HOME SCHOOL JOURNEYS

Are you looking for inspiration, encouragement, or community?  You’ll find it here.
Families are making the choice to home school every day -- families just like yours, and many who are on a very different journey.
Check this page often to read about our featured families, who, in addition to teaching their children, are experiencing transitions through illness; caring for aging parents; teaching special needs or adopted children; or raising teens or multiples. You’ll read about single parents and working parents -- some who still manage their home schools well, and some who are simply trying to deal with the day-to-day stresses or challenges of home schooling.

We're certain their stories will have an unexpected influence or impact on how you home school, and also give you some great ideas to help shape your own home school journey.

Do you have a story to share? 
The Hall Family

Until four years after my son was born, I couldn’t fathom homeschooling. “What is this strange thing you speak of?” I asked a friend who brought this crazy notion to me. Now, ten years along this life-changing journey, I can’t fathom not homeschooling. It isn’t because I have it all together, that we have a money tree in the back yard, or because the kiddos shower me with school morning kisses; it is quite the contrary. The longer I teach, train, mold, and model, the more God displays just how much more of Him I need. He disciplines me in my shortcomings. The finances don’t always look pretty, but God has always supplied all of our needs according to His riches —not ours. And my sweet blessings don’t always wake up with smiles on their faces and pencils in their hands eagerly awaiting today’s lessons, but the joy from seeing an “aha” moment spring forth after a long day’s math cry or the park playdates in the middle of the warm days make this tough yet gratifying journey worthwhile.

Most importantly, seeing my gifts from God creatively thinking with the mind of Christ is paramount.  God created us in His image. That means we have the power and authority to gain wealth, have health, and speak life.

Through my children’s entrepreneurship, I have seen God in a more vivid light. Whether it’s my son’s butter making, my middle daughter’s ice cream sandwich creating, or my youngest’s brownie baking endeavors—God continues to display that through Him, and the opportunities are limitless. Due to seeing God’s creativeness through my kids, I have taken the leap of faith in making homemade natural dog treats. Homeschooling is not just about the books, it’s about the enlightenment of who God is and who we are in Him. I, along with the kids, have learned both daily and eternal life lessons. I can’t imagine not homeschooling. 

- Antionette Hall
The Mastroianni Family
Homeschool has been a wonderful gift given to us. God always gives his best, and that includes our children! Homeschooling for our family was not just an educational choice, we believe it is also a calling. I am learning to surrender my own thoughts, desires, and plans each day, and renew or keep my mind focused on His plans for my day, each moment. There is no magic formula, but our family believes God will be faithful to get you from the start of your homeschool journey to the other side, whether that’s completing middle school, or graduation. I can tell you teaching your children will be the hardest, and yet the best thing you will ever do.    

During my life, there have been many seasons -- some busy and full, some quiet and still, some dry and lonely -- and it's been the same way with our homeschool. The Lord knows what is best for each of our families and He gently leads. 

- Michelle Mastroianni
The Rouse Family
I have always loved science and math. My husband and I both attended North Carolina State University. He majored in software engineering and I in accounting. We are a tech family, and usually have a phone, tablet, or computer nearby to research something.

We are a unique homeschool family for several reasons, but the main reasons are our family size and technology focus. My husband and I have a six-year-old and three-year-old triplets. We embrace technology and science, and our kids learned to use iPads before they could speak or walk. We don't usually tell people that because they will assume our kids will never read or write, but that has not been the case. My oldest read by the age of three and my triplets are themselves close to learning to read. Their handwriting is also age appropriate. For our home school, electronics have helped us introduce and teach concepts and subject matter. We build on that foundation every year by incorporating new technology into their lessons. Once we complete the lessons, we take field trips, which allow the kids to ask questions and experience their education in the “real world.”

We have not followed any set rules for home schooling, but rather, we have followed the child.
 
- Latoshia Rouse​