Homeschool Toolbox

A collection of items to help you have the best homeschool experience possible

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Homeschool Toolbox

A collection of items to help you have the best homeschool experience possible

education, parenting, school, remotework, teaching

Dess Ri

The American Method Homeschool Toolbox

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What’s a Homeschool Toolbox?

A collection of items to help you have the best homeschool experience possible

Created by Orietta Rose on June 30. 2022

This toolbox is intended to provide resources to help with all aspects of homeschooling. Homeschool styles, learning path plotting, managing socialization, and more.

Created by me, for me, and offered to others with the hope of giving families an easy-to-use resource to make their homeschool lives better than ever!

When we know better, we can do better. By bringing together a myriad of resources I will further develop this toolbox over time.

Click a link to see a preview of the content & choose to continue to a new website.

Last updated on September 8, 2022

Be Aware

The education climate is iffy

When considering what resources to use with your children, you must ALWAYS fully review the content before making plans around what you’ve found.

While there are many free, high-quality resources available, there are also many filled with extra content you may not want your children exposed to.

Be on the lookout for CRT (critical race theory), SEL (social emotional learning), and social justice driven content. There’s also a lot of very anti-American, pro-Communisim content out there, especially in the history/social studies realm.

While I do my best to provide impartial sources, I can’t look all the way through every single lesson provided on a website.

Fully review what you’re planning to use BEFORE you implement it.

Make sure it’s appropriate for your family.





thisgatherednest - Homeschooling mother of 8 (bio & adopted), wife, author, and more. Family life and homeschool content.

Jamerrillstewart - Homeschooling mother of ten (one now graduated & married), a sudden homesteader, wife, and more. Family life, homeschool, & homestead content.

teachdiligently - Delivering simple tips to help your homeschool family thrive. ▫️Events ▫️Community ▫️Resources Disciple your children through home education.

homeschoolcollective - A community for all things homeschooling. Be inspired, learn, and grow together.

HSLDA - HSLDA is a nonprofit advocacy organization that was established to make homeschooling possible! Check out


Our Tribe of Many - “Welcome to Our Tribe of Many!! We are an interracial and international family of eleven and here you will find videos on a wide variety of topics including… Homeschooling Large Family Logistics Grocery Hauls Family Finances and more! New videos every Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday!”

TheFallCoFamily - Homeschooling family; Mom, Dad, two sons, & a youngest daughter. Entrepreneurs. Unschooling variation & gifted learning.

The Felts Family - “A family of 8, from three different nations, on two separate continents, living in the South! Yep, that’s us, The Felts Family, and we’d like to welcome you to our channel! Stan and I (Ashley) have been married for over 20 yrs. He has been in law enforcement for over 25 yrs, while I have chosen to be a stay-at-home mom and home school our six children. Our oldest son, Addison, is 19, and recently married Rainey, whom we absolutely adore! Our oldest daughter, Emerson, is 16, and our sons, Grayson and Jackson are 12 and 9. We thought Jackson would be our last child, but turns out God had a different plan. Through adoption, our family has been blessed with two amazing daughters, both who have special needs. Mika Ella is 7, and is from the Philippines, while Isabelle is 6, and is from China. While we are a larger than normal family, we live simple, yet purposeful lives, while striving to please God in all we do. Please SUBSCRIBE to our channel (It’s FREE) and thank you for dropping by!”

This Gathered Nest - “I'm Angela, mama to 8 amazing kids, married to my highschool sweetheart. We recently moved from a subdivision to a small hobby farm and are learning it all as we go! My first book is available NOW! Visit My Website for More: ”

Grace and Grit - Hey, So glad you found me here! I'd love to have you stick around and join us! I'm Ashlee, God fearing, Fitness loving and instructing, homeschooling mom to 4. Sharing our journey through it all. Getting through each day with a lot of Grace, and a little Grit. Here you will find videos on Homeschooling multiple kids, Fitness, and the occasional haul or something I am excited about! Thanks for stopping by! I hope this channel is a blessing to you!


Letting go of your schoolish notions

Check out this issue of my newsletter, This Might Get Uncomfortable. It’s all about how to deschool & why it’s an important step:

Deschooling is a process for new homeschoolers to go through, allowing them to shift their mindset about learning. Current homeschoolers who find themselves on the struggle bus can also deschool to reset.


What do my kids need to learn?

How do you know what to teach & when to teach it?

Check your state’s department of education. They should have their standards available for you to see and/or download as well as information about legally homeschooling in the state. Some states require certain subjects, others do not. Be sure you know what is required of you.

These are Tennessee’s academic standards. If you look to the left on the page, you’ll see a long list of subjects. Each subject then links to PDFs that detail what students of various grades are supposed to be learning. Your state should have something similar available.

This type of information can help guide you when it comes to planning how you’ll run your homeschool.

Head over to for more help and info on homeschooling where you live.


Stage Over Age

Prioritizing the stage of learning over the age of the learner

What it means

Considering the stage a child is at, instead of looking to their age for guidance, means ignoring how old the child is when thinking about what they need to learn.

Instead, we meet the child where they are, no matter the subject, and work on moving forward. We don’t worry about how long it takes, we just make progress.

Using stage over age, we don’t compare children to one another, only to themselves to see where they may be struggling, where they are excelling, & where they’re making general progress.

We don’t compare to shame the child or ourselves!

We use comparison to see where we should focus our efforts.

How to implement

1. Gauge the child’s level in basic subjects like:

1. Math

2. Reading

3. Communication - speaking & writing

2. Wherever the child is, work forward from there.

3. Track progress


Tracking Over Scheduling

Less stress in the homeschool; keep going from where you left off

What it means

Instead of making & trying to keep a strict schedule, start at the beginning and move ahead until you’re done. This allows you to be sure no one is being pushed forward without a full understanding of the materials & also that no one is being held back when they’re ready to move ahead.

How to implement

1. Decide what books, workbooks, curriculum, etc are going to be used

2. Ignore any schedule provided by the creators of the resources

3. Get started and keep going until you’ve completed the books (or whatever you’re using)

1. Remember! You can stop using any resource at any time if it isn’t working for your family. If people are really struggling, take a break & try something else.

Learning Paths

Where you’re going & how you’ll get there

How to create individualized learning paths

A learning path is like a roadmap. This map will take an individual from where they are to where they want to go.

Regardless of age, you can start making & implementing learning paths based on your child’s interests.

Say your child wants to be a zookeeper. What kind of things will they need to know to become a zookeeper? A learning path for that may look like this:

* Learning about the profession by:

* Visiting zoos

* Talking to employees

* Observing how the zoo is run

* Learning about zoo animals

* Terminology

* Species-specific information

* Eating

* Health/Wellness

That is an elementary learning path outline. From here, you can add specifics like books to use, documentaries to watch, math to learn, etc. All the things you’d need to know to become a zookeeper. If your child stayed with this desire, the path might grow to include continuing education, volunteer opportunities, internships, etc.

Be ready to be flexible! Children change their minds about what they want to be daily. The learning path for a six-year-old doesn’t need to be detailed. Start with the basics and if they remain interested in a goal, then you can put more work into fleshing out your map.

All learning paths should be made with the child’s direct input. This helps develop an awareness of what it takes to move from where they are to where they want to be.


Family Identity

Understanding your people & yourself

Why it’s important

Knowing who you are & who you’re working with is invaluable information! It won’t solve every dispute or dispel all boredom, but it can certainly help everyone understand each other & themselves. Knowing more about how your kids' work will make homeschooling so much easier.

Personality Typing




Child Psychology

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* The 7 most recommended child psychology books

* Child Psychology Books For Parents - Chil

Homeschool Toolbox
Tags Education, Parenting, School, Remotework, Teaching
Type Google Doc
Published 17/09/2022, 23:51:16


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