Family, Fun & Homeschooling! Featuring Chareen from Every Bed of Roses

Welcome back to finchnwren‘s Family, Fun & Homeschooling! In this series, we feature fascinating homeschool moms, who share with us the way they live, love and enjoy each other in their families.

F,F & H finchnwren.comThis week, we’re featuring Chareen from Every Bed of Roses.  I know Chareen from the Schoolhouse Review Crew as well, and I have to tell you that she is a real encourager.  You’ll really see that when you visit her blog.  And, she’s VERY experienced in social media and blogging programming.  (I’m not sure if that’s a thing….I mean she can do code and everything.  VERY impressively.)

Chareen and her family live in Australia.  And if you visit her blog and look at her photos, you’ll want to book a flight as soon as possible to her part of the world.

But without further ado:  here’s Chareen!

Tell us about your blog.  How did you get started on your blogging adventure?

My blog is called Every Bed of Roses.  It was started in May 2011.  It was started in honour of my homeschool buddy in New Zealand.  We used to often get together and share our newest book discoveries.  She would pop in with her unearthed treasures from our local library and I would show her my latest op-shop book find.  (An op-shop is short for Opportunity Shop.  It’s where we purchase secondhand items.)  I wanted a way to show her my new books and the idea of a blog was appealing.

I called it Every Bed of Roses because when people hear that I am homeschooling, they picture this perfect world.  But the truth is that every bed of roses has its thorns and it’s the same in homeschooling.   Some days are more thorny than rose-hued.

Do you have a favorite blogging topic that you return to again and again?

Yes.  🙂  Books and resources.  I love to find great resources to share with my homeschool friends.  Each week I put a summary of these in my Homeschool Mothers Journal posts.

Tell us about your family.

I am married to Paul who is a zookeeper.  We have been married for 23 years and have three children.  Tim (21), Jane (19) and Nathaniel (9).  You can read more about each one here:  Meet My Family 2015.

As well as being a zookeeper, Paul is a blogger!  You can see his incredible animal photos and read about his animal adventures at Bush Tales by Paul.


How did you and your husband meet?

Paul and I met in Hoedspruit, South Africa, at church.  I was in year 12 of highschool and he was doing his practical year for his Diploma in Nature Conservation.  We were married a year later.


And what would you like to share about your children?

Eldest son Tim is studying a Cert IV in Web-Based Technology, with a goal of Game Development.  He’s also exploring his creativity in the field of photography.  You can see some of his work on Facebook.

Jane is 19 and is in the process of preparing to depart on a GAP year.  She will be traveling around the world and taking each month as it comes.  She graduated in 2012 with a Cert III in Children’s Services.  Over the last three years, she has also completed a Cert II in Retail and last year did Cert IV in Human Resources.

Nathaniel’s name means Asked of the Lord as we prayed to be blessed with him for 8 years.  His second name is Isaac which means Brings Joy and he does.  He is 9 years old and loves to explore the world around him.


What made you decide to homeschool?

We had never heard of home education until we immigrated to New Zealand in 1997.  The Lord in His infinite wisdom surrounded us with home educating families.  After six months of researching the topic, discussing it and prayer we felt that this was what we were called to do as a family.

What does a day in your homeschool look like?

In an ideal perfect home education day our day begins at around seven am when we get up.  Paul leaves for work around 7:30 and we then have breakfast and chore time.  We spend a couple of hours at the dining table and work our way through Copy Work, Math, Language Arts and Calculadder.  Every half an hour Nathaniel will take a break and have a 10 minute break jumping on the trampoline.

Once all our written work is complete we have morning tea together and then switch on the computer and work through a few online programs.  The number of these depends on what we are reviewing for the Schoolhouse Review Crew.

After this it’s normally lunch time.  After lunch we migrate to the lounge, cuddle on the couch and work our way through a number of books we are reading out loud.  The subject ground covered is science, history, geography and classics.

Do you have a favorite “date night” activity you love to do?

Paul and I love to watch movies together for our evenings.  Our latest passion is photography so we tend to spend time doing this together.

What are some of your mama-child activities?

Nathaniel and I love to cuddle on the couch together with a good book and I read out loud.

Is there anything else you’d like to share?

My passion is sharing information that will encourage and support home educating mom’s across the globe.

Every Bed of Roses

Thank you for joining us for Family, Fun & Homeschooling!  I hope you’ve enjoyed meeting Chareen and hearing more about her life and family.  I know that when I visit her blog I’m ready to book a flight to Australia!  She and her entire family must be gifted in the art of photography.  And, you’ll be encouraged by all the homeschool helps she offers on her Every Bed of Roses!

Enjoy….and join us at finchnwren again next Friday for another episode of our new series, Family, Fun & Homeschooling!  —Wren


13 thoughts on “Family, Fun & Homeschooling! Featuring Chareen from Every Bed of Roses

    • Chareen has a wonderful story, doesn’t she? I love the origins of “Every Bed of Roses” myself. What an important encouragement to the homeschool mom! 🙂

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