"After Laura and Mary had washed and wiped the dishes, swept the floor, made their bed, and dusted, they settled down with their books. But the house was so cozy and pretty that Laura kept looking up at it."
- Laura Ingalls Wilder
Human Frailty of the Godly Soul
"The life of Luther might suffice to give a thousand instances, and he was by no means of the weaker sort. His great spirit was often in the seventh heaven of exultation, and as frequently on the borders of despair. His very deathbed was not free from tempests, and he sobbed himself into his last sleep like a greatly wearied child."
"As for her, like most women, she had but one ambition. To be a good wife and a good mother, and to be beloved by her husband and children, was all she asked. [She was] a busy, affectionate, cheerful little housewife, whose voice would never be heard in the streets, but whose memory would always live in a few faithful hearts."
I started homeschooling in 1990. Things are so different now! We have more resources, more curriculum choices, and the public is generally more accepting of this kind of education.
My five children were homeschooled from pre-school through high school. My oldest (now 23) has graduated college. My second child, (now 22) has completed 3 and 1/2 years of college. My 18 year old and 16 year old have finished school with me, and have gone on to experience life in the working world! I am currently teaching my youngest, who is 14 years old, and has a slight learning disability.
Through the years, I have kept to a very basic teaching philosophy that has stood the test of time. I have mostly used 1800's school books, including the McGuffey Readers, and Ray's Arithmetic. I have also used all kinds of curriculum from various publishers.
My children are not Harvard - bound geniuses, they are average and normal, like their father and I. However, they are extremely creative, inventive and have amazing life skills.
Through the years, and with seasons of change, I have adjusted our homeschooling plans. There is no fixed right or wrong way. We all need to be flexible and make changes as often as necessary. Sometimes what works for one child, will not work for another.
The following are a list of stories and memories of our homeschooling experiences. There are also a few articles that share ideas and encouragement for your own home school.
This index of articles will be updated, so keep checking back!
I am the mother of five home-schooled children, ages 15 and up, and a Grandmother of 2. I have been married for almost a quarter of a century.
I am a writer, reviewer, who loves fashion, sewing,
reading, fitness and cleaning.
We live in an 1800's house in rural Vermont.