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10 Black Homeschool Moms You Should Follow ^ | September 26, 2017 | Camille Kirksey

Posted on 04/02/2018 1:10:20 PM PDT by grundle

10 Black Homeschool Moms You Should Follow

Words: Camille Kirksey

If you're looking for homeschoolers who look like you and your family, these 10 Black homeschool moms are a good place to start.

Homeschooling may seem like the new kid on the block when it comes to educating our children, however it’s the world’s oldest education model.

Prior to compulsory schooling, educating children at home was considered part of a parent’s responsibility. It was a way to ensure a family-centered upbringing that included morals, ethics, religious doctrine, and often times taught the children how to run the household from a young age.

It wasn’t until the 1900s that compulsory schooling began being adopted by every state, pushing most families to send their children to public school.

The modern-day homeschooling movement began in the 1970s, and has steadily grown since. As of 2011, around 2.3 million children were homeschooled—5% (approximately 115,000) were Black. Recent statistics on the number of Black, homeschooled children are hard to come by, but within the last five years I've seen a jump in the number of Black homeschoolers, including my children and the children of many other Black families I know and follow.

Representation matters, and Black homeschoolers need to see themselves...

Black families are one of the fastest growing groups of homeschoolers in America, yet you wouldn’t know it by looking at homeschool conferences, popular social media accounts and Youtube channels, or by listening to podcasts. At first glance, the homeschooling community is predominately conservative, White Christians who have an abundance of resources at their disposal.

However, dig deeper and you’ll find a family like mine—a Black, secular, eclectic homeschooling family from Detroit, Michigan—who found that home education to be the best fit for our children. And we are not alone. There are many Black homeschooling families sharing their unique experiences online through blogs, Youtube, and social media. Some have even written books on the subject.

When you’re a Black homeschooler, or looking to become one, one of the issues you may face is feeling isolated, misunderstood, or simply alone on your journey. You may not personally know any Black homeschoolers, or where to find those who are homeschooling and sharing their journeys online. Representation matters, and Black homeschoolers need to see themselves in the role of facilitator in our own home schools.

So, where is this Black homeschool magic, you ask? You’ve come to the right place.

Whether you’re considering homeschooling, just starting out, or are a veteran homeschooler, here are some of the best Black homeschoolers to follow online. Each offers a different perspective of what homeschooling is and how their children (and families overall) benefit from living the homeschooling lifestyle.


Homeschooling in the D

This is my family’s blog where I share our everyday experiences of living an eclectic, minimalist, and intentional homeschooling life. We believe that homeschooling isn’t simply about what curriculum to use; it’s about relationships, flow, rhythm, and finding the right balance of fun and learning.

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Joy in the Ordinary

Follow Latonya, a work-from-home, first-generation homeschooling mom living outside of Nashville, Tennessee, raising two daughters with her husband. She is also a freelance writer, art teacher, and jewelry designer. 

Her laid-back, honest approach to homeschooling, and about life in general, will make you feel right at home. She especially has a heart for newbie homeschoolers. (You can also follow her homeschooling journey on Instagram.)

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My Busy Bees and Me

With over 4,000 subscribers, this mama’s homeschooling Youtube channel is definitely one to follow. This large military family are “almost daily” vloggers who share their homeschool days—including her son’s autism journey—as well curriculum reviews, hauls, and more. She also has a blog that features curriculum and musings on homeschooling, and an Instagram account.


The Mahogany Way

Darcel is the mom behind the blog The Mahogany Way. She’s a single mom of three children who writes about unschooling, motherhood, fashion, and special needs parenting (autism, asthma, and allergies). Her honesty and authenticity draws you in and makes you want to follow her and her children’s unique unschooling journey.   


Akilah S. Richards

For Black homeschoolers, in particular, home education is a step towards breaking the ties that bind and having true freedom. Akilah S. Richards—writer, teacher, and Self-Directed-Education activist—talks about this a lot as an advocate for unschooling, a separate school of thought from homeschooling. 

“For my family, unschooling is a tool for decolonizing education and liberating ourselves from oppressive, exclusive systems," Akilah says.

She hosts the weekly podcast, Fare of the Free Child, where she interviews special guests about self-directed learning and much more.

(Editor's Note: You can read our interview with Akilah on her path to unschooling here.)

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African American Homeschool Moms

Andrea Thorpe is a former classroom teacher and guidance counselor turned homeschooler of three girls. She created her blog to give Black homeschoolers a place to come ask questions and obtain resources. Andrea also fosters a sense of community in her private Facebook group that has over 2,000 homeschooling moms helping, supporting, and encouraging each other.

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Creative Education at Home

Donielle Michele is one creative, homeschooling mama! Her blog and Instagram are filled with arts and crafts, hands-on learning activities, and printables to help homeschooling mamas have fun with their children in and outside of school time, all the while learning along the way.

Funschooling the Sensational Six

If ever there was a large family who embodies what child-led learning is, it’s this family! Karla, her hubby, and six children are a family-centered tribe, passionate about hands-on learning. Karla shares what interesting, creative, and fun things they’re up to through their Youtube channel and Instagram. With each day having a certain theme, (e.g., “What in the World Tuesday” and “Read About It Wednesdays”), every day is an adventure with the Sensational Six.


Mom Zest

Demetria of the blog and Youtube channel Mom Zest is a down-to-earth, homeschooling mama, raising two daughters with her husband in Silicon Valley. She not only writes and makes videos about homeschooling, she encourages moms on her podcast Christian Homeschool Moms. Demetria also shares how holistic living and practicing yoga helps to keep her flowing as a mompreneur, mom, and homeschooler.

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From Syreena, With Love

One look at Syreena’s Instagram and Youtube channel and you know there’s something special about her and her family. A homeschooler, photographer, aspiring filmmaker, and world traveler, Syreena shares the beauty and reality of their everyday through visual stories.  

Camille Kirksey is wife and stay-at-home mom of three, living in Detroit. She writes and makes videos about homeschooling and simple, intentional living. Follow her blog, Instagram, and Youtube channel.

TOPICS: Miscellaneous
KEYWORDS: bellcurve; education; frhf; homeschool; homeschooling

1 posted on 04/02/2018 1:10:20 PM PDT by grundle
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To: grundle

Love that homeschooling has taken off! I’m retired and happy to report that my homeschooled kids are gainfully employed in their chosen fields (Engineering and Illustration).

2 posted on 04/02/2018 1:56:09 PM PDT by Calm_Cool_and_Elected (" Undecided Voter: someone who parades their stupidity as proof of their morality." ~David Burge)
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To: grundle


3 posted on 04/02/2018 1:59:08 PM PDT by Sergio (An object at rest cannot be stopped! - The Evil Midnight Bomber What Bombs at Midnight)
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To: grundle

I belong to a homeschool co-op with about 75 families. I have noticed this past year that there are several more black families joining.

4 posted on 04/02/2018 2:38:15 PM PDT by pinkandgreenmom
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To: grundle
Image3 this photo struck me, virtually everything in it and going on is 180 degrees opposite what we see and hear of happening in American K-12 public schools. Prayers up for the parents and their children involved in this type of home education.
5 posted on 04/02/2018 2:59:40 PM PDT by CaliforniaCraftBeer
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To: grundle
At first glance, the homeschooling community is predominately conservative, White Christians who have an abundance of resources at their disposal.

Then wear some glasses. I was in it for a long time and they were almost all middle to low income, about half were not religious, and they didn't have an "abundance" of resources.

Is there any subject liberals won't pollute with their "white privilege" bullshit?

6 posted on 04/02/2018 3:28:28 PM PDT by Lizavetta
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To: grundle; 2Jedismom; 6amgelsmama; AAABEST; aberaussie; AccountantMom; adopt4Christ; Aggie Mama; ...
Homeschooling may seem like the new kid on the block when it comes to educating our children, however it’s the world’s oldest education model.

Where's this person been?

Homeschooling has been a force to be reckoned with for decades now.

7 posted on 04/02/2018 3:59:33 PM PDT by metmom ( ...fixing our eyes on Jesus, the Author and Perfecter of our faith..)
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To: grundle

You may wish to rethink this post.

I find it insulting to suggest I follow anyone doing anything
simply because of the color of their skin. If these families are homeschooling successfully then they may have something to offer other homeschooling families regardless of the amount of melatonin in their skin.

As a mixed race homeschooling family of 22 years, the thought that the success of my daughters is an anomaly due to their racial make up and therefore should be highlighted and followed strikes me as condescending. If we are to be emulated it should be due to our success, not our ancestry.

8 posted on 04/03/2018 1:00:06 AM PDT by big truck
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Good luck and prayers to all the black parents (and parents of all colors) who are brave enough to spit in the eye of convention and do the right things for their children!

9 posted on 04/03/2018 5:07:55 AM PDT by Maverick68
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To: CaliforniaCraftBeer

Definitely a 180...see the first thing on the list in the dry erase board in the background? And it’s checked off :)

10 posted on 04/03/2018 5:22:26 AM PDT by ZinGirl (kids in college....can't afford a tagline right now)
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To: big truck

OK. That’s a great point.

11 posted on 04/03/2018 11:08:26 AM PDT by grundle
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To: Calm_Cool_and_Elected

Ditto here. All 3 of our homeschool kids are doing quite well as adults.

12 posted on 04/03/2018 8:13:52 PM PDT by Pining_4_TX (For they sow the wind, and they shall reap the whirlwind. ~ Hosea 8:7)
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