Feature on Play Dr. Mom!

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It’s been slow here the last few weeks. Between every. single. member. of this family being sick, horrible weather, and the photography business taking up a lot of time and energy, I haven’t had been posting much, but I hope to get back to posting 2-3 days a week next week. In the mean time I was featured on the Blog Play Dr. Mom today. Go check it out!


The Very Best Kids Activities from 2012 Blog Hop

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I have been thinking quite a bit about what post I should include in this year’s “The Very Best Kids Activities from 2012 Blog Hop.” I tried to think about what craft or project Big B and I enjoyed doing together the most. There were many, but when I really started to think about which blog post got the most views, comments, and response from readers the choice was clear…

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A short time ago I wrote a blog post about the benefits of raising children on a farm. The post is still to the day one of my most popular posts. So many people seem to long for the “simpler” life of farm living. I am quite proud of this post and that is why I am including it in this years Best Kid’s Activities blog hop…

The Benefits of Raising Children on a Farm

Best of 2012 Blog Hop with KBN - Benefits of raising children on a farm

Check out all the other wonderful blogs involved in this blog hop!

52 Brand New ~ Adventures in Mommydom ~ angeliquefelix.com – The Magic Of Play ~ At home with Ali

B-Inspired Mama ~ Blog Me Mom ~Boy Mama Teacher Mama ~ Busy Kids = Happy Mom

Carrots Are Orange ~ Caution! Twins at Play ~ Coffee Cups and Crayons ~ Confessions of a Montessori Mom

Craft To Art ~ Creative Family Fun ~ Creative Kid Snacks ~ Creative Learning Fun ~ Creative Playhouse

Creative with Kids ~ Cute and Peculiar ~ De tout et de rien: Activités pour le Préscolaire ~ Dirt And Boogers

Edventures with Kids ~ Enchanted Homeschooling Mom ~ The Good Long Road ~ Frogs and snails and puppy dog tails

Glittering Muffins ~ Go Kid Yourself ~ Growing A Jeweled Rose ~ hands on : as we grow ~ Here Come the Girls

Home Learning Journey ~ Housing A Forest ~ Mama Smiles ~ In Lieu of Preschool ~ Inspiration Laboratories

Inspired by Family ~ It’s A Long Story ~ JDaniel4′s Mom ~ Kids Creative Chaos ~ Kid World Citizen

Kindergarten & Preschool for Parents & Teachers ~ Kitchen Counter Chronicles ~ Laughing Kids Learn ~ Learn with Play at home

Lessons Learnt Journal ~ Life At The Zoo ~ Little Artists ~ Living Life Intentionally ~ Living Montessori Now ~ Love, Play, Learn

Loving My Nest ~ Mama Pea Pod ~ mama miss ~ Mamas Like Me ~ Mess For Less ~ Mom to 2 Posh Lil Divas ~ Momma’s Fun World

Montessori Tidbits ~ My Buddies and I ~ My Little Bookcase ~ My Nearest and Dearest ~ No Twiddle Twaddle ~ Nurturestore

Octavia and Vicky ~ One Perfect Day ~ ourfeminist{play}school ~ Picklebums ~ Play Activities ~ Playdough to Plato

PlayDrMom ~ playful learners ~ playing with words 365 ~ PragmaticMom ~ Putti’sWorld ~ RainbowsWithinReach

Rainy Day Mum ~ Raising Playful Tots ~ Reading Confetti ~ Red Ted Art ~ Royal Baloo ~ Science Sparks ~ Scribble Doodle and Draw

Small Potatoes ~ Smiling like Sunshine ~ Sun Hats & Wellie Boots ~ Sun Scholars ~ Teach Preschool ~ The Educators’ Spin On It

The Fairy and The Frog ~ The Freckled Homeschooler ~ The Golden Gleam ~ The Imagination Tree ~ The Iowa Farmer’s Wife

The Outlaw Mom Blog ~ The Pleasantest Thing ~ This Reading Mama ~ Toddler Approved ~ Train Up a Child ~ True Aim

Two Big Two Little ~ What Do We Do All Day? ~ Connecting Family and Seoul





Happy 3rd Birthday to My Sweet Little Boy!

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How has it already been 3 years? These last 3 years have easily been the best years of my life. I am so grateful to have you. I love you and your sister more than anything. I look forward to the years to come, and watching you grow and learn. I am so proud of who you are, and I excited to see who you become. I love you! I love you! I love you!


Why I Choose to Homeschool

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I spent four years teaching at the local public high school. I loved my job, I loved (most of) my students, and I truly loved the people that I worked with but when it came to making decisions about my children’s education I had a hard time with the thought of sending them to public school.

Unless you have worked in a public school AND have children you cannot truly understand how broken our education system has become.  When I first started teaching I was proud that my kids were going to be attending school in the county where I taught. It was a great school system… still is. Some of the most amazing, dedicated teachers I have ever known currently teach at our local high school.  It wasn’t until my son was born that I started to really see the flaws. I would sit and think, “This isn’t good enough for him.” The class sizes are unacceptable, teachers are forced to teach to a test (as they are throughout the US), No Child Left Behind has made it impossible for teachers to efficiently do their jobs, and funding is constantly being cut to programs that make our children well rounded people. You can have amazing teachers, who are hard working and dedicated, but that only takes you so far.

When I first started talking about homeschooling a lot of people asked why I couldn’t just supplement my children’s education. I considered this for a long time but it just didn’t seem like enough. All of the negatives associated with public school out weighed the positives and the more I looked into it there were very, very few negatives to homeschooling. Those of you who know me, know that I don’t do anything without researching it to death and anyone who has simply been around me knows how seriously I take parenting. So when it came to my children’s education I wasn’t going to make a decision without knowing the facts. I read books and countless studies. I talked to homeschooling families, and even talked to my fellow public school teachers. I met a only a few naysayers, most of whom knew nothing about public education, and none of their arguments were based in any fact, only assumptions about homeschoolers.

Once satisfied with the research I had to really ask myself… can I do this? Can I dedicate the next two decades of my life to homeschooling our children? The answer was obviously yes. If my mind is set on something I will go to any means necessary to achieve it and that is especially true when it comes to the wellbeing of my children. I want my children to love learning. I want them to be exposed to people of all ages, ethnicity and religions. I want them to learn by doing. I want my children to play a role in deciding what they learn.  I want their pacing to be based on them (at least until the high school level classes) and not the 25-30 other student in their class or a test. I want them to see the places they are learning about… And this is why I have chosen to homeschool.

I could go on and on about the advantages of homeschooling, about the countless local programs and classes that are available to homeschool kids, about co-ops, about the studies supporting homeschooling but I wont. I am not here to convince you. My decision to homeschool really has nothing to do with anyone but my immediate family. Me choosing to homeschool is in no way saying that those who don’t homeschool care less about their children. We all do what we can to make the best decisions possible for our children and for us that is homeschooling… it may not be the same case for you but as I respect other parents’ decisions, I hope you respect mine.