homeschooling

For twenty years, I homeschooled with my three kids. Before that, I was an elementary school teacher. My teaching experience did not exactly prepare me to be a homeschooling parent; more often than not it got in the way, let me tell you!

Over time I learned to loosen my teaching expectations and came to trust the kids, letting them guide their learning more and more, while still embracing the structure of a regular time working together. I tell more about our homeschooling style in this post.

The “kids” are all now young adults–29, 25 and 19. H homeschooled until he was 16, when he decided to go to high school as a junior. He started making films as a teenager, studied film in college and is now pursuing life as a freelance cinematographer in Brooklyn. L homeschooled until high school. The girl was born knowing her own mind; she wrote her own major in college and is now in grad school in NYC studying Urban Policy and Leadership, focusing her research on urban food policy, education policy, and community sovereignty movements. Mr. T also homeschooled until high school, and is currently an undergrad, studying from home during the pandemic, double-majoring in History and Comedy Filmmaking—no surprise if you’ve read about him here over the years.

There are a lot of posts here, going all the way back to 2008, with a particular focus on helping kids love writing. I’ve tried to organize the highlights for you. Thanks for poking around here!