Nicole: Yes! My five-year-old is reading!
She has loved it so much! She’s writing her
own short stories already and illustrating them. She’s like a sponge. She wants to
know everything! Homeschooling has been
very helpful for her to build her own confidence, figure out who she is, learn what she
likes to learn, and I can cater everything to
her! My three-year-old is a little bit harder.
I’m changing things up for him a little bit.
He’s three and he’s a boy, so it’s a little more
of an adventure! They love learning!
I’m realizing that this is just family. We’re
a family, and we’re learning together. We’re
learning how to get along. This is social. We
are learning so much more about socializing
than we could have if I weren’t with them
all day. We’re out in stores. We’re out in the
neighborhood. We’re learning about savings
by picking out which peanut butter is the
cheapest. We’re learning so much, and in all
that time, we’re socializing. We’re learning
how to be more sociable and respectful.
Lydia: What would you tell families who
are considering homeschooling?
Nicole: Pray about it. If you’re doing
something for the right reasons, then God
will bless it. Homeschooling sounds daunting, but if you’re doing it for the right reasons God’s going to bless it. It’s not as scary
as it sounds, and we’re not alone. There is
support out there for everyone. Home-schooling is a blessing in disguise. I’m getting to spend more time with my kids. I feel
like the word homeschooling is scary, but
in the end, I think homeschooling is like a
community, and it’s like a big family. And
that’s why we want to homeschool. It’s a
community, it’s a family, it’s supportive, and
it’s not as scary as it sounds.
Lydia Hisey is the current administrator for
Homeschool Now USA and the Assistant to
the Conference Coordinator at HSLDA. She
graduated with honors from Lord Fairfax
Community College in 2015 with an associate’s degree in Liberal Arts: Communications. Having been homeschooled since
kindergarten, Lydia is excited to reenter the
homeschooling community by actively working with various advocacy groups. She hopes
to one day homeschool her future children.
Nicole and Chris Dardis have three children:
Kayleigh, Ryan, and Allison. They enrolled in
Classical Conversations after an event that
was held during School Choice Week. Coming from a background in teaching public elementary school, Nicole believes that no one
knows children and their learning styles better than their parents, and is beyond grateful
for the opportunity to help grow their minds
in their own creative ways. With the help of
the Classical Conversations community, she
is looking forward to the journey.
“It does feel better knowing that I’m going to step into something, and that if I have a
question or if I stumble, there are so many other people out there who are doing it.”