Much of my life can be summed up in these two words,
I am an English speaking California girl,
married to a Spanish speaking Colombian guy,
homeschooling our five Spanglish speaking Panamanian children.
(Want more details about our journey, with photos? Click here.)
So, why Spanglish Schoolhouse?
It’s as easy as 1-2-3. (Pun intended)
1) It’s hard to be Spanglish! My parents only speak English and my in-laws only Spanish. (They can hardly communicate, but they play a great game of charades trying. hehe) My goal is to raise bilingual children that can interact comfortably with both of their parent’s cultures. We have had a hard time finding materials in Spanish to use with our children, so we decided to make our own bilingual printables and share them…with you! (Click here to head to our free printables page.)
2) It’s hard to homeschool! It is definitely not the easy and well-trodden path, but I wouldn’t trade it for the world. Although we are going on seven years into our journey, we have learned so much along the way. I have been blessed by other families sharing their experiences and am excited to be able to pay it forward. From product reviews to assessing your preschoolers, from writing numbers to deciding how to organize weekly work…I am ready to share whatever is working for us, if I believe it will help your homeschool day run smoother.
3) It’s hard to be a mom! One day we think we might be getting the hang of it, then our children enter a new phase, and it is like starting all over again. As a mother of 5 (including twins!), I’ve had my share of parenting challenges and judgment already. Every time we go to a public place as a family, people stop to count us…really.
(Hmm, I guess two strollers for one family does call a little attention.)
There is enough negativity in this world, and enough pressure on us women. It is time to stop the judging and start helping each other out!! This is a place where you can be real, know you are not alone in this race, and find the encouragement you need to keep running it!
I know you’re busy, and your time is precious. I wish I could invite each and every one of you over to my house. I would love to serve you up whatever chocolate dessert we currently have on hand, and we would talk teaching, parenting, and build-your-faith stories into the night. However, as a busy homeschooling teacher of 8 (my 5, plus 3 more in our co-op), that is not my current reality. Our house is far from quiet between 0600 – 2100 and our schedule packed.
Spanglish Schoolhouse is my way to have all of these conversations with you (minus the noise, eye contact, and chocolate dessert…although I do plan on sharing my recipes soon.)
We would love to have you as part of our Spanglish community! Just enter your name and email below to start the conversation…