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Welcome to the New Homeschool Open Source Project!

This is your site. If you are homeschooling in Utah — or considering homeschooling in Utah — this is the place for you to learn about education and homeschooling, share ideas, join together for field trips and events, discuss issues, and even buy and sell homeschool curriculum, supplies, and/or classes.

Homeschool Open Source is 100% free and 100% inclusive. We invite input and participation from all points of view in a civil, thoughtful setting. If you’d like to write a blog post or add an event to the calendar, just give us a holler and we’ll update your status.

Get started today by following the steps on the home page.

Feedback is welcome! We’ll do what we can to make this site the best homeschooling resource in Utah and beyond!

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  • hsmommy592 September 22, 2013, 8:57 pm

    So excited to meet new homeschoolers here. We are just starting year 2. Thank you for doing this!

  • funfamilyfour September 23, 2013, 4:02 pm

    When will the place be ready to buy and sell? I have some things I want to sell right away and will be looking for some new things after that.

  • Monkey2 September 25, 2013, 5:39 pm

    This site is great. It is so much better than the new WHEN which looks like it was built in the 90’s! Yuck!

  • Marinda September 30, 2013, 9:17 am

    Just want to say a huge thank you for all this work. I can’t believe how fast you got this going. Making a place that is free and open makes all the difference for some of us.

  • Linda October 19, 2013, 4:37 pm

    Wow, just want to tell you that I LOVE the look of the site. It is so clean and crisp and up-to-date. Don’t think I have seen a better homeschool support site around. LOVE IT! Thanks for all your work!

    P.S. I met you last summer when you spoke at a conference. SO GOOD.

  • kiyrah November 6, 2013, 11:12 am

    This site is amazing! Truly. I have read all your articles about homeschooling and they fall right in line with the beginning of our families personal philosophies behind homeschooling. As of Monday I legally pulled my son out of the new STEM School (Neil Armstrong Academy) in West Valley. I am sure a lot of people were wondering what the hell I am doing taking him out of such a new and exciting school, BUT it is still a public school, they still teach by the Core Curriculum and they all still learn the same way. I have been struggling with taking my son out of school since he started. He had troubles in first grade with kids being jerks to him and he never was able to make friends, he never wanted friends to come over or invite kids to his birthday parties either. My son is very smart. He also has a tender heart and amazing soul, a strong loving family (who enjoys our time together) I am so tired of other kids taking out their personal frustrations on my son who only wants to be friends with everyone. I also don’t plan to desensitize my sons emotions to “harden” him for school. I see his personality as who he is and I nurture that and want to give him an environment to feel safe enough to be who he is. The beginning of his second grade year (this year) has been great! He made some friends and no one is being mean to him, but I still felt my selfish Mommy voice popping into my head. I MISS my son when he is at school. Yes, I tried to take the time he is at school to bond with my 3 year old daughter but I still miss him. I do not think children need to be in school 7 hours a day starting at the age of 5. It has never made sense to me. There is literally NO time for kids to really play when they hit 1st grade. I don’t need me time for 7 hours a day. I have my children in bed at 8pm every night in which I get a few hours of me time then, but 99% of the time I love being around my kids. I am not a fan of government run schools (never have been). I am not a fan of sending my children off to school for their entire lives only to get a few hours a day with them. I didn’t give birth to them to send them away. I am also not a fan of not really knowing what is happening during his entire day ( he usually just states whether it was good or not). I loathe homework. Totally unnecessary for children. I hate that I, as a parent, am only allowed to excuse my kids 7 days PER YEAR before I have to fork over money to let a doctor (of sorts) excuse my son so absent days do not mark against him? What? While I do understand the reason this may help parents who take advantage of their child missing crap tons of school, it does not apply to the vast majority of parents. We also choose to heal our bodies as naturally as possible with as little to no drugs from the pharmaceutical industry as we can. When kids are sick they need lots of rest, attention, love and relaxation to heal and be 100%. I wont send my child to school to get other kids sick and do school work when they are not feeling their best, yet my son is penalized for being able to heal at home with a sickness that he brought home from school? Bah! Sorry, rant over. We have a very free thinking mentality in this house and I don’t see any free thinking in school. My son is advanced in a few areas, but he can’t push forward with them because they all have to learn at the same pace, while in other areas he is at grade school level but is not catching on to his own rhythm of how it works in his mind. Obviously the list goes on and on to home school. I did make sure it was something my son wanted to do. He gets to voice his opinion, wants, and needs in our family equally and he apparently had no problem ditching the friends he made, the school he supposedly liked, to be home with his family where he gets to learn and grow here and have a billion opportunities to learn everything he ever wanted to learn. Sorry for the long comment, it is just my husband, children and I that can be excited for our new and positive decision so just sharing a minimal glimpse of our story on a blog (that I don’t know anyone) seems to be a legit way to connect with other homeschoolers and parents. HA!

  • Alison Moore Smith November 6, 2013, 1:31 pm

    Thanks for the comments everyone. Glad to have you here!


    I am so tired of other kids taking out their personal frustrations on my son who only wants to be friends with everyone.

    kiyrah, kiyrah, don’t you know it’s your civic duty to sacrifice your son and his education for the greater good?

    Don’t apologize for your comment. People need a good dose of common sense!

    I loathe homework.

    Sincerely, what are they doing for 7 hours a day if a 6-year-old needs to do more work when they finally get home??? It’s nuts.
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