Practical Homeschooling for Real-World Families

Practical HomeschoolingHooray! Finally, after years of living only in my head, my very first e-book is complete and officially releases on Monday. It’s called Practical Homeschooling for Real-World Families and is chock full of my best tips for doable homeschooling (translate: ideas that won’t make mom nutty trying to do them).

I think every mom benefits when she has at least a little time for things she enjoys doing.  But to find that time, we need to work smart at homeschooling–otherwise it can very easily take up the whole day.  And that’s not good for parents or kids.

It can be tricky to find the right balance– the place where you’re getting enough school done to keep everyone moving forward, but not so obsessed with homeschool perfection that nobody’s happy.  A huge goal of this book is to help you find that happy place for your family.

What’s in the book?

In Practical Homeschooling, I’ll talk you through selecting curriculum that works for you and share my favorites, including lots of ideas that don’t cost a penny. You’ll learn about homeschooling short-cuts, games for little ones, tips for teaching essay-writing, ways to encourage resistant learners, and even how to create a high school transcript.  And along the way, you’ll hear more of my family’s homeschooling story.

What if my kids are in school?

This book also contains tips useful for non-homeschooling families.  There are homework helps, ideas for choosing books to suit your kids’ reading level, and lots of tips easily applicable to summer enrichment.

Here’s the link for pre-ordering.  Order between now and Monday, and you’ll get a special sale price.  So grab it now!

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P.S.– Here’s a special deal just for my readers. 

Order this week and share about it on social media, and I will send you a sample transcript — just like the one I’ve prepared for my five kids who’ve already graduated.  You can fill it in (and modify it) to use for your own children during the high school years.  To get the freebie, email me at, put transcript in the subject line, and tell me where you shared about the book.  I will get that sample headed your way!




  1. Hi Mary! This is the perfect day for me to read this. Congratulations!!! All of our children are doing well academically in their school. Two of them are also doing well emotionally during school hours and weeks. We’ve been considering bringing our other child home to teach him because we really think he would flourish. But, he’s in an exceptional public school and I was nervous about giving his seat up. Two hours ago, I had a conversation with the school that resulted in tears. Perfect timing! [Oh, and I just placed my order.]

  2. Congratulations! We are long time homeschoolers, but I love encouragement and fresh ideas and reading about what works for other families. Looking forward to it!

  3. Melissa Bowers says:

    I have pre-ordered the e-book and am really looking forward to reading it.

    Do you talk at all about teaching science? That is my biggest homeschooling struggle. I never can figure out how to fit it (along with science experiments–ugh!) into the day.

  4. Wow Mary!! This is awesome, congratulations!

  5. I can’t wait. I have read and re-read your advice here and have benefited greatly. I look forward to new ideas and new encouragement. Thanks for taking the time to share your hard won wisdom.

  6. So glad you posted there is takeaways for non-homeschooling families as well. Looking forward to reading this book!

  7. I’m so looking forward to this book! I’ve found A Sane Woman’s Guide to a Raising a Large Family to be an incredibly helpful resource and just read through it again as we are expecting baby six in May. It doesn’t look like this book available for preorder in Australia, but when it is, I will definitely purchase it! Congratulations!

  8. Umm Muhammad says:

    Hi Mary! I’m excited to order your book as I will be beginning my homeschooling journey with my daughter who starts first grade in the fall. I was wondering if you plan on having a printed real book version as well?

    • Hi! I am looking into a print on demand thing but haven’t figured it out yet! 🙂 I will try to remember to let you know if I get it set up.

      Thanks for writing!

  9. I just bought this book and I just really wanted to say thank you so much! We are in our second year homeschooling and your tips and advice are just so helpful I cannot express my gratitude enough. I live in North Carolina so I cannot give you a big hug unfortunately, so this thanks is the best I can do! This book is a huge blessing, buy it moms you will be glad you did!