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Heidi and Jay St. John

Host: Dr. James Dobson

September 22, 2021

According to the Washington Post, the number of children being homeschooled in the U.S. has nearly tripled since 2019. On today's edition of Family Talk, Heidi and Jay St. John, who have homeschooled their seven kids and founded Firmly Planted Homeschool Resource Center, share three keys to a successful schooling model: flexibility, the one-on-one tutorial model, and a vision of Christian discipleship. The results? On average, kids that are homeschooled test three grade levels higher than their public school peers.

Meet the Guest


Heidi and Jay St. John

Heidi St. John is a best-selling author and speaker. She is the host of the podcast, Off the Bench with Heidi St. John, in which she discusses life at the intersection of faith and culture. Heidi is the creator of Mom Strong International, an online ministry where women come together for weekly video-led Bible studies, Scripture writing, both online and in real life fellowship. Heidi and her husband, Jay, have seven children, all of whom they homeschooled, and two grandsons.

Jay St. John is the executive director of Firmly Planted Family, a non-profit organization that focuses on encouraging families to thrive within a biblical framework. A gifted worship leader and song-writer, Jay is also the homeschooling father of seven children, and “Papa” to his grandchildren. In 2017, Jay and his wife, Heidi, opened the Firmly Planted Homeschool Resource Center, which serves as a full-time homeschool support resource for families in the Portland, Oregon area. Jay and Heidi have been married since 1989.

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