Who Is This Homeschool Pioneer?

Most people know me as owner of the former homeschool supply company, The Elijah Company or as a homeschool conference speaker. Others know me as the father of 4 awesome children, now grown, who are doing amazing things that give me the courage to follow God in ever new ways. Still others know me as owner of www.HomeschoolTravel.com. I am now entering my 13th year bringing homeschooling families to tour biblical Israel. By the way, since you simply cannot travel Israel any better than with Homeschool Travel, you might as well join me! Read the website and began preparing.

This blog is mostly about homeschooling. However, from time to time I may share things I believe God has shown me in my almost 70 years on the planet and 30 years being involved with homeschooling families.

If you follow this blog, you may just read something that will help you raise (and educate) your own children. When I began homeschooling over 30 years ago, I was quite opinionated on the subject. After all these years, I have become even more opinionated.

I really want you to comment on anything you read. Tell me your stories. I love true stories. So, comment…

Responses

  1. Dear Chris:

    Some of us truly enjoy reading your blog. :-).

    I am the editor of the MTHEA newsletter, Jonathan’s Arrow. I found your article Homeschooling Isn’t About Education via Google and would like your permission to print it in the Jonathan’s Arrow either in August or September. I found it on Steve Klusmeyer’s website and just want to be sure if I need to have your permission to reprint or Steve’s.

    And I am forever grateful for your sharing about 2nd graders and how they don’t need to be studying GRAMMAR in 2nd grade…

    Sincerely,

    Barbara Cheney
    MTHEA Newsletter Editor

    • Barbara. Did I ever respond to your request? If not, consider this a very belated “OK” from me. Chris

  2. hello i am trying to find your website, i would like to see the list you have of must read books , i heard some of your cds from the turning hearts collection.

    thankyou and God bless

    angela

  3. Mr. Davis!
    I just got your word of encouragement on my blog (For some reason it had been marked as spam and I hadn’t seen it.) I just wanted to say that I miss you, and I pray that you’re well!

    Under His Grace,
    ~Mereda

    • Mereda: I just found this post from you. Don’t know why I didn’t see it earlier. Thanks, I am very well. My group of 25 left Israel last night after spending 21 days together traveling around the Land. We had a great time. Wish you could join us some day.

      I think of you often and wonder how you are. How about an update?

  4. Mr. Davis,
    Since I didn’t readily find an email address for you, here’s a brief message of thanks: Maybe 12 or 13 years ago, when I was first considering homeschooling, it was Chris Davis of Elijah Company that I heard in Denver and who gave me the bulk of my current beliefs and approach to homeschooling. I found the old Elijah Seminars on my iPod a couple weeks ago while driving, so I listened to the now-familiar messages you developed. I am still moved and grateful to have your perspective as a seminal influence in my thoughts about home, family and walking out my God-given role as a dad. I’ve now heard hundreds of messages on the Christian family from dozens of speakers, but you are, more than any other individual, the father of many of the most important ideas, observations and priorities of my home. I am grateful that God introduced me to your seminars at the juncture of greatest influence. And, thank you!

    • Thanks so much for the encouraging post. I often wonder what has happened to those who attended conferences so long ago, so your post meant a lot.

      God bless you and yours.
      Chris Davis

      • How nice to have been invited to this blog. I attended workshops and conferences you spoke at when my now grown children were young. I continue to home school my 2 youngest ages 14 & 17. You were one of the 3 greatest and most helpful inspirations in the success of my home school. I tell people about you, now I can sen them here to be encouraged!
        Thank you,
        Sabrina

  5. Thanks for the first insight of the year! I am trying to work as a ministry to support my Chinese House Church families’ Home Schooling movement in China now. Please send me your news to teach me how to start this ministry.
    Lin

    • Let me know how this works out…

      • This is my school website to support Chinese HS families’ need.

        http://www.appletreecenter.org/

        I have invited some of them to come to attend a CHEA Convention in Santa Clara in April. They got many Challenging about learning system and curriculum choosing. I admire these young Christians’ courage and faithfulness in the Lord. Do you have any suggestion about the E-learning and curriculum?
        Please call me at any time.
        Blessing,

        Lin

        • Dear Rose Marry: I am very sorry, but I am not sure what you are asking. Could you please rephrase your question? I cannot call you since you didn’t leave a phone number. Thanks, CHRIS

  6. Hi Chris- I read and ordered from my Elijah Co catalogue the years I homeschooled. I had to tell you that I was coaching a young lady in organizing and planning for her home school year and was looking in my files for some info I used from your writing. I couldn’t find it anywhere and re-constructed some main thoughts for her and went to bed with a prayer in my heart that I could help her in an organized manner. When I awoke the next morning, in my email box was an email from you- the first I think I have ever had and the materials I needed were available. When I say your name on the email I literally looked over my shoulder to see if God was standing there chuckling. I had what I needed and went to my meeting with my friend better equipped to be of help to her. Blessings on you and your ministry and thank you for being a support to this home school mom those years ago and now as I help others!! Happy New Year!

    • Great comment. Thanks for letting me know! CHRIS

  7. Chris, I am just starting to read I Saw the Angel in the Marble, and it is really resonating with me. I have been home schooling for 5 years and am realizing I need a whole new approach, so thank you for all your insight and giving me courage to dare to be different! I would like to know if you have transferred any of your home schooling principles to Sunday school. I am looking for a curriculum for our church that goes beyond a “babysitting” mentality of just keeping the kids busy and telling the same old stories over and over again. My kids know all the stories – they need something more challenging and real/relevant to life. Any suggestions?

    • Dear Sarah. This would be a difficult one for me to answer. As we homeschooled, we also didn’t put our children in the church’s Sunday School program. We kept them with the parents and they learned the Bible at home from their parents. So, I guess I don’t have much help here.

      • Thank you for your reply. I have another question – would it be ok if I copied (with credit where credit is due) the chapter on Homeschool Approaches (ch 8) from I Saw the Angel in the Marble for people here who are exploring home school as an option?

        • Over the years, this information has been reproduced in virtually every homeschooling publication. You have permission to reproduce as long as you don’t edit it and you do give credit. Chris

          • Thank you for your permission, I’ll certainly give credit and not edit. Can you tell me how I can get a copy of Going Home to School? It’s not at Amazon…

  8. Dear Chris,
    I read your Elijah Co catalogue every year and frequented your booth and also ordered from your magazine for the years I homeschooled our children. I truly appreciated your wisdom and encouragement for I began homeschooling without anyone else in my area and it took some time to find a local support group. Thank you.
    I’m grateful to have been recently added to your email list to receive your blog posts. I knew you were no longer running the business and didn’t even know about your blog.
    I wanted to tell you a fun “God sighting” that happened concerning your blog. I was mentoring a friend and we were looking at new approaches to organizing her school year beginning with ordering materials. I remembered the material you put forth about approaches to homeschooling and the corresponding materials one would choose if that was their approach (unschooling, classical, etc). I looked through my files for an old Elijah Co catalogue or notes on the subject and none were to be found so I put together what I remembered and was going to see her the next day. I prayed over it and went to bed.
    The next morning in my email box was an email from “Chris Davis”! I had never received anything from you before and I literally said “Oooooh” outloud and looked over my shoulder to see if I could see the Holy Spirit as I thought He may be standing there chuckling. I was able to look in your archive and find the material I needed, print it off and go to my friend a bit more prepared. If I didn’t know how God worked I would have been spooked at the “coincidence”! Ha.
    I still chuckle at that incident and use it as an example of God’s timing and provision. I couldn’t have even thought to have asked for such a thing. Isn’t God kind… and creative?
    Thanks again

    • Loved the story! Thanks for sharing…CD

  9. I’m beginning my journey as a home schooling mom & went to the home school seminar at Art Circle Library & was excited to see how home school friendly it is. Now I’m facing a move to Cleveland, TN & wondered if you know whether their public library is home schooling friendly? Or whether there is groups of home school parents who coop there liike here. Thanks for taking some time for me. :)

    • Dear L.M.: Unfortunately, I know nothing about the homeschooling community in Cleveland or about their library. Our library is very unique and you may be used in Cleveland to get them in the same place. What I would recommend is that you go to the Facebook page for Crossville HEARTS (homeschool group) and put a general question to the group to see if anyone in the group can answer your question. Hope you have a great year homeschooling! CHRIS

  10. I found a comment you left on another site asking about homeschooling in lynden. I am curious what you found.

    • Tammy, can you direct me to the comment? I’m not sure what you want to know… CD

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  12. Dear Chris,
    As I end my 13 years of homeschooling I just wanted to tell you thank you. We began homeschooling after attending the GHEA conference in Atlanta, GA. The words of encouragement that we received from you and other speakers allowed us to take the step of faith. God has blessed us through the years and although it was not always perfect or easy, it was the right thing to do. The Elijah Company catalog was my best friend at the beginning of each school year. I still have the 1999/2000 catalog and pulled it out yesterday even though I have completed our homeschool journey. I do not think that you realize how your company impacted me and thousands of other homeschoolers. Thank you for sharing your love of Christ and love of learning with others.

    • Becky. What a nice “thank you” note! I so appreciate the kind words and am amazed that you STILL have one of our catalogs. Wow! Have a great fall/winter. CHRIS

  13. I still own one of your paper catalogs for The Elijah Company dated back in Spring 1996. I kept it because it has so much valuable information about homeschooling. I looked you up online so I could refer others to the same info, thinking it would have been digitized somewhere now, but I see that you mention you are of the FORMER Elijah Company. Is the info from your catalog available anywhere online? We are entering our 24th year of homeschooling and I will be sharing with some other moms tomorrow night and wanted to pass on some info to them if you end up being able to answer before then.

    • Charity, some of the info in the catalog has been duplicated many times in other publications; however, I don’t know which info you are referencing. Unfortunately, I am just about to go out of town and won’t be back until late tonight so I can’t really help you very much. Sorry, CD.

  14. I realize you can’t get back to me by tonight, but a reply for future reference would be great. Moreso, I’m referring to the info at the beginning of the catalog in the section labeled “Choosing Teaching Materials” where you give common approaches to deciding up material used. I also liked the material about teaching each subject that you had throughout the catalog.

  15. Thank you so much for finding this and getting back to me! I truly appreciate it!

    • You are welcome. I hope this helps…

  16. Hi Chris, I’d like permission to teach your “Choosing your Teaching Materials for your Homeschool” four part series to my PSP. It’s all there and it’s so interactive, I love it. You are right on target with alot of my own thoughts, philosophy and ideas. I glean alot from all your articles and use them as resources for my teaching time with families. Of course, I will definitely give you credit!

  17. Thanks, Crissi. Of course, use what helps others. If you would like, I will add you to my email list to receive information when my new book becomes available. But, I will need your address if interested. Send info to ChrisDavis@PioneerHomeschooler.com


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