Cheryl Bastian

Author, Speaker, Mom
Cheryl Bastian, 
author, speaker, homeschool mom, attended Illinois State University majoring in Early Childhood Education. In addition to teaching two-, three- and four-year-olds at a developmental preschool in Central Florida, she inspired parents through continuing education seminars, and built upon her teaching skills at national and local conferences. After leaving the classroom, Cheryl became a full-time, stay-at-home mom, where she received the most valuable, hands-on training available. It was during this time that she began her home education journey which spans twenty years. 


Cheryl co-founded and led a large Central Florida homeschool support group for nine years, creating the organizational framework and operating policy, working with a board to plan monthly support meetings, leading monthly meetings, scheduling educational opportunities for parents and children, writing and editing a monthly newsletter, developing an enrichment cooperative for upper elementary through high school, offering parent workshops, and mentoring new leaders. For the past five years Cheryl has coordinated vendors and workshops for Books & Beyond, a mid-year conference of encouragement.


Cheryl, and her husband, Mike, spend their summers evaluating the educational progress of home educated students, desiring to equip and to motivate families on their home education journeys. At home, Cheryl delights in training, teaching, and affirming her seven children (from toddler to adult). Cheryl is the author of five books: You HAVE to Read This One: Raising a Contagious Reader, Check These Out (a multi-level unit study about books and libraries), Flip Three Pancakes with One Spatula, Celebrate High School: Finish with Excellence, and Geometry as well as Taking Math on the Road, a thematic math activity folder. She contributes to and writes for state and national publications.




 "Don't stop reading, Mom!"


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Read Cheryl's  articles

Support Groups: Cultivating Gardens of Friendship

from the Winter 2010 issue


Math Never Tasted So Good 

from the 

Spring 2011


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Celebrate High School