I am a veteran homeschool mom who educated my two
children at home from preschool through twelfth grade.
I homeschooled from 1981 through 1985 in Delaware,
1985 through 1988 in Virginia, from 1988 through 1991
in Pennsylvania, and from 1991 through 1994 in Oklahoma
where my children graduated.
taught homeschool workshops, acted as the administrator of three homeschool
support groups, and provided consulting services to homeschoolers in three different states. I have been featured
Morning America" "OETA's
Stateline" and "Homeschool
Talk Radio" as well as in the
In December 2009, I returned to
college at Oklahoma State University, along with my homeschooled daughter, Shelly, and earned
my Bachelor's of Science degree in Journalism. Afterwards, I spent several years writing curriculum and magazine articles.
Today, I am semi-retired (I need a new photo - much gray hair now and some added weight - sigh!), however, I continue to be involved in education by tutoring homeschooled students and volunteering at a retirement home. I also continue to write, both fiction and educational curriculum. When
I'm not writing, I enjoy crafts (card making, crochet, 3D papercrafts, knitting, etc.), going to bookstores, reading, walking my dog Oreo,
hanging out with my family and friends, and going on day trips with my husband, Bill. Bill is legally blind, so I also act as a chauffeur. (This keeps me plenty busy!) We now live in an Retirement Home to make life more enjoyable for my husband. This gives him access to activities and transportation when I am not available. In addition, I now have about 250 "adopted" grandma's and grandpa's!
my daughter is a Read/Write/Visual
Learner and found schoolwork easy, my son
is a Visual/Kinesthetic Learner which
made teaching him a challenge. He was unable to learn in
a typical classroom environment and with traditional, fill-in-the
blank, multiple-choice textbooks. However, we made it with much hair-pulling and not-a-few, alternative teaching methods that would never work in a classroom! Rather than fret over college for him, I encouraged him to develop
his own computer
graphics business (old demo reel), which he did beginning at age 12. Today, he works with a local advertising agency as a multimedia artist. Shelly continued her education and earned her Master's degree at Northeastern State University. She is an adjunct professor teaching English at both Tulsa Community College and Rogers State University. She loves teaching and has more than 100 students who love her! I'm proud of both my children. We had a lot of ups and down, but we made it. So can you!
website is the result of my homeschooling adventures. I have including
what I learned when teaching my own two children,
as well as what I learned from consulting with others
who dealt with problems such teaching multiple children
at multiple grade levels, teaching older children while
taking care of infants and toddlers, teaching Visual, Kinesthetic
and Auditory Learners, and teaching teens who want to start
a business or go into the ministry rather than attend college.
I have also included free unit
studies for those who like them. I don't have all the answers. I only know what worked for me. It might not work for you, but if it does, you are welcome to use what I have here.
I support this website by selling The
Checklist, Oklahoma History Online, Oklahoma
Scrapbook and by being an affiliate of
Amazon.com and Christian Book Distributors. I hope these small business ventures will also be helpful
I love hearing
from my readers. Tell me a little about yourself, your
children and your homeschool. I like to put testimonials
on this website about how my readers have found this website
if there is anything I can add to this website or if you
find errors, please let me know.
hopes this website is a blessing to you.
address: Cindy Downes, 9034 E. 64th St., Tulsa, OK 74133.
Professional Website: www.cindydownes.com
How to Homeschool e-book: www.oklahomahomeschool.com/HSGetSeBook.html