Ann Hibbard

Speciality
Writer / Discipleship / Training
Homeschooling
15 Years
Number of Children
3
Favorite Part of Homeschooling
Catching the lightbulb moments when hard concepts finally clicked or when one of my kids discovered a personal passion.

With my youngest now well into his high school years, I’m enjoying being on the home stretch of my homeschool career. As a ministry family, I’ve loved the way homeschooling has given our kids a consistent education despite the frequent transition that ministry brings. Even though we haven't had a single place we've called "home" throughout the years, we've loved the variety of experiences that each new home has brought. My desire as a homeschooler has always been to provide my children with a solid academic foundation, much-needed life skills, and a passion for lifelong learning.

Homeschool Journey

Ann grew up on the mission field where she was homeschooled through most of her childhood. She had a desire to homeschool her own children, but she also wanted to be open to other options. When her oldest showed learning preferences and needs that did not fit with a traditional education approach, it became clear that homeschooling really was the best option. Ann enjoys a literature-based eclectic approach to education, with a desire to provide a strong academic foundation that will allow the kids to freely pursue their passions as they head into adulthood.

Homeschool Goals

Love of Learning

To instill a love of learning that will stretch beyond formal academics and turn into a lifelong pursuit of learning.

Academics

To build a solid academic foundation that will allow her children to pursue whatever career they desire.

Passions & Interests

To help her children identify their passions and interests and learn to pursue them, either as vocations or for enjoyment.

Education

Ann earned a BA in Christian Counseling but chose not to pursue counseling as a career. Instead, she tries to be intentional about reinforcing her counseling training through informal learning while also continually pursuing training in education, writing, and social behavior. She makes it a point to keep her “books to read” list full and varied so that she’s always learning something new.

Passions and Hobbies

Ann loves reading, especially historical fiction and fantasy. She also enjoys writing and has gone through seasons of maintaining a blog. Eventually she hopes to grab hold of some of the bigger ideas floating around in her head and turn them into books. But when it comes to relaxation, there’s nothing better than working on a sewing or knitting project or enjoying time around the fire pit with her family. 

Explore Ann’s Writings

Inventing Your Own Marriage

Sometimes, we ask for help, but we have to be careful with the advice (or books) we are given. Marriage is a unique thing, and taking two...

From Nature to Invention

Nature is an amazing thing! From birds and trees to plants and more, we see the inspiration for many inventions. Many inventions throughout...

Person to Theory

Leonardo da Vinci is best known for his extraordinary works of art, but he was also a brilliant inventor. We have several of his drawings and...

Colorful candies on wooden table

Food Engineering: Making Candy

Did you know that science can taste good? Sweet, even? The scientific process can be complicated, but it can also be fun. When you dig deep into...

Blacksmithing & Factories

When the 18th Century drew to a close, we saw several changes, and one of these changes was to the blacksmithing business. Before the Industrial...

Fun Inventions from the 19th and 20th Centuries

What would life be like without the basic, everyday items that we use? We don’t know because someone invented them! The amazing inventors saw a...

Landmarks Around the World

There are many famous landmarks around the world. Discover some of the most famous landmarks around the world and see how they tie into each...

The Process of Sculpting

When you think of sculptures, what do you think of? Mount Rushmore? The Statue of Liberty? These two amazing works of art are examples of the...

When Milestones Aren’t Met

What happens when our students don’t meet their predicted milestone? As we work through the concerns we have, we start to assess the needs of...

Exploring Monuments

Did you know that you don’t have to go all the way to Mount Rushmore — or even to any number of the memorials in Washington, D.C. (to name just...

Teachable Moments

As we watch our children interact with the world around them, we are presented with the opportunity for teachable moments. These moments should...

Caves: The Earth’s Natural Monuments

Oftentimes, when we think of monuments, we think of manmade structures or memorials dedicated to an event or person in history. But, rarely...

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