It is my goal that this weekly feature will allow us to see the face of home schooling. I hope that it answers some questions and sheds light on - Who homeschools and why?
Today's interview is with Darcy from "Just A Night Owl." If you home school and are interested in participating in this interview please email me - savannahmcqueen at ymail.com dot com
How did you end up deciding to teach your children at home? Have they always been home schooled or did they attend school outside the home, at one point?
What is your goal in home educating your children?
Our goal in home educating our children, is that they complete their years of education in a safe and loving environment. One that they can focus on their studies and the development of themselves, so that they can grow up well prepared for their lives as adults.
Do your children have extra curricular activities? If so, what are they?
Have you ever hired someone to teach a subject to your children? If so, why?
No. We have not had the need to, up to this point.
Have you graduated a child? Do you plan to teach through high school?
Do you have a defined style of instruction such as Classical, montessori, unschooling, or Charlotte Mason? Are you willing to share how you decided to use this method?
What does your schedule look like? Do you start early and finish just after lunch? Or do you start later in the day? Do you teach through the summer? And if so, why?
Do you home school for religious reasons? If so what religion are you?
We are Christian. We follow what we believe the Lord is calling us to and for us that is home education. We do not believe that any other types of education are wrong. For our family, we have simply chosen a home based education.
Do you have a vision statement for your home school? If so, what is it?
We do not have a formal vision statement for our school.
If you were to recommend a book(s) to a new or prospective home school parent, what would you choose?
Quite honestly the best homeschool advice and resources I have found are blogs. I have read a couple of homeschool books, but have found that the advice from those in the trenches has been most helpful!
What was your number one concern or worry when you started out on this endeavor? Has it continued to be your main issue? Why has it changed?
My number one concern when I started this endeavor was that my kids would learn. Actually learn things. After three years of teaching three students (including being pregnant and giving birth to our fourth child) my kids are learning. I see their growth and development and am encouraged. It is possible to learn outside of the classroom! In the beginning, I wasn't too sure!
What aspect of home schooling do you enjoy the most? What part do you greatly dislike?
Are/Were there any subjects that you felt incapable of adequately teaching? Have you overcome this? If so can you explain how you have achieved this?
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