Welcome to Weird, Unsocialized Homeschoolers! I’m Kris Bales, a Christian wife and mother, and a sweet-tea-drinking Southern girl who was born and raised in Georgia. Yes, I have an accent. And, I’m short.
I still live in Georgia with my husband, Brian (to whom I’ve now been married more than half my life – since 1991) and our three weird, unsocialized homeschooled kids, Brianna (May 1995), Josh (December 1999) and Megan (September 2001), our three dogs (Jake, Penny, and Peanut), and two insanely spoiled cats (Lily and Luna).
I was a speaker at the 2:1 Conference in April 2012 and a panelist in 2013. I am also a freelance social media manager and content writer and I offer online homeschool consulting. I’ve had my writing published in The Homeschool Handbook and Pathways to Family Wellness magazines.
(See? Insanely spoiled.)
I’ve homeschooled our kids since 2002 and I don’t really think they’re weird or unsocialized. (Well, maybe a little bit weird, but that’s more because they have me for a mom than the fact that they’re homeschooled.) I just like mocking the stereotypes. It’s just how my warped sense of humor works.
You’ll see a lot of that warped sense of humor in top posts. I’ve got a serious side, too, which you’ll see when I’m sharing my faith; homeschooling tips, resources and encouragement; and my passion for health and fitness, which is the direct result of my 90 pound weight loss. (You can read more about that by clicking the Fitness tab at the top of the page.)
Have you ever thought to yourself, “Why do people decide to homeschool?” We began homeschooling in 2002 when our oldest was entering second grade. It began as a trial run, but it was clear after less than three months that homeschooling was the perfect fit for us. Maybe we’re just naturally weird.
Our homeschooling style is a special brand I like to call “classically eclectic with a Charlotte Mason twist.” Eclectic in both resources and approach, we lean toward classical with some elements of Charlotte Mason and approach most things with a unit study mindset. Our favorite way to learn is through great books and hands-on activities, which I post about regularly.