Welcome to home | school | life!
Maybe you’ve discovered us because your cool new homeschool friend turned you onto the magazine. (We love it when that happens!) Maybe you found us because your teenager is obsessed with Hamilton, and you’re delighted to discover an entire online class devoted to digging into the most famous non-President in revolutionary history. Maybe you’re a brand-new homeschooler with no idea how to get started. Or maybe you found us because you were sitting at your computer Googling “why is homeschooling so lonely” or “how to homeschool high school.” However you got here, we’re glad to see you.
There’s a lot going on here at home | school | life, so we’ve set up this page as a little cheat sheet to help you get up to speed fast.
Get your subscription to home | school | life magazine. It’s everything you ever wanted to know about homeschooling wrapped up in a shiny package and delivered digitally to your inbox every single season. We’re talking literally hundreds of ideas for books, movies, unit study resources, field trips, homeschool gear, and more, plus thoughtful, long-form journalistic pieces on topics like what makes self-directed learners tick and what to do after high school if college isn’t on your teen’s to-do list.
This site is powered by real homeschoolers. Amy started home | school | life magazine with Shelli back in 2014, and we’ve been joined by Suzanne, Patricia, Amy Hood, Molly, Cate, and Carrie. Why does this matter? Because we represent the whole gamut of homeschool life, from very structured academic planning to footloose unschooling, and that means if you’re curious about a curriculum, learning style, or resource, one of us has probably tried it. (You can always ask us if you can’t find something you are looking for.)
Our most popular blog posts are a good peek into what happens on this site every week: Your child doesn’t have to be a homeschool poster child, the best cities for homeschool families, Little House on the Prairie readalikes, and what if all they want to do all day is play video games.
If you’re new to this whole homeschooling thing, you will want to download our New Homeschooler Cheat Sheet, which breaks down everything you need to know about getting started as a homeschooler step-by-step. (Yes, you really can do this. Yes, a year from now you will probably find it hard to remember what your life was like before you started homeschooling.)
If you’ve been homeschooling for a while, maybe it’s time to download our Homeschool Recharge challenge, which is designed to help you focus back in on all the things you love about homeschooling. (We think the post-holiday, pre-spring, mid-winter slump is prime time for this, but summer vacation is a good excuse, too.)
New for 2016, we’ve put together a lineup of amazingly nerdy online classes, designed to give students an academic outlet for their obsessions. You won’t find U.S. History or Biology in our course catalog, but if you’ve always wanted to take a class on history and Hamilton, existentialism, or feminism and fairy tales, you’re in the right place. (And yeah, we’ve got real, live, equally obsessed academics heading up these classes and the private online communities that go with them.)
We have a podcast! If you can't get enough homeschool talk, check out our latest episode.
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Amy, Jason, and the home | school | life team