Updated: Sep 21, 2020


This episode we are kicking with my homegirl Priscilla we are talking about her role as an Behavior Interventionist in the public school system and her transition into homeschooling. We discuss how we our raising our strong willed kids and the self care strategies getting us through it.

Enjoy raising empowered people ! Your Host Tiffany Sandoval

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Tiffany Sandoval

Welcome to the homeschooling Homegirls podcast. Join us as we take up space by sharing our BIPOC experiences in the homeschool unschool world. I'm your host, Tiffany Sandoval. I spent most of the last 19 years in the homeschool unschooled world listening to the advice from narratives that did not include me or anyone that was not from the white or white adjacent lived experience. This podcast is about elevating the voices that for far too long, have been silenced in the name of white fragility. My hope is that by sharing our stories, others can see that homeschooling and unschooling is one of many paths to raise empowered, educated people. stories will be shared from lived experiences, not theories, and different perspectives are encouraged to grab your coffee or your cocktail. And join us as we expand our perspectives.

Welcome to today's episode as we kick it with our home girl, Priscilla homeschooling mom of three We're going to talk about her role as behavior interventionist in the school system, or path to homeschooling. We both are going to share about raising our strong willed kids, coping and self care strategies that have helped us. We hope you enjoy this episode. Let's get into it.


Good morning. Thanks for being here. Thanks for always being at home gracchi count on. So I guess the first question I want to start with, what was it like being a behavioral interventionist?


I worked with kids as young as kindergarten, and I would sit with them and they would be punished if they couldn't sit for at least 15 minutes during circle time. So they needed someone like me who was the behavior intervention is that would help them be able to sit during circle time. And so a lot of these kids were labeled as I like problem, children and or not capable of being able to function in a school setting. But after a few years, I started noticing, you know, these kids are just being kids and everything that I learned in college about children's development sitting down for eight hours in a classroom setting and nor asking kids not to talk or not to play for eight hours a day, five days a week, that's not developmentally, like appropriate for good. So I started questioning a lot of like, you know, I think yes, there might be some behavior or you know, or some like cognitive issues with some children. I understand that, you know, we have special needs, but really, I think a lot of this like, these behavior issues are because the school system, it's like, if they don't meet that requirement, like let's say, sitting down for 15 minutes during circle time, like who came up with that, who came up with like, a kid needs to be able to sit down for 15 minutes during circle time or an hour, and if not, then they have behavior issues. Really, it's the school is not designed for children. It's not designed for all children and then typically Expect all children to act the same until we act the same and to function. The same is unrealistic.

Tiffany Sandoval

How did you start homeschooling?


When Noah, my oldest was ready to start kindergarten, then the question was, okay, what are we going to do for school? Like, are we going to put them in school? I mean, I guess that's what you do. You put your child in school and you have to start looking for schools. But I knew that there is some I wasn't sure about the school system. And so I started questioning my sister in law actually, was, was telling me to consider homeschooling. And so that's sort of where I started getting the idea of like, because I wish that homeschooling was like independent study or something that people do. Because either, you know, they're behind in school or they're, they have behavior issues, you know, and then they just have to do independent study. I never really knew much about homeschooling,


That's kind of how I was brought into homeschooling to my aunt homeschool my cousins, but they're really religious. And so I thought that you only could homeschool through a church or something. And I was I was 17 when I started considering homeschooling, right? Because she was helping me raise Jade . She's the one that showed me about like, breastfeeding and vaccinations and, like eating healthy and like because I was pretty much out of control before I had Jade. And so she would I remember her taking me to the first Park day and I'm looking at all these people and I'm like, this is weird, never seen anything like that. In the end. They all sit in a circle and the kids are all playing. And I was like until that park day I thought it was like you had to go to church and like, oh, like, Yeah, I thought it was gonna be like Sunday school or something. The image that I had before what homeschooling was and I still feel like even though it's almost 20 years later, a lo