I have loved young children as long as I can remember. I babysat to earn extra money, I helped care for my younger siblings, I studied Child Development at Mississippi State University, taught in and managed Child Development Centers, authored books for teachers and administrators and still travel and speak at Early Childhood Conferences across the country. When John and I began homeschooling our first son, I noticed that homeschooling parents did not have access to the same resources and developmental curriculum as early childhood educators.
Lesli had a different story. She never envisioned her life as a homeschooling mother. She transitioned out of the school system and began her homeschooling journey soon after her son was diagnosed with autism. Lesli and her husband, Brendan decided that this approach to education was beneficial to all of their children and she has been successfully homeschooling ever since. About five years ago, Lesli discovered the classical model for education and now enjoys her role as a Challenge B director for Classical Conversations and a passionate advocate for classical education.
A few years ago, I approached my dear friend (nope, we are not sisters) Lesli and asked her to co-author a book for parents of young learners. With my experience as an adoptive mother and background in Child Development, combined with Lesli’s background in Special Needs and Classical Education, I was confident we could create something special. In 2013 we released our first book, The Homegrown Preschooler. The book has received outstanding reviews and we are grateful.
Creating and promoting our curriculum, A Year of Playing Skillfully has kept us busy this year.
We are having a blast creating products and materials that will inspire you with your little ones! We have big dreams and are thankful that you have decided to join us for on this journey.