About Cheryl Pitt

Cheryl has been homeschooling since 2001; she home educates 5 children from baby to teen. She is a brand consultant and avid social media user. Her heart for strong family values and the companies that promote them, led her to found the 2:1 Conference - the only conference for homeschooling parents active in social media. You can find Cheryl at her blog Cheryl Pitt.

Is homeschooling a big deal?

Is Homeschooling a big deal?

The following is a post by contributor Cheryl Pitt.

It’s that time of year again! It’s the time when hordes of parents ponder, pray, and agonize over whether or not to homeschool.

I can hear the collective sizzling of mental snyapses frying under the weight of the decision. I understand of course. It’s not an easy decision to make, or one to be taken lightly.

I was a teenage mom. I had my first child at 17. When we began homeschooling, I was the ripe old age of 22.

At 22 you think you know everything. Naturally, I wanted to impart all my earthly wisdom to my son. I didn’t agonize much over the decision. Homeschooling was something I felt was right, so I was going to do it! I jumped directly into the deep end of the homeschool pool without much thought.

Now, 13 years later, I’m a little older and wiser…wise enough to wonder what on earth I was thinking. The last few days I’ve been appalled at the prideful and blase way we began our homeschool journey. After all, homeschooling is a big deal. Right?

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Seniors: 4 tips for letting go

Letting kids go

The following is a post by Cheryl Pitt of CherylPitt.com.

It’s that time of year — graduation!

Our children have reached the age of legal independence.  Some of them may be heading off to college, perhaps even far away. It’s time to let our children go, literally, not just figuratively anymore.

For the first time ever, I’m navigating these difficult waters. Who knew it would be so hard to let go?

My firstborn is a senior. He’ll be graduating in a few short months.

While he’s not planning on moving away right now, he is taking hold of his newfound independence with a firm grip. I couldn’t be more proud of him, yet it still breaks my heart.

To help myself through this emotional time, I’ve chatted with a few older, wiser women in my life. They were all full of wonderful advice.

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Embracing a credit based system for high school

Graduation Credit

The following post is written by contributor Cheryl Pitt of CherylPitt.com.

Homeschooling high school often marks a big transition in the way we homeschool our children. They go from babes at Mama’s feet to independent, self-directed learners. While we, the parents, go from hands-on facilitator to hands-off manager. It’s an exciting time as we watch our children grow and test their independence.

With two seniors at home, I’ve found these high school years to be a blessing beyond measure. Watching the boys learn to drive, go on interviews and land first jobs, start dating wonderful young ladies — it’s all been so exciting to see the first true signs of who they’ll be as adults.

However, even though it’s been exciting and fulfilling, and even though I’m not deeply involved in their day-to-day schooling, it hasn’t been without challenges. My biggest regret in raising my first round of homeschool graduates?
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Cheryl’s homeschool day in the life (with an 18-month-old and 5-, 16-, 17-, and 18-year-olds)

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The following is a post by contributor Cheryl Pitt of CherylPitt.com.

I‘ve been homeschooling since 2001.  The journey has been so much more — more exciting, more difficult, more blessed — than I ever imagined it would be!

As you read the Day in the Life series, I’m sure you’ll notice the fact that everyone’s day is vastly different. That’s a blessing of homeschool, we can do life with school.  I’m a prime example of that right now.

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When I began to write this post, I was very tempted to write what our day “should” look like, what I want it to look like, rather than the real thing.  Why? Because right now our life is a mess.  A beautiful mess, but still a mess.  I’m schooling 5 kids from 18 months to 18 years.  Plus organizing a bloggers conference, caring for my ailing grandfather-in-law, and all the other little bits of life like meals, bills, errands, etc.
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A call to homeschool high school

Homeschool high schoolWritten by contributor Cheryl Pitt of the 2:1 Conference for homeschoolers

When we began homeschooling in 2001, we decided to take it year by year.  Don’t get me wrong.  I felt homeschooling was a calling, something I was supposed to do.  But that didn’t make it any less overwhelming.

So, being the level-headed, open-minded, easy-going mom I thought I was, I lived by the motto:  We’ll homeschool until it doesn’t work for us anymore.  We’ll let our son decide if he wants to go to public high school.

Now, honestly, I’m not here to judge anyone.  I firmly believe that every family has to do what they feel called to do as a unit. But for me, for my family, that motto is a cop out.  It’s a non-committal stance based on fear.
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