Sponsored by Oak Meadow - flexible, creative homeschooling curriculum for kindergarten through high school. Look for a giveaway of Oak Meadow's curriculum at the bottom of this post!


Whether you're new to the home school journey, or are preparing to begin another year, Mothering has resources to help. We've gathered together some of our most useful articles to help you get off on the right foot his year.

How to Get Started with Homeschooling in 5 Simple Steps

New to homeschooling? We've compiled 5 simple steps to help you get started. Click on any section for information, resource suggestions and advice -- or read the entire article here.

1. Know the Laws

2. Find Support

3. Consider Your Style

4. Research Curriculum Options

5. Set Reasonable Goals


Educational Resources

There are so many resources online for homeschooling parents we couldn't possibly list them all, but we've collected some great suggestions for you to get started with.

4 Curriculum Options That Will Help You Teach With Confidence

7 Professional Teaching Books That are Perfect for Homeschoolers

20 Free Online Learning Resources for Homeschoolers

10 Safe, Educational Websites for Elementary Kids

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Help from Oak Meadow

Oak Meadow has long been one of Mothering's favorite home education options. They offer a complete homeschool curriculum that can be used independently or by enrolling in their distance learning school. They've been kind enough to sponsor this year's guide and provide some great articles to help you on your journey.

Transitioning from School to Homeschool

What About Socialization?

Establishing Rhythms, Routines and Rituals for Success

Enrolled or Independent? Learn More About Oak Meadow's Home Education Options

Whether you're new to homeschooling or a seasoned veteran, you'll find lots more helpful articles on the Oak Meadow blog and in their free educational journal, Living Education.


Unique Ideas for Teaching and Learning at Home

There are many ways to dive into the joys of learning with your children and give them the confidence they need to succeed. Here are some unique ideas for engaging your kids in the world around them.

Homeschooling Inspiration: Make Chocolate Play Dough!

Homeschool Inspiration: Make Recycled Crayons in Fun Shapes and Colors!

Don't Sit Still: Carolina Blatt-Gross Talks About Creative Education

10 Easy Art Projects for Kids

Audio Book Are a Great Way to Educate Kids: Here's Where to Find Them

Boredom Can Be Beneficial: Helping Kids Build Confidence Through Unstructured Time

16 Ways to Give Kids the Confidence They Need to Shape the World

Learning While We Cook: How Preparing Meals Educates Children


Advice and Stories from Real Homeschooling Families

Wondering what it's like to be a homeschooling parent? These personal stories offer real experiences and advice from the trenches.

Homeschooling? Relax: Here's Why

Why Do We Homeschool? I'll Tell You

5 Surprising Truths I've Learned as a Homeschooling Mom


Finding Help from Other Homeschooling Parents

Sometimes, help from other homeschooling parents is exactly what the doctor ordered. Here are some tips for creating real community, and places where you can find live support right now.

How a Journal Helped My Kids Learn to Read and Saved My Homeschool Career

5 Tips for Creating Real Community From a Once Lonely Mom

Learning at Home and Beyond in the Mothering Community

Mothering's Unschooling Forum


Oak Meadow Giveaway

This Giveaway Has Ended.

Thank you to everyone who entered and to Oak Meadow for donating the prize. The randomly selected winner is Gandharvika S!! Congrats, you will be contacted by email.


Enter to win a complete homeschooling curriculum package to kick off the back to homeschool season!

Live Your Learning with Oak Meadow!

Is school interfering with your child's education? It's not too late to make a change! Try Oak Meadow's flexible, progressive homeschooling curriculum for kindergarten to grade 12, or enroll in their teacher-supported distance learning school. You can start anytime during the year.

- K-8 is student-centered, nature-based, playful, hands-on

- High School offers challenging courses, life experience credit, dual enrollment, college counseling

NEW at Oak Meadow

Foundations in Independent Learning: A practical and inspiring online teacher training program designed for parents and teachers who support independent learners.


A complete homeschool curriculum package, choice of PreK to grade 8 (value: $125-$570). Curriculum packages include a full year's worth of engaging assignments, creative projects, and flexible weekly lesson plans.

To Enter:

1) If you haven't already, please consider liking Oak Meadow on Facebook and becoming a fan of Mothering on our Facebook page. Then leave a comment on this post to enter. (scroll to the bottom of the page for the comment section.)

2) For a second entry, please share this post with friends and leave a second comment.

Good luck!


Limited to 2 entries per person, one comment per entry, except where prohibited. Winner will be selected from all qualifying entries on Aug 12th.