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January 17, 2013
Our Adventurous Journey
Did I always plan to
homeschool? Absolutely NOT! On our 9th anniversary,
my husband took me out to a very fancy dinner and told me
through his prayer and devotional time, he felt the Lord was
calling us to homeschool. I laughed. But just a
later, after the Lord worked on my heart, we began the journey
and OH am I ever so glad we did!
Lately, so many people have been asking me questions about
homeschooling. This page is here for those who are curious
as well as a resource for me to point people to in order to keep
from repeating myself so many times. Don't get me wrong -
one of my favorite subjects in the world to talk about is
homeschooling! But sometimes it's nice to put things in
one place. So, if you have a question that is not answered
here, please feel free to ask or email me at
We belong to the UPC Classical
Conversations community in East Orlando directed by the
wonderful Ruthie Delk. I tutor the Master's class (which
is 5th - 6th grade students) and I seriously love each and every minute of it!
For more information about Classical Conversations, visit their
There is also a spectacular blog done by a CC Smart Mama in
Tennessee named Brandy. It's called
Half-a-Hundred-Acre-Wood and has the best
explanation of CC posted that I've yet to come across.
Vine Ripe Kids
We belong to a homeschool support group
called Vine Ripe Kids. They have what I call a
but to get to all the "real" information, you have to join up
and then you'll get access to a much more information filled
website that only members are allowed access to.
Sorry...it's a privacy and security thing.
Vine Ripe Kids
offers their members SO much! There are monthly family
events, a Keepers of the Home / American Girl club for girls, weekly
co-op classes for 11 weeks in the fall and 11 weeks in the spring, Physical Education
classes, Moms Nights Out, and more field trips than I can
possible keep track of! I am the coordinator for the
monthly family events and we have excellent things on our
calendar for next year such as picnics, a Family Heritage Night,
Fine Arts Night, a Science Fair, a Daddy Daughter Dance, a
family campout, and so much more!
the Deweys do?
That, my friends, is the million dollar question! As
with most homeschool families I know, we do a little bit of this
and a little bit of that. And every single year of our
schooling has been completely different. I had Kira alone
for two years, then I had Kira and Siri together.
Now, Jase is in the mix and as he starts K5,
I'll technically have all three children enrolled.
Yep, I'm pretty sure next year will be quite different from any
year as I'm sure will be the case for every year from here on
out. So, I'm going to refer you to the
curriculum links on
this page to learn more about our favorite
resources. Also, feel free to read the
interview I did with Gretchen Ronnevik. (see next
section titled "All in the Family.")
All in the Family
This is a picture of my second
cousin, Knut, his lovely wife, Gretchen, and their beautiful,
growing family. Gretchen has a wonderful blog called "He
Sows, She Sews." Every Friday she posts something
homeschooling related. One Friday, she posted an interview
she did with me. If you'd like to read it, feel free to
She also recently posted a phenomenal and simple outline of
different homeschooling philosophies and styles. If you
would like to read that, please
Anyone who knows me at all will laugh
at you if you ask me that question. My husband wishes we
were a bit less socialized...maybe then a few more things would
get done around the house. Ha ha! But to those who
seriously wonder, the answer is a resounding YES!
My children have tons of friends! Between playdates,
field trips, Tuesday co-op classes, Friday Classical
Conversations, and Sunday church and Sunday school, we get out
quite a lot!
We also travel quite a bit and would be remiss if we didn't
include our out of town friends and family amongst our dearest
friends. Oh, and did I mention we live in Orlando and my
husband works for Disney World? That in an of itself
brings many wonderful guests to our home every year and we are
so thrilled to have company whenever we can!
Websites, recommendations, and favorite resources:
OK...here's the part my friends have been waiting for.
Click here for lots of
websites and resources. They include everything from
curriculum to games to audio CDs to helpful blogs. Do I
use all of them? No. If I start trying to do
everything and get overwhelmed again, I have some friends
holding me accountable that will metaphorically "shoot me."
Have I found each of them helpful at some point or another?
Absolutely yes! Otherwise, I wouldn't list them. So,
enjoy and have fun browsing!