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I am working on a homeschool project this summer.  It is just starting to come together and I wanted to share it with you and ask for some help with it.

I never thought I would homeschool, I just kind of fell into it because my daughter was ready to learn before they would take her in school (she was a few weeks past the deadline for Kindergarten).  I never really knew many other families who homeschooled, I knew nothing about different curriculums, and I had a lot of stereotypes in my mind about homeschool kids.  I have learned a lot in the past 3 years and am so glad we decided to try.  I have wanted to put together something that would help other families wanting to learn more.

There are lots of homeschool helps available. There are websites, curriculums, theories, and more.  But when I started what I wanted to know was ‘What is it like?’.  Not specifically all the different things people thought it should be but ‘What was it really like?’

So I am working on putting together a book of stories of homeschool families.  I am trying to find a mix of different families with different teaching styles, methods, and challenges.  I want to interview them and share all their different stories in a book so others looking at homeschool could see several options and hopefully find options and ideas to fit their family.   This book will also be a great help for current homeschool families wanting to learn more about options.

The benefit and often the challenge of homeschooling is the flexibility and options. We all know we can structure teaching around our family and our kids but we don’t always think of all the options.

The cover design is being worked on and I am starting to contact homeschoolers.

What I wanted to ask you was:

  • Is there anything you have wanted to ask homeschool families I should include in my interview questions?
  • Is there a homeschool family you would recommend I include?

I will keep you posted 🙂

11 Comments

  1. Carmen Carmen

    Kristen, aka The Frugal Girl would be helpful. She’s posted about home schooling a few times, home schools her 4 kids and was home schooled herself. She follows what I would call a traditional ‘school at home’ approach & formal curriculum, although I like a lot of what she does generally, particularly her point about time efficiency.

    Personally I’d love to read more about a creative approach to teaching, edging towards unschooling. I don’t recall coming across anyone online who home schools in a child-led uber creative way that I would want to follow if I home schooled and would LOVE to read about (because I have considered it for our youngest.)

    I’d also love to read about home schooled kids going on to be ‘high flyers’, like maybe getting in to Ivy league colleges, studying medicine or law etc, because I haven’t come across that either. But I’m digressing and not being helpful … 😉

    Fun project: good luck!

    • Thanks! I will see if I can get in contact with her 🙂

      ‘The Successful Homeschool Family Handbook’ by Dr Raymond Moore is a book I am reading through. It has some great stuff on what now would be called unschooling. They are older but they have lots of ‘high flyers’ stories because they have been around for a while. I am only about a third of the way through, but it has been good.

  2. i would love to help you out in any way possible! we are an unschooling family of soon-to-be 4 kids. i “fell into” homeschooling as well, & could never seem to fit our lifestyle into a curriculum. we do lots of different things, but mostly, we let the kids take us where they want to go. it’s been a fantastic ride, & a super-big letting-go for me: i grew up loving school, swore i’d never homeschool (all those good kids should be in school making a difference, shouldn’t they?), & then found myself in the middle of something VERY different & perfect for us.

    i had no idea God had such an outside-the-box plan for us, but He’s crazy like that, & i wouldn’t change a thing.

    good luck with the project! more good homeschooling encouragement is just what we need!!

    • sweet. I will be in touch 🙂

  3. We are homeschoolers who have tried many different methods. The more kids we have, the more toward unschooling I lean. Let me clarify: more like child interest learning. I can’t let go enough to not require at least some reading, writing, and math. =)
    When I have looked for books and information on different approaches I feel like I got a lot of ideas and instructions, but not as many “a day in the life of”. Even when other moms would talk about how their days went they mostly seem to showcase those days that are exceptional. I know that we all have “super learning” days, but I wanted to hear more about the typical day. Not everyday can have field trips and special projects.

    • Yes, that is exactly what I want to learn as well. I want to know what it is really like for other families. We all have great ideas, but they don’t always work out. Learning from others who have been doing it longer and understanding that things don’t have to be perfect is comforting. I have questions in the interview that ask about a good day and ask about a bad day and about how you know you are succeeding. Thanks for your comment 🙂

  4. Kari Kari

    Great idea Lorilee!

  5. angie angie

    I just decided to homeschool my 9 and 8 year old boys. They have been in public school before this. Has anyone else been overwhelmed? How do you handly outbursts and the lack of seriousness? Some days they do really well and finish their work and then other days one of them wants to skip out or the other wants me right there to go over every problem with him. I also chose to start my 4 year old on kindergarten and have a 8 month old baby. I love the idea of being with my kids and teaching them life lessons but am freaking out.

    • Angie, congrats 🙂 It is very overwhelming.. totally normal… whether that is good news or bad 🙂 Let me know if there is anyway I can help.

  6. Lindsay Lindsay

    If you ever do a second edition, let me know. I am a newbie at homeschooling, but my college roommate was homeschooled. Out of 10 kids, at least 5 went to Ivy League schools; ALL are very successful at their crafts. Their mother would be fascinating to include in a book.

    • Lindsay, thanks so much. I am working on another homeschooling book due early this fall. If you want to send me her information I would love to get a hold of her.

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