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Homeschool Diversity: Five Common Questions Answered by Real Homeschooling Moms

Have you ever wanted a peek inside the life of homeschooling families? I’ve rounded up a diverse group of homeschooling mamas to share their daily lives with us. They’ve answered five common questions homeschool prospects or mamas seeking encouragement are itching to know, and hopefully, they’ll give you exactly what you’re looking for.

Whether you’re taking your first step into homeschooling or need an extra boost of confidence these ladies have your back! They’re new mamas, as well as seasoned moms of homeschool grads with wisdom to share.

These lovely ladies answered five questions:

  1. What style of homeschooling does your family follow?
  2. What state do you homeschool in, and what are the laws like there for homeschoolers? How does this affect the way you homeschool (if at all)?
  3. Why did your family begin homeschooling?
  4. What do you wish you knew when you first began homeschooling?
  5. What are the hardest and easiest, parts of homeschooling?

First up is a veteran homeschooler, Kay, at cultivatemyheart.com. Her website it is a trove of information as well as wonderful resources. Here is Kay sharing about her family and their journey:

I’ve been married to my best friend for 23 years. We have two boys, a 20-year-old college sophomore and a 17-year-old high school senior. We have always homeschooled. I have several part-time jobs including my new blog, a photography business, as the Children’s Ministry Coordinator at our church, and as a writer/customer service representative for Geography Matters. I love to read, enjoy crocheting (although it has been a while!), and writing Bible studies.”

Follow this link to see her interview!

Next up is Ashley, with nourishinggoodness.com; her bright and colorful website is what spring dreams are made of, and her holistic, homesteading journey is just as dream inspiring. Here’s a little about her family:

We are a homesteading, homeschooling, holistic-living family.  After a long battle with severe eczema, we are passionate about natural wellness.. so much so, that we packed up and moved out to the country to start our own homestead!  Which is pretty hilarious [because] we’re learning everything on the fly.  We’re city kids from Seattle, now living in NE Indiana.  (One awesome thing about homeschooling, is the culture of learning it creates in your family.  We aren’t afraid of anything anymore!  If we don’t know how to do something.. well then, we learn!)  We’ve got chickens, ducks, pigs, goats, bees, even a family milk cow!  Livestock is somewhat addicting…  We’ve got 4 kids – 2 girls (9&7) and 2 boys (6&4).  I’ve been married to my high school sweet heart for 12 years.”

Click here to see her interview!

Here’s another veteran homeschooling mama, Leah, from As We Walk Along the Road. Her website is seriously a bookmarking one! Save it now, you’ll use it later. Leah’s family uses an eclectic mix of styles that include primarily Charlotte Mason and other styles that fit their individual needs. Here’s a snippet about Leah and her family:

I’ve been married to my husband for twenty-two years. We have four children ages 17, 16, 13, and 11. We’ve homeschooled from the beginning and are about to graduate our first homeschooler. Our family has long been known as The Courtney Six. We enjoy hanging out together- even now that most of the kids are teenagers and we’re often looking for family things to do.”

Click here to see her full interview!

Next, we have Lia. Her Waldorf inspired homeschooling journey can be followed at  _goldenrod_hills_revival_ on Instagram. With simple living, homesteading, and beautiful pictures, Lia is one to follow! In her interview, she talks about what it’s like to have family and friends that do not support her decision to homeschool, and how they’ve adjusted as a family. So much wisdom! Meet Lia:

Matthew and I met in 2000 while in college and have been together ever since. We eloped after graduating in 2003 while on a Phish tour and waited a number of years before having kids. Lucia was born in 2010, my Valentines baby; and Sam in 2012, my Summer Solstice baby. I had a miscarriage four years ago and we have been trying ever since to conceive again… which has not been as easy as the first three conceptions. As a family, we love being outside gardening, hiking and exploring.”

Learn more about Lia and her family here!

When I started searching for women interested in answering my questions, I was praying I would find some awesome mamas who’ve “been there, done that” and I totally did! Stephanie has a heart for children and God, and it’s visible in every word she writes at Life with these Kids. Her light and airy website is easy to navigate, and full of little gems of wisdom!

I’m Stephanie Freeman, and I blog at lifewiththesekids.com. Married for 23 years, my husband and I have four biological children. Through the years and for various reasons, we’ve had other children living in our home including nieces, nephews, and foster children. Our oldest is our 20 year old son and then the 3 girls, Abigail (13), Ana Claire (10), and Ainsleigh (8). We’ve been homeschooling for 16 years. We served as missionaries for two years at an orphanage at the edge of the Amazon rainforest in Ecuador, so our children are bilingual (sorta). We enjoy creating/crafting, reading good books, swimming, and running our inflatable rental business together.”

See Stephanie’s answer to the five questions here!

Meet Nadine from Making Her Mama! Nadine keeps it real while blogging all about her kids and their life. She’s got wonderful ideas and support on her site. As a mom of littles, seeing her site makes me feel less alone while trying to homeschool, cook, and clean, with a baby to nurse. Here’s what Nadine had to say about her family:

I live on Vancouver Island with my husband,  Joel. We are a blended family and we each have a kiddo from a previous relationship. My oldest son is 17, his daughter is 12, and we have 3 sons together; Izzy (9), Mickey Blue (almost 3) and Little Lou who just turned one.  Joel and I live on a little rural property with our youngest 3 sons.  I grew up on Vancouver Island and have always lived here, but my hubby came to me all the way from Newfoundland! We just passed our 11th wedding anniversary. Family is really important to us and we are blessed to have lots of extended family here on the island. In our free time we spend our time together gardening right now with our youngest two well contained. As they get older we hope to get back to more camping, hiking, swimming and exploring.  We also enjoy taking on small home projects.”

To see the rest of Nadine’s interview, click here!

I started following Lydnsey on Instagram, and I’m now a regular visitor of her website. She’s got a lot of fun going on over on her site dearlyndsey.com and she’s a hunting and fishing country girl. (Swoon, y’all) Here’s a little about her family:

I am married and we have 2 beautiful children. Zoei is almost 8 and Weston is 3 ½. My husband and I are both veteran’s. We enjoy the outdoors which, is where we spend most of our time. We love going kayaking, camping, hunting, and fishing. I enjoy reading when I get free time.”

Click here to see Lyndsey’s Q&A!

Last, but certainly not least, we have Carrie, with Our Everyday Chaos. The homeschooling journey of her family is inspiring, and she’s quite the photographer! The pictures on her site are to die for. Check it out!

We are a law enforcement family with three children ranging in ages from 15 allllllll the way down to 2 years old. As you can imagine, our days are filled with a lot of questions, discovery, nature and most of all hugs and kisses. In whatever spare time I can find to carve out for just me, I can be found with my camera going on a bug hunt. Insects are my therapy, and I’m okay with the fact that it may creep some folks out.”

Follow this link to see Carrie’s Q&A!

So, there you have it! Eight women, eight families, and eight totally different homeschooling experiences. Know someone who should be featured here? Email me or comment below!

Thank you to all of the women who took time out of your busy day to answer my questions. Y’all are Super Stars! 🙂

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