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Volume 115, Program 49
4/25/2013

Original Volume 104, Program 14
Original Airdate: April 28, 2011

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When you embark on a new adventure, it’s important to know what’s ahead. If you’re thinking about homeschooling an only child, stay tuned! Today on Home School Heartbeat, a mother and daughter join host Mike Smith to share their experience with home education for one.

Mike Smith:
Today, I’m joined by Mary and Shannon Healy. Mary and her husband, Ron, homeschooled Shannon through high school. Mary and Shannon, welcome to our program today!

Mary Healy:
Thank you, we’re happy to be here!

Shannon Healy:
Oh, thank you, it’s great to be here with you today!

Mike:
Mary, what would you say is the biggest challenge for a mother homeschooling one child?

Mary:
For me, it was trying to provide motivation to complete tasks in the absence of peer pressure from other siblings who have already completed their work. But for some mothers, the quantity and intensity of that one-on-one interaction is also difficult. Shannon and I were always ready for a break from each other by lunch time, and we used to eat in the living room with our feet up reading novels.

Mike:
Shannon, what about your perspective of this question?

Shannon:
Well, I remember nearly failing my first unit test for a high school co-op class, because I never learned to concentrate in a room full of people. With no siblings, I was used to having absolute quiet when I studied. It really didn’t take me long to learn though, and by the time I took the SAT and started college, I was pretty good at tuning out distractions.

Mike:
Mary and Shannon , thanks for sharing with our listeners today! We’ll continue next time with tips for families homeschooling an only child. And until then, I’m Mike Smith.


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