Welcome to The Early Years!
Homeschooling Preschool thru Middle School Escuela primaria
Charting your course for the home education “journey” can seem a lot like mapping out a route for a cross-country trip. You may feel “geographically challenged” because you aren’t sure where you are, where you’re going, or how you’re going to get there. We hope these articles and resources will help you as you determine your destination, plan your adventure, and choose the best route to get there.
HSLDA is here for you as you embark upon this incredible journey! Our Early Years consultants are available to answer HSLDA members’ specific questions, provide general advice, and offer encouragement. Use the index below to find help for homeschooling from preschool through eighth grade. Be sure to bookmark this site and check back often as we continue to add new resources just for you!
Homeschooling is not only an education choice; it is a lifestyle of learning—the journey of a lifetime!
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Consultant Vicki Bentley
Vicki Bentley is the mother of eight daughters, foster mom of over 50, and grandma to 21 wonderful grandbabies (so far). Vicki has homeschooled 17 children since 1988, alongside her husband Jim, and led a local support group of over 250 families for 14 years. She has served on the executive board and convention committee of the Home Educators Association of Virginia and has addressed state and national conventions, university teacher organizations, and many mothers’ groups. She is the author of My Homeschool Planner, Everyday Cooking, The Everyday Family Chore System, Home Education 101: A Mentoring Program for New Homeschoolers, High School 101: Blueprint for Success, and other homeschool and homemaking helps. Vicki has a heart for moms, with practical wisdom and encouraging words.
Consultant Stacey Wolking
Stacey’s childhood dream of becoming a teacher was fulfilled by homeschooling her two sons and two daughters. She and her husband, Daryl, graduated their youngest child in 2013 after more than 20 years of homeschooling using a variety of teaching styles and curriculums. All of their children went on to college, have successful careers, are married, and (bonus!) plan to homeschool. Stacey is enjoying her growing family, especially her four grandbabies—the first of many, Lord willing!
In addition to serving on the HSLDA Toddlers To Tweens and High School Consultant teams, Stacey fills her “homeschool retirement years” with tutoring students in her favorite subjects (English, reading, and writing), offering professional home and office organizing services, serving as co-coordinator of a local homeschool support group, and pursuing her passion for natural health and nutrition.
Stacey has focused much of her research and writing on the needs of little ones and is greatly concerned about the ever-increasing cultural pressure to push young children into formal education too soon.
It is Stacey’s greatest joy to encourage moms in homeschooling, homemaking, and loving their husbands and children well. She loves to share her heart and enthusiasm with homeschool and MOPS organizations.
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