An Interview with Paige
This month we wanted to share with you a little more about Elemental Science.
So, we sat down with Paige and asked her five simple questions relating to the company, homeschool, and life. Here are her answers!
1. HOW DID ELEMENTAL SCIENCE GET STARTED?
Elemental Science began a little over six years ago when my husband, Brad, suggested that we try to sell the science plans I was writing for my daughter. He figured if I could not find what I was looking for in a homeschool science curriculum, there was a strong possibility someone else could not either.
We started small, in fact at first, you could only purchase the programs from the sidebar of my homeschool journal-blog. But over the years, thanks to Brad’s vision, we have grown steadily into what Elemental Science is today.
Now, we offer an updated version of that first elementary biology program, along with a line of teacher resources, preschool programs, living books curriculum, classical science, and lapbooks. I am excited to be where we are as a company and look forward to what the future holds!
2. WHAT DO YOU ENJOY MOST ABOUT RUNNING ELEMENTAL SCIENCE?
I love the process of creating and writing a new program, especially designing the cover. There’s something about watching your ideas take on a real form that is simply amazing. I have hundreds of “idea” covers on my computer – some that will see the light of day, some that won’t.
For me, the writing process – the idea-development, the research, the writing, the designing, and the editing – is akin to giving birth. As painful as it can be at times, the finished product is always worth the effort.
3. HOW DO YOU LIKE TO CONNECT WITH HOMESCHOOLERS?
Face-to-face is always best! I love going to conventions because it gives me a chance to meet tons of homeschoolers and to talk “shop” with them.
Beyond that, I know this is going to make me sound a little social-media old-school, but if I can’t meet someone in person, I prefer email. Don’t get me wrong, I love Google+ and Facebook, but their public nature seems to take out some of the personal interaction that I love. I enjoy knowing about the whys behind a person’s question and you don't always get that in a public forum.
As for Twitter, I struggle with getting my thoughts condensed into 140 characters!
Editor’s Note – Don’t miss your chance to connect with Paige face-to-face at the 2015 Great Homeschool Conventions where she will be sharing about homeschool science as a featured speaker!
4. WHAT IS ONE NUGGET OF WISDOM YOU WOULD LIKE TO SHARE WITH THE HOMESCHOOL MOM?
Enjoy the journey.
Sometimes we get caught up in all the “have to's” and “should of's” that we forget what a beautiful gift it is to be able to homeschool our children.
5. WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE MOM-FRIENDLY RESOURCE OR TIME MANAGEMENT TOOL?
The Alarm Clock—seriously, the alarm clock is beautiful.
It wakes me up before my children so that I can prepare my heart and mind for the day ahead. Of course, it’s not always my favorite thing to hear at 5:30 am, but it really does make a difference for me to get my day going early.
IN A NUTSHELL
Thanks so much Paige for taking the time to share these answers with us! We love you, even though you are a little “social-media-old-school!”
Be sure to check out Paige’s blog, Elemental Blogging, for more homeschool science tips and advice!
- Bradley Hudson