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Making the Decision to Homeschool

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How to Start Homeschooling with The Old Schoolhouse® Making the Decision

Deciding to homeschool is a big deal for your family—but you don’t have to do it alone! There are many things to consider before you can confidently say you are keeping your children home. The Old Schoolhouse® family understands how big this choice is and has gathered some homeschooling help and resources for you to make an informed decision. 

Here are the topics we will cover on Day 1 of the How to Start Homeschooling with The Old Schoolhouse® event on August 8, beginning at 1:00 p.m. ET:

  • Session 1: Exploring the Reasons Why We Homeschool 
  • Session 2: Weighing the Pros and Cons 
  • Session 3: Believing God’s Purpose for Your Family
  • Session 4: Mythbusters: Homeschool Edition
  • Q&A
  • Giveaways

Meet Our Speakers for the Day

Kristin Stewart, Writer for The Canadian Schoolhouse  

Kristin is a former teacher who now homeschools her two daughters, ages 8 and 6. She has lived many places in Canada due to both her teaching and being an RCMP wife. She blogs at From Kristin and is passionate about helping mothers feel equipped to educate their children. She is a homeschool consultant for those who are just starting out or struggling to choose a curriculum. She loves reading and traveling and actively posts on her Instagram.

Heather Vogler, Affiliate Manager 

Heather Vogler, her husband, and five children call the Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia home where they homeschool and homestead. Heather has homeschooled her children from the beginning and enjoys an eclectic style of teaching. As a freelance writer she has been published in Focus on the Family Magazine, War Cry Magazine, and Brio Magazine. Heather holds a BA in Christian Ministries and currently works at The Old Schoolhouse® as the Affiliate Manager.

Barbori Streibl, Homeschooling with Heart Blog Manager

A homeschool graduate based in Alberta, Barbori Garnet is a writer, artist, musician, gardener, and author of Home at the Office: Working Remotely as a Way of Life. She has a BFA in Painting and Drawing and an MA Communications in Public Relations. Barbori began working on staff at The Old Schoolhouse® and The Canadian Schoolhouse in January 2021. Her other interests include reading, tennis, and enjoying cups of tea with family and friends. Her website is BarboriGarnet.com.

Stephanie Morrison, Canadian Team Manager

Stephanie, her husband and two boys are comfortably nestled in the trees in Ontario, Canada. She has educated her two youngest boys, ages 14 and 11, since birth. Pursuing her calling to help parents enjoy the responsibility of educating their children, she works for The Old Schoolhouse® in the Canadian division and in sales support helping to connect parents to the materials and programs that help them teach. She loves being a homebody, growing food indoors and out, and building up her permaculture property.

Carolyn VanGorkom, Director of SchoolhouseTeachers.com

Carolyn VanGorkom lives in Northern California with her family. Her husband, Dan, is a local worship pastor. Both of their children – homeschooled from 2006 – have now graduated from high school. Carolyn’s 16-year homeschool journey was preceded by a career as a credentialed math teacher and as a Christian school teacher of many subjects. She joined Schoolhouse Teachers as a curriculum specialist on the quality assurance team; she is now working with the editing team as well. Her other interests include singing on the worship team, writing historical novels (she has two published on Amazon), and blogging about history and current events. You can find her website at thenovelhistorian.com.

Christine Weller, SchoolhouseTeachers.com Marketing Team Manager

With a background in teaching in the public sector, Christine Weller made the decision early on that she would teach her children at home. She has been homeschooling her two boys, 10 and 6, since birth in the lovely province of Ontario, Canada. Through her Weller Mom blog, she writes to encourage moms in their journey of motherhood. She is also the author of two children’s books. She is currently working to support homeschoolers everywhere through the roles of Marketing Team Manager for SchoolhouseTeachers.com and Marketing Assistant for The Canadian Schoolhouse.

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Recent Show Notes

Episode 63: Myth Busters: Socialization and Isolation
How do you respond to questions about socialization? In Episode 63 of The Hey, Mama! Homeschool Show—“Myth Busters: Socialization and Isolation,” Stephanie provides a deeper view into our children’s socialization. Explore aspects of behaviors and customs worth learning, intentional protection, and meaningful outings. It’s not just about getting our kids around other kids to play!
Episode 62: How to Homeschool When Mom Is Sick and Tired
What happens in your homeschool when mom is sick and tired? Deborah Wuehler shares how she taught independence to her children, created checklists, and put together to-go bags to help her continue the homeschool routine during those times. Tune into Episode 62 of the Hey, Mama! Homeschool Show podcast—“How to Homeschool When Mom Is Sick and Tired” for practical tips and encouragement from Deborah.
Episode 61: Are Conventions Really Worth Attending?
Listen in as several homeschool state leaders share about the value of homeschool conventions in their states. Should you go to an in-person convention this year? Is online encouragement enough? In Episode 61 of The Hey, Mama! Homeschool Show—“Are Conventions Really Worth Attending?” Heather chats with Paul and Gena Suarez of The Old Schoolhouse®, Tauna Meyer of OCEANetwork, Anne Miller of HEAV, Kim Blom of Homeschool Iowa, and Rob Prigge of MACHE. These leaders are filled with a wealth of information that you need to hear!
Episode 60: What to Do with the Active, Wiggly Ones
How do we homeschool our active, wiggly ones successfully? In Episode 60 of The Hey, Mama! Homeschool Show—“What to Do with the Active, Wiggly Ones,” Christine dives into three effective options. Listen now to find out what they are and how to implement them into your daily homeschool routine.

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