Our oldest is 15 years old and has always been in public school, after I gave birth to my first son 7 years ago I belonged to an online community of “crunchy mamas” which I joined because I made the choice to use cloth diapers. I learned a lot about this lifestyle which pretty much fit into how I’ve always believed life should be, natural and simple. Don’t get me wrong, we are a family that is all about entertainment. We love our movies and our electronics; however I do believe that certain things do not belong in our lives. Like a lot of chemicals, a lot of junk (food), and a lot of the bad that comes along with public schools. I learned that a lot of people homeschool their children and while it took a lot to convince my husband that homeschool did not mean anti-social or weird children; he finally agreed to let me try. We tried with our oldest but it was too awkward for him, and being that I did not give birth to him I do not have much of a final say in things that have to do with him. Thankfully my oldest never knew public school, except for a brief trial in the benchmark program offered here in our area. He enjoyed it but didn’t choose to stick it out, he was bored with it. So here we are finishing up first grade and he is so incredibly intelligent and learns so fast! I also have a 3 year old who is well above many of his peers, and yes I do believe that what I do here at home with them has at least a little to do with all of this. They are quite normal as well, they are not perfect angels but they are not complete little demons either. We have our issues as well as our triumphs. They attend many social groups including a homeschool co-op, sports at our local Y and even some group art classes. I firmly believe that this is what God wanted for our family, for so many reasons! I will not lie, it is not always easy to do this but I would not trade it for anything in the world! Raising my young men comes before any career that I will have. I have a BS in Criminology and Psychology and will begin working on my masters once the boys are a little older and have goals to become a licensed therapist. I thank God that my husband has the type of job that allows me to stay home and raise our children the way we want to, instead of letting society do it. Before I gain as many haters as followers please know that I do not pass judgment on anyone who does not homeschool, it is not for everyone. My opinions are about my family and our lifestyle and I am in no way trying to put down anyone who does not share our beliefs. If you are interested in learning more about the curriculum we follow, you can check out their website here.

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