Hi, and welcome to Confessions of a Homeschooler!
Please allow me to introduce myself:
Welcome to Confessions of a Homeschooler! My name is Erica Arndt, I’m a Christian mom with a wonderful husband and 4 precious kiddos! We’ve been homeschooling since 2006, although I was previously opposed to the idea. But I have learned through this journey, that when the Lord calls us, we are to be obedient! You can visit this post to see why we homeschool now. After a few early years spent getting into our groove, I can say that I am blessed to have the option to homeschool these kiddos, and that my husband and I can be the primary influence in their lives!
About our blog:
Confessions of a Homeschooler is a blog full of homeschooling ideas, resources and printables. I began the site in August of 2009 with the start of a new school year. It started off as a way for my husband to ‘see what we do all day’. And has really helped him interact with the kids about what they’ve learned each day. It quickly morphed into a place for sharing ideas and resources with other homeschoolers! And now we’ve even added in our cooking, quilting, and crafting adventures too!
About the Players:
First we have Strawberry Shortcake. She’s the my first born, 8 years old and currently in 3rd Grade. She likes horses, cooking, animals, American Girl dolls, and all things pink or light blue.
Next we have “Turbo”. He’s my second born, 7 years old and currently in the 2nd Grade. He’s the only dude in this group of all girlies (except my husband of course). He loves Lacrosse, baseball, and anything that I’ll let him take apart. He can make a gun out of anything, is good at just about everything he tries, and he has a laugh that is contagious!
Next is “Tinker Bell”. She’s my 3rd born baby, 5 years old and currently in Kindergarten. She’s a girlie girl and loves Furr Real Pets, Barbies, and American Girl Dolls. She’s a total “mama’s girl” and spends most of her time hugging and kissing me :o).
Last but not least is the Teeny Tot. She’s our last baby and we love her dearly. She’s crazy as can be, climbs anything worthy of the challenge, and does her darndest to do literally EVERYthing that the big kids can do.
About Our Homeschool:
Similar to many moms, I face the self-inflicted frustration of self doubt.
“Am I doing enough? What am I missing? Am I a good teacher? Should they be in school?” But I’ve found over the years that my frustration is outweighed by the tremendous joys of seeing my family grow closer together and watching as the kids grow and learn new things.
I think homeschooling is one of those slow payoffs, but each day I can see little things that inspire me to keep going! The Lord has really confirmed our decision to homeschool each year and truly brought us joy through our obedience! You can read why our family chose to homeschool here. And more about my own struggle with it in my Candid Conversation with God, and my thoughts on Plate Spinning 101!
I have found great inspiration for our homeschool from fellow homeschoolers. Joining the blogging community has been a HUGE help, and frankly I’m not sure how I ever did school before! There are so many talented and creative moms out there, and I love that everyone is willing to share their ideas and inspiration so freely! It’s truly been a blessing to us over the years.
I hope you enjoy this blog, and that it would be a blessing to your family! Thanks for reading, and if you have any questions feel free to contact me, I’d be happy to help!