About Heather Sanders
I am a homeschooling journalist, and have spent the last several years managing and writing for The Pioneer Woman’s Homeschooling Blog.
Married to Jeff, the love of my life, I live in Huntsville, a smallish town on the tail-end of the East Texas Piney woods, and I’m still homeschooling two of our three kiddos.
If you’ve read me for any period of time you know that I am a born-again Christian, and that I love, worship, and serve the Lord Jesus. This obviously comes into play regarding how we homeschool and the curriculum we choose.
This blog is where I cover the hysterical moments, daily grind, brutal truth, and somewhat personal details of how homeschooling plays out in our family’s daily life. It ain’t all bells and whistles y’all! It’s also not all about homeschooling–though, admittedly life IS one big learning experience and sanctification process.
My Journey to Homeschooling
Everyone’s path to homeschooling is different. Mine began in 2004. While stationed in Augusta, GA, my husband Jeff and I pulled our oldest child out of the public school system to homeschool. The next year, after moving home to Texas, we enrolled both girls in our local elementary school. Two years later, in 2007, we made the decision to withdraw them from public school permanently.
From that point forward, we never looked back.
Homeschooling became part of our family culture, and with each passing year I became more and more passionate about it. I began writing about homeschooling on my own personal blog. Within a couple of months, I was given my very first opportunity to guest post about homeschooling.
What a Ride!
Homeschooling has been the catalyst for some amazing adventures for me and my family. For instance:
- We attracted some online attention on our 3 week tour across 9 states in the Central and Western United States.
- I was interviewed by Mike Ferris in a HSLDA (Home School Legal Defense Association) radio segment on homeschooling bloggers.
- I started an academic co-op for our county with two other passionate homeschooling mommas. With the assistance of some dynamic Advisory Board members and actively involved parents, it grew to include 40 families and about 100 children.
- We were “almost famous” as part of a reality homeschooling show that never made it to the air.
- I saw my name in print for the first time following a personal endorsement I wrote for Charity Hawkins’ book, “The Homeschool Experiment, a Novel”.
- My family’s personal homeschooling story was published in the book, You Can Do It Too! – 25 Homeschool Families Share Their Stories
- I wrote my first magazine article for Home Educating Family Magazine (2012, Issue 2).
- And finally, I was blessed to be a contributing writer for Alpha Mom, where I wrote a series on “What Everyone Can Learn from Homeschooling Parents.”
When it’s good, it’s really good. When it’s bad? Well…we won’t talk about that.
This is an exciting time to be a homeschooling blogger. The face of education is changing and I look forward to what the future holds.