Being able to play an instrument is truly an amazing feeling. There are so many benefits to playing an instruments. It reduces stress and depression, it makes us feel connected with others around us, it just makes people happy. There is a lot of research out there about how even some musical training when we are kids affects our brains in a positive way for many years to come. Read this Psychology Today article or this article from The Guardian for more information.
Our interview today is with Jojo Tabares: a wonderful mom that has homeschooled for many years, all while dealing with chronic illness, running a business and more. She has kindly agreed to share her perspective, her experience, and her sense of humor with us in this interview. I hope you enjoy it as much as I did.
Today’s interview is with Yvie from over on Gypsy Road. Their family is a road schooling family, and education includes a lot of travel and hands on learning while on the road. I think it is just fantastic! They certainly know how to have adventures together as a family, and have a lot of good knowledge to share with others.
Interview With Gypsy Road Homeschoolers
Hi Yvie, please tell us a little bit about yourself.
I’m a gypsy at heart….as a high schooler, I had this dream of owning a big van and travelling around the country with my guitar…working odd jobs and just L-I-V-I-N (you have to say it like Matthew McConaughey in Dazed & Confused). But then, like any good parents, mine put the squash on that. I got a degree in education, fell into a wonderful man (um, literally…funny ‘how we met’ story), and ended up moving to “one of the boxy states.” Having traveled up and down the east coast, but never having been west of the Mississippi, _that_ was a new experience! Hubby’s job always had him on the road, and when we began a family, my job was to keep the home fires burning….until we decided to join him. My friends would say I’m not Type-A, but Type-AAA, because I’m always running and going and doing…like a busy little bee! Continue reading “Interview With Gypsy Road Homeschoolers”
Today’s interview is with an amazing family of world travelers. They are an inspiration. They opened up my mind to the possibility of traveling the world with your kids full time, and learning a great deal from the experience. Their love for each other, love for learning and traveling and view of the world are uplifting and amazing, and I love that they have decided to share them here, with us. I would like you to meet the Kaponay Family! An amazing mum and dad, and two happy teens, traveling the world together. This is their story.
Since 2012, they have traveled to more then 34 countries, and set foot on 6 continents, and their journey continues on! Before you go on and read the interview, I highly recommend you check out Reka’s blog, Dreamtimetraveler, to find out more about their amazing travels! It will really put things into perspective when reading the questions and answers here!
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Interview With World Travelers: The Kaponay Family
Everyone loves to get presents, especially an exciting toy or two. Unfortunately, very often after the excitement of getting the toy, many of the toys wind up in storage and not played with shortly after being opened. In our house it’s either a closet or the toy gets passed on to someone else. This is a short list of our favorite fun gifts for kids and teens.
The toys in the list below have gone on for miles and miles around here. We played with them continuously, together, as a family. Adults, teenagers and little kids alike. Many we had to replace because they fell apart from being played with so much. If you know me in person, your family has probably gotten some of these from us as gifts at one point or another. Whether you are making a holiday list or just looking for a present for any occasion, this list is handy. Continue reading “Our Favorite Fun Gifts For Kids and Teens”
Homeschooling is not free, in fact it can get very expensive, and very quickly. It can be a lot less expensive as long as you visit the local library and utilize some of these free resources listed below. Some of these are amazing, and I can’t believe I haven’t heard of them until I started researching more.
When I started out, it was going to be a list of 25 resources, but it quickly went up to 50, and that was just from memory. I decided to dig deeper. As I read more and more about, the list kept growing. It has surpassed 100 resources at this point! I will add more as more of these wonderful resources come to my attention!
If you live next to a Six Flags theme park then this is for you!
Six Flags has a wonderful program for kids in grades K to 6, where they can earn a free Six Flags ticket for accumulating reading for six hours. It has to be six hours of recreational reading, but it can be from any source: newspaper, comic book, magazine, novel. What ever it is that sparks your kids’ interested can be read. The only reading that counts toward the hours is the reading done FOR FUN! The program is open to schools, so if your child is in school, his or her teacher would need to make the registration and keep track of the hours. At the end, all the students receive a ticket to Six Flags. It used to be that a homeschool teacher would get a ticket as well, now the rule is that you have to have 8 kids registered under your name to get the ticket. Continue reading “Six Flags Read To Succeed For Homeschoolers”