Urban homesteading is not just about growing your own food, it’s about bringing necessities like entertainment and education home.  As an [urban] homesteader, you take power into your own hands to live a better, more self-reliant life no matter where you live.

I was asked to write an article about my homeschool experience.  Sure, no problem (so, I thought)!   But, boy, this article sure wasn’t easy because there was so much to tell about our home education journey.  Thankfully,  I had a lot of help from my family and friends who helped me put down my (somewhat LONG) story into a neat and tidy article.

Ask the Grad – First Daughter of Urban Homesteading shares the tale of her homeschool upbringing.

Anais Dervaes is the oldest of the home educated Dervaes  children, a.k.a. Urban Homesteaders.  After reading more than one article by her and her sister on femininity and counter-culture living, I simply had to know more about what it was like to be educated in their home.  Obviously, running an urban homestead is quite time-consuming.  I am so grateful that Anais has taken time from her busy schedule to share with us her unique story.

Read full story here

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  1. Chris says:

    Adorable photo, Anais! I thoroughly enjoyed this informative and insightful article. Your parents did a marvelous job homeschooling and you are truly blessed to have such a well-rounded education. The only part of the article I found disturbing is the part referencing lingering insecurity. While I completely understand how you may have once felt such emotion, you should all “shake it off” entirely. What I see are multi-talented, compassionate, caring, generous and oh-so knowledgeable adults! I continue to be awed by the resourcefulness of the entire clan, how you keep it all together and move forward tackling new frontiers! Thank you for your generosity of spirit and sharing your journey with the rest of us!

  2. Rhonda says:

    Great article. I have several friends who homeschool and it’s my opinion that their children are much more advanced than peers of the same age. I also think it bonds the family even more.

  3. Charles La Motta says:

    The part about home schooling in Florida sounds idyllic. Compare that to the politically influenced education too many children get in public schools. Wouldn’t we be better off if government was not involved in schools at all?

  4. mary says:

    Thanks for sharing this article. We homeschool all four of our kids. It’s not without struggles – but I wouldn’t trade it for anything. The best part is how much I really like my kids! Even now that two of them are teens 😉

    We have been inspired by your lifestyle for years. My kids especially love knowing that such cool people like you were homeschooled!

  5. judy says:

    Thank you for sharing these very special moments from your past. It makes me reflect on how important and enduring our years of early education are. It seems that what might be best for everyone is shared education with a school system and the parents. But I know that will not happen, at least not in the cultural climate we are in now.
    I especially loved the pictures of you as a child. Thank you again for your writing efforts, always a discovery.

  6. Kendra says:

    Thanks so much for this article, Anais! I homeschool my 10 year old son and LOVE it. I’ve only been doing it 2 years but will never put him back into public school again. There are so many more opportunities for learning and development outside of public school. Your story is so interesting. makes me jealous! Wish I was homeschooled as a child. 🙂 I often think about that a lot because I was a very curious kid and avid reader. I know I would have thrived in an environment where I didn’t worry about peer pressure and self-image.

    I just found your family’s website about a week ago and am loving all the informations. Thank you.

    • Anais says:

      @Kendra: You are most welcome. Glad I had a chance to share my story. Good for you! That’s really great. I agree, there’s so much more to learn than what can be learned in a classroom. Thank you so much for commenting, such a pleasure to hear from you. Blessings to you and your family

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