homeschool series

We’re back for another homeschool interview! I’m hoping you have learned a lot from these homeschool mamas! I know I have learned many new things and am preparing myself for when Sicily starts elementary homeschooling.

Today I would like to welcome Jen from Chestnut Grove Academy to the blog.

What are your top 3 reasons for homeschooling?

My reasons for homeschooling have changed over the years, but mostly it is for Adaptability, Flexibility and Life learning.

How do you choose curriculum?

This is a hard one sometimes, lucky for me I do a lot of product reviews so that helps.  Otherwise I read reviews and weigh the options based on my kid’s needs and learning styles.  I have changed curricula a few times, what works with one doesn’t always work with the next kid.

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

We have always homeschooled.  My kids are 8, 6, 5 and 2.

What is your biggest homeschooling failure? Success?

Failure would be loosing sight of my why!  I have to remind myself almost daily!  Success is the days I let go and let my kids lead, amazing things unfold!

What is your philosophy on education?

I take a little bit of every philosophy, I feel there is a happy medium between them all.  I feel there are somethings they just have to do and other stuff I’m more flexible on and let them lead more. We follow a classical model, I try to maintain a Montessori hands on teaching method (especially during early years) and we use a lot of literature, which is Charlotte Mason. We are very Eclectic.

Explain a typical day.

‘Typical’ is a hard term to define, I feel like everyday varies so much!  Typically the morning starts with computer based school work and family and personal scripture study.  Then we work on other school subjects until lunch.  We do more of a block type scheduling.  Then after lunch there is typically an away from home activity, either MMA, library class, field trip (it varies by day).  Afternoons are free, usually.

Explain your homeschool adventure in one word.

Just that – Adventurous

What do you think is the biggest misunderstanding of homeschooling?

The infamous socialization question!  I hate that it’s the first thing people bring up, as if socialization is not possible out side of school, when in reality it is actually more balanced and better outside of school.

What is one tip to avoid burnout?

Take breaks and make changes as needed

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

When people ask me how homeschooling is going, I generally say, “some days are better than others”.  People assume I have some amazing ability of patience to homeschool, I want people to know homeschooling isn’t always easy, but I still do it (and they could too, if they wanted to).

Best piece of advice for a new homeschooling parent.

Be flexible, things do not always go as planned, don’t be afraid to change something that’s not working.  I have learned to relax so much since I first started 5 years ago, yet I still find I need to relax even more some days!

About Jen:

My name is Jen.  I’m a homeschooling mom to 4 kiddos (3 boys and a girl).  I have a Master’s Degree in Early Childhood Education.  I worked in the field for several years prior to having my own children.  I started this blog as a way to be accountable to myself, it’s turned into so much more.  I love being able to share ideas and reviews (and sometimes giveaways) with all of you!  I have benefited so much from other bloggers, and hope that in some way I can do my part to pay it forward!  Thanks for reading!