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!

Posted on February 25th, 2011, by Mary Jo

I’ll be speaking at the March 15 preshow about balancing family life and home business.

Right now, you can buy your ticket to the live 2011 Schoolhouse Expo for $10 off the regular price! Purchase your ticket by February 27, and you’ll receive free gifts valued at over $275 for only $29!

In addition to the privilege of attending approximately 20 live, hour-long sessions, you will receive a one-year membership to the Homeschool Legal Advantage and a free will, valued at $65; 21 downloadable gifts worth more than $200; access to MP3 files of the sessions, for future reference; door prizes; access to a virtual vendor hall jam-packed with the market’s most outstanding vendors; and a whole lot of fun!

This special offer won’t last long! The sale price ends February 27 at 11:59 p.m. We’d love to have everyone there, but space at the Schoolhouse Expo is limited. Tickets for the live conference are available on a first come, first served basis—we only have a limited number of tickets. Our May 2010 conference sold out within a few weeks. We want you to join us, so make plans to pick up your ticket now!

Get all the details here!

Posted on October 5th, 2010, by Mary Jo

I was privileged to teach about writing and publishing for the Schoolhouse Expo today. I’m looking forward to hearing the other speakers, including keynote John Taylor Gatto on Friday night!

Registration for the week-long live event is still open (click on the image above), and it includes MP3 downloads of all session so that you can listen live or on your own schedule…or both!

I’ve just learned that I have 2 free tickets to give away. I wanted to offer them to my fellow single homeschooling moms first.

Please send me an e-mail using the “contact” button at the top of the page. The free tickets go to the first two who write to me.

Have a great week!

Mary Jo

Posted on September 20th, 2010, by Mary Jo

I really enjoyed this article by Julie Clark, a married mom of 3 with a full-time home-based job.

She talks about the importance of a support network, the benefits of a flexible schedule, having a flexible teaching style, using online resources, and maintaining an attitude of thankfulness.

Read the complete article here.

What are some of your best strategies for homeschooling while working full- or part-time?