Strauss FamilyWelcome to Family-Style Schooling.

My name is Betsy Strauss.  I'm an unexpected homeschooler, mother of three, who is in a relationship with a sweet man for life.  Our kids, Andy (2000), Alyssa (2004), and Audrey (2006) keep us learning and growing. In 2009 we combined households with my widowed mother, and we've stumbled across the immense blessings of a multi-generational household.

My husband and I both grew up in the public school system.  We had great expectations for what life looked like with a kids attending the school down the street.  As the youngest child in my family growing up, my mom was completely involved at my school from serving in the library to being the room mom. Often she came to eat lunch with me, and I always knew she was just a phone call away if I ever needed anything during the day. When Andy started school, I was surprised by the difficulties I faced being involved in the school system with a toddler and a baby on the way.

Needless to say, the reality didn't match our vision, and we found ourselves three years later with a kid in competitive gymnastics and only seeing him a couple of hours a day.  This wasn't the dream.

In 2008, my husband started seminary, and it was almost as if we woke up.  God had given us three sweet children to shepherd and nurture.  We took a step back and asked ourselves, "Why are we giving away the majority of our kid's day to others?"  It seems we needed to adjust our course.  C. S. Lewis eloquently explains:

"We all want progress, but if you're on the wrong road, progress means doing an about-turn and walking back to the right road; in that case, the man who turns back soonest is the most progressive."

So when the opportunity arose in 2009 to serve my mother by moving in with her, we seized it, along with the opportunity to transition into homeschooling our children.  That first year was an adventure for my husband and I along with my mother. Since then, we have all grown to love having the kids home, learning and growing together.

In 2010, we found Classical Conversations, and slowly both my husband and my mother have become actively involved in our local community.  We are far from perfect and still so new to the process, but we are thankful to be on the journey together.

15 Comments

  1. Michelle on September 8, 2015 at 10:46 am

    How old are your children? I’m a new follower/homeschooler. Looking for reading suggestions with age guidelines. Thx

    • Betsy on September 9, 2015 at 2:18 pm

      Currently they are 15, 11, and 9! What are you looking for?

  2. Morgan on December 30, 2015 at 3:28 pm

    I love this blog so so so much!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  3. Katie Brockett on August 16, 2017 at 10:55 am

    I am so thankful for Latin with Andy! I am recommending it to my local CC campus! Thank you!!!

  4. Samson Boyd on September 29, 2017 at 9:58 am

    good morning where do we find the lessons??

  5. Jennifer Pazdur on January 7, 2018 at 4:34 pm

    Betsy! Fellow CCer here up in Grand Rapids, Michigan. Is there a way to send you an email with some questions?

    THanks
    Jen pazdur

    • Betsy on January 7, 2018 at 4:35 pm

      Absolutely… Betsy (at) familystyleschooling (dot) com

  6. sarah hualde on August 2, 2018 at 10:20 am

    Thanks for your resources and encouragement. 🙂

  7. Mia on September 6, 2018 at 11:15 pm

    I also have a high school son who is a high level volleyball player with his focus on our future Olympic team, he’s also an entrepreneur.👌🏼
    I’d love to hear how this amazing page/business started.
    Thanks
    Mia

  8. Caroline Kutrovics on October 7, 2019 at 5:51 pm

    Hi! I am a new subscriber and my daughter is in Challenge A in classical conversations. I’ve subscribed to Latin with Andy but been viewing mainly his lesson videos (overview lessons and by days videos) on YouTube. He explains it so well and I’ve seen his lesson videos up to lesson 5. I’ve noticed he doesn’t have any more lesson videos posted on YouTube beyond lesson 5. Does Andy plan to make more lesson videos or post them on his website? I love how he breaks down the lessons into details and reviews the vocabulary at the same time. Thank you so much for this amazing resource!! It’s so much easier to follow his videos than reading the Henle books. I am a visual learner. Thank u again and I look forward to hearing from u and hopefully future lesson videos.
    Caroline kutrovics

    • Betsy on October 8, 2019 at 8:06 am

      So glad you are enjoying it! Since you are a member, the rest of the videos can be accessed on this site (or just http://www.latinwithandy.com). The lessons on YouTube are the CodeBreaker series and aren’t lined up exactly with Henle. The ones on this site match by Unit, Lesson, and Exercise all the way through Henle 2. Once you log in, just scroll down and start viewing! Be sure to check out the Printables page as well for additional resources.

  9. Staci Volker on May 14, 2020 at 6:50 pm

    my older son is in challenge a this next year and my younger son is in fifth grade doing foundations and essentials for the fourth year. I was thinking about having my two sons go through Latin with Andy together do you think it would be too advanced for a 5th grader? My older daughter did his program a couple years ago for challenge A and really enjoyed it. I would really like to combine their studies so that they are spending more time together. What ages would you recommend Latin with Andy for?

    • Betsy on May 25, 2020 at 7:42 am

      Staci, I love combining studies when I can. I’d actually recommend our Code Breakers Series first (https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL4nxGhn5RAxFEo7WGmJ9R9D71CiS8DS9B). Andy have 5 lessons they could try together first to see how they do. It’s very simply put, easy to follow and fun. There are supplemental printable materials, but just try out the videos to see what you think first. Then, if you feel your younger student is catching on okay, then they can go as slowly as you like through the first Latin with Andy videos. I hope that helps!

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