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How to Avoid Homeschool Burnout

by THSM Contributor

Coming to a place of “burnout” as a homeschooling parent, or as a home schooler, means that somewhere in the process, we have lost sight of our goals. One of the many reasons parents choose to homeschool is that they want to enjoy time with their children. We see homeschooling as an opportunity to spend Continue reading »

Why We Educate at Home (A Discussion of the Classical Education Method)

by THSM Contributor

My husband and I have no qualms about our style of parenting, which is so tied up in home education. He grew up beside his father in a greenhouse. Our first apartment at 500 sq ft, had 31 houseplants in it. He now works as a landscape designer. So we understand this analogy: Children are like little plants. You take the seed and put it in a little cup of the best topsoil. You give it lots of light. You gently sprinkle it with drops of water so the delicate leaves aren’t broken. When it gets a decent root system, you transplant it to a bigger pot. You protect it from the wind and the hottest sun. You bring it in when there’s a freeze. You don’t put it out where the dog will trample it or a deer will eat the buds. When it’s well-established, and the season is right, you can transplant it finally to its place outside your home. Then it will do well on its own in the downpours and coldest winters. 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 »

Unschooling – Education Outside the Box

by THSM Contributor

To understand unschooling, you really have to look back at the history of education and homeschooling. The standard used to be for children to be taught in the home. However, by the mid ’70s, homeschooling was nearly extinct. Over 99% of school-aged children in the United States were attending institutional classroom schools. By that point, people seemed to have forgotten that children had ever been successfully educated without going to school. Slowly, though, an increasing number of parents began to recognize that they were in a battle for their children’s hearts, minds, and time. They saw the control that the government had taken not only in education but in their families’ lives, and these parents began again choosing to be in charge of their children’s education. Continue reading »

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Savoring!!

by THSM Contributor

As she bounced out the door for her first day of college, I cradled my warm coffee cup and smiled.  Success!  Who would have ever thought this day would come?  Homeschooling saved her young life.  Of this, I am utterly convinced.As she bounced out the door for her first day of college, I cradled my warm coffee cup and smiled.  Success!  Who would have ever thought this day would come?  Homeschooling saved her young life.  Of this, I am utterly convinced. Continue reading »

Hot Spots – No Need to Panic

by THSM Contributor

My entire place is one big "hot spot". What could I possibly tell people about this? I thought and thought and I finally decided that perhaps in this instance, my extreme messiness could be turned to an advantage. (Bet you never guessed a messy house could be a good thing!) Because my house is almost always in need of cleaning, I have become somewhat of an expert at "The Quick Clean", as I call it. Continue reading »

Teaching Our Children about Financial Freedom

by THSM Contributor

If you’ve ever used a deck of cards to make a house (note to Gen. X readers: it’s something we used to do to pass the time back in the days before video games and movie rentals), you know that you can spend a lot of time building a stunning house of cards, only to have the whole thing collapse when you place one card in the wrong spot. Continue reading »

Teaching Math at Home

by THSM Contributor

Math is essential in life when you are cooking, buying groceries or paying bills but to a toddler or preschooler it can be as simple as who has more cookies!

As parents we read to our children but many of us neglect counting and other math concepts early on. Why? For some, math is something we think can be taught at a later age, but we are now learning that even babies are capable of learning math. So how do you teach the very young? Continue reading »

Traps to Avoid When Transitioning from Home Schooling to a Public or Private School

by THSM Contributor

Many homeschoolers have to face that moment when their children go to a public or private school. Even though they have decided the time is right and have researched all the schools, the transition can be tough for families. Here are a few traps that some home school parents fall into after they have committed to sending their child off to school. Continue reading »

Simple Science

by THSM Contributor

Ever wanted to catch a cloud in a bottle? Now’s your chance! Pour just a splash of water into a 2-liter plastic bottle. Light a match (a grownup’s job) and drop it into the bottle. Immediately replace the lid and squeeze the bottle a few times to watch your cloud form. Continue reading »