Tote Your Horn is a blog about how we keep our large family organized, functional, and chaos free.
We invite you to also follow the homeschooling adventures of our 8 children!
We are often asked (usually by smaller families) how we do it. Do what? Is my response. Curiosity about large family living and homeschooling lends to complete strangers asking how we homeschool, how we keep our house in order, and how we KEEP OUR SANITY. Usually my response is:
"This is our Life and We Love it!"
I grew up a Small Town Girl, living in a lonely world...so I joined the Navy in 2001. From 2001-2007, I was an Aviation Electrician and a Training Petty Officer. I’ve been a SAHM since 2007. Homeschooling my children has been my passion. I love teaching and helping people reach their goals. I have 8 wonderful children...I am SUPER busy but I wouldn’t have it any other way!
Our children love learning. The older ones have attended public school. I never felt right waking my children up early and sending them out the door. I didn't like wondering about them all day. What I really did not like was the attitudes and behaviors they came home with. They had homework in kindergarten and no time to be a kid. When the sun is shining, I want my children to be soaking up the rays. Our kids are not happy sitting in a classroom all day. With homeschooling, the world is our classroom.
This family has used a number of homeschooling styles. We've spent countless dollars on "Box Curriculum", CD's, websites, and books we can't live without. After months of planning and a "Can Do" attitude, all our money and hard work goes down the drain. Mommy gets burnt out and the kids gets frustrated. My first piece of advise is:
"If it doesn't work, move on".
Don't sweat it. Find something that works for you and your family. The reason that most of us homeschool is because we want our children to love learning. We want flexibility and the opportunities that only homeschooling can provide.
After a number of years, we have found curriculum that works for us and programs we love. We finally have a plan. It may change in the future, but what works for us right now is what matters.