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I try to keep my priorities in order: Jesus, my Andy, our children, everything else. I homeschool our boys, love to read almost all written words and have been challenged by the military life for 18 years. Right now my faulty human body is demanding a lot of attention. One day at a time, learning as much as possible every day and remembering to look for JOY when other things threaten to overwhelm.

My Blog Title Verse

"For the Lord gives wisdom. From His mouth come knowledge and understanding." Proverbs 2:6 NKJV
The Message translation puts it this way "God gives out Wisdom free, is plainspoken in Knowledge and Understanding."

A life full of learning

 My philosophy of education is constantly changing and evolving.  In my opinion, the question of what to teach really can't be answered. How to teach it is just as impossible of a question. I love seeking out a subject that interests us together as a family. I love hands-on activities. I love reading book after book after book, just on a whim. But I insist on learning handwriting, and a few spelling words and the times tables. I don't fit any "themed" type of homeschooler.

 I think perhaps the simplest way to sum up my thoughts is with a quote from my mother in law. She is a teacher in the public school system, has been for twenty years. She teaches the elementary age gifted program, and she says her goal is to teach them "How to think, not what to think."

 How beautiful is that?

 My memories, and my parent's passion, as I  grew up as a homeschooler myself definitely define me as a mother and teacher.

 The school room setting, the curriculum chosen, the amount of time spent at a desk versus participating in hands-on activities; all of that fades away when you consider the forming of a child's mind.

"How to think, not what to think."

Some of our adventures include:
 The first realization of the freedom allowed 
Second Grade
Third Grade and Kindergarten
Off to an early start
Into the Wilds
Inside, Outside, Upside Down
Fourth and First Grades
Starving- or what I learn from my kids
Guilt relieved
Still here - a story by Canaan
Easter - the story re-write
Fifth and Second Grades
Back to School we go

I quit blogging for several years, and focus more on what God is teaching me through the failing of my body now, but I still homeschool my boys.
 C is 11th grade, and taking several classes at Troy University while working part time and still handling math, vocabulary and studying for the ACT at home.
 Z is 8th grade, and an eager learning. He wants to know more and that personality is so easy to teach. Since he struggled so very much in his younger years he is thrilled by the ability to keep up now.