Although my children are still young, homeschooling is nothing new to me. I grew up being homeschooled, and loved it! I have many fond memories of my mom reading out loud to my brother and I or making a big messy craft project with us. Its been so much fun to begin homeschooling my own children. I love being a part of their learning experiences and getting to witness all of their excitement over new things.
Are you just getting started with homeschooling? Here are some of my favorite (random) websites and tips for you:
This is a great article on socialization, and why its so not a big concern.
Cathy Duffy Reviews is a great place to look for curriculum ideas and reviews. She also has a book that is a great resource. You can get a general review of most any homeschool curriculum on her website and then research it further if you are interested.
Homeschool Reviews is another place to check for reviews. (Also Amazon of course.)
The Happy Housewife has a round-up of curriculum reviews written by various bloggers.
Homeschoolclassifieds.com sells used curriculum. Your local Craigslist may have listings as well.
Rainbow Resource is a huge website with homeschool books and products. Whatever you do, do not request their catalog. I am not kidding. It is around 5 inches thick and waaay too hard to get through. Just stick to looking things up on their website.
Home Science Tools is a fun science store that I have purchased some of our things from in the past.
There are plenty of websites with homeschool ideas, crafts, and curriculum. Homeschoolshare.com is a big one with ideas and printables for creating lapbooks.
If you are using a certain curriculum, check and see what other resources they have to offer. My Father's World and Heart of Dakota both run message boards devoted to helping people use their curriculum. There are also yahoo groups, both of which contain wonderful ideas and help.
Getting connected with a local homeschool group is a must! Ours has monthly meetings and an email group. Members plan field trips from time to time. This is also a great place to ask questions.
My last piece of advice? Just go ahead and buy several bookshelves right now; they will be full in no time!
Do you homeschool? What are your favorite links or tips for a newcomer?