We are so excited to be participating in this Global Link Up with Simple Home School 🙂
The link up is in celebration of the completion of the book club for the release of Give Your Child the World!
We made the most out of reading our way around the world by including art, activities, games, food, and prayer at each stop around the globe!
Here are our stops as we Read the World:
- Multicultural Week
- North America
- Middle East
- Latin America
- Australia, Oceania, and Polar Regions
– Tell us about your family.
We are a brand new homeschooling family living in Eastern TN!
Mom and Dad are both veterinarians.
Dad works in animal production and management.
Mom worked with exotic pets and zoo animals, but is now happily at home wrangling three wild kiddos.
Ladybug is a sweet, crazy smart, just turned four little girl.
Owl is a spirited two and half year old boy.
Guppy is a sweet, but teething 9 month old baby boy.
We share our home with Grandma who helps look after all of us and makes sure we are fed on those especially challenging days.
– Tell us about where you live and how long you’ve lived there.
Eastern TN has been our home for over seven years! Mom completed a residency at the University of TN when she was newly married and Dad moved here to join her. Once the kids came, Knoxville became our home, but a move to the Morristown area is in our near future!
– What do you think is unique and special about living where you do?
We are close to the Great Smoky Mountains and benefit from the views and wildlife that come from that proximity. Hiking, fishing, and other outdoors activities are easy to come by for our family. We are excited to add nature walks and journaling to our home school journey. Ladybug is a budding photographer and already captures some pretty amazing wildlife shots in our own backyard.
– What languages are spoken there? If it’s different from English, can you help us learn a few common phrases?
We speak English, but with our southern accents and crazy lingo, sometimes Eastern Tennesseans can be difficult to understand. The good news is this a kind area with lots of fabulous people who are typically happy to repeat what they say.
– What are some traditional foods there?
We are the home of University of Tennessee Volunteer Football, so tailgating fan fair is huge around here. Barbecue, hot dogs, and hamburgers are super easy to come by on game day!
– Tell us about the climate where you live.
We get all four seasons. The summer can get very hot and humid. During the winter we get some snow, but typically have mild temperatures compared other parts of the country that also see snow. Fall and Spring are the best seasons to enjoy East Tennessee. The changing fall leaves are famous for their beautify and always bring an influx of tourists to the area.
– What does school look like for the majority of kids where you live?
Most children where we live attend public school. Others attend a private school, many of which are founded by Christian denominations. Home schooling is becoming an increasingly popular option and we are excited to become part of this community as we begin preschool and pre-kindergarten this year!
– What does school look like for your family?
The kids are young, but love actively engaging in the world around them. As a family we are exploring books, the great outdoors, and lots of creative activities and games. We do use some preschool curriculum and are slowly adding in kindergarten elements as the kids show interest.
– Are there any special festivals or traditions you’d like to tell us about related to where you live?
If you visit Eastern TN here a few festivals and events you won’t want to miss!
Synchronous Fireflies (only one of two places in the world this happens)
Children’s Festival of Reading at World Fair Park
There are a ton of strawberry, blueberry, and music (especially country and blues) festivals throughout the state of TN!
– If you ever had to move away from where you live, what do you think you’d miss most?
The outdoors is amazing and there are stupendous views of mountains and green forests almost everywhere you go! Driving to church, the grocery store, or the local park offers up amazing scenery!
– Do you have a favorite book that takes place in your region/country?
The Firm, The Color Purple, and The Silence of the Lambs are all TN based.
We are looking forward to virtually meeting you!
Please comment below and let us know where from where you are visiting!!!