Have Homeschool Questions? We’ve Got Answers.

Questions are important. They help us all learn more. When you ask us a question, we at BJU Press are able to help you better understand our products and services. In turn, your questions help us learn when, where, and how we can better serve you. Sometimes the answers to your questions are helpful for others too. Today, we’re sharing a few questions that we frequently hear and our answers. We hope they help!

Question: How do I know if the edition I have is compatible with new materials?

Answer: While it is sometimes possible to make textbooks from different editions work together, we suggest using textbooks and support materials from the same edition.

As a general rule, when new editions are released not only are the page numbers and structure of the materials different, but much of the content is also new. However, sometimes we need to update the same edition of a textbook but only for copyright purposes. In that case the edition stays mostly the same and the new item’s title includes the words “copyright update.” These products may be compatible with earlier ones.

Something else to consider when deciding what edition to use is our limited supply of earlier editions. Once a product has been replaced by a copyright update or new edition, it is no longer being reprinted.

Question: I’m using Distance Learning (Hard Drive or DVD). Why did I not receive a Teacher’s Edition? Does my Parent Guide include everything I need?

Answer: Surprise! You do have access to a complete Teacher’s Edition (TE). As part of your Distance Learning Hard Drive or DVD lease, you can access your TE from your bjupresshomeschool.com account and even download the PDF to your personal device (computer, tablet, or smart phone). Follow the instructions below to locate and download your TE.

  1. Log in to our website using your email address and password. After entering your login information, the site will take you to your account info page.
  2. Select the Your Distance Learning Products link.
  3. If using more than one format of Distance Learning (such as DVD or Hard Drive) you will also need to select which formats’ (DVD or Hard Drive) materials you wish to view. Then you should see the options described in the next step.
  4. Select the View button for one of your Distance Learning products.
  5. If you’re interested in downloading the TE as a PDF, right click and select the Save As option.

When you order a DVD or Hard Drive kit, you will also receive a Parent Guide. This guide includes all the information you need to complete any grading or preparation mentioned by the Distance Learning teacher. It serves as a roadmap for that specific subject. For more details, watch the Printed Materials How-to Videos.

If you are a Distance Learning Online user, your TE can be viewed when you log in to your parent account.

Question: When should I start a structured learning schedule for my bright toddler? What grade math should I use for my delayed learner? How can I motivate my child to complete the lesson?

Answer: Those are great questions that either of our two homeschool consultants would love to discuss with you. Both Pam and Emily have homeschooled their own children and hold degrees in special education. Their thorough knowledge of all our products and previous teaching experience allow them to share insight with you. You can connect with them by emailing hsconsult@bjupress.com or calling 800.845.5731 (Monday through Friday from 8 am to 5 pm ET)  and asking to speak with a homeschool consultant. They love assisting you in your homeschool journey!

Have a question that we didn’t answer? Feel free to write it in a comment below. We’re here for you.

A Homeschool Graduate Embarks on Teaching Her Own Children

student sitting at a desk

Hello, I’m Karin, and I’m excited to begin blogging with BJU Press to share my homeschool experiences and discoveries. My blog posts will offer a glimpse into our homeschool life, share practical teaching ideas and Deuteronomy 6 teaching moments, pass on tips from veteran homeschool moms, and discuss ways of balancing homeschooling with homemaking. We will draw strength from Scripture as we learn to trust and obey the Good Shepherd, who will “gently lead those who are with young” (Isaiah 40:11 NKJV).

In the picture above, the excited student sitting at her desk is me, twenty-plus years ago. My mother has faithfully homeschooled her four children and is currently finishing up with my youngest sibling in high school. BJU Press was the backbone of our curricula, and that’s what my oldest sister is now using to home educate her children.

I still remember the anticipation of opening a new box from BJU Press—interesting textbooks and colorful workbooks of my very own that would become quite familiar throughout the school year. One of my favorite times was when my siblings and I would gather on the couch to listen to my mom read us a classic book. We’d always beg for “just one more chapter.” When I was in junior high, we started using BJU Press Distance Learning, which at that time was broadcast via satellite. I laughed and learned through science classes with funny Mr. Harmon and grew in my love for writing and grammar with Dr. Seibert.

I so relished my homeschool experience that after high school I continued learning from home through CLEP tests and distance learning college courses. At Liberty University, I completed studies for my BA in interdisciplinary studies with concentrations in English and journalism. I have enjoyed writing and editing for three different Christian ministries, doing mostly contract work from home.

God blessed me with a Psalm 1 husband that I met at my church. He grew up going to church, but in college, when God convicted him of his sin and caused him to be born again (John 3), he trusted Christ as his Savior and Lord. He had a good experience as a child going to public school in a small town, but we both agreed that we wanted to home educate our children. God has blessed us with two children so far, and we feel the weighty responsibility of the mandate to raise them in the “training and admonition of the Lord” (Ephesians 6:4 NKJV).

Having been homeschooled myself, I’m not bound by idealist notions of a Pinterest-perfect homeschool room with an always prepared teacher and ever eager to learn students. I know it’s difficult since as a child I was a challenge to teach at times. I remember on several occasions walking into my mom’s room and finding her on her knees in prayer. Only by God’s grace can our children learn to fear God, which is the beginning of wisdom (Proverbs 9:10). Only by His saving work in their hearts—through repentance and faith in Christ—will they have a home in heaven and a heart for learning and serving in God’s world. So we fall on the mercy of God and ask Him for strength to teach our children, trusting Him to reach their hearts.

Let Your work appear to Your servants,
And Your glory to their children.
And let the beauty of the Lord our God be upon us,
And establish the work of our hands for us;
Yes, establish the work of our hands. (Psalm 90:16–17 NKJV)

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