We are Samantha and Michael Grace of Grace Kids Books. We are a writer and illustrator team with six children, whom we home educate. Our youngest two are a set of boy/girl twins.
Everyone always told us how boys were so much different than girls, and since our older four are all girls, the only experience we’ve had with boys have been our nephews and younger cousins. When our twins were born, there were so many things that are unbelievably different, some of which we wouldn’t even have noticed had they not been born twins, such as the amazing difference in even the baby smell, for example.
When we go out we constantly get looks from people counting the heads in our little parade and questions of “how do you do it?!” to which we simply smile without a complete answer. And then, of course, when we add that we homeschool as well, the eyes from strangers grow even wider! Had we been able to, we would have six more. No, it’s not easy, but, no, it’s not hard either. Each of our children are a wonderful blessing and as long as the time is taken to teach, condition and train them how to behave, starting from birth, they are a joy to be around.
As far as our home education our approach is very eclectic. There are so many ways that children learn, and even as individuals they learn each subject differently, so remaining flexible with a variety of learning styles, resources and curriculum is important. To us, home education is a lifestyle, not something we do for so many hours each day, so many days a week – we home educate the same hours and days as we are parents. Learning opportunities are everywhere, all the time.
We have a great time with our children and are very much enjoying raising them each as individuals with all their little quirks and adventurous moments.