#12 | May 29, 2017

Jennifer Bernhard: Cultivate Life-long Learning Through Homeschooling

“Develop a passion for learning. If you do, you will never cease to grow.”- Anthony J. D’Angelo

For me, I think the title should be “A Really Freeing Conversation about Homeschool.”

Meet Jennifer Bernhard: this wife and mom of three shares about her family’s decision to transition to homeschooling after the closing of the school they were all at. And by ALL, I mean, her two boys and herself. She was a teacher by trade who had moved into Administration at a small private school. Faced with the school closing, Jennifer and her husband felt that God was leading them to homeschooling. Taking it year by year, Jennifer’s excitement for this opportunity to engage and connect with her family is really inspiring.

Topics discussed

Socialization: Weird Unsocialized Homeschoolers – Why I refuse to socialize my kids

Curriculum – how to choose; acknowledging different learning styles between kids

Re-creating “school” in the home may not be what you think

Know what your goals are for your kids and school year; be ok with a change of plan

You don’t have to do homeschool like your neighbor (no keeping up with the Jones’s).

To Co-op, or not to Co-op

The goal is to create “Life Long Learners”; Not “check off all the boxes so you can graduate.”

Sam Sorbo on Fox News

Susan Wise Bauer

Bottom line: If you can’t homeschool for whatever reason, or maybe that is not what you feel called to do (aka, not your cup of tea), don’t panic. Take a deep breath. Figure out what type of learner your child is. Establish your “Why” for whatever learning avenue you choose so when the “going gets tough” you can remind your self of your why and stand by it. Be your child’s advocate. Be family oriented. Be engaged. You can do this! We want to encourage you and hear about your journey. So let us know what you struggle with and what you’ve found success in!

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