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Profiling Home Educators
Monday, March 31
Describe yourself, your family or one of your children. What is it like to be home educated in your family? What is “normal” for you?

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Hello! My name is Heidi!

I had a life before I met my husband – – but, for the most part, it is not a life I care to remember. So, for all intents and purposes, I began this trek when I started dating my husband – – April 22, 1995. I know that logically “Love at First Sight” is stupid – – but, I can assure you….the moment I laid my eyes on him….I was in love. As a matter of fact, I stopped dead in my tracks, turned to the person who was with me, pointed to him and said, “I’m gonna marry that man someday.” And I did. We were suppose to get married in December (1995) but, two days before the BIG day, he was deployed to Bosnia.

We did manage to tie the knot on June 8, 1996.

I am step-mom to two children: CS, who will be 22 and CB who will be 20 – – both in May. I am Mommy to Sassy Sissy, 16; Bubba, 13 and Boo, 9. My husband adopted the two older children in 2002. (See what a Prince I married?)

My husband is the yin to my yang – – he is quiet and reserved – – I am loud and obnoxious. He is emotionally steady – – I am an emotional freight train. He keeps me grounded when everything else in my World is upside-down.

Sassy Sissy is a more intense carbon copy of me – – take all of my personality traits….and kick ’em up about 10 notches. She is also stunningly beautiful!

Bubba is almost the exact opposite of me, in almost every way. From personality to looks – – almost completely different.

Boo has this nice blend of my husband and I (Both in looks and personality). She has his sunny disposition – – with my fiery personality.

 

Currently, Boo is my only homeschooled child. Right now, learning in my home is teacher-driven. We are slowly going to work towards student-driven, over the course of the next five years. (At least, that is the current plan….LOL!) Most of the “homeschool styles” make sense to me – – and I like to incorporate bits of them all. For example, part of our curriculum would be considered Classical and Charlotte Mason (Aesop’s Fables, Just So Stories, Alice in Wonderland, A Child’s Garden of Verse, etc.) – – our approach to daily lessons is CM and Unschooling with a touch of Classical thrown in (We have a list, short “classes” and it is all done almost entirely on her own.)

Normal” is actually pretty nice around here – – For the most part, we have good, calm, easy days. There is usually not too much in the way of attitude problems. The biggest struggle I have is that it takes her a LONG time to finish stuff. (All she does for Language Arts is copying the title/moral from Aesop’s Fables – – and that can take upwords of an hour….UUGGHH!!) We try to stick with a basic schedule – – but, we aren’t apposed to throwing in something unexpected. (And really, I have learned how to cope with LOTS of unexpected….LOL!)

 

I hope you enjoyed your visit – – it is nice meeting you all (via reading YOUR posts!)

 

And, if YOU would like to read more….or even participate….go on over to Principled Discovery.

 

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 Looking Back
Sunday, March 30
Share your personal history…before you were a home educator. What was life like? Think about things you miss and things you and your family have gained.

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I started homeschooling my oldest daughter in 2004. For four years prior to that time, I was a full-time student and had part and full-time employment outside of the home (2 years part-time and 2 years full-time). Three months prior to homeschooling, we moved cross country.

We only homeschooled for about 2 months – – and then we moved, cross country, again.

I started working full-time; however, it did not last too long (about a month) – – before it was apparent changes needed to be made. Shortly thereafter, I started working part-time – – within two months of beginning employment, I homeschooled my daughter, again. This stint lasted about 2 months, as well – – we basically just finished out the school year. (My employers allowed me to bring her to work and homeschool her there).

I started the next school year homeschooling her, again – – still working at the same place. It lasted about a month or so. Then, I quit my job in December 2006 in order to homeschool again from January through March 2007 (by now, we had moved, again – – and it was cost effective to stay home).

I have been a SAHM, since.

January 2008, I began homeschooling my youngest.

 

I miss “alone time” most of all. In the last ten years, I have become a bit of a hermit – – and really enjoy my time alone. (It took awhile to appreciate my own company – but, now….I really miss it, if I don’t get it.) With the exception of the additional time with my daughter, during the day….most of my activities have not changed.

 

One of the greatest things I gained when I homeschooled my oldest was a real relationship. I know her better than anyone else, in the Whole, Wide World!! 🙂 My youngest is already a Mommy and Daddy’s girl – – but, I am seeing some additional bonding. As a family, we have always been pretty “close” – – and spent a great deal of time together – – so, it hasn’t changed our “family bonds” much.

 

I do think that my job, as SAHM, has become appreciated more in the last couple of months – – Boo has been able to see that I am pretty busy all day long – – and although, I do enjoy being on the computer, I am not ALWAYS on the computer – – I do get A LOT done during the day. LOL!!

 

For more nostalgia moments, from other homeschoolers, visit: Principled Discovery

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Dana at Principled Discovery has put together a few writing prompts to get us all in the writing/sharing mood.  🙂  She will have Mr. Linky, so you can link your posts to her site.

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Here are the writing prompts (to give you some time to ponder):

          Looking Back Sunday, March 30 Share your personal history…before you were a home educator. What was life like? Think about things you miss and things you and your family have gained.

Profiling Home Educators Monday, March 31

Describe yourself, your family or one of your children. What is it like to be home educated in your family? What is “normal” for you?

April Fool’s! Tuesday, April 1

And we have likely all felt the fool in one way or another. Share your greatest challenge. Or one of those terrible, horrible no good, very bad days where the only thing there is to do seems to involve moving to Australia.

Recipe for Success Wednesday, April 2

It is also National Peanut Butter and Jelly Day! So share a recipe…figuratively, as in two parts love, one part creativity, or literally, as in a super quick, nutritious meal your kids scarf up. Think about what you do in the day, what helps keep it organized and you sane (or how you got past that need for organization and saneness!), and curriculum materials you find effective.

Show and Tell Thursday, April 3

Show off those talents. Share a story, a special moment, a piece of artwork. Any accomplishment, great or small, is fair game.

In Their Own Words Friday, April 4

Share your children’s home education experience in their own words. What have they said about their education? What are their likes and dislikes? Share some stories, some quotes, or turn your blog over to your children for the day.

Looking Forward Saturday, April 5

          What are your goals for home education? What do you hope to instill in your   
          children? Are you planning any changes to how you educate your children?

I hope to see your responses, too!!  🙂

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Ponder….

Arrogant and right is surely better than humble and wrong.
– Geoff Arbuthnot

Forgiveness is like the fragrance a flower gives after it has been stepped on.
– Anonymous

Between the idea and the reality falls the shadow.
– T.S. Eliot

Enthusiasm is the greatest asset in the world. It beats money, power and influence.
– Henry Chester

The INNOVATION point is the pivotal moment when talented and motivated people seek the opportunity to act on their ideas and dreams.
– W. Arthur Porter

Hard work spotlights the character of people; some turn up their sleeves, some turn up their noses, and some don’t turn up at all!
– Anonymous

As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others.
– Nelson Mandela

I’ve just read that I’m dead. Don’t forget to delete me from your list of subscribers.
– Rudyard Kipling, writing to a magazine that had mistakenly published an announcement of his death

The most important single ingredient in the formula of success is knowing how to get along with people.
– Theodore Roosevelt

Years may wrinkle the skin, but to give up enthusiasm wrinkles the soul.
– Samuel Ullman

When an old person dies, a library has burned.
– African Proverb

Many people today agree that we need to reduce violence in our society. If we are truly serious about this, we must deal with the roots of violence, particularly those that exist within each of us. We need to embrace ‘inner disarmament,’ reducing our own emotions of suspicion, hatred and hostility toward our brothers and sisters.
– Dalai Lama

I offer you peace. I offer you love.
I offer you friendship.
I see your beauty. I hear your need.
I feel your feelings.
My wisdom flows from the Highest Source.
I salute that Source in you.
Let us work together for unity and love.
– Gandhi’s Prayer For Peace

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Gold Medal Flour (from Betty Crocker) is offering TWO different cookbooks for kids.  According to the PDF Order Form, you can only order until December 31, 2008.  Each book is only $3.99.

The Alpha-Bakery Children’s Cookbook

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“The Alpha-Bakery Children’s Cookbook teaches kids the ABC’s of cooking. Inside you’ll find recipes for breads, cakes, cookies, desserts, main dishes and snacks. Fun activities, tips on measuring ingredients and kitchen safety are included, too.”

The Rainbow Bakery Children’s Cookbook

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“The Rainbow Bakery Children’s Cookbook makes learning how to cook a “color-full” adventure! Just follow the rainbow through the cookbook to find recipes for breads, cookies, cakes, pies and main dishes. A Food Guide Pyramid, kitchen tips and fun activities are also included.”

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It is MEME time again!!! YEAH!! 🙂

This weeks topic from Heart of the Matter: What you wish you’d have known your first year of homeschooling.

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I almost feel like I am cheating by writing this post. Although not “technically” my first year – – if you really only look at time involved, it IS my first year. Let me digress just a bit and explain. I have homeschooled my oldest, Sassy Sissy, on five different occasions – – each lasting about 2 months or so, spanning four years. Our first stint: 9/04 to 12/04, I learned that even with “great” plans, my daughter learned the most when it was a topic she was interested in. (She wanted to learn about the Holocaust – – we spent about a month on it – – and to this day, she is a “teen expert” on the events during that time.) I also learned NOT to schedule more than a week out – – eventually, I learned that it was best for us to schedule day-by-day. I can take advantage of special opportunities – – and not feel like I get too far behind.

I learned that once you homeschool – – it is in your blood – – and you don’t want to quit. I know that I make it sound like a drug – – and perhaps, it kinda is – – learning is my drug of choice. And I am a darn good “dealer” (teacher)! I homeschooled my oldest for punitive reasons – – but, it became something otherwise, shortly after. I wanted to homeschool my other children. Then, I learned that not all children SHOULD homeschool. My middle child goes to public school – – and we have agreed that we will not go the homeschooling route with him, ever. My youngest had some reservations, since she is such a “social” child – – but, I asked he to give it a shot – – and now, she LOVES it (and doesn’t want to go back to public school!)

I am still in the prime learning phase……so, hopefully, reading everyones meme will help me to navigate through this time a little easier. Thanks for sharing your stories – – your struggles – – and your triumphs…..it really does make a difference!! 🙂

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Nine Inch Nails has come out with a new CD: Ghosts I-IV.  They are offering the first nine tracks (with PDF), FREE on their website.  Just click the “order” link at the bottom left side — the page will show several options for ordering – – the free option is on the top right hand side.

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