If you’re reading this post right now, you obviously see the value of homeschool blogs to answer your questions and provide you with tips, support and encouragement to better equip you in your calling as a homeschooling parent.
(Note: If you stopped by looking for the Weekly Wrap-Up, come back by later this afternoon. I’ll have it posted by 5 PM (EST), as usual.)
The online homeschooling community is a vibrant, abundant, generous source of support and information and homeschool blogs are at the heart of that community. Because these blogs are written by in-the-trenches homeschooling moms and dads who are sharing their tips, resources, secrets, and talents, they’re an incredibly valuable tool for new and veteran homeschoolers alike.
Simple Homeschool – The goal of Simple Homeschool is to offer you tips, encouragement, and resources to bring simple back to your homeschool. I love the way that the posts on this blog point homeschooling parents back to relationships first; academics second. (In the interest of full disclosure, I am a contributing writer at SH, too.)
Preschool and Early Elementary Blogs
1+1+1=1 – Carissa offers all kinds of fun, hands-on, creative games, activities and printables for preschool and early-elementary-aged kiddos. If you’ve got kids in this age range, you’ll want to subscribe to 1+1+1=1. Just don’t let her teach your kids math! (Yes, I’m kidding. I think she really does know how to add.)
(Funny side note: My son, Josh, was reading over my shoulder as I was working on this post. When I went to Carissa’s blog to get the link, he got this really confused look on his face, and said, “That’s not right.” So, see, I can teach my kids to add!)
Homeschool Creations – Another great source of printables and activities for preschool through elementary is Jolanthe’s blog, Homeschool Creations. She offers an incredibly wide variety of printables and activity ideas for kids. She has even created an editable homeschool planner for moms.
Mama’s Learning Corner offers a variety of worksheets and printables related to science, math, and language arts. You’ll also find lots of great file folder games along with instructions on how to assemble and use them.
Handbook of Nature Study is the blog that got me and my family excited about nature study. If you’ve ever thought – even just a tiny bit – about incorporating nature study into your homeschool, this is the blog you need to be reading. Barb’s got years’ worth of challenges that go along with The Handbook of Nature Study, by Anna Botsford Comstock, ready to print off and implement with your family.
She’s also got lots of nature journaling tips, e-books, and printables to help you get started.
Blogging ‘Bout Boys – Got a house full of boys? Maybe you just have one or two. Jennifer Fink has four and she shares the ups and downs, ins and outs of living and learning with lots of testosterone.
Finding Joy – I have to include Rachel if for no other reason than she shares my love of Trail Guide to Learning. There’s much more to her than that, though. She’s a phenomenal resource for those trying to figure out life with celiac disease and she has an amazing talent for finding joy in the little things in life.
Of course, these are some of the best blogs in my opinion. There are hundreds of homeschool blogs out there. Honey, at Sunflower Schoolhouse, has compiled an amazing comprehensive list of homeschooling blogs if you want many more to explore.
What are some of your favorite homeschooling blogs?
I hope you’ll come back Monday as 10 Days of Homeschooling 101 resumes. We’ll be talking about learning styles.
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