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Mon, 14 Oct 2019 15:20:57 +0000

TheHomeSchoolMom: 5 Non-Homeschooling Books that make homeschool life easierI previously wrote about my favorite homeschool-related books, which I encourage you to check out if you haven't already. I gather so much goodness and inspiration from these titles and their authors. Homeschooling is a marathon, not a sprint, and reading encouraging words is something I rely on year after year. As an avid reader and book junkie, I've also curated a list of five non-homeschooling books that are making a difference in our current homeschooling journey and our day-to-day lives. Homeschooling is about more than teaching subjects and cultivating a love of learning in our kids. I've selected a book from each of the following areas: Parenting, Home Decorating, Health and Wellness, Cooking/Meal Planning, Self-help/Spiritual Guidance. Continue reading »

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Mon, 07 Oct 2019 14:22:51 +0000

Background image of Scrabble board game pieces with text 15 Educational Games for Homeschoolers www.thehomeschoolmom.comGames have been a staple in our home(school) ever since my oldest received Candy Land at age three. While our stash of games has changed over the years, our love of playing games continues to flourish. I've compiled a list of classic, educational, and online games/apps that we're enjoying with a house full of teens and tweens.  Continue reading »

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Tue, 17 Sep 2019 02:06:27 +0000

Smiling diverse group of teenagers with text 9 ways to add hands-on learning for your older homeschoolersOne thing that has remained consistent into the teen years for my kids is their need for hands-on learning. We've just updated and tweaked what that looks like these days compared with when they were younger. With some creativity, planning, partnership, and imagination, hands-on learning can be explored in a variety of ways. I've got nine ways you can cultivate hands-on learning for your older homeschooled kids. Grab your pen and planner, and let's chat! Continue reading »

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Mon, 09 Sep 2019 15:25:38 +0000

Ask Jeanne ( Q. I am a homeschooling mom. I heard some families get paid to homeschool. Is this true?"I am a homeschooling mom from Minnesota. My brother-in-law told me that he knows of homeschool families in North Dakota who get paid $1500.00 a month to homeschool. Is this true?" Get paid for homeschooling? Sounds good, right? Find out more about the circumstances in which there might (or might not) be money for homeschooling. Continue reading »

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Fri, 23 Aug 2019 14:51:41 +0000

Sideview of open notebook on wood table outside with hand holding a pen prepared to write and text What is Distance Learning - TheHomeSchoolMom.comOne of the greatest things about homeschooling is having the freedom to experience education in a way that works best for your student and family. Often, this means enjoying educational models or philosophies that are uniquely designed to fit your family’s needs. One such model is distance learning. Continue reading »

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Mon, 12 Aug 2019 22:00:01 +0000

Overhead view of an iphone with ear plugs and text Homeschooling & Parenting Podcasts I'm Loving Right Now TheHomeSchoolMom.comAre you a podcast junkie like me? If you're a busy homeschooling mom (and I know you are), podcasts are a perfect way to learn, laugh and, let's be honest, block out the 237 questions about food choices and screen time. I've curated a list of my current favorite homeschooling and parenting podcasts. These are my go-to podcasts for encouragement, ideas, and connection. Grab your earbuds and let's get listening! Continue reading »

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Sat, 27 Jul 2019 14:40:55 +0000

Smiling young woman with text 5 Steps for Balancing Homeschooling Working & Self-Care TheHomeSchoolMom.comEvery homeschool family is walking their own path. The beauty of homeschooling is that it allows us to look at all aspects of our lives in new and different ways. We have to get creative. We have to push boundaries, or perhaps, enforce them. Here are 5 ways to set yourself up for better balance. Continue reading »

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Fri, 26 Jul 2019 14:48:07 +0000

Groups of smiling teens and tweens with their arms out and raised with text My Three Key Insights About Homeschooling Middle SchoolWhen I decided to tackle a blog post about our 7th grade plans for my twins, I had to pause and catch my breath. How are they already in 7th grade? Why are they taller than me? Will they notice if we do Five In A Row again for old time’s sake? My oldest, a rising high schooler, made his way through middle school homeschool. Sometimes, his learning looked super structured, but often it looked more unschool-ish than I had anticipated. Here are my three key insights about homeschooling middle school . . . Continue reading »

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Mon, 15 Jul 2019 19:31:35 +0000

Three smiling children hugging each other and facing the camera with text Why my homeschooling kids need breaks from each other & how we do itIf your homeschooling clan is content to be with each other 24 hours a day with no breaks from each other, then feel free to skip to another blog post. I have nothing but love and high-fives for you because I think it’s amazing when families can do what works for them. If you’re feeling like maybe your homeschooling kids might need some built-in breaks from each other (and you), then read on while I share what’s working for us right now with three adolescents. Continue reading »

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Tue, 18 Jun 2019 12:50:13 +0000

Hand holding a white mug with a tea bag and two stacked journals with a pen on a table outside and text My Homeschool Journey: A ReflectionThe homeschooling bug bit me 10 years ago completely out of the blue. It was never our intention to homeschool our gaggle of kids. That said, I always wanted to be a mama and a teacher and a writer. So, here I am juggling all three roles and then some. It’s nothing like I imagined. Continue reading »

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