This homeschool family is from Findlay, OH. Mom; Christy, Dad: Byron and kids: Connor: 10, Lia: 8, Sophie 6, Finn 4.
We currently live in Findlay, Ohio, though we are a military family and we move often. There’s really no one place that we call “home” — home is wherever we are!
Q: How long have you been homeschooling?
A: We have been homeschooling from the beginning, starting when our oldest was about 3.
Q: What made you decide to homeschool?
A: Originally I started because my son already knew the things they would cover in school. But once we got started, my motivations changed as I realized how much freedom it gave us, how much faster we could move, how much more fun it was, and how much more attention we could give the kids.
Q: How did friends/family respond to your decision to homeschool?
A: They were hesitant at first, because of preconceived notions. But once they saw us in action, they became some of our biggest supporters!
Q: What methods or curriculum (if any) do you use?
A: I never really followed any of the homeschooling terms. I have heard the words “classical” and “waldorf” and “Charlotte Mason”, but I don’t know what any of them mean. I don’t think it’s necessary to have a set method in order to do a good job. We use a mixture of workbooks (Evan Moor is my favorite) and hands-on activities — with lots of history projects, nature studies, song and dance, art, etc. I like to try to make learning fun!
Q: What does a typical day look like in your homeschool life?
A: After breakfast, we get started on group subjects that we do all together. These include history, science, geography, Spanish, art, and our current elective: survival skills. We don’t do all of them every day, only two each day and we rotate throughout the week. After group subjects, we head out of the house for extra-curriculars like homeschool PE or homeschool swim at our local YMCA, park playdates with homeschooled friends, field trips, or trips to the library. Following the outing, we’ll have lunch, then get started on our independent subjects. These include math and language arts (spelling, writing, grammar, etc.). Each kid does these on their own, and I’ll float around to help as needed. We finish those up by around 2:30, and the kids have quiet time in their rooms until 4. I think quiet time is essential for homeschooling families who spend all day together! At 4 we do chores and prep dinner. Sometimes we have evening extra-curriculars as well, like church, scouting groups, or other clubs/classes.
Q: What had been your biggest challenge on your homeschool journey?
A: My biggest challenge is finding new friends for my kids when we move to a new place. I have to make a deliberate effort to make sure they are around other kids in a non-structured environment.
Q: How about your favorite thing about homeschooling?
A: I love the freedom to teach what I want, when I want, the way I want. My kids love that we have so much time to explore and play. We do a lot more fun stuff, field trips, and travel. We’ve been to over 20 countries and we love to see the world.
Q: Wow! What have been your favorite places?
A: I have different favorite places for different reasons. The most educational trip we took for school was when we went to Rome & Pompeii, after studying it for several months. It was amazing to see the lights come on when they “saw” history live. The most entertaining place we’ve been was our three-week tour of England, Scotland, and Ireland. We loved visiting the castles and several Harry Potter filming locations. The most beautiful place we’ve been is Plitvice Lakes in Croatia. It was breathtaking — words cannot describe.
And Pompeii?! Wow! I have wanted to visit there since I first heard about it in middle school!
I know, me too! We had to spend 10 miserable hours on a stinky Italian train to see it, but it was worth it (to me — not so much my husband, haha).
Can’t please them all
Q: How do you make money while traveling?
A: We’re a military family. Our whole job situation is really long and confusing. My husband is in a masters program, and he only has school one day a week, so that’s why my blog says that we are both stay at home parents. When he finishes school, he will be active full-time again, but he is still considered in the military right now. But we don’t get paid full-time pay right now either, and our income is about $700 a month. A lot of my blog focuses on frugal living because of our unique situation.
Q: If someone reading this were to visit where you are now, what are some things you would tell them they must see or do in your area?
Q: Is here anything else you would want to tell someone either considering or just beginning their homeschool journey?
A: I hear “I could never homeschool, I’m not patient enough” more than I hear anything else — and I just wanted to say that nobody is ever enough. Patience is something that develops on the job. My patience has increased tenfold since I started, and I’m sure it will continue to increase exponentially as I go. Just like an athlete has to train, so do we, and we get better as we do! So never believe the lie that you aren’t enough. You are.
That is great advice!
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