More About Me
- I began blogging back in the summer of 2007 shortly after coming across the Gentle Revolution books at the library, when my oldest son was almost two and a half. It changed the way I viewed little children and early learning, and I became passionate about sharing that message and felt blogging was an effective way to do that.
- The first few years of this blog (2007-2009) took place in Northwest Indiana (aka the “Chicago area”).
- For most of the life of this blog (2007-2012) I have been doing full time, in-home child care. Sometimes my daycare kids (including my nephews, who I used to watch) make it into the posts as I did a lot of teaching with them, too.
- For the first year and a half of this blog I worked at a daily cleaning job, too.
- As of fall 2012 I am retiring from child care (for now) and going to be focusing my efforts on making this blog better and more useful (and maybe some photography for profit).
- I am married to a Navy man and our family has been stationed on a military base in California since mid 2009.
- I know it’s cliché, but my husband is a fantastic, hard-working, and dedicated dad and is an integral part of our boys’ educations. Even though he sometimes still thinks some of the stuff I do with them is a little odd, and used to be uncomfortable with the idea of homeschooling, he supports me 100% and even teaches the boys things on a regular basis.
- I’m in my twenties, but my kids and teaching them is my main hobby. Beyond that and trying to manage a household and keep up a relationship with my husband, I don’t have time for much else! (and I’m totally ok with that)
- Keeping up this blog takes a lot of time and effort, but I feel like it’s worth it. The “Doman message” has changed my and my family’s life for the better and I feel like it is an important message for the world to hear and for other to see what early learning can look like.
- As a family some of the things we like to do together include camping, spending time outdoors, exercising together, seeing new places, playing board and card games, and playing games on the Wii. We are also known to watch Netflix together on a regular basis.
- I am a Christian and write every once in a while about teaching my boys scripture, religion, and virtues and how it impacts our lives. I put a verse at the bottom in every post, no specific reason, just because it’s my blog, and I like it, so I can.
- I was homeschooled through most of my school years, but it didn’t look anything like how I am homeschooling my kids now.
- When my oldest son was first born I had no intentions of homeschooling him. When he was about one and a half, all of that changed as I started to realize how much he was learning on his own everyday at home, how much I enjoyed teaching him new things, and how much I enjoyed spending time with him, being there to see all of his firsts, and being the most influential force in his life. Childhood, in my opinion, goes by way too quickly to spend such a large portion of it away from my kids.
- I am in my sixth year of “formally” homeschooling my oldest son. We did three years of preschool (K2, K3, K4) followed by K5 (kindergarten), 1st grade, and now we are in his 2nd grade year. His “grade level” has never dictated his level of work, though. He’s generally always been a few years ahead.
- I have been “formally” homeschooling (planning specific learning activities and developmental goals for) my youngest son (age 1) since birth, and he is in his second year of homeschooling (KB, now K1) (B in KB = baby, by the way)
If you have any more questions about me, I would be happy to answer them in the comments section of this page! Thanks for visiting.