|Tammy Laird is a home schooling
mother of four, Home School Planner and
owner of Home School Rx, a store and training
center near Harrisburg. Tammy's specialty is to
help parents create customized learning programs
that maximize each studentís interests,
abilities, and learning style, meeting long-term
goals for graduation and college/career while
fitting with the familyís lifestyle and budget.
Tammy is available by appointment, and also shares
her wisdom and experiences at her seminars and
Tammy's Four Steps of Home Schooling
| Eleven years ago, Tammy
left her career in insurance to home school her
children. With a love for learning and researching, she
started a quest to perfect her
home schooling techniques. She began reading and collecting
home school how-to books from the most popular to the
obscure... teaching reading, childhood development,
high schooling, family dynamics, learning styles and
In 2000, partly as a means to socialize with the
home school community, combined with a desire to spread the word about the benefits and
dispel the myths of
home schooling, and partly as a means of gaining exposure to various
curricula, she started Homes School Resource Exchange in
Lemoyne, Pennsylvania. This store and meeting place became popular with area
home schoolers as a place to buy and sell used books and exchange resources.
Soon she added new books so she could get things for customers that she did not have in stock as used.
This caused a need for a bigger store, and in
seven months from opening, she moved to her current location
(also in Lemoyne) with room for classes as well as the books.
This experience profoundly expanded Tammyís knowledge.
Not only in terms of knowing about all types of
curricula, with the thousands of products in the store, but also in the feedback from
her customers as to what worked in different situations.
People began asking for her advice and often she would spend hours speaking with a family.
She would show people how to get started, how to plan their year, how to select curriculum, how to plan for
high school, and stay accountable. She found
herself often coaching parents throughout the year
on motivation and their teaching methods. In the end she would show them that they did not need to buy as much as they thought.
Of course that made it hard to pay the expenses of the store.
This led her to the revelation that it is not about the books.
Itís about the method. She changed her business model from book centric to giving people what they really wanted, her accumulated knowledge from all these experiences.
She began offering
consultation appointments to help parents most effectively set up, plan and carryout their
children's education at home. She also offers coaching services
throughout the year on motivating your child,
staying on track with your goals, and home
schooling special needs and gifted children.
If you feel you would benefit from a personal appointment with
Tammy, she invites your call at 717-612-1516 any time.
She is available for emergencies. Please leave a message after
hours; calls are returned promptly.