Lori of Not So Superwoman

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My Homeschooling Bio, if needed: Mother of seven and wife to a Baptist preacher, I rarely fit into expected stereotypes and homeschooling is no different. An unschooler at heart who is also a self-professed curriculum junkie, I balance this paradox with a relaxed homeschooling style utilizing literature, unit studies, lapbooking, and plenty of free time to pursue independent interests. Entering my sixteenth year of homeschooling, I have graduated my two oldest and am currently homeschooling grades 4-11. I believe true education involves teaching your child how to learn and equipping them to follow their dreams.

Why do you blog?
A friend and I completed our first National Novel Writing Month and were looking for a way to continue writing. She suggested blogging and I had to be convinced to try it. Hers lasted a few months, I’m still here four or five years later. When I began reviewing, I started a second blog but soon found I was unable to keep up with both and put the original one on an extended hiatus. Reflections and Ramblings of a NotSoSuperwoman was combined with Hearthside Homeschool, Reviews and More to become what you now see- NotSoSuperwoman’s Homeschool, Reviews, and More. It’s a one stop shop for everything me.

Why do you homeschool?
There are a myriad of reasons for homeschooling. We love being able to teach to our children’s strengths, to individualize learning, to provide a strong foundation in our faith and work through the tough questions together, and to encourage a safe environment for learning and growth. All these and more impact our decision to homeschool, but after sixteeWhat are your fan years of homeschooling the biggest factor for me has become relationship. We know our children, our family is strong, and even when times are stressful the relationships and sense of family have never faltered. We KNOW each other and I’m not sure that we would be as close of a family unit and yet still free to pursue our independence and be our own people, without homeschooling.

Do you have any hobbies?
I love to write. I’m very unsure of my skill, but it’s my dream to write something worthy of publication someday (more than the one article I’ve sold). I love to hang out with my friends, doing geeky stuff like gaming, watching sci-fi, and attending steampunk conventions in costume. I love to read and drink lots of coffee. If I’m not homeschooling, blogging, spending time with the family, or working in various church ministries (my husband is a pastor), I’m spending time on one of the above mentioned hobbies.

What’s your favorite…
Color(s):  Green! But not the ugly, icky shade of green, the deep dark green of trees overshadowing the road as you drive. That green is gorgeous!
Books:  Redeeming Love by Francine Rivers is my all time favorite but I love everything from mystery to fantasy to sci-fi.
Hobbies:  Writing, Reading, Steampunk, Pop Culture, Gaming
Dinner:  Steak, sweet potato and veggie from The Outback. Mmm.
Dessert:  It has to be ice cream! (Although creme brulee would be my favorite fancy one!)
Websites:  IMDB, Amazon, Facebook (Yes, I admit it!).
Season:  I love the summer, although I always consider quitting blogging in the summer! I love the beach and the freedom to our days and the friends and the sea smell and everything about it. And then I love fall because suddenly I want the routine again and the crisp air and the scents of apple and cinnamon and the trees turning and I’m back to blogging.

What are your favorite posts, the ones most commented on or those that most tell your story?
C is for Coffee and That’s Good Enough for Me!
Confessions of a Not-So-Super Homeschool Mom
Homeschool- A Safe Place
Life After Death (Red Writing Hood Fiction Prompt)

What have your reviewed for Timberdoodle?
The Wonder of Wondermaps

1 Comment

  1. Ludovic
    07 Jun 2012, 3:47 pm

    Nikki..my son is almost 8He has so been srlnggtiug and is still at a K level with writing and sounds and reading. I’ve homeschooled and was really wanting some me time. I have 2 that are ADHD, one that just turned 13 (so the teen attitude) and my almost 8 year old. My other 3 are doing OK in school and they wanted to go. I was so stressed…their pediatrician was worried about me if they continued to be home 24/7. My 8 year old does still want to stay home and homeschool. I don’t know if it would be an issue all over again next year or if he may just be ready to go on his own then.

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