Interview with a Homeschool Mom ~ Kim Brush

I am excited to share with you another great post from the Interview with a Homeschool Mom series! I would like to introduce you to Kim Brush from Day to Day Adventures. Kim has 19 years of homeschooling under her belt!

Interview with a Homeschool Mom

 

How many children are you currently homeschooling? How long have you been homeschooling?

There are two in our homeschool currently and my daughter is graduating this year.  That will be the third child that has moved on from our little homeschool.  We’ve been at this for 19 years!  Only 4 more years until our youngest graduates!!!

Have your children always been homeschooled? Why did you decide to homeschool?

My oldest was in day care for a short amount of time while I did my student teaching.  That experience combined with my part time work in the public schools convinced my husband and I that we wanted to “do school” at home with our son.  We were very uncertain that we would do it all the way through 12th grade so we’ve just taken it one year at at time.  I think that it obviously stuck after 19 years.

How would you describe your style of homeschooling?

1.  Individualized.  Each of our 4 children has been different so we try to look at their way of learning and teach to that.  Our first two were like night and day.  That was a big adjustment for me when I realized I wasn’t going to be able to use a cookie cutter approach for teaching.
2.  Laid back.  We’ve dealt with many health issues in the past few years so we’ve had to be less rigid about our schedule and how we get things done.  Some days we work really hard and accomplish great amazing amounts of school.  Other days not so much.  After dealing with a surgery in December of 2015, we are are honestly WAY behind this year.  But I know that we will catch up.  Real life has a way of weaving it’s way through our schooling and teaching more lessons than I could ever plan.

What does a typical day in your homeschool look like?

My senior is mostly self-taught.  She checks in with me weekly but daily she works independently and takes classes at a local college as well.  My 8th grader still works with me each morning.  He also is very independent and works through his to-do list each day.  I check his work and we cover any problem areas together.

What kinds of tools or curriculum do you use to homeschool?

We are very eclectic.  We use what works for each kid.  For math we’ve loved Saxon and Life of Fred.  History has been Biblioplan which is a literature based curriculum.  For language arts we read many, many, many books and used Rod & Staff, Spelling Power, and Wordsmith.  Science has been a wide variety of books, experiments and in high school we’ve used Apologia.

Do you have a motto, quote, or scripture for your homeschool? Why did you choose that one?

When we started homeschooling we didn’t choose a specific scripture as our motto but learning about God, his plan and scripture has been a HUGE part of our homeschool.  From the beginning our kids learned the ABC’s and linked A with All have sinned and fallen short of the glory of God(Romans 3:23), B with Believe in the Lord Jesus Christ(Acts 16:31) & so on.  They went on to memorize larger sections of scripture for Bible Quizzing when they grew older.
As a homeschool mom, the scripture that has meant the most to me is Jeremiah 29:11, ‘For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.’  I do not know the future and this reassures me that God has my future and my children’s all planned out.

Is your spouse or other family members involved in your homeschooling?

My husband is the “principal” of our school.  He helps with the planning and often adds his two cents on science and math because he is knowledgeable in those areas.  He also teaches Daddy Biology which includes the dissecting parts of biology for the same reason!  Yay!

What is your favorite part of homeschooling? What is your least favorite part?

My favorite part of homeschooling is seeing the light bulb moments and the moment when they really take ownership of their own learning.  It takes a different amount of time for each but I love it when it happens.  Grading and recording is my least favorite part of homeschooling.

What is the best piece of advice you were given about homeschooling? What advice would you give to someone who is considering homeschooling?

Early on I attended a Mom’s group where a veteran homeschool mom made the comment that there is always fruit from homeschooling but some days all the fruit is rotten.  It made me laugh to know that she had see the ugly side of doing school with her kids.  It also spurred me on as I knew that she was still doing it and had wonderful grown children.  As I was in the thick of raising 4 young children it was super encouraging to know I wasn’t the only one who had dealt with “rotten fruit.”

I would encourage anyone to give homeschooling a try if God is leading you to do so.  Talk to your spouse and work out a plan for the first year.  That’s all we did so many years ago.  It turned out to be the best decision we ever made.

Finish this sentence: Homeschooling is…..

HARD but it will teach YOU so many things about yourself, God, your child and life.

Blessings from Kim Brush blogging at DaytoDayAdventures.com

Life is short.  Each day is an adventure.  Don’t miss it!

I share about our family adventures in the middle of “normal” life.  I’m a mom of 4, wife & Christian.  We look for JOY in challenges as we grow & make our favorite foods, learn through home schooling and grow in character through God’s guidance.

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