When you first start thinking about homeschooling, it can be tough to find a group of like-minded friends to discuss your feelings and ideas with. As popular as homeschooling is in Georgia, when I started reading about homeschooling and contemplating it seven years ago, I had only met one other family who homeschooled.
Even now, as a homeschooling Mom with some experience under my belt, most of the homeschoolers I have met or socialize with either belong to the local Classical Conversations group or use a far more structured and parent-led homeschooling approach than I have ever contemplated.
So, where’s a relaxed, interest-led, project-based girl supposed to turn for homeschooling inspiration? Today, I’m going to share with you some of my favorite places to turn for inspiration!
Christian Unschooling — This blog is not currently active, but the archives are very rich. It’s here that I found the encouragement I needed to break away from the idea that I needed to measure our homeschool against public school. I was also introduced to the writings of John Holt and John Taylor Gatto and began to understand what was happening in our house. I also have learned valuable lessons about strewing, letting go and trusting God.
A Brave Writer’s Life in Brief — If you’re following a gentler path, you’ll love Julie Bogart at Brave Writer’s blog. She’s like the older sister who’s been through it all before and you can trust her advice that it will be okay–even on the crazy days where all seems like it’s going wrong or when your terror that you’re going to mess up your children is stronger than your need to build your relationship with them. I always look forward to reading her posts.
The Libertarian Homeschooler — The Libertarian Homeschooler doesn’t blog very often. You’ll mostly find her sharing her words of wit and wisdom on her Facebook page. She does have a blog that she updates from time to time, so I just had to include her among my favorite bloggers 🙂 Her writing is stern reminder that relationship comes before education.
Camp Creek Blog: Project Based Homeschooling — If you haven’t read this blog, go read it!! Not only do you find great gems about how to guide your children into making their own projects, but also about the philosophy that guides project-based learning as a lifestyle. This is a great place to go for philosophy and for inspiration.
Simple Homeschool — Jamie Martin’s homeschool style is gentle and inspirational. Although many of the contributors to this site have different and varying perspectives on education, the overall feel of the blog is one of relaxation, calm and learning. If your read the blog regularly, you won’t be disappointed.
FIMBY — Sometimes about homeschooling, sometimes about life in general, this is the story of a family. I often find messages to help me along my way just by reading the path that they take. She also has a whole section of her site devoted to homeschooling helps if you want to just jump in there.
Mama of Letters — This blog is inspirational. Full of real life, inspirational pieces and beautiful photos, this is a great place to learn more about project-based learning and see it in action.
Almost Unschoolers — I love how often she sets up invitations for learning for her children and the way they turn out to be completely fun. Sometimes the learning is unexpected, and she often uses simple ideas that would never have occurred to me as I was looking through my idea box to accomplish some serious learning goals.
Navigating By Joy — Often this blog gives practical project-based ideas for unschooling and project-based learning. I also love all the ideas for hands-on math because math is one of our weak spots.
These Temporary Tents — I love this blog because it will help you become better at strewing ideas for your children and will show you how a delight-directed schooling will look both in process and in review. As you look through her blog, you’ll get an idea of how the day-to-day work of a relaxed education may not look like much, but over the course of a year, your child will learn a lot!!
So, these are some of the project-based, relaxed and unschoolish blogs that I follow. I could create a whole other list of blogs that I love just for project inspiration or because I enjoy their blogs 🙂 What can I say? I love to read blogs!!
If relaxed homeschooling isn’t your thing, this blog post is part of a Schoolhouse Review Crew blog hop about Favorite Homeschooling Blogs. Just click the picture below and you’ll be able to find several of my Review Crew friends writing about the blogs that they visit the most!! (Link goes live 8/6.)