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TheHomeSchoolMom Blog: What Curriculum Should I Use For My 4 Year Old?

What Curriculum Should I Use For My 4 Year Old?

by Mary Ann Kelley

Recently on TheHomeSchoolMom's Facebook page someone asked for recommendations for her soon to be 4 year old. It took me back to when I had a 4 year … [Continue reading...]

TheHomeSchoolMom Blog: 4 Things to Tell Yourself When You Want to Quit Homeschooling

What to Tell Yourself When You Want to Quit Homeschooling

by Rebecca Capuano

If it hasn’t happened yet, it will.That moment, in homeschooling, when you are sure you Can. Not. Do. This. Any. More.Maybe it’s because of … [Continue reading...]

Ask Jeanne: Homeschooling is hard because of my background teaching elementary school -- how can I let go of the desire for structure?

Ask Jeanne: When a Teacher Turns Homeschool Mom

by Jeanne Faulconer

Dear Jeanne,It's so freeing to hear your thoughts about the effectiveness of a more informal education! I have realized that homeschooling is hard … [Continue reading...]

Winter Warmup: Making Snowflakes (Credit: Image created using photo by Liz West under Creative Commons Attribution 2.0 license)

Winter Warmup: Making Snowflakes

by Jeanne Faulconer

Is it snowing? Do you wish it were snowing? Do you wish it would stop snowing?Take a break and make some flakes!Snowflakes are fascinating to … [Continue reading...]

Ask Jeanne: Would a speech delay directly affect the child's ability to comprehend and read simultaneously?

Ask Jeanne: Speech Delay and Reading Comprehension

by Jeanne Faulconer

Dear Jeanne,In your opinion would speech delay in a child directly affect the child's ability to comprehend and read simultaneously - meaning, the … [Continue reading...]

TheHomeSchoolMom Blog: Deschooling vs. Unschooling - What's the Difference?

Deschooling vs. Unschooling: What’s the Difference?

by Jeanne Faulconer

New homeschoolers and non-homeschoolers sometimes wonder about the word "deschooling" vs. "unschooling". The prefixes "de" and "un" often mean such … [Continue reading...]

Ask Jeanne: How can I talk my son and daughter-in-law out of homeschooling?

Ask Jeanne: Don’t Homeschool My Grandchildren

by Jeanne Faulconer

I know you know about this homeschooling thing. I understand it probably can help some kids, but my grandchildren are absolutely fine, and they don't … [Continue reading...]

TheHomeSchoolMom Blog: How a "third place" can help homeschooled teens

Homeschooling Teens: Finding a Third Place

by Jeanne Faulconer

Homeschooling teens means a lot of questions about preparing for college admission or getting experience and training for a vocation or artistic … [Continue reading...]