Stephenie McBride

Education / Author
17 Years
Number of Children
Favorite Part of Homeschooling
Watching my kids’ eyes light up when they understand something new.

As a mom of two grown children, one who is a homeschool graduate and one who will be a senior next year, my life looks a lot different now than it did just a few years ago! Between everyone’s jobs and activities, it seems like we have a constantly revolving door. I spend my days home-educating our son part time and working from home with our beagle mix dog keeping me company. My husband and I enjoy living in the midwest, where our home in a small city is only a few blocks away from the cornfields and pastures I loved as a child.   

Homeschool Journey

Stephenie was traditionally educated, spending grades K-12 in the same public school. Her dynamic second grade teacher piqued Stephenie’s interest in becoming an educator herself, and over the years that desire never wavered. As a teen she volunteered to help with the library’s summer reading program, ran the church nursery, and spent an hour each day as an elementary teacher’s aide all four years of high school. She attended college to become a teacher and taught public school before becoming a stay-at-home parent. 

In 2000, Stephenie and her husband adopted their first child, a daughter, from Kolkata, India. Stephenie decided to leave teaching to stay at home with their daughter. The family was joined by a son, also from Kolkata, in 2004. The needs of her children led Stephenie to pursue homeschooling as an option for their education. Stephenie homeschooled her daughter full-time through graduation. Her son began dual-enrollment in public school half days beginning in the eighth grade and will graduate in spring of 2022. Her family uses a variety of resources and approaches, preferring an eclectic style with a heavy Charlotte Mason influence.

Homeschool Goals


To develop relationships with our children and pass on our family’s traditions, values, and beliefs.

Life-Long Learners

To help our children become adults who are self-motivated, life-long learners.

Talents & Gifts

To assist our children in discovering their God-given gifts and talents and develop them to their fullest potential.


Stephenie attended Wayne State College in Wayne, Nebraska, where she graduated Summa Cuum Laude with her bachelor’s degree in elementary education in 1995. She added an English as a Second Language endorsement in 1996. She spent the next several years teaching public school, first as an ESL teacher, then as a Kindergarten teacher. With a passion for education, Stephenie has continued to study within that field, taking graduate classes and self-paced courses to learn more about best educational practices.

Passions and Hobbies

Having spent her childhood fishing with her dad and grandma and learning handicrafts like sewing, cross stitching, and crochet from her mom, Stephenie has a wide variety of interests and hobbies. She is an avid reader, enjoying anything from classics to science fiction, with historical fiction being her favorite. She also enjoys scrapbooking, baking, and very amateur photography when time permits. When her children were younger, they played traveling softball and baseball, so most of the summer was spent at the ballfield. The whole family still enjoys watching softball and baseball and attends as many college, semi-professional, and professional games as possible. Stephenie began teaching the primary class at her church Sunday school when she was a teenager, and has now taught the class for more than 30 years. 

Explore Stephenie’s Writings

Writer’s Workshop

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Nature Inspired Discoveries

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Process of Inventing

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Food Experiments: Recreating at Home

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Open-Air Schooling

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Food Inventions: Fun Facts About Your Favorite Foods

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Let the Mess Happen

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Our National Monuments

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National Park Trivia

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In the Moment

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