Homeschool family blog

Hello! I’m Shirley

Mom of 2

I am so glad you are here!

I’ve been homeschooling our two beautiful children, Micah (9 years old) and Ellie (6 years old) for about 5 years now.

I am married to my amazing and loving husband of 11 years. He is an active duty U.S. Military Chaplain.

I graduated with my BSN (Bachelor in Science of Nursing) from Indiana University South Bend and worked as a Medical/Surgical Registered Nurse for 9.5 years in Indiana and California.

When my daughter was 1 year old, we decided that I should stop working and focus on the children and their education at home and thus my journey as a stay-at-home, homeschooling mom began.

Aside from tending to the kids and home, you will find me blogging, knee deep in financial independence blogs , finance spreadsheets, and funds pages.

I am all about budgeting, saving, and planning for an early retirement. Our family has been on a journey and we are 4 years to financial independence.

OUR HOMESCHOOL APPROACH

I am an advocate for delayed formal education.

Not easy to say for someone who has attended public school since the age of 4.

I have nothing against schools, in fact, I had a very positive public school experience with some of the most caring teachers and coaches anyone could ask for.

In the beginning stages of my homeschooling quest, we were recommended to consider reading books from Dr. Raymond Moore by dear friends of ours.

Dr. Raymond Moore is a pioneer in homeschooling and best known for his 1975 book, Better Late Than Early. In the book, he shares evidence-based research that children are not psychologically ready for formal learning until age 8 and sometimes even later for boys.

Him and his wife, Dorothy, are considered the grandparents of homeschooling. You can read more about Dr. Raymond Moore here.

I also read articles on early education researches from HarvardStanford, and many other from a list found here.

I found that there really isn’t a need to push our children into formal education so early.

We should allow our young children ample time to be outdoors,  and enjoy unstructured play, imaginative play, and hands-on activities.

These types of play can help kids with important skills like self-regulation, creativity, exploration, and so much more.

I really appreciate organizations such as Defending the Early Years and Alliance for Childhood, that speak up for the importance of play in early childhood education.

With that said, I am not against a structure of some sort, routines, and rules. I think finding a balance is important and this can be difficult at first.

Since we started homeschooling, there’s been a lot of trial and error to find this balance.

Right now, we are in a stage where a little structure will do us good and have decided to join Classical Conversations this year and are very excited!

play based learning

OUR VALUES

We are Bible-believing Christian homeschoolers.

I value the fact that my children are able to learn how we are created, why God put us here, and what His purpose is for us here in this world that He has created. 

Education is not just about math, research papers, and the SATs. 

“Our ideas of education take too narrow and too low a range. There is need of a broader scope, a higher aim. True education means more than the pursual of a certain course of study. It means more than a preparation for the life that now is…

It has to do with the whole being, and with the whole period of existence possible to man. It is the harmonious development of the physical, the mental, and the spiritual powers. It prepares the student for the joy of service in this world and for the higher joy of wider service in the world to come.” {Education Pg. 13, Ellen G. White}

While graduating with honors, attending a good college, and working at a good company are all wonderful accomplishments, they do not define a human being.

So, in our homeschool while school subjects are important and we will study them, but they are not the only focus in life.

We hope to instill in our children the joy of service, friendships and relationships, community involvement, honesty, integrity, hard work, love, and contentment by leading them in the example we find in Christ.

Above all, we hope that they find joy in learning and never stop.

CONTACT

FOR GENERAL QUESTIONS

Please email me at: shirley(at)mylearntogether(dot)com