Homeschool Help

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:

  • outdoors and adventure
  • simplicity and small-space living
  • entrepreneurship and self-employment
  • technology and mindful media
  • creativity, art and design
  • health and physical fitness
  • Christian faith

We believe in freedom education. An education:

  • designed for the child
  • in the context of family life and based on core family values
  • as a foundation for a journey of lifelong learning

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.

Homeschool Posts on the blog

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:

Homeschool Help Divided by Topic

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