My name is Shelli Bond Pabis. Currently I'm a busy mom, helping my boys pursue interesting vocations. I have reached this point by using project-based homeschooling techniques and a mix of good curriculum resources.
My eldest son is a classical pianist with his heart set on going to a top music school and auditioning in international competitions someday. He also enjoys collaborative piano. What a wild ride he is taking us on! We can't offer him the music education he really deserves, but as a family, we're committed to giving him everything we've got and more. He is so hard-working, we know he'll create a career out of music.
My youngest son fell in love with the world of birds at the age of four, and he quickly turned us all into birders. I have written many blog posts about how I have supported him over the years, and now he's creating bird videos on his own YouTube channel. A lot of people seem to enjoy these videos; they are relaxing to watch. I love that my boys are putting beauty into this world.
When the boys were younger, I wrote a newspaper column about daily life, homeschooling and motherhood for over seven years. My non-fiction appeared in numerous publications as well as on the local radio. This work led me to be invited to become the Senior Editor at home / school / life magazine, which I helped launch in the Spring of 2014. I have contributed dozens of articles, columns, and other work to this magazine and blog.
In my pre-married life, I earned a B.A. in English, and I held several jobs that required a lot of organization skills. I also lived in Japan for a year, London for six months, and I visited several foreign countries, including India. (Traveling was the best teacher I ever had.) Who knew all of this was preparing me to be a decent homeschool mom?
I love connecting with other homeschooling parents and helping them with whatever I can. I'm offering a few different ways for you to reach me:
- Check out this store for some online classes on different topics, and you and I can schedule them whenever it's best for you. I especially recommend my class on project-based homeschooling.
- You can always email me or comment on my blog. I will email back as soon as I can.
Homeschooling has given me the chance to get the education I always wanted, and I have found that living a life full of curiosity and exploration makes me a happy person (on most days). I hope it will do the same for you, but feel free to contact me if you want someone to talk to about this awesome-yet-fraught-with-uncertainty educational path.