I love that homeschool families are so diverse. We each come from our own walk and homeschool our children to fit our unique needs. As part of my Homeschool Interview Series I’m excited to introduce you to Hannah, a homeschool mom who was a homeschool student herself.
Introducing Hannah …
Hannah has two children ages 2 and 4. They are a military family and that leads to lots of moving, but currently in Texas. Although at the beginning of her homeschooling journey, she has found herself having an eclectic style of homeschooling.
Why did you start homeschooling? Do you still homeschool for that reason? Is there more reason or different reasons now?
I started homeschooling because I, myself, was homeschooled. I was homeschooled up until grade 9, and I loved it. During my childhood I loved being able to work and play interchangeably. I was involved in sports, art classes, language classes, co-schools, and more. I was outside for any nice day and I had hours of free time for my imagination to flourish.
When it came time to decide a school for our oldest (preschool) I didn’t think about homeschooling at first. We found an expensive Christian school and I felt so excited that my child could have the experience I didn’t get. I though it was better this way. However, after a week in school, my daughter was an anxious mess. Her little body would wake up several times a night with horrible dreams of drowning. She wasn’t happy, she didn’t look forward to school, and I had this horrible intuition that it wasn’t right. God was telling me to take her out.
We did, and it was the best decision. I should have remembered the reasons I loved being homeschooled and not thought about what everyone else thought was best. My children are who I need to look towards, and I love that homeschooling gives me the freedom to cater to each child in their own unique way. My daughter has never once asked to go back to school, and loves doing school every day at our kitchen table. We are working on reading, math, whatever she wants to learn. Since she’s in pre-K we just make it fun and enjoyable. Next year I will start a curriculum and go from there!
What is the most challenging part about a typical homeschool day?
Teaching my daughter that it’s ok if something doesn’t come naturally. “If at first you don’t succeed; try try again” and “practice makes progress” are the most challenging concepts for her. Because she is very smart, any road block in her mind sends her into a fit. We are learning and growing though!
What scares you the most about homeschooling?
That I won’t be enough… that my lack of a college degree will hinder her. I got married to my wonderful husband at 19 and my degree was put on hold. I feel that my first job is to care for my children; and I haven’t once regretted not having chosen a career until I think about teaching my kids and rings in charge of their education.
What is your favorite thing about homeschooling?
The time I spend with my kids. It’s such a unique experience to see them learn and flourish and accomplish new things every single day. Not just in life, but academically too.
Who is your homeschool mentor? Who taught you the ropes or you look up to? Why?
My parents, my friends in my homeschool group, and I try to find new women to inspire me every day.
What does school look like in your home?
I have a flexible schedule and school usually happens at the kitchen table. My house is full of books and I keep schoolbooks in a shelf near the kitchen table. There’s never enough book shelves.