If you have chosen to homeschool your child, you know how vital the online community is to both the parent and the child.
Traditional schooling makes it easy for your child to get out there and interact with his or her peers. If you have chosen to homeschool, you will learn quickly that you will have to seek out social interaction for your child.
The online community for homeschoolers is expansive and very resourceful. To help you navigate it, here are the top 20 homeschooling blogs of 2013.
1. The Handbook of Nature Study
This blog is absolutely a must read for any parent who is homeschooling their child. Authored by Barb McCoy, it is a great resource to help homeschooling families stay active in nature.
It is especially important that home schooled children stay active. This blog helps families really connect with nature.
The mother of four, Barb has three children who have graduated from high school and one who is currently homeschooling through his high school years.
The Handbook of Nature Study features a weekly Outdoor Hour Challenge for families to complete together.
2. Hip Homeschool Moms
This is actually more of an online community than just a homeschool blog.
Not only is the site itself visually appealing and jam packed with much more to do than other sites that are strictly homeschool blogs, it also contains a great launching point for finding other quality homeschool resources.
Under the Community link, you will find The Ultimate Homeschool Blogroll.
This is just one of the many amazing resources you will find on this wonderful, very well constructed (not to mention pretty) homeschool website.
3. Homeschooling Life with Penelope Trunk
Penelope Trunk is quite the credible homeschool blogger. An avid entrepreneur, she was the original founder of Math.com, among a variety of other ingenious startups.
The blog portion of her website is chalk full of her insightful wisdom and unique perspective. A few examples of some of her posts include: How to Stop Parenting Guilt, Don’t Find Out Your Kid’s IQ and Every Kid Needs a Guide.
4. Confessions of a Homeschooler
A wonderful resource catered more specifically to the moms who homeschool, Confessions of a Homeschooler is the blog of a Christian mother of four who has been homeschooling her children for a total of five years.
Her blog is not only informative and fun, it is also complete with helpful printable materials, ideas and other resources for the homeschooling parent.
The author of the blog created it in August 2009 as a way to show her husband what she and the kids were up to all day.
She has found it to be a good way for the children and her husband to interact and stay up to date with one another. Perhaps this will inspire other moms to start their own blogs!
5. Homeschool Creations
Run by a mother of two girls and two boys with ages ranging from 6 to 11, Homeschool Creations strives to provide encouragement to all families in their own unique education journeys.
With tons of free printed materials, this website has posts on things such as keeping school paperwork organized, creating reading logs and chore charts as well as Bible related materials.
This website is primarily geared toward mothers of preschool and elementary age children.
6. Jimmie’s Collage
Jimmie’s Collage was created as a virtual collage of feelings, photos, ideas and words from the mind of Jimmie. Jimmie has one 13-year-old daughter.
She received the blog as a 17th anniversary gift from her husband. Pulling wisdom, advice and resources from the Charlotte Mason (CM) education style, she puts emphasis on notebook writing, arts and crafts and something called living books. She hopes to inspire others to start their own blogs.
7. The Homeschool Classroom
This blog is unique because it is a group blog. It is however, not just open to the public. Many of the writers of the group blog have their own separate blogs.
The main theme of the group blog is supporting moms who choose to educate their children themselves rather than relying on a faulty educational system.
If you are looking for a decent homeschooling blog, the posts you will find here are top quality.
8. Simple Homeschool
Simple Homeschool has an interesting motto: “Never let your schooling interrupt your education.” Sticking with this motto, Jamie, the blog author states that she knows just how complicated education can be.
Jamie knows all about complicated, too: she has one biological child and two children adopted from foreign countries.
She started the blog in an effort to support children with the pressures of their education. She notes that while homeschooling may not solve all problems with education, it does tend to do a better job nurturing each child’s strengths and helping with their weaknesses.
9. The Well-Trained Mind
While this is not a homeschool blog in itself, this website has compiled a wonderful list of external homeschool-related blogs. The website is actually that of a book called The Well-Trained Mind.
The extensive list of homeschool blogs included on the site can keep any homeschooling parent entertained and informed for hours on end.
Please note that while not all blogs on the page are strictly homeschool-related, the majority of them are.
10. Ellie Eugenia
This particular homeschool blog is told from a more contemporary, colorful, more youthful perspective. Ellie is a younger mother of one and a woman of faith.
Following the Charlotte Mason technique, she chronicles her journey as she home schools her daughter Emma. Many homeschool blogs are creative, but Ellie does seem to step it up a notch.
An example is her post Contemporary Twaddle-Free Books, where she explores lesser known intellectual side of children’s picture books.
11. Itsy Bitsy Learners
Run by a woman named Allie, this blog has been around since 2008. The mother of two daughters, the fact that her husband is an active contributor to the blog through his educational creations sets Itsy Bitsy Learners apart from the rest.
Her oldest daughter was reading just before the age of 3. Clearly she knows a thing or two about DIY educating her children. In this blog, she passes that knowledge on to you.
Here you will also find a wealth of printable resources at your fingertips.
12. Rockabye Butterfly
Rockabye Butterfly is a homeschooling blog as fun and imaginative as its name. This blog is stuffed with loads of arts and craft ideas, printable materials, inspiration and much more for elementary age children.
The idea behind the cute title of the blog is this: Rockabye is the mother and Butterfly is the 5-year-old daughter. How adorable is that?
13. The Pioneer Woman
Ree is the owner and operator of this whimsical blog. A self-proclaimed desperate housewife, she lives in the country and fancies herself an incarnation of Lucille Ball.
Her beautiful blog is brimming with giveaways, homeschooling discussion, homeschooling materials, puzzles, quizzes and so much more. All this is tucked away under the lovely theme of pioneer living.
14. Let’s Homeschool High School Blogroll
The title says it all in the Let’s Homeschool High School Blogroll. Once again, the website is not a blog in itself but is instead an extensive resource for the homeschooling parents of high school age children.
Considering that many of the homeschooling blogs you see out there are geared toward preschool, elementary and middle school aged tykes, this website is a must read for any homeschooling parent of teenagers.
15. Guilt Free Homeschooling
Once again, this blog has a title that is pretty self explanatory. Guilt Free Homeschooling was developed by a mother and daughter team: Carolyn Morrison and Jennifer Leonhard.
Carolyn is quite the homeschooling guru with a whopping 11 years of homeschooling experience under her belt. It shows in her blog.
This website offers encouragement, tips and support for homeschooling parents who may find themselves a bit lost and overwhelmed.
16. The Heart of the Matter
Another blogroll for homeschooling blogs, The Heart of the Matter provides parents with a wide range of Christian oriented homeschooling websites.
Here you will find hundreds of great homeschooling resources, each and every one run by a Christian author. This is yet another very extensive homeschool blogroll that ranks each of the websites.
17. Classical Homeschooling: Life in Grace
Life in Grace is a 5-year-old homeschooling blog created by a woman named Edie. Obsessed with art, design, reading, cooking and raising her children, she has been homeschooling her little ones for about five years now.
Her art and design obsession shows through in the workroom where she conducts the education of her kids. She has tons of pictures of it posted for inspiration in addition to recipes and other postings of a domestic nature, besides just the homeschool related posts and resources.
18. Homeschooling Now
Homeschooling Now is a blog sponsored by the HSLDA, advocates for homeschooling since 1983.
Though it may not be quite as quirky or lively as other blogs we have discussed, the website contains a wealth of easy to navigate information for homeschooling parents.
19. The Homeschool Den
Powered by Parents.com, The Homeschool Den is authored by Liesl Den. Here Liesl shares a little about herself, her ideas on quality textbooks, ideas for some outdoor fun in the sun and much more.
20. Enchanted Homeschooling Mom
Enchanted Homeschooling Mom offers plenty of quality homeschooling materials for free. In addition to this, you can become a member and get access to even more great materials.
Here you will also find meal ideas and much more. These are the top 20 homeschooling blogs of 2013. With so many quality homeschool websites and resources out there, these are merely the tip of the iceberg of a wealth of knowledge at your fingertips. You only have to know where to look!
Ashley Wright says
Great blog!! Thanks for sharing such wonderful list, these are some great blog which is listed. I have read some of them like The Pioneer Woman, Guilt Free Homeschooling. Rest I am going through, I missed it when I used to homeschool my children. Now my children are grown up, younger son is in Grade 9, he is pursuing his education through online school. I will suggest this to my daughter.
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Thank you, this looks so interesting, I definitely will.