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Homeschool Conventions, Part 1: Goals

by THSM Contributor

Homeschool Conventions: Most states have fairly large to huge book fairs. These “insider tips” will help you to learn how to take advantage of your state book fair in one piece with your sanity and wallet still relatively in place! Continue reading »

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A Real Mom’s Homeschool

by THSM Contributor

What are your priorities? Are you the type to plan ahead? Do you have lists for daily activities, weekly menus, grocery items and coupons …or even a list of things for which you need to make a list? Or instead, do you find yourself disorganized and short on teaching time? Continue reading »

Teaching Children to Write by Teaching Self-Editing and Peer Editing Skills

by THSM Contributor

Editing is best taught as an isolated skill and from the time children are old enough to rework a piece of writing, they are old enough to self-edit and peer edit. Recopying a piece of writing that has been corrected to death by an adult is not editing and it serves no good purpose beyond penmanship practice. If you want to teach children to write well, your best bet is to teach them to self-edit and peer edit. Continue reading »

Unit Studies Using Weaver

by THSM Contributor

The Weaver uses the Bible as the spring-board for history, science, creative writing and many other projects. As we began to systematically work through the Bible I realized that my goal was being accomplished. My children were exposed to the profound truths of the Bible and loving it. Our Bible times do not focus on facts but on the application of the Word. In Ruth 3 we discussed the importance of choosing a mate who was not only a Christian but one who displayed the character of Christ as Boaz and Ruth both did. The Weaver moves us beyond the text to real-life application. Continue reading »

Waiting For Unschooling To Work

by Shay Seaborne

Remarkably, the best homeschooling advice I received came when my first child was a baby. My friend Barb, an experienced homeschooling mom who loaned me stacks of Home Education Magazine and Growing Without Schooling, told me that to homeschool I only had to "provide a rich environment, involve children in everyday living, and help find answers to their questions." That sounded very simple, and it is; the challenge is in trusting that such a plan is enough. Continue reading »

Eclectic Homeschooling

by THSM Contributor

I am now beginning my fifteenth year in homeschooling so I feel well qualified to tell you how our homeschool has evolved into the eclectic approach. My oldest daughter, Laura, graduated from homeschool high school in 2002 and from a one year Bible college in 2003.However, I am still homeschooling my son Stephen, aged 15 for tenth grade and my daughter Mary aged 10 for fourth grade.

Over the years I have tried many different curriculums and eventually I just learned to stick with what works for both myself and my children.  I also learned that there is no such thing as the “perfect” curriculum.  Each curriculum has its pros and cons for you as the mom, and from the kids persepctive and of course from a cost standpoint. I do know this,  kids will learn if you are faithful  do school work daily, regardless of the curriculum. Continue reading »

The Moore Formula

by THSM Contributor

Dr. Raymond Moore and his wife Dorothy Moore are sometimes called the grandparents of the modern home schooling movement. For over 50 years they have been educational professionals, and for the last 30 years have been sharing their research and their “formula” for successful home schooling, a program that is low-cost, low stress, and yet brings high-achievement. Continue reading »

Movies: A Resource for Homeschooling Parents

by THSM Contributor

Each year the movie industry makes some very valuable films that can be used to teach children. Over the last 70 years, these films have accumulated into a national cultural treasure. Continue reading »

A Place for Everything

by THSM Contributor

A very important aspect of being and staying organized is to have a place for everything. If you don’t have a place for everything, then it all starts piling up again and pretty soon you’re keeping everything because it’s hard to tell what’s what and what’s where. Here’s the scenario: You don’t have a home for anything and whenever the mail comes in or you go shopping, you just put the items wherever you find room. Pretty soon, you have a mess! Believe me, I know; I’ve been through it. Continue reading »

Time Management

by THSM Contributor

My husband said to me the other day, “I wish there were 26 hours in our day, then I could get everything accomplished!”I had to laugh because I myself had those thoughts; if we just had more time we could accomplish much more or at the very least we could actually get enough sleep! Continue reading »