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As we head into the beginning of the academic year, TheHomeSchoolMom’s free planner has been downloaded more times than ever before. It has been updated for the 2017/2018 school year, so if you haven’t grabbed your updated copy, be sure to do so here. Our digital planner, Homeschool Planner Plus, is also available for free and includes spreadsheets for high school transcripts that automatically calculate GPA and credits.
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Enjoy the newsletter!
Mary Ann Kelley
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Hero of Homeschooling: The Mother’s Helper
Need a few quiet hours to work or write or think or walk or nap or do the dishes? Have you considered the potential miracle of a mother’s helper?
That ten- or eleven-year-old homeschooled child from someone else’s family might be the key to helping your family blossom.
When I had a houseful of littles, using a “tween-age” mother’s helper was a lifesaver.
A kid who was several years older was able to play directly with my kids and entertain them, often diluting their squabbles and bringing fresh ideas to the sandbox and LEGObricks. Not yet babysitting age, my mother’s helpers were not self conscious about truly playing with my sons. They got sandy in the sandbox right alongside them. However, they were competent to help with snacks and juice, put coats on and off for backyard play, and encourage imperfect clean up of “this” before we get out “all that.”
We called it “pay for play,” and I paid… Continue reading »