About Me

I am an LDS homeschooling mother of six, married to the best man on earth!
Our journey to homeschooling:
 
Before our kids were in school, my husband and I discussed the options available to parents for their children's education.  We both were firmly against homeschooling.  Sports, socialization, and how I could possibly teach calculus when I had failed it in college were among the issues that initially turned us away. 
 
But life threw us a few unexpected curve balls.  When our oldest child was nearing school-age, we found ourselves living in a rural area that came with a school district that was quite behind even a decent public school.  If my kids had trouble later on, we could handle that and get them the help they needed, but I certainly didn't want them starting out behind. 
 
And the personality of our oldest child was another issue.  He is very intelligent, very active, and very intense.  I had three different people somehow associated with public schools and education programs tell me that he would be a problem in a traditional classroom.  Knowing and loving my bright and energetic boy as any mother would, I wanted him to be in a situation that would help him to reach his potential, and being labeled and treated as a problem did not catch my fancy.
 
So my husband and I started looking into other options.  We could not afford private schools, and I wasn't convinced they would be much better than public schools anyway.  So homeschooling naturally came next.  We began reading and researching, telling ourselves that we could homeschool for the first few years, and then when we moved into a better school district, we could transfer the kids to public school.  
 
That reading and research changed our entire outlook, most especially The Well-Trained Mind by Jesse Wise and Susan Wise Bauer.  My mom came across this book somewhere and got it for us.  I read it cover to cover, completely enthralled as if it had been a novel.  It answered all my personal concerns and opened up a new ideal for me.  I gave it to my husband, he read the first part, then handed it back and said he was on board.  
 
And so our adventure began.  As our other kids have gotten older and joined in the fun, we've become aware of personality traits, learning abilities, and other issues that have only strengthened our resolve that homeschooling was the right decision for our family.    
 
A little background information about classical education can be found in the homeschooling pages, but here, I want to emphasize the continual learning that takes place.  I took on reading from the high school book lists; classic works in history and literature that I had been assigned only a handful in high school and college.  This reading opened up new worlds and thoughts, the most important and life-changing of which was my discovery of the Core Virtues. 
 
I knew what virtues were in a general sense before, and I don't even remember where I first read about the virtues as a list of ideas to help guide us through choices, but upon finding them, I looked for a list of the most important to use as a teaching tool with my children.  The Core Virtues are the seven virtues from which every other virtue branches off.  I have more information on the Virtues in the Character Education pages of this site. 
 
The Core Virtues can easily be used by individuals and families of all faiths as a formal guide to making choices.  In teaching my children, I have found them of immense help in combating common misconceptions.  As my children grow, we will have a common language with which to discuss their choices in life, which naturally become more important the older they become.
 
I passionately believe that wherever you are in life, gaining a greater understanding of the Core Virtues will only add to your happiness.



An introduction to the family:
 
Country Boy is the head of our family.
I am the Well-Trained Mom.
 
Our six children are as follows:
        (with the origins of their nicknames underneath)
 
Beamish Boy (8)
        (The Jaberwocky  by Lewis Carrol)
Lizzie Hexam  (7)
        (Our Mutual Friend  by Charles Dickens)
Miss Marianne  (5)
        (Sense and Senisbility  by Jane Austen)
Eppie  (4)
        (Silas Marner by Geroge Elliot)
and the twins, Cor and Corrin (2)
        (The Horse and His Boy by C. S. Lewis)