For real, Alexa. The system is broken. No, I take that back. The “system” is working just as they intended it to, but it’s breaking OUR youth! This is no secret and sadly many of us learn to just tolerate it.
Alexa, may not be able to homeschool your babies, but you can. Part- time, full time, summertime…you’ve got options! But where do you begin?
It took 4 years of us eye-rolling our way through the racist classical private school for me to realize my options. We didn’t leave immediately and I didn’t have a clue where to begin!
I was making a historic decision to become a first generation homeschool mom and therefore had zero examples of what that looked like. So, I spent 10 months googling, discussing with my husband and sons, meeting with moms, joining online Facebook groups and finding mentors around the globe until I felt confident enough to take the leap.
So what if I told you I found an incredible guide that would save you months of googling and could give you the confidence you need to embark upon your home education journey?
‘The Makings of The Little Indigo House’ by Kiara Diggs is the guide every parent needs whether homeschooling or not. As a Black woman, and her children’s primary caregiver, Kiara crushes the myth that homeschooling is White and only works in 2-parent households. What I love most is that each chapter is only about four pages long, begins with a powerful quote and ends with a lesson summary.
In the first 7 chapters, Kiara lays the foundation of what is absolutely needed to begin the homeschooling journey. (Saves you at least 4 hours on google.) The next 7 chapters she’s pretty much like “Sis, unclench your jaw relax your shoulders and breathe.” And, you do it. She’s 10 years in the game, and she thinks of every little detail so you don’t have to! #trustkiara
From chapter 15 on, Kiara shares ways we can support our children’s educational, social and emotional journey. With beautiful quotes, true stories and years of experience (both in and out the system) she affirms and informs parents in every stage. And while this book is about creating a great homeschool, these tips can help you become an even greater parent!
In the final three chapters, Kiara wraps it up by empowering us and reminding us that we’re not alone on this journey, that it’s revolutionary act and it is worth it!
It was affirming to read how similar our homeschooling styles were. And, it was humbling to read chapters that reminded me of areas where I could improve. Reminders to be a “kid again,” “check with yourself”, and to “use your 50,000 coaches” are reasons I’ve declared this my homeschool bible!
All 2020 and beyond, I will continuously reflect on these 33 lessons in order to experience a successful, joyful, journey as mom/educator.
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Be sure to let me know your thoughts after reading my new favorite and very 1st read of the new year. ‘The Makings of The Little Indigo House; 33 Lessons I’ve Learned As A Homeschooling Mama.’ by Kiara Diggs.
Peace & Love,