It’s been over 20 years since we first began homeschooling our four children. They have all graduated our homeschool and went on to college. Two have earned Bachelor’s degrees. In December 2016, my oldest graduated magna cum laude with a Bachelors’s degree in Film Studies with a Journalism minor. She is currently living in Los Angeles, working as a freelance writer and Social Media Manager. In between, she’s continuing to write scripts, as her goal is to become a successful director and screenwriter. Click here to visit her website and see some of her work. In December 2018, my second oldest graduated magna cum laude with a Bachelors’s degree in Communication Studies, with a minor in Psychology. She is currently working on a master’s degree to become a licensed mental health counselor and work with children. My third child, a son, is starting his fourth year at university where he is working on a business degree. He has an interest in real estate. My youngest just graduated homeschool high school this year, 2022, and has started working on a Music degree at the local Community College.
Homeschooling On A Budget
When I first started homeschooling, I bought a single, expensive curriculum that I knew nothing about other than the fact that most of the families in our church were already using it to homeschool their children. With the development of the Internet, and access to so many good, free resources, I, years ago, ceased using that same tired curriculum for all my children just because I had to get my money’s worth. (I would always rather spend that money on outside classes or co-ops supplemented and enhanced my kids’ learning).
This site began as a way for me to catalog all the great sites out there that can be used by people that can’t afford, or don’t necessarily want to “lock-in” to any particular curriculum or teaching method. After all, one of the great benefits of home education is the ability to mix and match resources to tailor to each of our children’s learning styles and needs. The accessibility of free educational resources through the Internet makes that possible more today than ever. I hope that by putting some of my “finds” online, others can also benefit.
Our Roadschooling Experience
In September 2007, after 15 years of “building equity” through gradual improvements to our “fixer-upper” home, we sold it to set out on what would become a 20-month adventure, traveling across the USA while living in an RV. Not only was it a lot of fun, (not to mention a great tool for teaching about “living with less in much less space” – yes, it can be done!) but it was an invaluable educational experience for our children. You can read about some of what that trip was like here.
We so enjoyed that trip that, eight years later, we decided to take a similar one with our two youngest children (who were too young the first time to really appreciate it!) We were out for four months and had a great time!
The “Socialization” Thing
The idea some people have that children educated at home are “unsocialized” (i.e. isolated, mal-adjusted religious freaks who grow up to be bad citizens) because they don’t sit in a classroom six hours a day is an ignorant, ridiculous notion. It’s a stereotype that persists despite the fact that homeschooled children are involved in all kinds of extracurricular activities, just like their publicly- and privately- schooled peers. In addition, through technology, the learning experience is no longer confined to a particular place. Online classes and mobile devices allow students to learn from anywhere, and this is becoming more common to all types of learners. Learning is also becoming a more flexible, customized experience for everyone. No one brings up socialization when a kid is enrolled in an online charter school; so why is it still an issue for homeschoolers even when we make use of the same kinds of resources?
I chose to call the site unSocialized to indicate that we have chosen not to have our children “socialized” by the state system. We do not believe that the school system is the best place for our children to be socialized. Rather, we chose an environment that we felt was more conducive to learning, and where we would be free to impart our values. I am not against all public and private education. I do not think all teachers are evil. And I do not think home education is something that would work well for every family. I do believe, however, that we all have the right to make whatever decision we think would be best for our children, and I am grateful to live in a country that still allows that.
We feel blessed that we have been able to homeschool our children. There have been some rough patches along the way, and there have been times of doubt, but I have never regretted the decision. Whatever kind of homeschooler you call yourself, whatever curriculum and methods you employ, I hope this site will offer you something useful. Let’s celebrate home education — in all its myriad forms.
It’s all about the journey… But as Christians, we know it’s also about the destination.
Colossians 1: 12 – 14
To God be the Glory!
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