Educate Yourself

Did you know that you can get so busy homeschooling your kids that you completely forget about one more person you need to educate…yourself?

Children change so quickly! That’s why it’s important to stay one step ahead of them on the homeschool journey. It’s hard to do that during the “school year,” but summertime is the ideal time for educating yourself. It’s so important to keep learning about the lifestyle your family has chosen, and particularly about the next stage in your family’s homeschooling life.

Hence our Summer Sale! We’ve just put several homeschooling eBooks on sale at great prices:

Thriving in the 21st Century (eBook only) $9.99 $7.99

Stages of Homeschooling: Beginnings $4.99 $2.99

Stages of Homeschooling: Enjoying the Journey $4.99 $2.99

Stages of Homeschooling: Letting Go $4.99 $2.99

And for your summer reading pleasure (of special interest to Christians and those who love someone with special needs), The 40 Days $5.99 $3.99

These eBooks are offered for Amazon Kindle, but you don’t need to buy a Kindle to read them; just download a free Kindle app for your pc or phone! (Step-by-step instructions HERE.)

“Check Out” My Book on Amazon for Free

Would you like to read my new book for free? You can, and it’s all because of my husband.

You see, “we” bought an Amazon Kindle quite a while back but he became so attached to it that it’s now his Kindle (he denies this, but he’s always using it!) There are many things he loves about the Kindle, but recently he found out that he can check out a book for free on his Kindle and keep it checked out as long as he wants, and he really liked that idea  🙂

So we’ve decided to allow my newest book, Thriving in the 21st Century: Preparing Our Children for the New Economic Reality, to be checked out for free on Amazon because the economy isn’t getting any better and we want people to learn how they can prepare their kids to thrive in challenging times (hint: homeschooling is definitely a part of the process!)

Of course, you can read free excerpts of the book here, but if you want to read the whole book, learn how you can borrow it for free here.

Homeschooling eBook Sale!

Did you get a new Amazon Kindle or Barnes & Noble Nook for Christmas? If so, you should know that some of our eBooks are on sale until next week:

Kindergarten Stories and Morning Talks with Over 125 Illustrations, the 1890s kindergarten curriculum, is now on sale for $5.99 (reg. $9.99) for Kindle and Nook.

Thriving in the 21st Century: Preparing Our Children for the New Economic Reality, my latest book, is on sale for $7.99 (reg. $9.99) for Kindle and Nook.

Please note that these sale prices are for the eBook version of these titles, not the print version. But…

… we are having a sale on the print version of The Imperfect Homeschooler’s Guide to Homeschooling: for a limited time, get free shipping and a free 111-page eBook with your purchase. Just use this link to buy the book directly from Cardamom Publishers; your eBook will arrive within 24 hours and we’ll ship your book in 1-2 business days for free!

(Act now—-all three of these sales will be ending shortly.)

Our New Site, New eBooks and No More Newsletter

Now that I’m done homeschooling my kids, I’m finding it harder to come up with homeschool book and article ideas. But I want to keep encouraging those of you who homeschool your children. So here’s what I’m going to do:

First, I’ve decided to end “The Imperfect Homeschooler” newsletter. It’s been a labor of love for the last seven years, but it’s time for me to move on. That said, I’ll continue to share links to wonderful online educational helps and freebies, as well as the “What Our Kids are Missing Out On Dept.” and an occasional article by me, via weekly updates (the first one just went up on Wednesday) on our new site, “Thriving in the 21st Century.”

After all, why do you homeschool? To prepare your children to thrive in the future, right?  So you need the best resources and information you can find, and I plan to offer them to you every week.

You can subscribe to my weekly updates by using the RSS link at the bottom of the main page (subscribe-by-email links will be available on the right side of the page shortly). But current subscriptions to “The Imperfect Homeschooler” newsletter will no longer be active, so if you’d like to keep receiving homeschool encouragement and information from me, please subscribe on the new site.

Second, we’ve rounded up hundreds of articles and blog posts I’ve written over the years and we’re assembling many of them into a series of four eBooks collectively entitled “The Stages of Homeschooling”:

The Stages of Homeschooling: Beginnings

The Stages of Homeschooling: Enjoying the Journey

The Stages of Homeschooling: Letting Go

The Stages of Homeschooling: The Empty Nest

These upcoming eBooks will be available at and (Barnes & Noble). I think you’ll like them, and I hope you’ll learn a lot from them, too. Keep an eye on this blog for news of their arrival.

Finally, for those who are looking for personalized encouragement, I’m now doing homeschool consulting via phone (U.S. only) and email. Click here to learn more.

I want to thank all of you who have taken time over the years to write to me and share your thoughts and concerns. It was great to hear from you! I hope I’ve demonstrated to you that it’s been a joy to live the homeschooling life. I wish you all the best as you teach your children.

God bless you,

Barbara Frank

Can Your Kids Communicate?

No, it’s not what you think. I’m sure your kids can talk, chatter, question, and occasionally demand (mine sure could!)….the question is, can your kids communicate calmly and clearly so that they can be understood? So that they don’t come across as rude or demanding? So that they can get along with people and even defend their faith?

How about email? Can they write emails that will make sense, come across politely and not make them look bad? Many employers say most of their recent-college-grad employees have difficulty communicating properly. How can you teach your children to be the exceptions to that rule?

Learn more about effective communication for the 21st century in a podcast I recently recorded with JoJo Tabares of Art of Eloquence. JoJo is a whiz at explaining how to raise children who communicate well, and why it’s so important that you do so.