various kids at various times. They had just skipped town in Lubbock, TX and moved to Colorado, apparently to try and stay one step ahead of CPS. When I googled them, the Medical Kidnap site was all over these people like stink on poop because of the homeschool angle. Here's the "official report" at http://abcnews.go.com/US/wireStory/couple-investigated-states-facing-neglect-case-texas-42159281 with highlights (or lowlights) below: Reading the Medical Kidnap site, it says they are "devout", just wonderful, the kids are fine but traumatized by CPS. One could overlook the foraging (maybe) but not the loud music drowning out terrified screams, as referenced in the article above. The Medical Kidnap version here: http://medicalkidnap.com/2015/08/04/cps-kidnaps-11-children-from-texas-homeschool-family/
  7. So, Ray and Charlene Notgrass (Notgrass History--homeschool curriculum publishers) are coming for dinner in a few weeks. They are "dear friends" of my parents. I have been summonsed. The long version: my parents are on the relatively liberal end of IFB, meaning they wear jeans, go to movies, and listen to mainstream radio. This also means marriage is one man and one woman, premarital sex is bad, and drinking alcohol is a no-go. They are high school friends with Ray and Charlene Notgrass, who publish a very white-washed version of history in effort to instill a "biblical world view" in children. They throw the word "train" around quite frequently on their website. They seem to be quite a bit more conservative than my parents. I have been summonsed for dinner. So, if I go, am I on my best behavior? Or do I push the conversation toward the issues of "Christian" homeschooling? Do I wear a short skirt that exposes my knees? Do I remind them that I'm a working (teaching in ebil public school) single mom who lives in sin with her boyfriend of 17 years? Do I confront the version of history that that they are schilling? Do I ask them if they think the world is flat? Or if Jesus rode the dinosaurs? Help!
  8. https://www.thelocal.de/20170406/german-parents-go-to-eu-court-after-police-seized-kids-in-homeschool-raid Although the parents are not expected to win in court, there is an interesting conversation going on about the general ban of homeschooling in Germany.
  9. Years ago a large family of bluegrass musicians visited my childhood church (in Georgia so maybe they were touring the Southeast, or possibly the whole country?) They arrived on their own bus, and I believe they were going on a tour of churches maybe? They gave a speech/presentation about how they were some of the very first modern homeschoolers and claimed that they paved the way for everyone else. I believe the dad said he was arrested once for refusing to send his kids to school. He told a random story about how the police came to his house and he went to make a phone call and the police thought he was hiding from them bc his phone was around a wall or something (just throwing out all the details I can think of). They might possibly be from another country? I don't even know. I believe the dad had white hair. They all played instruments like banjos and fiddles. At first I thought it was possibly the Bontragers but their dad looks much younger than the dad of this family, and idk if the Bontragers ever did tours like that. Can anyone help me solve this mystery? Lol. Are there any other "famous" fundie family musicians?
  10. Have we talked about this Facebook page? It's a collection of outtakes from uber fundy Christian homeschooling texts, compiled, it says, by people who were subjected to them as kids.
  11. Forgive me if she's been mentioned before but I tried searching and didn't come up with anything. This woman is a mom of seven who has a website called the encouraging homeschool mom (it looks like this site is being updated right now but I've been on it and there's quite a bit there). She now has a new site just for her food, grocery haul, and freezer cooking stuff which was pretty popular on her other site. I've watched some of her youtube videos and most are about her once a month/twice a month grocery shopping at aldi and walmart. As a mom of eight I do find her 'buy huge amounts of not that many foods' approach strange and I don't feel it's very healthy although her grocery budget is less than half what mine is. To give an idea of what she buys it's 40lbs of bananas, 20 dozen eggs, 20 loaves of bread, 72 taco shells, a case of canned corn, and so on. I don't know how they don't get tired of eating so much of the same foods. She does lots of freezer cooking, even preparing dozens of peanut butter and jelly or lunch meat and cheese sandwiches at once and freezing them. http://thelargefamilytable.com
  12. akinom

    Hannah Hagarty: Cultivating Home

    Anyone else follow Hannah Hagarty? If I had a gateway fundie it was probably her. Her blog is at cultivatinghome.blogspot.com, but she is mostly active on flickr/instagram these days. when I started reading her blog, they lived in a gorgeous old house in upstate NY, which they were fixing up, and had four kids or so. They had chickens and bought their meat "on the hoof" from local farmers and processed it themselves. Hannah sewed clothes, baked, canned and all the rest. Her husband Sean was self-employed (I think in real estate but I'm not sure) and seemed to be doing well. They were planning to go to Germany as missionaries, but after years of saving money, teaching the kids German etc, decided to stay home instead. Hannah is a nurse but only worked as such for a year or two after college. She is now rather into the woo - kids aren't vaccinated, they use herbal remedies, chiropractor stuff, at one point they ate gluten free without being celiac sufferers etc. I think the last five kids were born at home with midwives, but don't quote me on that number. Now they have eight kids, three girls and five boys. Hannah once stated on her blog that they are not quiverfull, they use barrier methods to space children. They are anti-abortion. Years ago they had a second blog about "biblical discipline" and Hannah wrote a lot about how much trouble their second son was. Later on she hinted that she had a change of heart when it came to discipline but I don't really know what that was or if they still spank. All the kids are homeschooled and the eldest is taking some college classes this autumn (real college). The Hagarty family sold their NY house and moved to Florida last autumn. I think they seem to have relaxed their modesty standards a bit, and wear normal swimwear, tank tops, shorts etc. They live on a smaller piece of land so they aren't doing as much self-sufficiency stuff but still have a garden and poultry (quail). Hannah and Sean love fixing up houses and do it rather well in my opinion. Some things I don't know: - what Sean does for a living now - what denomination they are - if they still eat gluten free - if they plan to stay in their new home or sell it and move to another fixer-upper
  13. http://www.theatlantic.com/science/archive/2016/07/how-a-guy-from-a-montana-trailer-park-upturned-150-years-of-biology/491702/ The article goes on to say he spoke German as a result of his family background and got into a German uni that makes room for the occasional exceptional student who lacks high school transcripts, but the bulk of the article is about his actual scientific discovery and its potential repercussions. It's an interesting read, but I'm curious about his upbringing. Do any FJers have an inkling as to what fundie group he might have been raised in, etc?
  14. GenerationCedarchip

    NOAH Plan/Principles approach

    Has anyone ever heard of the NOAH plan or the principles approach to homeschooling? I'm familiar with a number of different homeschooling philosophies (Charlotte Mason, classical, unschooling, etc..), but this is one I don't know much about. I just mention it because in my area, it suddenly seems to be trendy. The most I'd heard is that it has something to do with "learning as our forefathers did" and that it was big in the 90s and is now back. I was looking at co-ops for when my son is old enough for school, and I'd noticed a few in my area seemed to require parents to go with this plan. Something about what I found online just didn't sit right with me, but I have never met anyone who's used the plan or grew up being educated with it.
  15. GenerationCedarchip

    It's Homeschool Convention Season!

    I went to my state homeschool convention earlier this month. Mostly, it was really good. Things definitely veer conservative, but I'd say the vibe is more mainstream conservative Christianity than hardcore fundie. The emphasis in most workshops was on educational methods, though some of the folks I was with waxed nostalgic about the days when you would get lots of courtship seminars and the like. The only fundie-ish stuff I saw were some of the YEC science vendors and some of the "providential" history materials. Michael Farris was there hawking his constitutional history, but I didn't get a chance to check it out. I noticed there were no Phillipses, Botkins, RC Sproul, JR, et al present, though there was a company there that sells items from NCFIC, Western Conservatory and similar groups. They were doing plenty of business, so I'd say that even with the fall of Vision Forum, there's still a market out there. I saw that Rick Boyer was speaking several times, so I guess the investigation into the allegations didn't turn up much of anything. I didn't get a chance to speak with him, but I did talk to his wife Marilyn for a little while (NOT about the allegations.) I've met her before, and she still strikes me as being fairly down to earth and she has a great sense of humor. I've never spent much time around him, but I do like her even if I suspect we may not agree on theology. Edited - I almost forgot! There were plenty of ALERT cadets in evidence. They were checking badges at the exhibit hall and doing other volunteer stuff around the convention.
  16. Kitcae

    Blimey Cow Youtube

    Blimey Cow is a youtube channel run by home school graduates. They hang out with Olivia Howard occasionally (from the Fresh Modesty blog) since they all live in the same area. Their newest video is about home schoolers and dating. It had some funny things in it (like side hugs and a song about the first time their shoulders touched). What do you think about their channel?
  17. Those evil librarians are promoting an evil gay agenda. And apparently even books like The Whipping Boy or The Midwives apprentices are considered trash. I want to troll this woman so hard and point out the most recent Newbery Award winning book is about grandmother and son who go to church and serve at a homeless shelter. Obviously part of an evil agenda. http://deeprootsathome.com/books-unhealthy-for-children-recent-newbery-caldecott-ya/
  18. devoe364

    The Flanders Family

    I just found this family on youtube! Flanders Video I am not sure how to snark on this family. Mom has a math degree. Dad is an Doctor. one of their daughters has a degree in Biology. Their children are actually worldly. they've volunteered overseas. One son has been a member of the military. Her kids are homeschooled, but seem like they are actually educated and aren't protected from the big bad world. One of their daughter in laws studied ballet (dance *gasp*) in College, and they don't hide that, and in fact seem pretty normal. Except most of their kids finished high school early, finished University or College early and have spent time teaching or volunteering. The go to the local junior college and then go on to The girls and women wear pants. Modesty doesn't seem to matter. They swim, the girls wear shorts and pants. Sleeveless tops. Their 14 year old is in Community College. They are allowed to use computers.They have a child who is a vegeterian. They do homeschool and believe slightly in the patriarchy, however it doesn't appear to be nearly as severe as other quiverful families. They do homeschool for control reasons however. they acurately point out that no education is without bias, which as a former teacher, I can say is definitely true. On their website, the books they use are not hardcore Christian. That said, their science is still very Christian, and it makes me wonder how their kids in Dental College and Medical School manage. Thoughts? Flanders Family Website
  19. I fell down a rabbit hole while I was reading the comments on the S'Morton blog and found myself at: http://simplyfarmhouse.blogspot.com.au/ Does anyone know anything about her? She seems like she has the gift of bitchy judgementalism and a less than stellar grasp of the English language. Her posts about how and why she homeschools are pretty damn snark-worthy. It looks like she spends a hell of a lot of time making her blog look picture-perfect and a justifying her lifestyle, and seems to equate educamacation with a handful of (Christian) worksheets.
  20. Continues from Part 3: http://www.freejinger.org/topic/24836-erika-shupe-grim-rictus-large-families-on-purpose-part-3/
  21. Erika *shudder* has not posted much new content lately. She's been mostly reposting old entries. *smug grin* The Shupes have 9 homeschooled kids. All of the children, from the teens down to the toddlers, go to bed at the same time. But the teens are allowed to get up as early as they want! *middle finger* Their days are blocked out in 15 minute increments, and everything is superduper organized. Most of the time the kids aren't allowed to play in the yard because it's too muddy, so Erika makes them run laps on the deck for a few minutes for exercise. Mealtime at the Shupe residence is very regimented. Every day they have green smoothies for breakfast, and every day they have salads for lunch. There are no snacks. Sometimes Erika makes the kids have popcorn and energy bars for dinner while she and Bob chow down on take out from Olive Garden. *grrr* All of the girls are crammed into one tiny bedroom, and the boys are crammed into another. *cry* Thanks to the interference of CPS, they recently installed triple bunks so that the windows are actually usable as a means of escape in case of a fire. Erika has this incredibly annoying way of writing out emoticons. *smile* <-- like this. And she overuses the everlovin' fuck out of them. *scream* Enjoy with us, won't you, the hyper-controlling Erika Shupe and her poor family. Previously: http://www.freejinger.org/topic/24406-erika-shupe-fake-smile-large-families-on-purpose-part-2/ Erika archive: viewforum.php?f=207 Blog: largefamiliesonpurpose.com
  22. PartriarchydefyinValkarie

    Generations vision-less

    To those who know Kevin Swanson from his many many books such as upgrade the 10 best secrets to homeschooling and the second Mayflower. Apparently on his show today which I listen to ,just snark on every day, he has been having to put his own money and his friends money (Dave) into his radio show. He said he has one year before he's going to have to give up on this endeavor because it's putting him into debt (remember he's just like the Duggars in the whole Debt free living). Seems like just yesterday he was bragging about how his radio show was supported only by donations. Maybe it was his hate for Frozen that caused his donations to drop like flies, either way looks like it might be time for him to Let it go..
  23. http://www.krgv.com/news/local-news/Texas-Case-Mulls-if-Home-school-Kids-Have-to-Learn-Something/36190388 The parents are accused of not teaching their children because the were "waiting to be raptured." The family has nine children. They refused to provide any information about their curriculum when asked, instead filing a lawsuit which appeared to assert "a fundamental right to be free of any state supervision or regulation concerning whatever education they choose to provide to their children in their home." The grandparents reached out to the school district and expressed concerns that their grandchildren were not attending school or otherwise receiving a proper education." When truancy charges were filed, the parents lawyered up behind the Home School Legal Defense Association, a legal advocacy group that collects hefty dues from its members in exchange for legal services if they get into to trouble. The HSLDA, a "social welfare" nonprofit with an annual budget of over 10 million dollars, sent a letter to the school board claiming that the McIntyres were “in full compliance.” Despite this claim, the court of appeals later found that "The letter did not reflect that the attorney was licensed in Texas, or had any personal knowledge of the educational studies occurring in the McIntyre home." Although the truancy charges were later dropped, leading the HSLDA to "praise God for this victory", the McIntyres continued their lawsuit. The court ruled against them, noting that the Texas Supreme Court has "specifically authorized inquiries into the curriculum of home schools" and that parents do not have an "absolute constitutional right to educate their children in the home, completely free of any state supervision, regulation, or requirements." In my opinion, these parents are abusing their children and should be required to provide them with a proper education. I can't wait to hear the opinions of the all-Republican Texas Supreme Court.
  24. Previous thread here: viewtopic.php?f=8&t=25981 Erika archive: viewforum.php?f=207 How to summarize Erika? *wince* Erika has 9 homeschooled kids and recently suffered a miscarriage. She does not believe that women in their 40s are more likely to suffer miscarriages, instead claiming that that's just something doctors made up out of fear of overpopulation. *incredulous look* All of her children, from the 16-year-old down to the toddlers, go to bed at the same time. But the teens are allowed to get up as early as they want! *raspberry* Their days are blocked out in 15 minute increments, and everything is superduper organized. Objects are only allowed to be used for their intended purpose, except for beach towels. Her kids are allowed to get as creative as they want with their beach towels. *yawn* She utilizes a point system with her kids, that allows them to earn exciting rewards such as a single jelly bean! And they don't get to choose the flavor! Her teens enjoyed fiction reading too much, so now they're only allowed to do it for a few hours on the weekends. *sob* All of the girls are crammed into one tiny bedroom, and the boys are crammed into another. *cry* And she has this incredibly annoying way of writing out emoticons. *smile* Enjoy with us, won't you, the hyper-controlling Erika Shupe and her poor family.

Important Information

By using this site, you agree to our Terms of Use.