Ages/Grades of Children: 19-year-old (freshman in college), 14-year-old (9th grade)
Why and when did you decide to homeschool your children?
I had only occasionally thought of homeschooling because my older son had been begging me to homeschool him for a few years already. My ideas of homeschooling were: (oh, please don’t judge me too badly) “The school system is just fine; I don’t have a teaching degree; You’re too smart for homeschool; (and the worst…) We are not Little House on the Prairie!” There’s your proof that ignorance is not bliss!! Obviously, my older son had more knowledge of homeschool than I did. It wasn’t until spring of 2013 that homeschool was soon to be a reality. We had had an incident at my younger son’s school that left an awful taste in our mouths. After much prayer for guidance and wisdom, I looked into homeschool education. It took a lot of time and a lot of research. By the time I learned enough and knew that homeschool was the route for us to take, my older son was in his senior year of high school. Unfortunately, we felt we couldn’t make that change for him at that point, and he decided he wanted to graduate with his friends. We started homeschooling our younger son in his 8th grade year. It’s been a very interesting and challenging year. I had to learn his ways of learning and figure out what he knew and didn’t know. It was a year of adjustments and struggles. But, we made out alive, battle wounds and all. The proudest moment was when he asked if we can continue through high school because he “learned more this year than ever before.” So, here we are in our first year of high school facing different challenges, but we are ready, willing, and able!
Describe your homeschool in three words.
“We’re still learning!”
What’s your goal as a home educator?
To offer my son as much knowledge and as many experiences that I can that will help him develop into a wise, well-rounded, humble Christian man. It’s not all about what we find in books but in this beautiful creation and with the people with meet each day.
How has homeschooling changed you?
I’ve had to learn that my way isn’t always the best way for him. I have to remind myself often that I’ve got to LET HIM do things on his own. Yes, I definitely guide him, but I leave it open for him to decide how. For example, his way of organizing lessons, notes, workspace, etc. was a big eye opener for me. ((Aahh!)) But, it is his way of keeping himself organized, and it works very well for him.
Who do you turn to when you need homeschooling advice? Why?
Social media. There is a wealth of information out there from so many experienced home school parents. They’ll never know how grateful I am for them and for sharing their experiences, good & bad. If you have a follower called deeandhercamera, that’s me!! =)
What do you find most difficult about homeschooling?
Remembering that schedules are important, but flexibility is just as important. I tend to fall into the “must keep to the plan” demand. Thankfully, I usually realize it when I get stressed about time restraints and self-imposed deadlines.
How do you balance homeschooling and finding time for yourself?
PE/Lifeskill Day at least once a week. My husband takes care of this. On his days off, he and our son have PE day. When it’s inclement weather, they have a “lifeskill day”. It’s a great father-son day for both of them. And it turns out to be my day to do what I need and/or want to do.