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A Homeschool Strength: Letting Creativity Soar


Homeschooling’s Black, White, & Gray Series 1 Episode 8

Homeschooling students encourages their curiosity, creativity, and entrepreneurship. For example, I learned how to make a four-tired wedding cake and started a little cake decorating business when I was twelve years old. It began a few years before…


While the adults discussed the Bible passages everyone brought, I listened while looking at their photo albums, picture books, AND Mrs. Nelson’s Wilton cake decorating books. Our family attended a Bible study at the farm of a wonderful couple every week. (Mrs. Nelson acted more like my grandma than my birth grandmas!) When Mrs. Nelson accepted my invitation to my tenth birthday party, she offered, “If you would like, I could have you come over and we could bake and decorate your birthday cake!” I had flashbacks of the year before where a family friend had come over to help us bake my birthday cake and the cake mix had been full of bugs, so my Dad picked up a heart shaped cake from the store instead. This sounded like a wonderful option!

A few days before the party, my sister and I joined Mrs. Nelson in her kitchen to bake two chocolate layer cakes, eat fried chicken for lunch, and then whip up buttercream frosting, and then have Mrs. Nelson show us how to decorate cakes. First we placed the two layers with icing in between, smoothly frosted the whole heart shaped cakes, then it got fun. Mrs. Nelson showed us the different decorating tips to finish the edges of cakes, to create icing roses, and to write “Happy Birthday Mary” on top. To this day, that was my favorite cake because I felt so loved and had a blast learning cake decorating! For years after that, we would go to Mrs. Nelson’s to make cakes. I became so confident, that I created a four tiered with pillars wedding cake when I was twelve for a wedding at our church. I used sewing pins to hold on the peach frosting roses until the icing hardened enough to hold them on. The couple seemed very happy.

I earned a bit of money by creating a graduation cake for some family friends. My Dad helped out by creating a big cake box to put the white and red sheet cake in. After making a couple of huge cakes, I moved on to other interests, but I brought out the cake skills last summer to create a little cake for my one-year-old nephew to cream.

Adults who see curiosity tend to want to encourage it. I curiously scanned the pages of those Wilton cake decorating books. Mrs. Nelson saw my interest and she was willing to teach me. When I was eleven, a retired musician, who saw me playing an offertory at church (with only one finger because that was all I knew!) offered to give me free piano lessons, and I took her up on it! Diving into what you love to do creates energy and interest about the topic. I can read music and play the piano because this organist saw my desire and nurtured it.

Whenever you see a young person deeply interested in your subject, consider mentoring and teaching them in that area…you never know what might happen.

By M. H. Campbell

Copyright 2015


Author: mary.campbell.schuh

Hello Friends, A curious, kind, practical, and energetic writer, wife, mother, and teacher is one way to describe me. I enjoy thinking about transitions--in schools, churches, families, relationships, and even countries. I'm passionate about learning, and I love working with people. Stop by often to see which kind of transition I'm thinking about, and I would appreciate hearing your thoughts. Peace! ~Mary Hope

21 thoughts on “A Homeschool Strength: Letting Creativity Soar

  1. It is wonderful when the right people come your way!


  2. What an amazing experience! I can imagine that the cake making and piano playing help that these wonderful adults gave you really molded the person you are today!
    I hope one day to influence a young person in the same way they did for you…Maybe I could help them learn Italian? Or else salsa dancing ? (my two favorite hobbies) 🙂
    Have a great day and stay warm!!!!


    • Yes, I am so blessed to have had those ladies invest in me (one is still alive and going to my parents’ church–she’s in her 90s now).
      Great idea–teaching Italian and salsa dancing sound wonderful things to teach. I hope you find some lucky young people… (I’d love to get better at salsa dancing! Where did you learn that?) Thanks for sharing!

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  3. What an encouraging post, Mary!


  4. Reblogged this on A Momma's View and commented:
    I totally agree. Our kids are all curious they want to learn, they want to discover new things and grow. It’s what we need to offer them. The opportunities to watch and do and learn in the process.


  5. We always knew we would homeschool. My kids are now 10/7, and I love seeing the way their creativity flows freely. It is amazing what a child’s mind can do when set free!


  6. Great post.


  7. What a wonderful post. One of the great things about homeschooling is being able to mentor your kids. But it goes far beyond that. Sometimes we influence other children more than our own! I look forward to encouraging my grandchildren.


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