Home Schooling When A Single Parent

“Home Is Where the Heart Is for High School” by Valerie Steimle
Back cover blurb:
High school is often the most intimidating aspect of homeschooling.  Most parents don’t know anything about preparing transcripts for college and the unknown is scary. Home Is Where the Learning Is for High School helps parents learn the necessary classes to graduate for college, or trade school as well as information on how to write high school transcripts, how to plan and execute a graduation, transitioning from public school and more. 
Valerie J. Steimle has been a family advocate for over twenty-five years writing for newspapers and blogs in support of family unity. She has been a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter day Saints since 1969 and graduated from Ricks College (now Brigham Young University- Idaho campus) in 1979. She attended Brigham Young University in Provo from 1979 to 1982 studying special education and which is also where she met and married Robert Steimle.  They had nine children together and started homeschooling in 1990 while they were living in San Diego.

Though she grew up in New Jersey, she found southern Alabama to her liking and convinced her husband to move there. After 25 years of marriage, her husband passed away suddenly which left her to raise her youngest five children on her own until she met James Foy two years later.  They happily reside in southern Alabama.          
While raising her children, Valerie felt compelled to write about the family and started with a newspaper column in the local paper. She then published her first book, called Home Is Where The Heart Is, which is a collection of those articles.
Her next book, Home Is Where The Learning Is: Homeschool Lifestyles from Homeschool Moms, includes seven other homeschool moms contributing their story in understanding the lifestyle of a homeschool family.  
 Her third book is Of One Heart: Being Single in the LDS World which was written to help all those single and belonging to The Church of Jesus Christ Of Latter-day Saints.  Her next publication was Blogs, Dogs and Hobbits: Writings from a Widow’s Perspective, a collection of 60 articles on family life.  After that Thoughts from the Heart was published in 2012 from her latest newspaper column that ran 3 years. Mrs. Steimle has over 300 articles posted all over the internet of various topics. Her favorite topic to write about is homeschooling.
Besides writing and reading, Valerie loves to spend time with her family, volunteer in her local LDS ward, watches movies, embroiders, and gardens.
You can find her website and blog here:
Visit my website http://www.strengthenyourhome.com 
A look at strengthening the American Family
Check out my blog- Blessings of Family Life:  http://valeriesteimle.blogspot.com/
Home Schooling When A Single Parent
Educating children at home with two parents is a very big challenge in itself.  Educating children at home as a single parent is even more difficult. Homeschooling has grown tremendously over the past 10 years and there are many single parents who know in their heart that they need to teach their children themselves.  I know because I was widowed at 46 with five children still at home and my late husband and I were home schooling all of them.  Granted, two were teenagers but continuing on in the goal of educating my own children became even more overwhelming. There is a growing group of single parents who want to educate their children at home so resources for single parents are more readily available now.  Here are a few tips:
Take Time Off From Participating in School
Use a Support Group
Consider Other Options
Take Leisure Time
My Review for Home Is Where The Learning Is, for High School:
5 stars

The author tells her experience of how she managed the death of her husband and the task of teaching five kids at home. Life as a single parent is hard and if you consider home schooling your children it becomes even harder. Valerie will walk you through it and you won’t feel alone any more.

Home is Where the Heart Is for High School is a great source of information and ideas on how to easily transition your kids into or out of regular school. You will find all the information you need to make a educated decision between regular school or home school and what would be best for your child’s education or your youngster’s needs for college.

In Home is Where the Heart Is for High School, you will find insights like: Home Schooling When A Single Parent, Take Time Off From Participating in School, Use a Support Group, Consider Other Options, Take Leisure Time. In other words don’t burn out, have fun, and be flexible.

Valerie, did a great job with this self-help book.

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