While their motivations and methods may vary, those who travel parallel homeschool paths are united by a passion to be active participants in–and witnesses to–the education of their children. The homeschool blog community plays a big part in making the journey a little less lonely as its members offer support along each step of the way.
I Can Teach My Child
1st-grade teacher turned homeschooling mom Jenae shares tips as practical as stamping out stinky sippy cups and moments as memorable as a treasure hunt at grandpa’s house on “I Can Teach My Child,” a blog that honors the importance of being a child’s first teacher and offers original ideas along with wisdom culled from the community of homeschool bloggers.
Home to 4 Kiddos
The award-winning homeschool blog Home to 4 Kiddos provides an abundance of helpful tips and insights on educating multiple children at different ages. Inspiring photos illustrate the homeschooling journey for this family with four young learners and also features homeschooling resources, delicious recipes, reviews, and ideas for learning-packed field trips.
“Why Homeschool” explores the principles and practice of taking charge of your child’s education, with information for the committed, the curious and the confused; the Cate family of prolific bloggers promotes the power of a connected community through the Carnival of Homeschooling, enriches lessons with the General Contractor method and shares videos that enlighten and entertain.
Elementary teacher turned Christian homeschooler Maureen Spell focuses on early childhood on “Spell Outloud,” where this dedicated digital scrapbooker with a talent for taking priceless pictures shares printables aplenty, tips for teaching toddlers, reading curriculum comparisons plus ideas for honoring old traditions and starting new ones.
Confessions of a Homeschooler
“Confessions of a Homeschooler” chronicles the journey of a homeschooling convert who draws inspiration from blogging peers; Erica offers a reality check in response to those who wonder how she does it all and shares ideas for hands-on field trips, geography activities from pole-to-pole and an insight into one mom’s decision to choose the challenge of homeschooling.
Michelle shares experience homeschooling from preschool to high school and offers a photographic record of what learning looks like on “Delightful Learning;” read this blog to find Instant Challenges that stimulate learning and discover how classic kid-lit forms the basis for weeklong activity with the Five in a Row curriculum.
The Homeschool Village
Stef and Susan welcome a team of talented bloggers who offer unique perspectives and expertise on special needs schooling, hands-on activities, family focus and much more; together these long-timers and novices to homeschooling from places as far-flung as Borneo form “The Homeschool Village,” a rich resource for finding encouraging words and practical plans.
Witnessing learning in action, dealing with kids with clashing personalities and weighing what to do when a curriculum doesn’t click are examples of the heartfelt posts on “Homeschool Creations” by Jolanthe, who connects with the community by hosting Preschool Corner and fills her blog with photographs of moments to remember along the homeschooling journey.
Thrift store finds help fill the bookshelves lining “Dewey’s Treehouse,” the chronicle of a Canadian family of frugal-by-choice “homesquirrelers” who admit their blog won’t fit a neat niche; find vintage clippings that elicit nostalgia and knee-slaps alongside serious musings about waiting for the next children’s classics on this eclectic blog.
Real Life At Home
Diverse perspectives and unique voices make “Real Life At Home” a rich resource for those who practice or ponder this education choice; find a list of life skills that are required learning, homeschooling truths learned in the trenches and tips for housekeeping while homeschooling on this collaborative blog.
Heart and Soul Homeschooling
Created as the host space for the Homeschool Blog Awards – featuring 20 categories ranging from funniest to best dad blog – “The Homeschool Post” takes a team approach by highlighting the best bloggers who reflect the heart of a passion-fueled movement.
The Crafty Classroom
Hands-on learning is the rule in “The Crafty Classroom,” a blog brimming with photo-illustrated homemade projects, themed printables, reviews & giveaways, plus a special section of mom-made creations; Valerie shares crafts on topics ranging from fossils to pioneers along with tools and fundraising ideas ideal for homeschoolers.
This Reading Mama
Fueled by a personal and professional passion, “This Reading Mama” addresses a concern shared by many parents; inspired by Montessori methods, the former classroom school teacher who narrates this blog offers help for emergent and struggling readers along with lessons that make literacy come alive.
Layers of Learning
Homeschool siblings Michelle and Karen – plus artist-in-residence Melynie – extend lessons for maximum impact on “Layers of Learning;” debunk education myths, discover how a Venn diagram illustrates the difference between reindeer and caribou, and find ways to teach multiple ages simultaneously from sisters who boast a total of ten at-home learners.
No Time for Flash Cards
Blog creator Allison McDonald and a tight team of talented writers offer an exhaustive list of activities – from acorns and alligators to zebras and Ziploc painting – on “No Time for Flash Cards,” a blog dedicated to discovery through doing, where band-aids become lightning bugs and bubble wrap is the perfect print medium.
Our Journey Westward
Homeschooling mom Cindy West realizes the serious responsibility that comes with the calling, aiming to provide an education devoid of gaps; on “Our Journey Westward,” a Kentucky farm provides the setting for active and innovative learning, where nature often serves as classroom and Churchill Downs is a fun field trip destination.
Living Montessori Now
Deb Chitwood brings an extensive background of teaching and applying a time-tested learning approach on “Living Montessori Now;” with her own children now homeschool graduates, this blogger offers a rich resource for parents and educators, including tips for setting up a classroom and making Montessori materials.
Joesette discovers that when homeschool kids march to different drummers, the result is a “Learning Curve” with a few swerves; balancing career and homeschool responsibilities, this mom finds time to fit in Nutcracker practice, frontier field trips, nut-gathering for orphaned squirrels and a photo-filled chronicle of a family’s homeschool journey.
Elementary teacher turned homeschool practitioner and blogger intent on putting family first, Mary ponders the best way to serve as ambassador to the cause, gives credit to the great guy behind this homeschool mom and connects to the blogging community by sharing photo collages that capture a week’s worth of lively learning on “Homegrown Learners.”
Home School Home
The mom behind “Home School Home” searches for the perfect schedule, craves a break from busyness, and strives to balance career and homeschool; in a household that includes Freckles the dog, blogger “Fatcat” puts outside time with mom on the daily itinerary and enlists her family in practicing random acts of kindness.
Homeschool Math Blog
Math teacher turned homeschooler and creator of Mammoth Math, Maria Miller offers tips and tools for parents and teachers whose students range from preschool to high school; modeling math in daily life, changing attitudes about a maligned subject and making math come alive are major goals of “Homeschool Math Blog.”
The Home Scholar
Lee Binz fills “The Home Scholar” with tips for parents homeschooling high-schoolers in preparation for college, including how to get high school credit for fun pursuits, deciding on the right college entrance exam, preparing an effective homeschool transcript and perfecting the art of writing a winning college essay.
THSM is shorthand for the collaborative effort called “TheHomeSchoolMom Blog,” which offers help for finding free curriculum and other learning materials, tips for taking stock at back-to-school time, special advice for teaching the right-brain learner and a list of the three statements that drive homeschool moms crazy.
Living Charlotte Mason in California
Homeschoolers who share a geographical and philosophical connection are “Living Charlotte Mason in California;” adopting an approach that emphasizes the value of nature and classic literature, these bloggers describe their motivation for choosing this particular educational muse and reflect on the difference that comes when children are owners of their education.
Nancy Kelly focuses on being fully present and filling minds with noble ideas and classic literature as a Charlotte Mason practitioner; the Minnesota homeschool mom of six and blogger behind “Sage Parnassus” contemplates the rewards of keeping a commonplace book and calendar of firsts to record observations in everyday life.
Half a dozen kids and a decade of homeschooling make the Montana-based blogger of “Almost Unschoolers” an expert on handling a bout of homeschool panic, distilling science lessons in under a minute and finding surefire ways to banish boredom – including electrified playdough, pom-pom catapults, and colander sewing crafts.
Blogger Joy subscribes to the “teach a child to fish” philosophy, decides against homeschooling in pajamas and doesn’t neglect practical life skills lessons like using a phone book; discover tips for picking a curriculum according to style and finding support to stay out of a homeschool rut on “Five J’s.”
All Thing Beautiful
Firsthand learning brings lessons to life in a homeschool where special needs aren’t barriers, CSI skills help solve an artful mystery, hard-boiled eggs illustrate the mechanics of earthquakes and a postcard album of the 50 states delivers a cross-country lesson; homeschool mom Phyllis also provides a special insight into autism on “All Things Beautiful.”
Our Jewish Homeschool Blog
Incorporating traditions into everyday lessons is the theme of “Our Jewish Homeschool Blog,” where “Mommzy” offers plenty of printables and activities that include Yom Kippur slippers, Hebrew alphabet templates, Dreidel prints and Purim puppets; an interview with homeschooling peer and TV personality Mayim Bialik is a recent highlight.
Handbook of Nature Study
E-book author and host of the weekly Outdoor Hour Challenge, Barb promotes appreciation of the natural world and a lifelong sense of wonder on “Handbook of Nature Study,” which includes tips for nature journaling and capturing successful photos along with a series of seasonal activities focused on turning kids into dedicated observers of weather and wildlife.
Raising Our Tribe
Run by Michele Donnelly, who is also the founder of the Homegrown Christian Homeschool co-op in Forest Hill, Maryland, Raising Our Tribe provides parenting and homeschooling advice along with book reviews and other timely and topical posts. Michele draws on her experiences as a homeschooling mother of 10 and critical care nurse to bring a sense of presentness – and humor – to the blog.
More Great Homeschool Blogs to Check Out
Homeschooling on Hudson
Field trip tours and local scenery that provides frugal learning opportunities are captured in photos that make “Homeschooling on Hudson” like a New York postcard; homeschool for blogger Chele means finding firsthand civics lessons at Occupy Wall Street, resurrecting famous figures at NYCHEA history fair and exercising writing chops with a trip to Poets House.
Four Little Penguins
Preparing workboxes, taking turns, planning group lessons and being a skilled juggler are the keys to homeschooling the brood of “Four Little Penguins;” as narrator of one family’s “sweet and crazy life as homeschoolers,” Laura captures moments of kids caught up in learning while wishing she could freeze this perfect stage between diapers and adolescent disinterest.
Find tips for packing and travel when homeschool hits the road for field trips and a week in an RV on “Passport Academy,” where “Teacher Mom” converts a skeptical husband into a homeschool believer, grows from uncertainty to strength, and discovers the dual reward of seeing kids learn while refueling a personal passion for learning.
Adventures in Mommydom
An advocate of individualized learning instead of the mob approach, mom Ticia applies the three-part classical method along with tricks and tips learned in the trenches, like using colored tape on a table to create no-trespassing zones and finding toys that provide the best value by extending learning.
The Homeschool Den
Natural disaster models deliver a big impact on a small scale, liquid fireworks trail colorful tails, homemade Oreos demonstrate lunar phases and a mammoth Trash-osaurus comes to life at “The Homeschool Den,” the chronicle of a homeschool family who recently ended a 12-year odyssey in the Aussie outback.
The Adventures of Bear
Repurposing turns the contents of a kitchen cupboard into artist tools and the experience of painting a “Sistine table” upside-down in the manner of Michelangelo exemplifies the Montessori-inspired learning captured on “The Adventures of Bear,” a chronicle that also includes the exploits of Bear’s little brother.
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