Hi! My name is Tina, and I am the webmama of The Homeschool Realm. I am a stay-at-home/work-at-home, secular (NON-religious) homeschooling mom of 2 kids and 4 cats, living in the Central Valley of California.
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We’ve been homeschooling since the beginning (fall 2006) when my oldest was kindergarten age. She graduated from our homeschool in 2019 and I will graduate my son in 2024.
You’d think that I had this homeschooling thing down pat by now, but no…I am the perfect blend of disorganized and industrious…forever working on finding the right combination of effective learning and fun. Just trying to make positive progress without wanting to beat my head against a wall at the end of the day.
A Little More About Me…
I have ADHD and only got my official diagnosis in May 2020 at the age of 49. So I am still figuring out what that means exactly in our homeschool life and finding the right tools and medications to help manage its idiosyncrasies. But at least now I know where many of the struggles I’ve had all my life were coming from! AND so many fun quirks! My crazy passions, my endless creativity! ADHD has a lot of positives too!
I have always loved working with kids, even before I had kids. Even when I was still a kid myself! I have always been drawn to children. I got a bachelor’s degree in child development because I knew that I had to work with children.
I started babysitting regularly before I turned 12 years old and spent all of my tweens and teens making a LOT of money when all the other girls my age were having sleepovers and doing all kinds of socializing. I was spending all my free time babysitting.
This transitioned naturally in adulthood to full-time jobs working with children …summer camp counselor, country club nursery supervisor, preschool teacher, outdoor education intern in charge of teaching 6th graders about science & nature topics, recycling education coordinator for a job training program that taught school children about recycling & teens/young adults how to teach them, children’s science museum educator, nanny, running my own “mommy & me program” in my home once I became a mom myself, children’s event coordinator, homeschool field trip organizer, homeschool resource center founder, coordinator and educator…and other things that are too many to list! Not to mention all the amazing themed birthday parties I put on for my kiddos over the years. (It was kinda my thing, figuring out how to turn a special day into a special memory for both the birthday child and every child attending. And do it every year with new ideas for 2 different kids without being forced to take out a second mortgage on the house. I have a whole other website I’m working on with all those stories and ideas I came up with on those. They are pretty amazing, if I do say so myself!)
I have a lot of the stuff I’ve done detailed more on my LinkedIn page.
I am one-half of the “Savvy Homeschool Moms“, a secular homeschool podcast that gives listeners a regular peek into their homeschooling families’ lives. Every episode of The Savvy Homeschool Moms is jam-packed with homeschool related info including tips, links, book & resource recommendations, reviews of homeschool products and interviews of fellow homeschoolers and curriculum developers.