Welcome to another homeschool interview. Today Amy is joining us from Busy Boys Brigade.

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What are your top 3 reasons for homeschooling?

Our first reason for homeschooling was due to our oldest son’s congenital condition. He only has vision in one eye and strain from over use can cause migraines He was in public school through 3rd grade but frequency of migraines increased. School was not cooperating with adaptions that were suggested. Second reason is to incorporate our Catholic faith into their education. Third reason is building strong family relationships while helping my boys learn practical life skills as they learn to love learning.

How do you choose curriculum?

I was overwhelmed with curriculum when we began. I had high expectations and goals. I quickly learned that those choices did not best meet the needs of my boys. Now, I look at how each boy learns and what their interests. Budget also plays a key role.

What are the ages of your kids, and at what age did you start homeschooling?

I have 5 boys-ages 13, 10, 7, 4, 1. I believe we start homeschooling from the moment of birth. My younger kids have only been homeschooled. My oldest started homeschooling at age 8. My second son started homeschooling at age 6.

What is your biggest homeschooling failure? Success?

I believe our biggest homeschooling failure was our first year. We did not decide to homeschool until right after date to notify our state. We were unprepared and clueless so went with a cyber school. It was basically replicating public school at home, including standardized tests. Not for us! Biggest success would be seeing the deep friendships that my boys have with one another. Watching my oldest help one of his younger brothers with a lesson or teaching them to cook is amazing.

What is your philosophy on education?

I don’t really care for labels but would say I am a relaxed, eclectic homeschooler. I believe it is important to meet the child where they are and work from there. I do not believe in grade levels or following a specific schedule. One of the biggest blessings for our homeschool is the opportunity to slow down and really process a book or lesson.

Explain a typical day.

We awake and have breakfast. The boys watch a T.V. show while I do a daily Rock Your Homeschool! scope on Periscope. We do a few chores and roughly get started around 9 am. We start each homeschool day with saying the Pledge of Allegiance and prayer. Our Morning Gathering time also consists of Bible devotions, calendar time, music, science, and art (depending on the day).

Explain your homeschool adventure in one word.

Blessed

What do you think is the biggest misunderstanding of homeschooling?

Just one? Socialization myth! My boys are more socialized now than when they were in public school. Not only do they hang out with peers during sports and church activities, but they get to go out into the world and experience life. Trips to the grocery store and post office can be full of socialization moments.

What is one tip to avoid burnout?

Breathe. Take a deep breath. Rinse and repeat as needed.

Do you have a motto or quote for your homeschool? Why did you choose that one?

I love Charlotte Mason’s motto of,

“I am, I can, I ought, I will.”

I appreciate how it recognizes the child as an individual with abilities and choice

Best piece of advice for a new homeschooling parent.

Enjoy the moment. You may feel overwhelmed, frustrated, or afraid. It is okay-accept the feeling and remind yourself why you are doing what you are doing. Look your children in the eyes and give them a hug. Relish this blessed time with your kids.

About Amy:

Amy Milcic is a mental health therapist turned homeschool soccer mom to 5 boys. Amy blogs at Busy Boys Brigade to share positive and creative approaches to {homeschool} family life. In her “spare time”, Amy enjoys putting 15+ years of playing soccer to use by coaching local rec soccer, volunteering as an assistant for Catechesis of the Good Shepherd, and playing with her new passion-planners! Amy loves using Periscope to connect with fellow planners and homeschoolers by sharing encouragement, and resources. She is a member of iHomeschool Network and a Real Life At Home Writer. She is also a co-owner of Planner Squad, a multi-contributor site dedicated to uniting the planning community.

Site: https://www.busyboysbrigade.com

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