The Brave One: Dwayla's Interview

Homeschooling parents are known to do some crazy and scary things to help their kids learn and Dwayla is no exception. Dwayla is a country girl from Indiana but she's willing to be plopped down in the middle of a big city. Sometimes the best way to learn is to get out of your comfort zone...

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

Forever. :) I have two daughters, ages 22 and 16, and neither have been in a brick and mortar school setting, unless you include co-op meetings once a week. So 17 years, starting at kindergarten and not including what they were taught up to that point.

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

We were able to go with hubby when the company he works for sent him to conventions or more training; therefore, my girls have been to some fun places we would never have gone to otherwise. I'd research beforehand and plan our time.

Plopping a country girl in the middle of Boston with a 4 year old and 11 year old was a panic moment when the shuttle dropped us off, but of course I couldn't show my "fear" to the girls, so off we went. That was one of our first and best trips. Fun AND of course educational. We've seen zoos and aquariums all over, as we've always liked animals.

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

This is my "freeze" question, but guess I'd say the trips from #2. We would drive to Boston, Columbus, OH, Fort Worth, TX, New Orleans, Minneapolis. Our last big family trip lasted two weeks, driving to the Grand Canyon five years ago.

We walked down Bourbon Street in New Orleans on a Sunday night trying to find supper. The lady at the hotel couldn't understand WHY we didn't want to take our young daughters there, so we told the girls to not look around and walk fast and follow Dad.

We went on a whale watch in October near Boston and while we weren't guaranteed seeing whales, we did. :)

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

The one we tell most is when my 22 year old was about 5, my husband was telling her that the Indians used to live in the area where we were living at the time. (We were in a town/city.) How they may have set up their camp in our neighborhood. She got really big eyes and asked if they had lived right in our kitchen?

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