Release Your Inner Teacher

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What did I say when given the opportunity to move to the jungles of Cambodia away from civilization surrounded by waterfalls, elephants, and hill tribe people.  “Yes!” But, one caveat, I would have to homeschool my 4 children.  To some of you elementary ed grads, thats a slice of pie but not me.  I am a nurse practitioner and love helping the sick, working, and sending kids to school.  Don’t get me wrong, I like my kids but each day sending them to school is a pleasure.  So I never pictured myself having the patience to be with my kids all day long.  I mean half of the time I have to play the most dreaded mother role: referee.  So a year ago with hesitation and fear, we moved.  I began homeschooling my kids.  With no supplies, I didn’t know where to begin.  Fortunately I found a wonderful website:  This is an already prepared and tried curriculum for homeschool that is free, yes free!  Its easy to use and all online including the books and did I mention it was free.  So I got started and I want to share with you the advantages I found in homeschooling this past year.

  1. Because of the structure and classroom setting, it really is manageable and playing referee happened a lot less than I had anticipated.
  2. I got to watch my kids: learn to read, learn algebra, memorize the times table and I felt pride that I had done it!
  3. When I didn’t know a topic, youtube, Khan academy, or google did!
  4. I got to learn American History with them! I didn’t value that education when I was young but this time around it was fun.
  5. They are smart.  They got smarter and did well on tests, they liked learning and didn’t dread it (much), and I got to assist them in learning at their pace instead of at a schools pace.
  6. It was much easier than I thought it would be.
  7. There is so much support on FB and online forums these days.
  8. My kids didn’t miss school much in fact they enjoyed the freedom.  WE even did school at a swimming pool, hotels, and even a waterfall one day.
  9. Although I feared their social well being, I found that their interactions with each other, with us, and with neighbors improved and their social needs were met.
  10. They got my one on one attention.  This freed me from the mommy guilt I had experienced before, and they became better kids because of the attention they got from me.

I know that homeschooling is not for everyone, but do consider these advantages when an opportunity comes for you to travel with kids!  Don’t let a school slow you down.

Share your comments here! Are you homeschooling or would you ever consider it?

4 Comments on “Release Your Inner Teacher

  1. Hi Ann!
    It’s Jamie Campbell, now Agee. I was in Cambodia with y’all in 2004 for 4 months. How have you been? Are you guys still in Cambodia?
    I’m writing because we will start homeschooling in the fall of 2017. I have twin 9 year olds and a 4 month old. I am excited about the new adventure of homeschooling although I too am afraid of all the stereotypes. What if they don’t get enough time with their peers socially, can a parent really teach their kids and are they qualified??? And on and on. But I truly feel called to do it. I’m definitely not the most experienced or organized but I’m praying that He’ll give me what I need at the right time. And then there’s the curriculum. There is so much out there. Which one is best? Will I need to get two different curriculums if one child learns differently? I think it will work out but I’m just so paranoid that I’ll do it wrong. I’m a nurse practitioner too, not a teacher. So education doesn’t come naturally.
    Hope all is well with you and your family!!


    • Yes! I remember you! I just looked at your pictures on FB. You have a beautiful family! Your newborn is precious. I would love to answer your questions about homeschooling. I will email you tomorrow morning. Blessings!


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