There have been so many beginnings over the last few months, though I would say that (aside from leaving our apartment and moving in with a close family friend) this is the most prolific beginning thusfar. Like all stories, regardless of how long or short they are or where they (in time and space) begin, ours has a beginning and I suppose that telling you a bit about us and how we came to be here is as good a place as any to start…
We are a Southern Arizona family, myself and my good friend Thorius (her assumed name, to provide her anonymity), her daughter Ninja (aged 4) and my two children, Sun (aged 8) and Moon (aged 5) (children’s names changed for anonymity sake, as well). We live in a small and simple house with a large front yard, two dogs (a chihuahua/jack russel terrier mix and a great dane) and two black cats.
We hope to start a garden with flowers and veggies and fruits and herbs, but seeing as both myself and Thorius are terrible procrastinators, we have yet to even begin the planning. For now, we have morning glories and petunias and wild grasses and two large sycamore trees providing us with shade and hints of green. Every morning we are greeted by a choir of birds that live in the tall trees bordering the fence on the right side of the property (lovingly nicknamed The Apartments).
I am a writer, photographer, artist, and creator – it has been some time since I last made anything, and this journey has helped to rekindle that passion. I have a tentative plan of opening a business that sells the many little things that we all create, including Thorius’ dreamcatchers.
So, how our journey to home learning began…
I have always been partial to homeschooling, particularly with Waldorf inspired leanings. I spent a year in a Waldorf seventh grade class and, though I had an issue transitioning in certain areas, overall it was a life changing experience. The gentle nature of the teachers and the creative environment fostered my imagination, not to mention the amount of time we spent out of doors in the forest that surrounded the school! It spoke to that part of my soul that longed for softness, for music and colours and literature and trees and birds. Being Pagan for nearly my entire life, this style of learning truly connected with what I wanted out of my life and my education – I was so sad to be moved out of the school and back into a mainstream classroom, but even in High School I was in an Arts and Sciences charter school that was heavily influenced by Waldorf.
Now that I have my own children, I have wanted to give them the opportunity of that sort of education – but there is little in the way of educational choices here in Southern Arizona. My Sun has attended two different schools in our town, and neither of them provided him with the opportunities he needed. My Moon has been chomping at the bit for school to begin, but with a recent, and tentative, diagnosis of Autism, I have been hesitant to send her to any of the local schools.
My Sun has attended two different schools in our town, and neither of them provided him with the opportunities he needed. My Moon has been chomping at the bit for school to begin, but with a recent, and tentative, diagnosis of Autism, I have been hesitant to send her to any of the local schools. With all of the issues and changes in the recent months coming out and all of the things we are having to do, I made the choice to bring education into the home. I won’t lie, I have homeschooled before, but between my mental health concerns and my children’s learning styles not being completely known to me, we hit quite a few roadblocks. But, I am pleased to say that we are off to a strong, albeit rocky, start to our year.
My hope for this blog is to provide a record of our journey in its own dedicated place (seeing that I have two other blogs with their own specific themes and topics). I’ll share my resources, plans, pictures, and anything dealing with our homeschooling journey here. I look forward to the coming weeks and sharing everything with you!
We are super excited for this!