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Mon, 17 Jun 2019 12:26:58 +0000

laughing kids making faces while lying on the grass in summer clothes and sunglasses with text How we do homeschool summer breakHow are you prepping for summer? Do you take a FULL STOP 3-month break with a "See you in September" attitude? Are you year-round homeschoolers? Do you fall somewhere in between? Do you have everything planned for summer and your next school year? Do you fly by the seat of your super cute swimsuit? Guess what?  It’s all great! No matter how you “do” summer in your home and homeschool—it’s just perfect. Popsicles, pool days, and playing—sign me up! Summer for our family is a bit different this year. My kids are older now and this means a few things... Continue reading »

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Sat, 08 Jun 2019 15:59:14 +0000

Image of woman flexing biceps with text Embracing Your Strengths When homeschooling TheHomeSchoolMomDo you ever get hit in the face with your own weaknesses as a homeschool mom? Here’s my truth: I'm not a huge fan of holidays. If I'm being honest, I'm not great at creating mind-blowing celebrations, whether it be for Valentine’s Day, birthdays, Pi Day or Halloween. So, when I woke up last Valentine's Day morning, I thought: Uh-oh. It's Valentine's day. And I've got nothing. Continue reading »

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Wed, 29 May 2019 15:32:18 +0000

Ask Jeanne (TheHomeSchoolMom) - Question: What started as a joyous process is turning out to be ugly and unhappy. I feel so lost as of now. What can I do?Dear Jeanne - I am stuck in a terrible situation and need some advice. I quit my job to follow my husband to another country. I put my daughter in a public school as my husband wanted, but then I started homeschooling because of poor school quality. While I feel comfortable teaching my daughter, and she has made some progress, I have ill health, and my daughter is still behind in school due to a vision problem. We have financial problems, so I'm teaching to earn money, and my husband is not supportive of homeschooling. It's all affecting my mental health . . . I feel so lost as of now. What started as a joyous process is turning out to be ugly and unhappy. Continue reading »

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Tue, 14 May 2019 22:55:03 +0000

Boy and girl 8-12 years old lying in grass on sunny day reading a book with text 10 Book Series That Got My Kids Reading Ages 8-12 TheHomeSchoolMom.comWhen my husband and I had children, books and reading were naturally part of our day and our routines.  When we started homeschooling, I would snuggle up on the couch with the kids or I would sit at the kitchen table and read while they snacked or worked on projects. Some days were easier than others and some books were enjoyed more than others. I polled my kids and we came up with our top 10 favorite book series.  Continue reading »

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Wed, 08 May 2019 15:22:51 +0000

Two teen girls reading and smiling with text How to Create a Teen Book Club TheHomeSchoolMom.comMy newly 13 year old son was insisting that he wanted different school projects that didn’t always include his younger siblings (11 year old twins). After discussing, we decided to start a teen book club that would appease my desire for him to branch out into other literary genres AND would give him a social opportunity with his friends. There would, of course, be lots of food too. Continue reading »

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Thu, 02 May 2019 23:37:00 +0000

Father, mother, son, and daughter using markers while lying on the floor and text 10 Ways to Mark the End of Your Homeschool Year TheHomeSchoolMomIs yours one of the many families whose “school year” has a beginning, an end, and then a break before the next year begins? Schooling at home is something to celebrate, and when the end of the year arrives, it presents an opportunity for joyful recognition and reflection. Here are some ideas for ways to make it memorable and special for your family. Continue reading »

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Mon, 22 Apr 2019 15:05:12 +0000

Spring might be my favorite time to homeschool. It has quickly replaced the awesomeness of back-to-homeschool in late summer. It’s not necessarily because of the weather—spring just feels different. My kids are all working on different things at this point. It can be overwhelming because I feel like I'm not staying on top of everyone's everything. In the end, that's not my job. My role is to be an Educational Opportunity Provider. We can flow with the seasons and our energy levels. It's spring and it's a good time to both shake things up and create a flowing routine. Continue reading »

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Wed, 10 Apr 2019 15:07:40 +0000

Pink coffee cup with green and white checked napkin on a table outside with a basket of flowers and green grass yard in the background with text Why I don't Do Homeschool Planning in the Spring TheHomeSchoolMomWhen I first started homeschooling, I was ALL about the planning. I would research EVERYTHING to nth degree. I almost broke our printer one summer printing out everything I could find about Charlotte Mason and Ambleside Online. I was pumped. We were going all in on Charlotte Mason—100 percent, friends. It was May and I was feeling awesome about everything. Fall came around, and can you guess what happened? Continue reading »

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Tue, 02 Apr 2019 14:03:40 +0000

Thought bubble with text "Ask Jeanne TheHomeSchoolMom" and separate square shape with text "Do I need teacher training to homeschool? If it isn't necessary, would it be beneficial anyway?"I am not a parent yet but intend on having children and homeschooling them in the future. I've done a lot of research but never really found an answer to my question. I know that in my state it is not necessary for the parent to have a teaching degree, but I'd like to know whether getting a teaching degree (there are some online as well) or even attending a few college courses surrounding how to teach children would benefit the parent homeschooling the children. I'm getting my pharmacy doctorate so a teaching degree would be extra time and money so I'd like your opinion on whether you think it would be worth it. Continue reading »

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Sat, 16 Mar 2019 13:14:45 +0000

Three women having coffee outside at a cafe with text: Homeschool Moms' Night OUt - Find one - Make one - Just get to oneGive yourself social time. Give yourself professional development. Give yourself empathetic colleagues. Give yourself Moms' Night Out!Find one. Make one. But get to one --  a Moms' Night Out! Homeschooling can be lonely, even when you're surrounded by children. Sometimes -- especially when you're surrounded by children. Spending occasional time laughing and talking with adults is refreshing and helps you remember who you are when you are away from the children. Continue reading »

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