If you're thinking about homeschooling, you've come to the right spot.

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There are some folks in this world who set out to homeschool. Homeschooling has always been a part of their life plan.

Then there are others who, for one reason or another, gradually make their way into the world of homeschooling.

And then there are the unexpected homeschoolers.

I am an unexpected homeschooler.

I know what it feels like to start homeschooling from scratch.

To fly by the seat of your pants and hope that it will all work out.

To worry about… everything.

Today, I am sharing resources for new homeschoolers. It doesn't matter if you set out do homeschool or if you fell into this gig. I've got you covered!

Caitlin Fitzpatrick Curley, My Little Poppies

Before we dive in, I want you to remember two things:

If you are wondering how to start homeschooling, I want you to grab a cup of tea, sit down, and read this post and the links herein.

And I want you to remember two things:

  1. Start small.
  2. You’ve got this.

The first thing you need to do

The very first thing you need to do is to figure out the homeschooling regulations for your area. If you live in the United States, bookmark the following page:

Make sure you know the rules and regulations for your state and follow them. Keep the page bookmarked and check it out from time to time.

Hi, I'm Cait

I'm a school psychologist, mom to three amazing kids, and unexpected homeschooler. 

One thing I've learned during 9+ (!!!) years of homeschooling outside-the-box kids is that learning doesn't need to look *anything* like the public school of your past.

If you're parenting wildly and wonderfully unique learners, I'd love to support you as you step outside of that ol' proverbial box.

(It's more fun out here, promise!)

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Never Board Learning

Outside-the-box learning for outside-the-box kids.

Never Board Learning is a private online community for creative parents and educators who embrace play-based learning and gameschooling. This community is a wonderful way to add more educational games and interest-led learning to your homeschool routine.

Never Board Learning features a private community forum (not Facebook), monthly guest speakers, monthly live Q and As, monthly day-in-the-life family spotlights, and a monthly NBL Playbook (eBook) that is essentially a Lazy Unit Study for all ages and stages. Join Never Board Learning today and have more fun tomorrow! 

More Resources:


MLP offers several self-paced online courses that over 1k parents and educators have enjoyed. Topics include Lazy Unit Studies, Gameschooling 101, and How to Rock Your Daily Read-Aloud.


The Never Board Learning Community is a safe space for creative parents and educators to authentically connect, share ideas, and support each other as they raise their wildly and wonderfully unique children and teens.  


There are a variety of interest-based learning resources in our shop including Lazy Unit Studies, Play Packs, Mini Lazy Unit Studies, and more, with new resources added regularly!

Resources we use to homeschool:

Homeschool documentation and testing:

Homeschooling littles? A large family? An only?

More resources for you:

If you've JUST landed in the world of homeschooling,


Uh-oh. I know  that face.

You’ve decided to homeschool… and now you are completely overwhelmed.

Breathe, mama. Come here and have a seat.

I’m going to tell you what I wish someone had told me when I first started down this path...