It’s time for our last homeschool interview. Today we meet Tina from Los Gringos Locos.
What are your top 3 reasons for homeschooling?
1-Language barrier because we live abroad in Mexico and public schools lack assistance for English speaking students
2-Freedom to teach as we please, on our own schedule
3-Spending quality time together as a family every day
How do you choose curriculum?
We look at the needs of our children and decide what we can mentally handle as “teachers” and go from there. Our curriculum changes with the seasons.
What are the ages of your kids, and at what age did you start homeschooling?
12, 10, 5, and 2
We started homeschooling in 2013, when the girls were 8 and 9.
What is your biggest homeschooling failure? Success?
I don’t think we have any failures. I mean of course we are not perfect… but failure seems like such a strong word. We lack in certain areas, such as patience and consistency but our kids are learning, loving life, and making friends. They excel at different levels and in different areas. That is a success.
What is your philosophy on education?
Raise a responsible, happy child to be a responsible, happy adult. We primarily do this via life-learning or un-schooling. Oh, and be sure they know their math and can read and write 😉
Explain a typical day.
We have a weekly schedule and every day is different. It’s from February because we recently returned from a long trip to the US. And cleaning “dog poo” is a chore, just in case you wondered 🙂 There are also a lot of things lacking on this paper like, family worship, Bible meetings and ministry, cleaning day, extra chores, reading assignments, and social engagements. Honestly it was too much for one schedule so that stuff goes on mommy’s personal schedule. This is a schedule I can tell the girls to look at, and do.
Explain your homeschool adventure in one word.
Crazy. Hahaha. I mean, four kids at home with big personalities and loads of energy??? Yeah, it’s crazy, fun, stressful, and crazy 🙂
What do you think is the biggest misunderstanding of homeschooling?
That the child is getting a poor education or lack of an education. I know this does happen if you have a neglectful parent but for most of us, I think we are doing our best, (which is pretty great), in our own ways.
What is one tip to avoid burnout?
Take a day off. Get out of the house. Go outside. Make it a field trip. Have fun.
Do you have a motto or quote for your homeschool? Why did you choose that one?
It’s probably my blog name and tagline – “Los Gringos Locos, Because a Kentucky mom of four living in Mexico is a little crazy”. A blogger friend suggested the new tagline and it’s a good fit. We are a crazy family from the US living in Mexico. Our life is a learning adventure, and we love it.
Best piece of advice for a new homeschooling parent.
Don’t get wrapped up in what is wrong and right. Every kid is different. Find out what your kid needs and be willing to make changes. Remember living is learning. Think big, beyond division and compound sentences. Go outside!
Tina lives in Mexico with her hubby and four kiddos. She keeps busy with homeschooling, traveling, and her Bible ministry. Tina loves photography and writing, so she blogs. Her family is a little nutty but nutty is never boring and always an adventure. And Tina love’s adventure! Catch up with Tina on her blog, Twitter, and Facebook.