How to start homeschooling, Part 2, Step by Step (2/24/13, Ep 27)

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How to Start Homeschooling, Part 2: Step-by-Step, Savvy Homeschool Moms Podcast

(Part 1 is here.)

In this episode the moms chat about DragonBox, a Pandia Press giveaway and steps to starting homeschooling. Part one can be found here.

Links in this Episode:

Notabli for blogging about your kids.

Here’s a great review.

ArtKive app


Books of the Week:

The Finches Fabulous Furnace by Roger Drury
The Penderwicks by Jeanne Birdsall
The Thirteenth Unicorn by W.D. Newman, (currently a free download on Amazon!)
The Orange Trees of Versailles, by Annie Pietri
The Golden Tree (Book 12 of the Guardians of Ga’Hoole series by Kathryn Lasky
Magyk by Angie Sage
So you want to be a writer by Vicki Hambleton
Athena the Wise by Joan Holub
Dragon Rider by Cornelia Funke
Star Wars, the Clone Wars by Jason Fry
Star Wars, Revenge of the Sith by James Luceno
World Book Night
Good Omens by Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett
Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury
The Handmaids Tale by Margaret Atwood
Inkheart by Cornelia Funke

Links of the Week:

Enchanted Homeschooling Mom

Pandia Press  Life Science and Biology 2,

a Rafflecopter giveaway

The Fraser Institute: Home Schooling Improves Academic Performance and Reduces Impact of Socio-Economic Factors

Why I Believe in Homeschooling

Where Do I Start with Homeschooling?

Watch this homeschooling video series by HomeSchool Association of California (HSC)

Savvy Homschool Moms Episode #3

A2Z Home’s and Yahoogroups to find local support groups

Homeschool Legalities


Homeschool Websites and Blogs we recommend: 

    • (Tina’s homeschool blog)
    • Balancing Everything: an eclectic homeschooling family (some occasional religious content, as the family is Mormon.)
    • A Magical Childhood: an unschooling family. Not aware of their religious preference, as I don’t recall ever noticing her mention it.
    • Melissa Wiley: author of children’s books that also blogs about homeschooling…she alternates between unschooling and structured learning (aka “tidal schooling”). They are a Catholic homeschool family, though I’ve never noticed any religious content on her blog
    • Simple Homeschool: a blog site with multiple authors. More like an online magazine.
    •’s podcasts.
    • Secular Homeschool has great reviews, blog posts and forums.

Secular Reviews

Every Education Has Gaps

The Busy Homeschool Mom


This episode is sponsored by Moving Beyond the Page – homeschool curriculum for hands-on, creative, and gifted learners. Learn more at

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26 Responses

  1. I would have to choose one of the history books as that is my daughter’s absolute favorite subject!

  2. I would start with the Life level 1. We havent really done any formal science so this would give me a good excuse to start.

  3. I would have to choose between Middle Ages Level 1, and Earth and Space Level 1. We are using the first books in both series this year, and have been very happy!

  4. What a great giveaway! I’m using REAL Science Odyssey~Life with my youngest this year and loving it. Biology 2 has been on my wish list for a while now, so I’d definitely want to go for that one if I win. I especially love that evolution has been included in this curriculum.

  5. We would choose Life Science Level I.

  6. Susan Walasek

    I won’t be able to decide!!!

  7. I would buy the Life Science book. My daughter is a little young for it now, but would love it in the future!

  8. Melissa Woodard

    Life science 1 would be great

  9. Janeen Brown

    Thank you so much for the generous giveaway! I purchased Building Foundations of Scientific Understanding about four months ago. I have found it very difficult to implement, and I’m not enjoying the curriculum at all. I really wish I had heard about Pandia Press from the very beginning. I was really looking for a good secular science program, and when I heard about it this week I was sold. I would choose the Life Science book for certain, and would be so thankful for the opportunity to get it for free. It took me a year to save for BFOSU, and when it didn’t work out, I was crushed!

  10. We used REAL Science Chemistry last year and loved it. I’m dying for Bio 2 for next year!

    BTW- I listen to your podcast in the car driving my kid from to this and that. I love your style and your tips!

  11. I honestly can’t decide which one!

  12. I would pick History Odyssey or REAL Science Odyssey. I haven’t tried them yet but they both have such great reviews. They are going to apart of next years curriculum for my son.

  13. What a hard decision! Either Life Science 1 or Ancients Level 1. Most likely Ancients!

  14. I would choose Biology 2.

  15. JoAnne Y

    I would love to have History Odyssey level on or the Life Science. I so enjoy your podcast! You so encourage me.

  16. I would choose the Ancients Level 1 History Odyssey. I already have the Usborne encyclopedia and Story of the World!

  17. Julie Holmansky

    I would love to have Chemistry.

  18. I would love the Middle Ages Level One.

  19. History Odyssey Middle Ages. 🙂

  20. Would love REAL Science Biology Level 2

  21. Ooh, probably anything science.

  22. I would love anything for science!

  23. Life Science 2, we’re doing level 1 and it’s wonderful!

  24. Amanda Burlingham

    R.E.A.L. Science Odyssey 🙂

  25. I would have a hard time deciding what to get, but probably one of the elementary science curricula. Best line of the podcast– honey, come duct tape Jack to a chair. He is up my left nostril. So been there!

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