Thanks For Reading, Evanspor!

Welcome to the first in a series of posts highlighting those of you who read this blog!  Today I am sharing an interview with Evanspor, author of Walk Beside Me and Spors In The Desert.

Welcome!  Thanks for being a loyal reader.  Since not everyone who reads this blog is likely to have visited your blogs yet, can you start by telling us a little bit about yourself and your family?

Thank you for this opportunity. Our family lives just outside of Elko, Nevada. We have lived here for two years now, the longest that we have lived in any one place. We have two boys – one is four months old, the other will be four years old next month. We are starting to suspect the older has ADHD, so you'll sometimes see a little about that mentioned on either blog. I recently completed my degree in studio art and sometimes call myself an artist (and may also be ADHD). My husband (firebirdluver) is a geologist who does some writing and woodworking on the side.

We are homeschooling (if you can call it that when you only have preschoolers) using an eclectic style with an emphasis in the Montessori method. The homeschooling started out as a sort of experiment a couple of years ago. Then I discovered the Montessori method, and the more I learn about it, the more I like it.

Preschoolers definitely count-  I find some days they are more draining than big kids!  In addition to your homeschooling blog (which I greatly enjoy, by the way!), you have a family blog that professes to be a little bit of everything.  How do you meet the challenges of managing not one, but two blogs?  What do you see as the advantages to having homeschooling and family things separate?

I don't remember exactly why I separated them in the first place, but I am glad I did. Having it in a separate place makes it really easy for me to see how our homeschool has evolved. That is why I refer to it as a personal log as much as a weblog. I also have found that the two different blogs appeal to two different audiences.

Of course, there are plenty of homeschool blogs out there, even plenty of Montessori homeschool blogs, but I think we have found a niche in blogging about ways to save money on materials in addition to just keeping track of our daily work.  Our other blog is a little about what our family is up to and a little about my artwork. Sometimes I throw other things in there too.  Honestly, I don't really know “how” I manage two blogs. I just blog when I have something to say, which I guess must be a lot.

How has having access to resources of the internet affected your homeschooling?

The internet is my #1 homeschooling resource! If it weren't for the internet, I don't know whether I would have even started thinking about homeschooling. I definitely would not have known about Montessori. I have learned so much and gotten so many ideas from other blogs, online videos and shared files from yahoo groups. I even use the internet for networking with local homeschoolers.

Switching over to the mom thing for just a second, what is your favorite mom product?  What can't you live without? It could be a beauty product, cleaning product, anything really! 

Legos, blocks, Kid K'nex, Zoobs... We are a family of builders, and Beeper spends most of his time building with anything within reach. I found the Kid K'nex to be the easiest thing for him to use as a three-year-old. Now he's getting into the Zoobs, which he really loves. I owe my “free time” to those things.

The title of this blog is Work & Play, Day by Day.  What does that mean to you?

That perfectly describes what I think of as the homeschooling lifestyle, where learning, everyday living, and play all kind of mesh together into one seamless way of living.

I totally agree!  Thanks for stopping by today and sharing a little bit of yourself with us!

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1 comment:

Sprite's Keeper said...

I've been a fan of Spors in the Desert for a while and while my daughter is still too young for school, I have gotten a lot of ideas from Evanspor's other hobbies and passions! Great read!