Archive for March, 2011

Posted on March 21st, 2011, by Mary Jo

The Widows Fund helps with curriculum costs and emergency needs. Deadline for spring enrollment is May 1.

The Children of Single Parents Fund assists children of single parents who, through no fault of their own, experience financial hardship during their homeschooling years. The next general enrollment period is July 2011.

The Members Helping Members Fund provides full and partial scholarships for HSLDA membership.

The Special Needs Children’s Fund enables financially struggling homeschooling families to provide a quality education for their children with special learning needs.

If you need assistance, I encourage you to apply. Don’t hesitate to ask for the help you need!

Posted on March 18th, 2011, by Mary Jo

HSLDA (Home School Legal Defense Association) is offering a free trial membership for a limited time.

HSLDA defends members in court at no extra charge if their homeschooling is challenged and protects the rights of homeschoolers around the world.

Membership also includes other benefits such as their magazine, access to experts who can help answer your questions about homeschooling, discount programs (I’ve saved on hotels with the HSLDA member code), and more.

If you’re homeschooling and not already an HSLDA member, I highly encourage you to join.

Disclosure: I’ve recommended HSLDA membership as long as I’ve homeschooled. With this special offer, I will get a free year’s membership if 5 people sign up for the free trial using my link.

Posted on March 17th, 2011, by Mary Jo

Kevin Swanson of Generations with Vision recently interviewed me about single parent homeschooling for his radio program. You can listen to the interview here:

The first segment of the interview is Kevin talking about homeschooling in general, then I join him after the break.

Feel free to spread the word to your single-parent homeschooler friends!

Posted on March 15th, 2011, by Mary Jo

Gena Suarez, publisher of The Old Schoolhouse, posted this generous offer on Facebook:

“Mary Jo, if you know any single parents who are homeschooling please let them know that TOS Magazine offers free print subscriptions to them. Not a dime to them – totally free. TOS wants to support them. To us it’s amazing that they are trusting the LORD to help them in this noble calling to keep their kids home where they belong. And goodness, what a challenge that is to a single parent family.”

Just e-mail Gena at to request your subscription.

Thanks so much, Gena and everyone at TOS!

Posted on March 15th, 2011, by Mary Jo

I’ll be speaking at the Schoolhouse Expo on March 15 at 7:00 p.m. Central. I’ll share my best strategies for balancing family life, homeschool, and home business. Hope you’ll join us!

Posted on March 14th, 2011, by Mary Jo

HSLDA’s Court Report (Jan./Feb. 2011) has a long, excellent cover story about single-parent homeschooling.

I knew that there were a lot of us, but I had no idea there were 20,000 homeschooling single parents!

Read the article here.

And a warm welcome to new readers who found this blog through the resource box in the story!

Mary Jo

Posted on March 8th, 2011, by Mary Jo

Lee Binz, the Home Scholar, recently interviewed me for her excellent blog post about single-parent homeschooling.

It includes a useful list of resources for single parents. Check it out!