We are a family of seven. Our kids are 10, 8, 6, 4, and 2. Life at our house is awesome!! Without beating around the bush we are nature loving, literature loving, language loving, politically conservative (although that seems to mean very different things to different people), religious, anti-Common Core, pro-family, and kind of wannabe preppers/homesteaders (we have a few chickens and garden and bottle food, you know, with all our spare time!)
We are taking a risk (maybe) in going against the norm with homeschooling our kids. We want something better for them than what is currently offered. We don’t want them to be cogs in “a system” or numbers in data collection. We don’t want them to be “socialized” by children who are still trying to figure out how society works themselves, and often resort to bullying and pecking orders. We want them to be classically taught, to learn from great minds, and to develop their own great minds. We want them to follow their interests and think deeply, while also developing skills and talents to better their own lives and serve those around them. We are striving to teach compassion, understanding, responsibility, justice, mercy, math, grammar, spelling (ugh!), writing, science, history, and yes, Latin!
This kind of makes us sound bigger and better and unrealistic (well, I guess if you have the same goals and values as we do) but I promise, we are also just normal people. Our house is frequently messy, the laundry is often not put away (but at least it’s clean!!), and for the life of me I cannot get the kids to catch the vision of what I mean be a “clean” bedroom. Dinner is sort of so-so at our house. I sometimes try to decorate, but that’s not really my forte. We live in a regular neighborhood in a small town about an hour away from the “big” city. And my husband and I laugh about how our favorite thing to do is read juvenile fiction after the kids have gone to bed. And then go to bed ourselves, because come on, we’re tired. After all we are parents of an 10, 8, 6, 4, and 2 year old. And we homeschool. Life at our house is awesome!!