Thursday, January 24, 2013

The Teacher Across the Hall (or screen) My Homeschool Blog list for 2012-2013

When I was a teacher in the public school system I was blessed to work with some amazing people. During the first two and a half years of my short lived teaching career I taught third grade, and I ended the last two years of teaching in a classroom full of first graders.


The biggest lesson that both my third and first grade teaching experience taught me is- glean what you can from the teacher across the hall. Especially if they’re really good.

Fortunately, that’s how it was for me my last year teaching in a classroom. There would be times that I would stand at the door frame of my classroom and while my students were working on a project or taking a test I would eaves drop on my co-worker’s class.

Her students loved, appreciated, and looked up to her in ways I always admired and respected.

Now that I’m home and teaching, the opportunity to listen in on any classroom across the hall has somewhat vanished. But to a degree it hasn’t. That’s why I am very grateful for blogging and Social Media. It has opened the door, literally, for all us who are wondering how “it’s” done, be “it” anything, to gain some ideas. 

If I could stand at the doorway of any home in the blogging world, or have a chance to chat with them next to a coke machine in the break room of homeschool (something that hardly exists) I would want it to be these people.

Melissa from The Joys of Home Education (a dear friend in real life who I have had the pleasure of visiting her home in upstate New York).


Leigh Bortins at 1 Smart Mama (and boy is she smart! Founder of Classical Conversations. Need I say more?!)

Trivium Pursuit (I wrote about the book Laurie and Harvey Bluedorn wrote, they are the forerunners in Classical Christian Homeschooling- you walk away from their blog feeling smarter.)

Brandy from Half-a-Hundred Acre Wood (a fellow CCer and she’s an Aggie. What can I say? I’m married to an Aggie so it’s a Maroon thing. Whoop!!)

Amy from Living and Learning at Home (she has so many wonderful ideas for youngsters that are around my age)

Ree Drummond at The Pioneer Woman (I know! Who doesn’t know who she is? But I bet you didn’t know she is also a fellow CCer)

I’m very grateful that they’re willing to share their lives through the bloggy world so that I can literally sit in their living room while I wear my pjs at 11 o’clock at night (and fidget with my printer as it gets jammed with some of their helpful freebies).

I’m also very humbled to meet a ton of other homeschool bloggers at BEECH next week. Wish I could pack you in my suitcase to take you with me!!

If you could lean against the door frame inside the home of one of your favorite homeschool bloggers who would it be? I’d love to learn about others that have helped you in the journey of raising kids.

1 comment:

  1. awe thanks for including me in this stellar list!

    Erica at Confessions of a Homeschooler would be at the top of my list!


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