Introducing the Weird, Unsocialized Homeschoolers’ Contributing Writer Team!

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I wanted to take this little lull between Christmas and New Year’s to make an exciting announcement about something new for Weird, Unsocialized Homeschoolers in 2015. I’ve put together a fantasic team of contributing writers to help me continue to bring you amazing content.

First, I want to tell you what’s not going to change. I’ll still be publishing the majority of the content myself, so the overall voice and content you’ve come to expect on WUHS will remain the same – you can take that as good news or bad, depending on how you feel about my writing. The humor and encouragement will still be very much a part of the site, along with honest, candid product reviews.

However, my kids are getting older – I’ve got three teens, y’all. I know that many of you still have kids much younger than mine and one thing I’ve always loved to offer you are hands-on learning activities because active learning is the best learning. I can’t very well give you hands-on learning ideas for your preschool and elementary-aged kids with a houseful of teens. Let’s face it, they’d look pretty silly doing preschool activities so I could share photos.

So, I’ve put together a team of writers who are excited about bringing you hands-on activities and active learning ideas for preschool through middle school and I’d love to introduce them to you.

cropped-pic-for-bio-300Pam Odd is a homeschooling mom of five, graphic designer, and children’s literature lover. In her pre-mommy life she taught first grade. She believes we all have some spark of creative ingenuity in us and because of that, every day life–even with potty training, electricity bills, and dirty dishes–can be creative. You can find her at Keeping Life Creative.

Pam will primarily be offering activity ideas for preschool and early-elementary age.


Colleen Kessler Author 300 x 300Colleen is a former teacher of gifted children who prayed for nice, average kids. Since God has a sense of humor, she now stays at home to homeschool her highly gifted kids, trying desperately to stay one step ahead of them while writing about their adventures {and messes} at Raising Lifelong Learners. You can find her avoiding housework by playing around on Pinterest and chatting on Twitter, Facebook, and Google Plus.

Colleen will be bringing you ideas for your elementary-aged students.


profile pic-contributorAlicia is the teacher and mom to four kiddos ages 12-1.  She and her kids enjoy homeschooling the Charlotte Mason way with a twist of classical studies and a whole lot of hands-on projects.  They’ve been homeschooling for about seven years. She and her family are just getting settled in Minneapolis after a cross country move from North Carolina.  You can read more about her school, current projects, photography, and whatever suits her fancy at her blog, Investing Love:

Alicia will be sharing ideas for elementary through middle school.


TaraTara is wife to Matt and homeschool momma of three. Her children are 21, 16, and 11 – two boys and one girl. She is currently homeschooling her daughter – 6th grade. When she’s not blogging, Tara enjoys crocheting and snuggling up with a good book. She and her family recently moved from Texas to Ohio, and they’re having fun exploring their new surroundings. She blogs about homeschooling, motherhood, and family life on both of her blogs – This Sweet Life and Embark on the Journey.

Tara’s posts will offer ideas for preschool through elementary-aged kids.


Susan HeadshotSusan is a wife, mom of two teen homeschooled boys, and a co-founder of EducationPossible .  As a veteran educator she has taught in corporate, college, and various homeschool settings.  Susan enjoys traveling with her family, sharing ideas with other moms, and helping her children explore the world around them (and as Floridians that usually includes spending time at one of their favorite worlds – Walt Disney World).

Susan will be sharing ideas for middle school students.


DSC_0221Colleen Leonard can be found at Solagratiamom where she blogs about her classical education adventures with a creative twist! When she isn’t coming up with whacky fun experiments or history dress up ideas for kids, she is advocating for children with special needs in her local community and government. She has been married to her love for 20 years and has two adopted children she adores. A previous sales and marketing professional, her passion is creating visual and tangible ways for children to learn and marveling at our great God on nature walks! She has been homeschooling since 2004.

Colleen will be focusing on the elementary years.

I have seen the wonderful content and fantastic hands-on project ideas that each of these ladies share on their own blogs and I know you’re going to enjoy them as much as I do. I am looking forward to all the possibilities of 2015!

Please join me in welcoming each of these mamas to the WUHS writing team.

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Kris Bales is a newly-retired homeschool mom and the quirky, Christ-following, painfully honest founder (and former owner) of Weird, Unsocialized Homeschoolers. She has a pretty serious addiction to sweet tea and Words with Friends. Kris and her husband of over 30 years are parents to three amazing homeschool grads. They share their home with three dogs, two cats, a ball python, a bearded dragon, and seven birds.

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  1. Wow! How exciting! I actually recognize some of these gals and follow them in their own blogs! You hand picked a wonderful team and I’m excited to keep following your blog. I have a 1st grader, so fresh ideas for that level is always appreciated:)

  2. Wow! This is great. What a great body of knowledge is coming together to make this blog even better—and it’s already awesome. 🙂

  3. I am very excited for this! I’m glad to hear you will still be doing a lot of the writing, I think you were one of the first blogs I started following when I started homeschooling, but adding these ladies will be a great addition to what you write!

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