SR 825: Little by Little: Homeschool Transformation Part 1

“We get to guide our kids. We get to discover alongside them what are their gifts, talents, and abilities.” ~ Leigh Nguyen

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Yvette Hampton chats with Leigh Nguyen, a homeschooling mom of three with a wealth of experience and encouragement to share. Leigh delves into her family’s journey from public schooling to homeschooling, outlining the challenges and triumphs along the way. The conversation covers essential topics like character building, habits, and creating a long-range vision for your homeschool, offering practical advice and heartfelt insights. Leigh also discusses finding your family’s unique culture and how to tailor your homeschooling approach to fit it. Tune in for an inspiring and informative discussion that promises to empower and uplift homeschooling families everywhere. Don’t miss out on this delightful conversation!

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Discussion Questions:

1. **Transitioning to Homeschooling:**

– What were some of the emotions and challenges Leigh Nguyen and her family faced when transitioning from public school to homeschooling?

2. **Educational Philosophy:**

– Leigh mentioned initially believing that education had to look like traditional school. How did her perspective on education evolve over time?

3. **Homeschool Values:**

– Leigh emphasized the importance of character building and habits. Why do you think these aspects are as important, if not more so, than academic pusuits in a homeschool setting?

4. **Long-Range Vision Planning:**

– Leigh talks about reverse engineering to plan for her children’s education. What are some strategies you can use to envision and plan the long-term goals for your child’s homeschooling journey?

5. **Customized Education:**

– What does the idea of tailoring education to your family’s unique culture and each child’s individual needs look like in practice?

6. **Community and Support:**

– Leigh didn’t have a homeschool support network when she started. How important is a community or support network for homeschooling parents today?

7. **Family Culture in Homeschooling:**

– How did Leigh’s realization about her family’s unique culture (e.g., not being into poetry or sports) influence her homeschooling approach?

8. **Resource Utilization:**

– Leigh mentioned using various resources for character building, including Bible studies and Adventures in Odyssey. What resources have you found beneficial for instilling character and faith in your children?

9. **Teaching Habits:**

– Considering the challenge of teaching good habits and daily routines to children, what practical methods have you employed to instill these in your kids?

10. **Quality Time:**

– How do you balance the rigorous demands of academic education with ensuring quality family time and relationship-building during the homeschooling years?

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