Interview – Jackie Bledsoe, Jr. Sheds Some Light on Homeschooling
Posted on July 24, 2013
Photo Credit: SFGate
If you remember sometime back, I did a guest post on Jackie’s blog about some of the reasons that my husband and I were considering homeschooling our children. Since then, we’ve been doing some more research on the subject and have decided to take the plunge. So I wanted to sit down with Jackie to ask some more of my own burning questions on the subject, in the hopes that others who have been considering it might get their questions answered as well.
Why did you and your wife decide to homeschool your children?
Jackie: We’ve always had an open mind when it comes to the best way to educate our kids and prepare them for life in general. We started with private school (at our church). We even considered Montesorri. When our second child was born (he is now 7), we made the choice for my wife to stay home with him. When she did, she connected with many stay-at-home moms, and got connected with other families who homeschooled. This made us take a serious look at homeschooling. My wife and some of the other moms with kids our son’s age then decided to try it out by starting their own community, even piecing together their own curriculum. We loved it, our son loved it and learned a lot, so we decided to keep going that route with him. Our daughter at the time was in our public school districts gifted and talented program. We then found Classical Conversations, a Classical Christian Community, started that the next year and we were sold. We really felt called to homeschooling. The following year we brought our daughter home and started our own Classical Conversations community. We believe this community confirmed the calling as it has become a sort of ministry for us.
How long have you been homeschooling?
Jackie: We started with our son in 2009. This was when my wife and her other mom friends started their own. We have homeschooling all of our school aged kids since 2011.
What research and preparation aided you in the transition to homechool?Jackie: Most of our research was networking with other families who were homeschooling, and a lot of prayer. We also researched our state laws, and began to read a few books about homeschooling and education. But honestly, we probably could have been better prepared. I realized, in hindsight, there were some things we should have done to start better. Knowing there were probably other families not sure how to start, I wrote a guide called “Homeschooling: 10 Action Items to Help You Start Right“.
What are the challenges you face?
Jackie: The biggest challenge is overcoming the fear and doubt that we were capable of educating our children. Once we overcame that, the challenges we face are no different than any other challenges in life. One thing to keep in mind is we, as parents, are learning right along with our kids in homeschooling. So, we’ll make mistakes, but those mistakes give us the opportunity to show our kids that mistakes are learning opportunities, and a chance to grow.How did your kids adjust initially, and how are they doing now?
Jackie: Our 7 year old has never known anything except homeschool, and is doing great. Our 12 year-old daughter went to private school through 1st grade, and we brought her home after completing the 5th grade. Her adjustment went real well. She felt like she was missing out on things while she was in public school because it seemed to her we were always doing something. Field trips, events, community days, etc. Academically she has done really well. She was a straight “A” student in her public school’s gifted and talented program, so when she came home I quickly learned I had to push her. In public school she wasn’t being pushed. She has responded well (https://jackiebledsoe.com/what-your-child-can-learn-by-homeschooling/), and as of right now, she is on pace to complete her high school credits for graduation at age 16. Both of them are avid readers, great problem solvers, and love learning. And our 3 year-old looks like he may be following suit as he learns from them.
What are your top 3 key pieces of advice that every family who is considering homeschooling needs to ask themselves?
Jackie: The guide I created will be a great resource for them to follow. I will say know why you want to homeschool. Get a library card and begin to read for yourself, and as a family. And finally talk to, read about, and learn from those who are doing it. There are so many myths about homeschooling that it is easy to be discouraged by those who just don’t know. Think about it like this: will you take marriage advice from someone single or divorced? Or would you take parenting advice from someone who has never had kids? Learn from those who have the experience.
What online resources do you recommend for support?
Jackie: I don’t have any “go to” sites for you, as I read a lot of blogs, articles, and other materials online. My wife subscribes to TheHomeschoolMagazine.com via their free app, and we get a lot of free resources and information from our Classical Conversations online community, in addition to the parent training they provide.
Anything else you’d like to share with other families considering homeschooling?
Jackie: I have been considering starting a homeschooling blog series dedicated to dispelling homeschooling myths and sharing info around the “buts” to homeschooling. Many families say, “I want to homeschool, but…” I’d like to ask other families the question, what is your “but?” What is preventing you from moving forward with homeschooling? My goal is to answer as many of these questions as possible in my homeschooling series.
Thank you so much Jackie for taking time out to share some words of wisdom (and encouragment) as it relates to homeschooling. I’m definitely one of those people who had been skeptical about it.
So what questions do you have about homeschooling? What is preventing you from moving forward with homeschooling?
Jackie Bledsoe, Jr.writes a Family Leadership blog at jackiebledsoe.com, which helps men grow in their most important roles. The roles of husband and father. He and his wife homeschool their three children, while serving as homeschooling directors and tutors for a community of 15+ homeschooling families. He is the creator of the series, “March DADness: Preparing Dads to Make a Championship Run in Fatherhood,” and the author of the book, “Lovers and Fighters: How to Love and Fight Your Way to a Better Marriage” (available soon).
is a FLY Mom Mentor & CEO of Moms ‘N Charge®. A happy wife to an amazing hubby of 11 years, and homeschooling mother of three, she teaches moms how to FLY (First Love Yourself). She uses her corporate background to work with women who are ready to start a new business, accelerate their career growth & design a life they love. She's on a mission to help moms to battle the mom guilt epidemic, so they can begin to put themselves first on their never-ending list of priorities. Sign up at MomsNCharge.com for her FREE E-book: 5 Simple Tips to Conquer Mompreneurship + the KILLER™ Strategy System to Accomplishing Your Goals!
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Watching her grow up into the smart, talented, confident and funny (with a side of shade 👀😆) young lady she is becoming is such an honor and a privilege. 💜
The last several weeks have been a lot. And I’m understanding that grief and joy can co-exist. Today is all joy, and I thank God for the blessing of this little lady in our lives. 🙏🏾 The greatest blessing hubby and I have are these young humans God entrusted us to raise. 💜
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I don’t know what “this” is for you. But I want to send some light your way & a reminder that whatever “this” is, you got it 👊🏾
Celebrating another year of life reminded me that “I got this.” 🙏🏾Learning new things, pushing through challenges, and aborting my comfort zone (even more) are the goals. 🎯
Thank you for all the birthday wishes 🤗
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𝗔 𝗴𝗼𝗼𝗱 𝗹𝗶𝗳𝗲 𝗶𝘀 𝘄𝗵𝗲𝗻 𝘆𝗼𝘂 𝗮𝘀𝘀𝘂𝗺𝗲 𝗻𝗼𝘁𝗵𝗶𝗻𝗴, 𝗱𝗼 𝗺𝗼𝗿𝗲, 𝗻𝗲𝗲𝗱 𝗹𝗲𝘀𝘀, 𝘀𝗺𝗶𝗹𝗲 𝗼𝗳𝘁𝗲𝗻, 𝗱𝗿𝗲𝗮𝗺 𝗯𝗶𝗴, 𝗹𝗮𝘂𝗴𝗵 𝗮 𝗹𝗼𝘁 & 𝗿𝗲𝗮𝗹𝗶𝘇𝗲 𝗵𝗼𝘄 𝗯𝗹𝗲𝘀𝘀𝗲𝗱 𝘆𝗼𝘂 𝗮𝗿𝗲. ~𝗨𝗻𝗸𝗻𝗼𝘄𝗻
Anytime I’m feeling overwhelmed or stressed I try to immediately shift into gratitude mode. It keeps things in perspective and reminds me that no matter what, God’s grace and blessings are always present. 🙏🏾
*𝗔𝗹𝗲𝘅𝗮: 𝗤𝘂𝗲 𝗦𝘂𝗻𝗱𝗮𝘆 𝗕𝗲𝘀𝘁 𝗯𝘆 𝗦𝘂𝗿𝗳𝗮𝗰𝗲𝘀* (I don’t even have an Alexa but if I did…😆)
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One of the many reasons I’m grateful for entrepreneurship is the fact that it allows me to support our children in ways I would’ve otherwise been restricted.
From Jan-March I was able to work on location as I traveled to every meet with @brielleflips & her team (MA, SC, NC, GA, PA).
Being able to expose our kids to as many opportunities and spaces where they can see themselves is imperative. So I’m honored to support and be on the Advisory Council for @browngirlsdogymnastics 🤸🏾♀️
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👂🏾 Confession: I used to hate the term “Supermom” because it felt like something unattainable.
It felt like I would always have to have it together or know what I’m doing. And let’s face it: that’s not always the case at ALL (but 🤫 don’t tell the kids)! Can you relate?
As my kids grow up, I grow with them. I don’t expect them to be perfect and I make sure they don’t expect me to be either.
🦹🏾♀️ Being a Supermom to me, means I’m able to juggle motherhood & business in a way that makes me feel good (without feeling guilty).
It means that I get to define what that looks like to me, and celebrate other moms doing it in their own way too. 🙌🏾
𝗠𝘆 𝗦𝘂𝗽𝗲𝗿𝗺𝗼𝗺 𝗽𝗼𝘄𝗲𝗿 𝗶𝘀: juggling like I’m a member of @universoulcircus 🤹🏾♀️😆 - I did an entire summit interview the other day from my car (didn’t look like it though lol) while @brielleflips was at practice. Then, while she was at a bday party, I was having dinner next door with some mom friends - margaritas anyone? 😆
What’s your Supermom power❓
Supermom jogger set: @supermomculture
P.S. While this is my favorite jogger set, I don’t understand why I am still wearing hoodies and sweatpants in April but I digress 🙄
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Random Friday selfies with the fam cause why not? The boys can’t be trusted to take a “real” pic on the first try. And my phone can’t be trusted around the girls 🤦🏾♀️ SWIPE ⬅️ #thatsmyfamily 💜 How are you spending Friday/weekend?
After not being able to play with his @upwardsports basketball league for 2 years, Jr came back for his last season and CRUSHED it! 🔥
His team went undefeated yesterday and won the championship game. Jr averaged 12 pts/game but scored his highest for the season with 20 pts. in this last game (final score: 56-37)! This boy was on 🔥🔥🔥 yesterday and we are so proud 😭🙌🏾 I challenged him to 16 pts and he knocked it out 💪🏾
His coaches surprised the team with championship medals (so it’s a good thing they won cause the first half was too close for my nerves 🤣). And I learned that this is just not a sport either myself or hubby can be trusted to record 🤦🏾♀️ We missed most cause we were so into it but got one of his 3 pointers 🏀 SWIPE ⬅️ Next up, @aaubasketball! #proudmommoment
Also, can’t believe he’s going into High School 🥺 This week will be all about finalizing his freshman year classes. And since we homeschool, he’s already got some HS credits on deck. ✅
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"If you can't fly, then run; can't run, walk; can't walk, crawl. Just keep moving forward." ~Dr. Martin Luther King.
I believe this quote has so much significance even today because even though so many before us fought for us, there is still so much work to be done. Even though there are so many things that try to knock us down, we have to continue to move forward. We have to continue to do the things that may not always be popular.
So many amazing quotes that continue to impact us for generations to come. Happy Birthday Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. 🖤
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✌🏾out 2021, 🥂 to 2022. No matter what challenges or obstacles may arise, grateful to always have these humans by my side. Wishing you all love, peace and blessings in this new year and beyond. 🖤
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