Substantive Education


The Family



My name is Kelly and I’m glad you’re visiting my blog.  (Apologies, I’m having trouble with my photos and deleted the one of our whole family…above are my sons and daughter in law at Christmas 2008)  I’ve been homeschooling since my eldest son was born, 24 years ago. Now my husband Steve and I have four sons and we’ve loved the adventure of homeschooling. I’ve also had the privilege of being the Director of Grace Prep School and providing support services to other homeschoolers in our area. (Oh, and both my husband and I are Westmont graduates…as you will see as you read about my sons, the tradition continues.)

My husband, Steve, is a Pastor at Nuevo Community Church, a substantive Christian community in Nuevo, CA. You can check out his blog at

My Sons

  • Our oldest son, Tim is 24 years old and a graduate of Westmont College. He became a husband on June 28th, 2008. Jessica is his beautiful bride. (who, coincidently, is also a Westmont Grad.)Jess is in Law School at Chapman University and Timothy is working on his Masters of Education.
  • Levi in Kenya

    Levi is 21 years old and a Junior at Westmont College. Levi has been involved in leading worship in various contexts for several years now.  He has just returned from a semester of studying in Tanzania. This is his third trip to Africa (he has been to Kenya twice). Levi will be working this summer at Forest Home Christian Conference Center as the worship leader for the Junior High Camp.

  • Caleb


    Caleb is 19 years old and has just completed his Freshman at Westmont College. He has become involved with leading a youth group in Santa Barbara and this next summer will be a Dean at Forest Home working with the Junior Highers.  Caleb is also involved with worship and plays the guitar.

  • 00050Joseph is 17 years old and all set to begin his Senior year of  High School. He spent the beginning last summer at the University of Maryland competing in the National History Day Competition. Playing on our church’s youth group worship team, playing soccer, and hanging out with friends rounds out his day. He is also a recently published poet.


  1. Hi Kelly – Just came across your website when my daughter and I were doing our history lesson today about the Minoan Civilization. Great site – thank you for putting it together. Your family looks like they love our Lord and Saviour…was blessed by our visit into your world today!

    Comment by Jenny — October 6, 2009 @ 2:58 pm | Reply

  2. Jenny, thanks so much. I was blessed reading your comment. I always wonder if anyone besides my students wonders in to the blog. Blessings on your school year.

    Comment by kbagdanov — October 6, 2009 @ 3:26 pm | Reply

  3. Dear Kelly, I started a website at the outset of this year called Time For History ( which is geared towards providing homeschoolers with information concerning history. I present from a Christian viewpoint and was delighted to happen upon your site when looking for ancient Greek artwork for a presentation I will be doing on Greek culture. You might be pleased to know that it completely distracted me from my studies as I explored the site to see what was going on here.

    I could not find an e-mail on your site so I am posting this comment here instead. I’d like to advertise your site on some of my pages, and offer my services in regards to answering questions concerning history that you or your viewers might have.

    Gerald, Time For History

    Comment by Gerald — December 22, 2009 @ 3:35 am | Reply

    • Thanks Gerald. You’re welcome to advertise my site, and I’m on my way over to check yours out. Is it okay if I link back to here. We love history and it’s always great to find new sites. I’ve been trying to set up a website with some more flexibility than just a blog and it’s bogged me down so I haven’t been updating recently. Hopefully in the new year.

      Comment by kbagdanov — December 22, 2009 @ 3:52 am | Reply

      • I understand your plight concerning working with web software, having worked on numerous sites myself over the past ten years. Please feel free to make links as you determine will best benefit your audience, and I will be sure to add some banner ads with links to yours from my own. Otherwise, God bless your endeavors, and have a wonderful Christmas.

        Comment by Gerald — December 23, 2009 @ 4:28 am

  4. Hello there Kelly, Funny I was looking for schools for Lauren and called this one not knowing it was you and it was Steve on the message! Don’t know if I could handle homeschooling this wacko teen of mine. She’s likely to drive me to the looney bin! But I would like to hear more about it. I left my # on your machine. Thanks! PS. Wow your kids turned into Men! scary how fast that happens. God Bless Karen

    Comment by Karen Keen — May 24, 2010 @ 11:01 pm | Reply

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