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Roadschooling: What To Keep In the Car

by Jeanne Faulconer

Many of us homeschoolers are automobile-dependent. Living in rural or suburban areas and in some small and medium size towns and cities, we find that our communities aren’t “walkable,” and there is no public transportation to speak of. There is certainly no school bus serving our family. Since our kids aren’t in the “big box of school” we have to drive to many of the activities and classes our kids participate in. With three kids in a wide age range and with a diversity of interests, over the years I have found myself constantly traveling from one “homeschool thing” to another, also mixing in our regular errands. Continue reading »

Rhythms, Routines, Rituals in the Homeschool

by Living Education Contributor

Rhythms, routines, and rituals help us stay centered and on track as homeschooling parents, and they enable our children to relax and feel secure because they know what to expect each day. A thoughtful routine allows us to focus our energy in one area at a time, knowing that other essential areas will not be neglected. Well-established rhythms help us manage the ebb and flow of homeschooling and free our remaining energy to deal with the unexpected. Continue reading »

The Problem of My Perpetually Undone “To Do” List (And What I Did About It)

by THSM Contributor

When my kids were little I’d make a list of things that needed to get done. Very rarely did I ever feel like I was accomplishing anything on the list, and almost always, I was correct — I did very rarely ever accomplish anything on the list. Continue reading »

Homeschooling and Moving

by Jeanne Faulconer

Moving can bring wonderful opportunities — new jobs, new friends, and new possibilities — but it’s also stressful. Our homeschooling family has moved to new homes in new states a few times, and I’ve realized homeschooling through a move has some positives, some negatives, and some things to think about. Continue reading »

The Homeschool Parent-Teacher Conference

by Jeanne Faulconer

My first t-shirt as a homeschooling parent proclaimed, “Don’t bother me. I’m having a parent-teacher conference.”

This expressed well my initial thoughts about the roles of mother and teacher while homeschooling. I could see my “teacher self” talking to my “mother self,” echoing the familiar adult roles in education that involves public school…

Past my first few months of homeschooling more than a decade and a half ago, I have not separated a “teacher self” from my “mom self.” At the same time, I found it was important for me to set boundaries of time and space that made my family function well. Continue reading »

My Secret to Managing It All

by Rebecca Capuano

Secrets of a Successful Homeschool Mom: I think every successful homeschool mom has a secret…her secret to managing it all.

Because the truth is that homeschooling itself is overwhelming; it’s just difficult to get it all done. When you add in the responsibilities of keeping the household going along with it, sometimes we feel like we’re on some roller-coaster that we can’t ever get off. Academics to teach, social skills to impart, character to instill, cleaning to complete, food to make, activities to attend, transportation to provide, jobs to fulfill…it’s just so much. Too much, sometimes. Enough that it usually takes some sort of plan, some sort of secret — to actually get it all managed well. Continue reading »

Shower Power

by Jeanne Faulconer

Homeschooling parents can pique their kids’ interests by incorporating educational information right into the decor. One of the easiest ways to do this is to make use of the large block of space that is your shower curtain. The easiest-to-find educational shower curtain is the world map. These are commonly available at discount department stores. Our current world map shower curtain came from Target, but you can frequently find a similar world map shower curtain at Walmart, JC Penney, or Amazon. Continue reading »

PhoneSchooling: Homeschooling with OneNote and OneNote Mobile

by Jeanne Faulconer

I’ve been using Microsoft OneNote 2010 and OneNote Mobile for Android as tools for homeschooling and organizing our activities. Microsoft will tell you that OneNote is a note taking and information management system that can capture your to-do list and important information.

What I will tell you is that OneNote lets me create notes at home on my Windows computer that I can access on my mobile phone — when I need to know the soccer schedule, when my son needs access to a science quiz in the car, when I need my notes for work, or when I need to remember my errands. Continue reading »

Homeschooling And Efficient House Cleaning

by THSM Contributor

Homeschooling is a full-time job, but so is keeping your home and family clean and organized. Homeschooling families have a wonderful opportunity to involve children in the daily cleaning routine. It takes a lot of work to run a household, and it usually takes a family working together to make it run smoothly. (And when Continue reading »

Clean Up Your Bill Clutter

by THSM Contributor

An unorganized bill system can bring havoc to your finances. You have to create a system and keep it in place so that it works for you. Somebody else’s system will never work for you. But you may be able to take some ideas from others in order to create your own. Continue reading »

Target Giving: Your Key to a Relaxed Holiday Season

by THSM Contributor

Do you struggle with shopping for gifts each year during the holiday season? Is it more stressful than joyful? Would you like that to change? Then take a few minutes to consider a new approach to your gift-giving and find yourself putting the happy back in your Happy Holidays! Continue reading »

Christmas Bills

by THSM Contributor

With the holidays right around the corner, we often hear the familiar refrains of our favorite Christmas carols and seasonal music. But too many of us tend to sing different words to the familiar tune of Jingle Bells: Dashing to the mall, In a light blue mini-van, Stashing all our loot, Behind the garbage can. Continue reading »

A Real Mom’s Homeschool

by THSM Contributor

What are your priorities? Are you the type to plan ahead? Do you have lists for daily activities, weekly menus, grocery items and coupons …or even a list of things for which you need to make a list? Or instead, do you find yourself disorganized and short on teaching time? Continue reading »

A Place for Everything

by THSM Contributor

A very important aspect of being and staying organized is to have a place for everything. If you don’t have a place for everything, then it all starts piling up again and pretty soon you’re keeping everything because it’s hard to tell what’s what and what’s where. Here’s the scenario: You don’t have a home for anything and whenever the mail comes in or you go shopping, you just put the items wherever you find room. Pretty soon, you have a mess! Believe me, I know; I’ve been through it. Continue reading »

Time Management

by THSM Contributor

My husband said to me the other day, “I wish there were 26 hours in our day, then I could get everything accomplished!”I had to laugh because I myself had those thoughts; if we just had more time we could accomplish much more or at the very least we could actually get enough sleep! Continue reading »

A Mom’s Best Friends

by Mary Ann Kelley

As a busy mom, I have several "best friends" around the house that make my life easier and more enjoyable. Some are simple and free, others not so cheap, but all are things that I wouldn’t want to live without. Continue reading »

Top Ten Budget Busters

by THSM Contributor

Many people make sincere attempts to set up a household budget and get themselves together financially, but too often these attempts fail. And for those with the most difficult financial circumstances, it may take several attempts to finally create a plan that works. Continue reading »