Secular Homeschooling is a non-religious quarterly magazine dedicated to writing about homeschooling and those who homeschool for diverse reasons, not specifically for religious convictions. This non-glossy, black and white paper publication has some great articles and editorials that any home educator will find informative, and encouraging. It was easy for me to get sucked into just lounging on the couch while I read the issues cover to cover, I thought the material well-written and absorbing. Don’t let the word secular scare you, I really felt the editor did a good job making even me (a Christian homeschooler) feel at home, as well as not publishing religious content, they have a policy not to publish anti-religious material as well.
Issue #1 has an interesting piece on homeschool burnout that I found completely relevant and important-I myself have tittered on the edge of burnout, and the sooner it is addressed the better! There was another good piece on how to get started on homeschooling that was organized and thorough. You’ll also read the the “Bitter homeschooler’s wish list” –a list of 25 “gripes” a homeschooler has against people who just don’t get it. I was surprised to find it as I had seen in before circulating on the Internet. Number 3 on the list is “quit interrupting my kid at her dance lesson, scout meeting, choir practice, baseball game, art class, field trip, park day, music class, 4-H club, or soccer practice to ask her if as a homeschooler she ever gets to socialize.” How true!
Overall, I was impressed by the wealth of knowledge and variety of topics discussed. Secular Homeshooling is a nice edition to the circuit of homeschooling magazines.
Subscriptions to Secular Homeschooling are $28 for four quarterly issues. Issues average 60 pages with very little advertising.