Introduction to Our Homeschool

This post was written for inclusion in the monthly Homeschool Blogging Carnival hosted by Lisa at The Squishable Baby and Keisha at Unschooling Momma. This month our participants are introducing their homeschools and styles.

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Hadyn is 8.  He is now finishing the 3rd grade.  I have been homeschooling him since Kindergarten.  Ava is 4.  We have been working sporadically together.  I thought she should play and have fun.  She had other plans.  We have been doing informal lessons.  She learns mostly by listening in to the lessons I teach to Hadyn. I work with her mostly on phonics and some on match.  Grayson is almost 10 months.  He nurses and provides us with cute baby smiles all day!  Dad is 47 and is a Chemist.

This is my family!

I never thought I would homeschool.  I thought it was too crunchy.  I wasn’t homeschooled.  I went to public school – and did very well.  I always excelled, and graduated with honors.  I went to a very fine top notch liberal arts college, and then went onto graduate school.

Times are different now.  The reasons I had for first homeschooling Hadyn are totally different than the reasons I have for starting Ava – or even continuing.

I must say that  our homeschool has really evolved over the years.  Mostly, I have learned a lot and my philosophies have changed.  We started at The Freedom School – which is a Sudbury school.  Let’s just say that the program was not right for us.  February/March we took him out and I started schooling him myself.  At that time he did not know how to read or write.  In just a few short months, he was reading and writing.

It was amazing.

It just progressed from there.  We joined a homeschool co-op that September (when he started the first grade).  They keep track of his homeschool program, keep track of grades, distribute transcripts (if necessary), offer field trips, offer weekly classes, and provide support for homeschool families (resources, curriculum, etc).  We have been going strong ever since – and love it!  I don’t think we could have made a better choice.

I would describe my style as eclectic.  I do a little of this and a little of that.  All of the materials that we use are Christian based.  I feel that it’s important for my kids to know and embrace their faith.  I also feel that it’s important for the kids to also know the hard facts.  So, I teach them both.

I believe in rote memorization.  I believe in recitation.  I believe strongly that music is a necessary part of a strong curriculum.  I also believe that they can be free and can learn through experimentation.  While I teach them the traditional facts (math, history, phonics, cursive, grammar), I want them to pursue their own interests – and am a strong supporter to teaching them things that interest them.

Homeschool has been a blessing in all of our lives.  I love the flexibility – and the ability to control what they learn and when they learn it.  I love the freedom to adjust the pace based on the needs of my children – and not on some standard schedule.  I love being able to teach them in a way that is fun – so that they will be interested and engaged.  I love that both kids have developed a genuine love for learning.

I love that my kids love others – can play with anybody – and maintain a level of respect for others and themselves.  These are all qualities of a responsible citizen and a well adjusted individual.

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  1. Beautiful post Lisa! Thank you for hosting this carnival. I’m looking forward to getting to know you and the other participants better. I’m also looking forward to reading your posts because I’d like to add more music into our curriculum and I’m not particularly musical!

    • Hey Mama! Thanks much for participating and bearing with my inexperience.

      I would love to talk about the benefits of music and the arts in general. It has made such a big impact.

      I look forward to learning more about you!
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  2. Hi Lisa, beautiful family and for some reason I want to squish that baby of yours!
    I think all homeschooling moms are so brave! I have considerate it. For one because my daughter is so far ahead and my son a little the opposite. Honestly I wonder what my daughter would be doing it I just let her stay home. She is always busy reading and learning and I think school holds her back. My son is so smart but not great with a pencil or prereading skills and I know I could help him learn but stay confident. But I am such a chicken. I don’t know if I could really commit to it and be prepared and cover everything. For now I supplement a little after school. We will see though, next year is kindergarten for my son.

    • Hey Ann,

      Thanks so much for stopping by! I am thrilled to see you.

      Thank you for the compliment. Gray used to be pretty skinny for being born a big boy of over 10 lbs. But now that I have been feeding him solids, he is super soft and squishy. LOL.

      Homeschooling sounds like the perfect option for you. I’m not brave at all. There is nothing scary or mysterious about homeschooling – and such wonderful things and beautiful people come from it. It really is amazing.

      You know your son and daughter sound like mine (but opposite). My son needs so much attention, while my daughter could go on her own doing her own thing. You know, my daughter (who is 4 years younger) really does learn from the lessons i teach Hadyn. Perhaps your daughter could help you teach your son. I think i will be doing that in reverse. If you can teach something – you definitely know it!

      Since you are supplementing, it seems like you are getting practice. Plus, what I have read in your blog – you would be super!

      Just remember homeschool is a process. It’s not about the ending – but the process along the way. You will know much more the second year than the first. More the third year than the second – and so on.

      I hope you have a terrific weekend!
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  3. What a beautiful family!! My husband and I were talking, yesterday, about parents who support their children’s interests. We were reading about a person who seemed to be born with a natural ability to draw. I suppose a lot of people have that ability. But the difference for this guy was that he had older siblings and parents who saw his ability and supported it. He went on to become a famous illustrator. I don’t have kids so I can’t speak to what a parent sees in children … but I imagine that, in our busy lives, it’s hard to notice a child’s natural inclination. After all, kids just do what kids do and don’t necessarily speak about what they love and are good at. I think that homeschooling a child, especially in the way you are doing it, gives parents a special insight to what interests a child. They can then offer the kind of support which will allow them to grow and succeed in life. It’s quite an advantage. 🙂

    • You are very right. Actually, your comment is the whole idea behind the Suzuki method. Babies are born with the same potential. It’s those where the potential is nurtured who grow up to be great. I love that philosophy because everybody has the potential for greatness. It’s the same across the board.

      If one of the kids likes something, then we try it more in depth. If they fall out of love with it, then we find something else.

      Thank you so much for your comment! I apologize that it’s been so long. I missed you somehow.
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  4. Speaking of squishing, I would like to squish little Grayson’s cheeks right a bout now. I find it sooooo interesting to hear about how/why people homeschool, and what resources they use. Thanks for the glimpse into your life!

    • Hey Jeanette,

      There are so many different reasons why people homeschool. It seems like there is an explosion of people doing it now! I’m like – wow! Just in my state, it’s blown up like crazy – in just the 3-4 years that we have been homeschooling.

      Plus, the reasons you have for starting change – just as fast as your homeschool changes!

      I love it!

      Thanks so much for stopping by!
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  5. What a gorgeous family you have! I have never done rote memorization but have always thought about it especially with my son. I toyed with doing a Classical Conversation class with them a couple of times but with all of our other activities I could never fit it in and it was in the next city over.. How do you go about the memorization?

    I also love how well my children get along with others. They can both talk to anyone and love talking with adults. When I was a kid I did NOT like talking with adults.

    I look forward to reading your blog!
    Joy recently posted…How We Began Our Homeschool JourneyMy Profile

    • Thank you Joy! Yeah, I also toyed with Classical Conversations but had the same thoughts you did. In fact, I thought my head would explode if I added one more thing. No kidding. Plus, I would have needed to change my curriculum and I love what I’m doing. It’s working.

      Usually, we just memorize poems. Ava is working on the Lorax and Hadyn memorizes Mother Goose, or anything he is interested in. I just feel that it helps. There are just some things we must remember.

      Back in the day – it was all about memorization and recitation. I think there are advantages to that. Yes, many improvements have been made, but in education? Not really. Not that I have seen anyway.

      That is one of the outstanding things I have seen with homeschool kids. I bet we could come to you, and the kids would hit it off right away. I think that’s beautiful. As we know, it’s essential that you are able to “play nice” with others.

      I hope you have a fabulous Sunday and a great week!
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  6. Hi Lisa! Hope all is well:). Thanks for linking up @ The Owl’s Skull this week. Much love, J

  7. Lisa, What an amazing post and gorgeous family! You are such an inspiration. And I’ll admit I am very relieved that I am not the only one who believes in recitation and memorization. I am so excited to be a part of this new online community. Thank you for organizing this fantastic carnival!

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