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Kevin Capps, Founder
Kevin Capps founded Waterbrooks Institute in 2014 to assist parents in guiding a successful home school experience for their children. As a student of Christian Church history and American history, he discovered that home schooling was common in America’s past and holds the key to America’s future. Email me.
Katherine Capps, MA, JM; President
Katherine Capps is the President of Waterbrooks Institute, where students and parents can begin and continue on a path of an exceptional educational journey. She believes that dedicated and Christ-centered students are essential to America’s future, and that is an important concept to take to heart. She similarly considers herself a continuous learner, which has been proven with her multiple earned degrees. They include a Bachelor of Science and a Master of Arts from Midwestern State University and a Juris Master degree from Liberty University School of Law. She is currently a Ph.D. student at Liberty University Helms School of Government.
“Train up a child in the way he should go; even when he is old he will not depart from it.” -Proverbs 22:6 ESV
WHO WE ARE
We are the Capps family. We founded Waterbrooks Institute in 2014 to assist parents in guiding a successful home school experience for their children. As students of Christian Church history and American history, we discovered that homeschooling was common in America’s past and holds the key to America’s future.
My name is Kevin, and I am a homeschool dad. – That sounds like we are in a “Homeschooler Anonymous” meeting.
My greatest achievement in life has been to teach my own children how to read. I was surprised by the sense of accomplishment I felt as they were “sounding” out the letters and understanding the words they read.
As you begin to consider Homeschooling, a common problem is not knowing how to guide their children to a better education.
Each parent remembers those early days. We had read every baby care book that we could find. We received both wanted and unwanted advice from family and friends and yet we still felt as if our new bundle of joy came without any instructions and certainly without an owner’s manual. There was this feeling of not knowing what to do but this past and we have continued to love, care, provide and guide our children each step of the way. As we begin homeschooling sometimes it feels very much like those early days. There are so many resources available, so many homeschool guidebooks, so many publishers recognizing the great need for home schooling and producing a wide variety of resources. We still find that it was difficult to have a coherent plan, to have a track to run on, to have some idea where we were going with this.
We wanted the best for our children. So, we began to tackle this “Homeschool” thing. Like most parents we wanted our children to avoid “bad” things, but more importantly we wanted them to experience “better” things. And like most parents we had only the foggiest of ideas of what to look for online or in bookstores. Wow, who would have thought there were so many cool options. I began to think that maybe I was ADD. Latin, Robotics, and dozens of methods to teach math. Online courses on every imaginable subject, and do not get me started on the Apps. So, we did what any parent would do, we bought a whole lot of resources.
But there was one thing that kept us questioning our approach. Since our children were the most handsome\beautiful, talented, and gifted children in the world (except for yours, of course), should not we focus more on what kind of a person they each become. This thought cured my temporary ADD. This was serious. What we do next impacts their lifetime. This really shrinks the margin of error.
Early on, false starts, frustration and a real fear of failure weighed heavily on me. Homeschooling is not convenient. So many options, pieces and parts, no plan that brought everything together.
So, the questions remained: What am I supposed to do? How do I Homeschool? Can I give my children a better education? How can I teach them subjects that I do not know well?
Discovering the answers to these questions has been an adventure. No regrets. Now, as our children are learning and growing, we look forward to helping other Parents to guide their children to a better education.
#1 Christian Worldview: A Christian Worldview: A “worldview” is the primary "lens" you view everything in your experience. The process of education is basically the building of a worldview in the mind of the student. We are intentional in using the Bible in education to lead students to a Christian Worldview. We want our children to learn Biblical principles and develop Christian character traits.
#2 Primacy of the Family: The Primacy of the Family: A Father and Mother, children, Grand Parents, and friends, all interacting in a healthy, and good manner. While there are no “perfect” families, a child must have knowledge of God’s good design for families.
#3 Traditional Values: Traditional Values: Character qualities must be learned and practiced. We are building into the lives of our children the values of Individual responsibility, Respect, Honesty, Work ethic, Courtesy, Politeness, Dependable, Diligent, Fearless, Humble, Resourceful, Self-controlled, etc.& etc.
#4 Academic Excellence: A child’s individual mastery of a subject is measured against the subject matter itself rather than by comparison of performance to other students. The goal of Homeschooling is for your child to learn to master all subjects to each child’s full potential.
#5 Do-able: Do-able: As we evaluate programs and resources, we require that the materials and methods must be “do-able.” Homeschoolers must be able to actually educate. We need to be able to practically lead our child to learn.
#6 Affordable: Affordable: Homeschooling has allowed us to provide an excellent education for our children, on a very limited budget. As we began, we considered the cost to getting started, and the number of years that each child’s education would continue. It is amazing how much can be done for such a small amount.