Hi! I’m Emily! This is our goofy family.
Back when our son was a baby, we embarked on an adventure to build an off-grid house out of cordwood masonry. I documented that entire process over at AccidentalHippies.com.
Little did we know that our journey would lead us on a wild ride from living a “normal” suburban life to sustainable homesteading and homeschooling.
In a previous life, I was a certified music teacher. I have both a Bachelor’s and a Master of Music Education and spent ten years in the classroom. I spent a lot of time observing my students’ school experiences while also reading books and research literature about how the brain learns. And because of that, I found that over time I was dissatisfied with the outcomes of typical classroom instruction on learning.
I never dreamed that I would ever be a homeschooler. School is just a normal part of life, right? Isn’t that the only way to learn?
But when I had my own son, it became obvious to us that learning doesn’t just happen in the four walls of the classroom. He was bright and curious with an insatiable knowledge to understand the world around him. As he gets older, his questions get bigger. My husband and I both want to keep that spark of curiosity alive in our son.
That’s why we started homeschooling!
Homeschooling allows us to become “unbusy”. To learn at our child’s unique pace. To explore his unique interests and gain the skills he needs in the ways that suit him best. Not the ways that work best for a classroom. Not the ways that conventional educational methods say you have to.
We’re free to play. Free to explore. Free to go outside, make messes, and make mistakes.
A lot of learning happens when you relax and let it happen. You don’t have to tie yourself down to rubrics and standards to receive a rich, vibrant, and thorough education.
You just have to be open to the possibilities.
We’re only just beginning!
While we’ve been actively homeschooling for three years now, this blog is just getting fired up. We’re so excited to have you here!
Ready to learn more? Click here to learn all about getting started with homeschooling. Be sure to follow along for more homeschooling goodness on Instagram, Facebook, and Pinterest. I look forward to seeing you there!