When I made this short film two years ago, I was still homeschooling my daughter for high school and she was about to begin what would be her senior year. COVID-19 had put us in quarantine and the world was a lot different from when I had begun homeschooling. Since then, I released the book I co-edited, Homeschooling Black Children in the US: Theory, Practice and Popular Culture, earlier this year and I graduated my daughter from our homeschool in 2021. This past year has been a whirlwind of feelings and experiences, but, it has definitely affirmed the message I share in this video about the positive impact of homeschooling Black children.
Since starting university in 2021, my formerly homeschooled daughter has really come into her own. Yes, I still pretty much serve as her academic advisor and coach each semester when she registers for courses, but, now that she lives across the country from me, daily living choices are all up to her. And, I must say, she has been doing quite well in that department. She finished her first year making the dean’s list and having a friend circle that she cultivated from her first week in her new environment. She has traveled with her scholarship program, become adept at traveling through a new city that she now calls home and really finding who she is through her new independence. Homeschooling really gave her a blueprint on how that is done. I am so proud of her! I share this as inspiration to those who are just starting to homeschool. I am so glad that I chose homeschooling for our family.
It has officially been a year since my formerly homeschooled daughter left home for university. She begun her second year at the University of San Francisco last week. Last year, in 2021, I graduated her from our homeschool in May and in that following month, she graduated from a state community college with an associate’s degree. Folks often ask me how we prepared our daughter for college as a homeschooler and I have to be clear that there was not one thing. Also, we didn’t start preparing during her last year of homeschooling for high school.
In October, I am co-facilitating a workshop about getting your homeschooling teen ready for college. My co-facilitator is Cheryl Carter, a homeschooling coach and multi-talented homeschooling mother who was amazingly helpful to me and my daughter in 2020 when my daughter was preparing to write her college essays and apply for schools. She and I are teaming up for a webinar that we will present in October that will focus on:
Developing a timeline & check-list for for the college application process
How to approach the college essay for homeschoolers
Khadijah Z. Ali-Coleman, Ed.D. homeschooled her daughter off and on for 13 years and graduated her from her family’s homeschool in 2021. Her homeschooled daughter attracted scholarship offers from over a dozen colleges/universities that totaled over half a million dollars before accepting a full scholarship from the University of San Francisco. Dr. Ali-Coleman is a homeschool researcher and co-editor of the book, Homeschooling Black Children in the US: Theory, Practice & Popular Culture (IAP, 2022) which features narratives from more than a dozen Black homeschooling mothers from across the country. Dr. Ali-Coleman is also a playwright, published children’s book author and poet who is creative director of Liberated Muse Arts Group which she founded in 2008. An academic, she is a former college administrator who lectures at the University of Maryland in the English department. She is also founding director of Black Family Homeschool Educators & Scholars, LLC which produces an annual virtual teach-in each summer for homeschooling families since 2020. Learn more about her here.