Written by Laura Vanderkam for Fast Company

Homeschooling has become increasingly popular in the past few years. The National Center for Education Statistics estimates that 3.4% of Americans aged 5-17 were homeschooled in 2012. While that’s not a huge proportion, it’s a more than 50% increase from 2003.

Plenty of families would like to try it. However, many are held back by the assumption that one parent (likely Mom) would have to stop working. But talk to homeschooling parents and you find that a number are attempting the ultimate “second shift”: building a career while running a small school operation at the same time.

It sounds crazy, but it’s doable for people committed to the approach. Catherine Gillespie, a marketing consultant, says that combining the two means she earns a good living while “getting to give my kids individualized educations that really meet their needs.” Read more here!

  Brooke Poston from The Fervent Mama

One of the things I love about Brooke and The Fervent Mama is that not only does she blog about homeschooling, but she also includes other topics that are central in a homeschool family like, homemaking and cooking. Brooke is strong in her faith and jokes about her “controversial” views, but there is so much to learn on The Fervent Mama!

Erika, and Confessions of a Homeschooler, should be on everyone’s favorite list! She has developed a website filled with resources by grade level and subject matter. But what really makes her a rock star in our book is that she offers a series of ecourses for MOMS who want to homeschool. These courses cover the How To’s and organization of homeschooling. This gal is amazing!

Carisa over at 1+1+1=1 has a fabulous selection of resources for the youngest learners in our families…tots, preschoolers and kindergartners! She has also a strong focus on the Montessori method of schooling for those of you considering this path. If you are just starting out with your littles…don’t pass this site up!

Voyaging With Kids – A Guide to Family Life Afloat

Choosing a boat that is right for your family; handling the naysayers; keeping your children safe, healthy and entertained afloat—this inspirational and comprehensive guide may be just what you need to turn your dream into a reality.

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Written by Colleen of Raising Lifelong Learners for BookShark

Are you thinking about homeschooling? New to the idea? Not sure where to start? Homeschooling is growing in popularity for so many reasons: schools are cutting services, special needs aren’t met, the ever-increasing focus on testing… these scenarios and others are driving more and more parents to pull their kids out of traditional school settings and keep them home for their education.

The important thing to remember, as you jump into homeschooling your kids, is that you CAN do it. Nobody knows and loves your kids like you do. There is simply nobody better equipped to teach your kids than you.

As you begin your homeschooling journey, there are some things to remember. These tips will help you clarify your thinking as you start making decisions about how you’re going to teach your kids, and what you’ll want them to learn. Read more here!