Jeanne Faulconer and her husband have homeschooled their sons for 18 years in three states, with the youngest now in high school and the older two through college and working. Jeanne conducts homeschool evaluations for annual evidence of progress in Virginia and writes for her own blog, EngagedHomeschooling.com as well as for TheHomeSchoolMom.com. She is a former editor of VaHomeschoolers Voice and Home Education Magazine, and has taught writing and public speaking at home, at homeschooling co-ops, community college, and university. Jeanne writes poetry, has been a public radio news writer and correspondent, and was a La Leche League leader for many years.
In 2015, Jeanne organized and hosted the first Virginia Homeschool High School Symposium, an interdisciplinary day where homeschooled teens share their interests through presentations and performances. She is a former board member of The Organization of Virginia Homeschoolers.
Are you stuck, when something clearly needs to change? Just when you think you’ve got it figured out, your homeschooling is not going to work the same way it has in the past. You add a baby, experience a job change or a household move, take on eldercare, or experience other new circumstances – and your best laid plans need to be re-thought. Even without outside changes, your children get older, learn differently from one another, or have goals and challenges you never anticipated.
An advantage to homeschooling is that it is not static – it can flex with your family. But it can’t flex well if you are stuck on one curriculum or a rigid vision of “how things are supposed to be” – or even if you just haven’t thought ahead about the realities of homeschooling a growing, changing family. And guess what? Homeschooling parents change, too – and homeschooling is part of what changes us. Join Jeanne for a discussion on the importance of creating and accepting a culture of growth and change in your homeschooling – and for a look at specific things you can intentionally change to adapt to specific homeschooling challenges or create a more effective family learning environment.