Smoothing the Way began in 1999, as a monthly support group for those new to home schooling. Since then, it has experienced many changes in format, but the heart of Smoothing the Way remains mentoring parents who want to teach their children at home. Through teacher training material, convention counseling, and private consultation, our mission is to equip and encourage parents in the rewarding, but often daunting, task of home schooling.
Mary James is the mother of eight very different children. She began home schooling in 1989, when her oldest was 4 years old. Through many personal challenges, she remains committed to teaching her own children, and strives to encourage others in their journey. She especially loves helping parents to see the individual strengths and weaknesses of their children so they might make choices in teaching method and curricula that lead to success in home schooling.