Hello! My name is Karen and I’ve been married to the wonderful Joe Spencer for over 11 years. We have 5 bright and fun kids, ages 1-9. We’re homeschooling and Joe’s working on a dissertation, so there’s lots of schoolwork going on here.
I got my bachelor’s degree in Humanities at BYU. I am thrilled to pass on some of what I learned to my kids. My primary goal is to help them love learning and be critical thinkers. We’re helping them develop a really high reading comprehension level, since we think that will help them in every other thing they might want to study.
I like to read too, and my husband and I like to read together (so now I know a lot about philosophy! ) I also try to push myself to develop my reading and writing skills by studying scripture carefully and blogging my thoughts. (It’s also a really handy way to archive thoughts and impressions over the years!) (And keeps me awake at 5:30 am!) I also participated in a Mormon Theology Seminar on D&C 42 and presented at the conference at Southern Virginia University in September 2010 (see the Mormon Times summary here).
In the past, I blogged on scripture at Beginnings New, which was dedicated to the old YW manuals and the program generally. The site is still up but is no longer publishing new posts.
I currently write on occasion at Feast Upon the Word Blog, which is dedicated to scripture and teaching. I also keep a family blog where write up my thoughts on homeschooling: http://whatthekidsaredoing.wordpress.com.
Thanks for stopping by! I use this blog as a place to archive my own thoughts (so I can search them later), but I love having others leave comments that change my thinking or give me more questions to work on. So feel quite free to leave a comment.