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’ve been married to my amazingly supportive, long-suffering (because, really, I’m not easy to live with, y’all) husband, Brian for more than half my life – since 1991. Together we have three weird, unsocialized homeschooled kids: Brianna (May 1995), my cosmetology student and future make-up artist; Josh (December 1999), my musician and witty side-kick; and Megan (September 2001), my gymnast and mini-me. See, even Facebook thinks so:
Our household is completed by three dogs (Jake, Penny, and Peanut) and three insanely spoiled cats (Lily, Luna, and Not-Gus, who doesn’t live here, except he does.).
In May 2014, we graduated our first child, Brianna, who had been homeschooled since 2002.
I’ve homeschooled our kids for more than a decade now 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 my top posts. Apparently y’all have a warped sense of humor, too, because you seem to love those quirky posts.
I’ve got a serious side, which sometimes pokes its head out when I’m sharing my faith, homeschooling tips, resources and encouragement. I also have a passion for health and fitness, which is the direct result of my 90 pound weight loss.
If you’ve said to yourself, “Self, why do people homeschool,” you can find the answer here – for my family, anyway. 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. Or, you know, maybe we just liked being able to tailor our kids’ educations to their needs.
If you are considering homeschooling or have started and would like the insight of a homeschooling veteran, I offer online homeschool consulting.
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 like the four-year cycle of a classical style tossed with some elements of Charlotte Mason. Our favorite learning occurs when we approach topics with a unit study mindset and lots of great books and hands-on activities.
My hobbies include blogging, reading, drawing and photography. I also enjoy drawing the online homeschooling community together each Friday with the Weekly Wrap-Up, where we share highlights from our weeks, along with tips and resources.