Who/ Why

I have always wanted to homeschool any kids that my husband and I would one day have. Well, that day came eight years ago... then 6 years ago... then 4 years ago... and most recently 2 years ago. Now that I have been actually educating real children (and not an idea) for the past 4 years, I realize that it is truly a lifestyle choice, affecting your life and your outlook as much as any other life choice, like whether you live in the city or the country. SO, whether you wear a denim jumper and drive a 16-passenger van, or you are covered in tattoos and drive a hybrid, I think homeschooling is an investment in your children and the future. So good job! Read my entire profile here.

We homeschool because we want to be the primary force in the shaping of our children's character.  We believe that success in family can ensure success in the other areas of life. Plus, their childhood years go by so fast -- we can't imagine sending them off to spend their day elsewhere. We follow the classical method of education, and base our methods on the book The Well-Trained Mind. 

Progress Report 2009: Homeschool Academic Achievement and Demographics

Elizabeth Elliot says “This job has been given to me to do. Therefore, it is a gift. Therefore, it is a privilege. Therefore, it is an offering I may make to God. Therefore, it is to be done gladly, if it is done for Him…. Here, not somewhere else, I may learn God’s way. In this job, not in some other, God looks for faithfulness.”

And keep in mind this excellent quote from Phyllis Diller: "Cleaning the house while the kids are still growing is like shoveling the walk while it's snowing."

Classical Curriculum is written by a mother of four, so she goes by mama4x.

Who is mama4x? She is Tracy Dear.

First to last, she is a follower of Jesus, a wife, a mother to two girls and two boys, a homeschooler, and a writer.

You know what's funny? How you see yourself vs how others see you. I am helping my mom with her website dedicated to her second career as a massage therapist. She insists on putting me on her site as a "webmaster." Here's the bio she put, straight off my last resume (thankfully not with this picture, circa 1999):

"Tracy is a graduate of Defense Language Institute, Foreign Language Center in Monterey, California, where she received Russian linguist training. She spent her Air Force career at Fort Meade, MD, with the National Security Agency updating existing data bases vital to the center's efforts, and analyzing complex intelligence information to support the Defense Intelligence Agency, CIA, National Imaging & Mapping Agency, State Department, and the White House. More recently, Tracy is also the owner of Ephemera, a unique small business specializing in the development and marketing of personalized greeting cards."

The funny part is that very day, I had edited the bio page for Ezine articles. I write articles (expanded posts) for Ezine as a way to get people to come over here and read more. The bio I wrote of myself reads like this:

"Teresa Dear has been married for eleven years. She homeschools her four young children using the Classical education method. Formerly an Air Force Russian linguist, she much prefers raising her children and supporting her husband to maintaining national security. She now divides her time among the education of her children, making her home comfortable and colorful, engaging in Biblical studies and stocking her Etsy storefront with handmade greeting cards and vintage ephemera. She is presently occupied doing market research and writing a business plan so the family can begin their next adventure: a self-sustaining organic farm that focuses on encouraging and educating the public about growing their own food."

I met my husband in November of 1995 when I was 16. We got married a year and a bit after my highschool graduation and joined the Air Force a few months later. Three years later, I got out of the AF and became a stay-at-home mom. What a ride it has been! Four kids, three dogs later, I have no regrets...

I'd love to get to know you-

-Subscribe to one of my blogs and start to leave comments so we can interact there

-email me at dearmama4x @ gmail . com

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