Northumberland Homeschool Family- Trish French
Introduction to your family (parents, kids, ages, likes/dislikes)
My Husband, Tim, and I have been married for 7 and a half years. We have a son, Nickolas, who will be 7 in September. We enjoy spending time with family and friends, swimming, playing games, cooking, and a variety of other activities. We are homebodies a lot of the time, although we also enjoy going out on adventures. We dislike big crowds.
Why did you choose to home school your children?
Tim and I decided to home school for several reasons. Nick has some anxiety in big groups of children. He often copies a lot of inappropriate behaviour, and often escalates his behaviour once it starts. Nickolas also needs more individual, quieter, and smaller groups to learn in. We believe that without the distractions found in classrooms, he will learn and focus better.
How long have you been home schooling your children?
We will be starting to home school this summer. I will be starting slowly and by September, I plan to be starting full time homeschooling.
What home schooling method do you use?
Starting now, I plan to have a relaxed approach to homeschooling. I plan to have a structured routine set up for the fall. I know that my main focus will be printing, reading, math, social studies, basic fun science, and socialization.
Which curriculum, if any, do you use?
I plan on using the Canadian curriculum books that you can purchase at Costco, Wal-Mart, or various other stores. I also have purchased other workbooks for math and printing. Pinterest and other websites will be used. I will also back that up with educational games online. Educational games such as Prodigy, ABCYA, etc. For socialization, I plan to be more involved in the home school group and the YWCA. I am also doing research on volunteering with Nick.
What are some of the biggest challenges you face as a home schooling parent/family?
As I am very new to home schooling, my main challenge is wondering if I can be a great teacher. I know I am a good mother, and I don’t want to fail Nick as a teacher.
What is the most frequently asked question you get when people find out you home school your children and how do you answer it?
I have not been asked very many questions as I am still very new at this. Most people have been very encouraging.
How would you summarize your home schooling experience so far?
So far, I am very much enjoying looking for ideas and projects for us to do as a family as well as for Nick and I to learn and grow.
What is the one piece of advice you would like to give to families who are new to home schooling?
The only advice I have right now, being so new at this, is to live in the moment and to take every opportunity to learn and grow.
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