Who Am I?

I am the mother of two most interesting children, and the wife of a wonderful man. Our son has been educated at home beginning in the fourth grade. He’s a bright kid with a lot of interesting quirks, and was diagnosed at five years of age with Asperger’s Syndrome, an autism spectrum disorder. Our daughter is eight years old and was diagnosed a couple of years ago with ADHD. She is a high-energy ball of cheerful exuberance, who can have great difficulty staying focused. She was in public school for kindergarten and first grade, but has been learning at home since then.

As our son approached the middle grade years of his home education I found it increasingly difficult to find homeschool-specific science materials I felt would be suitable for our family. After a lot of searching I determined that the best thing for me to do would be to choose my own books and lab materials, correlate the topics in each, and make my own plan for working through the materials during the school year. Upon finding that many other parents were having a similar problem finding a suitable published program, I decided to format my plan for publication and make it available for other parents to use, hoping to save them some work duplicating my efforts. The result was the Awakening Wonder: Physical Science  study guide, published in 2009.

At the time, my intent was to publish additional study guides as I put together my materials for each school year. Life was pretty calm, my son was becoming increasingly independent, and I thought I had time available to become involved in this long-term project. However, within a few months of publication the course of our family’s life took one of those loopy shifts that are difficult to see coming and can disrupt the best-laid plans. One of the changes was that our daughter joined our home school for second grade, which dramatically cut down on the amount of time available for me to work on publication projects. At this time in my life it is very clear that my priorities must rest solidly with my family, but things are beginning to settle down again, and I find myself again with a little time for other things.

I think it will be a while yet before I am ready to devote the kind of time and focus necessary to do a thorough job of it, but I have many bits and pieces of things that were beginning to come together before I had to lay this project aside, as well as various odds and ends that I’ve found time to create during lulls in the current of life at my house. I think it’s a pity for them to sit around my hard drive drinking lemonade and occasionally nagging at the back of my mind when they could be out in the world making themselves useful, so I’ve decided to take another approach for a while and see how it goes.

In the interest of full disclosure I would like to state here that I am not an expert in any field of science, history, or education. My post-secondary education focused on art, specifically the field of illustration in which I hold a bachelor’s degree, as well as a hefty dose of art history. I have always enjoyed learning, though, and have certainly learned a lot since beginning our adventures in home education. I use my own best judgment in selecting materials, choosing topics of study on which to focus, and so forth. My methods and organization are eclectic, but influenced heavily by the classical model of home education and some of the ideas of Charlotte Mason.

My selections for science and history are secular. I look for resources that neither condemn religious belief nor try to bend facts to fit a preconceived religious perspective. I am fascinated by science, and was raised in a science-oriented family, and I see no substantive incompatibility between science and faith. I do find it tedious to constantly help my children disentangle someone else’s personal religious views and interpretations from observable fact before we can discuss how the observable facts fit in with our own religious perspectives and vice versa. It’s slow and frustrating and puts too much focus on criticizing the beliefs of others, whereas I prefer to teach my children tolerance toward other points of view, religious and otherwise, as is taught by my church. Our family are faithful members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, and believe firmly in its teachings. You may find materials on this blog that relate to other faiths, denominations, movements, and religions, however, as I have been known to create materials for some of my friends whose beliefs differ from mine.

I appreciate your support, and would love to hear your comments. If there’s anything specific you’d like to see here let me know. I make no promises (I’ve discovered those can be dangerous in my current, constantly shifting life circumstances, because some obstacle inevitably creeps out of the woodwork and gets in the way), but I do have random fits of creativity and it’s nice to know what would be useful.



1 Comment (+add yours?)

  1. Cindy edmonds
    Oct 05, 2012 @ 15:37:29

    I just happened upon your site here and saw that your son has Asperger’s. It caught my eye as my 15 yr old daughter has it also. We have been homeschooling for 5 years now, but at the time we started we didn’t have a diagnosis for her. I love it when I find other families with a child that has Asperger’s. It seems to be hidden behind other diagnoses and I am so glad to see that it is making its way to the forefront!


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