From Shepherdstown, West Virginia – Home school enthusiasts learn together at conference. The Journal interviewed several families at a small homeschool conference who shared their experiences and joy in meeting kindred experiences.
Conference sessions coordinator Denise Beaty, a former teacher who is home schooling four children, readily acknowledged that sacrifices are often necessary to do this successfully.
“But they are my children, so it is definitely a labor of love,”Beaty said.
Beaty said she enjoyed helping with the conference because it is a resource for other home schooling parents.
“Getting started can be a little intimidating, so it is good to know that others are here for you and they’ve been where you are now. They know what has – and hasn’t – worked for them and what they might suggest doing differently. It’s all about the best educational experience for our kids,” she said.
The best educational experience can easily stem from a labor of love. It’s a given in the homeschool community. The Catletts are off to a great start too.
Dusty and Sara Catlett had different childhood experiences since he went to public schools and she was home schooled. But they were more sure than ever by Saturday afternoon that home schooling their children was the right choice, especially after having an opportunity to talk to other parents and look at curriculum materials.
Still, it won’t always be easy to know what’s right for their four-year-old son, they agreed.
“That’s the great thing, however, because if something doesn’t work, you can try another way until it is a good fit. Our son has a lot of energy, so that’s something we’ll take into consideration, but we’ll be able to do it if he’s home schooled,” she said