I think this novel will get a "Yes Ma'am!" fist pump from about every homeschool mom out there. Don't tell me you can't pick up this book and not relate to the story just a *little* bit.
It's the quirky kind of tell-all story that will give the non-homeschooler a peeping-tom view of that first few years of "experimentation" into the concept called homeschooling. And to those who have walked (and ARE walking) the path called home education just might send the author hate mail at telling their families secrets. Trust me, we already know them! ;-)
As a homeschool graduate of all twelve years, there is no place I would have rather spent my education, but as also the first child of my parents, I can completely relate to many of the things that had to be tried and retried within the course of the novel. I had to laugh at some parts!
It's the kind of novel that doesn't have a lot of plot depth, but definitely the kind of read a worn out mom can enjoy at the end of the day and feel instant encouragement that she is so not the only one.
It's a cute read, quick and funny and more than just a dash of real life.
This review is my honest opinion. Thanks to the author for my copy to review.
Author Charity Hawkins sent me a copy of her book, The Homeschool Experiment for review.
A delightful novel for moms set in the hilarious, hard, and beautiful world of homeschooling. It's the perfect first book for those just starting out on their homeschooling journey, or beginning to consider the idea, and it's a reminder to the veteran homeschooler that you're not alone. It's sort of like living in the house of a homeschool family for a year. You see the daily challenges, but also the rewards. With refreshing humor and honesty, Hawkins offers moms encouragement in their noble work at home, a chance to laugh at the moments only a mom would understand, and a reminder to cherish those gifts right under their roofs- those wild, irrational, precious people-their own children. Though the book deals with homeschooling, it also addresses the larger question, "What happens when you feel called to do something that seems entirely too big for you?" Between laughs, don't be surprised when you pick up ideas that will simplify your own homeschooling plan. So, come join Julianne and her co-op friends as they navigate through a hard but humorous year of diapers, dinners, husbands, meltdowns, and math lessons. And that's just September.
The Homeschool Experiment had my attention immediately. For one, the main character is Julianne and that's my real name, minus the -e. I also homeschooled kindergarten for my oldest and the challenges in the book are so real. There are humorous moments and realistic ones that will not only affirm homeschool moms, but hopefully open eyes to those who have judged moms who choose to homeschool.Read more ›
The Homeschool Experiment is such a satisfying, fast read with a lot of insight that stays with you. While I'm sure it really resonates with homeschooling parents, it's a great read as a novel and a standout piece of fiction in general-- even if you have nothing to do with the homeschooling world. For anyone who thinks about education, parenting of small children, choices, and where their values should take them, this is a really spot-on, thought-provoking book. It's also vibrant and funny!
Charity Hawkins is a beautiful writer, and this debut novel reads like the prose of a seasoned literary pro who never misses a beat. She's hit upon a really engaging situation, a unique world which provides rich ground for true family drama and the carving out of identity as a (smart and spiritual) woman. The plot is also full of the colorful, unpredictable variables of any good experiment!
Whether you are looking at the homeschooling world and the dynamic, thoughtful people in it from inside or from the outside, this is really an illuminating must-read. The Homeschool Experiment is the kind of book you put down at the end and can't believe it wasn't out there in the market all along-- it feels like a cultural jigsaw piece you'd always been missing, though you didn't quite know what you were missing until you read this and thought, "Yes, that!" Hawkins gives voice to timely questions you'd been trying to put your finger on.
This is such a pleasant read! I giggled out loud while catching practical tips, grounded Truth, and encouragement. Hawkins speaks of her own challenges, struggles, doubts and inadequacies making me feel both not alone in the world. I put this down inspired to find a way to overcome my own hiccups and fully enjoy these beautiful blessings I have been entrusted. I'm so glad I picked this up!!