What kind of homeschooler are you?

I haven’t posted for a while because, well, life happened. Anyway, I figured I would start back with one of those ultra-popular “What kind of (fill in the blank) are you?” I know what you are thinking, “Wow, how did she know that I was just wondering what kind of homeschooler I am?”, and now you are thinking, “Ok, that was creepy, she can read minds.” But I digress.

So, the first thing to establish is simple. Are you a homeschooler? If you can answer yes to any of the following questions, then Yes, you are a homeschooler.

  • Do you have kids?
  • Have you ever taught them anything? (Anything means, anything from Reading to math, to walking and talking.)

Ok – so now that we have established who the homeschoolers are, let’s find out what kind of homeschooler you are.

After a quick google search, I found a list of “types” of homeschoolers. They are as follows:

  • School at Home
  • Relaxed Homeschooling
  • Unschooling
  • Classical
  • Charlotte Mason
  • Waldorf
  • Montessori
  • Multiple Intelligences

I have to say that I had to look up some of those to find out what some of them meant. Some I figured out, such as “school at home” it’s, well school at home, you have a set schedule, you, as the teacher, teach to the student(s) certain subjects as specified times. Relaxed Homeschooling are similar, except that some people view unschooling as uber relaxed homeschooling.  Classical, Charlotte Mason, Waldorf and Montessori are all types of schedule/curriculum. These vary from how they are scheduled and what is being taught, but in general it gives you (as the parent) guidance on what to teach when. Finally multiple intelligences (one of the ones I had to look up), could also be called Learning Style Homeschooling as it teaches to each child based on the way they learn.

So – do any of those sound like you? Are you more than one? Do you have no idea where you fit into that list?

Here’s the thing – it doesn’t matter. Yup, I’ll say that again, it doesn’t matter which “kind” of homeschooler you are. Sometimes people get caught up in the labels and trying to figure out what they are supposed to be doing. My goal is to be the kind of homeschooler who teaches their kids to love learning, to enjoy life, to be kind, to be loving. My goal is not to be perfect – that’s never going to happen – but my goal is to try my best. And when (when, not if) I miss the mark,  then my goal is to try again.

So what kind of homeschooler are you? You are an imperfect homeschooler, created by a perfect God who gave you these children. You are going to have major triumphs, you are going to have some epic fails, and in the midst of it all, your children will be learning. What kind of a homeschooler are you? You are the best teacher for your kids kind of homeschooler.

And you are amazing at it!

As I mentioned at the beginning, it’s been a while since I posted anything and at some point I may even write about all of that. But for now, I am planning for the upcoming HEAV Convention, because I am also the kind of homeschooler that LOVES the HEAV convention. Why? Because it is amazing! I love sending hours (or days) in the exhibit hall, I love love love the Used Curriculum Sale, I love seeing people that I only see once a year at the convention, and I love all of the amazing volunteers that make it possible year after year.

If you have never been then treat yourself this year and plan to attend. In fact, you could attend for free. There are several ways to do that and one of them is by entering my drawing for a free family pass for convention! If you have already paid for convention, then you will get a refund if you win.

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Moving In

So how long does it take to move? I have seen some places that say they bought a house, packed up, moved in, unpacked and were settled in within about half an hour, while others say they have been there for 20 years and once the last box is unpacked, they will post how long it takes.

For us – as for most people – it’s different. Part of that is the homeschooling, the age of the kids, the things we are involved in outside of the house – and part of that is what is your primary focus. The day we moved into our new home (before we got our things from storage), we had mattresses to sleep on, paint and painting supplies to paint the walls, and the home entertainment items.

At some point I plan on posting pictures of our journey from our previous home, to the rental house, to our new home, however right now, I’m just trying to get things unpacked.

It is nice to have everything under one roof again.  🙂

As for school supplies – those of you who have read my blog before know I have a weakness for school supplies and craft stuff – well – here are some before pictures – don’t say I didn’t warn you.

school room - before

School Room – before

Craft Area - before

Craft Area – before

As for the after pictures – well, give me a few days, weeks, years . . .

mcrooker – homeschooler on the edge

CHAP convention! Day 2

It’s the second day of the CHAP convention and it’s been going great.

I’m having trouble with WordPress on my phone, but I’ll be back to share more later.

The big thing to note is that CHAP is changing locations and dates for next year.

Next year the CHAP convention will be on June 2 & 3 and will be held at the Lancaster convention center.  How exciting!

5 Weeks and Counting

5 weeks!!! That’s right – it’s only five weeks until the HEAV Convention.  As promised on Facebook I’m planning to post some suggestions and tips that I have picked up over the years. However, first things first – why should you go to convention?

  • Three days of unending knowledge
  • Support and encouragement
  • More used curriculum in one place that I have ever seen!
  • Fantastic speakers
  • An amazing Children’s Program

If you aren’t sure about convention, try it just this once, you will be hooked. This will be my 12th year attending – and I don’t even live in VA anymore. It’s that good! I’ll be there – will you?

Ok – here are the first of the tips –

  • Make sure you are registered! I know this one sounds silly, but I have known people who are involved in convention planning and preparation who have forgotten to register for the actual convention. So – if you haven’t registered yet – take a min and do it now – HEAV Convention Page
  • Check out the Used Curriculum Sale – The barcoding system is open – you can now go online and learn about selling, and shopping.
  • Finally – check out the General Convention Information on the HEAV site.

I’ll be back later next week and let you know some more ideas and tips, fun things like what to bring with you to convention, printouts you will want, and vendors you should definitely check out. For now, I have to go get a few things pulled together for camping. It’s cold, rainy and it’s orienteering weekend with the Boy Scouts.