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Why Some Teachers Homeschool: Temporary Solution After Moving

Jennifer was a college English teacher and was happy with her job. When she had to move mid-year, she had to quit her job and could no longer afford preschool for her daughters. She planned to homeschool for a short time in between. That was 9 years ago! Read more about Jennifer’s story below.

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The teacher who moved mid-year

When the Air Force transferred us to another state unexpectedly, I had to leave my beloved job teaching college English. I had previously taught middle and high school English, and I loved the freedom of not having to deal with students’ parents!

I found myself uprooted from my home, pregnant with Victoria, with no job prospects, while my eldest, Elizabeth (who has an October birthday), couldn’t begin Kindergarten for another year – when she would be almost six! So we decided to try homeschooling. My husband’s ENTIRE family were public school teachers, as was I, so this was not a popular decision, but we couldn’t afford to put Liz in preschool anymore if I wasn’t working. I had never intended to be a stay-at-home-mom, much less a homeschooling mama. This was a drastic change.

I will tell you: God slammed every door – and window – and peephole – to guide me into homeschooling. He placed us in Texas, an amazing state for homeschool resources!

My husband and I grew up in a time when the only homeschool families we knew were rather strange, and we certainly didn’t want that stigma. I didn’t grow up in a Christian home so the Über fundamentalist homeschoolers I met didn’t appeal to me. Many homeschoolers I met those first few years helped me to set goals of what I didn’t want for my family. It was a whole new world, and I felt really prepared on the academic side since I had teacher training and a love for learning. But I was not prepared for the homemaking and parenting shift of being home all day, every day with two – and then three! – little girls. I fought God and my husband tooth and nail for my selfish needs. It was a difficult time for our family while God changed our hearts. It was a tough journey experimenting with curriculum choices, co-ops, and homeschool groups and finally gaining confidence in my teaching abilities and God’s direction for our homeschool.

What began as a one-year experiment simply because I was home with two young daughters turned into a never-look-back lifestyle. It’s been over nine years, and now we have four little lambs and have homeschooled in three states!

Jennifer of Royal Little Lambs is a former middle and high school English/Language Arts teacher for gifted, ESL and regular ed students, as well as a former college professor.  She now homeschools her 4 kids.

 

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Jennifer

Jennifer is a displaced Southern belle, thanks to the Air Force, but she wouldn't have it any other way. Amidst desperate attempts to balance her various roles as a wife, home educator, and writer…she seeks daily dumptruck loads of God’s grace. Her four little lambs, all of whom possess vastly different personalities, much to her chagrin, make her proud with their razor wit and scathing use of sarcasm. She and the children are quite obsessed with Doctor Who. Along with her husband, Aaron, she passionately educates about natural health. Jennifer shares her heart at her personal blog and her family’s homeschooling journey at Royal Little Lambs.

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