Liz is a personal friend of mine. I love her ability to be herself and not be pressured by those around her to homeschool a certain way. She’s honest with herself and the way God made her and her family. So meet Liz, this week’s homeschool interview.
Liz and her husband, John, have 4 boys from 2 to 8 years old. She considers herself an eclectic homeschooler and is currently using The Good & The Beautiful, YouTube, Critical Thinking Company and lots of picture books.
Why did you start homeschooling? Do you still homeschool for that reason?
Because I can!!!! I have the luxury to be a SAHM, I have the background, I have a willing husband. While I believe public schools are good and necessary, no public school teacher can match the one on one instruction that a loving and conscientious home school parent can provide. And I want to be there for as much as possible as they grow into young men.
What is the most challenging part about a typical homeschool day?
Getting the boys in “the work zone” where they do their best. Getting over the hump of a lazy/grumpy/complaining spirit and sloppy work. It’s like every day we have to work through it!
What scares you the most about homeschooling?
That my children are falling hopelessly behind.
What is your favorite thing about homeschooling?
The relationship! The story time. The giggles. The ability to be there for the good and the bad. The ability to focus on character issues all day long in a way a public teacher just can’t.
Who is your homeschool mentor? Who taught you the ropes or you look up to? Why?
After college I worked nearly full time as a tutor/nanny in a homeschool home. I tutored in several other homes after that. I learned so much, especially that every home school looks completely different!
How is dad involved with your homeschool?
He will occasionally supervise a math page or something, but mostly he just supports me and affirms my decisions in front of the boys.
What does a typical homeschool day look like for you?
Maybe some story books, then math, handwriting, and phonics – with lots of technology free play time in-between subjects.
Do you have a designated school area or school all over the house?
Kitchen table or the school room.
Are you a library patron or do you collect your own library at home?
I would rather borrow books from the library and rotate them every three weeks.
Are computers a big part of your homeschool?
We watch tons of educational YouTube Videos and do online piano lessons.
Are you part of a Homeschool Co-Op? And do you serve or teach in any way?
Yes, we love it. I teach 7-8 grade science.
Do you use any supplemental programs?
We do speech therapy through the school district.
What outside activities are your children involved in?
Church, co-op, small groups. Lots of play dates.
If you have a large family or varying ages, how do you divide your time to help each child?
I ship off the preschoolers to a Montessori, or I turn on Blippi or Daniel Tiger for the babies.
Do you work from home currently? Do you plan to expand your business when you are finished homeschooling?
Yes, I run a photography business, Lightfall Photography. I plan to expand my business when my kids are old enough to do most of their work independently with only intermittent support from me.
Please share any tips or tricks you have learned along the way.
Roll with it. Slow down and SEE the kid. Don’t be too quick to blow off their pain as “being fussy”. Feed them a LOT.