As part of our ongoing contributor series, this month we’re spotlighting the always interesting, multi-language speaking/teaching, and witty author Lisa Yankey of High Energy Homeschool.
As a Homeschool Super Freak contributor, we asked Lisa to help us get to know her better.
Here’s what she had to say…
Name: Lisa Yankey
Number of Kids You’re Homeschooling: 3
Number of Years Homeschooling: 5
Social Media: High Energy Homeschool Facebook Page
Why did you start homeschooling?
I never thought I’d homeschool!
I taught public school for seven years and both of my parents are retired public school teachers. My oldest child really suffered in public school.
There was an article about my journey in Psychology Today.
Tell us about one of your biggest homeschooling struggles.
I love homeschooling.
It’s a joy!
I have to balance everything, my job, my house, and kids, but I wouldn’t change any of it.
My biggest fight is that I try to maintain our homeschool freedoms, so I volunteer with IAHE Action as a legislative policy advisor.
I don’t want us to take our homeschool freedoms for granted – they can easily be taken away if we do not protect them.
Give one piece of advice to parents who are considering homeschooling.
The best things don’t come in expensive packages with big marketing budgets.
What are three things about you that may surprise people?
1. My kindergarten teacher told my mom that I was destined for a life of crime.
2. I’ve watched paint dry for a living. I really mean that I literally have been paid to watch paint dry.
3. I went to law school to push for educational reform. Instead, I became an immigration lawyer and a homeschool mom. As I’ve become active in homeschool advocacy my life has kind of circled back around to education law.
Funny how things work.
You have an awesome homeschooling site called High Energy Homeschool. Is there anything else that you’re working on or want us to check out?
I wrote a book called The Homeschool Path to Foreign Language.
Foreign languages are a big part of our lives and I’d like other kids to have the chance to learn another language.
It’s not nearly as hard as Americans make it out to be – we’re just generally doing it wrong.
Also, check out some of Lisa’s awesome posts about teaching foreign language:
What’s your favorite blog post on High Energy Homeschool?
IN PRAISE OF THE DIANE is really popular:
So…new groups have a similar problem…how to attract new people who will help create the dynamic you want.
This is the part where I start praising the person who I will call “The Diane.” She’s a bundle of all the Dianes and Diannas and Deannas that I’ve ever known. Have you ever known a shy Diane/Dianna/Deanna? I’m sure there’s one out there, but I’ve never met her.
The Diane doesn’t have to actually be named Diane, of course. But, whatever her name is, she’s got to embody the spirit of The Diane.
Every successful group that I have seen has at least one person who acts as The Diane. If you don’t have someone filling that role, you end up with new people who feel rejected.
The Diane is outgoing. When your group is at a park and it’s open for new people to join, The Diane is the one who can spot people looking around. She marches over and introduces herself and the group. She probably introduces all of the rest of the people in the group, too.
The Diane is the one who has a strong understanding the group dynamic…[Read the full post]