About Me

Welcome to my homeschool journey!  I am Liza.  I am a “30 something” year old mother of 6…

Any day of the week I can be found wearing an apron in the kitchen. I am a musician at heart. A few of my favorite things are: quiet moments, Cold Stone’s Mint ice cream, getting an early start to the day, and dreaming big. I read for information; how-to books are candy! My belief about life is that you can find truth in anything and it is waiting to be discovered.  I have a personal relationship with God. He gives me the strength and power to live each day with purpose, and do hard things well. My latest adventure has been moving to Europe and homeschooling there. What I like about being part of a homeschool family is the freedom we have to live life according to our own vision.

My Belief

My belief is 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.. 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.

the heart of homeschool is love

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 on this website to inspire you to feel that you can homeschool too. I frequently get asked questions about how and why I homeschool; the science and the motivation. My purpose for this blog is to answer those questions and more.

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 hands. Self-reliance, love of learning, confidence, and fulfilled potential will be the norm.

Our Style

Everyone has their own homeschooling style, which is a separate concept than the different ways to homeschool. Style incorporates the needs of your family, your personalities, your interests, your goals in life, where you live, how much you can afford, and your religious beliefs. All these things shape how homeschooling is accomplished within each individual family.

Our style is heavily influenced by our belief in the powerful influence of a good home. It is also influenced by our faith in God, my education and continued learning, our one income, and my individual talents and skills. All of our different personalities definitely play a role in shaping how we homeschool as well.

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I understand that our way of homeschooling and our style may not be the same as yours. My hope is that you will feel inspired to find your own way and style as you read through my posts and the information I present on this website.

My Story

I am a high school graduate. I attended a public school from Kindergarten through 12th grade. My father was a high school math teacher and my mother drove a school bus for four years. 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.

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 on homeschooling 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 the website was advertising a book written by the founder, Rebecca Kochenderfer, called “Homechooling and Loving it!” so I decided to purchase 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. Homeschool Book

In 2008 I began homeschooling and little did I know how important homeschool would be for me. Over the years I have become so much more than I would ever be if I had given the responsibility of educating my children to someone else. I have developed greater patience and set higher personal goals for myself. And 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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