Our Homeschooling Journey and Updates

Instead of letting the topic of homeschooling overtake my health and nutrition blog, for those of you who are interested in reading more about our journey, or reading about the latest cool homeschooling stuff I come across, I have an idea…

I’ll keep this post updated with links to any new homeschooling updates (scroll down for those), but I may not always post them on the blog homepage like my other content.   (Although, I’m realizing that the homeschooling posts are usually pretty popular, so I may do that after all, we’ll see…)

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I’ll comment every time I add a new link here, and then you’ll get a notification that way via email.

I’ll post when I have something to share, but as you homeschoolers know, I’ll be even busier, so no promises on how often!

Homeschooling so far:

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  1. Merry Lynn Shepherd says

    I would love to get your homeschool updates. I have been loving your blog for a while now and am sooo excited that you are choosing this path. We have homeschooled our 4 girls for the last 20 some odd years using just about every imaginable curriulum and sometimes no curriculum at all. :) I graduated my last one literally just a few weeks ago. So if you have any questions for a long time veteran, I would be happy to try to help. :) Sooo excited for you on this new journey!!!!!!

  2. says

    Ooh ooh! me too! Me too! ;) My daughter will be 4 on Monday, so I am lucky enough to have started on the ground floor a few months ago (i.e. less pressure for me). This was a very unexpected route for us too, and I’m still gathering all of the info I can like a madwoman. I would love to read about your homeschooling adventures!

    I have found Free Homeschool Deals to be a good resource to get a feel for how we will be running things and what Katie responds best to. I know the first year out of school is a bit of a restructuring year, so maybe this could be one of the resources that helps you diversify without breaking the bank. http://www.freehomeschooldeals.com/

  3. Jaime B says

    I want your updates! We’re on our second year homeschooling, but what I consider our first “real” year as we mostly played for Kindergarten :)

  4. Marilyn says

    Please sign me up for your homeschool blogs! And don’t worry if you can’t write too much, we can’t read too much, we have to teach, too! But it is so nice to be connected with like minded homeschoolers! Maybe we can all plan a wonderful field trip!

  5. Janet says

    I’d love to get your updates. I have been praying for awhile now that the Lord would change my husband’s heart towards homeschooling, but it isn’t in His plan for us yet. Keep up the inspiring work!

  6. jessie says

    I’d love to get your updates. We are also homeschooling for the first time in the fall and can use all the help we can get!

  7. Holly says

    Congrats and welome to the Club! God will bless you for being obedient to “the nudge” of the Holy Spirit to follow Him. Forget the critics, because on Judgement Day it is you and your husband that will held accountable for your obedience or lack therof. My God will supply ALL your needs according to His riches and glory! Keep up the great work with your blog/business – it is really a blessing tome!

  8. becky says

    completely missed the original announcement (we’ve been quite busy lately), but welcome to the club! i kind of always figured you’d join it at some point. ;)

  9. Jill says

    yes, please include me in on your homeschooling updates. Am considering doing this myself next year with my 2 kids. Thanks so much!!

  10. Jill says

    I would love to hear more from any single parents who homeschool as I am a single parent, working from home, who is considering homeschooling my 12 and 15 year-olds who both have expressed a desire to be homeschooled. Thanks.

  11. Janelle says

    I would love to get your updates, I have a soon to be pre-schooler and I want to get our homeschooling started soon.

  12. Rebecca In Michigan says

    I love reading what others have to say. Our family has been homeschooling for many years. We have two teen boys that are high school (9th and 11th). Then we have three other children that are elementary (4th, 3rd, and 1st).

  13. Candie says

    Please include me! We have a 7th grader and are contemplating and praying for clear direction on bringing her home for next year.

  14. Kelly S. says

    I’m starting up my second year of homeschooling this year, and I love learning from other generous moms like you!

  15. Robin R. says

    Good luck on your homeschooling journey. My two children are both (and have always been) homeschooled.

  16. Lydia says

    I would love to recieve updates on your home schooling journey. I am a home schooled student, starting my Senior year early so I can graduate before next goat kidding season.

  17. karen says

    I would love to read about your homeschool journey. I homeschool our 4 kids and love it! Glad you are excited to educate your kids at home.

  18. Eve says

    Sign me up too! I’d love to help my daughter homeschool her kids but I just can’t talk her into it and she has a degree in Montessori Education!

  19. Dina Siano says

    Please count me in! Homeschooling is awesome!. I pulled my kids out too. This will be our 5 year.

  20. says

    I would LOVE to receive your homeschooling updates! I am currently using a homeschool preschool curriculum with my 4-year-old son and would like to continue homeschooling him. Thanks!

  21. Maryjane says

    Add me to the list. Even though I’ve “graduated” as a homeschooling mom, I would love to continue to pray for you as you begin this awesome (and difficult) journey, since I feel that my prayers are a little bit responsible! ;)

  22. Maha says

    I would like to get your updates. This is our first year using homeschooling for our 9th Grader using FLVS.

  23. says

    You could also add a homeschool tab at the top of your site. You will have soooo much more to write about. Homeschooling and real foodies go hand in hand around here for sure. At a local homeschool day we had weekly real food demonstrations for the mom’s while the kids were in classes.

    Yes, I want your undates.

  24. Lori says

    I’d love to keep up, too. We’ve homeschooled for the past 8 years (since my oldest was in K; he’s going into 8th this year). I agree real foodies and homeschooling have a lot in common! We’ve used lots of things over the years, and just had our best year yet (in spite of adding more students than ever — 6 — as my five- and three-year-olds insisted on having lessons, too!).

  25. Therese says

    Sign me up, please! Home educating is a beautiful journey with all of life’s ups and downs, but filled with double-fold the blessings.

  26. Angela says

    I would like to hear updates, too. I have homeschooled for the past 6 years. I have children in 6th, 5th, 3rd, and 1st.

  27. Catherine says

    I would love to get your updates! We will be homescooling this fall too and I am so interested in hearing about your adventure. Like you have the many questions about curriculum and how homeschooling should look like in our family.

  28. says

    Kelly,

    How, how, how did I miss this monumental decision and those posts??? I’m heading back to read about your decision and I am soooo excited for you :).

    I homeschool a 5th grader, 10th grader, and 11th grader – yikes, seems impossible that they are growing up so quickly! This will be my 12th year homeschooling (only the children get older, right??). Every year has been a joy.

    I blog about random things but if you do searches in my search box or if I can help in ANY way let me know. For example, I just posted about some younger Montessori works but also about high school British Literature.

  29. says

    I’d love to hear your homeschool updates. We have decided to go that route with our twins. They are 4.5 and I’ve started doing pre-k work with them. I’m researching curriculum right now and it is overwhelming! I want a secular curriculum, which seems to be a bit harder to find.

    • KitchenKop says

      Hi Amanda,

      I can’t remember where you live, but Ann Marie (Cheeseslave) is in L.A. and has some experience in finding secular materials, you might touch base with her. :)

      Kelly

  30. Tamara says

    I think that is wonderful! I do not homeschool, but have chosen a small Montessori school for my daughter’s education (it goes through 8th grade). What I love best about the middle school program, is that it takes place on a farm! Farming is incorporated into the curriculum (and this is in a Chicago suburb, not middle of farmland!). I choose to do this for many of the same reasons you are choosing to homeschool. I was a public school teacher for years and have no desire to go back to teaching there. That system is broken and I do not want my child to be a part of it. I always frowned upon homeschooling when I was teaching, but now that I have a child, am no longer teaching, etc., I absolutely see the value of it for some families. If I lived somewhere where I did not like the alternative school choices, I would probably homeschool too! Good luck! I am sure it will be a great success! Your children will come around. When they finish school at 11 am and can play and have no homework, I am sure they will enjoy it!

  31. Lori says

    I’m a veteran homeschooling mom who’s kids have flown the coop, but I my interest in homeschool has not waned. Would love to read about your inquiries, your revelations, your excitement over new things discovered, and your full realization of how awesome and freeing homeschooling is.
    Looking forward to following your journey! :)

  32. Erin says

    We just had our first baby but have already decided to try homeschooling when we get to that point. It will probably take me the whole time to figure out what to start with, and your posts will sure help. Thanks for including your readers!

  33. Kimberly says

    You say “IF”….don’t doubt God just because your kids aren’t on board. They may NEVER be. But you are the parent and are accountable before
    God for them, so be the parent and lead…even when it hurts, because it will. I spent some time doubting God, not realizing it was doubt until much later. I would think, ” I know God CAN, but WILL He?.”
    I am so happy to hear of another homeschooling family in this world. It will be one of the greatest things for all of you. It will be hard, you will probably shed some tears and be frustrated, but it is worth it–for everyone.
    What a journey you are getting ready to go on! God is definitely moving in your lives.

  34. Michele says

    I would love to stay updated on this. We are not there yet, but I really want to do this at some point if God leads us there:)

  35. Nina says

    I would love to get your homeschooling updates! We are starting our journey this school year as well for our 4 children because we have been called to do so. I think I am going to use Seton because it is good solid curriculum and I am afraid to piece my own together for my first year.

  36. Kerstin says

    I too am homeschooling – it’s our third year, and he’s going into 8th grade – I would love to hear how it’s going for you, as we contemplate this year how to do the high school part after this year..

    Thanks, and good luck – you’ll love it…

    Kerstin:-)

  37. Kerstin says

    I too am homeschooling – it’s our third year, and he’s going into 8th grade – I would love to hear how it’s going for you, as we contemplate this year how to do the high school part after this year..

    Thanks, and good luck – you’ll love it…

    And yes, I would love to get your updates please.

    Kerstin:-)

  38. Amanda Iden Howell says

    I’d love to hear your updates. I have a 2.5 year old and a 19 month old and I’m a teacher. Homeschooling for my children has crossed my mind more than once. I would really like to hear more about your experiences with it!

  39. KitchenKop says

    This is a test.

    I know I’m risking a flood of emails in my box, but it’s worth it to know this is working.

    If you get this comment as an email notification in your box, will you reply to it and just tell me so?

    THANKS!!!
    Kelly

  40. KatieB says

    Would love your homeschooling updates! We are in our 12th year of homeschooling and love it. Our son is entering 11th and our daughter graduated our homeschool in 2011. I distinctly remember when we got ‘the calling’ after our final horrific year of trying so hard to make the public school work. We pulled our daughter out by 3rd grade and our son never had to experience the dysfunction! I honestly had never heard of homeschooling until we moved to this small town and I thought it was the most ridiculous thing—-never thought in a million years God would be calling me to this. Our main curriculum has been Sonlight since 2005, which makes it really easy because everything is scheduled out already and the instructor guides are awesome. We are also gluten free natural foodies, use natural everything else in our home AND we are Catholic—-so I guess we are just weirdos all the way around ;). Good luck and enjoy the journey!

  41. says

    Hi all
    I’m a retired homeschool mom but really never quite gave up the lifestyle mentality. I’m a grand mother now and still love to learn and teach. There’s always more to learn and more to read about.
    Yup homeschooled five kids up to college …over 20 some years
    Whew even writing that makes me tired ha!
    Reading,writing arithmetic…. Basics…can they read,can they write,and do math….and think for themselves .
    To this day they will offer me a pat on the back and say Thanks Mom!
    So enjoy the adventure it will greatly mature you!

  42. says

    I’d love to be updated on your homeschooling adventure! I’ll be starting mine in about a year and a half and I can’t wait!

  43. Lori McPeck says

    I just graduated my first of 3 after a lifetime of learning at home. Wow! It’s even hard for me to believe we’ve come this far! But it’s been a great adventure, and I wish the same for you! Keep me posted!

  44. KitchenKop says

    Trying that again because I didn’t do the links right (sorry)…

    Hey all,

    There are a few new homeschooling posts listed above, and here’s the latest:

    We’re off on our new adventure! (My plan for getting it all done.)

    Here are the others I forgot to leave a comment about:

    My 2 biggest parenting regrets
    My world is rocked – I need your thoughts on homeschooling and on giving kids free reign on screen time
    Needed: your back to school advice for homeschoolers *and* regular schoolers

    Kelly

  45. Ericka says

    Congratulations on deciding to homeschool! I took the leap of faith and started homeschooling my 9 yr old this year. I would love to receive future posts about your homeschool experience.

  46. rebecca de broglie vannicelli says

    Kelly, you are amazing!
    It’s been a while but I knew there was a reason I needed to check your website today!
    I have been desiring for years to homeschool my boys but had been falsly informed that in Italy it is illegal, and after having changed schools 2 times in one year I have to accept that there is no public institution out there that can adhere to all of my requisites.
    Please consider me signed up for your posts!
    God bless, Rebecca

  47. KitchenKop says

    Hi everyone!

    Just wanted to let you know that I’ve added a little bit of an update on how things are going in today’s post: http://kellythekitchenkop.com/2012/12/what-i-wish-i-had-more-time-for-and-a-little-homeschooling-update.html

    OH, and I just realized I forgot to comment here when I last updated a few weeks ago with this post (sorry): http://kellythekitchenkop.com/2012/11/homeschooling-the-good-the-bad-and-one-very-ugly-day.html

    Merry Christmas all!

    Kel

  48. cindy jones says

    I am preschool play schooling right now My oldest will be 4 in feb I will be so happy to read about your journey now all I have to do is go back and read all your previous posts since i’m late to the party

  49. Kerstin says

    Trying again – would love to continue getting homeschool emails to see how your adventures in homeschooling go…I believe checking below on the “Notify me of followup comments” is the right box to check?

  50. rebecca de broglie vannicelli says

    I’m really frightened that I will not be capable of doing this (I would have to teach my boys in english AND italian as we are living in Italy and enrolled in the public school system here).
    I have about two and a half more weeks to decide ( the deadline is Lent, ironically!), home schooling is extremely rare, teachers and civil servants are extremly hostile to the idea . . . another fear is becoming isolated and causing my children to feel isolated.
    God has answered my prayer of finding a few other mothers who are either homeschooiling or would like to homeschool, but our concern remains the exams that our children would have to undergo at the end of each year. Are you forced to do this in the U.S. as well?
    Rebecca

    • KitchenKop says

      We don’t have to take end-of-year exams in Michigan, but I’m not sure about other states.

      If you’re in touch with others who homeschool, it seems like they’d be a huge resource to you, as far as what would be on the exams, finding other friends to socialize with, etc.

      I’ll pray that you’re led to all you need so you can make the best decision for your family, keep us posted! :)

      Kelly

  51. Kelly B. says

    Love your blog! Curiously enough, through it, I feel like God is leading me to homeschool! When you announced it last year, I was so curious about it, even though I have always been the mom that thought homeschooling was crazy! Fast forward to now & it’s something my family is praying about & seriously considering for next year! Thanks for all of the info!

    Please add me to your list!

  52. says

    Dear HomeSchoolers:

    I’ve been suppressing a question about homeschooling. Here it is: Is homeschooling an activity that adversely profiles one? As more likely to be vaccine-resistant? to wind up on a no-fly list? Or anything like that?

    Forgive me if this has been mentioned already (eyes too tired for one more search) but I’ve been subscribed to this thread & have not seen any such comment.

    Speaking as someone who has achieved 70 years, this question of the Great Dumbing Down in Murka is an anguish. Most people over 65 are on 5.5 prescription medications. This is astonishing … and to my mind directly correlates with school system trends. My graduating generation of 1960 were the last generataion of high SATs, until they curved the averages again.

    I believe another indicator of growing ignorance is that elders who are medication free are anomalies … even sort of exposed or at least demographically visible. So I feel drawn to support any counter-influence toward an “informed public”. Rather than at life’s end be at the mercy of a robot-mob.

    On the other hand, for my personal self, I’m grateful beyond words that I was able in childhood to escape my parents for at least 5 days out of 7. Our home atmosphere was already academically over-rich. For us the risk was the non-educational forms of neglect. Offspring of The Greatest Generation, so mobile in post-ww2 US and Europe (for different reasons) that the family shifted to contain only 2 generations, not 3 –definitely a risk factor for the youngest. Child-rearing was of necessity outsourced to medical/educational system; our parents were catching up for a decade lost to Depression & War.

    Well ooops I ramble.
    & the prospects of growing old among an ill-educated generation of “caretakers” who are taught to patronize and “manage” their clients in Eldercare … because they are so medicated. So Alzheimer-ish. What’s to respect? Makes a huge difference in late-life planning. An insured facility for “assisted living” is bound to mandate prescriptions as part of administrative efficiency.

    Well ooops I ramble again.
    Best wishes,
    mgw

  53. Lisa C. says

    Hi Kelly,

    I would love to be included on your homeschool updates. I just found your blog today after listening to your talk on the Healthy Living Summit. I love your blog; it is a wealth of knowledge on real food AND it includes a homeschooling section. It doesn’t get much better. :-) I pray that your work will continue to be blessed!

  54. Val Kuphaldt says

    Hi Kelly,

    I don’t know if you’ve heard of this yet, or if anything has been posted yet on your blog, but I wanted to share this with you. If you feel you want to share this to be able to get the message out to a large number of people, please do. I got an important message from a friend of mine, regarding a German family, the Romeikes, who homeschool their kids. The story is below. They have an upcoming court case to decide whether or not they will be deported back to Germany, where they’ll likely be in a lot of trouble and possibly have their kids taken away just because they decided to homeschool them…which is unlawful in Germany. The e-mail from my friend Candie follows. Here is a more direct link to read and sign the petition: (https://petitions.whitehouse.gov/petition/immediate-action-requested-romeikes—grant-permanent-legal-status-persecuted-german-homeschool-family/). People who sign must create an account first.

    Thanks Kelly!

    Hi all:

    Please see letter below from a family from my church at SCBC (Spring Creek Bible Church):
    _______________________________________________-

    Dear SCBCers,
    The Romekes are friends of ours from Tennessee. They are a German family that fled Germay in 2008 after the police had forcefully taken their children to school, because the Romeikes wanted to educate their children at home. Thankfully, they were able to get their children back and come to Tennessee, where an immigration judge granted them political asylum.

    But the current administration has decided that it does not approve of what the judge decided, so there is a case called “Romeike V. Holder”. Attorney General Eric Holder, Head of the Department of Justice, has come out and said that forbidding homeschooling is not a violation of fundamental rights.

    This is a watershed case. If the administration ulimately wins, the Romeikes will likely be deported back to Germany, where there children could be taken away. But it the Romeikes win, a strong precedent for the right to homeschool will have been established at the federal level.

    Please sign the petition to help the Romeikes stay in the US so that SCBC’s babies will have the same liberties their siblings and parents had–to be raised in the fear and admonition of the Lord in peace.

    http://hslda.og/legal/cases/romeike.asp

    Even if you have already signed, please tell others about it–we still need many signatures.

    Faithfully yours in Him,

    The Ramseys

    _______________________________
    Note from Candie: I am sure that the Romeikes don’t want their kids in a govt run school in Germany where they are being taught lies and things that go against the Bible. If this can happen in Germany it can happen here too. So sad that the German govt would take away the parent’s right to make decisions about their children’s schooling. Just think about what our kids here in America are being taught by the public school system.
    I encourage you to sign the petition. I am not good about these things, but I am going to try.

    Please tell others. I think the petition requires 1 million signatures and they only have 600,000 so far and the deadline may be next week. I saw this family interviewed on Huckabee last night.

    Thank you!

    Love, candie

  55. Sarah says

    I have started homeschooling my 5 year old (and I have a 3 year old and a 1 year old at home as well). I have discovered that I need all the help I can get! I would love to hear from you about your experiences.

  56. says

    I’m a homeschooling mom and we love it! I’m glad your blog was sent to me. I’m a work at home mom also! I can’t imagine not spending each day with my child. It’s so nice to bond this way. Yes, some days I want to pull my hair out. But watching her learn is so amazing. Thanks!

  57. says

    Kelly, I’ve contemplated homeschooling for a couple years, but I just don’t have the guts! Our school has started free breakfast for the whole school under a USDA program for schools with a high percentage of free/reduced price lunch students. I want to fight fight fight the food in this program, but as a crazy wanna-be homesteading, real food, and Libertarian leaning mom, I’m kinda tired of fighting … Has the time come to forgo activism and concentrate on family preservation? My correspondence with our school on the food subject is the most recent blog post I’ve done if you’re curious how that went. All the other wierdo parents like me are already homeschooling or kids are in private schools, so finding out how other parents deal with the food at school issue has come out pretty empty :( thank you for your homeschool posts!

    • says

      Hi Lyndsey:

      You wrote “My correspondence with our school on the food subject is the most recent blog post I’ve done if you’re curious how that went.”

      I am curious, where is your most recent blog post please?
      Thank you.

        • KitchenKop says

          Lyndsey (and everyone),

          I have no idea why, but I’m not getting new comments to my inbox, so if I don’t respond to you, that’s why!

          As far as your question, I do believe plenty of parents who are ‘real food-minded’ are still in the system and trying to fight it the best they can. I’ll bet if you take the plunge and ask a few parents as you’re standing around on field trips or at school parties that you’ll be able to find them that way.

          Kelly

  58. Michele Hubbell says

    I’m considering homeschooling next school year. My husband recently changed jobs and will be traveling during the week and home weekends. In order for us to see him more, the kids and I have decided to homeschool and travel with him on occasion. We are looking for a curriculum that will travel well or an online program. Any suggestions? Thanks!

    • KitchenKop says

      Michele,

      My first thought was, “ALL of them travel well, that’s the beauty of homeschooling”, but maybe someone else can give you a more specific answer.

      Also, see the posts listed above that mention curriculum, that would probably give you a good starting point.

      What an exciting adventure for you and your family!

      Kelly

  59. Rebecca de Broglie Vannicelli says

    Carissimi, hello!
    I’m writing from Italy, and today in the Ambrosian rite (practiced in Milano and surrounding area) it is the first day of lent!
    Could anyone kindly give me feedback regarding the St. Thomas Aquinas Academy programme, as well as the Great Books programme? Is there another programme with a distinctly catholic imprint ( I was attracted to the early introduction of philosophy and latin in both programmes but we will need flexibility as we will also have to continue our Italian curriculum).
    Thank you, buona domenica, Rebecca

  60. Holly Longcore says

    Yes please! My husband and I were in a discussion one day. Our 3yo just couldn’t wait and started on her preschool curriculum all by herself. “I’m starting school!!” I guess so! Pre-preschool. :) I’m looking forward to your posts, Kelly.

  61. Patty Jaynes says

    I’ve been following your blog and, you know, you’ve had a very trying summer. Does Michigan have some kind of law that you have to start on a certain date? If not, stop stressing about it! We’ve had years that we got it all done, and years where we went through the next summer and still didn’t get it done. As part of the sandwich generation, we’ve started at the same time as the public schools and some years, not. Some years we’ve ended early and other years, not. It’s all good! Really! I just graduated my oldest and she starts college today. It will all come together.

    Many hugs and prayers your way, Kelly! :-)

    • KitchenKop says

      Hi Patty,

      I know you’re right! The problem is we have SO many kids in our neighborhood, which is great for our kids, but I just know that if we don’t get on it right away, we’ll start out with me feeling “behind”, and I don’t want to start that way. Yet, being stressed isn’t good either, I know! OK, I’ll just see how far I can get this week and go from there. Thank you for your sweet encouragement to chill out!! Big hugs back at you and thank you so much for the prayers, I really need them.

      Kel

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