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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 »

Preparing for College

by THSM Contributor

If you child will be going to college, there is a tremendous financial benefit for high SAT test scores.  Students with very high scores receive the most scholarship offers.  You can easily achieve this by using a high quality SAT workbook as an additional textbook in your homeschool.  Begin in eighth or ninth grade and your student will know the material very well by the end of twelfth.  She won’t be worried about taking the test because it will be so familiar.  And she will encounter exactly the same types of questions she studied for five years.  She will get a great verbal and math education too!  Below are brief descriptions of the SAT and other popular exams. Continue reading »

Planning Techniques

by THSM Contributor

Homeschooling will be much easier if you spend a little time in planning. First make a separate list of your most important goals. You may wish to make goal lists for each of your children. Where do you want them to be at the end of the school year? 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 »