The Home-school mom

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.

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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