Over the course of our ten year homeschool journey, I’ve answered lots of questions about homeschooling. Many of these questions have come from non-homeschooling African-American moms who are interested in what our family is doing. Other questions have come from African-American moms who have a desire to homeschool and are seeking information about how to get started.
I’ve also interacted with fellow African-American homeschool moms who are looking to network with other African-American homeschool families or who are looking to find homeschool curriculum and resources an featuring African-American perspective.
And so I had three goals in mind when creating African-American Homeschool Moms:
- First, I wanted to let African-American homeschool moms (and others!) know the African-American homeschool community is alive and thriving!
- Next, I wanted to create a website where African-American moms could find helpful information about beginning or furthering their homeschool journey, as well as the encouragement and resources to help make the journey a pleasant one.
- Finally, I wanted to create an online community where African-American moms could network and share encouragement and resources about their homeschool experiences. The result was the private African-American Homeschool Moms Facebook Group, a friendly, active, and knowledgeable group with over 2,000 moms.
Who Am I?
I graduated from college with a Bachelor of Arts degree in English and an elementary teaching certificate. For nine years, I enjoyed a fantastic career as a classroom teacher in grades 2, 5, and 6. After earning a Master’s Degree in Student Personnel Services, I worked as an elementary school guidance counselor. In 2002, I married the great guy I met on a blind date. When JT and I started our family two years later, I became a stay at home mom and dove into all things domestic.
My Homeschool Journey
When our oldest daughter was three years old, my husband and I did what everyone else around us had done and what we thought was best; we enrolled our daughter in preschool. The preschool we selected was a local “Mommy and Me” preschool cooperative right in the center of town. The teachers there were dedicated, kind, and caring and our daughter had a good school year.
At the end of the school year, my husband and I had a parent/teacher conference with our daughter’s teacher. The teacher noted that she had done well throughout the school year. When we asked what she would be learning the following year, we discovered that our daughter already knew most of the concepts because I was already teaching her those things at home.
It was then that I realized I could give my my daughter a great educational experience from the comfort of our home. My husband and I felt led to homeschool so we prayed about doing so. God confirmed our desires and we began our homeschool journey in 2008 just before our oldest daughter turned four years old. We’re now homeschooling all three of our fabulous girls!
Our homeschool experience has been an awesome one! Our children are thriving because they’re receiving a personalized education that is specifically designed to meet their needs. The girl have enjoyed a wide range of positive educational experiences and we’ve made some great friends throughout our homeschool journey.
A Few More Details About Me
I’m a writer and I enjoy writing from the comfort of my cozy home. In the past, I have been a contributing writer for Christian Homeschool Moms, Home Educating Family Association (HEDUA), and The End In Mind. I’ve also written guest posts for Hip Homeschool Moms and Moms of Faith. In addition, I have spoken at the VaHomeschoolers Conference and Resource Fair in Richmond, Virginia and at the Southeast Homeschool Expo in Atlanta, Georgia.
My most recent project is a book titled Sharing Our Thoughts: A Biblically Based Parent and Child Journal. The book is a special resource designed to help parents and children slow down and connect with one another. This creative journal features Bible based chapter introductions, real life anecdotes, relevant scripture references, dozens of interesting and thought-provoking questions designed to spark parent/child conversation. The journal also includes free writing space to jot down prayer requests and additional thoughts. Sharing Our Thoughts: A Biblically Based Parent and Child Journal can be purchased on Amazon.
When I’m not homeschooling or working at my computer, I enjoy hanging out with family and friends, searching for bargains in antique and thrift stores, working on home décor projects, and cheering loudly at my girls’ soccer games.