I started blogging around the same time we started "officially" homeschooling; when our oldest daughter was five years old. That five year old has now nearly graduated from homeschooled high school; her brother, 16, and her sister, 14, aren't far behind.
from our 2014 thru-hike of the entire Appalachian Trail
Our homeschool practice is an eclectic mix influenced by Charlotte Mason, unschooling, Waldorf, and Leadership Education philosophies. We are interest-led, family-focused, project, literature and experience based learners. (There is no easy word to describe all that.)
Our family has grown and evolved through the years but a few of the defining values of our family culture are:
We believe in freedom education. An education:
Nearly every post that I've written touches on homeschooling in some way. Homeschooling is a lifestyle for us. It's a mindset; an attitude towards learning, work, life, and study. It is not a set of lessons, the completion of a workbook, or preparation for college.
Although most of my posts provide a snapshot, in some way, of relationship-building, interest-led learning, some posts are more helpful than others in explaining this philosophy of learning and offering resources for your own homeschool experience.
All of my specific homeschooling-related posts are divided into five main categories:
Within these broad categories I periodically write specific, and hopefully helpful, posts around homeschooling topics.
These topics (Family Life, Philosophy, etc...) are listed below. If you click on these links you will be taken to a Resource Library page devoted to that topic, complete with a list of related posts and relevant books and resources I use and recommend.
If you're just beginning your homeschool journey with young children, I also have two teaching materials available for purchase: