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RAR#209: What Worked? What Didn’t? Looking Back on Homeschooling with my 20-Year-Old Daughter

RAR#209: What Worked? What Didn’t? Looking Back on Homeschooling with my 20-Year-Old Daughter

Update: 2022-06-233
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Early on, pretty much everyone in my world told me we were making a huge mistake in homeschooling.









It was weird, it was unknown to them, and of course, we are afraid of things that are weird and unknown.









I actually didn’t know anyone in my personal life who was homeschooling.









I read some blogs and books (of course!), but I just had a very strong hunch that we should do this home education thing. So we did, and I’m so glad.









I loved it – not every minute of it (ha!) – but now that my oldest kids are adults, I’m so grateful for the time I got with them during all of those growing up years.









Today, I have a treat for you. My oldest daughter, Audrey – 20 years old at the time we’re recording this, just finished her sophomore year at Franciscan University of Steubenville as an English major, and she is joining me on the show.









(Audrey's in the blue tank on the left - she's 13 in this photo)







Audrey was homeschooled her entire education.









And there were some rocky years! When Audrey was 12 – so you know, 6th grade-ish, I also had a 10-year-old, an 8-year-old, a 1 year-old, and twin newborns.









Yes. Three babies age 1 and under. It was... a lot.









We’re going to talk about that, plus:







  • what was most helpful for Audrey's future
  • did she feel "prepared," for going away to college and becoming an adult? (you're going to love her answer, I think!)
  • what she really remembers about that time with babies (💗 😭) Mama's with newborns - you just need to hear this. 💖
  • We're also answering YOUR questions!








This is a podcast episode. Click the play button below, or scroll down to keep reading.







And because much of Audrey's homeschool education was formed by being the oldest of six, you'll see some photos here taking you back to those experiences.

























'A few unexpected turns'







Audrey graduated from high school in 2020, which was, of course, in itself, quite the adventure.









In her own words:









"There was so much unknown about whether or not universities would even be in-person, and then throughout freshman year the constant conversation of whether or not we would be allowed to stay open was something that we all had to face. It was certainly not how I imagined the first year on my own to be, but thankfully, all was well and I was able to have an in-person experience that first year.









I attended a private Christian university in our hometown and it was, while a bit uncertain due to the state of the world at times, a wonderful first step into adulthood, but at the close of the year I was offered the opportunity to go to Austria with Franciscan University, and through prayer and discernment, really felt like that was where I was being called. 









The following Fall semester I transferred to Franciscan and spent my first semester with them at their remote campus in Gaming, Austria, where I traveled to eight countries, had the honor of meeting His Holiness Pope Francis in Rome and grew so much as both an individual as well as in community with such wonderful fellow Catholic students....

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RAR#209: What Worked? What Didn’t? Looking Back on Homeschooling with my 20-Year-Old Daughter

RAR#209: What Worked? What Didn’t? Looking Back on Homeschooling with my 20-Year-Old Daughter

Sarah Mackenzie