Home Ed Q&A!

Grab yourself a cupp and have a read of today's Home Education Q&A with Chelsea.

When and why did you decide to Home Educate?

When I was 16, a little girl(first grade) came home from school and asked a question about a sexual act that she heard a boy talking about in class. It was that exact moment that I started wondering about homeschooling. I didn't even have children yet but I knew the kind of mother I would be. Over the next five years, the stories just got worse and solidified my desire to homeschool. I wanted to preserve my children's' innocence for as long as possible. I also wanted learning to be a healthy and happy environment. 

What kind of approach do you take?

Oh man. This changes day by day. One day we will dive head first into books with loads of structure and the next we will spend the day in nature building forts and learning about flora. That's the beauty of homeschooling. Learning can happen anywhere.

Where do the children do most of their work? and do they distract each other?

Our current favorite place is the living room floor. My kids love to be able to move around while learning. Thankfully, the weather is warming so our backyard will become our new places to work. 

What is your favourite thing about Home Education?

Following my children's lead. Being able to spend more time on certain things they struggle with without the pressure to move on. Have you tried teaching your kid homophones yet?! 

What subjects do you teach and do you stick to a timetable?

Daily subjects are math and language arts. We also do art, science, social studies, and music 1-2 times a week. 

What do you find most difficult and why?

I have a 9 month old. Need I say more? Considering our favorite spot to learn is on the ground, we try to get most school done when she is napping. Otherwise, the kids hop around while reading or dance while spelling. 

How do you react to people asking about socialisation, do your children easily socialise and work well with others?

"I guess we'll find out." I don't dive into that world. I don't worry about what people seem to think about those "issues". My children socialise with the best of them. Occasionally, my five year old daughter is shy but that lasts all of five minutes before she ventures into playing. We have friends, we go to co-op. We do sports. We have play groups. We socialise. 

Have family supported your decision?

Absolutely. It's never been an issue. I feel so passionately about it that no one questions it. I was also 1.5 years away from getting a bachelors in education when I decided to stop and become a homeschooling parent instead, so they find my decision to be pretty qualified. 

How do you incorporate Physical Education into your Home Ed days?

My kids do yoga almost everyday. There choice. They love it. We also are active in sports and outdoor play. Physical Education is just about the easiest thing to incorporate. 

Do you plan and how far in advance?

Oh I use to. When I first started. I would plan an entire month in advance. Daily activities and lesson. That all changed when I decided to start following my children's lead. I have an end goal but that is it. I know we need to finish by June.

What's a typical Home Ed day like?

We only spend about 2 hours on school everyday. On a typical day(but yall, we have PLENTY of days that we are typical), we wake up, do morning chores, and eat breakfast. The kids do yoga while I get school ready. As soon as they are done, we start. We ALWAYS do language arts first. My 7 year old is a reluctant reader and we need to get this out of the way so she can end on a happy note(science or social studies.) We spend about 40 minutes on language arts then we move to math. I don't know how, but my kids seem to be whizzes at math. They absolutely did NOT get that gift from me. So it only takes about 25 minutes to finish math. Then we have snack and finish our day with science or social studies. In the afternoon(during babies second nap) we will do music or art. The rest of the day is spent playing with legos, drawing, or playing outside. All of my kids' favourites. 

Do you spend a lot of money on resources?

More than I EVER intended. We LOVE the library but man I LOVE buying books and models and activities to add to our lessons. It's probably the most dangerous part of homeschooling. Buying all the things!

How do you make time for yourself?

YES. I have to. And my husband makes me as well. He works 12 hour shifts 5 days a week and he STILL makes sure I take an hour or two to myself when he gets home. "Go to target." "Go take a bath." "Want me to pick up a book on my way home?" "See if so-and-so wants to go to Michael's." I. Am. Lucky.

What advice would you give to someone just starting their Home Ed journey?

Don't be afraid. Spend a summer trying it if you want. Public school will always be there if this isn't for you. I have so many friends that say "I wish I could homeschool" and I want to scream "YOU CAN". I think fear drives people away. Fear of failing. Fear of trying it and realizes this isn't right for their family and then fear of having to send their children back to public school. I always start with telling people that if my kids and I ever decided homeschooling wasn't working for us anymore, they have the option of going to public school. Some parents clash too much when it comes to teaching their kids and THAT IS OK. I want people to know that homeschooling isn't for everyone and that is just fine. 

A BIG THANK YOU to Chelsea and her family for taking part in today's Home Ed Q&A! You can follow along on their Home Ed adventure over on Instagram here.


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