We started DIY Homeschooler in January, 2011, as an outgrowth of our original HomeHearts site, which went online in 2001!
Our children were educated at home from the beginning to the end — end of our homeschool career in any case. We believe that learning is a lifelong endeavor! Our now adult children continue to be lifelong learners. We believe that students need the time and space to learn things on their own — to own them.
A learning lifestyle means providing a unique education for your children — bending education to fit your child. But when you’re in the trenches it can be hard to find time to pull together the resources you need. We have been there, done that! Oftentimes “flying by the seat of our pants” when we left a standard published curriculum, and yet always being dissatisfied following the book instead of the child!
When you’re in the middle of things, there simply isn’t enough time to pull together all of those nifty learning ideas that beg for an implementation — or at least not to the extent that you wish you could. By the time you have time, the need has evaporated — after all, these guys are learning for themselves.
Then there are those things you learn along the way — what is important and what is really not so important, where you wish you would have invested more time and where you could have redeemed time, strategies that worked and those that you wish you had never come across in the first place.
At this point in our lives, we have the time and love sharing ideas — old, new, implemented, original, how we did it, what we used, our reading lists, things that worked, and those that simply got left on the wish list. And we want to pass along those quality resources to other educators and tutors blazing their own trails.
To that end, here is what you’ll find at DIYHomeschooler:
We started reading to our oldest when she was days old. Reading is the basis of the content of our learning. Our list is endless. Your reading list will probably look very different. That’s fine. Take what you need and leave the rest. Oh, and we love to include go-along activities!
Free Unit Studies
These are units we have written and pulled together. Units make it easy to learn together as a family, dig in deep, and spur individual interests. We also offer book studies where we take a book, divide it out into lessons, and provide all of the go-along material to make a study as cursory or in-depth as you need.
Sometimes you need a new way to present a concept or encourage an interest or simply keep little hands busy.
Practical ideas for teaching concepts, covering the subjects, using the tools, and practicing the art of homeschooling!
Sites, printables, notebooking helps, free units, and all types of great finds from the web.
If you are just getting started check out our Get Started page for more on natural learning methods, ways to simplify, and tutor helps.
Finally, the greatest thing to remember when it comes to educating at home is that success will not be measured by how much our children know, but by who they are.
We hope you’ll find DIY Homeschooler a great resource for helping you educate children!
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