Hi! My name is Tina, and I am one of the Savvy Homeschool Moms. At the writing of this, I am 44 years old and live in the Central Valley, California with my husband, Adam, and my kids, Maeven (age 14) and Tyren (TEERen, age 9).
I am a very passionate person. I just don’t do things small. I tend to be an idea person…regularly coming up with new ideas for cool new things to do, then running with them! No, they don’t all pan out, but I find it’s fun just to dream and try new things! (This podcast was one of my big ideas that has panned out nicely!)
I have never been officially diagnosed, but I’m pretty sure I’m A.D.D., so I am excruciatingly distractable…walking into rooms and not remembering why I’m there is a regular occurrence for me! (OK, maybe that’s just being a mom…) I’m a Flylady dropout! Schedules just haven’t worked well for me…and this is a major hurdle to my homeschooling my children that I am constantly wrestling with. (And still working on!)
I have been homeschooling my children since the beginning, and at this point in time, don’t ever plan to put them in public or private school, though I do realize that life can change at any time. I talk about the specifics on why I decided to homeschool in our first podcast episode.
From 2006-2011, I homeschooled my kids using the private school affidavit option that California allows. At the beginning of the 2011/12 school year, however, I decided to try something new as struggling to maintain consistency in homeschooling on my own had gotten very frustrating. I signed my kids up to be part of a very flexible homeschool charter school program nearby, and I have been EXTREMELY happy with how this has worked. Apparently all I needed was that little bit of accountability (the only requirement at this program is that you must check in monthly with your education coordinator to show them what you have been doing with your kids for the past month, and turn in work samples) and now I’m able to stay better on task with my kids’ education. AND the school provides free enrichment classes, activities, and lots of great resources…so its just been win-win all around!
I would consider myself an eclectic homeschooler…I don’t really fit any particular label. We sort of unschooled for awhile, though I’ve never been a hardcore unschooler and now I’m even less of one…though I do mostly unschool science with my kids…I have a leaning towards a literature based education (a secular Charlotte Mason approach, as we are not religious homeschoolers), and do a lot of reading aloud of good literature to my children. We are somewhere smack in the middle of the continuum between unschooling and school-at-home, I think.
Homeschool Realm (My site about all things homeschooling. Also on Facebook & Twitter.)
Fresno Family (My local family resource site. Also on Facebook & Twitter.)
Tina’s Website Shop (My web business. Also on Facebook & Twitter.)
LinkedIn profile (To learn more about my background and experience)
Goodreads.com Page (To learn about what we’re reading.)
YouTube Channel (To see my favorite videos, and things I occasionally upload.)
Pinterest (To see projects I’m working on…I create boards to track them.)