Homeschooling Family Interview: Tracey D.

Today we talk with Tracey who has a blog called Learners At Home. Tracey and her family live in New Hampshire, where it can get pretty darn cold and snowy but she and her family know how to handle that: they love to have pajama days...

1. How long have you been homeschooling (or if finished, how long did you homeschool)?

We have been homeschooling for about 2 years now.

2. One of the main benefits of homeschooling is the freedom andflexibility it allows. Can you give us a few examples of how thisfreedom and flexibility benefited you (your family)?

The flexibility for us was two-fold, my husband traveled a great deal out of the country so we wanted to be able to travel with him and share in his experiences. Homeschooling our two boys allowed us the opportunity to do that if we chose to.

The other example of flexibility was to take two special needs children, bring them home and have thorough evaluations done and consistent, compassionate and appropriate remediation for my boys and their learning needs and abilities.

3. Another benefit of homeschooling is the fun factor. Can you give us afew examples of some especially fun times you had as a result ofhomeschooling?

We have pajama days where we stay in our pj's if it is snowy and do our school curled up in our den~ it is WONDERFUL. Also we are able to allow the children a more child led learning environment, learning what they like to learn about and squishing in things they may need to learn about.. we enjoyed our summer explorations, field trips to the coast and museums while learning the whole time.

4. We all have funny experiences while homeschooling. Can you share one of yours with us?

Funny homeschooling experiences I suppose would be when the boys were doing hands on learning...we play restaurant to learn our consumer math, we play computer games for "practice" in grammar, math and phonics.

I think one funny experience we have is when people ask us about homeschooling, they will ask "Well, what do you do all day?"

My boys usually respond, "Well, we pretty much learn and then do what we want the rest of the day!" People usually just look at them. :)

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