How to homeschool: Links to help you get started

Jamie Martin, editor of Simple Homeschool, also blogs about motherhood at Steady Mom

I was CLUELESS about homeschooling several years ago. It seemed like something “strange” people did with their kids.

My, my–how life has changed.

But even after I decided to give homeschooling a try–it was kind of tough to figure out HOW. I felt as though I was floundering in a dark wilderness without a flashlight.

In case you’re considering homeschooling and need help getting started–I thought I’d put together an overview of links that consolidate information in one place.

This way you can spend an hour or two reading a few articles to get a grasp on the topic. Then you can take it from there.
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Come share your homeschool day in the life!

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Homeschooling doesn’t always look the same. But that’s one of the things that makes it so great — it doesn’t have to!

In the past several weeks, our fourth annual homeschool day in the life series has featured families homeschooling between one to six children.

We’ve heard from those who follow Waldorf or Leadership education philosophies, classical homeschoolers, unschoolers, and everything in between; those who embrace schedules–and those who have embraced a bit of necessary chaos!
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Kari’s homeschool day in the life (with a 4- & 7-year-old)

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Written by Kari Patterson of Sacred Mundane

Monday, February 3rd

Welcome to The 1601, our home. The cast of characters within these walls (pictured above) include my husband and myself, our two kids, our friend Debra, and another (precious!) housemate who’s in drug rehab and preparing to go to jail. We range in age from 4-60.

We’re church-planters. I travel on weekends to speak at women’s events. On the day this posts we’re doing our homestudy in the adoption process. I call our education approach “Classical Unschooling.”  So, there’s nothing very “normal” about any of this, but we’d love for you to join us in this hodgepodge adventure we call homeschool.

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Of course, on the day Lacey Meyers follows us around with her camera we are all bathed and looking rather fresh and peppy, whereas we usually don sweatpants and my hair’s in a tangled bun. So imagine all of this a little messier and you’ll have a more accurate portrayal. Deal? Here we go…
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Kris’s homeschool day in the life (with a 12-, 14-, and 18-year old)

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Written by contributor Kris Bales of Weird, Unsocialized Homeschoolers.

This homeschooling year, our 11th, has been one of the best we’ve had in a few years. I attribute that to the fact that I now have two middle school students and one mostly-graduated. (I’ll explain how “mostly-graduated” works in a bit.)

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The preschool years are so much fun. Everything is new and exciting.

Elementary is a time of delving into some of my favorite topics (American history, for example) for the first time.

The middle school years, though … well, for a mom who’s been at this for awhile, it’s a time of transitioning to having a houseful of independent learners. To some of you that may sound sad — like I’m not enjoying being knee-deep in school with my kids all day long. For others, it sounds like the light at the end of the tunnel. [Read more...]

Amida’s day in a life (with a 3, 7-, 12- and 15-year-old)

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Written by Amida of Journey into Unschooling.

If you are following a traditional school calendar, then your year may look something like ours: fall semester, winter break, spring semester, summer break. And if you’re like me, then you hit fall semester running and start losing steam around December.

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In our family, December marks the countdown to birthday and holiday celebrations, crafting, gift making and shopping, with school falling to the bottom of the priority list.

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