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I’m a wife, mom and retired homeschooler who enjoys encouraging homeschool parents in the great adventure of educating their children. I love the Lord and believe that dependence on Him is key to doing well with homeschooling (and with life, actually)!
There are so many benefits to homeschooling: the ability to incorporate your faith in your child’s education, individualizing their educational program, one-on-one teaching, the close family bonds it builds, and the flexibility.
Over the 17 years my husband and I homeschooled, I learned a lot of practical things about homeschooling: popular teaching methods, how to choose curriculum, learning styles, teaching with preschoolers around, the ins and outs of the high school years, and more. The most important lesson we learned is to trust God and seek His help in all our homeschooling decisions as well as in all of life!
My desire is to provide encouragement and support for those who are home educating their children. I’d be happy to come and speak for your group or meet with you individually to help you with your own personal homeschool questions and struggles.
Or feel free to just spend some time reading through my blog…Grab a cup of coffee or tea and put your feet up and be encouraged as you read through what I have here about living for Jesus and homeschooling!
Contact me and let me know how I can be of help to you!
“Kris is an AMAZING lady with a wealth of knowledge! She captures what’s it is like to homeschool and helps you see it be a reality. She’s so inspiring and helpful. When I first met her I had no idea what to do or if I would homeschool. Kris met with me several times, asked if she could help and she really did help. I’m a mom of four and she continues to bless me with wisdom and Godly advice. She deeply cares for everyone and has a passion for helping others succeed in this amazing and magical journey called ‘homeschool.’” ~Kim
I called Kris to help me better understand and prepare for high school with my children. I was so impressed with her preparedness before we met and the follow-up after. She tailored the meeting to the interests of my children and helped me make a plan for their high school years. She has an easy-going manner, cheerfulness, and clarity that helped our two-hour meeting be efficient and effective. I was singing her praises to my homeschool mom friends the next day and said it was the best $65 I’ve spent in years. Thanks, Kris. ~ Michelle
“I met with Kris Cox in the spring to help prepare for the coming year homeschooling 5 of my children, but especially to discuss preparing for the high school years. We will have a 7th grader for the first time and I wanted to gain a better understanding of what is required in the high school years so we could take the year and focus on practicing and planning for the years ahead. It was wonderful to meet with Kris, I have highly recommended her to my friends. She brought an abundance of information on grading, how to create transcripts, and specifically tailored our discussion towards by daughter and her interests. She came prepared with answers to my questions and handouts for my files to refer to later. We discussed curriculum I have selected as well as curriculum she advised might be a good fit for our family. Kris was thorough and knowledgeable about homeschooling. Speaking with Kris was beneficial for our family and I look forward to speaking with her again as our children continue to get older. ~ Catherine
“I highly recommend Kris Cox. She is familiar with a wide range of curriculum and tailors her sessions to offer the best suggestions for your child’s learning style. When Kris met with me, I immediately felt comfortable with her. I also felt that her rate was very inexpensive, especially considering how much thought and preparation she had put into fulfilling my homeschooling goals. Kris is a genuinely kind woman who cares about parents and children and obviously puts a lot of effort into satisfying her clients’ needs.” ~Joanne
“I have known Kris Cox for 17 years.Kris was readily available to me when I went to her for advice, guidance and encouragement while I homeschooled my son for 12 years.Kris’s dedication to excellence in the physical, spiritual and educational development of her children was an inspiration to me.I admire Kris for her hard work, commitment and joy in homeschooling as well as her character as a Christian friend, wife and mother.” ~Judy
Dear Homeschool Parents,
As a fellow homeschool parent, I would like to take this opportunity to highly recommend Kris Cox to you as a homeschool consultant.She has over 17 years homeschool experience having graduated her four adult children plus an additional 6+ years of homeschool consulting experience. I have known Kris for many years as a personal friend. She has encouraged me as well as numerous families in her role as a support group leader!Kris also served as founder and director of the Constance Homeschool ETC. Co-op for several years. In this capacity, she organized classes for over 30 families, recruited volunteer parents, and hired paid teachers for science and physical education classes. She hired Jon Nuckols who is well-known in the homeschool community as an excellent science instructor. Kris acted as liaison between the Co-op and the YMCA to arrange the PE classes. Kris is very talented and incredibly patient.She is a compassionate and encouraging person.She has a deep faith in the Lord and will do an excellent job in assisting you in your home education as a consultant.The advice and prayer support you receive from her will be invaluable to you and your children! ~Shelly
Experience & Background
- Out of the 17 years we home educated our children, I attended the Minnesota Association of Christian Home Educators (MACHE) home school conferences for most of those years. I highly recommend the MACHE annual conference.
- I helped start and co-led the Constance E.T.C. home school co-op in Andover, MN for many years. Wow, what a blessing that group was for our family!
- I currently tutor students in reading and ESL. I utilize Dianne Craft’s brain integration therapy and right brain learning techniques as well as Susan Barton’s Orton Gillingham approach for teaching children with dyslexia.
- I worked as the phone responder for MACHE for 2-1/2 years and currently give The Homeschool Workshops on beginning homeschooling and homeschooling through high school for homeschool groups on behalf of MACHE with my dear friend and MACHE board member, Wendy Tuma. For more info, go to: The Homeschool Workshops
- I have a B.S.W (Bachelors in Social Work) from the University of North Dakota and a certificate to teach English as a Second Language.
- In my free time, I love to spend time with family and friends. I enjoy reading, walking, biking, swimming and playing board games. I’m just learning about blogging and am excited to figure out how to interact with people that way too!
Check out my All-in-One Homeschool Planner!
This planner has everything you need to manage your home and school well!
The Family Planning section has yearly, monthly, and daily calendars + important information and “to do” lists. Menu planning and chore charts are included as well.
The Goal Setting section will help you get your homeschool year off to a great start by guiding you through setting goals for your family and for each child.
The School Planning and Record-Keeping section will guide you as to the important school records to keep, provides assignment sheets to use for each child and information to help you plan well and accomplish all you hope to in this next school year! Also included is a grade calculating Excel document that will ease your load by automatically calculating your student’s grades as you input their scores.
The Spiritual Growth section will help you stay close to the Lord and strengthen your faith. A homeschool mom’s devotional is also included.
Digital download included: this contains templates for all consumable charts and documents in the Planner so you can reprint as needed! You’ll only need to replace the yearly and monthly calendars.
Everything you need to stay organized in one binder!
Testimonials regarding the planner:
“I am a veteran home educator and I purchased Kris’ planner at the MACHE Convention this past April, intending to give it to a friend of mine who has been homeschooling for just a few years. Well, after checking it over this month, I decided to keep it for myself! It’s very refreshing, very complete, and has the added devotional section with a spiritual journal to keep us focused on the Lord and inspired to follow His plans for our family! Thanks, Kris!” ~Kris H.
“As a newer mom to homeschooling this planner is an answer to my prayers for organization. Kris has thought of everything needed to run a Christ-centered home and homeschool and put it together beautifully in this planner. I have peace of mind knowing that everything I need for records is in one place. The flash drive allowing you full access to reprint pages as needed is brilliant. Thank you, Kris for this wonderful resource!”
Upcoming Workshops and Seminars for 2019:
MACHE Conference Thursday Session: First Class Homeschool – April 11th, 9:30 a.m.- 4:15 p.m. Rivercentre, St. Paul, MN
Homeschooling: Starting Off Right
There are so many details and things to learn as you get started in homeschooling your children! This session will cover the most important things to know as you get started, such as the Minnesota homeschool laws and details on how to follow them, making learning a lifestyle rather than just “doing school”, the importance of discipleship, and building relationships while homeschooling, the value of the team approach, and also how to foster a love for learning and a love for the Lord. This session will get you off to the right start on your homeschool journey!
Choosing Curriculum to Fit Your Family
How do you choose the best curriculum for your children? There are SO many choices it can feel overwhelming! Curricula are actually just tools to help you in the process of educating your children. However, choosing these tools wisely can make school much more enjoyable! This session will give insights into the process of choosing curriculum, plus give you a better understanding of the most popular teaching methods out there. The goal of this session is to help you think through your family’s homeschool goals, understand your preferred teaching methods, and give you insights into how to make the best curriculum choices for your family.
Planning and Scheduling: Managing your Home and Homeschool Well
Home educating your children requires some forethought and planning to make things run smoothly and efficiently, both in your school day and in your home. This session will provide suggestions for organizing your school plans and schedule to fit your family best. You’ll learn some tips on keeping the house up by having children do chores, plus ideas for meal planning and organizing your home. Routine and planning can make your home life calmer and more relaxed, with children knowing what’s expected and parents feeling less overwhelmed and stressed!
Understanding Your Child’s Learning Style
We know God has uniquely created each of our children, right? But did you know that their unique personality can have an impact on the way they prefer to learn? Although most children can learn in a variety of ways, we all have learning style preferences that can be capitalized on. Knowing these preferences can help you choose curriculum and help you teach your children more effectively. This session will help you to determine your child’s preferred learning styles as well as your teaching style.
Raising Children Who Love to Learn 1:30 p.m.
Do your children seem engaged and interested in learning each day, or do they tend to complain and whine about having to “do school?” As homeschoolers, many of us strive to raise lifelong learners who love to learn. This is an excellent goal, but how do we bring it to fruition? In this session, you’ll learn some practical ways to foster a love for learning in your children, so they ultimately become lifelong learners!
Homeschooling Through High School When College Isn’t the Goal 3:00 p.m.
Does your student have little to no interest in going to college after graduation? Maybe they want to do an apprenticeship, go to a trade school, join the military, or maybe they want to be a stay-at-home mom. How do you help them find the purpose for which God made them? This workshop will address planning the high school years for those students who are NOT college bound, helping you make a solid high school plan that will meet their needs and prepare them for whatever their future might hold.