I earned my degree in Bed

As in a Bachelors of Education silly, what were you thinking? I'm fairly certain I saw that title as a bumper sticker way back when in the Education faculty student's union office. Because I'm not sure how else I'd get an idea like that in my head *wink*.

What does this have to do with anything? Well, for the first time in 10 years I'm actually using those 3 little letters behind my name. Mothering, homemaking and even homeschooling do not require a Bachelors degree. Nothing I've done in the years since graduating would warrant attaching those letters behind my name. And perhaps it still isn't warranted but I figure I earned those letters (with distinction for high grades) and I'd like to show them, at least once every 20 years or so.

Brienne is cleverly covering our phone number since I don't really want to post that here!

I'm giving a talk on homeschooling at our local library next week - out of necessity really. You see one morning a week the kids and I go to the library and because we're there when other kids are in school it's obvious we're homeschooling. That, and we borrow an embarrassing number of books each week (homeschoolers are notoriously heavy library "users"). Anyway, I kept having moms of young children come up to us during our weekly visits and asking questions about homeschooling - how to do it, what the state requires, how to teach kids to read, is there a local support group... Many had serious misgivings about sending their little ones to school and have heard of homeschooling but had no idea where to start. This happened for several weeks so that our library time was spent answering their questions. I thought it would be better to address a large group once instead of individual moms each week, while my kids are needing my help to find books on pyrography, princesses and medieval fantasy stories.

So, I hatched the plan for a homeschool information session (free of course) in the New Year. And here we are, it's the New Year and I'm putting up posters and calling those moms who were asking me questions last fall. I'm certain most of you don't live close to me. I've checked my Google Analytics and I'm amazed that people from 50 different countries have visited here at FIMBY, no doubt lots of spammers. BUT, just maybe you do live close and just maybe you're interested in homeschooling. Contact me or leave a comment and I'll e-mail the time and date information.

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  • Shawna

    Shawna on Jan. 15, 2009, 6:34 a.m.

    Ah, how I wish I lived near by. It's awesome of you to be giving a seminar like this, and I hope someone is there to guide me through home/unschooling when Bella is old enough to not go to school.

    By the way, I got the soap, oooh how I can't wait to try it!!! Thanks again for brightening my day :O)


  • Dawna

    Dawna on Jan. 15, 2009, 1:06 p.m.

    I am SO SUPER proud of you! Go get em Renee!! Are you nervous at all? You would certainly have no reason to be. You are a wealth of wisdom.


    • renee

      renee on Jan. 15, 2009, 1:54 p.m.

      nervous, heck no! Once I get my outline nailed down this weekend I'll be all set. Talking about homeschooling is second nature to me, and talking to a group of people doesn't freak me out. I'm excited to share this with people, to encourage them that homeschooling is very doable for the average family and that it doesn't have to be all about workbooks and academic work - I think that idea scares a lot of people. They think - I could never do that. Ha! neither could I!


  • Naomi Kilbreth

    Naomi Kilbreth on Jan. 20, 2009, 2:13 a.m.

    "(homeschoolers are notoriously heavy library "users")" Haha that is SO funny! Brings back memories of going to our local library as kids and bringing home a laundry basket full of books! My mom kept a list of all the books we borrowed, that she would faithfully record everytime we got home, because otherwise we'd end up forgetting countless books at home on our return trip. And yes, we were homeschooled! ;0)


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