Never before has there been availability to such high-quality, awesome homeschooling curriculums and communities. Here are some I recommend getting involved with.
I ultimately made the plunge to homeschool when I found The Peaceful Preschool, a simple curriculum that gave me the confidence to say, “Oh, I can do this.” Ultimately, you want to choose a curriculum that will help you feel empowered to homeschool. Here are a few I recommend looking into.
The Peaceful Press was founded by homeschooling mama Jennifer Pepito. She has used her years teaching her little ones as inspiration for these beautiful, simple curriculums. I have been using her Peaceful Preschool curriculum with Levi and believe it is a wonderful resource for parents new to homeschooling. Part Charlotte Mason, part Montessori, Pepito creates simple lesson plans that include a read aloud, phonics practice, counting skills, fine and large motor skills, life skills, and art skills. She includes other helpful resources and even free sample units on her site. See her three curriculum sets here:
While I have not used this curriculum myself, I have heard wonderful things about it and hope to include it in our homeschool preschool next year. The Habitat Schoolhouse was designed for preschoolers by Charlotte, a homeschool mom and artist, as a “a wholesome preschool curriculum for your little learners.” It is an incredibly beautiful curriculum and includes a wide variety of worksheets to help guide you and your student through learning. Subjects include letters and phonics, numbers and counting, shapes and color, arts and culture study, fine motor skills, and practical life skills. The curriculum can come either as a digital copy or a hard copy, depending on your own interests.
Exploring Nature with Children is a curriculum I hope to include soon in our homeschool preschool, although it can be used with older children as well. Created by Lynn, an English mama, the curriculum is inspired by the teachings of Charlotte Mason who stated, “Never be indoors when you can rightly be without.” Extremely affordable, this year-long curriculum is rooted in nature study with units that include a themed nature walk, a themed book list, a poem, a piece of art, and extension activities that can be adapted for children of different ages. Weekly themes include: The Harvest Moon, Pumpkins, Weather, Nesting Birds, The Twelve Days of Christmas, Grasses, Wildflowers, Caterpillars, and Summer Pond.
“All good things are wild and free.” This quote, by Henry David Thoreau, is the inspiration behind the extensive Wild + Free homeschool community. Founded by Ainsley Arment, Wild + Free has an incredible amount of resources and support for the homeschooling family. They are not associated with one particular homeschool style, but do place an emphasis on the importance of learning from nature.
This may sound petty, but getting linked in on Instagram has been a great source of inspiration for me and my homeschooling journey. I would start with connecting to some of the homeschooling moms I’ve referenced above, or follow some homeschooling hashtags. It’s amazing to see what everyday parents are doing to educate their children.
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