Caroline and Billy Witbeck are the owners of Learning Cycle. We have been on an enlightening and inspiring journey with regards to the educational
experience of our daughters.
We began with our girls in public school. When our girls were in elementry school we started to question what they were being taught and if they were truly
learning all they could. One solution had been on Caroline’s mind for quite some time. Homeschooling. She had always fought against this option whether because of her own fear,
uncertainty, or lack of understanding of how to do it.
As Caroline was praying over it, one day things just came to a head. Instead of trying to find her own way to fix the problem, she turned to
scripture and prayer. She developed more and more peace about homeschooling. She sought scripture (specifically Matthew 11:28) when broken-hearted over frustrations and approached Billy about
the option. The more he learned about homeschooling in general and, specifically (for us), about classical education, he became intrigued about the process and opportunities of homeschooling
As we looked through books like The Well Trained Mind, The Core, Educating the Whole Hearted Child, Honey for a Child's Heart and the essay "The Lost Tools of
Learning," we gained more confidence in our decision to homeschool. Also, the documentary video "Indoctrination" was very eye-opening regarding where we were in the modern school system, and again, only strengthened our
determination to homeschool.
The hardest part of the journey was to simply get started. With so many resources, options and friends telling you what you should use in terms of
curriculum, it can be very overwhelming. But once we took that leap into homeschooling, we soon saw the beauty of it. We did not know everything that we know now, but it was easy to see
that homeschooling was actually possible for us!
Little did we know that God had more in store for us… pun intended.
Shortly after we decided to start homeschooling, Billy lost his job. It almost was a sense of relief as it was becoming more and more apparent that he was not doing what
he truly wanted to do. He always had a dream of owning his own business and we saw this change as a great opportunity. After many prayers and asking God to put him on the right path, the idea for the
store came to us. The more we talked and prayed about it, the more excited we became!
We truly feel like this was God's calling for us and pray that he will work through us to help others on their journey. We believe that every child has
their own learning style and therefore, different approaches and resources are necessary. With this passion, we strive to offer not only a broad selection of curriculum, learning aids, books and
other materials, but also assistance to help families in choosing what is best for their children.