Welcome to the fifth of my series in which we meet real-life homeschoolers who give us a glimpse into their families and school lives. I’ve had this series on my heart for a while, and the more I find myself telling people that we’ve started homeschooling, that I’m not a super-patient person, and that I’m not at all phased by socialisation, the more I want to show what homeschooling really looks like.
Today, we meet mom of three, Diona, from All Day Everyday Mom.
1. Tell us a bit about your family.
My hubby Rick and I have been married for 6 years. We live in Southern California with our three littles, Peighton, Greyson, and Jace. We own a design business and my husband does freelance photography on the side. (I can’t wait to bring him in to work on my blog full-time!) As a family we enjoy traveling, being outdoors, and our Sunday afternoon movie marathons.
2. Who does the majority of the teaching?
3. How long have you been homeschooling?
4. What led you to choose homeschooling?
Long story short, I never wanted to homeschool. We lived in Los Angeles at the time, and I was planning on getting back to dancing professionally. My daughter kept getting into trouble at school and was pretty much labeled as a problem child. They called me for any little thing she did. I was a few months pregnant at that time and couldn’t handle the stress so I prayed and decided to pull her out of school.
5. What is your homeschooling approach? (Unschooling, eclectic, etc.)
6. What does a typical school day look like for you?
8am: Breakfast and Read Aloud time at the table
830: Bible Study with my Peighton while the toddlers play near us
9am: Quiet hour for kids while mommy works on the blog
10am- 3pm: School Starts – I play with the toddlers first then jump to Peighton if she needs my help.
3pm: Tea time – We have a snack with tea and talk about our day and any upcoming projects.
4pm: Clean up time. Dad usually starts dinner. (He makes gourmet meals that take a while; mine take 30 minutes or less)
7. What response did you get from friends/family when sharing your decision to homeschool?
My family gave me nothing but pure excitement and support! My mom bought all our curriculum and supplies to get us started. My oldest brother had already been homeschooling his kids and gave me great advice and practical steps to get me started. Then I convinced my little sister to join us and she took her kids out of school as well! It became a family affair!
8. What has been most surprising and/or rewarding about homeschooling?
The most surprising thing about homeschooling is that it’s really fun! I get to spend all day with my kids playing, learning new things, discovering what they love, exposing them to things I loved as a kid and enjoying it again through their eyes. I pray that I’m able to teach them all the way through high school.
9. What has been most challenging?
Staying motivated throughout the entire year has been challenging. Some days I just want to go to the beach or watch movies all day. It’s hard to stay disciplined sometimes and not take too many days off. I decided to school all year round on a 6 weeks-on and 1 week-off schedule. It keeps us motivated to push through until the week long break.
10. What advice would you give to parents considering or just beginning their homeschooling journey?
My best advice would be to not read too many blogs or books, but discover what works best for your family. I used to read hundreds of blogs and books and copy their schedules and curriculum choices until I realized that their season wasn’t our season. We couldn’t start school at 8am because I was on a nursing schedule with Greyson and I was too tired. So our schedule looked different from most. Then it changed again when I had my third baby. I decided I didn’t want to buy curriculum but wanted to spend money on activities to keep the toddlers busy and learning (LEGOS, puzzles, books, art supplies, etc.) and also on something we could do outside the home (Disneyland passes). You don’t have to bring school to the home. You can teach in the ways that best fit you and your children!
Thank you, Diona, for giving us a glimpse into your homeschool life.
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