Carita Crain

Carita CrainCarita Crain, from Troy, Missouri, is the mother of six and the grandmother of six.  She and her husband Mike started homeschooling their children in 1989.

Since that time, all their children were homeschooled through high school, the youngest just having graduated in May, 2013. Three of them have completed a Bachelor’s degree, two are currently working on a Bachelor’s, one is working on her Doctorate, and one daughter is special needs. Her grandchildren are also being homeschooled.

Before she was a stay-at-home mom, Carita was a special education teacher in the Ft. Zumwalt School District. Her husband was also a teacher, in the Winfield and Ft. Zumwalt Districts. However, a teaching certificate did not guarantee a smooth experience with homeschooling.  They were ready to put their daughters in public school after just a few months, when God intervened and changed their philosophy of education.

This is what they believe:

  • Learning does not have to be out of a book.
  • Busyness is not always a good thing. Most of the time you have to be home, to homeschool.
  • God has a special plan for each of our children, and parents must individualize each child’s education. This means no cookie cutters or conveyor belts.
  • Just as God has a special plan for each child, He also has that for us as parents.

In June of 2005, God saw fit to take Carita’s husband to his heavenly home.  Being CEO of her family is the most challenging position she has ever held.  However, God is faithful, and Philippians 4:13 has taken on a new meaning.  “I can do all things that God has called me to do through Christ who strengthens me.”

Carita has a passion to help other homeschooling families navigate the waters of home education, especially those who have students in high school and those who have special needs children.  She is a board member of St. Charles County Christian Home Educators and often speaks at functions to help other homeschoolers. She also assists her daughter Sarah (Crain) Moeller with selling The Homeschool Planbook and State Histories in Light of the Cross.

 

Carita Crain's Talks:
 

Friday

2:00

Room 300

Home School High School in St Louis

Carita Crain, mother of six homeschool graduates ages 18-33, will talk about options for homeschooling our high school students specifically in the St. Louis/St. Charles area.  Where can you go for dual enrollment?  What places can you take classes for high school credit outside your home?  Did you know there is a National Honor Society for homeschoolers in our area? She will share what she has learned about these topics, and more.  If you have a specific question you want answered, please email her ahead of time at mccrain@centurytel.net and she will try to find an answer for you.
 

 

Saturday

10:15

Room 341

Elementary Recordkeeping – There’s Always a New Day Tomorrow

Carita Crain "retired" in 1982 from teaching public school and in 2013 from homeschooling her six children.  She will show you how to keep records for your elementary age children, whether you have just one or a whole herd. Even though homeschooling records are rarely checked by the authorities in Missouri, we are still accountable to God to do our best. Come and learn what it means to keep a daily log, set up a portfolio, and what those 1000 hours are really about. If you have a specific question you want answered, please email her ahead of time at mccrain@centurytel.net and she will try to find an answer for you.  

 

12:30

Room 313

High School for Special Needs

Carita Crain and her late husband Mike started homeschooling their children in 1989. One of their daughters, Rebekah, has Williams Syndrome.  Rebekah graduated from high school, just like her brothers and sisters did, but with an education that was individualized to what she needed.  One of the benefits of homeschooling is that you can choose what to teach (and not teach) your students. With some students, that might mean fewer academics and more life skills. Come and learn about options for teaching your special needs student through high school. If you have a specific question you want answered, please email her ahead of time at mccrain@centurytel.net and she will try to find an answer for you.