Hello, This blog is about sharing ideas that help in raising and educating your children.  I have homeschooled, public schooled, part time public schooled and after schooled.  It’s all good, there are lots of resources out there, it can be a little tough to sift through it all and figure out what will work best for you and your family.  And it can be hard to figure out what skills, knowledge and education your child will need.  That is where this blog comes in, I hope it will be a good resource for you in figuring it all out.

Here are a couple pages you may find interesting and hopefully helpful:

This is a list of 9 books I have to be the most helpful in implementing our customized education for our children.

This page has some good general advice on homeschooling and making it work : Homeschooling

This page is a synopsis of our basic homeschool plan and what we hope our kids learn and do before they are all grown up and released to the world. Our Homeschool Plan

This is just a couple sentences of my homeschool/ teaching/ learning philosophy: Philosophy

Make sure your child learns to read phonetically — How To Teach Reading

Some of the different Homeschooling Methods Summarized!



A little about myself and my kids– this is not brag, just to let you know me somewhat.  Believe me, we have had to prioritize how we spend our time, so we are far from perfect in every way.  And I have an aversion to people looking perfect, so that is definitely not my goal here.  It is not to show you how awesome I am and make you jealous (can you see those gray hairs?).  It is only to show you what is possible and to get you thinking about what you want to do and what may be possible for you?

I have 8 children ages 17 – 4.  We are currently living in France where all 8 children are attending public school to learn French and to learn about the French culture. I grew up in Mexico, lived there from age 7 to age 11 and again when I was 13 and a few other summers were spent there here and there, my dad had a business there for years. I also lived in Belgium for a summer and my whole family spent 2 months in Peru when I was 10.  My husband also lived in Australia for a bit, served an LDS mission in Korea, and we have both traveled and visited many places.  These experiences certainly led us to want to give our kids a similar experience.  My husband and I met at BYU where he graduated in Economics with a Korean minor and I graduated in Horticulture with a Spanish minor.  We have been happily married for 20 years living in Utah, California, Texas and New Hampshire.

All 8 kids are enjoying the experience and they are learning a lot this year.  I am actually a little surprised at how smoothly they have made the transition to French public school.  My oldest child is a senior this year, she is headed to college this upcoming September- hasn’t decided where yet, but will study music– here is a link to a song she wrote and played on youtube, The album is for sale here.  The other kids have not decided fully what they want to do yet, my sophomore daughter is leaning toward art and animation.  The boys so far have been pretty interested in computers and video games.  I suspect we will have some programmers like their dad and some entrepreneurs.

Thanks for stopping by, leave me a comment or a question if you feel so inclined, I love feedback, I love lurkers too.  I hope you find something of use here.  Take care– have a great day– thanks for reading!


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