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Resources

There are SO many homeschool resources, it’s easy to feel overwhelmed.

More and more publishers are targeting the homeschool market, so the choices keep expanding (not always with high quality resources). This page includes some of my favorite homeschool resources.

Subscribe to the blog to be updated with posts that will help you sort through the clutter of homeschool marketing and find the gems.

I’m always up for adding new, great resources to this page, so if you have one you’d like to share, send me an email and I’ll gladly check it out and post it for others to use.

Books:

The Read-Aloud Handbook – If you’re considering homeschooling, not considering homeschooling, whatever.  Every parent should own a copy.

 

 

 

Sarah Mackenzie’s debut book is now a standard on homeschool moms’ shelves everywhere. Founder of the Read-Aloud Revival, Sarah has useful, practical advice for the overwhelmed homeschooling mama. This is one of very few books I re-read regularly.

 

 

Charlotte Mason’s first volume, for teaching children under the age of 9. This is the perfect place to start your homeschooling journey. CM’s work is available for free digitally, but you’ll want to be able to dog-ear and write in the margins of this affordable, high quality paperback edition.

 

 

Susan Wise Bauer’s massive handbook is everything from schedules, to book lists, to educational philosophy. She tells you exactly what books you need for Every. Single. Year. of a child’s whole education. This is another one you’ll want to bookmark, markup, and refer to over the years.

 

 

Audio & Articles:

Lit2Go – A service of the University of South Florida.  Classic audiobooks and stories for your iPod, for FREE.  Seriously, awesome, awesome resource.  You can find them on iTunes too.  And keep checking back; their content changes when new books become available.

The Circe Institute logoCirce Institute – Andrew Kern and his organization are on the forefront of the classical education movement.  Circe recognizes our children’s humanity and works to cultivate them into virtuous persons instead of cookie-cut them into economic cogs like most of the education which surrounds us.  I particularly get a lot from their audio resources.

scl_logo_web_linksSociety for Classical Learning – Though nursing babies has kept me from attending in-person, these guys have great audio recordings of their past conferences.  I love to listen while cleaning house; it really helps me wrap my head around educational  philosophy.

 

 

Legal:

logo_colorHome School Legal Defense Association – I consider this almost like homeschooling insurance. If any legal issue should crop up, I have a team of lawyers on my side. As a military family who moves frequently, they’re especially helpful in helping me make sure we’re homeschooling legally whenever we move. Click on your state to find out how to homeschool legally in your state and keep up on news and pending legislation.

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I’m Rhiannon.

You can call me Rhi for short (as in “rejoice”). I’m a fiercely independent homeschooling mom of five, a Navy wife of 13 years, and a creator of various things: articles, a semi-regular newsletter, quilts, furniture, and the occasional knitted scarf. This is the site where I write about our homeschool journey and news and happenings in the homeschool world. more about me.

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  • PSA: Don’t let curriculum publishers and internet ads scare you into thinking you NEED to buy their products to get your kids a solid education. #askamom #momsmentoringmoms
  • #Homeschooling when you didn’t choose it:
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I would feel totally overwhelmed and underprepared if I were in your shoes. Homeschooling is hard even when you did choose it. We’ve changed a little, too. Every meal is a reading meal these days if the kids want that. (They do🤓.)
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So, please ask me all your questions. I and other HSing mamas in your community have YEARS of experience with this atypical version of education. How can we help you and your specific kids in your specific situation? We have learned a lot of things the hard way and we are happy to help make this time smoother for you.
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What I desperately hope: those of you stuck in a situation you didn’t want AT ALL, might come to see education a little differently. It can be flexible. It can happen over the course of a whole day, with snacks, outside time, screen time, and play interspersed between lessons.
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This type of education is more about LIFE and HOME than you might think. While your students may be doing the same work assigned by the school, the setting change from school to home will change almost everything else about their educational experience this semester.
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Here are my two favorite tips to get you started:
1. Use short lessons. 
2. Alternate between types of work.
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The younger the kids, the shorter the lessons. Ballpark: elementary should be 15-30min/subject max. Middle school 30-45min/subject max.
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How does this look? Have your student read for 15 min, then do something physical for 15, then do handwriting for 15. That kind of a thing. “A change is as good as a rest."
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Don’t expect elementary kids to complete the whole assignment in such a short lesson. Just expect focused attention for that time, no matter how far he gets in the work. That builds the habit of, “when we sit to do school, we focus on school.” If you have to do 5 or 10 minute lessons because that’s all he had the attention for, that’s totally normal. Build up to longer periods, but it’s not really reasonable developmentally to expect hour-long math sessions for very young students. Those lead to tears. Ask me how I know.
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