I’m an avid reader of blogs, a few in particular (I love DaMomma and WallyDraigle, particularly), and I thought that perhaps it’s finally time for me to start my own. Of course, I’ve never been very good at updating things like blogs, so… we’ll see how this goes.
I’m Sarah, a 33-year-old stay-at-home mom. I’ve been married for nine years to my husband Seth, and we have four little girls: Emily, 7, Jenny, 5, Charlotte, 3, and Megan, 1. My husband has been an officer in the military for several years now. We made our first move in 2009, moving from the mid-Atlantic state where I’d spent my entire life to New England. We left New England for six months in 2010 for a temporary assignment in the Midwest, then we finished our tour in New England and were assigned back to that base in the Midwest so that my husband could go to graduate school. Now that he’s graduated, we’re back to the East Coast (a little over an hour from where I grew up). So mid-Atlantic->New England->Midwest->New England->Midwest->East Coast so far. If you’ve followed that, we also accompanied my husband for a six-week training in the Deep South, so we’ve had a few adventures so far.
Most of my posts will probably be about the kids and homeschool. Sorry, if you’re not a kid person! But, remember, stay-at-home mom and all. In other words, they’re my work and take pretty much most of my waking hours. My leisure time does not generally involve activities interesting enough to blog about, mostly reading homeschooling forums and obsessing about lesson plans.
I’m also a Christian, and while, like most Christians, I have periods in which I get lax about my faith and periods in which I’m really excited about Jesus (and hopefully, during my Christian walk, the latter periods will begin to crowd out the former), my faith will likely permeate my blog (as it does my worldview).
We homeschool using a Christian curriculum called Sonlight. Sonlight is based around “cores,” which are the basic structure of your schooling and contain history/geography/social studies, literature, and Bible. You can also use their language arts and science, or you can choose your own of those subjects. You do have to go elsewhere for math, handwriting, electives, etc., although some of those are sold through (although not produced by) Sonlight. I am in *love* with Sonlight and so I talk about it a lot. I really enjoy their vision and I’m loving homeschool so far.
The homeschool curriculums that we’re using or have used so far include:
Sonlight (cores P3/4, P4/5, A, B)
Handle on the Arts (Sonlight K)
Sonlight Bible (A, B) – this includes a CD of memory verses that we *love* listening to in the car
Singapore Earlybird Math (A and B)
Singapore Math 1A and 1B (textbook, workbook, intensive practice, word problems)
RightStart Math (A)
Life of Fred Math (Apples, Butterflies, Cats, Dogs, Edgewood)
Sonlight Science (A and B)
Apologia Elementary Science (Astronomy)
Sonlight Language Arts (K, 1, 2)
All About Reading (pre-level 1, 1, 2, 3)
All About Spelling (1 and 2)
A Reason For Handwriting (K, A, T)
Explode the Code (A, B, C, 1)
Developing the Early Learner
Kumon Workbooks (various, including cutting, pasting, numbers, letters, telling time, etc.)
LEGO Early Simple Machines
LEGO Simple & Motorized Mechanisms
LEGO WeDo Robotics
ARTistic Pursuits (K-3 books 1 and 2)
Pfeiffer House Music (K)
Classical Kids’ Collection (V. 1 and 2)
The World’s Best Opera… For Kids… In English!
And of course hundreds of library books!