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Military Families: Homeschooling on the Move

Vol. 95, Prg. 26–30
March 1–5, 2010

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 the program, three veteran homeschooling military parents offer insights into how they’ve made homeschooling work in their families.

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


Paul Douglas

Paul Douglas

Chaplain Paul Douglas is 46 years old and has been married to his wife, Christine, for 19 years. They have two children, Victoria (14) and Ian (12), who have both been lifelong homeschoolers. Chaplain Douglas has been in the Army National Guard and the Army Reserves for 29 years, both as enlisted and, for the last seven years, as a chaplain. He serves as a bi-vocational pastor and currently works at the National Guard Bureau in the education division.

Crystal Rants

Crystal Rants

Crystal Rants has been a military wife for 16 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 Ramah, Colorado; Radcliff, Kentucky; Killeen, Texas; Petersburg, Virginia; Fort Bragg, North Carolina; Wiesbaden, Germany; Hanau, Germany; Junction City, Kansas; and Montgomery, Alabama. They currently reside in Miami, Florida, where they practice their Spanish every day, whether they want to or not.

In addition to homeschooling their four children, Crystal teaches a writing class in a homeschool co-op, works in the preschool ministry for their local church, and has organized the prayer group there as well. She collects pottery, because it is heavy and easily breakable. Their family will be moving again in 2011, but no one knows where.

Catherine Barber

Catherine Barber

Catherine Barber is currently homeschooling her third and youngest son through first grade. Catherine earned her BA degree in Education from Mercer University. Following that, she earned a master’s degree, from Florida State University, in higher education administration.

Catherine and her husband, David, have been educating their children at home since 1993. Their two oldest sons have graduated from homeschool and are currently attending Patrick Henry College. The Barbers have been a military family since 1985.

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