Come on in.Hello, my name is Twila, blessed by God with a wonderful husband, and 4 amazing children. I am a homeschooling mother, creative thinker, idea explorer and above all a loved child of God. I write about our adventures and misadventures in this little corner of the world. I love to homeschool, read, learn, garden, knit and be artistic. Generally, anything creative will almost always capture my heart.
Life around here can get a little crazy with all the glue, paint, paper, string and nameless other projects that seem to explode with all the creative energy in this house! Oh, and books, did I mention books! Just so many lovely delightful books!
I started my homeschool journey in 2010. The road has been marked with tears, joys, and frustrations, but also a lot of growth. I started out homeschooling very traditionally and very stressed. I followed the curriculum to the letter gripped by fear that I would somehow get it wrong. I discovered homeschooling was not as enjoyable as I thought it should be. My children, very aware of my anxiety, became anxious too. All in all, it was not a good scene. Every year got a little bit harder as another baby arrived in the midst of it all and I was now schooling two children with a toddler and a baby.
My traditional program began to fail in two key areas; math, with one child and reading with the other. Desperate, I began asking older, seasoned and wiser moms, who I knew had been on this journey before me. They told me to get rid of the public school mindset. Homeschool is not school and can not be treated as a school. That was hard to wrap my perfectionist, never homeschooled mind around! But, it’s sooo true! Homeschooling requires and affords a lot more flexibility. It also requires discipline, but a disciplined flexibility that allows for the real life that happens in the homeschool.
As I began my search for a homeschool method that worked for my family I stumbled across two educational methods that fascinated me. Charlotte Mason and Waldorf. I loved the ideas Charlotte Mason presented but struggled with the practical aspect of how to implement all of those lovely ideas. So I began diving deep into Waldorf education learning as much as I could. I discovered that a blend of the two educational methods would form the perfect education for my family.
This blog is a place to share some of those projects and particularly to inspire you in your homeschool and to encourage you in the path you’ve chosen. Homeschooling is not the easy route. It can be a hard and challenging road, but it also allows you to reap some pretty amazing benefits. Homeschooling can become a sweet and beautiful lifestyle that really allows families to bond. True it can also tear us and our kids apart if not done with a lot of grace, forgiveness, and love. My hope is that this blog will be a blessing to all who read it. I pray that what you read here will be a breath of fresh air to your homeschool journey. Know that it may be hard but in the end, it is sooo worth it! The benefits far outweigh the struggles.
Please take the time to explore. I hope you find encouragement here and rest in your endeavors to homeschool. Rest assured you can do this, go easy on yourself, breathe, relax, baby steps . . . do what you can, and allow yourself to grow with your children.
Blessings to you and your Home:) Twila
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