Welcome to the Homestead!
I’m Carol J. Alexander and I’ve been homeschooling our six children since 1993 and attempting to raise our own food on modest acreage since 2001. Four of our children are done with homeschooling and pursue the paths that God has laid out for them. The last two boys continue to learn everything they can from home.
Because of our experiences, and what I’ve witnessed with other families, I have had a burden for homeschooling parents that try to do their best in educating their children while trying to grow wholesome food on the family homestead. Both journeys are arduous at best. But when you combine the two, most give up one or the other in despair. From what I’ve observed, this despair comes from several different places. The first is misplaced expectations. Another, perfectionism. And yet another, failing to integrate the two lifestyles into one very workable and satisfying one.
If this describes you, you have come to the right place. Lessons from the Homestead is series of e-booklets to assist you in getting all the farm chores done, and the schoolwork too. Coming out one section at a time, I am producing a full-fledged “learning by living” curriculum centered around life on the homestead. The sections, Lessons from the Seed Catalog, Lessons from the Garden, Lessons from the Hen House, Lessons from the Bee Hive, and Lessons from the Tree House have been released. Other titles will follow. To see examples, click on the appropriate tabs above.
In addition, you can receive encouragement, learning ideas and projects, profiles of families that successfully do all that you dream of doing, suggested resources, and more in the form of a free, monthly newsletter delivered straight to your inbox, or from The Total Granola blog. To receive your subscription to The Total Granola newsletter, simply click the newsletter tab above and fill out the subscription form. To subscribe to the blog, click the blog tab above.
If you have any questions or comments, I would love to hear from you. Simply use the contact form. In the meantime, I wish you all the best in your homesteading and homeschooling endeavors.
May you find the place that the two meld as one.
Blessings to you,