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May 2014

by Mary Ann Kelley
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From the Editor

Congratulations to all of the winners in our 2014 Great Homeschool Giveaway! We gave away over $500 in prizes from great homeschool vendors like Compass Classroom, Notebooking Pages, The HomeScholar, All About Learning Press,, and Knowledge Quest Maps. There are many detailed reviews in our Cur
riculum Review section
to help you decide on curriculum for your kids – check them out (and leave your own!). Thank you to everyone who participated.

TheHomeSchoolMom is focusing more energy over at Google+ and on Twitter and will be spending less time at Facebook. If you are on Google+, please follow +TheHomeSchoolMom. Our Twitter address is @thehsmom. We look forward to interacting with you there – we love feedback and we want to hear what is going on in *your* homeschool!

Homeschooling is rewarding, fun, challenging, exhausting, and fulfilling, but above all, it is worth the effort. Within THSM is encouragement, advice, resources, curriculum reviews, organization tools, and more. – See more at:

Enjoy the newsletter!

Warm regards,

Mary Ann Kelley



Teaching Calendar

May 23, 2014 — South Carolina Admission Day – 1788

May 26, 2014 — Memorial Day (Observed)

May 29, 2014 — Rhode Island Admission Day – 1790

May 29, 2014 — Wisconsin Admission Day – 1848

June 1, 2014 — Kentucky Admission Day – 1792

June 1, 2014 — Tennessee Admission Day – 1796

June 2, 2014 — Native Americans granted US citizenship – 1924

June 11, 2014 — Great Barrier Reef Discovered – 1770

June 11, 2014 — District of Columbia Admission Day – 1800

June 12, 2014 — Anne Frank’s birthday – 1929

June 14, 2014 — Flag Day

June 15, 2014 — Arkansas Admission Day – 1836

View the entire calendar »


Educational Resources

We’ll be back next month with homeschool freebies that you will love – this month we were short on time due to upgrading to a brand new server and spending quite a bit of time testing and tweaking to make sure our pages load even faster for you. Although we did not have enough time to vet new educational resources for you this month, we’ll be back next month with more great links.

Recent Blog Posts

Yes, You Can Homeschool!

You can homeschool!There are many reasons that lead families to consider homeschooling. Often it comes up when a child’s school is not a good match for their needs. Sometimes it’s driven by a parent’s desire to guide their child’s learning in the context of their own values. Sometimes children need a more flexible schedule in order to pursue athletic or artistic training, and sometimes parents simply can’t imagine missing out on the excitement of educational discovery.How do you know for sure if homeschooling is the right fit for you and your child? Read more »

Thirteen Ways to Help Your Library Help Homeschoolers

13 Ways You Can Help Your Library Help HomeschoolersIt’s National Library Week, and homeschoolers love libraries! If you’re looking for a way to provide a service for homeschoolers in your community, consider becoming a liaison between your library and homeschoolers. Read more »

The Nature Principle

high-techThe compelling reasons kids need nature were explained factually and forcefully by Richard Louv in Last Child in the Woods: Saving Our Children From Nature-Deficit Disorder. Louv reaches new ground out in his next book, The Nature Principle: Reconnecting with Life in a Virtual Age. He uses anecdotes as well as groundbreaking research to demonstrate why we need to balance our use of technology with the restorative powers of nature. Read more »

Featured Article

2 Vital Factors for Successfully Homeschooling Teens

by Laura Grace Weldon

The teenaged years are actually the most rewarding of the homeschooling years. That’s what we’ve found with our four homeschooled kids. And that’s what I was told by many of the 110 families I interviewed for my book Free Range Learning: How Homeschooling Changes Everything. People in Ireland, Australia, India, and the U.S. described coming to this realization in similar ways. Their concerns about helping a young child master the basics or their struggles to find the right homeschooling style gradually resolved. Parents grew
to trust the process of learning much more completely and, perhaps as a result, they saw their children mature into capable and self-directed young people.

Homeschooling isn’t the cure-all, by any means, for a culture that barely recognizes a young person’s need for identity and meaning. But homeschooled teens are not limited to the strictures of a same-aged peer culture or weighed down by a test-heavy form of education. They also have more time. This provides ample opportunity to stretch and explore in ways that can benefit them for life.

There are a number of pivotal elements in the period we call adolescence. Two significant…

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