By Tracey M. Armstrong, Ph.D.
Prior to the 1870s, homeschooling was the primary form of education for the majority of children in the United States. With the introduction of compulsory state education laws, however, receiving one’s education at home subsequently became the exception to the rule. A resurgence of homeschooling that began in the late 1960s and early 1970s, and was largely attributed to the work of public education critics, John C. Holt (1964, 1967) and Raymond S. and Dorothy N. Moore (1975), continues to experience significant growth and has been identified as one of the fastest growing forms of education in the United States (The Economist 2012).
In the 1970s, approximately 10,000 to 15,000 children in the country were being homeschooled. Currently, scholars confirm that homeschool enrollment is one-fifth the size of private school enrollment in the United States (Belfield, 2004; Isenberg 2007), with more than 2 million students, or approximately 3.7% of American students, now receiving their education at home (Ray, 2011). Whereas just twenty years ago, the general public and policy makers were largely uninformed and unaware of this alternative form of education, the homeschool phenomenon can no longer be ignored.
Although the body of research on homeschooling is limited in comparison to other forms of education, this alternative approach has become a critical element in the portfolio of privatization initiatives in America, such as charter schools and vouchers, and merits recognition as one of the most robust forms of educational reform in the United States (Murphy, 2014).
This list of top 30 Homeschooling Blogs has been compiled for the purpose of serving as a valuable resource to individuals already engaged in providing a home-based education or for those individuals simply seeking more information about this fast-growing phenomenon.
Educational Philosophy Based Blogs
Integrating primarily a Charlotte Mason approach, with a “sprinkling of unschooling”, Heather is homeschooling four children, (11th, 9th, 7th, and 4th grades) and shares an abundance of tips, unit studies, and curriculum resources and encourages her readers to do so as well.
Highlight: The Big Book of Homeschool Ideas: Transitioning from Teacher to Mentor in Your Homeschool
Cindy, a busy homeschooling mom to three children, ages 6, 13, and 16, identifies most with the Charlotte Mason style of schooling. She explains that their school “relies heavily on short academic lessons, good literature, nature study, living math, handicrafts, life as learning, free time, and habit training”.
Highlight: Charlotte Mason Was Right About Nature Study
Created by a group of four like-minded individuals from both Catholic and Protestant backgrounds, this blog follows a classical ideal for education, which emphasizes the pursuit of Truth, Goodness, and Beauty.
Highlight: What Does Scholé Even Mean?
With five children under the age of 8, Lexi has chosen to follow a classical education approach in homeschooling. In addition to providing general homeschool information and reviews of curriculum, she outlines her children’s yearly goals, schedule, and curriculum.
Highlight: Review Crew – Preschoolers and Peace
Deb is a former Montessori teacher, who homeschooled both children and although both of whom have graduated, she continues to blog regularly about homeschooling, parenting, and Montessori activities, often offering free printables for a variety of activities.
Highlight: Montessori Monday – Montessori-Inspired Grammar Activities and Resources
With her three children’s goals and interests as a guide, Aadel integrates an unschooling approach to exploring literature and philosophy. She creates insightful questions targeted at blending the main ideas from the stories with the philosophical approaches. Keep up-to-date on Aadel and her family’s adventures on Facebook and Twitter.
Highlight: Summer Never Ends. A Day in Our Unschooling Life
7. Ben and Me
Using a unit study education approach, Marcy blogs about the homeschooling adventures with her 13-year-old son, Ben, who was diagnosed with ADHD at the age of 9. Covering an abundance of learning activities, field trip excursions, curriculum reviews and product reviews, she crafts an intimate blog, chronicling the challenges associated with educating an ADHD child and her personal struggle living with Lupus, and highlights the benefits of integrating a unit study approach to learning.
Highlight: New – Touch Go Learn App From Amanda Bennett
Heather blogs about her homeschooling experiences with her four children under age 9, their intentional learning, integrated living, and inspired learning, and openly admits that her approach to learning is a “bit out of the box”.
Highlight: Nature Mapping and the Nursery
Kris blogs about her unique and “weird” approach to homeschooling her three children. She describes her style as “classically eclectic with a Charlotte Mason twist” – eclectic in both resources and approach, which integrates the four-year cycle of a classical style tossed with some elements of Charlotte Mason.
Highlight: How to Make a Salt Dough Map
10. The Magic Onions
Donni, a mother of two children ages 6 and 10, has been writing about her family life, their crafting, their explorations with nature, and journey into Waldorf education since 2009. No visit to her site is complete without checking out the annual posting of their magical Fairy Gardens.
Highlight: Fairy Gardens 2013
Having followed a Waldorf-inspired curriculum since 2010, Katie blogs about her experiences homeschooling her 5 children, ages 4-14, including twins with special needs.
Highlight: Homeschooling a Child With Special Needs: Part One – The Advantages
Academic/Age Level Blogs
With four children being homeschooled, Jolanthe outlines the family’s curriculum choices for second, fourth, sixth and eighth grade, venturing into creating high school credits this year. Blogging since 2006 on two separate sites (No Ordinary Moments), she offers free access to worksheets, preschool printables, and much more, encouraging her readers to link up resources as well.
Highlight: Nature Fun with Preschool and Kindergarten Community
A visually stimulating and engaging site on which Liz encourages her readers to pin and post links to their activities.
Highlight: Clubhouse “Thank you Station”
Colleen, a mother who is homeschooling four young children, is an author of dozens of books for teachers, parents, and children and explains that most of her books and projects focus on igniting a passion for hands-on learning, experiments, science, nature, and creativity in kids – especially gifted kids.
Highlight: Pre-School Science: Studying Bats With Hide and Sonar-Seek
Erica, a mother of four, offers a homeschooling blog full of ideas, resources, curriculum, recipes, projects, and digital scrapbooking supplies, most of which must be purchased. Blog posts are categorized by grade and subject.
Highlight: What’s In The Workbox Wednesday 3rd Grade?
16. Unschool Rules
As unschoolers and lifelong learners, the Otto family shares their untraditional approach in homeschooling their 14-year old daughter; a journey that began in 2012 when Sarah was mid-way through sixth grade.
Highlight: Real World High School Math: Learning Algebra and Geometry From Life
Married to an active duty soldier, Stephanie has been blogging for 3 years, reflecting on 12 years of homeschooling their children and a wide range of family life issues and experiences including the challenges associated with raising an ADHD child.
Highlight: The First Dog: Ice Age Activity
As indicated in the name of her blog, Tina has a dynamic approach to her blogging, sharing a multitude of lapbooking, planners, and even a new homeschooler boot camp resource, all targeted at middle and high school. As of September 2014, Tina and her family relocated to South America from Texas and has added her Homeschooling Overseas blog to her site.
Highlight: Daniel Boone – North American Explorer
After years of homeschooling their children, Susan and Megan teamed up together, recognizing a void in resources targeted at the home education of older children. With a goal to inspire other families to discover the world through travel and technology, to create hands-on educational activities, and learn together with the help of unique resources, they created the site to share their experiences and knowledge.
Highlight: Why My Son Set A Goal To Learn A Foreign Language
20. The HomeScholar
After homeschooling her children through to college, Lee continues to offer support to homeschoolers through conversational and supportive blog posts targeted more at high school and college preparation and admission. Read about tips on how to get high school credit for extracurricular activities, choosing the right college, and perfecting the art of crafting a winning college entrance essay.
Highlight: Avoid This Fatal Flaw When Teaching High School English
Subject Specific Blogs
Art & Music
A beautiful, visual art project site that features a daily blog, how to draw and watercolor art projects, and various high quality pdf items for purchase. Targeted audience is primarily younger children. Blogs are categorized by grade, artist, media, and theme.
Highlight: Jasper Johns Grid
Although her children have graduated from homeschool, Harmony Art Mom continues to assist other homeschoolers in their quest to provide art and music appreciation curriculum for their children. Visitors to the site can browse her archived blogs and recent updates, as well as peruse free downloads and/or purchase curriculum units and other resources.
Highlight: Summer Is Here! Listen to Vivaldi.
Language & Literature
Committed city dwellers, Rivka lives in Baltimore, MD with her husband and two children, describing themselves as secular homeschoolers who are following a modified neoclassical homeschooling curriculum. Rivka explains their decision to integrate a Five in A Row literature-based “unit study” curriculum and offers suggestions on how to create learning portfolios to document learning and curriculum paths.
Highlight: Why Use Five In A Row?
24. Hope is the Word
A former librarian and teacher, Amy now home educates her four children. On her blog, she reviews books and reflects on home schooling, parenting, and “living a bookish life”. On the fourth Thursday of each month, this site is the home of Read Aloud Thursday, which is a monthly meme in which bloggers share their families’ read-alouds of the month.
Highlight: Read Aloud Thursday
Using a developmental approach to reading, Becky, a former classroom teacher with an M.Ed. in Elementary Education, created a blog that is dedicated to providing resources, printables, and activities to encourage young readers and writers to develop their skills.
Highlight: Stage 2: Now I Know My ABCs (roughly 5-7 years old)
With an invitation to join the author in her garden of life, this blog takes readers on an exploration into history, their homeschooling journey, trips to fascinating places, and their latest projects in quilting, sewing and historical costume design.
Highlight: How Do I Plan “Becoming History” Presentations?
Science & Mathematics
Penned by Marci, this site is designed to eliminate the fear of and incorporate the fun into homeschool science. She shares a variety of resources and tips that have worked with her children.
Highlight: Lab Report – Oxidation And Reduction Experiment
28. Eva Varga
Eva’s mission “is to provide teachers with the tools and inspiration to engage their students in meaningful, hands-on science and service learning experiences through tangible curriculum, shared resources, and real-world contexts”.
Highlight: STEM Club: Rock Types Lab
Technology & Engineering
In addition to blogging about Music and offering a music appreciation curriculum, Mary is an official LEGO Education blogger and posts about their homeschooling math and engineering adventures using LEGO Learning.
Highlight: Lego Learning with Simple & Motorized Mechanisms
Although not a formal blog from a homeschooler, John Wilkerson does provide practical advice for homeschooling parents who use technology as part of their homeschool curriculum. Capitalizing on his professional experience in the computer industry and 16 years of homeschooling 7 children, he delivers instructional articles and podcasts to demonstrate how parents can use technology to teach their children at home.
Highlight: Periodic Table Of iPad Apps (Infographic)
- Belfield, C. 2004. Home-schooling in the US (Occasional Paper No. 88). New York, NY: National Center for the Study of Privatization in Education, Teachers College, Columbia University.
- Holt, J. C. (1964). How children fail. New York: Pitman Publishing.
- Holt, J. C. (1967). How children learn. New York: Pitman Publishing.
- Isenberg, E. (2007). What have we learned about homeschooling? Peabody Journal of Education 82(2):387409
- Moore, R. S., & Moore, D. N. (1975). Better late than early: A new approach to your child’s education. New York Reader’s Digest Press.
- Murphy, J. (2014) The social and educational outcomes of homeschooling. Sociological Spectrum, 34(3), 244-272.
- Ray, B. (2011). Research facts on homeschooling. Salem, OR: National Home Education Research Institute.
- The Economist. (December 22, 2012). Keep it in the family.
Tracey M. Armstrong, Ph.D.
A former middle and high school teacher, Dr. Armstrong returned to graduate school in 2002 at the University of Virginia to complete her doctorate in Educational Administration and Supervision. Since graduation, she has served as a faculty member at The George Washington University and the University of Calgary, and most recently as an adjunct at Vanderbilt University, teaching online and on-campus graduate education courses. A mother of three children, one of whom was homeschooled for a short period of time, she embraced the opportunity to pursue and share online resources for other homeschoolers.