Hi, my name is Sarah. I’m 37 and have lived in Indiana my whole life. I’m married to my favorite person in the entire world. We have 2 kids: one boy (age 6) and one girl (almost 5). We started our homeschool journey in May 2017, doing 2 weeks for each letter of the Alphabet: one week of The Peaceful Preschool (with adjustments) and then one week of my own plan based on my kids’ interests.
I’m incredibly grateful to get to be home with my kiddos at this phase of life. I’m seriously inspired by so many homeschooling philosophies and every month it seems like I’m learning something new about homeschooling in general and about how to do it in our home with our family values and my children’s learning styles in mind.
I have a Bachelors degree in Environmental Science and a Masters of Public Affairs (with a focus on Sustainability). I’ve always had a passion for the natural world and a love of learning. Before I had kids I used to joke that if it could be a full-time job to get paid to go to school, I would want that job!
I enjoy having time to be creative with my Etsy small business and thank all of you for supporting me in that! Beyond painting peg dolls and nature journaling, I enjoy dabbling in a few other creative projects when I have the time. But, I also love simple things like ice cream, snuggling with my dog, playing board games with my kids, and anything related to JRR Tolkien.
And speaking of Tolkien…
Why “The Silvan Reverie”?
silvan. adj. pertaining to woods, woody
reverie. noun. a state of dreamy meditation or fanciful musing
(And by the way it’s silvan not sylvan because both Tolkien and C.S. Lewis spell it that way!)
So, since 2011 my husband and I have lived in a private residence on a camp property where my husband works. The camp is situated on a 2,500 acre woodland property in central Indiana. The camp runs programs year-round for recreation therapy, environmental education, retreat & special event groups, military families, and adventure education.
The property has hiking trails, wildlife, a lake with a beach, a pool, areas for fishing, horses, challenge course & climbing elements and a zipline.
We welcomed our firstborn in 2013 and second in 2015, and as we began raising them in the woods it became more and more clear that we could not imagine sending them to sit in a classroom building all day as opposed to living out their days in the woods, all together as a family. We dreamed they would run wild in the open air and their education would be based on the real and tangible world around them.
Thus, our homeschool journey was born in a silvan reverie.