As homeschooling parents, we all seem to be interested in how other parents arrived at this place with their own families. Though it’s fun to read about homeschooling families in other states and countries, we thought it might be nice to explore why parents in our area chose to pursue homeschooling.
If you’d like to share your story, please copy the following form into an email, fill it out and send it to us along with a picture of yourself and/or your family. Feel free to omit questions or elaborate and explore areas that we may not ask about. We’ll edit your questions into an interview and contact you with a final version that you’ll make adjustments to and approve, and then we’ll post it on the Triangle Homeschoolers website. Feel free to use nicknames and keep personally identifiable information to a minimum if you like, though we will need to verify that you’re in our area before we post your story.
- Name (real and nickname; please tell us which you’d like used in your interview)
- email address (optional; so others may contact you)
- phone number (kept confidential; so we can contact you with any clarifications)
- blog link or website (if you have one you’d like to share)
- spiritual, philosophical or religious affiliation (if you care to share)
- What are your hobbies?
- Should we keep your contact information private, or would you like it posted in your interview? (email/blog etc – we will not post real name (or last name) or phone number)
- marital status or living arrangements (of interest to single and non-nuclear family homeschooling parents)
- number and ages of children in your home
- number and ages of children who are homeschooled
- type of home (of interest to families schooling in small spaces or apartments or who live in non-traditional environments)
- primary “teacher” (for lack of a better term)
- Are you homeschooling a ‘special needs’ or LD child?
- How long have you been homeschooling?
- How were you (and your partner) educated? How did that affect you?
- Why did you decide to homeschool? What factors or people influenced you?
- What do you enjoy most about homeschooling?
- What do you believe is the greatest advantage that your children have from being homeschooled?
- What do you find most challenging?
- What is your (yearly, monthly, weekly, daily) schedule like?
- How do you balance ‘teaching’ more than one grade level?
- What is the division of labor between you and your partner for homeschooling?
- How do you find time for yourself? For your partner?
- How do you find time for housekeeping and errands?
- What style of homeschooling do you employ (eclectic, classical, unschooling, etc.)?
- How did you choose a curriculum for your children? How did you decide which is the best one?
- Tell us about your homeschooling space. Where do you “have school”?
- What advice would you have for a parent considering homeschooling?
If you’re homeschooling a special needs or learning disabled child:
- Was this child a primary factor in your decision to homeschool? Please elaborate.
- Was public/private school hurting your child? How? (if applicable)
- Is homeschooling helping your child? How?
- How do you balance working and homeschooling? (if applicable)
- How do you manage homeschooling with little ones underfoot?
- How do you adjust to having a baby in your homeschooling routine?
- How much money per year do you spend on homeschooling?
- How many field trips/special events/group activities do you do each year? How do you choose such activities?
- How did you prepare your child for college?
- Do you feel like homeschooling has brought your family closer together? In what ways?
- One aspect of homeschooling that many people seem to be concerned about is ‘socialization’. Their argument is that homeschooling deprives a child of a social life. What are your thoughts on this?
- Do you worry about your child “keeping up” with his or her “grade level” counterpart in public/private school? How do you deal with this?
As we mentioned, this is only a sampling of questions designed to give you a jumping off point. If you have more to say, please do! Don’t forget to add a picture when you send us your interview.