Kimm about the journey of homeschool-
ing and starting her own business, In the
Hands of a Child.
TOS: What obstacles did you face in
your journey as a homeschool mom, and
how did you overcome them?
Kimm: I began homeschooling in
1990, when I was told by the public
school system that my oldest child, who
had just finished kindergarten, was too
detail oriented for the gifted program.
In other words, he was too gifted, so
they were going to keep him in a regular classroom! I couldn’t afford private
school, but I knew there had to be a better way. That’s when I discovered homeschooling, and I never looked back!
During my homeschooling years I became a single mom. That was an enormous struggle! But I was committed, so
I soldiered on even though there were
many times my kids were reduced to
tears, I was reduced to tears, and we all
wanted to throw in the towel. I’m so glad
we didn’t, and so are they.
For years, I worked outside the home
while homeschooling. While that was
very time consuming, it was doable.
Things got much more hectic with the
launch of my business, In the Hands of
a Child. For a couple of years, I worked
at a job, homeschooled, and labored
many hours with my partner, Niki McNeil, to plan, set up, and make a name
for our business. There were lots of
days where I was running on only a
couple of hours of sleep, but I knew the
time investment would pay off, and it
did. Within two years of “opening our
doors,” I was able to leave my job and
support my family with the income
from my business.
TOS: For our readers who still aren’t
sure, what exactly is a lapbook?
Kimm: A lapbook is a hands-on tool
A lapbook is a hands-on tool that you can use with
that you can use with your children in
place of boring and monotonous work-
sheets. Lapbooks can be used with any
subject matter and from preschool
through high school. They are a vehicle
used to present foldable graphic orga-
nizers, or mini books, of all types, sizes,
shapes, and variations. These mini books
will contain information that addresses
the key points of the subjects you are
studying. In a nutshell, a lapbook is:
• A 3-D presentation of what a child
learned during a study
• A collection of mini books and graphic
organizers pulled together into a file
• A hands-on approach to learning, re-
placing worksheets or other monoto-
nous learning tools
• A scrapbook
your children in place of boring and monotonous
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Bonnie Rose Hudson