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Q&A with Nadine at Making Her Mama

What style of homeschooling does your family follow?

When we first started our homeschooling journey about 9 years ago we were very classical in how we tried to teach, but it didn’t work well for my oldest or for my teaching style either. Over the years we have tried many many things and I would currently say we are Charlotte Mason unschoolers who use a lot of Montessori resources. I like to put together our own learning resources and have veered away from most curriculum these days. We do stick to curriculum for math and language arts as Joel and I feel these are essential skills for our kids and some structure in our teaching has been good for us all. For the younger years we have always started with Math-U-See and we are currently using a new math program called Math Lessons for a Living Education. We do dictation and copywork for language arts pulling from our reading or poems we are using with nature study. Our days and busy, fast paced and full of activity; especially having 3 young boys. We spend at least 2 hours outside playing and exploring in the morning after breakfast, chores and bible study. When we come back in Izzy does some independent work while I make lunch and the littlest boys rest or play with toys.  After lunch it’s clean up, chores, reading and any other fun learning that fits our day. I love Pinterest and we are always on the look for fun learning projects and activities. If there is laundry to fold we take an afternoon break and watch a tv show while we fold (I currently have all the boys watching Call the Midwife! But we also love Little House on the Prairie).  Once a week we have another homeschooling family that we get together with for some adventure and playtime and tea for the moms!  Each day and every week is a little different depending on the weather, our interests, and the ages and stages of the kids (specifically Lou’s nap times).

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)?

I live on Vancouver Island in British Columbia, Canada. We have the best homeschool support of all the Canadian provinces. We are required by law to make our intention to homeschool known with our school district. We then have 2 choices; to register (traditional homeschooling) or enroll (distance learning where we get to choose our teaching resources and curriculum but are followed by a certified teacher). When you register with a distance learning school you can have access to some of their resources like online subscriptions and receive a small amount of funding ($100 per child) depending on your school. If you enroll you can receive $600-$1000 in funding to purchase curriculum, resources and activities for your children under the guidance of your teacher. With this system you must report to the school your learning on a weekly basis.  We are currently enrolled but dislike the system for reporting our learning, and this many years into our journey don’t feel the need for teacher support so we will be registering next year.

Why did your family begin homeschooling?

My oldest son has high functioning autism and school wasn’t going well. We needed an out and homeschooling was it!

What do you wish you knew when you first began homeschooling?

I wish that I had known more experienced homeschool mom to walk me through those tough days!!!

I wish that I had made school more fun and less army like.

I wish I had spent time learning about teaching methods and learning styles so I could look for resources that fit our styles and learning needs!

What are the hardest and easiest, parts of homeschooling? 

Hardest parts -you are always mom. So even when you wear your teachers cap you still have to be mom. It’s almost impossible to get done everything I want to accomplish in a day when balancing kids, school, home and life in general.

Easiest part – waking up when we are ready. Starting our days off well and not doing the morning school rush! And for me now support is always within arms reach. I live in an amazing town where there are so many homeschooling families.

I’m Nadine, a wife, stay at home mama, homeschooler to 4 amazing boys and the creator of Making Her Mama. My desire is to share our journey of homemaking, homeschooling and homesteading with you. ” {Read more here}

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