I want to introduce the idea of T.E.A.M. I have created a new website specifically for T.E.A.M. members...please visit to see what we are doing.
I am really excited about this and I will offer more details in the coming weeks. For now though...I want to introduce my new idea and I will add more later.
This idea came to me as I read a great book, "Recovering the Lost Tools of Learning", by Douglas Wilson. The author of this book really took control of where he felt the public school system was not working for him and opened a private school. I think this is a great idea - but if it is not something that the parent can do, due to finances or any other reason, or if there isn't a great private school near enough or in your budget, then other options must be explored. Several times however, the author details the importance of working with your children at home. He fondly remembers debates over dinner as his family discussed things that were of interest and tried to come up with the answers together. We have shared some of these same memories over our dinner table so I really connected with that. That is why I am starting a group called T.E.A.M.
T.E.A.M. stands for Teach Every Available Minute. I want to help parents, grandparents, aunts, uncles, big brothers and sisters and anyone else with a vested interest in their children and in the students of their community, by providing them with the tools to help their children at home so they will be better prepared for school. I have found tons of free materials available online and I will add these links later to my favorite links page. I will be meeting with parents at our primary and elementary campuses as the school year gets underway. I want to support our teachers, help increase our test scores, offer parents some great tools, and most of all, expand the available opportunities for each child by equipping them with the knowledge they can carry for a lifetime. But this is not something one person can do...it takes a TEAM!!!
Keep checking back for more details!
I may come back to this site...but please visit my new site location at:
I hope to see you there! I am learning the inner workings of setting up a website and just don't know how to operate all of the features on this site. Until later, Ashley
This site is completely a work in progress...bear with me as learn how to do this. I will add a little each week in an effort to connect with other christian parents, whether you homeschool or not. I know we can learn from each other's experiences.
Trying to decide to homeschool was so difficult, but now I can't imagine ever doing anything else! I will actually begin my story three years before I began homeschooling in the fall of 2007.
I used to work outside the home and felt like everything was fine. I was raising a blended family and had four children still living at home. I struggled with keeping up with career deadlines, getting the kids to practice on time, keeping the house clean, getting a meal on the table, and a sudden onset of the sniffles at all the worst times! Deciding to homeschool was not even a thought on my mind even when my employer dropped the bombshell. I sat numbly in a conference room and listended to words many of others have probably experienced; "...following the trends.....downsizing....consolidating....". What did these words mean to me? The accounting department in our branch was being closed and all accounting work would be moved to the existing department at the corporate location...the branch in Dallas would no longer require it's own accounting department. I was amazed. I had prayed diligently the day before. I had become so tired of juggling my career and family. I was exhausted from being away for twelve hours everyday to allow up to 1-1/2 hours before and after work for driving, eight hours for working, and one hour for lunch (I mean a nap in my car down in the parking garage)! I had prayed for God to show me what to do because I just couldn't walk away from such a great job with such great benefits. I couldn't do it - but He did! This was the first of my journey. I had no idea where this would all lead. I was terrified and excited all at the same time. I hope that I can help you find a little of your own story woven in mine. We are all caught up in so much busy-ness that I feel certain all of us can find comfort in each other's stories. This is my story.
Thanks for stopping by! Ashley