Welcome to my homeschool journey! I am Liza. I am a homeschool mother of 6 children. My homeschool journey began in 2008, when my oldest child turned 3.
I started this blog to share my thoughts and ideas about eclectic homeschooling. My hope is that what I share can help you find inspiration and confidence on your own homeschooling journey.
I also run a sister site called Homeschool State Laws where you can read about your state’s homeschool law and regulations.
My Homeschool Philosophy
What I like about homeschooling is the freedom I have to live life according to my own vision. I believe that anyone can homeschool. I wasn’t born specially tailored to parenting or homeschooling. Just like everyone else, I have had to learn and develop the same basic skills of patience, communication, work, responsibility, self-care, learning, teaching, organization, etc..
Do I feel qualified or confident that I have all the right skills? No. Nevertheless, I move forward and get my questions answered and discover that I can grow and learn one step at a time. I share my insights and experiences in this blog to help you feel confidence that you can homeschool too.
I believe that this age of information has the potential to transform into the age of wisdom: An age when people use knowledge and information with purpose and principles. I believe homeschool is a part of this transformation. Those who choose homeschool today are changing the future of our world. The age of wisdom will put the choice of what our children learn, and who they become, in their own hands. Self-reliance, love of learning, confidence, and fulfilled potential can be the new standard.
My Homeschool Style
I am an Eclectic homeschooler. Eclectic homeschooling is an approach to homeschool where you, as the parent and teacher, pick and choose the best parts of several different resources. It is a highly personalized, customized approach to homeschooling.
My style incorporates the needs of my family, our personalities, our interests, our goals in life, where we live, how much we can afford, and our religious beliefs. The way that I homeschool and my style both shape how I approach homeschooling. My style is heavily influenced by my belief in the powerful influence of a good home.
How I Started Homeschooling
I am a high school graduate. I attended a public school from Kindergarten through 12th grade. I made the most of an average schooling experience and graduated Valedictorian of my senior class. But, when it came time for me to consider the education and life style of my children, I knew I wanted to give them something different. I wanted to give them something more than what public school and its life style could offer. I knew I wanted more.
I considered homeschool because I naturally felt that…
There are things I want my children to do/be part of that other schooling options don’t offer.
I love my children and want to give them the best.
I am not satisfied with and/or can’t afford the other schooling options.
We live in the age of technology and have easy access to the information we need right in our own home.
I know my children better than anyone else does.
I love learning and want to continue to learn, and instill that love in my children.
A few of my friends were also considering homeschool for their children and we had some good discussions about it. I knew it was the right path for us so I did some research and found homeschool.com. Most of my initial questions were answered by this exceptional website, questions like…
“Is Homeschooling legal?”
“How much does Homeschooling cost?”
“What are the advantages and disadvantages of Homeschooling?”
“What about socialization?”
“Will colleges accept my children if they homeschool?”
“Will my children be able to succeed in the ‘real world’ if they homeschool?”
At the time, homeschool.com was advertising a book written by the founder, Rebecca Kochenderfer, called “Homechooling and Loving it!” I purchased it. Reading this book gave me confidence. It empowered me to create a vision of what I could do and then move forward and turn my vision into reality.
Why I Still Homeschool
In 2008 I began homeschooling and little did I know how important homeschool would be for me. Over the years I have developed in ways that I never would have if I had given the responsibility of educating my children to someone else. I have developed greater patience, organization, and teaching skills. Best of all, I have relationships with my children that are priceless. Even when I have hard days, giving up homeschool is never an option for me because the rewards for my children, my family, and myself are irreplaceable.
I love homeschool!
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