About Me

Hi, and welcome to Confessions of a Homeschooler!

Please allow me to introduce myself:

First and foremost, I am a servant of Jesus Christ. I am also a mom, with a wonderful husband of 11 years, and 4 precious kiddos! This year marks our 5th year of homeschooling, although I was previously opposed to the idea. But I have learned through this journey, that when the Lord calls us, we are to be obedient! You can visit this post to see why we homeschool now. After 4 years of working out glitches, I can say that I truly love that I have the option to have our kids around all day, and that my husband and I can be the primary influence in their lives!”

About the blog:

Confessions of a Homeschooler is a blog full of homeschooling ideas, resources and printables. I began the site in August of 2009 with the start of a new school year. It started off as a way for my husband to ‘see what we do all day’. And has really helped him interact with the kids about what they’ve learned each day. It quickly morphed into a place for sharing ideas and resources with other homeschoolers!

About the Players:

First we have Strawberry Shortcake. She’s the my first born, 8 years old and currently in 3rd Grade. She likes horses, cooking, animals, American Girl dolls, and all things pink or light blue.

Next we have “Turbo”. He’s my second born, 7 years old and currently in the 2nd Grade. He’s the only dude in this group of all girlies (except my husband of course). He loves Lacrosse, baseball, and anything that I’ll let him take apart. He can make a gun out of anything, is good at just about everything he tries, and he has a laugh that is contagious!

Next is “Tinker Bell”. She’s my 3rd born baby, 5 years old and currently in Kindergarten. She’s a girlie girl and loves Furr Real Pets, Barbies, and American Girl Dolls. She’s a total “mama’s girl” and spends most of her time hugging and kissing me :o).

Last but not least is the Teeny Tot. She’s our last baby and we love her dearly. She’s crazy as can be, climbs anything worthy of the challenge, and does her darndest to do literally EVERYthing that the big kids can do.

 

About Our Homeschool:

Similar to many moms, I face the self-inflicted frustration of self doubt.
“Am I doing enough? What am I missing? Am I a good teacher? Should they be in school?” Yet, my frustration is outweighed by the tremendous joys of seeing my family grow closer together and watching as the kids learn new things. I think homeschooling is one of those slow payoffs, but each day I can see little things that inspire me to keep going! The Lord has really confirmed our decision to homeschool this year and truly brought us joy through our obedience! You can read why our family chose to homeschool here. And more about my own struggle with it in my Candid Conversation with God, and my own tutorial on Plate Spinning 101!

I have found great inspiration for our homeschool from fellow homeschoolers. Joining the blogging community has been a HUGE help, and frankly I’m not sure how I ever did school before! There are so many talented and creative moms out there, and I love that everyone is willing to share their ideas and inspiration so freely! It’s truly been a blessing to us this year!

I hope you enjoy this blog, and that its contents would be a blessing to your family! Thanks for reading, and if you have any questions feel free to use the “Email Me” link at the top of the page!

13 Comments

  • kimberly mason December 15, 2016 at 1:50 pm

    where would you recommend getting the letters of the week curriculum printed off in color? Everywhere I have checked Is pretty expensive. Thanks

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  • Anesia January 9, 2017 at 9:40 am

    I have a material question. I see how you store your fabric but wonder if you have a problem with dust? At first I wanted to buy those tall organizer totes with drawers because I want to be able to see what I have but I’m afraid over time they may start to buckle. I only keep cotton material in them so it wouldn’t be real heavy and if I do have special material I store them elsewhere. Do you think the drawers would work or buckle over time? I bought 2 cube type bookcases and was going to turn sideways and use for storage, one will be sitting on the floor and the other on top of the first one. Do you think there would be a lot of dust? They will be in a closet so not out in an open room with lots of traffic. I want to be able to see what I have.
    Thanks for your help.

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    • erica January 9, 2017 at 6:12 pm

      My girls keep their fabric in wire organizers which work fine. I think over time the plastic ones might buckle due to the weight though, but I haven’t tried them. I don’t notice the fabric getting too dusty on my shelves so far anyway 🙂 I’ve also seen people use the Ikea drawer units which hold fq’s nicely, but you can’t see in them is the only issue. I like to see my fabric, it’s good inspiration!

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  • Bellona Wolff March 1, 2017 at 4:41 pm

    I was wondering about your rag quilt video on youtube – incredibly done, by the way, very simple & fast – can that method be used for any kind of fabric or isit exclusively for fleece? I am new to sewing & am very excited about this techique.
    Thanks so much for your time & I look forward to hearing from you!

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    • erica March 8, 2017 at 12:59 pm

      You can really use any fabric you want for the rag quilt tutorial. Some fray more than others, but that just changes the look is all. Otherwise feel free to go crazy 🙂

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  • joy March 3, 2017 at 8:13 pm

    I wonder if you’re planning to have another child? I’m kind of amazed how you handle 4.

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    • erica March 8, 2017 at 12:57 pm

      No, we are complete with four 🙂

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  • Rachel March 24, 2017 at 2:36 pm

    Is it as hard as it’s seems to teach boys to read

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    • erica March 28, 2017 at 9:45 am

      Hi Rachel,
      Boys are typically more interested in moving around than sitting and reading. They will get it, just takes a bit of time and patience 🙂 I suggest reading for about 15 min/day with them. Maybe you read a page, then they read a page. Just keep going and they’ll eventually get it! Also try to pick books that interest them as well. It really helped my son if we were reading something he actually cared about 🙂

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  • Angel October 28, 2017 at 12:10 pm

    Do you ever attend homeschool conventions as a speaker?

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  • Stephania Messina December 5, 2017 at 11:06 am

    I had to comment because I am so excited and blessed to find your blog! I am almost two full days into homeschooling all 4 of our boys, and it is a real struggle right now as our oldest (who is 12) transitions from middle school. I know many homeschool moms, but none who like you and me were once opposed to the idea. Having been publicly schooled myself, I struggle with questions of ability and resources. But I too feel that God is blessing our obedience and is making a way where I never imagined there’d be one! Thank you for opening your lives and sharing your heart. God bless you and your family with grace and and peace in abundance in Jesus’ name ❤️

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  • Marsha Yakesch December 5, 2017 at 4:19 pm

    CUTE

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