About Cindy Downes and Contact Info


I am a veteran homeschool mom who educated my two children at home from preschool through twelfth grade. I homeschooled from 1981 through 1985 in Delaware, 1985 through 1988 in Virginia, from 1988 through 1991 in Pennsylvania, and from 1991 through 1994 in Oklahoma where my children graduated.

I taught homeschool workshops, acted as the administrator of three homeschool support groups, and provided consulting services to homeschoolers in three different states. I have been featured on "Good Morning America" "OETA's Stateline" and "Homeschool Talk Radio" as well as in the "Old Schoolhouse Magazine."

In December 2009, I returned to college at Oklahoma State University, along with my homeschooled daughter, Shelly, and earned my Bachelor's of Science degree in Journalism. Afterwards, I spent several years writing curriculum and magazine articles.

Today, I am semi-retired (I need a new photo - much gray hair now and additional weight - sigh!), however, I continue to be involved in education by tutoring homeschooled students and volunteering at a retirement home. I also continue to write, both fiction and educational curriculum. When I'm not writing, I enjoy crafts (card making, crochet, 3D papercrafts, knitting, etc.), going to bookstores, reading, walking my dog Oreo, hanging out with my family and friends, and going on day trips with my husband, Bill. Bill is legally blind, so I also act as a chauffeur. (This keeps me plenty busy!) We now live in an Retirement Home to make life more enjoyable for my husband. This gives him access to activities and transportation when I am not available. In addition, I now have about 250 "adopted" grandma's and grandpa's!

Although my daughter is a Read/Write/Visual Learner and found schoolwork easy, my son is a Visual/Kinesthetic Learner which made teaching him a challenge. He was unable to learn in a typical classroom environment and with traditional, fill-in-the blank, multiple-choice textbooks. However, we made it with much hair-pulling and not-a-few, alternative teaching methods that would never work in a classroom! Rather than fret over college for him, I encouraged him to develop his own computer graphics business, which he did beginning at age 12. Today, he works with a local advertising agency as a multimedia artist. Shelly continued her education and earned her Master's degree at Northeastern State University. She is now an English professor at Galveston College in Galveston, Texas. She loves teaching and has many students who love her! I'm proud of both my children. We had a lot of ups and down, but we made it. So can you!

This website is the result of my homeschooling adventures. I have including what I learned when teaching my own two children, as well as what I learned from consulting with others who dealt with problems such teaching multiple children at multiple grade levels, teaching older children while taking care of infants and toddlers, teaching Visual, Kinesthetic and Auditory Learners, and teaching teens who want to start a business or go into the ministry rather than attend college. I have also included free unit studies for those who like them. I don't have all the answers. I only know what worked for me. It might not work for you, but if it does, you are welcome to use what I have here.

I support this website by selling The Checklist, Oklahoma History Online, Oklahoma Scrapbook and by being an affiliate of Amazon.com and Christian Book Distributors. I hope these small business ventures will also be helpful to you.

I love hearing from my readers. Tell me a little about yourself, your children and your homeschool. I like to put testimonials on this website about how my readers have found this website helpful. Also, if there is anything I can add to this website or if you find errors, please let me know.

I hope this website is a blessing to you.

Cindy Downes

Contact Info:

Email: cindy@me.com.

Mailing address: Cindy Downes, 9034 E. 64th St., Tulsa, OK 74133.

Professional Website: www.cindydownes.com
Blog: http://cindydownes.blogspot.com
Pinterest: www.pinterest.com/cindydownes

How to Homeschool e-book: www.oklahomahomeschool.com/HSGetSeBook.html



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