Welcome to Farm School.
We’re a Canadian prairie farm family of five. Tom has two full-time jobs, farmer and builder, and keeps well away from the computer. I have several full-time jobs as well, including farming, mothering, and home educating the kids, who are at the moment are ages 12 (Davy), 13.5 (Daniel), and 15 (Laura). No, those aren’t our real names. Because of the farming, mothering, and home education, plus my aversion to sharing our private lives with strangers, this blog in no way reflects real life around here. And I’ve been known to go for weeks and months without posting.
I’m originally from the Upper West Side but have lived here long enough now that most of our neighbors seem to have forgotten my exotic foreign roots.
Most of my book, music, and movie links are to Amazon.com, rather than any Canadian online seller (including Amazon.ca) or independent sellers, not because I think Amazon is the best purveyor but because it has the most complete and informative website. I don’t care much for the idea of hoping, asking, or expecting friends, virtual or otherwise, to pay for my books and other goodies, so unless otherwise mentioned (I think the only exception I’ve made has been for some Cybils award books in 2007), any links for books or anything else are NOT associated with any affiliate marketing program. I’m a big girl and I’m going to buy the stuff anyway, so you don’t have to buy it for me. And, to satisfy the FCC’s new 2009 guidelines, 99 percent of what I mention here I have bought myself with our own money, thank you very much. The few items received gratis (Cybils award books, for example) are so identified in the particular post. Since 2010 or so, 100 percent of what I mention here has been bought by me.
We’ve been home educating since 2003, when Laura was a few months into first grade. We started off full-bore with The Well-Trained Mind, but have evolved slowly since then, as the kids have grown and the boys joined us for our studies. While WTM remains our general framework, we also include the philosophies and methods of Charlotte Mason, Benjamin Franklin, Henry David Thoreau, Daniel Carter Beard, W. Ben Hunt, and Swallows & Amazons. You should be able to search the blog for any of those names (except, I think, Thoreau, but I’m hoping to remedy that soon), and find some posts that will explain.
Our unofficial family and school motto is: BETTER DROWNED THAN DUFFERS IF NOT DUFFERS WON’T DROWN.