Who Are We?
We’re two simple former homeschooling moms with a bit of knowledge and experience to share. We met here at The Homeschool Library when it was a discussion forum, and became fast friends. Now that the forum has closed we’ve decided to try our hand at blogging. We hope you find something helpful in what we have to share!
Writer and former Homeschooling Mom
My name is Susan Treat, but most of my online friends know me as SusanwithaGoodBook. Yes, I love to read! I have a BA in English from Texas A&M University, and worked for a few years as a paralegal before stopping to be a stay-at-home mom.
I began homeschooling my daughter seriously when she was about two. I didn’t really intend to keep going with it, but I was unable to have more children, so I just really wanted to enjoy every moment. Every year I would reconsider my decision to homeschool, but as the years went along I loved it more and more. I could see the benefits of this type of concentrated study on my daughter and on our family life. Homeschooling gave me the freedom to adjust our schedule and curriculum to meet her needs, as well as to add travel and life experiences as they came along. I treasure my memories of those early years.
I ended up homeschooling my daughter all the way through High School. She graduated a year early and then attended the local Junior College before going on to Texas A&M University for her BA in History. Then she finished up with a MLS from Drexel University Online. She is now a wife and mother staying home to raise her own little ones.
In addition to my experiences homeschooling an only child, I led a small homeschool group, taught drama classes, and administered The Homeschool Library discussion forum for 12 years. All of the experiences of those years have taught me a great deal about homeschooling and homeschool parents. I hope I can offer you a few insights and thoughts that might help you as you make your own way through this crazy, fun-filled, and sometimes stressful life.
Writer and former Homeschooling Mom
For over a dozen years, I was “Maverick Mom” at The Homeschool Library (THSL) forum — “Maverick” because I never felt that I quite fit in anywhere, and “Mom” because, well, that’s what I am! THSL was the delightful creation of Susan Treat and Heidi Troge, and they graciously asked me to be a part of the moderating team. It is the most glorious of ironies that through all the years in which my username was “Maverick,” I no longer felt like one. The support and the friendships at THSL have been among the greatest joys of my life.
Twelve years is a long time — in life, in parenting, in homeschooling, and on the Internet. Like so many online entities, THSL reached the end of its road. Many of us who were there at the beginning had reached the end of our homeschooling roads, too. But homeschooling is as much an education for mothers (and, increasingly, fathers — there were a few dads at THSL over the years) as it is for their children. I don’t just mean “education” in the academic sense (brushing up on the periodic table of elements) or in the practical sense (figuring out how to teach your children AND keep the Laundry Monster at bay). I’m talking about wisdom. Between us, Susan and I have years of experience in homeschooling; we know what worked and what didn’t for us; we know what we would have done differently and what we are thankful we did; and we have the added advantage of being in a position to look back on those years and reflect on them. Susan was wonderfully inspired to carry on the THSL tradition with a blog; she invited me to join her, and here we are! We hope that we can be two voices of whatever wisdom we have to offer to those who are where we used to be. We hope we can be the kind of “elder statesmoms” we would like to have had on our homeschooling journey.
In “real life,” I’m Lucy — wife to my husband of 30+ years and the mother of four children who are all young adults (our youngest has a variety of special needs, including autism). My children’s educations took place in a variety of forms — homeschool, public school, a homeschool-public school partnership, private school, distance-learning, and independent study. Educational alternatives are critical to meeting the needs of all children, and I am a strong proponent of the freedom to find what works for your child.
In addition to teaching my own children, I have taught in Sunday School and a middle-school youth group. In my spare time, I read voraciously, write/blog, play the piano, travel with my husband, dabble in family history, and frequent lots of library book sales to feed my book addiction.