Over the course of our eight 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.
They had never met an African-American homeschooling family and wondered why we decided to omeschool and wanted to know what our homeschool day looked like. In addition, they wanted to know how our family made the homeschool lifestyle work.
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 featuring African-American figures.
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.
- Second, I wanted to create a place where African-American moms could turn to find helpful information about beginning or furthering their homeschool journey. This website is a great place to find valuable information.
- Finally, I wanted to create a place where African-American homeschool moms could network and share encouragement and resources about their homeschool experiences in a friendly environment. The private African-American Homeschool Moms Facebook Group is the perfect place to connect with other Black homeschoolers. It’s an active group with over 2,000 moms.
Who Am I?
I’m Andrea, a wife and homeschooling mom to three great girls, ages 12, 10, and 5.
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 all of my children 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!
Where Else You Can Find Me
I’m a writer and I enjoy writing from the comfort of my home with my family close by. I maintain a personal blog at Embracing Him where I write about my Christian faith, food, and family. 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.
When I’m not homeschooling or working at my computer, I can be found hanging out with friends and family, serving in the children’s ministries at my church, cheering loudly at soccer games, cooking up great dishes in the kitchen, and zipping down the highway in my well-loved minivan.
Catch me if you can!