Empty nest syndrome

is hitting me hard. Seems like only yesterday when I was stumbling through a toy strewn house waving a tiny pair of plaid boxers and bellowing, “Captain Underpants, PLEASE put on your uniform!”   Good times!  Really, they were.  Even if I didn’t always realize it at the time, these were golden years.

That’s me, on the left.

OK, so it wasn’t perfect.  It was too real for that.  It wasn’t a Disney princess movie, It was life.  I homeschooled the two kids, after giving our local schools a better than fair chance.  (As a licensed secondary mathematics teacher, I was sure public school was the right choice.) Homeschooling was terrifying initially, then liberating, and finally the adventure of a lifetime.  Oh, it was still hard, but

Life should not be a journey to the grave with the intention of arriving safely in a pretty and well preserved body, but rather to skid in broadside in a cloud of smoke, thoroughly used up, totally worn out, and loudly proclaiming “Wow! What a Ride!”

Hunter S. Thompson, The Proud Highway: Saga of a Desperate Southern Gentleman, 1955-1967

It is not over, my homeschooling adventure.  I absolutely refuse to get off the ride!  OK, yes, the kids have left for college.

I, however, am still reveling in my homeschooling experience.  I teach other people’s children now, and I love every minute of it.  I enjoy coaching homeschool teams preparing for competitions, teaching algebra to a busy, talented young dancer and teaching an adapted curriculum to a uniquely challenged child – all in one fun-filled week.  This is the life!  This is education, unfettered by bureaucracy and permitted to take flight.

I want everyone who is ready for education to become a shared experience for themselves, their children and their community to succeed!

Tell me who you are, what you’re experiencing and what you’re looking for.  I really want to know!

Cheers!

Elizabeth Conley

ElizabethConley@2teachachild.com

 

 

 

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Nattawut Pornnimit

Hello, Conley. My name is Nattawut golf.
Your story about homeschool was interesting that how you do that.
I have two little daughters that nearly go to school.
Sometimes, I don’t like regular school cause they teach little useful things. Many of them, especially in the elementary degree, forced to sleep, eat, then go back home.
I like to spend time with my littles by teaching her myself.
But don’t have known ledge.
Your posts are great in detail of learning process and how to teach kids.
You have an experience with you kids and success with home-school.
Thank you for sharing this.

Mar 04.2017 | 09:40 am

    Elizabeth

    Nattawut golf,
    Be encouraged and know that any family can home school their children. All it takes is love and dedication. You find a way, day after day, and you grow with your children. As the mature into good students, you mature into a good teacher. It is one of the great mysteries of life, and an exciting thing to be part of. If you truly wish to homeschool your daughters, do so. Many good people will be happy for the opportunity to help you along the way.

    All the best,
    Elizabeth

    Mar 04.2017 | 04:20 pm

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Mar 14.2017 | 08:04 pm

Maurice

This is the best website I have seen for educating children. I love how you break the lesson down by grade. The detailed information in at each level covers e everything. My grandchildren are in kindergarten and first grade. They are what pumps my heart. I am constantly trying to find ways teach them. So this site for me is a God send. Thanks for creating this site.

Apr 25.2017 | 11:31 am

    Elizabeth

    Maurice,

    It warms my heart to hope I can serve your family. That is what I live for – that and my own children. No grandchildren yet, but I so look forward to that time. Please let me know what type of ideas you would like to read about.

    I encourage you to play games with your grandchildren. It’s a granddad’s privilege, and they learn so very much!

    God Bless You and Yours,

    Elizabeth

    Apr 25.2017 | 02:31 pm

Melani

It is great that you work in your passion area. You must be a very patient person because teach children are very difficult. Do you have any experience in teaching children with special needs?

May 11.2017 | 12:54 pm

    Elizabeth

    We're All Special Needs!

    I know, that was a flippant response. I meant that, however. If I have learned anything in teaching it is that we are all special needs at one point or another in our lives.

    My children have very serious, very rare medical conditions. They have both gone on to healthy, productive adulthood, bot their childhoods were brutal. For a significant part of the time my son was deaf. My daughter was bedridden or in crutches and undergoing repeated operations and physical therapy. Both children were bright, but they had significant challenges to overcome.

    I currently teach a child with significant developmental delays. She is a lovely kid, and I count it a privilege. She is also quite a challenge to teach. I am proud to say that she has made amazing strides this year.

    It does help to know a lot about child development, learning theory and teaching methods. I did earn a teaching certificate for secondary mathematics, but that is not where I learned how to teach. I learned by doing research and working hard to help my own children and others reach their full potential. I would not worry too much about this. I find that teaching is a very natural interpersonal activity. Yes, it helps to know what you’re doing, but most people intuitively understand how to teach.

    If you care, you find a way.

    All the Best,

    Elizabeth

    May 11.2017 | 01:30 pm

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