Please introduce yourself and your family to us and also tell us what country and/or state you are from.
My name is Juliette, and my husband is Victor. We have five kids. Twins age 11, John and Joshua. Jeffrey age 10, Sarah age 4, and Christina age 18 months. We live in Arizona, in the valley. We love to swim, get outdoors, and to read.
How long have you been homeschooling?
We’ve been homeschooling since the boys started learning more formally, whenever that was! Haha! Probably about seven or eight years, more or less. Unless you want to count just learning from life, then it would 11 1/2 years. 😊
Why did you decide to homeschool?
I grew up homeschooled and I didn’t want to expose my children to the philosophies and peer pressures of public schools, and I knew it was the best thing for my kids. My mom taught my brother and sister and me. I had friends who went to church school and public school, and I saw the difference between our lives and theirs, and the attitudes they brought home with them. Even now, I see the difference between my kids’ attitudes and the attitudes of the kids they play with both at church and around the neighborhood.
What style of homeschooling does your family follow?
We don’t really follow any particular curriculum, so it’s very relaxed.
Do you have a philosophy about homeschooling?
It must prepare them not only for life here on earth but also for heaven!
What kinds of tools, resources, or curriculums do you use to homeschool, and why?
We have a few workbooks that I picked up at Walmart and Costco for math and basic writing/English/spelling, and then we read some books for different subjects, and life experiences are the rest. Most of my books have come from the library, and more recently I have been getting some really great ones from my business as an Usborne consultant.
Are you the primary “teacher,” or does your spouse or other family members participate with homeschooling?
I primarily teach since Victor is gone trucking all week, though he helps some with life lessons when he is home on Sabbath.
What does a typical homeschooling day look like in your home?
We start out with chores (getting dressed making the bed, personal devotions) and worship; then after breakfast we try to have time for workbooks, and then do some music practice, reading, Bible study, and hands-on learning. Then, if it’s hot, we go swimming, or like right now, colder, we go for a walk. Then we fix lunch and while that is cooking, the kids like to watch science programs on Netflix or YouTube. After lunch about 3 p.m. comes cleanup, chores, and laundry. By that time the neighbor kids are home from school, so they go play for awhile. Then, if we didn’t go earlier we sometimes go swimming. After that, we just do some quick pickup in the living room, before having reading time (me reading to them) and worship.
I should add that the typical day is what we strive for, what I want to see happen. We don’t always hit the mark. Always working toward that, though, and on good days we do make it through.
What do you love the most about homeschooling, and what do you dislike the most?
I love that we can study books or just learn from hands on, and they don’t have to be forced to sit still for hours. We can change things up if it’s not going so well. Also, it’s cheap!