Welcome to our Homeschooling Journey
Aloha and welcome to my Homeschooling, Sometimes random, and sometimes Big Island Lifestyle blog.
Some quick get to know me facts….
- I was born on Oahu and raised on the Big Island
- Grew up dancing hula on the grounds of the Hulihe’e Palace
- Learned to surf at Kahalu’u (Kona)
- Can catch Cane Spiders with my bare hands
- Newbie yoga student, and loving it!
- I am Part-Hawaiian (but definitely mix-plate)
- Married to a local boy….for 17 years.
- Our family’s homeschooling journey began in 2015. My children were ages 4, 8, and 10 years old
Now my 14-year-old is entering 9th grade at Kamehameha Schools. We are very excited for her and thankful that she has this opportunity. However, this means I will only be homeschooling my two youngest keiki, which is fine. But, I know she will be missed on our adventures. Well, I know I will miss her…lol!
My goals in creating this blog are to first support & connect with other parents who are interested in homeschooling. Specifically here in Hawai’i. Secondly, to express my creative side. Lastly, will be to create supplemental income to support my ohana.
What made me want to homeschool my keiki?
The curiosity about homeschooling began while attending the Tutu and Me program with my 3 yr. old. We attended bi-weekly meetings to participate in story-time and other educational activities. They even provided us with educational materials to use at home.
I then decided to create my own activities for my 3-year-old. She learned to count from 1 to 10 in Hawaiian and English. We used simple flashcards made out of construction paper, yarn, and markers. I was even able to teach her to pray in Hawaiian.
When the time got closer for my youngest to start kindergarten I decided to research homeschooling as an alternative to traditional schooling. After countless books and various websites, I made the decision (along with my Hubby, of course) to not only homeschool our youngest daughter, but all three of our school-aged children. Thus began our homeschooling journey!
Where do you start your homeschooling journey?
The most important factor before choosing your curriculum, style, etc. are the legal requirements that govern homeschooling. There are different laws depending on where you decide to homeschool.
Furthermore, one of the best places I found to start a broad search for information at the beginning of your homeschooling journey is the Homeschool Legal Defense Association.
You could, of course, scour the local libraries and check-out every, and yes I mean every book on homeschooling (that peaks your interest, of course). I’ve done it, and still do. Of course, you might want to bring a book bag and prepare for some odd glances. You could also request books from the public library online.
Hope this little bit of information will help you on your journey!
Thank you for taking time out of your busy day to visit us at our homeschooling blog. I hope you’ve found this site useful and possibly entertaining.
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Aloha & Blessings!!