The Unlikely Homeschool
Founder and popular education blogger at The Unlikely Homeschool, Jamie Erickson holds a bachelor's degree in elementary education with an emphasis in public speaking and oral interpretation of literature. When she’s not curating memories, hoarding vintage books, or playing ringmaster to her own live-in circus of five, she can be found encouraging and equipping parents all across the globe who find themselves in the everyday trenches of homeschooling.
She is a contributing author to How We Teach, The Big Book of Homeschooling Ideas, and The Big Book of Homeschooling Ideas Volume 2, three collaborative books put together by iHomeschool Network.
In addition to speaking and writing, Jamie loves talking faith and family over a cup of Starbuck’s finest, collecting calories around a table full of friends, and taking grueling hikes with her formerly homeschooled husband, Dain (because alas, calories don’t display very nicely on a shelf like other collections).
Workshops from Jamie Erickson ( may vary by event location )
Un-harried Homeschooling: Scheduling 101
Do your homeschool days feel like an endless exercise in treading water? Is there constant animosity between you and Monday morning? Do you feel like a hamster on a wheel, running at full speed, but getting nowhere fast? Perhaps you need to re-order your days so that your school schedule works for your home, and not against it. Learn the secrets of planning your days and year using Sabbath schooling, loop scheduling, block scheduling, traditional scheduling, rhythm planning, and many more. Put your homeschool day on auto-pilot by forming the right plan.
Help! I'm Homeschooling and I Have a Toddler Strapped to My Leg!
"Mom, Johnny's drinking from the dog dish again!" Homeschooling with little ones under foot can often feel a lot like brushing your teeth while eating Oreos--a bit counter-intuitive. But, the fact is, the foundation of homeschool is HOME and everyone in it, even the toddler who's currently feeding Cheerios to the goldfish. Discover how you can engage your little ones constructively during the harried homeschool day.
Establishing a Reading Culture in Your Home
Reading shouldn't be another assignment to check off the list. It should be an integral part of the rhythm of your home. But, between diapers and division flashcards, how can you find the time to immerse your children in great books? How can you ignite a passion for a well-crafted story when all you hear is, "Reading's not my favorite thing, Mom!"? Learn the secrets of choosing great books for all ages, developing a family language with literature, and establishing a culture of reading in your home.
Learning Like da Vinci and Jefferson: Notebooking 101
Educational pioneer, Charlotte Mason, championed the idea of "notebooking." But, this wonderful extension of learning can be dated back long before Miss Mason gave it a name. For centuries, the greats catalogued what they learned in notebooks, rehearsing their daily discoveries in a natural way--with pen, paper, and imagination. Find out how to inspire learning through a simple notebook, see samples of several types of notebooks, and learn how to use them effectively in order to draw your children into learning with purpose.