When I was a brand spankin’ new homeschool mama, I was pretty overwhelmed. And exhausted.
My oldest was starting Kindergarten, and I also had a 3 year old, and a 16-month old.
And my #4 was due in November.
It was an extremely busy season in my life.
I think back to those early years and I just felt to lost in the homeschool world.
I was so diligent with keeping up with my littles, being a wife, and trying to maintain my home that I just could not find the time to research homeschooling methods to the degree that I wanted.
So in those early days, I did just a small (minute!) amount of research and chose what I thought would be best for my bright little eager Kindergartner.
What I Didn’t Know About Homeschooling
Well, honestly, I could write you a book about what I didn’t know about homeschooling. It’s not that I didn’t want to research and learn as much as I could about this method, I just didn’t have the time or energy.
“You don’t know what you don’t know,” was a phrase my own mama said to me often while I was growing up.
How true that was for me in this new homeschooling life!
I had no idea what I didn’t know.
Resources for New Homeschool Moms
In the video below, I’m sharing 3 resources for new homeschooling moms.
These are books that I wish I’d read, resources I wish I’d know about.
Would they have changed the way I homeschooled in those earlier years? Possibly.
So the question becomes: If there are hundreds of books about homeschooling available, why are you only recommending 3?
With so much information available for homeschool families, it can be overwhelming with where to start.
These 3 resources are simple to wade through and will help you being to create your own dreams and ideas of how you want to school your children at home.
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I mentioned several resources in the video, which you can find below. But don’t skip the video and go straight to the resources listed here.
I talk thoroughly about how to use each resource and why it’s helpful. Plus you get to hear bits and pieces of our early homeschool days and a bit about our homeschool journey. 🙂
102 Top Picks for Homeschool Curriculum by Cathy Duffy
Educating the Whole Hearted Child by Clay and Sally Clarkson
The Read Aloud Handbook by Jim Trelease
Interested in more resources for homeschool moms? Hop over to iHomeschool Network’s page and find everything from resources for teaching writing, STEM resources, to resources for the overwhelmed mom.
Lisa @ Four Under Six
Hi Lauren, thanks so much for your video! This has reminded me I need to buy and read Cathy Duffy’s book. And I had never heard of the read-aloud book so I will look at that one too. I am a new homeschooling mom and like you I have 4. In fact, my youngest two are both girls and are 19 mos apart, like yours! We’re in week 7 of homeschooling and yes, it is difficult! Thank you for the encouragement and wisdom, I could use it! Thank you again. Lisa
Oh WOW, Lisa! We have so much in common with our kiddos! So neat. 🙂
I’m glad you found some helpful tips and ideas in the video. So glad you’re here. 🙂
Thank you so much for this video Lauren, I found it most encouraging seeing you sat in front of a scribbled-on wall! That’s real life, not what other homeschool bloggers let you see!
I have immediately bought the 102 top picks, it sounds like it’s just what I need. I am in my first few months of homeschooling and am regularly beating myself up over not being more researched, organised etc… I will remember your comment about GRACE! And look forward to having more direction after reading and praying over the new book.
Thank you 🙂 Jennie