Here are some of the nice notes and emails I have received over the years. If anyone else would like to share how this website
has helped you, please include your name (at least first
name and last initial), where you are from, the ages of your
children, how long you've homeschooled, and specific information
showing how the information on this website helped you. Have
a great school year! Cindy Downes
I am writing to thank-you for all of the information
you put on the Oklahoma homeschool website! For over 3 years
I have been meaning to send an email to say "Thanks
so much"! In fact, I printed out some info from the
website to keep, just so I wouldn't forget what website
helped me so much.
A little over 3 years ago I found myself in a situation
where I had to pull my eighth grade son out of school.
It was a terrible situation. Shortly after we left, many
others in the school did the same (employees and students).
Anyway, I took him out of the school
to homeschool him for the remainder of the year. I didn't
know where to begin, so I prayed...and then I "Googled" homeschool
topics. The Lord blessed me tremendously by leading me
to your website. I literally don't know what I would have
done without it! Within 24 hours we began our homeschool
adventure. We made it through 8th grade with no problems,
in fact, my son excelled in his schoolwork--thanks to all
of the information on your website. He did begin a private
school in 9th grade and has been doing very well. But if
I had known what a benefit homeschooling was when my three
children were younger, I would have homeschooled them all
right from the start.
I'm sure your website has helped
countless numbers of homeschooling parents, but I wanted
to just take a minute to share how you helped me. When
I say that your website was a God-send that night over
three years ago, I'm not exaggerating. I remember thinking
to myself, "Who
took the time to put all of this detailed information on
a website? I have to find out to thank them!" So
again....thank you, thank you, thank you!!! :)
Many blessings to you and your family!
I just wanted to thank you for posting the information
unit study ideas. It helped me focus my
brain on the subject, and led me to a great resource ("Our
Living Constitution") which I was able to find
on eBay for $13. All of your time and documentation was
such a blessing to me! In Christ,
I was googling tonight for unit studies that are written
out for you, since I spend way too much time trying to
plan my own. Well, I came across the treasure trove of
your website with not only excellent information concerning
homeschooling, but also free unit studies. I want to
thank you greatly for allowing others to use the info.
you’ve put together and not charging for it. What
a gift as we try to cut costs in this economy. May God
richly bless you for blessing others. Thank you again so
Watson (Norfolk, Virginia)
Cindy, my name is Celena and I just wanted to say thank
you! I absolutely love your website as well as your professional
website. I am a homeschooling mother of two, ages
9 and 11. This is our first year homeschooling. My
biggest concern was teaching both my children at their different
levels and learning techniques. I think this
first year has been all about what works for us and what
helps each girl learn best for them. Your home school
website has been a life saver! Literally! If I cant find
something or I feel stuck about something I go thru what
you have and then it seems like I should have known that,
of course! I truly appreciate the time and effort you
gave to your website and also for allowing those of us
who cannot afford the expensive materials to use what
Jones (Meridian, Idaho)
contacted you a few years ago when I purchased the
Checklist from you. I think I was your first International
client. Your site has always helped me a great deal and
I often refer people to it and will be referring to it
again in a little book I'm writing for South African
homeschool families too. It's one of the top sites I
refer new HS'ers to! Please
know we value all you do for homeschooling in the
US and please know that your work extends to other
Greaves (South Africa)
just wanted to say thank you for your free
I just found your site and fell in love with
the resources and ideas. Again, Thank You.
Barker (homeschooling mom of 3)
just have to tell you how much your website is helping
me in trying to get started homeschooling my son. He'll
be 12 soon, and a 6th grader. I've always thought of
myself as a learner, never a teacher, but your site is
such an incredibly in-depth, detailed, amazing resource,
that I'm beginning to feel like I might actually pull
this off. You are rendering a priceless service, and
let me tell you, this mom is beyond grateful. I don't
think it's an exaggeration to say that you are truly
making the world a better place. Blessings and peace
Jean Winkelman (Guthrie, OK)
website and blog are very helpful. What wonderful resources
you have pulled together. Thank you for your time and
effort and to give it away for free. I will be saving
my pennies for your Checklist! I was just rereading Valerie
Bendt's book, Unit
Studies Made Easy, and there were
your easy unit studies when I did a Google search.
wanted to take a second to say THANK YOU for your website!
I don't live in Oklahoma (we live in Hawaii), but found
your site when I googled "home
It was very helpful! Your site is beautiful and well thought
out! I wish all organizations were put together so professionally
and were so chalk full of help! Kindest Regards IN HIM
just wanted to take a few minutes to thank you for all
your work encouraging others, and myself, that are still
homeschooling. I live in Illinois and enjoy reading your newsletters each
month and I have gotten your Checklist and
use it regularly with my two boys. We enjoy unit
studies and your web site has been invaluable to
us. You have provided me with a freedom to follow my
interests in schooling and a checklist to keep us on
track. Once again THANK YOU.
Flachsbart (Champaign, Illinois)
This fall I started doing a Geology Unit Study for a group
of 14 children. I have been trying to pull things together
using videos and Lyrical Science and recently I went to University
of Cincinnati Resource Library to get videos and kits for
our Geology Study. Well, today I was researching Geology
test online and you have no idea the relief and thrill I
had right when I found your website about your Geology
Unit Study. Many of the experiments and books that you use in
your study, I have used (just stumbling my way through)!!!
The reason I am so relieved is because the test you have
at the end of your study is a perfect test for my students.
I am a busy homeschooling mom of 4 just trying to make science
fun for my two little girls and their twelve friends and
I can't thank you enough for putting your ideas on the web!!!
Kramb (Waynesville, Ohio)
I came across your website about a year ago,
it is SO helpful and inspiring. I just recently downloaded
your ebook of The Checklist. Its wonderful. I'm a homeschool
mother to 6 Blessing and for years we have flip flopped around
trying to find our direction in this homeschool journey.
Thanks so much for the work you have done and the inspiration
that you have given to many people. I recently shared your
site with several of my homeschool friends and they are benefiting
greatly from your advice as well. Your book, The Checklist
is going to be a very helpful resource to my family.
Wow, I just found your site be searching for
a blank lesson form for my daughter. Your site looks great
and so informative. I look forward to perusing the whole
thing. Oh, and thanks for the homeschool
Kristi Conine (Texas)
just had to write you and let you know that I love
all the hard work you have put into your website and blog! I
pulled my daughter out of 5th grade mid year last year
because of a number of reasons, but the one that broke
the camels back was that her teacher made fun of her because
she still didn't know her times tables!
Anyway, after almost a year I still seem to be really struggling
with how best to teacher her everything that she needs to
know.... A fellow blogger mentioned your site to me and I
found it soooo useful : ) I really love your unit
studies - We are working on the President
Unit now. I can't wait
to save up and get your "Checklist
Book" I feel
it may help me get a handle on what she needs to know and
not stress so much about it! Thanks again - You are the BEST!!!!!
later note from Donna:
I just wanted to "Thank You" again for
all the info. & work you put into your website and
books!!!!!!! I started your suggested
schedule today and "oh
my" what a difference it made for Kelly and I! I just
can't tell you how helpful your work is to homeschoolers,
I'm still digesting "The
Checklist." It sure
covers everything. Keep up the great work!!!! I just love
all the books & textbooks ideas
you suggest - They are really helpful.
Donna Davis (Florida)
a short note to say thank you for sharing this information
on the Roman unit study I stumbled across. I've been stumbling
through our Rome study not finding ANYTHING I wanted to
use on the internet until I accidently came across the
plethora of information you provided. It has just made
my entire day!!! It's absolutely EXACTLY what I was looking
for in one nice, perfect, little package!! THANKS AGAIN
E (Boaz, Alabama)
to say how delighted I was to happen upon your site today.
I'm a UK homeschooler and, although there are some support
groups, they are nowhere near as extensive as those in
the States. I've found it hardest to get good recommendations
for books. I was thrilled to read your free
unit studies and booklists. I had lots of the things already, so I can
tell your recommendations will suit us! Thank you for making
your many years of knowledge available to rookies like me!
in Christ, Jess McClellan (Sevenoaks, UK)
love your website! I am from California and will be starting
my kids in 3rd grade homeschool this September. I found
your website when I was searching for information on curriculums.
Your website is awesome!! I purchased your book "The
Checklist" and find your information
very, very helpful! I liked your suggestions in the curriculum
area about the "Math Reading," Math
Shark (I purchased it) and Math software. I love your web
site! Thank You!
Elizabeth Carnahan (California)
you very much for the support and encouragement I needed
in order to take the leap. I have greatly enjoyed schooling
my daughter this past year. We have had our good days and
bad days, but we have more good days than bad. It is definitely
getting better each day. Between my husband and I, we have
figured out which area each one of us works best at with
her. It has been a lot of fun and I have also learned alot
along the way. My son, who is 3, also enjoyed being included.
He has to do schoolwork next to her, so we have been working
with him on his abc's and counting. Thank you again for
all your help and support.
Donna Thorn (Alabama)
I'm a homeschooling mom of eight children, and this is our
4th year of homeschooling. I simply wanted to drop you a
line to tell you how much I enjoy and appreciate your site.
It has been a great resource for my homeschooling needs.
I think it's one of the best homeschooling sites on the internet.
Thank you for the time and dedication you have put and are
putting into keeping this site online. God bless you.
Mrs. Neawana Garrett (Bridgeport, Texas)
just found your website courtesy of the TOS
Homeschool Minute. All I can say is WOW! I printed
out your curriculum
planner worksheets, so far. But, I
can’t WAIT to really
dive into all of the information you have here. I’m
coming to the close of my 1st year of homeschooling, but
in no way do I feel like I’m a veteran! :D In fact,
this is certainly one “profession” where I will
be constantly learning, I’m sure! I’m really
looking forward to reading your suggestions for Auditory
and Kinesthetic learners, as my oldest son definitely
falls into these categories. Anyway, I just had to send you
a note of praise and thanks for all the work, research, and
organization that you have clearly done. May God continue
to bless you!
In Christ, Robin Axelberd (Georgia)
just wanted to write and say “thank you” for
your wonderfully informative website. I am going to start
homeschooling my 4 children (ages 2-10) this coming year
and I have really tried to get as much information as I can
before beginning. I have tried to determine each of my children’s learning styles, scoured the internet for curriculum
and talked to everyone I know about their experiences. I
began looking for ideas about homeschool
schedules and daily
schedules and have found that so many people are not as organized
as I would like to be. Obviously I know I need to be flexible
and make allowances throughout the week, but I know that
I will be a much more successful homeschool teacher/mother
if I am organized and planned. Although I live in Washington
State, I found your site extremely helpful and informative.
It gave me the basic information for a layout and plan that
I was looking for. Thank you for all your hard work and organization.
This will get me well on the way to arrange, plan and organize
my eclectic homeschool and has given me a deeper sense of
security that I can be a successful homeschool mom. Thank
Christine (Everett, Washington)
am in the throes of getting a vast mountain of paperwork
together for my homeschooled 16 year old to start college
courses this spring (at Ohio State, the "other OSU")
and needed to make a transcript (I
have good records, just not the "official looking" transcript
which they want). Anyway, it took me about a minute with
Google, less than that to discover you have precisely the
info I needed, PLUS a sample, and about 10 minutes with Word
to go from Transcriptless Panic Mode to having the final
document ready to roll. So I had to say a big Thank You for
Moreover, I want to compliment you on your site in general:
great looking, magnificently organized, well-written, and
thorough. A fantastic resource for homeschoolers. Thanks!
Georgia Tobin (Ohio)
had to write and tell you "THANK YOU!" for sharing how
to make it through this time of year! My kids are so
excited at this time of year, Thanksgiving and then Christmas,
they can hardly concentrate...and truthfully - me either!
But now I know a way to get through it! :-)
We've been homeschooling for three or four years and I still
struggle with so much pressure to perform, and make them
cover everything I think they should. I don't want our homeschooling
journey to be marred by the negative. Thank you for this
tip, just reading it has helped relieve the pressure I feel,
so I know they will sense it too! Thank you for sharing.
Kim~, (Flint, Michigan)
website is beautiful! I am currently helping a homeschool
mom a bit. Your website is wonderful, and I will have to pass
on this great resource to her. What a blessing that you are
such a creative, resourceful, and generous Titus 2 lady and
grandmother. God bless you and prosper your ministry!
Powsey at http://www.ingrace.net
of us on this side of the Red River are glad to hear you're
not leaving. You have been such an encouragement and blessing
to so many here! You really blessed me at my first convention
in 2002. We had just started HSing. I stopped at your booth
and we started talking in the last few minutes of the convention.
You sent home a wonderful bunch of resources for us to use.
Thank you for all you do!
A grateful HS mom in SW OK.
name is Jenny and I am a mother of 3 — a son who
is currently attending public school in the 2nd grade,
a daughter who will be 4 in June, and another daughter
who will be 2 in March. We are members of the Church of
Christ. Over the past 2 years I have noticed some real
changes in my son through public school. Although I love
his school, and his teachers, I have seen several things
I don't like, as a parent who is supposed to be training
my children in the Lord. We had thought about homeschooling
when our son started Kindergarten, but I thought it was
going to be to hard for me. We have several people in our
church who homeschool; and, over the last few months, I
have learned so much. My husband and I have really talked
about it a lot lately, and decided to discuss it with my
mother, who I trust and love very much. She began to do
searches on the internet for us, and came across your site.
She called us and told us about it. (We did not have a computer
at the time.) We talked about more and more, and continued
to look at your site. This is the best site we have found
yet, and wanted to let you know that we appreciate all the
work and time you have put into this. After searching your
site, my husband and I prayed about this, and the next day
my son's school sent out a letter on homeschooling, and a
few days later my mother bought us a computer, and said good
luck. I feel the Lord has spoken to us, and we know we have
lots of support, and this site. Thank you again. Please pray
(mother of 3), Shawnee
so glad to get your info on the dinosaur
unit as my son has been wanting to study this topic and
I've been dreading it because of the humanistic views on it.
have been such a tremendous resource to me. I look forward
to you newsletters and check
your website regularly. Have a blessed day and thank you again
for all that you do for us!
O, (McAlester, Oklahoma)
I have been in the US for about a year now, I am from England
- my husband is in the US Air Force and we are now stationed
in Mississippi. I have twin 13 year old daughters who I removed
from public school only a short time ago - due mainly to the
complete lack of morals in the environment of the school and
a lack of learning. My daughters were at the point where they
hated school. They were well ahead in reading and writing
and have a real talent in that department - however math is
a real weak subject and unfortunately the DODDS school overseas
was bad at teaching science and history as the teachers did
not enjoy it (that is what they told us) - in all the years
of school they only had 1st grade science. Until about 18
months ago I had never heard of homeschooling - how I wish
I had always known about it as I would never have sent them
to school. Anyway we are now at home - I got your checklist a
while ago, and have been browsing your website tonight. It
is such a great resource and a blessing to a newbie like
me. I feel that with your checklist and website, I have someone
beside me who has been there and done that. Thanks for the
work you have put into your product and the website. It has
been hard enough to adjust to life outside of England for
both the girls and me so any help we find for the school
is heaven sent. God bless you and thanks again."
L. (homeschooling twins, Mississippi/England)
of the Week by SpunkyHomeSchool on Homeschool Blogger: http://spunkyhomeschool.blogspot.com/2005/07/16-mistakes-moms-make.html
you for your terrific website. I've spent hours here printing
out forms and reading and re-reading
many others, and your very informative articles. I feel like,
after five years of homeschooling and doing a very mediocre
job, now I know how to do it well and in such a way that my
children will respect and respond to the inherent structure
our program will have this year!
I truly thank God that you are "encouraging the younger
women," as Scripture instructs.
you, thank you again for your time and for sharing your considerable
wisdom and knowledge. You have helped this homeschooler tremendously!
(homeschool mom of 6 years, New York)
received The Checklist
and just want to say thank you so much for creating this checklist
and making it available to other families. We are just starting
out. Our children are 6 and 4. This is going to help me so
much. We are using the living books style of homeschooling
and the checklist fits so well with it. I belong to a couple
of homeschool groups in Edmond, and I'll be sure to spread
the word about your Checklist! Thanks again!
(homeschooling two ages 6 & 4, Edmond, Oklahoma)
stumbled on your website when I was researching information
on Ancient Rome for our Homeschool group's Ancient
History Co-Op. I found your unit study on this
topic extremely useful! While I was on your site
I also looked into "The
and purchased it. I was so impressed I took it to show
some of the mom's in our group. It sounds like a few
might order it! We are really impressed with how
thorough it is and love that it is Biblically based. I
just want to thank you for all your hard work and making
this available to homeschoolers. I have been homeschooling
my two girls for five years now (since kindergarten) using
primarily unit studies for social studies, language arts,
I'm looking forward to having such a useful resource at my
H (Bayside Homeschool Network in Granite Bay, California)
six children, I am currently homeschooling three. With them
all being different types of learners, each with their own
unique qualities, this book (The
Checklist) is a blessing to me. I can already feel that
next year will be wonderful! Thank you so much for creating
this wonderful resource for our children, and to help with
the sanity of homeschool moms everywhere!
the way, thought you might like to know, I found you through
a website about unit studies..provided links to your free
units. Those impress me as well, and we will definitely
be using them.
Stephanie (Gonic, New Hampshire)
just wanted to send a quick note of thanks. This wonderful
"Checklist" is just
the ticket I needed to get on the right track to proper
homeschooling. I am so happy and can't thank you enough
for all the time and effort you put into this project. Take
a native Okie temporarily transplanted (East Coast, NC) for
a few years, it does my heart good to see your site being
from Okla. I will most assuredly visit your pages in the coming
months and when we finally move back to Oklahoma (Praise the
Lord-Oh happy day!) I will find the Oklahoma
state guidelines on your site most helpful to continue
homeschooling. I've been homeschooling for 7 years with at
least 12 more to come. The NC and OK guidelines are very
similar it seems to me, which will make it very easy! I have
browsed many sites and have found yours one of the most informed
and helpful ones so far. Take care, God bless and keep up
the awesome work! I KNOW you are a tremendous blessing
to the Oklahoma homeschoolers and the out-of-state homeschoolers
as well!!! God Bless You,
S. (homeschool mom of 7 years, North Carolina)
just wanted to drop u a line to tell you that I think your
website is OUTTA SITE!!!!! Although I homeschool
in New York I think your scheduling suggestions will
be of use to me in scheduling my day and units...I found
you on google doing a search on scheduling homeschool day..
I love your site...I will be back!!!! Thanks for sharing
all of these suggestions and information!!
Deidra (homeschool mom of
3, New York)
often quote your words of wisdom to Moms feeling incompetent
when their kids start high school.
"High school for a Mom is the easiest time because that's
when the kids are more independent and self motivated."
I am still amazed at the amount of people who quit homeschooling
with only 4 more years left to go.
school for us has been very successful, Joshua is a senior
this year and will graduate from Abeka Academy. He has done
their DVD program for the last four years, as has Nina (10th
grade) and Christian (7th). Joshua scored in the 10th percentile
on his ACT and will receive a full scholarship from Nichols
State where he will major in Culinary Arts through the John
Folse Institute. He and Christian are also in a band and play
for in our praise and worship band at church. Their band won
the St. Tammany Fair Battle of the Bands. Check out their
website at: www.charonscoin.com
and I are involved in our church's deaf ministry team. We
interpret the praise and worship as well as the sermons. She
has competed nationally in sign language song interpretation
through the Assemblies of God ministries, as well as competed
in Human Video competitions (Drama to music). She has also
had many photos and short stories posted on the web. There
is a Homeschool site that posts writing, photos, poems, short
stories and more. Check it out on apricotpie.com.
has been the most rewarding time of my life. Our long,
11 year experiment is paying off. All because I took your
word for it. I knew you had done it and I knew I could
too. Now, my words of wisdom to other mothers, which were
first given to me by you, are, "High School is the
easiest time. Don't stop now. You're almost home free."
so much, Cindy, for doing what you do.
S. (Homeschooling 3 teens. Mandeville, Louisiana)
recently took a field trip to Kripsy
Kreme Donuts. The kids all had a great time. Also the Oklahoma
City Philharmonic offers free youth concerts in March and April
each year. Their website usually has all the info you need to
sign up. Our kids really enjoy that also. Thanks for this great
(A homeschooled mom who now homeschools her own 3 children
and one on the way! Oklahoma)
an update on the year so far. We are having a great
time! Justine has adapted to doing her math on her own.
Of course, she is only doing review stuff now, but I anticipate
that she will do fine as new material is introduced.
Also, Corinne is really enjoying her new found freedom and
gets going early so that she is done early.
We are all doing Greenleaf
Press Old Testament History and very much enjoying it.
We are making a genealogy of Adam's family and looking up
the meaning of the names of his descendants in the Concordance.
This has been fun, meanwhile Callie is working on a book of
the 7 days of creation and enjoying that while we do our research.
Corinne likes her Apologia Science book and
readily takes correction and advice on how to better write
out her ideas in her science notebook. We are getting
more accomplished in less time than ever!
Callie and I are reading about electricity and doing the experiments
wiz and are really liking it. Callie even made a
bookmark today and put stickers around the rim of it and told
me "it's just like electricity, because they go in a
Thank God that teaching is fun again! I'm glad He put
you into my life.
Aleta M. (Homeschools 2 girls.
checked out your website! It's terrific!!!! The resources
in the President's unit study
are fabulous!!! THANKS SO MUCH!!
so impressed with your site. You have done an
awesome job. It is so professional looking and extremely
informative. I was looking for information on high
school transcripts and found exactly the kind of
information I was looking for. Thanks.
We are home schooling in Belgium and pastoring a church of
U.S. Military and NATO members. We have been home schooling
for 12 years now. We have six children ages
17, 15, 14, 13, 10 and 9 years old. Our oldest son
has just taken his SAT and scored 720 on the math and 720
on the verbal. How’s that from a bonafide unschooler?
He is applying to the U.S. Air force Academy for the fall
Thanks again and God bless you richly, Lisa
and Lisa G. (6 children ages 9 - 17, homeschooled 12 years,
St. Denis, Belgium)
Directors/Pastors, SHAPE Christian Servicemen's Center
really enjoyed the seminar! The testings were the biggest
help for me. They helped me determine my teaching style
which will help me be the best teacher I can possibly
be for my children. It was like coming out of the forest
to finally see the individual trees. It gave me understanding
and clarity about the fact that we all have different
learning and communication (teaching) styles. It helped
me to identify my own and my childrens' learning
style and learn about curriculum that embraced each style.
Thanks for the seminar. I could easily use another one.
Bethany W. (Tulsa, OK)
to drop you a note to let you know how awesome your site
is and what "perfect timing" -- of
course, it is truly a GOD THING. I'm looking at Apologia
Science Elementary level (I have two
girls, K & 2nd grades -- at least age wise
anyway) and in searching thru the Apologia site I found
your site. I will be purchasing The
I've been "thinking" about how I need to keep
my records (I'm in KY and we have pretty good HS laws)
since I don't keep grades yet and this is an answer to
prayer!! I currently use Sonlight
(mostly) and am looking forward to this next year knowing
that I'll have THE CHECKLIST to help me keep track of my
daughters' progess. Thank you!!
you in your ministry to those of us who have so many "things"
to look thru to find what works for our family.
S. (K & 2nd grade girls, Kentucky)
are from Norman and have been homeschooling for 3 years. I
just downloaded your Oklahoma History
Unit study and am excited to tackle it this summer. I
will pass on your website to my homeschool friends at
church. Keep up the good work!
H (Homeschooled for 3 years, Norman,
just wanted to thank you for all the wonderful information on
this site! I am searching for something to help me teach my
Auditory Learner. I have found more
information on your site than anywhere else. I am Michelle N
from Vicksburg Mississippi. I have taught my 10 year old twins
(Landon and Lauren) for three years now. Lauren is really benefiting
from anything that I put in front of her, however Landon and
I are struggling with everything we try! So, I am searching
for new curriculum options for next year. So, thank you for
all your hard work on this site. It has been sooooo helpful
to me so far!
N. (10 year old twins, homeschooled for 3 years, Vicksburg,
would love to receive your newsletter. Your website is AWESOME.
Thanks for all your hard work and we really appreciate all
the help you have given us at CTC.
Ann P. (Homeschooled 7 years, Children ages 16, 12, &
10, Broken Arrow, Oklahoma)
you so much for devising this Physical
Science unit study plan that we can use with our younger
children!! I have been researching what to do with my rising
9th grader and found your unit study plan this morning. It
will be much more fun to do Physical Science together as a
family. Thank you for sharing this with us!!
N. (children ages 6, 10, & 14; homeschooled for
just wanted to let you know how much I appreciate your Oklahoma
History Unit. It
is wonderful! I'm really proud of you! If you
ever decide to do an Arkansas History Unit, I want to
be first in line. I've bookmarked your site & will
begin referring people. It really blesses my heart
to know you're out there doing this amazing work. Thank
you so much!
D (Vinita, Oklahoma)