I’m Tara, an education blogger, mother of three (a sports-loving 24-year-old, a politically minded 19-year-old, and a 14-year-old aspiring ballerina), and wife to a hard-working husband.
We live in the mid-West after growing up in the south. Everyone gets a big kick out of my southern drawl and my ever-present y’all.
When I’m not on chauffeur duty, I love to create! I love crafting and writing. I love crocheting and designing. I want to learn to knit and quilt someday, as well.
I am a former elementary school teacher turned homeschool mom. I always knew I wanted to work with kids. I started working in our Children’s Church department when I was in middle school. That led to many babysitting jobs throughout middle school and high school. I even nannied for a while in college.
After teaching in our public school system for a few years, I felt a calling to come home and educate my kiddos. I’m entering my 17th year of homeschooling this year.
I have a passion for books and reading and teaching with books. I want nothing more than to raise a generation of readers. Readers who can travel the world through the pages of amazing literature. Readers who are inspired to create a better world, because they are so touched by the books they read. Readers who are so engaged in the books they read that they have to conduct a science experiment or learn more about the history of an area because they are inspired by the characters they read about.
ABOUT Teaching with Children’s Books
After years of blogging about homeschool and education, I decided to run with my passion for teaching with children’s books. I’ve written about this topic many times throughout the years. However, I finally decided to give that content its own home.
Here at Teaching with Children’s Books, I intend to:
- Encourage educators to inspire a love of reading in their children;
- Instill in children a thirst for knowledge inspired by reading great books;
- Introduce readers to a wide variety of book-based learning activities;
- Provide readers with a community of like-minded educators so we can inspire a generation of book-lovers!
Email me at firstname.lastname@example.org
Follow me on Twitter at @teachwithbooks.