Welcome to ElCloud Homeschool blog!
My name is April, and I've been married to my best friend, Steve, for 20 years. This blog is where I share about our Christian faith, our family life,
our homeschool, and my reviews of curriculum and books.
Steve and I are the parents of 9 creative, active, distractible, strong-willed
children who tend to undo any organization that we achieve. We watch
the 2nd law of thermodynamics act itself out in our home daily.
Disorder prevails, and lots of energy has to be expended to restore
order. Even MORE energy is expended in getting the children to
expend THEIR energy in restoring order.
I don't use our children's names on my blog, but I do use initials and ages. I know that can be confusing, but much less confusing to ourselves, our family and friends than it would be if I used aliases for our children.
A - 20 year old daughter - homeschool graduate, college junior
R - 19 year old daughter - homeschool graduate, college sophomore
C - 16 year old daughter - homeschool 11th grade
J - 15 year old son - homeschool 9th grade
M - 12 year old son - homeschool 6th grade
L - 10 year old daughter - homeschool 4th grade
G - 7 year old son - homeschool 1st grade
V - 5 year old daughter - homeschool preschool and busybody
B - 3 year old son - explorer and mess-maker
We homeschool using as many living books as we can, since Charlotte
Mason's style is what draws us. We use a variety of different curricula, and love when life presents its own opportunities for learning. I'm relaxed about school, especially
with my younger students. I save the structured homeschool and
textbooks for the junior and senior high students. We aren't
unschoolers, but we adapt our curriculum to suit our family's needs. We
always seem to fall on the "relaxed" side of whatever curriculum we
That's just a little bit about me and my family. I am a perfectionist,
but not perfect by any means. More often than not, I am frustrated
because things do not go as I had hoped and planned. Frequently, I am the failure point, not the children. But every day is a
new day to try again, every week is a new week of homeschool. My
husband loves me, "warts and all", and my children are learning that
it's okay to make mistakes. Life goes on, and God is good!
Deuteronomy 6:4-9 is our goal for our family and our homeschool. We just keep trying to walk out our faith with our children and in front of them on a daily basis.