Welcome back y’all! I’m excited to share yet another homeschool interview. Today we meet Tiffany, a homeschool mother of 4. I connect with Tiffany as we both use to teach in the public school system, but decided that homeschool would be our best option. You can find Tiffany at Simply Knowledge Homeschool.
What are your top 3 reasons for homeschooling?
My top reason for choosing to leave my career in the public school system and homeschool was to help my children develop a strong relationship with the Lord. Second, it was imperative to me that my children would develop a love for learning and have excellent communication and leadership skills. Third, homeschooling enables me to help my children find their talents and build upon them.
How do you choose curriculum?
My number one go to resource for choosing curriculum is Cathy Duffy’s “102 Top Picks for Homeschool Curriculum”. I also conduct my own research by finding online reviews and also by word of mouth. You can read more about my number resource here.
What are the ages of your kids, and at what age did you start homeschooling?
I have two daughters ages 9 and 8. We started homeschooling when my oldest was four.
What is your biggest homeschooling failure? Success?
My biggest homeschool failure would be feeling that I must stick with one educational philosophy and method. I have read many books on each and every homeschool method. (There is nothing wrong with reading these but, just read them for educational purposes, not fact!) After reading these books I would feel guilty and change everything in our homeschool, even if everything was going great. We have had numerous failed attempts at each of these philosophies. Finally, realizing there is not one perfect method or philosophy because my children are unique, I began to observe my children and what their interests were and what worked for them.
My greatest homeschool success is watching my children’s eyes light up as they realize a concept. It is such a beautiful thing to watch your child learn and enjoy learning!
What is your philosophy on education?
I definitely follow the Eclectic Approach. The Eclectic approach is just simply were you rarely buy a full curricula and use it exactly as is, but tweak it to fit your child’s needs. Using this approach I often build my own curriculum. Curriculum may change year to year, and what works for one child may not work for the other children in your family.
Explain a typical day.
I always arise when my husband leaves for work, two hours before my children
wake up. Without this quite time to myself it would be a struggle during the day!
This quite time allows me to get everything together for the day. After, my children
wake up around 7:30, we eat breakfast, brush our teeth, make our beds and get
dressed. We usually start school around 8:15. Lunch is always served at 12:00.
Depending on what day of the week it is determines the time we are finished.
During the week, we have activities such as piano lessons, library homeschool
group and co-op.
Explain your homeschool adventure in one word.
What do you think is the biggest misunderstanding of homeschooling?
Definitely socialization! That is the number one concern I hear from most people.
But, my children probably receive more socialization than most! The great benefit
of homeschooling is being able to meet many new people and form relationships
What is one tip to avoid burnout?
Do not overschedule! Allow yourself plenty of breaks and don’t try to do too
much at once. The way I prevent burnout is by scheduling by school in terms of 6
weeks with 1 week breaks between each.
Do you have a motto or quote for your homeschool? Why did you choose that one?
“If you can imagine it,
you can achieve it.
If you can dream it,
you can become it.”
I chose this motto because it fits perfectly into my goals as a homeschooling parent that I
want my children to achieve.
Best piece of advice for a new homeschooling parent.
In homeschooling, you’re going to make mistakes. You’re going to change your
mind about curriculum or the direction you are going. Some days will be really
hard and you will think about quitting. But, remember NEVER lose your FOCUS!
Just like our Great Example – Jesus, use your trials, your hard days as a moment
to teach and lead.
Hello! I am a wife, mother, educator, blogger/owner of Simply Knowledge Homeschool, curriculum reviewer, and homeschool advocate. My family consists of my Prince Charming and two wonderful daughters. My background is in elementary education. I now homeschool my children after choosing not to continue my career in public schools. All of my experiences to this point have uniquely equipped me as a homeschooling parent. It is a blessing to be able to write about our journey and encourage others in this extraordinary lifestyle. I just love connecting with other moms and encouraging each other to inspire, experience, live.
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