We are a new to homeschool family of 5. Dad: Todd 38, Mom: Kim 34, and kids: Caleb 12, Abigail 9-1/2, Emily 2-1/2 and we can’t forget our beloved dog Bay who is 4. As I was sitting here reading through other blogs that we enjoy, I began to wonder, what are we all about. Where does my family fit in.
We are new to homeschooling as of 2016. We are already learning so much. The biggest thing I am learning is how to take a step back and relinquish control and trust my kids will learn what they need to function as competent and compassionate adults in the all to near future.
We love to explore and discover the history of places we explore. We are hoping to be a full time roadschool family by the end of 2017. Maybe we will travel for a long time or maybe we’ll decide to settle down on our own homestead after a year or 2, who knows? We aim to live simply and self sufficiently. We are minimalists.
We weren’t always this way. We loved things and thought we wanted the big house and lots of things. Now, we were never in a position to really have all that. We lacked the money. But about a year ago we ran into a situation that opened our eyes. We lost almost all of our belongings and honestly, it was one of the best things that ever happened to us. We realized that very few of these “things” we were tossing in a dumpster had much meaning to us. Then and there my husband and I knew what was most important. Time. We wanted to instill these values in our children, memories and time spend with those we love is what is most important in life, not the size of your house, the kind of car you drive, your possessions or any material objects. What matters most is people.
Yes, the sad truth is, you need money to live, but you really don’t need as much as people think you need. People have been conditioned to confuse wants and needs and to feel inferior if they don’t have the newest and best whatever is most popular at the moment. Society tells us that you go to school, go to college, get a job, buy a house and have a family. The problem is, you have racked up so much in student loans and spend so much on your house that you now work 80 hours a week to leave empty all the time and you never see your family. What’s the point? Why work that hard for misery? That is not living, that’s marking time until you die.
So what does our blog focus on? What are we all about? Memories. We are going to show you places we have visited, things we have learned, what interests us at the time, recipes we love, ways we have found to save money, things we love and things we have found we don’t need, ways to make learning fun and a natural part of life. This last part is something we are trying to rediscover.
My husband and I are public school survivors. Some of us more scarred than others, but survivors nonetheless.
My son Caleb who has spend the most amount of time in public school (completed 6th grade) and struggling through most of it, is having the hardest time adjusting, and by adjusting, I don’t mean he is not enjoying homeschool, I mean that he has lost the joy in and love of learning that I know he used to possess. He loves science and history, but he struggled so much with reading and writing for so many years with no help from the public school system that he detests both. He is an incredible dancer and has been competing for the last 3 years in tap, ballet, jazz, hip hop, acro, musical theater, lyrical and contemporary styles of dance. He aspires to be a professional dancer and I think that is amazing! My hope for him is that he can soon find joy in these things and continue to grow into the funny, smart, snarky, kind and caring man he is becoming.
Abigail, having spent less time in the public school system, seems to still have that desire to learn and finds joy in reading a good book and writing about her experiences. She loves animals and wants to be a professional dancer and a veterinarian when she grows up. Her favorite show is Dr. Jeff, Rocky Mountain Vet. We both love how he always puts the animals first and money second (if not third). She has also been a competitive dancer for the last 3 years. She does all of the above that Caleb does except tap. She is going to do some great things when she grows up.
Emily, being only 2 years old, has never stepped foot into a classroom as a student, whether she will or not, I don’t know. She is definitely a free spirit and a fearless one at that. We discovered a year and a half ago that she had lead poisoning, and a life threatening allergy to peanuts. She has also since developed asthma, so far it is only viral induced and we just recently made it through our first cold without a hospital admittance. This, unfortunately, does not mean that her asthma is becoming less serious, just that we are learning to better manage it.
I would love to take my children all over the world and let them see for themselves the differences in cultures around the world and what they value in life and, of course, the joy of helping others.
You may have noticed that, unlike many homeschoolers, I have not mentioned religion once. We are a secular homeschool family. Spiritual? Yes. Religious? No. There are more of us than you think. We have absolutely nothing against religion and if you have one, great! If, while my children are exploring the world they find a religion that speaks to them, great! If not? That’s awesome too! What you will find here, is posts about adventure and nature, culture and history, crafts and cooking, DIY (do it yourself), compassion, family and fun (and the not so fun), love and learning, in whatever forms these things take.
So climb aboard and come along because it’s going to be a hell of a ride!