We are Richard & Liz, parents to 5 wonderful children, who have been homeschooling since 2000. Our eldest two children, Michelle & Michael are now graduated & we have the pleasure of now homeschooling the three younger ones who are 10, 7 & 4. When we first started homeschool we were very rigid because we had been used to “regular” school. Over the years we have relaxed & now work with each child’s talents to bring out the best for them. We live an active, adventurous life so for us school goes all year round as there is many a week that goes by where we do not do 5 days of schooling in a row. With a flexible schedule we get to enjoy field trips, international trips & much more.
Originally from England we have now been in the USA for over 16 years. Liz, the main researcher of home school curriculum, utilizes ideas from all over the world. Richard, at this time, mainly works with Hannah & also does all the science with the children. We set up this website so that others can enjoy all Liz’s research without having to spend the time researching it for themselves.
Daniel & Hannah are both “Special Needs” children in the fact that they both have some developmental delays. Neither of them can yet work independently so when looking for joint curriculum it is essential that we find something that they can both do together. Teaching children of different ages can be a challenge but a very worth while one. We would not swap our homeschooling lives for anything. As Liz researches she realizes however that it can be overwhelming with all the info out there plus one program never seems to fit all. Our aim is to just help you along the way & share what we have found works for us.
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On the personal side Richard is a part time paramedic with a local ambulance & recently obtained both his certification as a Critical Care Paramedic and a Flight Paramedic. He is also the main person behind our web design and hosting business, more details of which can be found here. Liz is a SAHM who loves to think of something new to do in our homeschool. We are entrepreneurs in the truest sense of the word hence the business name Cornish Heritage Ventures. We always have our fingers in a few “pies”, love working for ourselves & believe in providing the best customer service ever.
Thanks so much for visiting,
Richard & Liz
P.S. You may be wondering how and why we came to start homeschooling. We’ll be honest & say that many years ago we thought homeschoolers a little strange. We had been brought up in a culture where almost everyone left the home to go to school. Liz was given a private education in all girls’ schools and Richard went to public school. It was completely natural for us to send Michelle and Michael to public school when the time came. (Private school was not option due to the expense!) We moved to the USA when Michael was 7 and Michelle was 8. You may think we all speak the same language but moving was a real culture shock! LOL! It was a hard adjustment for the kids also but more so for Michael. Michelle enjoyed being different but Michael felt very pressurized to conform. (The rest of us have maintained our British Accent but you would not know talking to Michael that he was not born here!) Michael really struggled in the Elementary grades but once he hit Middle School in September of 2000 he started to go down hill rapidly. His grades started slipping and Liz was spending her nights “fighting” him to do his homework. The reality was he could not sit still for 5 minutes let alone the 90 minutes required in school. By November we knew something had to change. We talked to both Michelle and Michael about the possibility of homeschooling. Michael was all for it, Michelle (who was thriving in public school) said she would give homeschooling 6 months. None of us have never looked back 🙂 If you read our personal story on our family blog you will read that homeschooling was not the “miracle cure” for Michael. He was a difficult student and in later years really put us through the mill. However Richard and I are convinced that we delayed the trouble by homeschooling him and were able to protect him from getting into far worse trouble than he did. Fast forward to now and Michael is a changed man and a dedicated husband and father to his wife and girls.