Homeschool and Positive Influences
Who Has Left a Positive Influence in Your Homeschool Journey?
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Our first year of homeschooling my husband and I attended the IAHE Homeschool Convention in Indianapolis, Indiana. Dr. Jay Wile was one of the speakers. I must admit I do not remember all of what he said. However, I do remember he made a quite an impression. People do not impress my husband easily. Nevertheless, the professor did.There are people who come into our lives, leave a positive influence, and are unaware they have done so. Dr. Jay Wile has done that for my husband and me.
Dr. Wile told his story of how he came about to write his Exploring Creation series of science books. You can learn more about his story in his interview with Christine Field at The Old Schoolhouse Magazine. In part, Dr. Wile shared how he came to learn about homeschooling, how impressed he was with those first homeschooled students he encountered, and the need for quality science curriculum in the home setting. Here is a professor who cared enough about those who home educate their children and fulfilled a great need. I know I appreciate what he has done. Do you?
My husband and I left the convention convinced Dr. Jay Wile’s science curriculum was what we wanted for our children. During the elementary years, we used Jeannie Fulbright’s Exploring Creation series in preparation for Dr. Wile’s curriculum. When both of my husband’s and my children entered the 7th grade, they discovered how more involved their science was going to become. Now, our son did not leap with joy (sigh) but he has adjusted well. While our daughter is learning how to make the adjustment in the workload, she looks forward to the experiments.
Our son dislikes science experiments so much he tried to convince me we did not have the materials needed to complete the experiment. Hah, I fixed that in a hurry. He now has a box with all the equipment to do the experiments. We have a very nice microscope for him to use for Biology. He does not care. I so look forward to the dissection portion of the course (I am a nurse.) Our son thinks I am crazy.
Our daughter loves science experiments. She longs for the day when she can take chemistry. I do not. It is not because I do not like chemistry, or because the material itself is difficult, it is because she scares me! Our daughter loves to mix chemicals to see what will happen. She does not care if there are chemicals that do not mix well. I have visions of explosions and holes in the ceiling. Yes, I know she needs supervision. However, you need to know our daughter to understand. If you have “one of those children,” you know exactly what I mean.
No matter what our children may think about science, my husband and I know they are learning from a quality science curriculum. The college-prep material continues to impress my husband. My daughter thinks it is pretty cool that Dr. Wile is my Facebook friend. Our son, well let us say he prefers my husband and I did not attend the homeschool convention. For me, thanks Dr. Wile. Forgive me for not letting you know sooner how much of a positive influence you have made in our homeschool. Also, thanks for following my blog.
As a Homeschool Consultant, I am always looking for ways to help other homeschool moms. Do you have a question or topic you would like for me to write about in my upcoming blog posts? If so, please let me know. I will be happy to add it to my list.