Very pleased to have you here, now let me share a little bit about us!
Meet our family;
A family of four living in snowy Canada dreaming of grand adventures and epic places! We love seeing new things, finding new places, and exploring what the world has to offer together. We spend much of our spare time visiting anywhere new that we haven’t been yet. In our current stage of life, this usually means that we visit a local museum, check out a new park, or take in one of the many festivals that happen all year long! We are lucky to live in a city full of life so there is always something to do and see. With all the excitement also comes the tiredness of constant hustle and bustle, but we are totally content combating that with some days spent at home reading or sprawled out on the floor around one of our favourite board games. We try to make the best out of every day and love to spend time with one another, which I’m soaking up because I know this will fade as they grow!
I love being a mom, but with two very outgoing children, it can sometimes feel like I’m living in the middle of a tornado. We are constantly learning new things about each other and finding out how our family works best, for example, we tend to sleep in later than most, we wake up slow, the kids play quietly together while I have a morning coffee or tea, then finally I make them breakfast and we get a start on our day. That’s one of the great things about homeschooling, we are able to make our days work for us!
During the school season, one of our favourite times as a family is the time that we take every evening just before bed to read together. The kids cuddle up with their blankets and teddies and myself or my husband reads out loud. It’s such a calming and peaceful time for us to leave the crazy, busy world behind for a moment and just enjoy each other.
Why we homeschool;
We started homeschooling three years ago when my son was starting his grade one year. There were many reasons that we decided to homeschool, I actually wanted to homeschool before we even sent our son to public school for kindergarten, but we decided not to because we thought that public school would be the best option for him. After our son had bad experiences in school with academic struggles, social struggles, and the school unable to accommodate his ADHD in a way that I was happy with, we decided to start our homeschool journey. Our first year was definitely the most challenging things that I have ever taken on, I spent most of the year worrying about my abilities and convincing myself that I was not capable to take on this huge task of educating my children. It wasn’t until the end of the first year that I started to believe that I was doing a good job! Now, going into our third year I am feeling great! I know there is still so much that I can learn, but one of the amazing things that I have discovered through this journey is that it’s totally fine to be learning new things, it’s totally fine to stumble and fall, and it’s okay to change things as they need to be changed.
We are eclectic homeschoolers, which basically means that we do a little of everything, take a little from all the methods that work for us. We use some books and curriculum, but we also like to incorporate hands-on projects, field trips, and other outings into our learning process. The kids join classes and groups that can teach them skills that I am not knowledgeable about, things like ceramic painting and teaching of the settler life in the historic Fort.
Part of why I started this blog is to help people along their journey, because while there was a ton of homeschooling blogs and Instagram feeds that I was able to follow but what I found was that there wasn’t many that were telling a true and raw version of what was happening in their journey. I want to share the good things, obviously, but I also want people to be able to see the struggles and how we were able to get through those things.
Our hopes and dreams;
Like all families we have many hopes and dreams, but our families biggest dream is to be able to travel the world and see all the things that many people don’t ever get to see. We want to be able to give our family the most amazing learning opportunity ever, the opportunity to see and experience places around the world first hand. How amazing would it be to learn about ancient Egypt in Egypt, or to learn the renaissance inside the castles of history?
We are a Christian family, our religion is incorporated into all parts of our life. We continually feel Gods presence in our lives, guiding us in what we need to be doing. One of the amazing things about homeschooling our children is that we are able to share our faith with our children in all parts of their day, whether that be school work, life skills, or how we interact with other people. We aren’t perfect but we strive to keep God at the center of our family and all that we do!
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