We’re going into our first whole year of homeschooling this month. I’m pretty excited about it. I’m hoping my boy is too. lol He’s more excited about it some days than others. Since I’m over the “I want to homeschool, what do I need to know?” phase, and into the “Crap, what have I gotten myself into?!” phase, I wanted to share the resources that have been invaluable to me along our journey. I’m sharing them here with the hopes that they’ll help you as well, whether you decide to homeschool or just help your child along with public/private/whatever school.
Honestly, I think Google is the bee’s knees when it comes to researching things. Admittedly, it can be kind of a pain when you’re not quite sure what you’re looking for. Google is how I started our homeschooling journey, simply by looking up what homeschooling is all about.
There are a couple of blogs that I subscribe to by email (I prefer getting everything in my inbox instead of hopping around to different readers or sites) that are about homeschooling. They’ve been so helpful with inspiration and information. There are quite a few more homeschooling blogs, these are just a few of my favorite.
Simple Homeschool– This is one of my favorites. I read pretty much every single email. It’s very inspirational.
1+1+1=1– Another favorite. I’m using their Raising Rockstars Preschool curriculum for Sister. Well, at least that’s the plan. I don’t think she’s quite ready yet.
Free Homeschool Deals– The name is pretty self explanatory.
Educents– They have lots of deals for a variety of things. These are daily deals, so check back often!
CurrClick– There is so much material on here. Lapbooks, mini unit studies, printables, notebooking pages, you name it, you’ll find it here. They also have free clubs, such as a Lego Club and Magic Treehouse Club. CurrClick also offers classes.
Homeschool Buyers Co-op– This is a co-op for educational resources. There’s a huge variety.
Rainbow Resource Center– They have TONS of products, ranging from full curriculums to games, school supplies, whatever you need to homeschool successfully. I’ll warn you, I ordered a copy of their catalog, and it is HUGE. Like over a thousand pages. They don’t have everything, but they have a great variety.
There are lots of books about homeschooling out there. There is one in particular that I would recommend to anyone who was thinking about homeschooling and that is Cathy Duffy’s 101 Top Picks for Homeschool Curriculum. It is chock full of good information about homeschooling in general and her top curriculum picks.
This is by no means an exhaustive list. There are so many resources out there that it’s enough to make your head spin. These are just the resources I used/am using that have been the most helpful.