First off, tell me a little about yourself, your blog, and family.
My name is Clara. I have been married to my wonderful husband for 16 years, and am a mom to two very extraordinary boys. My oldest son is in 7th grade and my youngest is in 2nd. My homeschooling career began in 2004 beginning with my oldest son. Being able to home educate my children has been a wonderful gift. It has not only given me the opportunity to spend a lot of time with them, but along the way I have learned many things about myself.
I am a very sociable person and love to encourage families in their homeschool journey. This is what inspired me a few years ago to begin a homeschool support group in my area. We currently have over 20 families. We meet once a month for support and we also attend various field trips together.
Reading is one of my favorite pastimes along with performing research on various topics. Right now I am currently learning all I can about web designing. In 2011, I began my blog, A Slice of Homeschool Pie, in the hopes of encouraging other home educators by providing them with snippets of my family's daily educational and life adventures. At A Slice of Homeschool Pie, you will find articles written by curriculum publishers and other experienced home educators; written reviews about various curriculum, products, or programs; and other resources. It’s also the place where you can come and chat with me about topics that mostly women can relate to.
Why did you start blogging? Has that changed any since you started?
I first became interested in blogging (under a different blog name) as a means of offering my readers information pertaining to various curriculum and other school-related products. However, not too long afterwards, I realized just how much I enjoyed writing, not only about my thoughts on the topic of homeschooling, but about other life-related topics as well. This led me to rethink my goals for my blog, and inspired me to begin a more “conversational” way of blogging through A Slice of Homschool Pie.
What do you blog about the most?
In the past, I mostly wrote about homeschool-related topics including field trips, curriculum, our reasoning for choosing to homeschool, and shared examples of what homeschooling looks like in our family. Articles related to these topics will continue to be provided, in addition to other topics which will consist of general discussions about health, faith, family, and life as a parent.
How did you decide on the name of your blog?
When I picture the end of my family's homeschool journey, I envision this wonderfully tasting pie sitting on top of my stove just waiting to be devoured. (Yes, devoured is the perfect word!) This will be a pie that took a lot of time and effort to put together. My willingness in making it would stem from my confidence that once baked; it would be one of the best tasting pies ever! It will include tasty morsels of character training, stewardship, academics, and the teachings about the love of Christ - all the things that my children (and I) will have learned throughout our homeschool journey. This pie will be one which I will look forward to devouring once our homeschool journey is completed. This image is what inspired me to name my blog A Slice of Homeschool Pie.
What are your top 3-4 posts, and why?
HOW WE USE STUFFED ANIMALS IN OUR HOMESCHOOL
I believe that sometimes we forget that teaching in a manner that allows our children to have fun is important. This is especially true in the elementary years when children’s favorite pastime involves playing. In this article, I describe an example of how I use stuffed animals to capture the interest of my youngest child and, in doing so, create a fun learning experience for him.
SHOULD HOMESCHOOLERS BE CONCERNED ABOUT COMMON CORE
Common Core is a topic that a lot of homeschoolers seem unsure about. They are not quite sure if it’s something they should be overly concerned about. In this article, I provide background information explaining what Common Core is including a list of six reasons why homeschoolers should be concerned, or at the very least aware, about these new state standards.
HOMESCHOOL LEGO CLUB & TIPS ON HOW TO START ONE IN YOUR AREA
In 2010, I started a Homeschool Lego Club in my area. In this post, I describe, both in words and through photos, how I facilitated our club. I also included nine tips to help my readers start their own Lego Club.
HERE ARE OUR SCHOOL ROOMS - YES, THERE IS MORE THAN ONE
This post describes, using words and pictures, the various rooms we use throughout our house for school. When I first began homeschooling I remember wondering what other people’s schoolroom looked like. I believe this article is one of my top posts because others are curious about the same thing.
Why do you blog? What is your blogs purpose?
I love socializing with people. A Slice of Homeschool Pie provides me with the opportunity to “socialize” with readers from all over the world. As parents, it is sometimes difficult to make new friends because of our lack of time and our many responsibilities. One of my goals for this year is to increase my readership so that my blog, along with A Slice of Homeschool Pie’s Facebook page, can be used as a venue for conversations. Hopefully, this will offer an opportunity for me and my readers to establish new friendships.
A Slice of Homeschool Pie will continue to be used as a place to share information which will benefit homeschool families, women, and parents.
Anything else you'd like us to know?
My plans are to continue to homeschool my children all the way through their graduations. Being as my youngest is only in second grade, with God’s help, my hope is to continue offering content on A Slice of Homeschool Pie that will benefit families for many years to come.