29 Feb

Hello Everyone!

Welcome to Funtastic Unit Studies! I started this site as a resource for homeschoolers and teachers, and plan on continually adding content as time goes on. I hope that you enjoy what I have posted so far and continue to check back to see what is new on the site. I try to add all of my new items all at once every couple of months or so, because I don’t want my subscribers to be constantly getting Emails about every little addition that I make to the site (I know how many Emails folks get these days and I hope that by doing it this way I am helping you all by not contributing to your Email pile-up!).

I have decided to add a Blog to this site. I am a very private person and am a bit hesitant about putting myself out into the internet world, but I know that folks enjoy reading Blogs, so I thought that I would give it a try.  From now on I will try to add a post about homeschooling, teaching, or other related subjects each time that I add content to the site, and I will activate the comments section on the Blog page so that you all can contribute your thoughts if you would like.

Let me introduce myself.  My name is Susan Kilbride and I am a homeschooling mom. Those words “Homeschooling Mom” define who I have become. I’ve done lots of other things in my life, but none of them have been as fun or as important as homeschooling my son, who is now middle-school age. I have a wonderful husband and parents who completely support me in my homeschooling endeavor, and I feel extremely lucky to have their support.

I initially hadn’t planned on homeschooling, but a few things happened when my son was very young that made me decide to give it a try. First, I had a friend whose son was getting bullied in kindergarten. Children should not have to deal with bullying at that young an age, and I did not want my son to go through that. Second, for reasons that I don’t want to post online, I was extremely concerned about the quality of education in our school district. Don’t get me wrong, I love teachers and really appreciate the hard work that they do teaching our kids.  I just felt like things weren’t working so well in the area that we live in. Third, I was becoming increasingly concerned about the socialization that kids get in schools now days.  I find it rather funny that people worry about socialization in homeschoolers.  I think they should be more concerned about the socialization that kids get in school.

So, I gave homeschooling a try, and we have never looked back.  It has been the most wonderful experience of my life.  That’s not to say that it hasn’t been hard and even frustrating at times, but when I look back on all of the precious moments that I have been able to share with my son, I know that it has all been worth it.

I would be really interested in hearing some of your stories of why you started homeschooling, so feel free to share them in the comments section.  I will be previewing the comments before they get posted, so don’t worry if your comment doesn’t show up right away.  It will get posted eventually!



4 Responses to “Welcome!”

  1. gail nagasako March 7, 2012 at 4:11 pm #

    Hi Sue,

    I enjoyed reading your “Welcome” and saw so much we have in common. I wonder how many homeschoolers really hadn’t set that as a goal but the more they were with their child and the more they saw of the schools, the less sense it made to send their child away to one. You will get a kick out of reading our son’s description of school from his first day ever in school at 13 (one day, a tour, and he wanted no more of that and didn’t go to school again until he was 16).

    Much aloha,
    Gail Nagasako, Author of “Homeschooling: Why and How”

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