Homeschool How-to’s: Free While They Last

While unpacking from our recent move, I found a box of homeschooling booklets we used to sell for $5 each at homeschool conventions. (They later became part of my book The Imperfect Homeschooler’s Guide to Homeschooling.)

I don’t have room to keep these here, so I’m offering them FREE on a first-come, first-served basis. Just send me a self-addressed business (4 1/8″ X 9 1/2″) envelope stamped with TWO first-class stamps, and I’ll send you a booklet. THIS OFFER IS ONLY GOOD WHILE SUPPLIES LAST. You can request a specific title and if we still have copies left, you’ll get it. Otherwise, it’s potluck. 🙂

The booklets are:

115 Organizing Tips for Homeschoolers

Need help getting organized? This 34-page booklet is packed full of proven ideas for:

  • Getting your homeschool organized
  • Establishing a homeschool filing system
  • Running your home
  • Living (and homeschooling) with small children
  • Keeping up your energy

Learn to handle the many responsibilities and challenges that come with being a homeschool mom.

Covering All the Bases

Do you ever ask yourself:

  • How do I know if we’re studying the right subjects at the right times?
  • Are we covering all the bases?
  • What are the bases anyway?
  • Are we using the right materials?
  • Are my kids doing OK?

This 30-page booklet includes information about curriculum choices, Scope and Sequence, and achievement testing, as well as tips for designing your own curriculum.

Overcoming Obstacles to Homeschooling

Do you struggle when it comes to homeschooling? Are there obstacles in your way? This 30-page booklet covers topics including:

  • Defeating the habits that keep you from working with your children
  • Dealing with relatives’ disapproval
  • Thriving despite personal or financial difficulties
  • Boosting your homeschooling confidence

Discover the personal habits and traits that may be holding you back, and learn how to eliminate them. Don’t let obstacles keep you from homeschooling!


Just send your SASE (remember, you’ll need two 44-cent stamps on your SASE because these booklets are big) to:

Cardamom Publishers

P.O. Box 743

Janesville, WI 53547

(Feel free to share this offer with your homeschooling friends.)

Changing My Game Plan

Like many people, I began homeschooling by imitating the schools of my youth. I bought a boxful of curriculum, divided it into daily assignments, and taught my kids right out of those books.

And there wasn’t anything especially bad about that, except that after the initial excitement wore off, my kids started to get bored. Instead of being excited about doing school, they ranked it right down there with making their beds and setting the table—something we have to do, so let’s get it over with. Continue reading

This Week’s Winner….

….is reader Jill, whose entry was drawn by the random number generator for this week’s giveaway of a copy of my book, The Imperfect Homeschooler’s Guide to Homeschooling.

Many thanks to everyone who entered for sharing your homeschooling challenges. I sure am glad I didn’t have to choose a winner, because I wanted every one of you to win!

Be sure to enter our final spring giveaway for a copy of our new book, a reprint of an 1890 kindergarten story curriculum called Kindergarten Stories and Morning Talks With Over 125 Illustrations. Learn more here.

Another Winner :)

Congratulations to reader Sarah, who won last week’s drawing for a free copy of my book, Life Prep for Homeschooled Teenagers.

I want to thank everyone who entered the drawing. Your responses to the question, “What do you think is the biggest blessing of homeschooling a teen?” just blew me away. Anybody who’s intimidated by the thought of homeschooling through high school should read all of those wonderful comments!

The deadline for this week’s drawing is this Friday, April 16, at midnight. Don’t miss out on your chance to win a free copy of The Imperfect Homeschooler’s Guide to Homeschooling….enter now!

Giveaway #6: The Imperfect Homeschooler’s Guide to Homeschooling

Do you feel like other people homeschool better than you do?

Do they seem more confident, more accomplished, more patient?

Do their houses look like model homes compared to yours?

No matter how it looks to you, there are no perfect homeschoolers. We all have our challenges as we do our best to teach our kids every day.

What’s your biggest challenge when it comes to raising, educating and loving your kids 24/7? Leave your answer as a comment on this post by midnight on Friday, April 16, and you’ll be automatically entered into a drawing for a brand new copy of The Imperfect Homeschooler’s Guide to Homeschooling, a book packed with information and advice gleaned from my 20+ years of homeschooling.