FishMama’s Picks for Homeschooling

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This week I’m finishing my tenth year of formal homeschooling. I suppose some might say fifteen years since before my son was officially in kindergarten, I gave him a preschool experience at home.

Really, all of life is learning.

But, yes, ten years of formal teaching. I think I get a pin for years of service, right?

The past six months have been peppered with some rich, rich experiences to give me that boost I need to keep going another fifteen years.

While I’m very ready for a break, I’m also excited about the next school year. Can you believe that my kids will be entering 10th, 7th, 5th, 3rd, 1st, and K-4?! Yeah, I can’t either.

Over the past summers, I’ve shared some kind of homeschool-inspired series. In case you missed them, be sure to check out How We Do School and Getting Started in Homeschooling.

This summer is no different. Inspired by my homeschooling trips to Virginia and Long Beach last month, this summer I’ll be posting a step-by-step look at the different subjects to teach, what tools to use, and how we make our choices. Ours might not be exactly right for you, but hopefully, they will inspire you to choose the best resources for your family, whether you homeschool or afterschool.

Consider this the anchor post, as I’ll be linking all the future articles back here so you can keep up with them easily. And stay tuned for some giveaways thrown in. I’m really excited to share some great teaching tools with you!

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  1. Awesome! I’m very excited about this series! My oldest turns 3 tomorrow, but I must admit my recent obsession is researching homeschool curricula. o_O

    I’m looking forward to reading your ideas for PreK-1st. I’m a little confused about how reading, writing, spelling, and grammar relate to each other, curriculum wise.

    Love your blog! Thanks!

  2. I cannot begin to tell you how much your blog has inspired me. This past year and a half has really turned our family upside down. From the 9.0 earthquake in Japan, to moving back to America to a new state and finding out about some learning disabilities one of my kids has, I have really questioned if I can continue homeschooling. But it is so wonderful to come here and read about your experiences and wisdom. It helps so much. Thank you, I will be following you closely.

    1. Thanks so much. That’s nice to hear! Let us know how we can help you!

  3. I am very excited to hear it you will be doing another series. I have been following you for nearly 2 years and I love your blog. This year I will be starting kindergarten with my five yr old. Have a few questions that i hope to find answers to.

  4. Sending you the virtual pin you deserve for dedicated homeschooling! 🙂

    It’s a long journey, but a good one. I’m finishing up our 15th year and have 8 to go, and each year’s different.

    Mind you, each spring there’s exactly the same feeling of ‘let’s get this year over with already!’ LOL

  5. My husband and I have decided we will be homeschooling when the time comes (our little one is 3.5 months). I’ve become quite obsessed with better equipping myself to handle teaching her and with how to go about selecting the right method. So happy to have found your blog. Such useful information!