Homeschool OnNashville, TN
Rebecca is a homeschool mom to 5 young children between the ages of 6-12. Homeschooled herself, she is passionate about sharing her story both as a homeschool mom but also to give families hope that she considers homeschooling the greatest gift she was given growing up.
Married to an RCMP officer (mounty) up in Northern BC, Canada, she survives her day with an ample supply of coffee, her planner under her arm, and lots and lots of prayer.
Author of Journal Me Organized, speaker, owner/blogger over at Homeschool On, creator of Gather 'Round Homeschool and worship leader she juggles homeschooling, work, ministry and family with a delicate balance of chaos and flexibility.
She is passionate about sharing not just her wins but also her failures, her struggles and real life. You are not alone, this road is not perfect nor is it easy... come and find some humor, some peace, and some inspiration for the journey!
Workshops from Rebecca Spooner ( may vary by event location )
Teaching the Child You Have (not the child you want them to be)
We all walk into homeschooling with some sort of preconceived notions, and for most of us... we are in for a rude awakening. Our first year we buy books based on what we like and we plan our days based on our schedules, without taking into account the complete curveball that is our child. How do they learn?What is their rhythm and routine? What are their interests? These kinds of questions can have a huge impact and adding more kids into the mix can make it difficult to find what will work. I’m here to help! In this session we’ll talk about how we can understand our kids more fully and teach to who they are. We’ll discuss how you can teach multiple different personalities and learning styles all together and find ways to tweak and adjust your curriculum to cater to each of your children’s needs. You will walk out of this session inspired, refreshed, and with a new sense of purpose; armed with understanding and some practical solutions to try. Because THIS school year, my friend, is goi
Confessions of a Recovering "Type A" Homeschool Mom
When I first started homeschooling, I was Type A to the core. I was driven, I had a schedule printed for every member of my family (including my husband) for every 15 minute increment. I knew what I wanted and how I was going to get there. But then I had more kids, one by one they came and day by day I lost control of the little world I had tried to create. I wanted tests, I wanted grades, I wanted desks and recess and workbooks. But my reality was total chaos... I couldn't merge the two and felt like an utter failure. Sound familiar? Today I identify as a mostly Charlotte Mason, relaxed homeschool style but that journey didn't happen overnight. It happened when year after year, day after day my reality collided with my expectations. Bring a coffee, some tissues, and settle in to hear my story. It's full of failures and mistakes and regrets, but also victory and hope and anticipation of something new.
Dear Kids: What your Homeschool Parents Wish You Knew
A session for the whole family! Bring your kids and everyone will be laughing as I share a list of things I wish my kids knew about being a homeschool parent. See pictures of my own kids as we go on an entertaining journey into my homeschool day. From the silly, "If I have to make one more snack..." to the serious, "Sometimes I feel like an utter failure." Whether you have your kids along or not, you'll be able to relate to the challenges we face as homeschoolers and yet the incredible privilege it is at the same time.
Homeschooling the "Nothing Works" Child
Meet Selah, my daughter that would rather be galloping on her hands and knees like a horse or snuggling with her cat than doing anything else. School is meaningless to her, stories and reading is meaningless to her, conversation is generally meaningless to her (unless of course its cats!). Nothing seems to stick no matter how I do it. What now? In this session I share my journey to understanding my daughter. We'll talk about the kinds of questions you need to ask, identifying when there might be a problem, and how to address and teach a child who has (or you suspect may have) a learning challenge or disability. Full of practical tips for kids who think and learn outside the box when traditional curriculum just doesn't seem to work, walk away with some solutions for once!
How to Find the Motivation To Be Consistent
Sometimes I am not sure if the problem is my lack of motivation or my children's. How can you get back on track when no one feels like doing it? This session focuses in on one of the most common problems that we face as homeschoolers: finding your homeschool rhythm and getting into a routine that no longer feels like pulling teeth (for you OR the kids). We'll talk about identifying stumbling blocks that can stop our motivation dead in its tracks and practical solutions to get back on track. Consistency is possible, but it takes commitment and a little bit of wonder and excitement to ignite the flame again!