(This is the first in a homeschool mom feature series #hsmomstories)
1. How many children do you have?
I have four adult children. They have all attended or will attend college at the University of Georgia on scholarship. My oldest graduated from UGA Magna Cum Laude with a degree in photojournalism and was the youngest photo editor ever hired by CNN, where she still works as an editor today. My two boys are roommates and both Computer Science majors at UGA. And my youngest will join her brothers this fall as an Engineering major. (Homeschooling works!)
2. What was your career path prior to becoming a mom?
I graduated from the University of Texas Austin in 1991 and got married eight days later. My husband is an attorney and preferred that I not work. He likes to joke that I was a stay-at-home mom with no children. What I was really doing was writing Bible studies for my church, articles for magazines, and working on a series of children’s books about character.
3. When did you start homeschooling? and how many total years have you homeschooled?
I decided to homeschool when my first child was two. So, I started then, using curriculum designed for a Kindergartner. She learned to read at age three, using a Charlotte Mason book called an Acorn in My Hand. It’s out of print now, but I highly recommend it for teaching reading. In total, I homeschooled for 24 years.
4. Why did you decide to homeschool?
There were so many reasons. I would say the most compelling reason was that I felt it was what God wanted me to do. I really did feel called to do it.
5. Which state do you live in and is that where you homeschooled throughout?
I live in Georgia. I started homeschooling (preschool) in Dallas, then continued in San Diego. But the formal homeschooling years were all done in Georgia. My area has a huge homeschool population. Our homeschool group had about 2400 people.