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Whether you’re opting for traditional homeschooling as a means to give your child one-on-one attention, or you’re looking for resources to keep you from pulling your hair out in your newly minted role as a homeschooler during coronavirus, we’ve got you covered!
In today’s blog, we’ve rounded up some of the best homeschool blogs – feel free to browse through these options and utilize resources from each one that appeals to you. Additionally, we’ll do our best to highlight where you can find STEM resources along your homeschooling journey.
- Best Blog for Brand-New Homeschoolers
- Best Blog for COVID Homeschoolers
- Best for Christian Homeschoolers
- Blogs for Homeschoolers with Older Children
- Best Blog for Secular Homeschoolers
- Best Blog for Classical Homeschooling Strategies
- Best Blog for Kindergarten – Strategies for Littles
- Best Blog for a Reminder That You Aren’t Alone
- Best Blog for Traditional Homeschoolers
- Frequently Asked Questions
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Best Blog for Brand-New Homeschoolers
Ever hilarious, Penelope Trunk is a homeschooling mom and entrepreneur. She prides herself on “keeping it real,” and giving tangible advice to those looking to homeschool and work simultaneously. Best of all, because Penelope is a career counselor, she offers one-on-one consultations on a variety of topics – she welcomes calls about how to begin homeschooling.
Known for being somewhat unconventional, know that what you see on Penelope’s site might look different than what you see on others. However, her work has been lauded by the New York Times as highly effective. Check this blog out for specific understandings of how to best homeschool students that are non-neurotypical and how to educate children in preparation for the real world.
If you are new to homeschooling, this blog will help you understand some of the nuances of going through homeschooling. If you are not new to homeschooling, pull up a chair and grab a glass of wine; Penelope will have you laughing in commiseration over the trials and tribulations of educating your own children!
Best Blog for COVID Homeschoolers
Jamie, of The Unlikely Homeschool blog, devotes an entire section of her website to the vast list of reasons that she never thought she’d see herself homeschooling her children – we can relate!
If you’re finding yourself struggling to make sense of your homeschooling journey in the wake of coronavirus, this blog would make an excellent first stop.
With an entire section dedicated to the “Homeschooling Startup,” you won’t be at a loss for strategies on getting started with this blog. Jamie offers, “100 Resources for the Newbie,” “The Quick Start Guide to Brave Homeschool Schedules,” “Choosing Curriculum,” “Day in the Life,” and more. Additionally, she includes scads of free content to give you a jumping-off point for your child’s daily work.
Best for Christian Homeschoolers
Although there are many out there, They Call Me Blessed is one of our favorite Christian homeschool blogs. Bonus point: if you’re a fan of binder dividers and all things organized, this is the best stop for you. Ana has her website sectioned incredibly deliberately and in every way you might imagine.
Check out this blog for Charlotte Mason philosophy, tips on homeschool engagement, organization and encouragement, and all of the reasons she loves homeschooling. Her approach is interest-centered, which means that she leverages the things that matter most to her children to build their curriculum.
If you’re interested in learning more about this work-intensive, but highly rewarding option, look no further than this blog!
The mother running Life, Abundantly now homeschools her own brood and manages one of the best Christian homeschool blogs there is. If you visit this blog, you can expect to see a marriage of three different homeschooling techniques: Charlotte Mason method, classical education, and the Montessori method.
While this combination can make for a lot of work, it creates a gentle, development centered approach for your child. Best of all, this model emphasizes science inquiry by encouraging children to get outdoors and interact with the natural world around them.
If you want to spend some time in the sunshine while teaching your child the value of literature, this blog would make an excellent footpath upon which to begin your homeschooling journey.
Blogs for Homeschoolers with Older Children
As your child grows and matures, continuing to homeschool them can feel daunting. Shoot, I barely passed algebra when I was a student – what’s my plan for teaching it to a moody fifteen-year-old?! That’s where Mary, of Homegrown Learners, comes in.
Mary offers curriculum and encouragement as well as curated reading lists, both for you and your children. Her site hosts a variety of materials for secondary education that spans middle school and high school, as well as specific strategies for organizing their learning into notebooks and questioning them to ensure their critical thinking skills are up to par before they are released into the world. If you have a child tall enough to look you in the eyes, this blog is definitely your starting point!
Best Blog for Secular Homeschoolers
One of the most impressive things about this website is its sheer size. Featuring articles, a curriculum, and a complete forum, this collaborative site endeavor offers a true community for folks looking to engage in secular homeschooling.
One thing that sets it apart from other secular homeschool blogs is its forum, in which users can communicate back and forth about the triumphs and tribulations of their homeschool adventures.
When you aren’t trolling the forum for your new homeschooling best friends, you can read their blogs – dating as far back as 2009. Additionally, you can participate in polls, browse their teaching resources, and use their community listing to find a homeschooling group near you.
Best Blog for Classical Homeschooling Strategies
Edie Wadsworth, founder of Life in Grace, is a banjo-playing physician who is sure to delight. With her credentials as a physician, it is no doubt that her curriculum is highly developmentally appropriate and arranged by age within a variety of blog posts designed to teach those interested how to use it.
You can expect this blog to be different from other classical homeschool blogs in that it is highly modern and constructed with modern learners in mind – although it still retains its classical roots.
In true classical homeschooling fashion, her curriculum includes Latin classes for her children and increasing amounts of memorization of classical literature. Edie’s blog also includes a great deal of information about how she arranged her homeschooling space – definitely a plus for anyone just starting out and looking for Pinterest-worthy inspiration!
Best Blog for Kindergarten – Strategies for Littles
When looking for kindergarten homeschool blogs, there really is no other choice than to begin with This Little Home of Mine. We love that Elizabeth, the founder of This Little Home of Mine, is a former teacher, and brings all of her educational tips and tricks to the great big Internet. Don’t be shy, though; as a former elementary school teacher, she is skilled at bringing every bit of information you need down to your “just right” learning level.
Elizabeth’s blog includes a full array of materials, both in preparation for Kindergarten, and for those in Kindergarten, and extends from ages two to six.
Elizabeth embraces lifestyle learning, or learning through play, in which she allows her children to grow and develop as they naturally would, all while prodding them gently with questions and facts to build their knowledge as they go. She includes sections on art, field trips, and more. We adore her for her very in-depth section regarding science experiments!
If you’re looking to begin homeschooling your littles, consider this blog a one-stop-shop for everything you need.
Best Blog for a Reminder That You Aren’t Alone
Ginny, the powerhouse behind Not So Formulaic, made the switch into homeschooling when her gut started telling her that her kids were not getting what they needed and deserved in their traditional school setting. Her blog talks about managing non-neurotypical kids as well as the experience of being a homeschooler without an educational background.
This is the perfect blog if you’re already in the homeschooling trenches and you just need someone to virtually commiserate with. She talks about how to guide impulsive children, how to love your gifted children through all of their messes, and how to be the best kind of person you can be while doing all of it.
There are a variety of homeschool mom blogs, but this one takes the cake for empathy, understanding, and sheer belief that there really is a pot of gold at the end of that homeschooling rainbow.
Best Blog for Traditional Homeschoolers
If you believe that homeschooling already works well the way it is, and rather than reinventing the wheel, you’d like to implement something research-based with fidelity, this is a good jumping-off point for you.
This blog offers a variety of schedules and curriculum that speak to the core of what homeschooling really is – getting to know your child and delivering on their needs based on that knowledge.
Best of all, this blog includes resources specifically for older children. It can get increasingly daunting to homeschool your high schoolers as they begin engaging with advanced math and science, and this mom breaks her methods down as though she were teaching you something as simple as how to make a loaf of bread!
Frequently Asked Questions
What are homeschooling models?
There are seven different homeschooling models and not every model is created equally. However, each family’s needs can best be met by a different model, based on what they hope to get out of the homeschooling experience.
If you are looking for your child to learn through robust literature discussions, for example, the classical method might be for you. On the other hand, if you are looking to utilize outdoor exploration, then the Charlotte Mason method is your best bet. Still, parents can operate under the structured free-choice options of Montessori or completely change the paradigm with an unschooling model.
For those looking to keep it traditional, there are school-at-home or unit studies, while those looking to completely revamp the wheel of what is possible might opt for an eclectic method and pick and choose pieces of each method to use in their home. Remember, there is no one “right” model, just what is right for your family.
What are the benefits of homeschooling?
There are many! One of our favorites is that homeschooling offers a lot of flexibility that can be used advantageously to bring your child’s learning into the real world. For example, if a local museum has an exhibit you’ve been waiting to take them to, or if your family has been granted the opportunity to do some traveling, your child can engage in these meaningful, real-world experiences and participate in their learning at unconventional times of the day.
Furthermore, because you are the person teaching your child, and simultaneously, the person who knows them the best, they get a layer of meaningful attention and one-to-one instruction that students in traditional schools are often unable to receive.
Will my child be less social if we homeschool?
While socialization used to be a hot button topic when it came to homeschooling, the times, they are a changin’. Our culture is so advanced with technology that scheduling a playdate is just a click away. Furthermore, many homeschooling groups offer scheduled outings or joint homeschool sessions to ensure that your child gets an appropriate amount of social interaction with their peers.
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