Oct 5, 2020
For several years, Caci Nance and her husband discussed homeschooling their four children. They also discussed expanding their dairy farm. “We decided the middle of a pandemic is the time to open an on-farm creamery,” she says with a laugh.
With an incredibly busy schedule and a Charlotte Mason philosophy, Caci began homeschooling in July and recently finished the first 12 week quarter of the school year. Even as a former teacher, Caci recognizes that homeschooling doesn’t have to be a carbon copy of traditional schooling, and she discusses how she’s had to adjust her mindset to make it work.
“It is very, very doable for parents to work full time and homeschool,” Caci says, “but you have to be willing to think outside the box. It’s not going to look like a classroom setting. You’re not bringing school home. You’re homeschooling, which is a completely different concept, and it’s one that’s been very hard for me to wrap my mind around.”
In this episode, Caci and I talk about the flexibility provided by homeschooling, and some of the challenges teachers and parents who are doing “school at home” through a traditional school district are facing. Plus, we get to hear a little about dairy farm life!
Caci’s book recommendation: For the Children’s Sake