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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, iparent.tv, 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!
Enjoy the newsletter!
Mary Ann Kelley
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
2 Vital Factors for Successfully Homeschooling Teens
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…