Hi! I’m the Good Goat Momma. I am a former reading and ESL teacher. Now, I am a homeschooling mom of three and wife to my husband of 13 years. I left the teaching profession, not because I did not like teaching but because I felt a great obligation to my family that I could not fulfill while working. From the beginning I felt a need to homeschool on the cheap, since the family would benefit from one less paycheck. I already a had a great amount of free resources that I had pulled from as a teacher and had confidence that I could build the curriculum for my own children from the ground up using free or cheap resources from the internet and other places.
Each of my children are very different. They have different skill sets, different interest, and different tolerances, so learned right away that I would need to tailor each of my children’s curriculum individually. The internet was such a great tool for this. I use the library of course. What a great free resource, but the internet’s possibilities were endless. The internet became our source for impromptu research. It was in the throws of research that our love of the internet and its vast amount of brain tickling knowledge grew. We are all a bunch of fact junkies and spend a lot of time with our face in a computer. (Don’t worry we socialize too. I’ll get to that in one post or another.)
For fun I spend my time sewing, crocheting, writing, or reading. Sometimes I will neglect one of those habits for a while but these are the ones I always come back to. I am the non-fiction lover in the family, so most of my reading is done on the internet about faith, good health, or current events. Sewing and crochet are my creative outlets. My husband encouraged them and I have taught myself over the last couple of years using mostly internet resources (shocker, I know). I also have a couple of manuscripts for children’s books that I work on occasionally, but none of them have been published. It is mostly dedication that is lacking.
Recently my family has put all of our worldly belongings in storage and moved into the RV that I bought with my teacher retirement pay. We lost our home due to unemployment. God has taken care of us. Everyone of our needs have been met (and more, actually). I could start another blog with stories of the blessings He has rained down on us. I know you are not going to believe this, but the whole experience has been a blessing. It has changed our perspective on mortgages, on respecting each other, and on our recreation time. We have decided to remain in the RV and save every penny until we have enough to buy a piece of land outright with a modest house and homestead. I want my goat farm, hence the title of my blog (I’m the Good Goat Momma).
I am so thankful to be at home with my children and so thankful I have the liberty to homeschool. For two years we wrestled with the idea, worrying about budget and I worried about my ability, but very soon after we started, I knew it was the best thing we have ever done. My husband has been very supportive. Just another blessing to count.
One of the things that I did after we made the decision, was to join every Facebook group I could, read every homeschool blog I could and attempted to wrap my brain around this new life. As I go more comfortable in my new role, I noticed how many others were wary, undecided, lacking confidence and needed advice or materials. I knew that part of the reason for my quick transition was my 15 years teaching. I had experience on many grade levels and all subjects. I was attracted to the questions that all of these mothers helped and I found myself hanging out on site just to answer the next question. Yep, I was a question stalker. I suppose this new role took the place of the dependence that my teaching colleagues and I had on one another. The exchange was wonderful. I gained as much from the moms as I was hoping to give.
I hope to share more here, where I will be sharing with you my thoughts, ideas, successes, and failures on parenting, homeschooling and life, but you will probably love the resources the most. Some of the posts will be works in progress as I will be adding resources as I find them. If you have a questions, either about homeschooling or materials for a certain subject, you can join my group on Facebook where I and a number of parents share resources, homeschooling, and teaching tips throughout the day, so that you can relax more and enjoy homeschooling.