37 thoughts on “5 Essentials To Getting Started in Homeschooling: Get Organized

  1. I’m always so encouraged here. And I usually laugh, too. These are both really good things. I shared this post with a few friends who are contemplating the journey. One thing: the link to how you felt at the beginning of your homeschooling takes us to the post about accidentally homeschooling, which I love, but already read. It would be sweet if that could get fixed. 🙂

  2. Even though I have already started the school year, I am very encouraged by this! Thank you for sharing your daily life with all of us! You make us feel like we’re your friends in your living room showing us what you do; teaching us, not at us. I so appreciate everything you share! Can’t wait for the next one!

  3. Glad to know I’m not the only one who has had some weird conversations and stares when I’ve asked to see how a particular family home schools! It’s in the details! As my family has grown, I don’t want as much experimenting with organizing my time with each grade; I want to know what has worked for larger families consistently!

  4. I love reading your blog. You are so transparent and real and I believe people can relate when people are authentic. Thanks for that. Also, I’m in a place where I’m praying and contemplating the possibility of homeschooling my son. I’ve been overwhelmed at times when talking to homeschool moms and when I ask what they do I usually get the same kind of vague answers. I’ve often thought exactly what you said about seeing how it is that they do what they do and how does it all work. I’m so thrilled that you are sharing all this because maybe, just maybe, I won’t feel like it is something I could never do.

  5. #lifedoesnotlooklikepintrest should be a hashtag, great point! homeschooling is MESSY, I have this gorgeous school room, but we usually end up on the couch by the end of the day…well laid (and useful) plans don’t always pan out as perfectly as we think!

  6. THANK YOU!!! I was a teacher for 10 years before I had my twin girls in Dec 2009. Then came my boy in July 2012. I’m PETRIFIED of homeschooling, but I KNOW in my heart this IS the right thing to do with my 3 blessings!! THANK YOU SO MUCH for posting this!!

  7. Thank you, Heidi. I spoke to you a few months ago at a conference and I remember your reluctance to share how you “did” homeschooling. I am so thankful you have reconsidered. I am one of the beginners in this journey and want to soak up anything I can from the veterans. 🙂 I love that you talked about your school room usually becoming the catch all room. That is totally my school room. It’s so frustrating. GRRRR….So, I appreciate the permission to move my school to wherever. 🙂 I love having a space for school, but also find it’s so nice to mix it up a little and move from room to room at times. Thanks again! Looking forward the upcoming posts. Our homeschool moms’ support group is reading through your “Daylight” book together this fall. I am really looking forward to it!

    1. Hi Andrea! I’m so glad I seemed “reluctant!” 🙂 Because I am! I hope your mom’s group is blessed by “Daylight’ … let me know how it goes! Blessings! heidi

  8. Such a good website. Very encouraged. I started my homeschooling journey last year with my kindergartener and the first thing I did was pick up a copy of “Idiot’s guide to homeschooling” lol. This website was WAY more helpful than anything I read in that book. I love homeschooling my kids and seeing them grow in the Lord. I joined a Firmly Planted co-op last year and have met some of the most wonderful people. I will be teaching the 4’s class this year after helping in it last year. I am so blessed to be able to be a part of it!

  9. Hi! Thanks for the schedule sheet provided. I’m homeschooling two years now, but I’m in Class homeschool program and my kids are in 10th and 6th grade, any advice can you give me about this program or any other that you might know. Thanks a lot!

  10. Wow! I had not thought about those early days in a long time. For us, we started back in 2005. I myself was not an accidental homeschooler, but none the less, I still was lost when I first began. Of course, we all figure it out, don’t we. Anyways, I think your Blog is Great! I hope you will come stop by mine too 🙂


  11. I’m dismayed and amused by how easily I’m ‘sold’ on any and everything (curriculums, online programs, co op classes) others tell me they’re using. Everything looks so well rounded, so tempting….. I don’t buy or sign up for everything, I just question if it’d be better than what I’ve selected. But this is where faith in my decision making must kick in. I visited a Classical Conversations program yesterday and by the time I left I had wished I could turn back the clock so my kids wouldn’t of missed a single CC Cycle. Then, knowing how I am, I stepped back to ponder and pray. Veteran HS moms have graduated successful college bound kids by sticking to the basics & foundations of learning. Thank you for encouraging moms to do the same, here.

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