Learning happens. That’s been my life’s philosophy, whether I’m just being mom, doing the actual homeschool thing, or living my own life.
When I first began my homeschool journey, I struggled with the idea that I had to be the teacher. My mom taught elementary school for decades. I knew all about lesson plans, objectives, and scope and sequence.
Try as I might, I just couldn’t wrap my mind around sitting at the dining room table with a stack of textbook. Especially not when there were trees to be climbed, good literature to be read, and hard questions to answer, like: What state of matter is lightening?”
I kept my collection of teacher resource books inherited from my mom but opened myself up to the idea that following my child’s lead is as good a guide as an arbitrary lesson plan that tells me we have to learn about the life cycle of the butterfly in kindergarten, but frogs have to wait until 2nd grade.
Even with both kids launched into adulthood (more or less) I continue to be a proponent of school choice – be it homeschooling, charter schools, or traditional brick and mortar schools. I recognize that meandering and natural learning can’t always happen in a formal classroom, but opportunities still abound for doing things just a wee bit differently.
In addition to homeschooling her kids into college, Alessa holds a Masters degree in Education from Johns Hopkins University. As the Director of Dynamic Educational Solutions LLC (doing business as Hand In Hand Homeschool and writing curriculum under the Everyday Learning imprint), Alessa works with families, schools, non-profits, businesses, and government agencies around the country in understanding the unique learning needs of specific children in order to develop individualized learning plans. Alessa speaks nationally on topics such as unschooling reading, conceptual curricular approaches to education, radical acceleration for gifted students, and teaching to the social-emotional needs of children.
You can also visit:
- Hand In Hand Homeschool, Alessa’s main website
- Curriculum-Reviews.com, a database with over 700 curricular options you can use at home
- Or, be in touch through email at alessa (dot) education (at) gmail (dot) com