Testimonials

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1. Where do you reside? 

Maple Shade, New Jersey.

2. What are the Homeschool laws like in your state? 

Homeschool laws are relatively lenient (for now) but yearly reporting of a curriculum is highly recommended.

3. How many children do you homeschool?

I have a two-year-old boy and am planning another baby in the near future.

4. How long have you been on your HS journey? 

I am brand new to hs-ing. My toddler and I currently “learn as we go” via exploring etc. He is a bright little boy.

5. What did you struggle with in the beginning? 

Choosing a curriculum (haven’t chosen one yet), and deciding how to document/organize our work and the right way to allow learning times.

6. What were your reasons to HS? 

Public school was impossibly hard on me, the system indoctrinates, not educates, concerned about sex ed, bullying, shootings (red flags), vaccines/shedders, food, and more.

7. What are your favorite things about Homeschooling? 

Everything. I would not have it another way.

8. How do you manage home life and homeschooling? 

I work part-time while my sons’ dad works full-time and spend as much time engaging with my son as possible.

9. What is your HS style? 

Style? I don’t even know yet!

10. What advice would you give a new homeschool parent or someone thinking about it?  

Not applicable based on where I am on my journey.

Homeschool Interview: The Beginning

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1. Where do you reside?

Rochester, NY

2. What are the Homeschool laws like in your state?

Strict. We have to send in our intention to homeschool and our hs plan for the year, then send in a detailed report every quarter.

3. How many children do you homeschool?

2

4. How long have you been on your HS journey?

8 years

5. What did you struggle with in the beginning?

A schedule and figuring out how to best teach my son.

6. What were your reasons to HS?

My son was very premature and we didn’t’ want him behind in school.

7. What are your favorite things about Homeschooling?

Being with the kids all day.

8. How do you manage home life and homeschooling?

It’s all intertwined. I take care of the house before/after homeschool.

9. What is your HS style?

Eclectic.

10. What advice would you give a new homeschool parent or someone thinking about it?

Think about each individual kids’ needs. It’s super fun for me to plan for days, but then my one son will fight me on everything. Plan for how they learn best.

Homeschool Interview: Eclectic Homeschoolers

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1. Where do you reside?

North Carolina

2. What are the Homeschool laws like in your state? 

I think our laws are fairly good my husband knows the laws a bit better.

3. How many children do you homeschool?

2

4. How long have you been on your HS journey? 

This is year two.

5. What did you struggle with in the beginning?

The transition from public school thinking.

6. What were your reasons to HS?

Control of education more learning helping with special needs less pressure and stress for the whole family.

7. What are your favorite things about Homeschooling? 

Freedom flexibility

8. How do you manage home life and homeschooling? 

We incorporate it and we work around things everyone helps.

9. What is your HS style? 

We like structure so we use a curriculum and meet together one day a week all day that gives us a guideline.

10. What advice would you give a new homeschool parent or someone thinking about it?

  Have patience life is learning everyone is different.

Homeschool Interview: Freedom and Flexibility

Hey there!

Sharing another Homeschool testimony! With these interviews, you will get to read other opinions and you will learn that not all homeschool families are the same. Read on about what Sarah thinks of homeschooling her little ones.

 

1. Where do you reside? 

Currently in Virginia

2. What are the Homeschool laws like in your state? 

Not too many hoops to jump through but we did opt for RE (religious exemption) so it is a bit different.

3. How many children do you homeschool? 

Currently two

4. How long have you been on your HS journey?  

Not very long.. my first started doing workbooks and writing/basic reading at two years old now he’s almost 6, so 4 years approximately.

5. What did you struggle with in the beginning? 

Having the idea of how I wanted homeschooling to go compared to what is/was actually happening.

6. What were your reasons to HS? 

-Because I never got the opportunity to be homeschooled.

-Our society as a whole is undereducated.

-Life skills are no longer a priority at public schools..testing is…

-By the age of 10 kids no longer look up to their parents but to their peers and teachers.. that scares me silly.

To.Many.Shootings.For.Me

-Because we’ve never chosen the ‘normal’ way of life…

7. What are your favorite things about Homeschooling? 

Not getting up to toss them onto a bus or drive them to school early… I’m so not a morning person.

The freedom to choose and do practically whatever, everything can be a learning experience.

8. How do you manage home life and homeschooling? 

Easily… I don’t separate the two. Life and learning should be hand and hand.

9. What is your HS style?

A little bit of everything.. still too early to find that perfect combination. We do online classes, workbooks, free schooling, unschooling etc. Kind of the fly by the seat of your pants kind of teacher which makes things fun.

10. What advice would you give a new homeschool parent or someone thinking about it?

It’s intimidating, it’s scary, it’s downright pull out your hair frustrating, it’s literally being the molder of one’s learning/thinking skills but….it’s absolutely worth it, it’s amazing, it’s watching the light bulb turn on, it’s having a deeper connection with your kids, it’s the very essence of nurturing them into thinkers and into questioning everything. It’s being their cheerleader when they take on the world one day.

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Homeschool Interview: It’s intimidating, it’s scary, it’s downright pull-out your hair frustrating…

As I write this, my 10 year old daughter is in the kitchen making dinner, my toddler is upsetting my six year old by demolishing his blocks and my other girls are listening to music while talking about their favorite books. This is what the end of our day looks like. Sometimes it is more chaotic and sometimes it is more calm.

My point here is that each homeschool family looks different and their approach to learning, as well as the reasons will always be unique to others. I want these interviews to give more insight into state laws, reasoning and the impact homeschooling has on families. It is quite possible that there will not always be positive answers, and that is okay.

I give you my second interview….

1. Where do you reside?

Cincinnati, OH

2. What are the Homeschool laws like in your state?

They are pretty strict between 6-18yrs. Right now we are only just starting our homeschool journey and we will deal with all those requirements (most is tests, forms, structure, and 900hrs required) when we reach that stage.

3. How many children do you homeschool?

Right now 1…and a half. Haha (3.5yr and almost 2yr)

4. How long have you been on your HS journey?

I was homeschooled from 6th and up. But just begining as a teacher/role model to my kids.

5. What did you struggle with in the begining?

How to go about it, what type of structure to achieve

6. What were your reasons to HS?

I had extremely rough experiences with both public school and private school. Not only that, but the information we learn is not even useable in day to day life. I want to teach my children to balance a check book, grow a garden, cook fresh, healthy foods, measure things, convert them into different measurements, learn about sustainable living. Those are important.

7. What are your favorite things about Homeschooling?

The opportunity to give them experiences to learn, adventure, imsgination, instead of taking away all freedom and excitement.

8. How do you manage home life and homeschooling?

Try to incorporate it all together. Though we have a lot of therapies and life is intense already, we don’t overwhelm ourselves and try to make it fun instead of a chore.

9. What is your HS style?

Adventure, excitement, self exploring/imagination, self sustainability.

10. What advice would you give a new homeschool parent or someone thinking about it?

Don’t put yourself down. I do not have a degree in teaching. But I am capable to pass on my knowledge, my experiences and my sense of learning to my kids, that’s all it takes. They learn best from you. They are most comfortable with you. You know your child, what they need, how they learn best, what sparks that adventure. Ask questions. We all start somewhere and you don’t learn by assuming. Be creative, if it’s fun, they will love it.

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Homeschool Interview: Learning starts at the very beginning.

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My First Homeschool Interview

This is so exciting. I will be sharing an amazing interview with you today. A homeschooling Mom who has learned to truly embrace the real meaning of learning. I chose her first because she honestly says what I feel best. I relate with her so much! I can only hope that this interview enlightens another homeschool Mom and Dad.

The Interview Questions

1. Where do you reside?
Woonsocket, RI2. What are the homeschool laws like in your state?

    The laws are fairly strict in comparison to other states. Each district within the state also has its own regulations. Ironically, our city, which is one of the lowest performing public school systems in the state (and highest dropout rates), has some of the strictest regulations.

3. How many children do you homeschool?
    I currently homeschool three children. Our 18 year old just finished/graduated in June. Though she still participates in our discussions and activities when she is home.4. How long have you been on your HS journey?We’ve been homeschooling for 5 years.

5. What did you struggle with in the beginning?
    Basically, I struggled with my fears of being capable and if my children would fall behind.6. What were your reasons to homeschool?
Two of my children were asking me to homeschool. They were both having a negative experience at public school. I did a lot of research and thought we could do better than the schools.  My belief that we could give them an awesome experience, coupled with some dangerous scenarios at our public school as well as the schools falling short of what our children needed academically were the final straws. We decided to give it a try.7. What are your favorite things about homeschooling?
What’s not to love? I love everything. I love the whole life/learning experience. I love that we are learning together. I love that my children are experience education as life, not a part of life.

8. How do you manage home life and homeschooling?
    For us, there is no difference. Home life is homeschooling and vice versa. We live and learn together, as a family, 24/7 365 days a year.
9. What is your homeschool style? 
This one is hard for me to label. We lean towards being what is known as “unschoolers”. Yet, we don’t really fit that model either. We do have some structure. We are a lot like a one room school house, where the kids of all ages learn together at their own pace and according to their understanding/age level.  The only subjects we do separately are math, foreign language, and reading.
10. What advice would you give a new homeschool parent or someone thinking about it?

      RELAX!!!!!!!!!! Enjoy the journey. You can do more in an hour than the schools can do in 6. Do not try to replicate the school’s process in your home. What’s the point of homeschooling if you do that? Be secure in what works for your family. Each child will have different styles and needs. Allow them to explore the way that works for them. You will learn as much as they do.  Embrace that! Be open minded. Enjoy every minute. It’s a journey. And adventure. If you keep it fun, and free flowing it will foster a life long love of learning. That said, there is more than one way. If you need more a regimented program, great. The world would be so boring if we were all the same. It’s a big world. There’s room for all of us. When we respect and encourage each other, we all win.

I’ve included a few of our homeschool pics. They look a lot like life, because that’s how we do it!

Thank you!!!

Sincerely,
Linda

 To keep up with this wonderful Homeschool family, visit their website Ecole De Vie. Meaning, School of Life.

 

Homeschool Interview: Ecole De Vie