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“Is My Child Ready for What the Real World Might Bring Them?”

Apr 10, 2017

Is my son or daughter ready for _____________?

I have been asked this question several times recently regarding the science classes that I teach. And it has prompted me to think about my own son who will be starting school soon. I have pondered the question of whether or not he is ready for the next stage in his life. Am I doing enough? What else can I do? I am a novice when it comes to homeschooling and I know that many who are reading this have years of experience and multiple children that they have prepared for all of the “next steps.” But I would guess that even the veterans among us feel inadequate from time to time. I am glad that I don’t have to “lean on my own understanding” (Proverbs 3:5-6) and that I have a great God that gives wisdom, knowledge, and peace. I am also grateful to have other moms (and dads) to learn from as we discuss ideas, thoughts, and possible insecurities.

readyAs parents, God has given us a great responsibility, whether we choose to homeschool our children or not. How are we preparing our children for the steps of their lives? Are they ready for “fill in the blank?” Most importantly, are they ready for the “real world?” Will they be the salt and light that God has called us all to be? (Matthew 5:13-14) Will they be able to be “in the world, but not of it?”

My prayer for myself and all of those reading this blog is that we will find our strength in God and His word and know that He will give us the strength of an eagle so that we can accomplish the tasks that He has called us to complete. (Isaiah 40:31)



Kerrie Childress has a love for science that she desires to pass along to every student she teaches. She graduated in 1996 with a B.S. in Biology and Chemistry from Bob Jones University and in 2001 with a M.A. in Health and Exercise Science from Furman University.  She has over 15 years of teaching experience in 3 states and several different platforms. Kerrie is also currently teaching on-line for a local community college as well as teaching science classes at Excelsior Classes.

The thoughts and opinions expressed are those of the author and should not be taken to represent the views of Excelsior Classes, LLC or the consortium of teachers.