in lieu of preschool

I’ve been a stay at home mom for 9-1/2 years now, as of October 2017, and I love it!  I started this blog when my first two children were little because I decided we would do preschool at home, and this was a fun way for me to document our adventures while sharing them with other parents and teachers.

Luke and Lilah were born 18 months apart, and they were my only children for almost 6 years.  Then we added Levi and Lily in rapid succession; they are less than a year apart in age, thanks in part to the blessing of adoption.  (I’ll be sure to share that story with you someday, because it is certainly worth telling how God’s hand was in it all from the very beginning.)

Currently the children are 9-1/2, 8, 2, and 1 year old.  Yes, life is busy, and my brain is still adjusting from being a family of 4 for so many years to becoming a family of 6 practically overnight, but we are back in the business of doing preschool at home, and I am dusting off the blog to share all our new adventures!

Before Luke was born I taught 5th grade for 5 years as a Reading/Language Arts and Social Studies teacher.  Then I taught as a Title I Reading specialist working with struggling readers and writers in grades K-5 for 2 years.  I have a bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education K-6 with a concentration in English, and a master’s degree in Reading Education K-12.  I also earned National Board Certification in Literacy: Reading-Language Arts/Early and Middle Childhood while I was teaching.

Throughout my life I have found myself working in childcare and teaching roles.  It seems I naturally gravitate towards those types of positions.  I spent several summers as a preteen and teen doing M-F babysitting jobs.  I taught Children’s Church and Sunday School as a teenager.  During college, I worked part-time for 2 years in the one-year-old class at a preschool and subbed in other classes on days I didn’t have college classes.  I also cared for a little boy while in college for 2 years as a nanny.  As an adult, I have taught Sunday School, and I’ve tutored off and on for several years (3rd-7th graders in reading and writing).  Now I can also add home preschool and homeschool to my list; my oldest two are in 3rd and 4th grade this year and have been home with me since the beginning.

I thoroughly enjoy working with kids and watching them grow.  I feel so blessed to be able to stay at home with L&L&L&L while they are young.  I hope some of what we do will inspire you! 🙂

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