Think you have to be an “expert” to offer great homeschooling advice? If so, you need to meet Courtney Brasfield! She’s a Hip Homeschool Moms group member, a fellow traveler with Hip Homeschool Road Trips, mom of multiples, and homeschooling mom who loves the freedom of homeschooling. She talks about reasons to consider homeschooling,
If you’re a new homeschooling mom or are considering trying it, Courtney’s words of wisdom will leave you ready to tackle the challenge. If you’re an old pro, you’ll love her fresh perspective and you’ll definitely want to share this podcast with new homeschoolers who can benefit from her knowledge and thoughtful consideration of what is important in a homeschool.
In this podcast, you’ll hear about Courtney’s background as a school teacher and why it led her to homeschool. She discusses her views on indoctrination in the public school system. She talks about her desire for her children to learn critical thinking skills and research skills and how she is teaching those skills to her own children at a young age. She gives her thoughts on topics ranging all the way from teaching life skills to learning not to be embarrassed when you need to ask for help.
Courtney and Trish share stories about learning topics that they didn’t grasp in school, why it’s ok to NOT be an expert in your homeschool, and what to do if you notice a gap in your child’s learning. They talk about why it’s ok to make mistakes and what to do about it when you have. You’ll laugh as you hear stories about “homeschool mom fails” and why it’s so important to give yourself grace and then carry on! You’ll even learn what a PBL is and why you might like to try one. If you want to feel like you’ve just had an interesting and encouraging conversation with an old friend (and trust me, you will!) you will love this podcast!
Meet The Guess
Courtney D Brasfield was called to be a teacher at the age of 5. For this reason, she chose to attend Dallas Baptist University where she received her BS in Interdisciplinary Elementary Education carrying a History concentration and an Early Childhood Endorsement.
She spent 15 years servicing God in the mission field of education. She says that teaching in low socioeconomic schools was her biggest challenge and greatest reward of her career.
Seven years ago, Courtney gave birth to triplets. She left education to stay home and educate them. Recently she went back to school to earn certification for holistic nutrition work. Her focus remains on young children and her goal is to help families lay a foundation for longevity and health.
Show notes are below.
This episode is sponsored by Apologia. We are HUGE fans of Apologia and we both have used this curriculum throughout our homeschool journeys. This series is literally our favorite science series offered in the homeschool arena. We encourage you to spend a few minutes visiting their site to see why. Or visit our website to see the many articles we have written about it.
Quotes from Courtney Brasfield
Freedom. That’s what I was looking for [in homeschooling] my kids. The freedom to be able to give them the time they needed to develop at their own pace.
Being home with my kids, I’m able to tailor their education to what they need at their speed.
I have the freedom to teach them the truth. The freedom to teach them to think.
As somebody who spent 15 years in the public education school system, it’s an indoctrination system. I didn’t want that for my kids.
I want my kids to be able to think and stand on their own two feet and not have somebody else tell them something what they have to regurgitate.
I want them to be able to play and to move and to go outside and get sunshine. To converse with one another and other people.
When you talk about government issues…taking pieces of history, changing things just a little bit…to be able to write this narrative that kids are being taught. When you can do that to an elementary school child who is impressionable and doesn’t know the truth and doesn’t know how to dig for the truth yet, they are going to believe that. It becomes something that they absorb into their person. By the time they are in junior high and then high school and then they leave to go out into the world they don’t know any different because it’s what they’ve been taught all along.
We have a lot of well-meaning, moralistic teachers in our community but still, they have to do the things they are told to do or they’ll lose their jobs.
One of my big things is travel. When kids get to go and do and see and experience they are going to remember things better and they learn it at a deeper level.
I love the saying “I’m not a sage from the stage, but a guide by your side.”
We don’t have to feel like we know it all.
We all mess up. We all make mistakes, it’s part of learning.
We teach our children that you have to make a mistake to be able to learn; the same is true for us.
Children are resilient. They’re going to bounce back from our mistakes.
You’re going to make mistakes. It’s ok. They’re still going to turn out just fine.
Keep getting up and doing it. If you have to adjust mid course, then do it! That’s the freedom of homeschooling.
If something is not working, let it go and find something else!
Trish is the owner of Hip Homeschool Moms. She also owns Weird, Unsocialized Homeschoolers, Homeschool Travel Adventures, Only Passionate Curiosity and Love These Recipes! She has been married to her best friend, David, for 25 years and they have three sons (ages 23, 22 and 18). Trish is from the coast of North Carolina, but they now live in rural West Tennessee on a 40+ acre farm. She has been homeschooling since 2009 and her homeschool style leans towards a Montessori approach with a heavy emphasis on hands-on learning. Trish’s family is Messianic and they love studying the Scriptures, learning Hebrew and growing in their faith and walk daily. In her spare time, Trish loves to travel, write, work in their garden and can regularly be found trying to learn something new, modeling that learning is indeed a life-long endeavor!
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