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.No images found!
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