The Possibilities For Fun Are Endless: Kristi Blumeyer's Interview

Kristi lives in Indiana with her husband Trent, and son, Tyler. Kristi writes about their life on her blog, Soaring Mountains Academy where you can see how she uses the freedom and flexibility of homeschooling in a way that works for their individual family.

Tyler is pictured above getting ready to launch his rocket at the recent summer fair, where he earned Reserve Champion!

My son built a few rockets during his time at home and I remember one model had a place where we could insert something to go on the flight. So somewhere near our home there is a beetle who stays busy entertaining his little beetle grandchildren with many stories about his adventures on the day we chose him to be an astronaut. Or would that be astrobeetle?

1. How long have you been homeschooling (or if finished, how long did you homeschool)?

We've been homeschooling since birth, but the answer most want to hear is that we're in our 6th year of "official" homeschooling. We only have one child and he's 9.

2. One of the main benefits of homeschooling is the freedom and flexibility it allows. Can you give us a few examples of how this freedom and flexibility benefited you (your family)?

We love our freedom & flexibility!

They allow us to year-round school, which helps because too much off-time means we have lots to go through to get back in the routine of school and lots of review to remember where we were.

They allow us to to take time off for fun things like field trips, fair week, traveling, etc.

They allow us to learn about something when we are interested in it and to adjust all our learning around whatever we want.

Most recently it has allowed my son & I to start volunteering at an animal refuge. This was something he really wanted to do and our flexibility allows for these types of things to happen during the day.

3. Another benefit of homeschooling is the fun factor. Can you give us a few examples of some especially fun times you had as a result of homeschooling?

I have tried over the years to make sure that there is fun every day so that neither one of us burns out on this adventure called "homeschooling" we're pursuing.

It could be things we do when we leave the house (which happens often) such as going to a zoo, nature center, museum, park - the list just goes on and on.

When we stay home, fun things include science experiments, reading books, playing, watching our pets, etc. The possibilities for fun are endless.

4. We all have funny experiences while homeschooling. Can you share one of yours with us?

There are always funny experiences at our house, but right now my son is going through a phase where he is developing his sense of humor. To watch this process unfold has been wonderful.

He's always coming and telling us some joke he made up or some funny face he's invented. You just never know what he's going to come up with next.

1 comment:

Liese4 said...

Hey, I know Kristi! She has a really fun, busy life. We're hoping she'll move back to Denver one day though.