Tree Valley Academy is the name we have given to our home school. We live in the country in an area filled with forests, valleys and lakes so I thought the name was fitting.
I’m a single parent homeschooling my 6 yr old daughter (born in 2010). We’ve included learning as a part of our daily way of life since babyhood, so homeschooling has very naturally suited us.
Before my daughter was born, I worked largely in the administrative field. Now my daughter is my priority so I’ve managed with some financial difficulty to stay home and raise her myself and not miss any of these precious years. We’ve learned to do a lot with very little.
I love living in the country surrounded by nature. It would be a dream to be able to live off the land and be completely self sufficient, never having to get our food from a grocery store again, but that is mostly just a dream.
We are very health conscious and I’m very careful which foods I buy. We are vegetarians, don’t buy processed foods, and are choosy on where we will buy produce from. We don’t use or go near microwaves, don’t use a cellphone except for emergencies, and choose to have everything wired instead of wifi. I think that is one of the reasons we choose to live in the country to reduce our exposure to wir.
My all time favourite hobby hands down is dancing. It keeps me going during more difficult times, and for me is like a natural happy drug. As a kid I was always choreographing dances for my cousins, friends and I, although I had zero dance knowledge and it showed. I had no idea dance classes were even an option or I would have begged my parents to let me go. In my early twenties I bought quite a few dance instructional dvd’s and tried to self-teach. I converted the living room into a dance studio and had friends over most nights to learn dance together. We had lindy hop and salsa nights, so much fun. I danced 5 hours a day most days and had never been more happy or in shape. Dance became my drug of choice. At one point I had joined a ballroom dancing teachers college. It would have been a dream to make a living doing what I loved. However, my full time job interfered with the amount of studio practice time I was able to put in. It wasn’t long before I wasn’t able to properly prepare for exams, or classroom assignments, and I had to drop out. Where I live currently there isn’t any such college, so this too remains a dream, although I do continue to dance for just the sheer enjoyment of it.
About my daughter
My daughter loves dancing, performing for an audience, singing, art and playing outside. One of her favorite past times is playing dress-up, changing into pretty dresses and dancing to music in her dress. She’s definitely a girly girl that would prefer to wear dresses all day rather than the comfortable play clothes I dress her in for around the house. Having said that, she also knows how to get dirty. Sand piles, puddles and bugs are her outdoor attractions. She’s a very social kid that makes friends very easily.