5 Reasons You Should Write a Homeschool Blog

With the Homeschool Blog Awards season in full swing here, it seems appropriate to visit the topic of blogging.  Since you’re reading here, you already know the purpose behind homeschool blogs.  They can entertain, inform, encourage, and inspire.  We’re glad you stop by The Homeschool Post for a healthy dose of all of those things.

But why should you personally start your own blog?  You might feel that the blogosphere is already a very big place and you have nothing to contribute.  It’s true there are many blogs out there, but it’s not true that you don’t have your own personal contribution to make.  I have found new blogs to read and enjoy every year through the HSBA Awards.  Each blogger brings their own unique perspective to the topic of homeschooling.

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Here are 5 good reasons why you should start blogging about your homeschool experience (or continue blogging when you feel discouraged):
  1. It’s free!  You have nothing to lose by starting a blog on Blogger, WordPress, Tumblr, or other free blogging platform.  The design doesn’t have to be fancy.  You can get started immediately, too.
  2. Accountability and record keeping.  For those who live in regulated states, a blog can help keep track of those projects you might forget when filling out your paperwork.  It can provide a timeline of learning and help you assemble a portfolio for review.  If you’re like me and get easily distracted by the urgent to-do lists, it also keeps you accountable to actually finish some projects that get put aside from time to time.
  3. It can become a family keepsake, like a homeschool yearbook.  Having a blog can help you remember to take more pictures, get them uploaded, and put them together in an online/digital yearbook format for your kids.  The archive is automatically kept for you through the years and can be really fun to look back through.  There are also options to actually print your blog in book format if you choose.
  4. Blogging provides a way to actively participate in the online homeschool community, especially for those who don’t have local options available to them.  There are groups on Facebook, blog hops, , carnivals, curriculum reviews, and more to provide interaction with fellow homeschoolers.  We can all learn from each other!
  5. Validation.  Ever feel alone in your homeschool journey?  Overwhelmed by all the pressures and expectations as wife, mom, teacher, housekeeper, cook, and so on?  Blogging about it and reading about on other blogs can help put things in perspective and make you feel less alone.  When someone leaves a blog comment to let you know you struck a chord with them or they like your ideas and are going to try them in their homeschool, it’s often like a virtual hug or high-five.  That’s not something homeschool moms get on a regular basis for doing what we do.

Do any of these reasons resonate with you?  Have you nominated your favorite blogs for the Awards this year?  If you start a blog today, it could be your own name on the list next year!

Still not sure how or where to begin?  There are popular and affordable online courses offered by Blogelina and Momcomm to get you started.  You can also read e-books like Simple Blogging, Blog at Home Mom, and iBlog for tips and tricks.  Blog on, mama!

 

Sara (27 Posts)

I'm a reader, writer, dreamer, wife, and homeschooling mom of 3 girls. We take a relaxed, eclectic, Charlotte Mason-leaning, Montessori-ish, literature-rich, delight-directed, almost unschooling-at-times approach to learning. Lots of unit studies, field trips, and lapbooks, too. I like to blog about our learning adventures (plus faith and encouragement) at Embracing Destiny.


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Organize Your Homeschool Library with Your Phone

homeschool library2Classroom Organizer is a must have for your homeschool library. It was created for school classsrooms but can be just as useful for homeschools.

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You use your smart phone and scan the bar code on books and it inputs all of the info for you on a database.

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Classroom Organizer and all of its features, as it currently exists, will always be FREE. In the future, however, member fees may be required for added advanced features. It will be up to the individual user to decide which Classroom Organizer version they want to use.

It allows you to separate them by reading levels and even put down their location on your shelves.

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Once you scan in the book you can assign a genre in the “Track Genre” option in the “Book Rules” tab when creating your Classroom Settings (see Picture A below).

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Once you check “Track Genre,” select “Maintain Genre” (see Picture B below).

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A table will appear were you can custom your genres (Picture C).

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You canexport your book list for printing. On your Build Your Library page there is an “Export to Excel” button. Depending on your computer settings, you will be prompted to open or save the file. Your title list will be exported to an Excel spreadsheet (See Picture N below).

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How to Teach the Love of Photography

My daughter loves taking my iphone and taking photos.

She takes tons of photos filling my memory to the max.

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One day, I was digging in a cabinet and found a pretty can of room deodorizer.  I thought I’d take a photo of it and post it on Instagram.  Yes, I know where my daughter got her love for using memory.

Then I had this thought…

Teach her to take photos, it is a skill she will need.

The rules were simple:

  • Take the photo in different places.  Shade and direct sunlight.
  • Make sure the prop is in the photo.  (I didn’t want her to veer and start taking photos of something else.)
  • Have fun.
  • Try to take a least 5 shots.

After she took the shots and I uploaded the photos to the computer, we were able to go over them.  Some common mistakes that are easily fixed for any budding photographer.

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This photo is great except it was out of focus on the top.  If she would have focused on the the top of can, it may have been easier to read.  It is easy to focus using an iphone – just tap the area you want to focus on and poof it will focus.

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This shot was pretty cool if you knew where she put it.  She put it in the middle of my Bird of Paradise plant.  However, again the focus is wrong.  Still a neat concept.

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This photo made me want to mention photo stealers or photo bombs.  My eyes were drawn to the leaf in the left hand corner.  Again, I know I’m being picky.  However, this is what makes people learn, myself included.

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Aww…the can in the tree trick.  Pretty cool.  She learned the importance of shading and sunlight.  It is better to photo on a shady day, so you won’t have those stinky shadows that like to bomb photos.

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This is one of my favorite shots.  Stick your can in the fern and you will grow air freshener.  Okay, not really.  I loved that she is not stuck on centering photos.  If you look in a magazine, how often is the subject in the center?  Hardly ever!  Great learning opportunity that took hardly any time and no money involved.

This wasn’t a science lesson.  Just a fun thing to do one afternoon and it let her gain some photography experience.

Do you let your kids play so you can teach?

Blessings to you!  You are loved!

The brand of the air freshener had no idea that it was going to be used in this photo lesson.  I just thought it was a neat design.

Lana (32 Posts)

Lana's crazy life is all about 5 kids,a husband who constantly is doing DIYs and remodeling, travel, teaching, Texas, photography, social media and chocolate, all while having true JOY. Come see her life on iLoveMy5Kids.


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