About Us

Welcome to Phoenix Rising Homeschoolers!

When we started homeschooling in 2009 we were overwhelmed by the choices available to us. The never-ending search for quality curriculum often led to educational material teaching a religious theory that was not aligned with our beliefs. Like most homeschoolers we came across curriculum that zeroed in on our fears and insecurities and with the big promises came a bigger price tag that did not always guarantee a better education. In the end there were simply too many times where we thought we had the perfect curriculum only to crash and burn by the sheer weight of it. I almost threw in the towel. Luckily with the increase in Secular-Humanist-Freethinker homeschool communities we were connected with amazing resources and able to rise again!

It was a daunting learning curve and a lesson in preserving our sanity. By figuring out what materials and what teaching styles work best for each of our children, we stopped the madness and simplified the way we homeschooled. As Life Learners we find our educational lifestyle is a more organic and natural way of learning.

We Support All Homeschoolers.

In support of the educational revolution, we support and encourage all types of homeschoolers. The best solution is the one that works! For that reason I will continue to support secular materials and teachings but I refuse to participate in polarizing activities. There are two reasons.

The first is I believe secular material and sources that promotes critical thinking are of a higher educational quality. In addition I don’t believe in micromanaging my children’s abilities to think and understand the world for themselves. I am only here to assist them in attaining the information. I believe purposely hiding, deluding, or coloring the information (regardless of the justification) is immoral and detrimental to our children being able to make good decisions for themselves.

The second is I was raised in a fundamentalist religion. I started our homeschooling journey as a devoted believer but with the goal of using secular materials. Over time my experiences convinced me to leave my religious roots. I felt absolutely alone on my journey but was able to do that because of inclusive nonjudgmental groups. Nowadays it is very difficult to find a good inclusive group that offers mutual respect.

On that note, I do not feel the need to delete or white-wash our homeschooling journey. I have updated posts from that time period to indicate where religious sources were used. Where applicable I have suggested secular alternatives. Feel free to leave comments suggesting better resources. In that same spirit I promise, if I happen to include content or post a link to a blog with religious content, I will be straight with you and preface it so you can choose to click through or scroll by.

This is what homeschooling looks like!

When looking for resources, we first try to focus on what is locally available and what is easily accessible. Since we are a military family, our resources can change without notice! The best thing we can do is to make the most of it while we can. The adventure never ends so we hope you will join us as we continue to explore educational materials and the world around us.

  • Today we find ourselves in the midst of a paper airplane contest. Neko came up with a couple of cool designs but then decided if we should make F-15. These empty hallways make perfect runways. And mom typing on her phone means target practice.  #rainydays   #keeponwinking   #letsplay   #playislearning   #risehomeschool   #unschoollife 
  • This week we are playing with chemistry, fractions, and demonstrating our reading comprehension abilities. We almost had muffins with 1/2 cup of salt instead of 1/2 teaspoon! Whew! But when it came to making 6 dozen (72) bitesized cookies we ended up with only 12 cookies. Oops. Reminding myself that there are no mistakes here. Only learning opportunities. And look at these happy little Hagrid size cookies! Bigger is better right?  #lifeoflearning   #homeschoolingfamily   #learningathome   #learningeveryday   #risehomeschool   #homeed   #secularhomeschool   #homeschoollife   #unschoollife   #childhoodunplugged   #lifeofahomeschooler   #homeschoolingmom   #thisislife   #momentslikethese   #lifeisgoodtoday   #keeponwinking 
  • "Mom! Look at this lizard! Isn't it cute?" "Mom can we have a lizard for a pet?" "Do lizards eat pancakes?" No. No. No. And then I stopped and remember we are unschoolers, how will they ever learn if I keep telling them no? So when they asked if they could go outside and catch it, I said sure. And if they catch it, could they bring it inside? And I said yes, while fervently rooting for the lizard to make a clean get away.  #homeschool   #unschool   #risehomeschool   #minimalisthomeschooling   #wildandfree 
  • Well. I thought for sure we had a new family member! After finding out what kind of lizard they had caught, the kids talked among themselves and decided we weren't setup to take care of one. They released "Q" on the basis of wanting to do a little more research and time to gather some supplies. Whew. Dodged a bullet. For now. Which means we need to designate an area for our science station, before the kids get the idea we should make it our table's centerpiece.  #interestledlearning   #childledlearning   #childhoodunplugged   #risehomeschool 
  • It's Monday! The first day of the week is a chill day for us. Today is the day we focus on a deeper clean and putting the house in order for the rest of the week. We intersparse cleaning with frequent breaks. Breaks are either opportunities to read/learn something together or time for you to spend as you please. Some days it is more of one than the other. Occasionally we just knock it all out in one go so we can have the rest of the day for ourselves. It's a crazy balance but we like it. Today, and
  • What a gorgeous day we are having! 75 degrees in December is a perfect excuse to wander over to the gardens next to the college! We were supposed to meetup up with other homeschoolers but didn't make it out the door in a reasonable time. *shrug* We went when we were able and enjoyed ourselves. I remember when I used to stress over being late and it would create a vicious cycle of shame and anxiety, where we all would end up miserable. We decided to do things differently. Now we laugh and see where the road takes us.
  • This afternoon we decided to check out a trail near our neighborhood. It looks like it is part of a 20 mile nature conservatory and wildlife habitat that weaves in out and around the city. I would love to come back here and do a little bird watching or learn more about the trees on the trail. *sigh* It's the perfect place to unwind! A lady we met told us there is a butterfly house further down, something we definitely have to checkout next time! Today it's all about challenging your siblings to a race. Even if it isn't fair
  • Balancing the different facets of my life can be challenging. So going to take a moment and talk about one area that I stuggled with until I decided to keep it simple. There was a time when I forced my kids to do a certain amount of school work. The research and data didn't match up to why it was important, why I had to do it a certain way, so I shifted gears. I decided to do what was best for us. Which was a scary thing to do. They said success has to look a certain way. For
  • Today it was the girls' turn to learn how to clean out and organize the refrigerator. Essential Life Skills 101. Next time it will be the boys' turn! Found some left over bread dough so we baked it up and whipped some butter to go with it. Then dinner time rolled around the corner and I thought "time to chill, it's Neko's night". I thought I had the night off and grabbed a beer. Except I forgot - if you're not the head chef in the kitchen then you get to help with the prep! What's your favorite meal to
  • Typhoon LingLing came through and cleared up the Korean skies for us. We had a nice view of the moon but couldn't quite get Saturn or Jupiter because of the light pollution but it was fun trying. Or you know. We need an actual telescope that's powerful enough to see that far. Posting the blurry photo because we were having a silly night and for some reason this made the kids laugh harder!  #lifeofahomeschooler   #homeschoolfun   #homeschoollife   #unschoollife   #unschooling   #lifelearners   #motherhoodunplug   #childhoodunplugged   #lifewithteens   #risehomeschool   #keeponwinking   #shareyourhappy   #momentslikethese 

Are you are a Homeschooler or you are thinking about Homeschooling?

I hope you will find value in our efforts to present various perspectives of homeschooling.

You are welcome to share your favorite resources, solutions, and experiences inside our Facebook group. This includes if you have ever made your own curriculum, teaching materials, or reused/upcycled older materials. If you would like to share your homeschool journey, please consider sharing by using the contact us form below or join our Facebook group.

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