Grab your notebook and pen it’s time for class

If you have ever had any questions about homeschool, just know that homeschool is AMAZING! Here a have an interview that will give you an inside look at with a first year homeschool mom. I hope that this may answer some the questions you have about homeschool.

Interviewer:

“What kind of reactions did you get when you said you wanted to homeschool your five kids?”

Erica Nelson-Powell:

“Every thought I was crazy. They kept asking ‘Why?’. I had very little support outside of those already homeschooling.”

Interviewer:

“How did you feel when you got those reactions?”

Erica:

“I laughed because I know my family better than anyone and knew it would be ok, we just have to take it one day at a time.”

Interviewer:

“Was it hard to get all the information for homeschooling?”

Erica:

“Yes, there were a lot of of choices. It was difficult going in, choosing up to use, it can be overwhelming.”

Interviewer:

“How do you feel about ‘socialization’?”

Erica:

“Socialization is defined as “the process of learning to behave in a way that is acceptable to society”. Many people think that is best taught in public schools but how many times have you heard in school, “We’re not here to socialize”? Hmmm…

Homeschooling gives kids more time and opportunities to be out in the world, “socializing” with people of varying ages (not just their peers who generally don’t know any better than they do) so they can figure out where their place in the world is, what they like/dislike, etc. and involve themselves in things they actually enjoy.

Since we’re a larger family I also feel our kids are learning how to deal with difficult personalities and how to assert themselves on a daily basis with the foundation that everyone will still love them tomorrow even if they don’t get along today. And we must be doing something right because I’m proud to say that our teens think there are FAR better things to do than “get drunk, get high, get stupid”.

However, I’ll admit I too have met some “weird” homeschoolers and have somewhat feared we’re making our kids “those” kids but you know what? My kids ARE weird and I don’t think that has anything to do with the school choices we’ve made. They’re weird because we don’t make our kids follow the latest crazes or force them into activities they hate. We encourage them to seek out what ignites their spirit, regardless of the mainstream and they’re allowed to be different without feeling strange or being labeled as such. We’d rather our kids find and follow a passion that might not be “cool” than spend their time and energy trying to fit into some kind of arbitrary social mold.

So, socialization, nope I don’t worry about that. What I do worry about, cramming in all the knowledge we as a family feel is important to know to be a good human in the world, in the short amount of time we’ve got them.

Interviewer:

“Is homeschooling expensive?”

Erica:

“No, but it could be. I try to be frugal but I could spend millions.”

Interviewer:

“Do you think your kids will be more ready for the ‘real world’ by doing homeschool?”

Erica:

“Yes, wholeheartedly! I wish I would have started sooner.”

Interviewer:

“What are your concerns about homeschooling, if you have any?”

Erica:

“I am constantly concerned that I’m not teaching enough, that my kids aren’t doing enough, not learning enough, that somehow they’ll fall behind in testing or be behind when and if they should choose to go to college.”

Interviewer:

“What are the most common questions you get asked about homeschool?”

Erica:

“What about socialization? That’s the number one question I get asked. Very rarely does someone ask about curriculum but, when they do, I love to talk about what we use.”

Interviewer:

“Do you think you will homeschool your children till they graduate?”

Erica:

“I don’t know, some days I think yes and some days I really question if what I’m doing is enough, if my kids are getting the best they possibly can.”

Interviewer:

“Do you like homeschooling?”

Erica:

“Most days yes. The most trying part of homeschool for me is the time management, there are so many things I would like to do with and without my kids that it’s hard to find enough time in a day to do it all. Just because I’m ready to do something doesn’t mean everyone else is.”

I have decided that there will be a question that I will ask every person I interview. Here is that question….

Interviewer:

“If you were given five hundred dollars right now and could only use it to help someone other than yourself, how would you use it?”

I chose this question because right now I have five hundred dollars in my long term saving account and don’t know the best way I can as many people as possible. Philanthropy has also been a huge part of my life because I have always wanted to help people anyway I can. With all the people in need a lover the world I’m surprised that not very one wants to do something about it. Now to ask the first person this question that will be asked again and again to everyone I interview.

Interviewer:

“If you were given five hundred dollars right now and could only use it to help someone other than yourself, how would you use it?”

Erica:

“If I had an extra $500 to donate today I would donate it to the Fairbanks Children’s Museum. Family museums like that one are one of our favorite places to visit. More exhibits and more opportunities means more learning and more fun for Alaskans!”

I hope that this interview answered some of your homeschool questions. Make sure you look out for the next interview.

-Carlee

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