Hi! We’re Dan and Alison. We created GoodSchooling to serve two types of people. First, anyone who wants to learn about homeschooling, decide if it’s right for them, and if it is, make the transition as smoothly as possible. Second, homeschooling families interested in refining and optimizing their current program and preparing for the road ahead.
A Little About Us
We’re a couple of entrepreneurs, writers, and homeschooling parents. We live north of Houston, TX with our two daughters, and while the heat, humidity, and bugs take a toll, we love it here for a lot of reasons – including the fact that Texas is a very homeschooling-friendly state!
We knew early on that we wanted to homeschool. It jived with our faith, educational philosophy, and lifestyle. We were also convinced that it was going to be the best option for our girls. Why?
The Harsh Reality
Because for six years, while teaching in both public and private schools, Alison witnessed first-hand the inconsistent results and often detrimental side-effects of conventional schooling.
- Having to teach the same lessons the same way to everyone meant the information stuck with some and not with others.
- Disciplinary and behavioral issues wasted precious time.
- Teachers were robbed of the opportunity to go deeper on topics students needed help with or were excited to learn more about due to strict curriculum requirements from the administration or simply a lack of time.
- And plenty more!
Sure, it hasn't always been easy. We've made a lot of sacrifices – both us and our kids – but it's always been worth it. The flexibility. The customizability. The opportunity to play such an integral part in our children's education (and, by extension, their lives). We wouldn't have it any other way.
A Little About You
If you’re reading this, then there’s a good chance you're contemplating some of the same things we did all those years ago: the cost, the effectiveness, the time it will take. Or maybe you’re concerned about your ability to teach, or about what others will think, or whether your children will be adequately prepared for college and "the real world." There are so many things to consider!
Maybe you're already homeschooling but have lingering questions or concerns. Are you using a curriculum that matches your child's learning style? What is your child's learning style? What is your teaching style? Is your current approach sustainable? Are you nervous about what the middle school or high school years may bring and wonder if you're up to the challenge? Do you just want to make sure you're on the right track?
You've Got This
We’ve been doing this from day one, and we’ve learned a lot along the way. We understand the questions, doubts, and concerns people have because we had them too. Fortunately, through a lot of trial and error, we found the answers and resources we needed to help us make informed, confident decisions going forward. We want to help you do the same – but with a lot less trial and error – which is why we created GoodSchooling.
A Little About GoodSchooling
We strongly believe in the power and importance of homeschooling, and more and more families are coming to the same conclusion as they discover the conventional school system isn't the best fit for them.
Unfortunately, a lot of parents have a hard time making the transition to homeschooling. They hear conflicting information about effectiveness, legality, and what it takes to homeschool. They’re overwhelmed by methodologies, curriculum, and logistics. Or maybe they haven’t even considered those things yet because they can’t get past all the myths and misconceptions that paint homeschoolers and homeschooling in a negative light.
Even the most experienced homeschooling families discover new challenges as children grow and situations and needs change. When schooling gets stale and you feel stuck in a rut, what do you do?
GoodSchooling is all about us breaking down barriers and helping you achieve your homeschooling goals. Through our blog, publications, courses, coaching — and anything else we come up with — we want to: