I depend on lots who have gone before me (and who “keep on keepin’ on”) for guidance, ideas and encouragement. There is scheduling to be done, curriculum to be selected (or written), there is transition from public school to homeschool to be experienced. Here are some of the resources that I have found most helpful as a homeschooler and teacher:
The Handbook of Nature Study is written and managed by my friend, Barbara McCoy. Each month, she provides a fantastic newsletter (via email) with nature study ideas, lessons, notebooking pages, links to online resources, and other helpful information. Then, weekly, she posts more detailed directions for timely nature studies that you can do right in your own backyard.
Although the nature studies are easy-going and kid-centered, there is nothing “light” about the content. Barb takes the everyday and ordinary things in your surroundings and teaches you how to get to important scientific ideas. If you are a first-time homeschooler, an elementary school teacher with a desire for more outdoor experiences, or a veteran homeschooler who wants more outdoor time and less bookwork, check out Barb’s website.
More Print Resources to Help You Plan Your Homeschool
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A Biblical Home Education — Ruth Beechick $14.99
- Top Ten Reasons We’re Excited About the Coming School Year, 2012-13… (bugsandstuff.wordpress.com)
- Top Ten (10!) Pieces of Advice I’d Give New Homeschoolers… (bugsandstuff.wordpress.com)
- Planning for Homeschool, 2012-13 (bugsandstuff.wordpress.com)
- Homeschooling Through the Fear (courage-for-today.com)
- Homeschooling Today (education.com)
- Mapping Out Your Homeschool Year (amyswandering.wordpress.com)
- Homeschool Ideas – On Pinterest! (bugsandstuff.wordpress.com)
- A Beginner’s Guide to Homeschooling (education.com)