Lessons I've Learned Being A New Homeschooling Mom


Michael and Robyn in Philadelphia at the Reading Terminal getting ready to eat

It has been my absolute pleasure and honor to be homeschooling my two youngest children who are 10 and 13 years old.

Although I've been around my children all their lives, it has been so wonderful to witness who they are on another level, as young people.

My son Michael is so inherently intelligent that it boggles my mind, and my daughter Robyn is so inherently filled with life and excitement that her eyes seem to literally sparkle and dance when she gets something that she did not understand previously.

Now, this journey is not without it's challenges!

Both of my children can get on my nerves when they decide that it's giggle and joke time, after I've had a long day and want nothing more than to finish the day's lessons with lighting speed.

It's at this point that the Momma nobody wants to know, comes out. Lol

However, from what I have come to know and experience so far it's all worth it!

I first decided to homeschool because my son Michael was coming home from school(two years ago) with his head down and not smiling, way more often than any mother can bare.

I had enough of going to work wondering if my son was ok,and feeling helpless to do anything to lift his spirits. This year I decided that although I was fearful of the unknowns, I could not allow fear to outweigh what I know is right and what is within my power to do, in order for my son to have a more inspired year.

The first thing I had to do, was make the decision that I was absolutely going to homeschool and the rest(i.e., the appropriate questions to ask, and actions to take) has been falling into place.

I live in New Jersey so I can only speak about New Jersey when referencing certain things, but everything else, is my own personal experience and perspective.

I want to take this time to thank my mother Gwendolyn Meusburger, who encouraged me from the very beginning that homeschooling can be done. She would tell me "People do it all the time" and what a great idea she thought is was.

I also would like to thank Mrs. Barbara McCarthy who is a retired school teacher, who also encouraged me and pointed out to me that I am already teaching my children in a brilliant way, so homeschooling would not be outside of my ability, and would simply take some investigation. She has also offered to assist me and the children if we should need any help on our journey.

Because my son will only be homeschooled for the 2016/2017 school year because he wants to go to a specific technical highschool next year, I called the technical school to find out what the ramifications would be for Michael being homeschooled for 1 year, and entering the techical school next year.

In essence the response was that there will be no problem with Michael taking a year off from public school based on the fact that the school accepts homeschooled children who have never stepped foot inside a public school system.

This was incredible news, and fueled both Michael and myself to move forward without having to worry that he would be effected. Orientation into the technical school is this coming October so we are excited!