Winners of the 2012 Homeschool Blog Awards!

2012 Homeschool Blog Awards

We have winners!

Below are 20 categories, the blog name, and link for each winner. We put these awards on each year so that homeschoolers can find a great list of resources, encouragement, and inspiration to stay the course! Everyone nominated in our awards each year is special.

Each year we put up the NOMINEE PAGE for the year’s nominated blogs, but it won’t be available until the first of the year. For now we just want our top winners to bask in the public pat on the back they just got! Check back here at this post in January and we will have the entire nominee page linked on this post.

Something fun?! We’re going to spotlight the TOP TEN winners on lists each Wednesday starting in December. We’ve decided to make a groovy category specific button for our top 10 homeschool blogs from each of the 20 categories and will share those every week through April of 2013. That way the fun of the awards continues up until it is time to begin planning for 2013’s awards. Be sure to send us your suggestions for category changes or additions, etc – via our contact page!

You can also look back at past winners and nominee pages by clicking our PAST WINNER page above. There you can see who was nominated and who won in previous years all the way back to 2005!

If you are a winner, please note the deadlines and instructions below:

*Winners have until NOVEMBER 30th to email us to claiming their prizes and provide shipping information. If that deadline is missed, they forfeit their prize(s) and title which will go to the next runner up. The sooner you contact us with your information, the better!

*The random drawing will be held on December 1st.

*We will share the email and physical addresses of our winners with our sponsors/vendors by December 14th so they can disperse prizes.

*Vendors have until January 15th to ship prizes. If you don’t get a prize that you were promised (we’ll be doing a drawing to see who takes which prizes home), please let us know.

— Check back to the main page for the 2012 Homeschool Blog Awards for more information about the awards themselves.


1. Best Homeschool Mom Blog ~ Confessions of a Homeschooler

Everyone is the best homeschool mom for their own children. With thousands of homeschool bloggers out there, please know that there will only be one winner online – but EACH OF US are winners in our own homes. If there’s a blogging mom out there that has been a particularly good example to you and you want to let her know… consider her for this nomination! [Her blog does not have to be exclusively about motherhood or homeschooling.]

2. Best Homeschool Dad Blog ~The Mango Times

We love to hear what dad has to say. Especially if he includes homeschool posts off and on. [Blog doesn’t have to be exclusively about homeschooling.]

3. Best Blog Design ~ The Arrowood Zoo

Here’s your chance to nominate a gorgeous blog design and give a code-and-design savvy blogger a pat on the back for her talent (or give her hired web designer some credit!).

4. Best Photos ~ Mothership Adventures

This blogger has photographic talent and makes her posts pop with eye-candy. We want to thank those of you who post pictures and graphics that inspire us! The winner of this category will be one that takes her own photos – not someone who only uses stock images.

5. Best Crafts, Plans & Projects Blog ~ 1+1+ 1=1

Do you turn to the blogosphere for a steady supply of great craft ideas, lesson plans, or projects that you can do with your homeschoolers? Why not share your favorite how-to blogs that provide us with things to be inspired by and ideas to use with our kids and in our homes.

6. Best Family or Group Blog ~ 2 Teaching Mommie

** update: we are sorry for the mix up, but the wrong link was copied for this winner – the correct winner is listed now.

Nominate your favorite Homeschool Family blog or your favorite group blog that is either run by Homeschoolers or discusses homeschool issues. [Blog doesn’t have to be exclusively about homeschooling. Remember that if more than one of our authors are part of the group blog, it is not qualified to win. THIS BLOG MUST HAVE MULTIPLE AUTHORS.]

7. Best Encourager ~ Cultivated Lives

It is time to say thanks to those bloggers out there who lift you up out of the homeschool “blahs” and help you get back on track. The winner of this category doesn’t have to be perfect or always in a good mood… just someone who makes you feel as if someone else cares and has a positive attitude overall.

8. Best Current Events, Opinions or Politics Blog ~ Get Along Home

We don’t want a strictly political blog that is run by a homeschooler unless quite a few posts have relevant information pertaining to homeschooling. News clips that affect our freedoms as homeschoolers and how homeschooling is portrayed in the media are ideal. We love to hear what other homeschool teachers are thinking and reading and their views on things that affect us all. [This blog does not have to be exclusively about homeschooling, current events, or politics… just a blog that often shares opinions on matters that you enjoy learning from.]

9. Best Homemaking or Recipes Blog ~ Happy Home Fairy

This blog should have content regarding homemaking, housekeeping, tips, ideas for making your life easier, information about raising multiple kids, or recipes that you enjoy trying. [This person should be a homeschooler but the blog doesn’t have to be exclusively about homeschooling, homemaking or recipes.]

10. Best Teen Blog ~ God’s Daughter

Let’s encourage those young bloggers to speak up and be a good example for their peers. I have seen so many wonderful teen blogs out there that deserve recognition. Let us know what some of your favorites are! Teen blogs can be any blogs run by teens who are at least 12 years of age. The winners will have to submit permission slips signed by their parents – see legal page at HSBA for more details. [This blog does not have to be exclusively about homeschooling, but homeschooling should be mentioned often or it should be obvious from the template that the teens are homeschoolers.]

11. Funniest Homeschool Blog ~ Laugh with Us Blog

We all need a laugh in-between laundry, lesson plans and losing our cool. It is nice to get your smile back so you can share it with your students (who can only take “so much gloom” as Ma Walton said so eloquently on The Waltons television series). Nominate your favorite crack-pot or crack-up homeschool blog here.

12. Best Special Needs Blogger ~ Jennifer A Janes

These are the moms that have the extra challenges – they go above and beyond to help their children succeed. We hope to help connect all sorts of bloggers – special needs included.

13. Best Homeschool Vlogger ~ 7 Sisters Homeschool

It’s a rare treat to get to be the “fly on the wall” in someone’s homeschool. Don’t you always love seeing what’s on other people’s book shelves and watching them demonstrate things on video, though? Vlogging is a wonderful way to spread the homeschool encouragement around on the net.

14. Best Variety ~ Red White and Grew

This blogger is one that could fit in any of these categories … but they just can’t be pinned down in ONE. This type of blogger is the ADD hyper-focused type… always moving on from one thing to the next… and always keeping you interested in coming back for more!

15. Best Thrifty Homeschooler ~ Gricefully Homeschooling

Most of us are homeschooling on a shoe-string. Nominate your favorite money-saving blogger so you can share her tips with the blogosphere and bless a bunch of homeschool children in the process! [Blog doesn’t have to be exclusively about frugality.]

16. Best SUPER-HOMESCHOOLER ~ Starts at Eight

Ever feel like a loser after reading someone else’s lesson plans, seeing their field trip photos, listening to them talk about what they got done today, or seeing pictures of their children’s accomplishments? You were probably feeling the effects of visiting a SUPER-HOMESCHOOLER’s blog. These are the A-list homeschool parents that just BLOW YOU AWAY with their enthusiasm. We all have our good days, but this blogger has us all beat.

17. Best Nitty-Gritty Homeschool Blog ~ Large Family Mothering

Since we included a category for the Super-Homeschooler… I figured we would add one in for the homeschooler who is brutally honest and open about her mistakes and failures. These are the moms that make you feel better and let you know that it is OK that we aren’t perfect. What would we do without them???

18. Best NEW Homeschool Blog ~ The Unlikely Homeschool

It is hard making a name for yourself in the blogosphere. A lot of times, you feel as if you are writing and no one is out there. If you have stumbled upon a great new blogger who has a lot of potential and you want to share them with the rest of us… please consider nominating them for this category! [A new blog is one that appeared on the scene during or after last awards season.]

19. Best Homeschooling Methods Blog ~ Frontier Dreams (Waldorf Method)

There are a lot of methods used to homeschool. Are you a boxed curriculum gal? A Classical homeschooler? An unschooler? Do you thrill on Unit Studies or spend time outdoors doing Charlotte Mason-type nature walks? Are you a mixture of everything (eclectic)? Make sure you tell us what TYPE of method this blog showcases so we can list it on the voting page!

20. Best Homeschooling Nature/Field Trip Blog ~ Handbook of Nature Study

Have cabin fever? Looking to get OUT and see the world – sketch it, research it, photograph it? Who inspires you to take the kids out and enjoy Creation? Who makes you scratch your head in wonder while showing you all the fascinating things they have discovered outdoors?


There were a few winners that won multiple categories, but we like to make sure that we have 20 DIFFERENT winners, so we made a call to give the runner-up in those categories the winning title. We don’t want ANYONE to feel like a runner-up, though, because everyone nominated is unique and wonderful in their own way, so we’ve  just listed the final winners and let that be that!

Thank you so much for your participation! 

…And please snag this button for your sidebar if you are a 2012 winner!

2012 Homeschool Blog Awards Winner

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We encourage you to visit the winning blogs and leave a comment congratulating them!


Happy Thanksgiving to everyone from The Homeschool Post!

the homeschool post team


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Digitally Disciplined

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Admit it. The computer – particularly the internet – can be completely addictive.

For me, it usually goes something like this:

First, I quickly check the email. Then I hop over to Facebook, again real quick, to see if Emily answered my message yet.

And, oh, look! Jim posted a link for an article that he says every homeschooling mother should read. After I read that and decide I really need to consider a different history program for my kids, I see another article at that same site that gives ideas for simple fall crafts, and then I see…

And, oh, look! I just got an email!

Don’t laugh. You’re just as guilty as I am.

But I’m not doing anything wrong, you may say. And that’s wonderful, but even good things can be wrong when you look at them in light of this immensely convicting verse:

“Teach us to number our days,

That we may apply to You a heart of wisdom.”

Psalm 90:12 NASB

In other words, God considers me wise when I spend my time well. And God knew about the Internet long before He inspired the psalmist to write those words.

One way to make the best use of your time is to make a list on a sticky note and attach it to your computer with what you need to accomplish BEFORE getting on the computer. Here are a couple of items that are of great importance for me.

One of my highest priorities with my children is reading together. From my 14 year old all the way down to my 8 month old, I believe that our time reading together is not only intellectually stimulating, but also fantastic bonding time. This is true even of those who are highly proficient readers. So when I’m tempted to sit down at the computer, I try to take the time to read with one of the kids first.

I also purposely spend time praying for each child before I sit at the computer. I try to do this as I go about my day, but if I haven’t, that yellow sticky note sitting at my computer is a fantastic memory jogger.

Often by the time I make it through all eight of them, I end up doing something other than opening that silvery smooth Apple laptop.

Doing these two things has truly revolutionized the amount of time I spend at the computer. When I finally do sit down, I know I have already accomplished things that are a higher priority and I’m less tempted to waste time aimlessly clicking from site to site.

So today, as you’re getting ready to click on that next icon, consider what you’re going to make a priority above your internet time.

Tell me, what works for you in numbering your days and spending your computer time wisely?


Gwen Toliver blogs about family, ministry, homeschooling eight kids at Tolivers to Texas. In her spare time, she is completing a book of modern-day missionary adventure stories which should be released by Christmas.

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Are you feeling discouraged today?

Me too.

My husband is in the middle of a month-long missions trip and we miss him.

I used to think the last month of pregnancy exceeded the bounds of time, but I was wrong. This is the month that is setting records.

Between concerns about electrical wires burning in our walls, a skunk who decided to call the crawl space under our living room home, and sad children who miss their daddy; I’m ready to wave the proverbial white towel. That is, if I was actually keeping up on laundry for eight children and had a clean white towel to wave.

So what should we do when we feel discouraged and ready to quit?

1. Open up the Word. Even if you don’t feel like it. Even if you have to wipe an inch of dust off the cover of your Bible. Read some great passages like Isaiah 40 (focusing on the character of God) or II Corinthians 4 (full of hope for believers). It’s amazing what time in the Word does for changing your outlook.

2. Take some things off your schedule. Don’t just say “no” to the homeschool co-op’s potluck. Take things off your regular schooling schedule, too. Your children will survive beautifully even if they go without grammar for two weeks. One of my favorite tricks to bringing some joy back in our classroom is to put away all the textbooks, grab a great read-aloud that your kids will all love, and go sit outside in the sunshine. Give your kids each a sketchbook and tell them to “draw what you hear.” This is a great way to lift everyone’s spirits and improve the mood of the entire school!

3. Put it into perspective. Remind yourself that this discouragement is not from the Lord! He has blessed you with these beautiful children and given you the privilege of training them for His glory. Be confident that this discouragement you are experiencing is still perfectly under control in God’s hands. God promises to give wisdom if we ask for it (James 1) so dump all your problems on Him and trust Him to give you the guidance you need.

God never leaves His children hanging without help. Even with my husband on the other side of the world, I find great joy and peace knowing that I’m still not in this alone.

“The Lord’s lovingkindnesses never cease,
for His compassions never fail,
they are new every morning.
Great is Your faithfulness.”
Lamentations 3:22-23

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