Hi, I am Valerie. I have been part of the homeschool community for 10 years. My husband and I have four amazing kids, ages 16, 12, 9 and 9. I homeschool because I believe the best learning comes from life and interest. I homeschool because growing up shouldn’t mean growing apart, and having shared experiences from reading a book together to watching the same Vi Hart Youtube video keeps us connected. I homeschool because I value my kids’ choices with their time, whether it is playing the piano for hours, hanging out with our chickens in the back yard, or making a Lego model of Air Force One. I am a co-creator of the National Homeschool Book Award; I am a vegetarian and a runner; I am terrible at spelling (not great at punctuation either), and I love being a homeschooler in the fabulous Twin Cities!