Ashleigh H. of Georgia
Brecklynn and Bristyl. Dance and preschool teacher. We have a goldendoodle.
Mandy of Brunswick, Georgia
Dad, Mom, and 9-year-old Connor, with 2 furbaby cats.
Kristy of Georgia
Dad, Mom and son. No pets. Accountant, homeschool teacher, karate.
Summer of Atlanta, Georgia
Summer and Steve, Grey, Ash, Ollie.
How do you Timberdoodle?
Ashleigh: I heard about Timberdoodle from a friend. Love them all. Learning every day.
Mandy: I found Timberdoodle with an online search to find the best solution for us and Timberdoodle is fantastic for our lifestyle! We love the curriculum, it's easy, fun and wonderful to work with!
Summer: Love the PreK curriculum which I stumbled on two years ago
Tell us about a typical school day at your house.
Ashleigh: Start at 9:00. We have free time and tracing and learning to write. We have lunch every day at 12:00.
Mandy: We are usually on a slow start :). We start our day at about 9:00 a.m. Breakfasts and getting into the swing of things, then we do school for a couple of hours. After that it is playtime!
Kristy: We start around 9:30. We cover math, typing, reading, spelling, grammar, writing, handwriting, history, and science. He finishes chores before we start school.
Summer: Just kinda play it by ear, not huge schedule followers.
If we peeked inside your home on a random Wednesday afternoon, what would we see?
Ashleigh: A dog. And my family and my kids learning.
Mandy: Connor fishing off the back of the boat.
Kristy: You’d probably see my son practicing his karate, final preparations for his presentation for co-op, and snack time.
Summer: Chaos and happy kids
If you could take your family anywhere you wanted for vacation where would you go?
Ashleigh: To the beach at Destin.
Mandy: On a road trip between Canada and USA.
Kristy: We’d travel to National Parks.
What books have you read over and over?
Mandy: The Magic Chair
Kristy: Teaching From Rest
What dietary challenges does your family face?
Kristy: Sensitivity to food dye. We avoid it completely.
What tips do you have for surviving a hard day?
Mandy: Ending the day with a bit of meditation to relax the mind.
Kristy: Pray, text a friend
What’s something your child has done that thrilled your soul?
Mandy: Writing me sweet and loving notes, and breakfast (toast) in bed!
Kristy: He’s been working so hard lately. He’s been doing a great job on his schoolwork and karate.
How does your family celebrate birthdays?
Mandy: We love to do experiences for birthdays, instead of just "gifts". Family experiences are worth more in memories than gifts that get outgrown.
Kristy: Lots of cake, the birthday person’s favorite meals, presents
What’s your favorite school day lunch?
Mandy: 2-minute nooodles
How would you manage if you had to homeschool without the internet?
Mandy: Lots and lots of books and printed worksheets.
Kristy: We use Teaching Textbooks and an online typing program, so we’d have to get a version that doesn’t require the internet. Otherwise, we’d be fine.
What tips do you have for other families?
Mandy: Stay strong!
Kristy: Find community. We’re so thankful for our co-op. We can gain wisdom from those further in the journey and support from others when we have tough days.
What is something you appreciate about each of your kids?
Mandy: I love Connor's kindness and thoughtfulness.
Kristy: His kind heart.
What song is currently in your head?
Mandy: Promise Me
Tell us about your family’s favorite games.
Mandy: Love to play Uno and Exploding Kittens :)
Kristy: Blokus, Rush Hour, Qwirkle
What is your exercise routine and how often do you do it?
Mandy: Yoga (try for daily)
Kristy: I try to exercise 3 times a week. It doesn’t always happen.
What hard thing are you planning to do this year?
Mandy: Teach coding and Spanish!!! To both little guy and myself.
What did you do just for fun with your kids recently?
Mandy: Took a walk to the park to play a bit :)
What would you name your boat if you had one?
Mandy: We have one and she is called "Ocean Calling" :)
If you could learn a new skill, what would it be?
Kristy: Sewing or knitting