About Me

I am glad that you stopped by.  Welcome!

My name is Betsy and I have been homeschooling for 14 years.  I am also a homeschool blogger, and most importantly am mom to my daughter who graduated from BJ's Homeschool a few years ago now.  I blog about our homeschool journey through High Schooland also share about the Middle School, those Early Yearstoo.  

I write about our homeschooling journey, with an emphasis on resources that we love and encouragement for homeschooling moms, as I have been there, in the trenches.

My main focus lately as a blogger and a writer has been on the college option, to make it more accessible to all homeschooling families who have teens that might want to go there.  I have a passion for that although going straight into a vocation or to a community college are just as viable options for our teens, of course!

To write my book, Homeschooling High School with College in Mind, I did a lot of research.  My ebook/book was made to serve as an easy-to-read guide to college, for homeschoolers.  Why make it complicated?!  Homeschooling to college is REALLY not that hard!

I keep up to date on any trends in college admissions processes and more and blog about those things to share with others any important changes in the making.  

My Family

My husband and I adopted our precious daughter, flying to China to meet her, at 11 months of age.  We noticed right away how alert and intelligent she was, and also learned that she was also twice exceptional once when she was about 4 years old.

Homeschooling turned out to be the best fit for her, letting us give her the challenge that she needed academically, along with help for her sensory and attentional issues as well.

I met my husband, 25 years ago. We live in the Pacific NW, enjoy nature, folk music, hiking, and I am a photography nut.  I also like to garden and do some quilting.

My Background

I am an Occupational Therapist with a background in early childhood education.  But most importantly, I am a mom.  

My O.T. background helped me a lot while raising and homeschooling our daughter, with such issues as Sensory Processing Disorder, ADHD, etc.  But mostly doing the actually homeschooling taught me so much.

Our daughter had both of some special learning issues, and over the years homeschooling helped her by giving us the freedom to accommodate for her issues.

I studied writing for 4 years, and enjoy blogging to share resources and tips with other homeschooling families, especially on high school and college, but also on 2e, special needs, and more.

My goal in writing is to encourage other homeschooling moms.  We have a big important job to do, and I hope to be an encouragement for that most special calling that we homeschoolers have for our children and for their education.

Our Homeschool

I am an eclectic homeschooler, and love hands-on-learning and have used a variety of curriculum.  I share about that on my blog. 

One of our favorite homeschool curricula is from www.oakmeadow.com, a well established educational publisher, with a bent towards hands-on learning and a solid but gentle approach to academics.  But we have used a variety of faith based and secular curricula through the years.

College  In senior year, my daughter applied to college and was accepted by each one that she applied to, with scholarship offers, including an ivy, ie a tier one college.

And we did not do any AP courses, or SAT subject tests.  Some colleges do require those, but many do not.  That gave our daughter time to just be a high schooler!  Many colleges are looking for homeschoolers, and the process is getting easier, too.  

I hope that you will find something helpful here at BJ's Homeschool, for you and your precious kids/teens.  We are all doing important work.  The most important, raising our kids for the next generation.

Disclosure Policy:

We are a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Affiliate Program, which is an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means where by we can earn fees by linking to Amazon.com and affiliate sites. 

We also share other homeschooling resources and curriculum that we used in our homeschool, or would have used in it over the years, as we found it to be of high quality and helpful for educating children or teens at home. 

I want to be an encouragement to you, the homeschool mama, doing the most important job in the world, raising our next generation. Our kids.

Thanks for stopping by BJ's Homeschool,


Betsy is a veteran homeschooler who blogs at BJ's Homeschool, about the early yearshigh school and college too.  She offers homeschool help and free messages at BJ's Consulting, and I was recently interviewed here. (my one second of "fame")

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