Tell us a little bit about your niche topic.
There’s so much to cover in the homeschool niche. Before this, I’d done a few lenses on home education, but I’m really looking forward to focusing a lot more on curriculum reviews and activity lenses. My kids are in Grades 2 and 3 now, so we are getting into more advanced lessons.
Homeschooling can be really confusing when you’re starting out. There are so many curriculum options and everyone has a different opinion on what you should do, so it can be very overwhelming. I’m hoping to make the process a little easier for new homeschoolers and encourage those who have been at it for a while. There are some amazing homeschool parents already on Squidoo, so there’s really a great community here.
One of the most important things we can teach our children is how to learn and homeschooling really lets you do that. While there’s a time and place for memorization and copywork, I think the best thing you can do for your child is to show him how to use a dictionary, encyclopedia and the internet. With those tools, your kids can learn about anything they want. I’m constantly surprised at how much learning my boys do outside of school hours. When you homeschool, kids tend to have more time to pursue their interests and exercise their imaginations, so it’s important to show them how to do that.
Tell us about the moment you fell in love with your topic. Was it an immediate thing or did it happen over time?
I was homeschooled myself and had a bit of a love-hate relationship with the whole idea as a teen. When I was pregnant with my first son, though, I just knew that it was what I wanted to do for my own kids. So it didn’t take very long . . . by the time my son was born, I had nearly convinced my husband that it was a good idea to teach our kids at home.
Who had the most influence in your life?
I’d probably have to say my mom. She’s an amazing person. She’s done so much in her life that has inspired me. Apart from homeschooling four kids, she fed us almost entirely from her massive garden and cooked on a wood cook stove for much of my early childhood. She’s now a weaver with her own studio and just a really inspiring and encouraging woman.
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