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Military Families: Homeschooling on the Move

Vol. 119, Prg. 6–10
March 24–28, 2014

Military homeschooling families can face extra challenges in their educational journey, but homeschooling can also offer you the flexibility to thrive through moves, deployments, and the demands of military life. This week on Home School Heartbeat, three veteran homeschooling military parents offer insights into how they’ve made homeschooling work in their families.

“If I know about a relocation six months in advance, then I plan our school breaks around our moves.”—Crystal Rants

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Answers for Military Families
Unseen Service
Unseen Strength
Keeping the Books out of the Box
Many Hands
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Major Paul Douglas

Chaplain Paul Douglas is 50 years old and has been married to his wife, Christine, for 24 years. They have two children, Victoria (18) and Ian (16), who have both been lifelong homeschoolers. Chaplain Douglas has been in the Army National Guard and Reserves for 29 years, both as enlisted and, for the last seven years, as a chaplain. He currently serves at the National Guard Professional Education Center.

Crystal Rants

Crystal Rants has been a military wife for 20 years. She met her husband in Japanese class while attending the University of Colorado, where she pursued a degree in the double majors of Spanish and psychology. Neither of them can speak Japanese. Together they have four children and have lived in Colorado, Kentucky, Texas, Virginia, North Carolina, Germany, Kansas, Alabama, and Florida. Crystal finds it especially amusing that after spending seven years becoming fluent in Spanish, God sent her to live in Germany. They currently reside in Colorado Springs, Colorado, where they are finishing out their last Army tour.

In addition to homeschooling their four children, Crystal directs a Challenge II class for Classical Conversations, works as a support manager (also for Classical Conversations), and is currently learning the ins and outs of sending her oldest two off to college. She collects pottery, because it is heavy and easily breakable. Their family may be moving again, but their oldest has refused to budge another inch!

Catherine Barber

Catherine Barber has been married to David for 30 years. After graduating from college, they married, and then attended graduate school together. With David’s military service, Catherine Barber became a military wife and mother. They have been homeschooling for 20 years. Their two oldest boys graduated from their homeschool and went on to graduate from Patrick Henry College. Their last child is currently being homeschooled and is in 5th grade. In her spare time, Catherine enjoys knitting, encouraging women, and spending time with her family.

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