I'm a homeschooling mom. My two older children, according to the state, are in Kindergarten and first grade, but they are more advanced than that. Of course, I claim that because I'm their mother. I don't purchase a commercial curriculum because they are way expensive. Instead, I use my state's Department of Education's published standards as a guideline for their grade levels.
I teach music in the afternoons, and my instruments include piano, voice, and guitar. I am not a member of any teacher's guild because I don't believe that the arts education industry should be regulated in any way, neither by the state nor self-entitled associations. My children are taught the piano and folk songs by me.
I love languages, especially the really old ones that are endangered or extinct. They boast folk tales and deep history, while recently invented languages, such as Esperanto, have no stories. My native tongue is Spanish (or Castillian). My parents are immigrants from two separate Spanish-speaking countries. They spoke to my brothers and me in Spanish, but we learned English in school. Today, my siblings and I prefer to speak, read, and write (and text!) in English, but Spanish is still and will always be our native tongue. I learned Latin in parochial school, which I mostly forgot. I took one year of German and have been trying to learn it for seventeen years. I don't practice conversational German much, but I am able to write and read the language enough to teach it to my children.
I am a Christian. I grew up Roman Catholic. I did five of the seven sacraments in the Roman Catholic Church. When I left home, I still attended Mass, but slowly strayed from the faith. I was an agnostic/atheist/pagan/new-ageist for some years after that. It was only after we started having children that we realized that Jesus is Lord. Today, their homeschooling studies include Old Testament and prayers. We pray after the Pledge of Allegiance just before homeschool, something the government schools do not do.
I am a libertarian conservative, registered Republican. I believe that people are responsible for themselves and their choices, whether it's violating the law or raising a family. And that's all I have to say about that.
I like to knit, sew, play piano, and sing. We keep a vegetable and butterfly garden, so we have a lot of wildlife that the neighbors don't. We also like to go hiking in the pinelands; we try to make it out there at least twice a month. Living in Florida, it's comfortable all year round. Well, not during the summer.