I would like to thank Julia Goss, author of the blog Beyond the books Homeschool for nominating me for the Leibster Award. I’d also like her to know that if she had not given me the award, I would have included her blog as one of the recipients on my list! For my readers, I highly recommend you check it out, it’s a gem!
As quoted on her award post, “The Liebster Award is something within the blogging world that is passed on from one new blogger to the next. It is an honor to receive a nomination because it means your blog has been recognized for its potential to grow and reach others…. and someone liked it enough to give it to you!”
Here are the official rules:
- Each nominee must have under 200 followers
- Thank the author and link to the nominating blog
- Answer their 10 questions and propose 10 new ones for your nominees
- Nominate 10 blogs and tell them that they’ve been nominated
- Write a post containing the questions
- Include these rules in the post
Here are the questions that Julia asked her nominees and my responses:
1. How long have you been homeschooling ? I have been homeschooling my daughter only since July, actually 36 weeks, which I count in my reflections in my blog about our homeschooling experience, Seed To Seedling, so not even as long as a whole school year, yet it has been wonderful and satisfying, and feels like I’ve been doing it since she was born.
2. If you could live anywhere in the world, where would you go ? Honestly, I’ve been to far away places and have lived overseas, and now that I have kids, the only place I want to reside is wherever my family is – so right where I am.
3. What has been the most amazing moment in your homeschool journey ? The most amazing moment was probably just seeing Elizabeth’s turn around from when she put the breaks on about school, to asking for it daily. It’s also been really exciting to watch her as she becomes ready to read – because I have supported her in that!
4. If you could take your kids on any kid of field trip, what would it be ? Could I take them back in time to the time of the dinos? That would be awesome…though maybe a little dangerous.
5. What was the silliest argument, you were confronted with, not to homeschool ? Actually, I live in a community FULL of homeschoolers, and have not received much opposition. Perhaps what I feel most is a misunderstanding of what homeschooling is/can be, and people snobbishly assume that public school is where the people know best about how to teach my child.
6. What are your hobbies ? I obviously enjoy writing, but also reading, horseback riding, cooking world foods, traveling, birding, hiking and camping, yoga, Zumba(TM), and walking. I’ll admit that I do also enjoy coming up with our lesson plans for school. Of course, as a homeschooling mom of little kids, some of these hobbies have more attention put to them than others right now in my life.
7. Does your homeschool, have a name ? Seed To Seedling
8. What is your favorite season ? Well, I love the spring leaf-out. I also love the creativity of summer. I do love the autumn harvest. I can’t forget the silence of winter. I can’t choose!
9. How many languages do you speak ? 2: English and Spanish
10. What do you wish for your future ? I wish for happiness, peace and contentment.
Definitely one of my favorite parts of receiving this award has been deciding which blogs to pass it on to. For me, quality trumps quantity, and my choices were determined by blogs which may not necessarily post every day – or even every week – but who’s content was such that I am motivated to look them up if I have not caught something by them in my reader for a while. I feel I should throw out here, to anyone considering dropping their blog, that there were actually a number of blogs that I have loved and would have nominated for the Liebster Award, but that have been either deleted or abandoned, so don’t give up – you never know who you have impacted! So, with no further ado, here are my top favorite blogs with under 200 followers (and in no particular order besides being grouped by subject):
Blogs with a focus on the homeschooling experience:
1. Alternate Tutelage – in which Ms. Corinne Jacobs explores “educational trends and holistic learning approaches.”
2. Pocket Mouse Publishing – where learning seems to always be connected to nature.
3. Simple Days Make For An Exciting Adventure – where simple days really do seem to make for an interesting and exciting adventure, especially as they seem to always involve the outdoors.
4. Sixpence Mama – in which one mama from Chicago uses home-designed unit studies to gently teach her young son.
5. Water Street Academy – absolutely one of my favorite homeschooling blogs in which learning is always hands-on, and extends out beyond the classroom (or learning space) in very real ways with their community interviews.
Blogs with a focus on nature and science:
6. Little Facts About Science – John DeLaughter, PhD, helps to make us all a little smarter with his daily science facts that are written for the everyday reader, including links to citizen science projects.
7. The Southern Highlander – visually pleasing site in which two brothers write on the history and natural history of the southern Appalachian mountains.
Blog with a focus on a personal Peace Corps experience:
8. Thomas’ Travels – in which a Peace Corps Volunteer in Mozambique writes on his experiences abroad in an open-minded manner.
Blog with a focus on New Age content:
9. Cosmic Twist – a thoughtful blog with “a new age perspective on life, the Universe and everything.”
Blog focusing on growth after divorce:
10. He Left, Now What? – honest writings from a woman dealing with divorce, who’s writings seem to stick with me for days, and who – from my outsider’s perspective – is slowly growing through her divorce in a beautiful way.
My 10 questions for my receiving blogs to fill out in their nomination acceptance posts:
1. What is something that you appreciate today and why?
2. What is something that you recently learned?
3. What is something that you love about yourself and why?
4. What is something that you had always wished to do and achieved?
5. What is something that you still wish to do before you pass on?
6. How many languages do you speak?
7. If you made a New Year’s Resolution this year, are you still working towards it? If so, in what way?
8. What is one way in which you live authentically?
9. What is one of your own ‘natural highs’?
10. What is your wish for the world and how do you work towards it?
Again, thanks to Julia Goss for her nomination, and congrats to the writers of these blogs for their awesome, thought-provoking content.