“Start Your Engines!”
Isn’t that what we want for our chil- dren, to “rev up their engines” when it comes to their education? To rev up support and encourage them to be
explorers, to follow their interests and passions, to seek, experience, and learn.
Learning happens all the time and isn’t
confined to a classroom or a curriculum.
Being able to customize learning based on
your child’s interests and passions makes
for an enjoyable experience all around. Are
there struggles? Of course, but being able to
tailor learning to the needs of your children
while nurturing your relationship is more
important than any lesson they might learn
from a book.
Our family hasn’t always homeschooled.
I remember reading and researching everything I could to decide if homeschooling
could really be an option for our family. As
it turned out, it was absolutely an option
and we have been homeschooling for about
five years now.
In the beginning, I diligently researched
like crazy, but tried not to get too overwhelmed with all the choices available. I still
remind myself often to not get bogged down
with any “one” way of doing things and just
do my best to keep my focus on what is most
important—our family relationship.
Over the years we have used many different resources and curriculum, in addition to
our local library. You hear it often, “one size
doesn’t fit all” and it is so true! Being able to
learn based on what your child’s interests
and passions are is truly a blessing and we
are extremely grateful for these blessings.
How It All Began
Little did we know, that one Friday night in
July 2010, when we decided to check out a
local race track, that it would add another
dimension to our boys’ education. Though
I had been to a race track before in my
younger years, and my husband grew up
around racing, for Carson ( 7) and Collin
( 2) it was a whole new world.
Junior dragsters were one of the attractions that evening, so we decided to go
over to the pit area and talk with some of
those families. I remember Carson being
very apprehensive to even sit in a car, but
it didn’t take long before Carson decided
that he wanted to race! Not knowing a lot
about it, we purchased a car that was probably not worth the money initially, but the
education gained out of rebuilding that car
together was priceless.
Though Carson loves racing, he is also
very social and loves to talk. He has taken
an interest in announcing races whenever
possible. Through these experiences, Carson has met people who are doing what he
is interested in, which, in turn, has provided him with many opportunities to learn.
Homeschooling and Racing
Initially, the boys were in public school and
they did well. However, with their racing
schedule, and our desire to spend more
time with them, we decided to explore
In the Winner’s Circle
by Kim Russell
How Interests and Passions
On August 20, 2011, at the age of 7, Carson made his very first pass down the race track in Paris, Texas.
Racing is a lot like life; it takes consistency,
determination, and perseverance to reach
your goals and dreams.