We are brand new to homeschool. It’s something I’ve wanted to do since my 2nd grader was in kindergarten, and I finally took the plunge. I work part time and our family has two horses that we care for every day, so we are busy; but we’re managing to fit it all in and grow as a family at the same time.

I feel like I was born to homeschool. I wanted to be a university professor but I got married and had a baby instead of getting a Ph.D. It’s not that I think I’m a great teacher, or that I have superhuman powers of patience for little children. I just love learning and I love inspiring excitement about learning in my kids (and the neighbor kids, it turns out).

Our homeschool at the moment is a mixture of classical and Charlotte Mason models. We’re classical because studying history is the cornerstone of everything we do. I incorporate spelling, writing and reading into whatever historical period we’re studying. I am a HUGE history fan. It is by far my strongest subject and so naturally it occupies a large part of our homeschool.

I say that we’re Charlotte Mason-ites only because we spend a lot of time outside and we do a lot of nature study. We’re at a horse barn every single day in all kinds of weather, and my kids get a lot of exposure to things that other suburban kids don’t get. I think it’s pretty magical, but that’s because I love nature and animals.

People ask if homeschool is a lot of work and how I have time to do it. It’s really not that much more work than dealing with all the homework and constant requests for money and supplies from public school. I make time for it because I enjoy it. People always make time for what they enjoy. I see such a benefit for my children that the time and energy spent is well worth it. I can’t think of anything more important that I could be doing with my time. What else would I do? Watch tv? I don’t think so.

If you are considering homeschool and you’re afraid to take the plunge, send me a message. I would be happy to talk to you about our journey.