Number of children: I have 3 children and growing 1
Why and when did you decide to homeschool your children?
My husband and I knew that we wanted to homeschool our children early on. Before we got married, while we were dating, we would talk about how we wanted to raise our children. We were being mentored by an older couple who had six children and homeschooled all of them. When hanging out with their family and watching how close knit they were, how respectful and mature the children were and seeing how smart and sure of themselves they were was so intriguing to us. Family, character and moral values are important to us and we knew this was something we are called to do.
My first born, I swear, came out the womb asking questions and loving to learn. I fostered that and we did a lot of early childhood education activities, games and fun hands-on crafts and it really just became a lifestyle. She picks up so quickly and is excelling. Now that she is kindergarten age, we have just continued on with the journey and still feel just as called and excited!
Describe your homeschool in three words.
What do you like most about homeschooling?
What I like most about homeschooling would have to be the flexibility, especially with littles. If the day doesn’t go as planned, we can just roll with it, no pressure. No getting up at 6am to rush out the door to catch the bus; we can wake up slow and go at our own pace. We can go on nature walks, eat outside or spend the day at the zoo. I love having the say-so on what we will be learning and doing. There is no busy work, we can go strictly off their interests, we can go as slowly as we need to or as fast as we’d like. I can incorporate character training, faith based material and practical life skills like cooking and cleaning into our days which is very important to me.
Is there an area of your home designated for homeschooling?
We do have a schoolroom where a lot of learning takes place. It’s filled with books, maps, puzzles, crayons, paints…you name it.
But we are always learning everywhere we go. Outside in the backyard exploring, on the couch reading, drawing and painting at the kitchen table, it’s unlimited – the world really is our classroom.
How has homeschooling benefited your family?
Homeschooling has been beneficial to our family by allowing us to build true relationships with each other. Because we spend all day together, we really get to know each other’s good and bad traits. The days when personalities clash we have to learn to honor, respect and love each other. We learn to talk and work through our issues, and we also get to enjoy learning and growing together – which I believe builds a strong bond.
What would you say to someone contemplating homeschooling?
I would say know your why and be rooted in it. Write down why you feel led to make this decision, what are your goals, what’s your vision for your family and children and what is most important to you. And be firm in it. Some days my why is all that keeps me going. When the days are long and it gets hard, I am reminded of my why.
“Train your child up in the way that they should go so when they are old they will never depart from it.” Prov.22:6
How can we connect with you?
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