My name is Rosea Lee Grima. I am a wife and homeschool mom of 2. We started homeschooling in 2013 when our son entered kindergarten, and have been doing it ever since. We have several reasons for homeschooling, as most families do. You simply can’t get better than a 1:1 or 1:2 ratio when teaching, and no one knows and loves my children as I do. Seeing their success not only academically, but socially and individually has been a great joy.
There are so many opportunities for children who are homeschooled now, it is amazing. We have been part of co-ops, field trip groups, homeschool workshops, and so much more. There is a wonderful homeschool community in this area, and we live in a homeschool-friendly state.
Last year, when I received a call from Derek Bezeau about starting this partnership, I was cautious. I read some articles that were supportive of partnerships, and some that were not. My husband and I weighed the pros and cons, and decided it would be a good fit for our family. I am so thankful we decided to give it a try! Not only has it been a wonderful experience for me in helping to develop and run the partnership, but my children and so many others have benefited greatly from these classes. So many times I hear from families that their children go home and can’t stop talking about their classes, what they have learned, and they can’t wait to go back the next week. This is true of my children as well. To see them grow and learn things that I may not have been able to offer them is a wonderful experience.
Not only does the partnership benefit our children, it also benefits the community. We hire local businesses and individuals who are experts in their fields to teach these classes. We rent a local facility to run many of our weekly classes, and work with other businesses to hold classes in their facility.
By partnering with the Gibraltar Schools, we are able to access the tax dollars we already pay to fund these extra-curricular classes for our kids. In this way, Gibraltar Partnership truly is a partnership between the schools, the community, and the families we serve.
Thank you for taking the time to read this, and for your interest in Gibraltar Partnership. I would love to chat with you via phone/text or email if you have any questions about the partnership, or about homeschooling in general.
Rosea Lee Grima
My name is Amy Baker. I’ve been married to my wonderful husband Brandon for 14 years, and have 6 kids ranging from 7 months to 13 years old. I just finished our 4th year, and will have an 8th grader, two 4th graders, and a kindergartner when we start school again in a few weeks.
I actually intended to homeschool my kids from the beginning. When my oldest was 4, I started researching and reading books, and really wanted to homeschool. Then I chickened out. Over the next 4 years, I talked several other families into homeschooling, while I remained too afraid to try it myself. The turning point came at the end of his 3rd grade year. He had been struggling with being bullied since kindergarten, and it was time for my daughter to start school. We took a leap of faith, and pulled him out at the end of the school year. Homeschooling has been a great blessing to our family. My kids are each other’s friends, classmates, partners. I love getting to know each of them, and watch as they learn and grow. After four years of homeschooling, I’ve never regretted the decision.
We moved to Michigan almost two years ago. As homeschoolers in a new place, I went searching for something to join. I happened upon a co-op run by Rosea Lee Grima. Last year, she told us all about this great potential opportunity, the Gibraltar Partnership. We went to the information meeting, thinking it all sounded way too good to be true. I mean, my kids can take all the things they’ve ever wanted, for free? I’ve told them these things just aren’t in the budget for years. That night they asked for help getting started, and my husband jumped on the bandwagon. I followed a week or two later, and it’s been another amazing decision for our family.
Having six kids, there’s just no way we could have afforded equestrian, karate, gymnastics, archery, robotics, just to name a few. My kids have learned that they have talents in areas we never knew! Their confidence has really grown this year, as they’ve learned in areas I simply can’t teach at home.
I’m so very grateful for the opportunity to co-direct with Rosea Lee. We truly desire the best for our kids, and for each of yours. The Partnership has been such a blessing to so many families this first year, and I’m excited to see what is yet to come.