Hello friends, I’m Jenny, the Schoolmarm with Charm.
What kind of schoolmarm am I?
When you think of a schoolmarm, you’re probably thinking of this:
No, that’s not the kind of schoolmarm that I am. I’m actually this kind of teacher:
Yep. That’s me on Dr. Seuss Day.
This is the schoolmarm that I’d really like to be:
But that’s just me in a costume on Wheels At Work Day. Isn’t it a cool costume? I borrowed it from another teacher who actually wears it to work on her farm. She’s awesome.
I’m not a real hard working woman, but I play one on Wheels at Work Day!
How did I get into schoolmarm’ing?
The story begins over 30 years ago when little Jenny attended a one-room-school… No, really. That happened.
It was a really tiny Christian school in a really small town. I think it probably averaged around 30 students K-8. Some of the parents were the teachers. The moms took turns carpooling and fundraising. The dads took turns building a fire to warm up the building in the winter. Lots of memories in that little school.
Loved it and hated it. Mostly loved, I think.
Flash forward to Jenny the mom. I failed homeschooling my 2 oldest daughters. I was pregnant for about a decade, so I was tired and busy. Desperate from lack of discipline and support, I ran to the nearest school and enrolled them. They were about 2 years behind the other students their age.
Good grief! Why would I admit this on the Internet?!
I went back to college when I was 32 and struggled to balance a part-time job, full-time college, and raising 6 kids. It was really tough. Good thing I’m married to Super Dad. Going back to school while parenting 6 kids was one of the biggest challenges of my life. I wouldn’t recommend it to anyone… but you should totally do it if you need to.
Surviving school made me far more confident in my God-given talents. It was way worth the struggle!
For four years, I taught primary grades in the little public school my children attended. I LOVED it. I found that teaching multiple grades was uniquely challenging. I also learned that multiple grade teachers are terribly under-represented in teacher professional development workshops.
This discovery led to a desire to connect with other multiple grade teachers online. I found they were also under-represented on the Internet!
This led me to start SchoolmarmWithCharm.com to connect with teachers who teach more than one grade at a time.
Life happened. And I found myself spending the majority of my energy on my sweet students. My family wasn’t my first priority. I came to an important decision: I had to take a break from classroom teaching to focus on my own kids while they navigate through the icky teen years. As fate would have it, I’m homeschooling again.
I’m thankful for my previous failure at homeschool. It led me to invest in my own education so that now I can invest in others.
Who is Schoolmarm with Charm for?
Moms. Teachers. Moms that teach.
As my teaching career transitions, so does my vision for Schoolmarm with Charm. My desire is to encourage moms and teachers to model compassion as they invest in this new generation of God’s children.
Too often, homeschool moms feel judged for choosing to educate their children apart from the public school system. Sometimes the judgment is perceived, but sometimes it’s real!
From my perspective, homeschool moms and teachers are important parts of the same team.
It’s time for homeschoolers to be able to look to credentialed teachers as resources rather than critics. It’s time for teachers to treat homeschoolers as members of the education community. We don’t need to debate the pros and cons of each; both are valuable and needed for this generation of kids.
Schoolmarm with Charm is for educators.
School-moms and Schoolmarms, let’s hang out!
My hope is that Schoolmarm with Charm will serve as a resource and encouragement to you.
What we have in common is a heart for making this world a better place by investing in children.
If you’re one of those awesome multiple grade teachers, hey, I get you! Let’s talk! I’d ask you how you do it all, but I know you’re probably surviving one day at a time. Share some of your amazing insights with the rest of us!
If you fear failing homeschooling, let me tell you that you’re definitely not alone! And guess what, you’re most likely a multiple grade teacher if you’re a homeschool teacher. You’re going to find some good stuff here!
If you had the blessing of growing up in a tiny school with multiple grades in the same room, YES! Stand up and represent! It wasn’t always easy, was it? At the same time, there were some benefits that made you and I who we are. Let’s talk about it and help other multiple-grade teachers with our perspectives.
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I’m the second oldest of 7 kids.
I hang 29 stockings at my parents’ house for Christmas each year just to make a statement about family and belonging.
Each of my students receives a crochet hat from me at Christmas time.
My husband and I have 5 daughters and a son. (5+1=6, but feels like 12 sometimes.)
I was pregnant for a decade. Yep.
My father-in-law is wrong; having TV would not have prevented that. I mean, look at this handsome guy!
One of my daughters started 5th grade with a 2nd grade reading level and graduated 8th as an advanced reader.
I believe in second chances. And 3rd, 4th, and 26th.
I forgave myself for failing homeschool when I had compassion on a homeschooler with a story similar to mine.
College, work, and family all at once nearly killed me.
I think we’re terribly judgmental of ourselves and need to put self-criticism to rest.
After having 4 daughters in a row, I thought we’d be a quiet, sweet, dress-wearing family of girls.
We’re not… at all. Look.
I like to think of myself as Compassionately Conservative. Not in a political way.
I don’t want to know who you vote for and you’ll never know who I vote for.
According to recent studies, I might live forever because I smile so much.
Sometimes I wish I was a geologist like my uncle, but I take all rocks for granite.
My kids are some of the funniest people I know. And naughty. But that’s kind of funny too.
One of our family goals is to raise our kids to actively care for other people.
We took our kids on a mission trip to Mexico in February 2015 so they would love people in another culture.
There. More than you ever wanted to know!
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