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 graduated from homeschooled high school; her brother, 18, and her sister, 16, aren't far behind.
Our homeschool practice was/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.
This course has a unique mix of practical application, personal stories, psychological discussion, and philosophical considerations. We don’t just talk about homeschooling, we explore our biases, assumptions, and beliefs about education, relationships, and family life.
Homeschooling from the Heart - an audio teaching for the early elementary years.
Learning in Love ~ The Preschool Years - audio recording of a live homeschool teleconference.
If you'd like specific, one-on-one help with your homeschool journey I offer individualized coaching to homeschool families. Please see my Coaching page for more information.