Home School Legacy
(of the Family
Christian Academy Class of 1994)
fellow graduates, and honored guests: Twelve years ago, my parents made
a decision which has had a profound impact on my life. To borrow the
words of Robert Frost, they chose a "road less traveled by" -
the road of home education. In order to chart a course for this
unfamiliar journey, my parents together wrote a statement of their
objectives. These hopes and dreams, personalized especially for me, were
nurture Abigail's relationship to God, our Creator... this
relationship, in turn, provides the base for all further
instill positive identity and self-esteem in Abigail who is
"created in the image of God".
encourage Abigail to develop character qualities consistent with
teach Abigail the intrinsic value of every human life and foster
in her an appreciation for all God's creation.
encourage creative, independent thinking and promote individual
excellence in every life situation.
stimulate Abigail's thirst for knowledge in every academic
sphere and oversee systematic learning in these areas:
-biological, physical and social sciences
as I stand before you, I both worship God and honor my parents, because
of the realization of these goals is my legacy. I personally know my
Heavenly Father, His Son Jesus Christ, and the Holy Spirit Who always
leads me into all truth. As a result, I also know who I am as a child of
God, and I am blessed to be created in His image ~ to create... to
choose... to act.
am continually learning to cooperate with the Holy Spirit as as He
cultivates His fruit in me, and the arena of home education has been an
optimum environment in which to pursue the qualities of personal
responsibility, self-motivation, management of time, and even a sense of
humor. I have acquired a deep understanding of the value that God places
on each and every human life - from the embryo to the elderly ~ and I am
humbled and awed by the complexity and wonder of God's universe.
being educated at home has allowed me the freedom to develop each of the
talents God has placed in me - from my aptitude for math to my passion
for dance and the arts - while at the same time stimulating me to enjoy
even those areas of study which do not come so easily.
my parents' decision to home school has provided a living, working model
of creative, independent thinking which has enabled me to follow in their
footsteps instead of the crowd's, to have my character formed from
within instead of from without. However, in closing, I feel I must
acknowledge one further aspect of my legacy that neither of my parents
listed in their statement of objectives... my memories. I have a wealth
of treasured experiences to remember for the rest of my life -
experiences which most likely would not have occurred had I not been
taught at home.
this rich and abiding home school legacy I am deeply grateful that my
parents chose this "road less traveled by"... for me also,
"that has made all the difference"
Abigail has been homeschooled all her life.