I started homeschooling in 2005, when my first child was in kindergarten. Our learning style has always been relaxed and interest-led, becoming more unschoolish as the years went by. We’ve been influenced by the ideas of Charlotte Mason and the model of Leadership Education, with good literature, nature study, and real-world learning continue as key elements of our homeschooling.
These books heavily influenced my homeschool philosophy over the years, and I highly recommend them all:
- A Charlotte Mason Companion by Karen Andreola
- Leadership Education: The Phases of Learning
by Oliver and Rachel DeMille
- Gifted: Raising Children Intentionally by Chris Davis
The school room:
In our much smaller new home, we don’t have the space or storage as before, but we adjusted quite well with plenty of outside play, reading on the sofa, and spreading out on the dining table for written work or art time. See our simplified cottage-style homeschool room.
You may enjoy touring our previous open floorplan school room, smack dab in the middle of our previous, larger home.
A few of my most popular homeschool posts:
- Workbox Crate: simplified homeschooling
- Socialization is a bunch of malarkey
- Cute and Cheap Art Supply Organizer
- Prayers for Parenting and Homeschool
- Our Imperfect Homeschool
In 2021, I hung up my homeschooling hat and my youngest two are currently attending traditional middle school. A lot went into that decision and it’s what’s working best at this point in our family.
See all homeschool-related posts.
Thanks for reading!
Wife, mom, grandma. Introvert who finds joy in good books, sunshine, and authentic conversation. Fitness enthusiast and personal trainer. Often seen with a steaming mug of tea in hand.