Parents just starting out with homeschooling might also like to sign up for Sonya’s free e-course with recommendations for how to set up your own homeschool.
Sonya Chappell was homeschooled herself. She has some great information about the pros and cons of homeschooling and she still chose to do it with her own children, so she must feel the pros outweigh the cons! She is also very un-prescriptive.
I have come across some homeschooling ‘gurus’ who give you the feeling that you have to do your homeschooling their way. You must do everything exactly the way they tell you, and only then will your child get the proper education that they deserve. If it doesn’t work, or your child is miserable, well then, it must be because you are not following their procedure correctly, or not using every single item from their products. Sonya acknowledges that every family is different and therefore every homeschooling family is different. She knows that you will figure out what works for you, rather than following someone else’s blueprint. Given that my homeschooling is very eclectic, that’s the kind of guru I’d rather learn from.
I used Sonya’s website when my youngest boy was starting to learn to read. Although she has added a few pages referring to high school, I feel that it is mainly targeted towards parents with pre-schoolers and early primary school age. Nevertheless, I still subscribe to her monthly newsletter. It’s good to be reminded what simple activities you can do with your children, that are fun, and still tick many boxes for the state requirements for homeschoolers. (Sonya is living in the US so appreciates these restrictions that many of us have to deal with.)