ABC and 123: A Learning Collaborative: Reader Spotlight: Confessions of a Homeschooler

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Reader Spotlight: Confessions of a Homeschooler

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Since this month's Author Challenge post featuring Laura Numeroff is tomorrow, we decided to showcase one of last month's Author Challenge contributors today. Erica's submission was chosen at random, and if you'd like to be next month's featured participant make sure you get your links into us by tonight!

So without further ado we'd like to introduce you to one of our fabulous readers and contributors!

Erica is a Christian mom, with a wonderful husband of 9 years, and 4 precious kiddos! She currently has a 2nd grader, kindergartner, preschooler, and teeny tiny tot. This year marks their 4th year of homeschooling, although Erica explains that before she began she was adamantly opposed to the idea. She says, "I started with my oldest in preschool and I can’t believe we’ve made it through 4 years already! I love that we have the option to have our kids around all day, and can be the primary influence in their lives!"

Confessions of a Homeschooler is a relatively new blog. She just began her site in August of 2009 with the start of a new school year. "It started off as a way for my husband to ‘see what we do all day’. And it really helps him interact with the kids when he came home about what they’d learned that day." As you will see Erica's blog has morphed into a home for sharing ideas with other homeschoolers!

Similar to many moms, Erica faces the self-inflicted frustration of self doubt.
“Am I doing enough? What am I missing? Am I a good teacher? Should they be in school?”

Yet, the frustration is outweighed by the tremendous joys of seeing her family grow closer together and watching as the kids begin to catch on. "I think homeschooling is one of those slow payoffs, but each day I can see little things that inspire me to keep going! The Lord has really confirmed our decision to homeschool this year and truly brought us joy through our obedience!"
Erica explains that in the past several months she has found great inspiration for her teaching from fellow homeschoolers. "Joining the blogging community has been a HUGE help, and frankly I’m not sure how I ever did school before! There are so many talented and creative moms out there, and I love that everyone is willing to share their ideas and inspiration so freely! It’s truly been a blessing to us this year!"

When they aren't busy in the classroom, Erica's family enjoys learning on the go with walks and park trips. They spend their Friday nights together having some family fun. A typical family fun night includes a special food, movie, or a game at home. "The kids love it, and plan all week for our family fun night!" Her children also really enjoy crafts and have had lots of fun creating together. Sometimes they even save their crafty sessions for when Dad comes home so he doesn't miss out.

Dinosaur week at Confessions of a Homeschooler proved to be popular with her family and her blog readers. She has put together so many quality materials for this unit on the letter D and many of them are available as downloads.

You will also want to check out the dinosaur fossils and other D crafts she has assembled.

Like what you've seen? Take a minute to visit Confessions of a Homeschooler to look around for yourself. Also, take some time to vote in the 2009 Homeschool Awards where her blog was nominated in 3 different catergories: Best Homeschooling Methods ,Best NEW Blog ,and Best Crafts, Plans, Projects!

Thanks to Confessions of a Homeschooler for the opportunity to spotlight all they are busy learning and doing!


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