Hi! My name is Thelma English. I've been teaching my children at
home since 1986. My husband and I have two sons, born in 1980 and
1986. We finished our great home education adventure in the spring
of 2004 with the graduation of our youngest son. I have pursued
part-time seminary studies at Western Seminary in Portland for four
years. In 2003 I began writing curriculum for an online Bible college
and seminary. I hope you will see the fruits of my labors within
the pages of this site and be blessed by them. My favorite study
is literature, primarily the Bible, but also theology, classical
studies, Church History, English and American literature studies,
and Shakespeare. I love the way literature allows us to experience
other times and other places vicariously - through the eyes of others
who were there!
Since 1993 I have taught literature to other home-educated Christian
high school students also. It began as a way to fill a need for
my own home-taught student: it ended with the establishment of an
important ministry to Christian teens.
As we approached high school education with much fear and trepidation,
we realized that once we embarked on this great adventure there
was no turning back. A home-educated student who enters a public
high school mid-way through his education is at the mercy of the
local school district. The district may choose whether or not to
'validate' any or all credits learned at home. Thus, a student may
be forced to begin high school from the beginning again. Although
we began with every intention of finishing at home, we felt compelled
by conscience to provide the best education possible, with documentation
of work and progress, in case the need ever arose to 'validate'
our son's education to an outsider.
With careful consideration, and after much prayer, a course of study
for a four-year plan was drawn. Utilizing resources ranging from
textbooks to the large co-op home educators group in our area we
were able to cover all difficult academic subjects with confidence
except higher math, Spanish, and advanced literature. Parents with
diverse skills and talents could assist in all subjects we could
not complete at home except these. Well-written curriculum and the
local community college could provide higher math and Spanish, but
I was unconvinced of their ability to teach literature in a manner
consistent with our worldview. Even literature textbooks from Christian
publishers seemed to be no more than secular texts with Bible verses
inserted. Since I maintained a high interest in literature I took
it upon myself to teach it from my own perspective, my own Christian
worldview. This undertaking has turned out to be the greatest adventure
of our home school experience.
The purpose of this site is to encourage and to inform. I want to
encourage you to teach your children, or yourself, from the wonderful
books I would like to introduce you to. Make friends with them.
Take them to school with you. Take them to bed with you. Get to
know them for the first, or second, or third time. I also hope to
inform you - to provide you with a starting place for your own studies.
Learn, so that you may teach others.