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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...]

TheHomeSchoolMom Blog: 5 Benefits of Playing Chess

5 Benefits of Playing Chess

by Jeanne Faulconer

It's not part of the traditional curriculum in United States schools or homeschool families -- but playing chess is a part of the curriculum in about … [Continue reading...]

Educating head, heart, hands, and health

Educating Head, Heart, Hands, and Health

by Jeanne Faulconer

I grew up participating in 4H, and while I recommend the 4H program itself, I also find myself thinking a lot about the four "H's" as they apply to … [Continue reading...]

TheHomeSchoolMom Blog: The hidden problem of playing music by ear (and what to do about it)

Playing Music By Ear: The Hidden Problem (and what to do about it)

by Rebecca Capuano

It’s a skill we’d all love to have – the ability to play music by ear, and not need the actual musical score.You know, sit down at the piano, and … [Continue reading...]

Instead of Curriculum: Unit Studies withBSA Merit Badges

BSA Merit Badges {Free Unit Studies}

by Jeanne Faulconer

Where can you find over 100 free high quality unit studies? Boy Scouts!The Boy Scouts of America (BSA) program offers great merit badge materials … [Continue reading...]

Homeschooling High School: Our 11th Grade Plan

Homeschooling High School: Our 11th Grade Plan

by Mary Ann Kelley

We are homeschooling high school all the way through. If you would like to see how we track credits and create transcripts, see Our 10th Grade Plan. … [Continue reading...]

TheHomeSchoolMom Blog: Homeschool Organization

Help! My Home Is Overflowing With School!

by Living Education Contributor

by Jerri Mayer, Oak Meadow parentWhether you're just starting out or have been on the homeschooling journey for years, organizing your … [Continue reading...]