My name is Diane Heeney, and I’ve been homeschooling for over a decade. We have three children, aged 18 (just graduated), 15 (our 10th grader), and 9 (in 4th grade). In the course of our homeschooling journey, I’ve experimented with many different types of curricula and methodologies to find just the right “fit”. We’ve done everything from K12 Virtual Academy to Charlotte Mason, BJU, Abeka, Rod & Staff, and lots of things in between. I’m not an expert by any means, but I have learned a few things and hope to encourage you as you try to educate your children.
In April of 2012, I found myself mid-semester and really hating what we were doing for our homeschool. So, I pulled my kids out, gave them a reprieve of a few weeks (just reading and basic math) and spent hours on the internet, scouring for resources. I needed free or very low cost. I found many wonderful things to use, but in the process I also found lots of great stuff not suited for our needs. I couldn’t stand to let all those sites and freebies just vaporize…and that is how Schoolin’ Swag was born. We are now nearly 4,500 members strong.
This blog is a new extension of that group. Here, I hope to share more of our own personal journey, and helps beyond just the posts and links I share at the group. I was inspired to try this, after meeting with a few new homeschoolers this past week, and realizing that, even though I’m not “notable”, or an expert… what I can share might still be of some value to others. 🙂
So, welcome! Bear with me, because it will take a bit to get this rolling!