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My Favorite Home School Blogs

What do you want your child to learn?

Have you ever stopped to think about what materials you want your child to be exposed to during their education? For us, the list includes subjects like American Sign Language, foreign languages, cursive writing, grammar, music, and art, and also normal things like manners, how to take care of themselves, etc. Basically, we want our children to learn more than what is available now at public schools. And who knows what will be available when our children are ready to enroll.

Assigning No Blame and Assuming Responsibility

I have several friends who are teachers or work at schools. I want to go on record by saying that I’m not blaming schools for not teaching my children what I want them to learn. Not by any means. Not only has funding been cut, schools merged until there are way too many kids per teacher, but I’m also pretty specific in what I want them to learn. Since I know what I want them to be exposed to – and some of it is practical living skills and manners – I firmly believe that it’s my responsibility to teach my children. But I am not an educator, I don’t know beans about elementary education, so I have to put in my research to find out how to best expose my children to these subjects. Which is why I read books in our library and also check out blogs on the Internet, which I’m going to share with you now in this list of my favorite home school blogs.

My Favorite Home School Blogs:

  • Counting Coconuts – “A place where you’ll find lots of learning activities and ideas for toddlers and preschoolers inspired mostly by the Montessori method. There’s also a good dose of mama made creations and crafty goodness here, too!” – I absolutely love her sensory tubs and practical life trays. This is one of the first blogs I found when I started looking for information.
  • Living Montessori Now – “Information and inspiration for parents and teachers” – I love this blog because she seeks out the best posts from the home school blog world and links to them. For example, a recent post on a Montessori-based Transportation Unit includes ideas from several different bloggers, where you can find more ideas and resources and she also has a link to Pinterest where she’s pinned several more resources to use when discussing transportation. I love that she promotes and supports other bloggers and rounds up ideas so I can go one place to look for inspiration.
  • Confessions of a Homeschooler – I love this blog because she amazing printables, recipes and also reviews materials, which helps me to decide what I might want to buy to help teach. I haven’t been reading her blog as long as the previous two, but she’s definitely one of my favorites!
  • The Mofatt Girls – I love this blog for her Ready2Read units – they are amazing! She also has kits that she sells (like preK writing kits) that looks great. I can’t say how great they are exactly because I haven’t purchased any, but they are on my list!
  • 1+1+1=1 – I love this blog for her themed printables! My son loves the themes too, which helps a lot. She also runs a Tot School linky where she goes through what she’s using with her child and encourages other home school bloggers to post what they are doing, using and learning and link up by child’s age, which helps me to quickly narrow down what might be workable with my son. Her linky is awesome and her post is first-class. For an example, check out Tot School – Letter Oo {Part 1} from this week.


What are your favorite home school blogs?

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Joanna is a stay-at-home mother of 2 young boys. She enjoys reading, writing, cooking, socializing, and constantly struggles to find new and better ways to manage the home.
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  • http://moffattgirls.blogspot.com Annie Moffatt

    Hi Joanna!
    I just wanted to say thank you for mentioning our Ready2Read program and adding our blog to your list! What an honor….thank you!!

    • http://www.justjoanna.com Joanna

      It’s a fantastic program Annie! Thanks for stopping by! :-)

  • Joanna

    Thanks for stopping by! I'll be honest – I've been checking out the magazines too, but the blogs are just so much more accessible… our library has the magazines that I can check out too, but I haven't seen any that really grabbed me yet.

  • Beeb

    I'm a homeschool graduate, and back in the "Dark ages" (The '80s & '90s – LOL!), my family subscribed to a homeschooling magazine. I think it's so cool that now there are thousands of blogs available online sharing homeschooling info and resources! I have nothing to add to this list, since there were no homeschooling blogs back in my day (LOL!!!), but thanks for sharing!