History of the Spanish Homeschool Movement
The Christian Homeschool Movement in Mexico has been alive for as much as 25 years, perhaps longer, but struggling along with little encouragement and fewer resources.
Mike Richardson and El Hogar Educador Ministries have played a huge part in educating hispanic families on the benefits of Home Education. In 2011 their magazine reportedly reached 4,500 families in Mexico and 34 other Spanish speaking countries. Their homeschool conferences in Mexico have had as many as 800 families in attendance at a single event!
Home Education is legal in Mexico by default, meaning that it is neither protected nor prohibited by current law, and each state has it’s own regulations (much like the USA). Homeschooling is currently very loosely regulated, and official school credit can be earned by homeschoolers through the government’s INEA 10-14 program.
HSLDA has estimated that there are 5,000 families currently homeschooling in Mexico and It has been predicted that the Homeschool Movement in Mexico will experience a boom in the next 5-10 years similar to that the USA experienced in the 70’s and 80’s. Today’s college students will be tomorrow’s homeschool families.
There is a great need for quality homeschool materials in the Spanish language. While the USA abounds with curriculum options, the choices are slim for the non-English speaking family. Not only is there a limited amount of curricula available in Spanish, but the complicated process of ordering many of them in English from providers outside of Mexico and importing them can also be problematic and/or cost prohibitive.
Tap & Katie Hornor have been missionaries in Mexico since 2007. God has uniquely gifted and positioned them for this task, and has given them a burden for and vision to meet the Spanish homeschool curriculum need by creating a Christ-centered, literature based, homeschool curriculum in the Spanish language.
The Lemonhass® Homeschool Curriculum uses Spanish language living books and a few text books already in print by compiling them into a program that meets or exceeds Mexico’s Secretary of Public Education’s grade level standards. Each basic unit comes with a complete, easy to follow, step by step teaching manual for the parent, books and resources to educate at home one child for one full grade level year. Parents who want a richer experience can add on any or all of the suggested materials for that grade level.
The best part – it’s possible to use one package for multiple children (with only minor adjustments) and the entire package can be reused with younger children in the home with very little additional expense because 75% of the materials are non-consumable, they are real books! This reduces the costs to the parent by 50% or more depending on how many children will use the curriculum.
If you would like to contribute to the Lemonhass® curriculum development fund, or provide funds to supply curriculum aid to full-time Christian service families, you may contact us and request the information.
Find out next, how far the Hornor family has come since 2012 in getting their Biblical worldview, literature-based, all-in-Spanish curriculum to the Spanish speaking world.