Sweeties: A Homeschool Mom Interview

I’ve wanted to interview you guys for a while.  My first sweetie up is Kelly.

Below you will find out more about her and her homeschool day!  I think many of you will be able to relate!

How many children do you homeschool?  One, my 10 year old son

Did you plan to homeschool?  No,  we didn’t plan it but after a long period of bullying with no resolution from the principal, we pulled him out.

What method(s) do you use {eclectic, Charlotte Mason, etc.}?  Right now we are unschooling with a little bit of structure sprinkled in.

Is there any curriculum you absolutely love?  I love the Sonlight series but with so many free resources on the web, we don’t buy very much.

Do you use techniques such as project-based learning, lapbooks, notebooking, etc.?  I am trying to get the hang of lapbooks, but we mainly use computer based lessons right now.

What one piece of advice would you give other homeschoolers?  Don’t try to cram everything into a structured schedule.  When I tried to keep to a strict schedule, my son would not respond as well as if I let his interests guide us.

Do you enjoy attending homeschool conventions? Why or why not?  I have not been to one yet but I think it would be an invaluable source of information.

Are you working through any trials in your homeschool, or have you before?  The only trials we have had are with me!  I started out trying to mirror a school setting and my son did not respond very well.  I realized I was expecting him to do well in the same atmosphere we pulled him out of!

How do you get through these?  I just try to relax and not stress too much.  When I fit lessons into everyday life, we retain much more than with a structured day.

Are you homeschooling a special needs child? Have you identified any helpful information you can share with other parents?  Yes, my son has Asperger’s Syndrome, which is a mild form of autism.  Children with Asperger’s tend to be OCD and they do not do well under pressure, which is what we found when we started out.  If I appear to be relaxed when I teach, he does so as well.

Do you have unique aspects of your homeschool that you’d like to share?  I just try to find lessons wherever I can.  A trip to the grocery store is a math lesson, the trip to the park is a science lesson and a story on Egypt is our social studies lesson.  I make suggestions and my son chooses what interests him the most.

Is there anything else you’d like to share?  Just relax!  Don’t panic if you can’t get your lesson completed within the time limits you have scheduled for the day.  If you get to everything, that is great and if you don’t, that is ok too.  Kids feel our stress and if you are stressing, so will they and then teaching is out the window!!

Thanks Kelly!

If you’d like to be interviewed just let me know!