Jennifer Caraway

We have homeschooled from the beginning. My husband and I wanted to homeschool since our children were born. We were both public schoolers and felt that we could do a better job for our kids. Plus we enjoy having them around! It’s allowed us to stay close as a family. We have 2 kids and work full time. We make it work so that the kids always have a parent at home with them. Both of us homeschool the kids.

One of the many great things about homeschooling is there is no set schedule. We can homeschool at night, during the weekends, while running errands or on vacation. It’s allowed our schedule to be flexible. Homeschooling also allows us to go at our own pace, whether that’s moving ahead quickly or taking the extra time to work on a subject. Our kids still get lots of social time with their friends. They participate in science fairs, give presentations on topics that interest them and we have the world and the library to educate them.

We feel our kids get a lot of opportunities public schoolers don’t get because we have flexibility on how we educate them. We are “unschoolers”, which means that our education approach is self-directed. Whatever interests them, we get the tools they need to continue their learning. We can expand on each topic of interest and explore how other topics are related, making each lesson one that spans multiple subjects. It’s amazing how a question your child asks can lead you down this adventurous path leading to more learning. Education and learning are important to us. Our goal is to instill in our kids a love of learning, a thirst for knowledge and the tools to seek it out their journey. I’m proud to be a member of the WHO Board and supporting other families on their path of homeschooling.