The Home-school mom

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Kelly Adams wanted a simpler life for her family. When they moved to Evans six years ago, the mother of three decided to home-school her children.

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Kelly Adams (center) teaches her children, Grayson (from left), 11, Abigail, 15, and Madelyn, 17.   Rainier Ehrhardt/Staff
Rainier Ehrhardt/Staff
Kelly Adams (center) teaches her children, Grayson (from left), 11, Abigail, 15, and Madelyn, 17.

She wanted them to have a more Bible-based education and a less hectic schedule, she said.

Home schooling began when Grayson, Abigail and Madelyn entered kindergarten, fifth and sixth grades. They are now 11, 15 and 17, respectively.

"We've definitely reprioritized through the years and realized the things that were more important and things that were less important," said Adams, who is 44.

Each morning, her family has 30 minutes to an hour of individual quiet time with God, which includes reading the Bible and praying. Everyone then gets dressed and eats breakfast together.

A typical school day starts at 8:30 a.m., when her children begin studying the basics such as math and English and some other subjects such as sign language and Russian.

From 10 a.m. to noon, they learn medicine, law, histories, sciences and linguistics from a set of texts called Wisdom Books.

Her daughters study English at the college level online. Older daughter Madelyn, an 11th-grader, will finish high school this year. Daughter Abigail is also on track to complete school early, she said.

Next, her children eat lunch and do their chores. In addition to their academic studies, their schedule consists of art on Mondays, teaching Bible classes for the Good News Club at a school on Tuesdays, singing and playing music at a nursing home on Wednesday nights before church, and taking piano lessons and physical education on Thursdays.

They occasionally take field trips.

In the evenings, Adams' daughters help her cook dinner, and when her husband, Nick, gets home from work, they eat dinner as a family. Afterward, they have a family devotion, in which her husband leads the family in Bible study and everyone plays Bible games.

Adams has a bachelor's degree in business administration, but she decided to become a stay-at-home mom when her children were born.

"The Bible tells us to train up a child in the way that he should go, and when he is old, he should not depart from it," Adams said. "I want to train up a godly generation for our future and for the Lord because he gave them to me as a gift, and I want to honor him. I just want to do the best I can in every area."

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sonshine333 05/08/11 - 09:52 am
and I can tell you from

and I can tell you from experience, it is the most fulfilling job, and the best paid out there!!

John Locke
John Locke 05/08/11 - 09:32 pm
So when do they just get to

So when do they just get to hang out and be kids?? Friends?? Sounds like a very controlled family. When do they get to make their own choices? be individuals?

TimKelley 03/06/12 - 12:23 pm
The homeschool group in our

The homeschool group in our area is huge. They have all kinds of events to enjoy with other kids. The cool thing about homeschool is that you get to be more of an individual and follow what the Lord has led you to do with your life.

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