Anne Crossman | Episode 028

Homeschool Like an Expert

episode description

Parents considering homeschooling generally ask the same 15 questions. Anne Crossman, who was homeschooled herself and has been homeschooling her four children since 2006, seeks to make it easier for parents to get the information they need through her book and video series Homeschool Like an Expert. Anne and Zan discuss three things you should consider before choosing curriculum, teacher in-service days for homeschool moms, modeling holistically healthy adulthood for your kids, and much more!

About the guest

As one of the original generation of homeschooled kids in the 1980s, Anne Crossman went on to Stanford and Duke Universities, taught in public high schools and military barracks, authored four best-selling books on education, and has been homeschooling her four children since 2006. For the past ten years, Anne has been privately consulting parents using her research and time-proven experience. After landing on a set of teaching principles that successfully worked for a decade of families—from any budget or background, using any curriculum—Anne looked for a way to develop this solution into a resource that would make a great education accessible to everyone. Her goal was to build a resource that would help every parent homeschool successfully—spending minimal time and money— starting with year one. Her book and video series Homeschool Like an Expert distills decades of work collecting the wisdom and experiences of psychologists, behavioral specialists, occupational therapists, and professional educators—not to mention over 100 successful homeschool parents (whose children have made it into a thriving adulthood!)—all in one easy place. In addition, Anne is the author of best-selling books on education such as Getting the Best Out of College and Study Smart, Study Less publishing work in The Washington Post, featured in USA Weekend and the Chicago Tribune, among others. 


Things you'll learn from this episode

  • Homeschooling gave Anne Crossman the tools to be the kind of person she thinks is closer to who God intended her to be because she learned so much from her parents and the homeschool process.
  • As parents we need to become students of our children. We need to look at each child individually and ask, “What does THIS child need?” Each child is  uniquely and wonderfully made by God. Ask yourself, “What do I need to do to help this one thrive with all her giftings, strengths, weaknesses, and challenges?” 
  • Anne  loves that  homeschooling enables her to  tailor an education fit for each of her kids, keeping their needs and interests in mind. Her school schedule can also take into account the pace of learning for each child.
  • Anne Crossman and Sue Wasiolek, Dean of Students at Duke University, researched and interviewed admissions offices at universities across the U.S. asking them questions about homeschoolers. One overarching take-away is that homeschooling develops a certain type of learner that colleges are eager to include in their student bodies.
  • Zan Tyler and Anne Crossman both want parents to know you’re free to explore what your child needs in the way they learn best.

Mentioned in this episode


At BJU Press Homeschool, we’re committed to providing children an education from a biblical worldview that is academically sound and challenges them to advance, think critically, and live like Christ. This type of education is not often possible in public schools because of the number of children taught in a classroom, a difference in worldview, and peer and societal pressure to conform. Homeschooling allows parents to instruct and disciple their children without daily fighting messages from an opposing worldview taught in the classroom. And with tuition costs and fees for private schooling or tutoring, homeschooling may be the only option for parents who are concerned for their children’s physical, emotional, and spiritual well-being.

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