In honor of yesterday, our first day back to homeschooling for the fall, I thought I’d finish this meme I’ve had on draft forever. Yesterday went great, but I don’t know how we’re going to get back in the swing of things! We’re taking today off already due to the older kids having an art class this morning (the last one of the summer) and all of them going to an end-of-the-summer slip-and-slide party down the street this afternoon. So they’re out having fun and I’m sitting here sipping my decaf and blogging away. Nice way to spend the second day of school!
1) What country/region/state do you live in?
Northeastern Washington State – we’re the halfway point between Spokane and the Canadian border.
2) How long have you been homeschooling? Just getting started, old pro or somewhere in between?
We’re starting our fifth year – so somewhere in between I guess. Some days I really know what I’m doing and other days I’m wandering around muttering to myself.
3) Write a little something about your family. Ages? Stages?
Natalie is 9 and a half and is starting 4th grade.
Noah is 8 and is starting 2nd grade.
Jonathan is 6 (7 in three weeks) and is starting 1st grade.
Josiah is 4 and a half and is learning his letters. He already knows his numbers.
4) Share some good homeschooling advice you’ve run across.
Treat your children as the individuals that they are. What works for one will not necessarily work for another, and vice versa.
5) Tell us something you’re passionate about. (Besides your family and homeschooling, those are givens!)
Reading, writing, leading worship, crocheting, movies. Mostly reading, though.
6) If you could take the ultimate field trip, where would you go and why?
Boy, that’s hard. I’d love to take the kids to New England and tour all of the colonial and revolutionary sites. I also want to go to Ireland to explore our heritage – my maiden name is Shannon.
7) What is a resource you can’t do without?
Our computer and our public library.
How do you homeschool? Classical, Charlotte Mason, Waldorf, Unschooling, Eclectic?
Ecclectic with tons of living books.
9) Share a website or two that you visit often – can be your favorite blogger or a curriculum supplier, just any sites you really like.
Bloglines – all of the blogs on my sidebar are terrific.
10) Tell us about one of your favorite projects/activities/trips you’ve had in the past few months.
Our Grand Adventure, of course! In June, the kids and I visited my sister in the Seattle area and took day trips to the Pacific Science Center and the Keyport Naval Undersea Museum, not to mention the beach.
11) What is a current/previous homeschooling challenge you’ve faced?
Keeping my house clean while homeschooling.
12) Share an accomplishment, something about you or your children. Come on, brag about it!
Teaching my kids to read has given me the biggest sense of accomplishment of anything I’ve done in my life. Three out of four so far.
13) What are you looking forward to over the coming year?
Getting back to our routine and learning about ancient history – something I don’t remember doing when I was in school.
14) Name three things you like doing in the summer with your family.
Going to the lake.
Playing at the park.
Lazy days with nothing to do.
15) Have a favorite homeschooling quote? Share it here.
My education was the liberty I had to read indiscriminately and all the time, with my eyes hanging out. —Dylan Thomas