Profiling Home Educators
Monday, March 31
Describe yourself, your family or one of your children. What is it like to be home educated in your family? What is “normal” for you?
Hello! My name is Heidi!
I had a life before I met my husband – – but, for the most part, it is not a life I care to remember. So, for all intents and purposes, I began this trek when I started dating my husband – – April 22, 1995. I know that logically “Love at First Sight” is stupid – – but, I can assure you….the moment I laid my eyes on him….I was in love. As a matter of fact, I stopped dead in my tracks, turned to the person who was with me, pointed to him and said, “I’m gonna marry that man someday.” And I did. We were suppose to get married in December (1995) but, two days before the BIG day, he was deployed to Bosnia.
We did manage to tie the knot on June 8, 1996.
I am step-mom to two children: CS, who will be 22 and CB who will be 20 – – both in May. I am Mommy to Sassy Sissy, 16; Bubba, 13 and Boo, 9. My husband adopted the two older children in 2002. (See what a Prince I married?)
My husband is the yin to my yang – – he is quiet and reserved – – I am loud and obnoxious. He is emotionally steady – – I am an emotional freight train. He keeps me grounded when everything else in my World is upside-down.
Sassy Sissy is a more intense carbon copy of me – – take all of my personality traits….and kick ’em up about 10 notches. She is also stunningly beautiful!
Bubba is almost the exact opposite of me, in almost every way. From personality to looks – – almost completely different.
Boo has this nice blend of my husband and I (Both in looks and personality). She has his sunny disposition – – with my fiery personality.
Currently, Boo is my only homeschooled child. Right now, learning in my home is teacher-driven. We are slowly going to work towards student-driven, over the course of the next five years. (At least, that is the current plan….LOL!) Most of the “homeschool styles” make sense to me – – and I like to incorporate bits of them all. For example, part of our curriculum would be considered Classical and Charlotte Mason (Aesop’s Fables, Just So Stories, Alice in Wonderland, A Child’s Garden of Verse, etc.) – – our approach to daily lessons is CM and Unschooling with a touch of Classical thrown in (We have a list, short “classes” and it is all done almost entirely on her own.)
“Normal” is actually pretty nice around here – – For the most part, we have good, calm, easy days. There is usually not too much in the way of attitude problems. The biggest struggle I have is that it takes her a LONG time to finish stuff. (All she does for Language Arts is copying the title/moral from Aesop’s Fables – – and that can take upwords of an hour….UUGGHH!!) We try to stick with a basic schedule – – but, we aren’t apposed to throwing in something unexpected. (And really, I have learned how to cope with LOTS of unexpected….LOL!)
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