10 Reasons We Homeschool

July 21, 2017


Homeschooling on the Homestead Collaboration

Hey Y’all, we were asked by The Texas Boys to join their collaboration on why we homeschool and why homeschooling is good / right for our family.

Check out the full homeschooling playlist here to see why The Texas Boys and other homesteaders homeschool their kids.

There are so many reasons we chose to homeschool our kids but we’ve narrowed it down to the 15 reasons below. Our reason for homeschooling our kids is pretty universal. However, most of our five methods only apply for young children.

We hope you enjoy the video and would love to hear what you think.

10 Reasons We Homeschool:

  1. Desks: How long can you sit still?!
  2. Non-stop investigations and creative play
  3. Flexibility with our days and learning environment
  4. Biblical based teaching/learning
  5. Character building
  6. No set curriculum
  7. individualized learning
  8. Sleep
  9. No test pressure
  10. Allergy safety environment

5 Ways We Homeschool Our Kids:

  1. Being with our kids every day, we are able to teach our kids organically through everyday life situations.
  2. Internet resources
    1. ABC Mouse
    2. Right Now Media
    3. Starfall
    4. YouTube Kids
  3. Bible: teaches history, life lessons, character, cause and effect, physics
  4. Jenn’s head: experienced teaching, arts and crafts, spontaneous teaching lessons and opportunities
  5. Books

5 Bonus Reasons We Homeschool

  1. Minimize exposure to inappropriate content.
  2. Teach them to learn, not just regurgitate random facts to pass a test.
  3. Give them better social exposure.
  4. Teaching them what we believe and not having them forced to learn evolution or facts we don’t agree with that the government school system is forcing kids to learn and know.
  5. The Permaculture Prime Directive

June 20, 2017


How Secure Is A Master Lock Padlock?

If you’re using a padlock to secure anything of value, please reconsider. I’ve always considered a Master Lock padlock to be relatively secure but this changed the way I look at them forever.

I realize that they can be picked pretty easily, but the average crook probably doesn’t have great lock picking skills. What I wasn’t prepared for is how quickly they can be cut with an angle grinder.

I Lost The Padlock Key

After losing the key to a padlock that was “securing” a 20-foot BigTex trailer, I had two options: Either bust out some old lock picking skills or try to grind the padlock off.

Once I gave up on the lockpicking endeavor, I pulled out my $60 angle grinder. To my surprise, it took less than 30 seconds to remove the padlock.

To give you a little more perspective, I was cutting it with my left hand while filming with my right (dominant) hand. With a little practice, I could probably get it down to 10 seconds flat.

What’s The Best Way To Secure A Trailer?

All of this to say, If you are using a padlock to secure anything of value, please look for a better alternative. What is that better locking alternative? I’m really not sure.

Let me know in the comments section what your favorite way to secure a trailer is.

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We Are Home From The Hospital!

June 15, 2017


The Hospital? What?

If you saw our last video (Poor Little Dude), you know that our middle child (we call him Dude) was hospitalized due to pneumonia which aggravated his asthma. The bad news is that we do this once or twice every year. The good news is that we are now home and he is doing much better and breathing well.

Those of you with asthmatic children totally know the terror of knowing your child can’t breathe. We love natural, homemade, and alternative health practices but I’m so glad for modern medicine when it comes to keeping his lungs open during an asthma attack.

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