Homeschool Profile of Anne of Zephyr Hill Blog

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Homeschool Profile of Anne of Zephyr Hill Blog

Meet Anne a homeschooling mom of Zephyr Hill Blog!

Here’s her basic profile!

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Meet Anne – a mom to six – and the first of our homeschool families to be profiled on AttachedMoms.com

My husband and I have been given 7 wonderful children, including a daughter that we lost in 2007. Daddy works full time and I do some computer consulting and website design at home now and then (only as time permits) to pick up some extra money. We have four boys and two girls ranging from age 7 months to 10 years, so this year only the three oldest are homeschooling.

Have you always homeschooled?

Yes, from the beginning!

What was your “turning” point in your decision to homeschool?

I had several positive influences so the groundwork was set in motion long before we actually started. My mother taught us through high school and I loved the one-on-one learning and the comfort of home. And when my older sister started homeschooling her young daughter so they could be together during work hours (as opposed to using day care and preschool), my decision to teach my own children was really cemented. I love how flexible it can be!

What style of homeschooling do you follow?

I put together my childrens’ curriculum from different sources. Over and over again, I found that this or that curriculum had something we didn’t like, or didn’t work, and I would have to buy supplemental materials. So I just created my own curriculum and couldn’t be happier.

Has it changed or morphed over time?

Yes, definitely! Over the years, we’ve discovered what’s worked best for us in terms of learning and practicality.

What do you feel most strongly about in regard to education?

While academics are important for success in life, character and virtue take precedence in terms of shaping the whole person. That’s why it’s so vital to my husband and me that we be there for our children during those early formative years, when we can have the most impact. They ask so many questions…and the world quite often has wrong or conflicting answers. By teaching them at home, I don’t have to “un do” anything that they learned elsewhere or re-explain something that was poorly transmitted by someone else. Homeschooling also gives us more time together for learning practical stuff that will help them when they become young men and women (cooking, child-rearing, gardening, shopping, etc.).

What do you feel are any weaknesses you have in regard to teaching your children and how do you get support?

My two biggest obstacles to success are lack of time (we have 2 toddlers and a baby) and lack of motivation. When life gets in the way, and I can’t devote the time I need to a child for a particular subject, I will ask for help from my husband, a friend or family member. At one time, my mother would come over weekly to drill them in math. Last year, my mother-in-law had them read to her for extra practice. When our son fell behind in spelling, my husband did some intensive tutoring for a few weeks to get him back on track. And to keep us motivated, I give the children assignment lists, so they can check things off and work towards a goal. I also change things up to keep it fresh like doing schoolwork in the car or at a local cafe, or perhaps just throwing out the worksheets from time to time and doing oral recitation and review.

How do you keep organized?

I use Homeschool Tracker Plus. I take a few days during summer to plug in all the lessons for the coming year. And then I’m done! Each week during school I can print off a list of assignments for the children, and I save the completed lists as proof of their work for the year.

Are you affiliated with any official groups?

My church has a homeschool group which we’re very active in. The get-togethers range from educational to just plain fun. Sometimes, it’s just a lot of mothers drinking coffee while the children run around and blow steam off!

Do you have a “learning” area set up?

We have a sun porch on the back of our house that’s perfect for schooling, with a table and chairs and a whiteboard on an easel. There’s also a small bookshelf and our computer desk.

What’s your biggest support for homeschooling?

A dear friend of mine lives just down the road and is the mother of 9 children under the age of 11. She is always there when I need mentoring, encouragement, or just a shoulder to cry on.

If your child wanted to attend a public school – what would you do?

We wouldn’t be opposed to utilizing the local public school, as long as the academic standards were good and the atmosphere was wholesome and uplifting. Unfortunately, that’s not the case in our area right now. So if one of our children expressed interest in public schooling, we would certainly let them share an opinion, but our decision to homeschool would remain firm. We would encourage them to single out exactly what it was about public education that was appealing, and perhaps those elements could be incorporated with home learning in some way.

What is a mis-conception you’d like to “right?”

People often respond as if I’m “Super Woman” when I tell them we have 6 children and home school. They want to know how I “do it all,” and this seems to be a common misconception by families who have never considered teaching at home. The reality is that homeschooling families don’t do it all! There are pros and cons no matter which route parents take in terms of education. Sure, I do have the burden of teaching children while also keeping the home and tending to younger ones, but I also don’t have to pack up school lunches, get everyone out the door at a set time, hold down a 9 to 5 career or deal with nightly homework! Sometimes, just to get a laugh and really clear the air, I will ask a working mom who sends her children to public school “How do you do it all?” LOL

Visit Anne at http://www.zephyrhillblog.com/

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This is part of our new homeschool profile on Attached Moms! If you’re interested in being profiled – send me a message on Facebook.

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About the Author:

Attached Moms main writer, Amanda, is a full-time mom transitioning from her full-time work life. She's mom to V who just turned 6, and 4 year old R. With an inter-cultural relationship, she's attempting to navigate parenting, using her heart, not just her 'book' knowledge. She's earned a BS in Social Sciences, BA in technical communications and has three master's degrees: business, education and psychology. From Michigan originally, she currently resides in the Mumbai, India vicinity.

19 Comments on "Homeschool Profile of Anne of Zephyr Hill Blog"

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  1. I’m always fascinated to hear how different families homeschool since I teach middle school. I’m sure it must be difficult separating learning time from regular family time. Teaching is never easy, no matter where it takes place.

  2. Viccy H says:

    What a lovely post – home-schooling is very rare in the UK (I think) so it was great to understand more about home-schooling. Thank you.

  3. Sarah Bailey says:

    What a lovely post and so nice to meet Anne :)

  4. Rosey says:

    You sound very comfortable and confident with your homeschooling. I think it’s a wonderful thing to be able to do if you know you’re able to do it well!!

  5. Pam says:

    I homeschool too so I am always interested in reading other people’s experiences. My son is a junior so we utilize a school that is especially for homeschoolers. They offer supplemental classes in all subjects and have certified teachers. It has made my life so much easier!

  6. Jutta Lenihan says:

    Homeschooling is not allowed in Germany. But I do like the thought of it and if I would have had the choice, I would have homeschooled my boy!

  7. I agree with a few others that from a teachers perspective I bet it is hard to set the difference between “school time” and down time. I have thought about home schooling my youngest since I am a certified teacher in early child hood and elementary education but haven’t decided. I know that it would only be until she is old enough to go to school. I feel like with where we live school/day care is about the only way for them to get some social interaction :)

  8. I did a little bit of preschool level homeschooling with my son when he was 3 and now we are homeschooling him for 1st grade so I really enjoyed reading her perspective!!

  9. I homeschooled my boys from 1 and 3rd grade all the way through graduation.
    They are grown now and have careers. All went to college. I love that you are doing this.
    It is a choice that each family needs to make and consider all choices.

  10. sarah clegg says:

    i love the idea of home schooling my 5 kiddies however if im honest i think i would be petrified of doing it wrong :S you sound very confident though. keep up the good work xx

  11. Ashley says:

    I don’t know many kids that were homeschooled and the ones that I do know that are homeschooled are some of the most amazing and smart people around.

  12. Melanie says:

    This is so interesting to me because I have thought about homeschooling when my kids are of age. I have 2 both under 2 right now and wonder if they would benefit from being homeschooled with all the craziness going on with our public school system.

  13. Astrid says:

    Interesting read. Here in the Netherlands, homeschooling is not allowed, but I see lots of parents int he States do it with great success.

  14. I love reading others homeschooling stories. I’ve been thinking of homeschooling with my youngest who’s now 18 months old.

    • Amanda McMahon says:

      Good luck! No matter what you choose I’m sure it will be great. At least in the US you can always change your mind again. Take care and thanks for stopping by

  15. Nice to met you Anne! I have recently become interested in homeschooling, but because my son’s “advanced” classes aren’t enough. Your post answered a few of my questions, but I am still curious. I am off to follow your blog as well.

  16. Cynthia says:

    What a great interview. I homeschooled my daughter and just loved having her around. Homeschooling is not for every family, but it can be a rewarding experience. Thanks for sharing.

  17. Aida Ingram says:

    We have been home schooling for a few years now. It allows us to do so many things and as my daughter has gotten bigger I celebrate the many doors that it opens. Thank you for sharing how you do things I am so incredibly thankful for all you have shared. It can seem so daunting, but it is such a worthy task!

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