Back to Homeschool With Sandbox to Socrates: News and a Giveaway!

Have you made your curriculum choices, shopped for school supplies, planned your extra-curriculars, and stocked up on chocolate for Mom? For those of us following a traditional school year calendar, it’s Back to Homeschool Time!

Here at StS, we’re kicking off the school year with some new features and a giveaway!

Firstly, we hope you like our new LOOK! Our logo was created by our Photo Editor, Apryl Herrell. We are all so pleased, and so thankful that Apryl shared her talent and created the perfect design for StS.

Secondly, we have a new FORUM! Sometimes it’s hard to chat on a blog, but we do want to hear from our readers and get to know you, so we created a new home here at StS for those conversations. We envision a friendly, intimate community where we can all help each other in StS’s sleeves-rolled-up style, sharing experiences and discussing everything from preschool nursery rhymes and naptimes to college admissions processes for homeschooled teens. All are invited to this inclusive gathering of parents who have one thing in common: We are classically educating our children at home.

Thirdly, we have a new STORE! Do you need a tote bag or a travel mug? Would your children like t-shirts about homeschooling like this one


or would they enjoy announcing to the world that they will be able to outrun zombies if it ever comes to that?


If you’d like to support StS, please have a look at our CafePress store. Our art department frequently adds new designs so check back often, and of course anything can be ordered with StS’s original new logo.


Finally, we have a GIVEAWAY! One lucky winner will receive this travel mug from our store, because homeschooling parents spend a lot of time driving, and because most homeschools are fueled by coffee. You need this travel mug.  CLICK HERE TO ENTER!



Thank you for reading here at Sandbox to Socrates. We have great plans for the future as we try to encourage you as you homeschool your children! Please join us on our forums, and don’t forget to enter the giveaway!

Introducing Sandbox to Socrates

Hello, world!  We are a group of mothers who met–in the virtual realm–through our shared interest in homeschooling, especially concerning classical education.  For some time we have wanted to raise a public voice in support of home education and of inclusiveness in the homeschooling world.  As we discussed the many issues we want to bring up, we discovered that we have some very ambitious ideas, but precious little time to accomplish them as we navigate the daily realities of motherhood and family life.  We therefore decided to start a blog, in hopes of bringing people together to discuss homeschooling while still keeping up with our lives.

We chose our name because collectively, we have raised children of all ages, and we have lots to share about every stage!   We want our focus to be classical, but “classical” includes lots of playtime, fun, and yes–joy.

We are all very different people!  As we write about our lives and our opinions, you will see some variety here.  That is what we are hoping for–to share our different experiences in hopes that we can support others in their journeys.  We have practical ideas, to help you get through the daily work of educating your children, and we love to discuss theories and inspirational dreams.

Home education is big enough for everyone who wants to dedicate themselves to learning and to teaching children.    We are not here to push particular lifestyles or faiths (although you will certainly see us talk about our own in the course of things); we want to support home education regardless of lifestyle or faith tradition.