Random Monday

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• Happy Monday, y’all!

• This – World’s First Virtual Store Opens. Cool.

• This – A Guide to Understanding Introverts. I am one, so this was AWESOME.

• This – The Intellectual Benefits of a Real Old-Fashioned Summer. I loved that post so much. I love Lori Pickert and Project-Based Homeschooling. It resonates in my soul. And I am going to do my darnedest to implement her ideas this year. Probably I will talk about this more later, so brace yourselves.

• Question: A homeschooling friend of mine and I are getting together on Tuesday with a mom who is thinking about homeschooling. Her kids are Early Elementary, like mine, which is why I got invited. Apparently I am supposed to exude Homeschool Awesomeness. I thought I’d take some catalogs, and maybe make a list of encouraging websites and blogs she could read.

So the question is: What website or blog or book do you think I should point her to? Is there anything that you recall as being particularly helpful when you first started out? Is there anything you think I should be sure to talk about? If I were to give her a list of say, Top 3 Curriculum Options, what would you tell me? Top Math? Top Spelling? Top All-in-One?

Lay it on me, peeps. We need more converts. Don’t be shy. I am actively looking for advice, so bring it on.

Thanks so much. I love all y’all, man.

Viva la Résistance!

11 Responses to “Random Monday”

  1. Rose Says:

    this one is tough!! I’ve been homeschooling for forever!!!! I would tell her not to be afraid of changing mid-stream if something didn’t work…..

    My Top Picks:
    Mystery of History
    Sequential Spelling
    First Language Lessons
    Lots of books to read (I pick mine from Sonlight’s list)
    Latin~ start with Song School Latin 1

    Stay away from Abeka, Alpha Omega Lifepacs!!!!!

    Here you go, use them or not!!!

  2. Amy Says:

    Lori’s blog seems to work with every type of homeschooler, very encouraging and positive.
    Local homeschool yahoo groups helps get a feel for the land and usually lets you know about local activities.
    I like Secular Homeschool to avoid anything religious (but maybe not for someone who is doing it for religious reasons).
    State Homeschooling association and Board of education sites usually have tons of information.
    Local library homeschool info. For instance, ours has a special educators card and will let you borrow a “bucket of books” on one subject with a teachers guide.

    Good luck!

  3. Tressa Says:

    I read a book recently called “Ten Ways to Destroy the Imagination of your Child”. I think you would like it, or it would depress you as it did me. But it said everything Lori’s post said only in a book.
    Tressa´s last blog post ..Random Monday

  4. Tressa Says:

    Oh, and for the possible homeschool mom I wouldn’t talk about curriculum yet. I would talk about visiting the park during school hours, vacationing in the off season, being with your children when they are at their best, and most importantly no Popsicle stick bridges (unless that is her thing then she can do them whenever she wants). And that Thanksgiving school feast that requires you to being in 25 lbs of mashed potatoes? A thing of the past!

    I would focus on the freedom. Then, when she is all on amazement, talk about the great things they can learn.
    Tressa´s last blog post ..Random Monday

  5. Applie Says:

    You’re an introvert? Bwhahaha….I don’t believe you.

    I agree with Tressa. Visit parks, make slime, enjoy your kids. You can beat them over the head with curriculum when they are much older. 🙂

    Where’s the linky to this Random Monday that was obliviously posted on Sunday?
    Applie´s last blog post ..Random Monday

  6. Michelle Says:

    Lori’s stuff. I wish I’d had her book from the beginning.

    This book soothed my nerves a lot when we started:
    And it made me laugh. I like snark.

    I also like the home learning year by year book, just to reassure myself that we’re “on track.” Especially since we don’t use any curriculum, except with math.

    Nothing is perfect, so don’t look for it. Relax. Try things. Be flexible. 🙂
    Michelle´s last blog post ..Summering

  7. hikooky Says:

    First, love the introvert info you posted. I just came across thie recently: introversion myth-busting! http://elibishop.com/2011/07/27/10-myths-about-introverts/ So good.

    For the potential homeschooler, I recommended simplehomeschool.net. Lots of great articles about all the ins and outs of homeschooling. NOT overwhelming. Honest. Easy to process. You can navigate all over the site to find what suits your fancy. Here is a great get-started post: http://simplehomeschool.net/how-to-homeschool/ I recommend looking at the “Popular Posts” column on the right. Good stuff there.

    Okay! Curious to hear how that goes. 😀

  8. Happy Elf Mom Says:

    Hi! Tell your friend to relax and get some workbooks from Sam’s Club or whatever to start out with. Simple reading, writing, how to tell time and all that. Once you have a reasonable schedule down and you know where your child is academically, THEN you are in a much better position to research the expensive curriculum and spend your money wisely.

    I can’t tell you how many people pick the curriculum that looks the best, or impresses people, or whatever, only to find it sits on the shelf unused and/or is used and is a bad fit for everyone, leading to homeschool burnout.

    There’s my two cents. Oh, and of course do please send her ’round to all your friends’ blogs so that she can see we are a diverse bunch of people, JUST like her friends who choose public school for their kids. Hugs!
    Happy Elf Mom´s last blog post ..The Right to Go to School

  9. Lisa Says:

    I would definitely show her some curriculum options. Unless she knows about unschooling / natural learning, when you first start out because you are generally a little worried about whether you are doing the right thing education wise. Warn her NOT to buy anything, beg, borrow and steal to start with. So many unused curriculum sitting on shelves around the world. Personally I agree with the ladies about parks, etc but for newbies that can freak them out … “what they can learn just by looking and enjoying themselves … surely not, that’s not how schools do it!”

    When she chooses curriculum, advise her to set out goals (realistic ones!!!) for her kids, then find a curriculum to suit. Don’t do it the other way around! Also after purchasing an expensive curriculum and finding it is missing something you wanted, you generally aren’t in a possi to buy more. She should consider her kids learning styles, ie bookwork for a kinesthetic learner is a waste of time. Most importantly she needs to consider herself. Is she hands on (ie lots of time) or does she imagine she is going to hand them stuff and wander off to put out the washing.

    Bet you wish you hadn’t asked now 😉
    Lisa´s last blog post ..er that’s Bliss Balls dear!

  10. Lori Says:

    well, you all are making me feel good! 🙂 thank you SO MUCH.

    re: the might-want-to-homeschool mom, i think i’d want to know why she was leaning toward leaving her current situation before i rolled out any advice. i think curriculum might feel overwhelming, but that’s me. she probably wants to know it’s doable, it’s fun, and there’s a nice community she can join. 🙂
    Lori´s last blog post ..How to Mentor a Kid with Big (Possibly Unrealistic) Dreams

  11. Shayne Says:


    From one of your Canadian lurkers… This book talked me off the ledge of ‘The Well Trained Mind’, which I thought was my only option… I still like many parts of WTM, but this book allowed me to see that our days were going to be fun and full of lovely memories (when I’m not being ‘crazy this-house-is-a-mess mommy’). It made me want to homeschool, not just because I felt it was best for them; it was something that sounded like how I wanted their childhood to be.

    Just my $0.02 🙂