Do you find yourself considering the homeschooling option for the first time? Are you intimidated by the responsibility of navigating all of homeschooling and what it will require of you?
Now that you have made the decision to homeschool, how will you introduce the concept to your child, extended family and friends?
Will it affect your family’s lifestyle?
Much less, how will it fit into your already busy lifestyle?
Can you really be a teacher?
I believe you will gain confidence in your ability and creativity as you homeschool your child.
Day by day, week by week, month by month as you lead your child in new ways of learning.
Hi, I’m Carol Hookham.
I began homeschooling my children in 1995. Five have graduated from homeschooling and are now finding their own way in the world. In the year 2024, our last child will complete his learning adventure at home.
I am familiar with the variety of emotions that arise from taking on the new role of educating a child. In the beginning I wasn’t so sure I could adequately fill the role of teacher in my child’s life, but my husband and I knew it was the right decision.
One day, in the early years, I observed that homeschooling blended into the natural rhythm of our family’s lifestyle. It didn’t dominate, rather it conformed to our way of living. By that I mean, some days the school books were left on the shelf as other opportunities were pursued. We examined tide pools, ice skated at the local rink, picked blackberries with grandma, visited science museums, attended concerts in the park and of course built great snow forts.
Over the years, my confidence in teaching my children grew. Worry and second guessing no longer shadow me. My children thrived while learning in the home environment. I adjusted to their pace of learning; some days were slower than others. They were by my side not just doing school work, but helping to maintain the home. Learning to cook, stack firewood, wash their own clothes, care for a pet and the like are as valuable as information out of a book.
As my confidence grew, I noticed it soar in my children. Historical facts were accurately retold to me. The results of science experiments were understood and explained. Knowing how Algebra was used in every day life brought a “That’s why I’m learning Algebra ” smile on a face.
I encourage you, as you embark on the homeschooling adventure, to try new things, think twice about over spending on curriculum and send your child outside to build forts, dig holes and pick flowers.
My Learning Adventure Begins
A Homeschooling Story
My Learning Adventure Begins is a story about a little boy’s first year as a homeschooling student. Written from his point of view, he shares his frustrations, curiosity and his increased understanding of the world around him.
Use this book to introduce your child to homeschooling. Included at the end of the story are Learning Adventure Activities and an encouraging letter from me to you.
What readers are saying…
My Learning Adventure Begins – A Homeschooling Story starts at the very beginning of a young child’s homeschooling journey. Such a new concept of learning with books is a bit scary for him. We follow the family’s adventures from the arrival of curriculum, to his daily adventures and learning time, all told from the view of the young child. You see how they feel about field trips, nature studies, learning with Mom and Dad, attending a co-op and triumphs at the science fair. You feel the sense of accomplishment the young child feels as he progresses through his year. You also feel his nervousness at his first state testing.
The young boy is encouraged to love learning even without textbooks through library visits, and learning outside books such as growing a garden, helping his neighbor and working on money skills at garage sales. They also have many more adventures on vacations.