It’s July and that means backyard BBQs, watermelon, and fireworks! Join Gina and Christyn as they explore the idea of homeschool independence and offer a few ideas on how you can take the step to declaring it for your own homeschool. No dumping tea into the harbor necessary!
TECHNICAL NOTE: We always work to provide you with a clear listening experience, but because of a weird technical issue, there is a bit of wonky audio from about the 2:41 mark through 3:14 — we promise it clears up!
3:56 — Homeschooling is legal in all 50 states; there are just different requirements and levels of state supervision
4:23 — This is a two-part series with the theme of how declaring homeschool independence and embracing the resulting freedom can transform your homeschool. It’s our best advice on how to make your homeschool your own!
4:57 — We all come to educational independence in different ways and our homeschools reflect that
6:17 — Consider the following as you declare independence:
1) What are your homeschool goals?
2) What is your homeschool style?
3) What is your homeschool’s focus?
6:49 — Step 1: Gina talks setting homeschool goals and talks about her personal goal of fostering family relationships
8:52 — Christyn’s goal is similar: to prioritize family time and build a family culture, and also includes developing a personalized education that accommodates asynchronous development
11:45 — In Marvel’s Endgame there are is only way to win out of over 14 million possibilities. Fortunately, that’s not the case in homeschool! Make your own choices from the over 14 million available to you!
13:05 — Step 2: Think about your homeschool style by setting aside what others are doing and seeing what actually works for you with this Homeschool Style Quiz from Homeschoolon.com
14:40 — Christyn discusses how she arrived at her eclectic homeschool style
16:27 — Gina discusses the road to her unschool-y style
18:22 — The process of allowing kids to take control of their education is a daunting part of declaring homeschool independence but it’s so exciting to watch it unfold
18:50 — Step 3: What is the focus of your homeschool?
19:28 — Christyn’s focus: foster the understanding that learning is lifelong
21:37 — Gina’s focus is the same: focus on continuous learning and rise to the challenges that come along. Ignite and nurture that little spark of learning!
22:31 — How to light an educational sparkler
23:25 — To declare your homeschool independence, know what you want and what’s best for your family, then work toward creating that homeschool