Who is the Dynamo Rhino?
Dynamo is an African Black Rhino toy. Together with her baby named Bumble, Dynamo has become a fun part of our days, often hanging out with us as we homeschool.
When I told the kids I was thinking of starting up a blog dedicated to our homeschooling, we all agreed it should be named after Dynamo.
Who are we?
My name is Kara Fleck and I'm the editor here at The Dynamo Rhino. I'm also the editor of the parenting website Simple Kids, which is dedicated to keeping childhood simple, and I write a personal blog at Rockin' Granola where things are a little bit "crunchy" and a little bit rock'n'roll.
I'm married to Christopher and we have four children: Jillian, Max, Lucy, and Amelia. We live in central Indiana where we homeschool our kids.
The Dynamo Rhino might be brand new, but we've been homeschooling for six years and I've been blogging for quite some time, too. In fact, some of the posts from my other blogs' archives have been moved here to the DR - and more archives are on their way over here soon.
Thanks for your patience while the dust settles and we get things in this new place just exactly how we'd like them to be.
Before turning to blogging, my creative outlet was self-publishing a hand-drawn zine on life as a new mother. I was a part of the first Mamaphiles: Birth project. I have been published in the Little Acorn Learning newsletter, Rhythm of the Home, Bamboo magazine, as well as the Simple Living Media blogs: Simple Mom, Simple Homeschool, and Simple Organic/Simple Homemade. I've also been a guest on the Simple Mom and the Raising Playful Tots podcasts.
I hesitate to put a label on our learning, as we are not 100% strictly any specific type of homeschooler. A favorite blog that I used to read (sadly, no longer online) was written by a woman named Lucie. She described her family's particular mix of homeschooling as a "smoothie."
The main fruits, or influences, in our homeschool smoothie are:
- Waldorf, mainly in our daily and weekly rhythms and observing festivals
- Charlotte Mason, especially her thoughts on nature study and "twaddle-free" books
- some Montessori elements
- seasons of life where we are very relaxed homeschoolers
- the occasional workbook, computer assisted learning program, or textbook where it fits our family's needs and learning style
THANK YOU to everyone who visits! If what I have to say is helpful to you or gets you to think about something differently, then I'm so glad. But, if it isn't, there are plenty of other sources out there and I wish you luck on your search to find what you need.Need to Get In Touch?
My email is KaraFleck@gmail.com