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Views from a veteran: An interview with Elizabeth Smith

Vol. 56, Prg. 16–20
November 22–26, 2004

Parents, are you still in the midst of your homeschooling years? Wondering when and if they will ever end—successfully? Take heart. There are many moms and dads who have finished the homeschool journey and experienced its rich rewards. This week, Mike Smith interviews his wife, Elizabeth, who home educated three of their four children. Looking back on the purpose, experiences, and sacrifices of homeschooling, she provides renewed perspective.

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Encouraging words for homeschooling moms
Will it ever end?
Homeschooling is a full-time job
Homeschooling through the high school years
How we can learn from a veteran homeschooler’s experience


Elizabeth Smith

Elizabeth Smith, wife of HSLDA President Mike Smith, taught three of her four children at home from 1981 to 1996, when the youngest entered college. For over 20 years, Elizabeth's practical wisdom has encouraged audiences at homeschool conferences, symposiums, and women's retreats throughout the United States. Michael and Elizabeth have appeared several times on Focus on the Family's radio program.

Elizabeth has lobbied on pro-family issues in her state capitol and in Washington, D.C., for the National Center for Home Education since 1993. She is on the boards of Breakthrough Intercessors Prayer Ministry and the National Black Home Educators Resource Association, and serves as national spokesperson for Considering Homeschooling.org. In addition to teaching women's Bible studies at her local church, Elizabeth is a counselor at a local pro-life ministry.

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