I am a child of God, wife, mother and homeschool mom. I have three children ages 19, 14 and 11. I have homeschooled them since the first one started Kindergarten. At this point we have been homeschooling for 14 years. I would say it has been a success, definitely not perfect but successful enough that I would certainly do it again!
My experience includes more than 15 years teaching in public schools. I will address my opinions about public school in future postings. I do not hate them.
My goal in my homeschooling blogs is to support homeschoolers and for anyone currently homeschooling or considering it. I want people to see that you do not have to be even close to perfect in your schooling and that all it really takes is commitment and average intelligence. Some organization is required but not as much as some think. What you will see in my blog that is different from many others is that I am very bare bones, fly by the seat of my pants, in my approach to schooling. It is really fun to look at all kinds of beautiful systems that moms spend their summers setting up and those have their benefits. I really wish I could do that, but that’s not me. I have tried some of that and failed. That doesn’t mean we don’t do a lot of in-depth integrated curriculum and interesting and involved projects, we do, but they may not be as planned out as some would think necessary. You know what, they still work really well and my kids are well educated.
The most important advice I can give is to pray, pray, pray and if you aren’t a Christian become one. That does not mean that my writings are only for Christians. A non-Christian could certainly benefit from what I write but it will be a part of all I do. The next important thing is to be consistent, not perfect, and for me what I try to be consistent with is very minimal but I choose what I think is most important and commit. I know if I make the list too long it won’t happen. Remember enjoy learning with your kids and don’t try to make them think you are perfect or already know it all. Let them know you are learning (often relearning) with them.
Ever since we began to think of homeschooling our kids, which was before they were born, my husband and I have dreamed of traveling the country with our kids as the focus of our schooling. I believe most homeschoolers dream of that but like us few get too. However, we do what we can with local field trips and using every situation as an education.