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Naamah and Ted Leischner

March 23, 2015
RAMON GONZALEZ
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

EDMONTON – Naamah and Ted Leischner say they believe it's God's intention that they homeschool their children.

"We homeschool to instill faith into them and to help them with their own learning styles," Naamah said.

"I think we take our responsibility as primary educators of our children very seriously," added Ted. "At this point we believe that this is what God wants us to do."

The couple has four children aged three to 10 and have been homeschooling for five years.

They came to the homeschooling conference from Olds, where they attend St. Stephen's Catholic Parish.

Naamah said if God asked them to put their children into a regular school they would do that "but right now he wants us to take care of them at home."

The Leischners agree homeschooling is hard work but they say it is worth the effort.

"You are responsible for everything with the kids and so if there are holes in their education, you can't blame the teachers; you have to work through it yourself," Naamah said. "But God's grace is there."

The Leischners get up at 6 a.m. every weekday to spend some time together. Then he goes to Sundre to work as a carpenter and Naamah uses the extra time to pray and to ground herself before the kids get up. Ted helps with the teaching when he is at home in the evening and on weekends.

"I do the best I can," he says. "Sometimes exhaustion overtakes me before everything is finished but I do the best I can to support my wife and the kids."

Naamah says all parents feel discouraged at times, "but then you say 'no, this is my vocation.'"