One of the things I relish most about homeschooling is the flexibility it affords our family. But it’s not all late mornings, pajama days, and math at the kitchen table. Like so many other parent-educators, I want my kids to dig into memorable experiences in the world around us: the beauty of nature; the inspiration of music and the arts; the wonders of science and technology; and the powerful voices of history.
And — if we’re being completely honest — sometimes I need a little extra help: a support group, or a Latin tutor, a test preparation course, or a piano instructor. Perhaps I’m looking for local retailers who carry curricula or art supplies. Maybe I just want to know about upcoming events, like homeschool conventions, kid-friendly festivals, or special deals for families.
So where can a homeschool parent like me find these resources?
In a word: everywhere. The information is “out there” — but finding it, when and where you need it, is another matter. If you want a list of nearby museums, you might visit one website. But if you want to research events for homeschoolers, there’s a different website to try. This website might have a list of retailers, but that website has the local academic helps. Isn’t there a better way?
As it so often happens:
Necessity is the mother of invention.
Although I created this website as an answer to the needs of my own homeschooling journey, I can’t ignore the first lesson of homeschooling, namely: “You are not alone.” My hope is that SageMint serves as a centralized place for other likeminded parent-educators to discover local resources, leadership, and encouragement — all specifically tailored for homeschooling families like ours.
As you explore the site, I hope you’ll let us know what features you’d like to see added. (If you have a suggestion you’d like to share, send us an email.) We look forward to growing the site to serve you better!
Fresh ideas — right at your fingertips
SageMint currently offers three handy resources, curated especially for local homeschool families:
The Directory includes listings for Support Groups for various methods of homeschooling; Attractions for field trips and adventuring; Retailers who specialize in curricula and supplies; Instruction for extra-curricular pursuits like music or athletics, as well as academic tutoring. Search the Directory by category, keyword, and location, and users can find the best resources within the closest proximity.
The Event Calendar
The Event Calendar is a homeschooler’s headquarters for all can’t-miss local events. Whether you’re looking for retreats, conventions, testing, concerts and performances, or local festivals, the SageMint Event Calendar should be your first click.
The Fresh Ideas page is your central hub for our freshest articles, events, listings, and more. Scroll through to find the latest directory listings, most recent events, current articles, new products, fresh resources, and even social media postings from Pinterest, Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter.
I hope you’ll find SageMint to be an invaluable source of information, inspiration, and encouragement on your homeschooling journey!