Back-to-School Must-Reads: Homeschool Blogs, Part 1

Welcome to Blog Profiles! Each week, we select a topic and handful of blogs that do a great job contributing to the conversation. It’s back-to-school season, but for many, that doesn’t necessarily mean back to a physical school building. So this week’s roundup is all about homeschool blogs.

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With many homeschool parents gearing up for another school year — or powering through it if they homeschool year-round — I thought it could be useful to have a few good blogs on hand with helpful tips and resources.

Whether you’re a seasoned homeschool parent or considering making the full switch to homeschooling, these blogs can help.

They also offer supportive online communities for anyone trying to balance the roles of teacher and parent.

1. Hip Homeschool Moms

This blog really covers it all. Homeschool tips and advice are organized by grade level, subject, Q&As, and encouragement, among other topics.

The blog goes even further by including posts on budgeting, travel, recipes, and news. Blog owners Trish Corlew and Wendy Hilton also run the very active Facebook page for the blog, helping readers connect to fellow homeschooling parents and be part of a strong community.

I recommend reading Top 10 Homeschool Do’s and Don’ts; Promises to My Family for Our New Homeschool Year; and 10 Reasons to Try Family Reading.

Follow @hiphomeschoolmoms on Facebook.

2. Weird Unsocialized Homeschoolers

This blog was created by homeschool mom Kris Bales. She and her husband homeschooled their three children, all of whom have now graduated. Bales’ goal for the blog is to “be real and to write about the good, the bad, and the ugly of homeschooling,” complete with her self-described “warped” sense of humor. It’s now owned by Trish Corlew and Wendy Hilton – yes, the same owners of Hip Homeschool Moms.

The blog includes posts from a team of other homeschoolers sharing their unique tips and advice for other parents teaching their kids from home.

I especially like the sections on high school, which can be particularly tough years for homeschooling, and field trips.

8 Screen-Free Rainy Day Activities to Keep Kids Busy and Engaged Indoors; Because Sometimes Learning {Gasp} Stops; and 10 Grown-up Nature Study Ideas for Teens are good reads.

Follow @WeirdUnsocializedHomeschoolers on Facebook.

3. My Little Poppies

My Little Poppies was created by Cait, a mom, school psychologist, and unexpected homeschooler. She also co-hosts The Homeschool Sisters podcast with her sister, Kara.

The blog is full of resources for homeschoolers, gameschoolers (if you’re more interested in playing games with your kids to accomplish schooling “must do’s”), and parents of gifted children. Readers also can find a great list of read-aloud book recommendations in a variety of subjects, including history, poetry, and science.

Check out these helpful posts: The Advantages of Literature-Based Geography in Your Homeschool; How To Document Gameschooling; and 1st Grade Sight Word Games Your Child Will Love.

Follow @my_little_poppies on Instagram.

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Looking for more homeschool tips and advice? Check out Part 2 of our homeschool blogs round-up.

P.S. Ever wonder how we come up with ideas for our blog profiles? Our handy list of industries and subjects on PR Newswire for Journalists stays top of mind. If you’re a blogger or journalist looking for homeschool and education news, let us know. We can customize a newsfeed for you.

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Rocky Parker is the Manager of Audience and Journalist Engagement at Cision PR Newswire. She's been with the company since 2010 and has worked with journalists and bloggers as well as PR and comms professionals. Outside of work, she can be found trying a new recipe, binging a new show, or cuddling with her pitbull, Hudson.

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