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I believe any parent can make homeschooling work when life doesn’t go as planned.

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Considering homeschooling but you’re not sure if it’s right for your family?

Maybe you are experiencing one of the situations below.

Social Distancing in School

Socialization is how children get along and play with each other

Students spend an enormous part of their life in school and that has a tremendous influence on their socialization.

Socialization is an important part of development, but students must be able to interact in order for that to happen.

There won’t be a lot of interaction going on between students in the school system this year.
Children will spend their time isolated in one room all day and not even allowed to face each other. This can’t create a positive school climate.

I fear many children will dread going each day, dislike learning, and maybe even suffer from anxiety and depression because of the extended amount of isolation each day. 

Child Being Bullied

Your child is withdrawn when he comes home from school. He doesn’t want to discuss what’s going on. He’s scared to go back and doesn’t want you to talk to the teacher. These are all signs your child is being bullied.
This has become an enormous problem in schools today. Even the best teachers can’t be around your child every second of the day. It can happen in the bathroom, the lunchroom, or on the school bus. 

The effects of bullying can be devastating and carry into adulthood. 
It’s hard to know why your child is being singled out. Why he’s different from everyone else. But it doesn’t matter. It’s happening and staying in that environment can have a serious impact.

Specials Needs Diagnosis

Your child is withdrawn when he comes home from school. He doesn’t want to discuss what’s going on. He’s scared to go back and doesn’t want you to talk to the teacher. These are all signs your child is being bullied.
This has become an enormous problem in schools today. Even the best teachers can’t be around your child every second of the day. It can happen in the bathroom, the lunchroom, or on the school bus. 

The effects of bullying can be devastating and carry into adulthood. 
It’s hard to know why your child is being singled out. Why he’s different from everyone else. But it doesn’t matter. It’s happening and staying in that environment can have a serious impact.

Child Not Fitting In

No matter how hard your son tries, he’s just not fitting in at school. He can’t seem to make friends. He sits by himself in the lunchroom or stands against the wall during gym class away from all the other kids.
 
He seems fine at home. He’s a normal kid with hobbies and interests like everyone else. Except he’s not.

For whatever reason, he doesn’t make friends as easily.

Not being able to make friends or get along with others can be a tough situation at school. Your child is uncomfortable all day long. It’s hard to concentrate on school work when being in a classroom setting is stressful.

School Not Meeting Your Child’s Needs

The school system caters to the majority. It’s just how it is. There’s one teacher in a classroom of many students. Those who can keep up do well and those who can’t, get left behind despite the best efforts.

If your child is not a traditional textbook learner, there is no other curriculum for him. Everyone has to use the same thing.

It may be a while before you realize this. You might not even know it’s going on. You trust that the school will keep you abreast of any issues, but you’d be wrong

Kids slip through the cracks all the time or get passed on from grade to grade, and they’ve missed vital skills. Year after year these kids keep slipping and the gap gets so wide, it’s hard to close.

Outside the Box Learner

Perhaps your child is more creative, artistic, or musical than others. He does better in a situation without structure or boundaries that constricts his imagination.

Being in a classroom is suffocating. He would rather act out a story with toy figures than write a paper. He’d rather be outside exploring the woods than sitting stationary in a chair looking at pictures of the forest from a book.

Many inventors, scientists, and musicians are out of the box thinkers. Think Thomas Edison, Albert Einstein, Benjamin Franklin, Louis Armstrong, Steve Jobs, Walt Disney. And many of them were homeschooled because they flourished in that environment.

Religious Beliefs an Issue in School

Being a Christian or any other religion in a secular school can make a child feel left out and alone. They teach topics such as evolution that may go against her beliefs.

Maybe she wants to pray before she eats her meal and is embarrassed because the kids make fun of her or she’s told she’s not allowed.

Even though you want your child to be a light in the world, it’s hard to build that solid foundation she can stand on when she’s being bombarded with ideas that contradict your faith and she’s made to feel like an outcast.

Your Child Is Gifted

Your child is gifted, and you thought school would be easier for him. Sometimes the complete opposite is true.

Possibly he’s bored, not getting the grades you expected, and maybe even hiding the fact that he’s smart so the kids don’t make fun of him.

The public school system is perfect for average everyday kids. The gifted? Not so much. The teacher has to come up with extra materials to engage him. Often this won’t happen. Who has time to make up extra lessons every single day for one child? 

What happens? Your child is told to read a book quietly at his desk when he finishes early. He’s sent to the computer to do more lessons while he waits for everyone else to finish.

Better yet, he’s sent to work with the kids who aren’t grasping the concept. He becomes the teacher’s aid.

What if your child…

  • didn’t have to feel like an outcast
  • could learn in an environment where he thrives
  • could express his creativity without boundaries
  • was able to explore his interests as part of his education
  • learned at his level without labels
  • wasn’t scared at the start of every school day
  • was able to stick with a skill until it was mastered

All children have the right to learn in a way that makes them successful.

I believe every family can make homeschooling work when life doesn’t go as planned.

Homeschooling for Your Unique Family

Every family is different and it’s not a one size fits all.

  • Is Homeschooling Right for You?
  • Can You Do This If You Are Not a Teacher?
  • Will It Work with Your Schedule?
  • Discover Your Child’s Learning Style
  • Which Method Is Right for Your Family?
  • How Do You Choose Curriculum?
  • Options and Ideas for Special Needs

These are just some of the questions you can get answered when you set up a homeschool consulting appointment.

Experience from Both Sides of the System

I am a former school teacher in both the private and public school system. I have a bachelor’s degree in education from Penn State University and a master’s degree in special education from Marshall University.

 I taught in the classroom for nine years and then decided to homeschool my own children. I’ve been homeschooling for 15 years and my oldest has now graduated.

I’ve been on both sides and understand the different circumstances you may be experiencing and can help you navigate through it.

Testimonials

“Heidi has been tremendously helpful to me and my kiddos for the last 8 years. She has helped with any homeschool questions/concerns I have had. She has guided me from kindergarten enrollment, different styles of homeschooling (parent led, video/online), accreditation, laws, and requirements. She is very knowledgeable and extremely helpful.”
Charlotte Cooley
Heidi was a wealth of knowledge for any questions pertaining to homeschooling. She gave me links to great academic resources to make the curriculum planning easy. I would 100% recommend talking with her!!
Tiffany Sahifi
Ukiah, CA

As a teacher, Heidi understood our needs and reasons for homeschooling when my daughter was being bullied. She shared her own teaching and homeschool experience and knowledge with me when it was needed. I have always found it to be accurate and spot on. I would highly recommend her! Homeschool parents need guidance and help. Heidi can provide this, in my opinion, and you can feel safe with the information and guidance you receive from her. It was sad when we did our last homeschool year. I worked with her for six wonderful years.
Terri Mayle
Heidi is wonderful.  I have four children that I homeschool and I’m very blessed to have her as a connection.  She is always willing to help, give advice, listen and guide me into being a more productive homeschool teacher for my kids.  She has many great ideas and resources to offer.  We are very privileged that she has kept up with us for many years.  My children definitely benefit greatly from our relationship with Heidi. 
Taya Christopher
I really enjoyed speaking with Heidi . She definitely gave me some helpful tips that I found useful. I was literally lost about homeschooling before speaking with her.
Shavonda Furtick
Columbai, SC
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