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.

  • 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
  • "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 
  • 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 
  • Checking out the offerings at the Moore County Library. They have a 'Homeschool Math in Art' class that I'm digging! It allows the kids to participate at the skill level they feel comfortable performing at and has something for all ages! The library system is getting updated so I'll have to wait until next week to get my library card. These math books will be the first ones I checkout!
  • 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.
  • Merry Solstice! Happy Yule! I feel like we are cheating a little by using our gas fireplace. Stayed up until 2am sharing our favorite memories of the year and reading stories from 'The Return of the Light' over candlelight. I asked the kids how they wanted to spend the day. It looks like we are playing board games and making gingerbread houses. I'm skipping the hustle and choosing to be easy on myself so very few things are being made from scratch. Warm Wishes to One and All!  #slowchristmas   #makingmemories   #liveyourlife   #liveintentionally   #wintersolstice 
  • There is a part of of our culture that insists on telling children when they need to grow up and when they need to put away childish things. Allowing them to decide 'when' I feel is a healthy experience for them. All the same, watching them grow up has bittersweet moments. Today I asked if anyone had anything for the donation box and the twins brought out their Barbie doll house and accessories. I asked about it a couple of years before but they weren't ready. Today they were ready.
  • The tablets were haphazardly discarded and the front door was wide open. For a moment my heart stopped and then I heard the giggles of snow bunnies in the front yard. We are enjoying every minute while it lasts!  #RISEhomeschool   #humanist   #homeeducators   #homeeducatingfamily   #snowday   #nchomeschool   #northcarolina   #learningathome   #unschoolinglife   #livingfortoday   #letsplay   #letslaugh 
  • One of the reasons I chose to live in this area was because a homeschooling friend sent me a video of her walk through the woods. Today we joined  @weymouthfriends  for a holiday hike and learned about mistletoe, snakes, and trees. I can't believe these beautiful woods are an endangered ecosystem!  #150hoursoutside 

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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