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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 verteran 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.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 260 pages
  • Publisher: Familyman Ministries (2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1937639061
  • ISBN-13: 978-1937639068
  • Product Dimensions: 8.4 x 5.8 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (51 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #420,850 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Julie Arduini on March 29, 2012
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Looking for a Spring break read?

I have one to recommend.

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.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By JMace on March 11, 2012
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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.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Lavish Bookshelf on May 7, 2012
Format: Paperback
The Homeschool Experiment by Charity Hawkins is a fictional novel about homeschooling written by a homeschooling mom. Finally, a novel for homeschooling moms!

The Homeschool Experiment follows mom Julianne and her family as they go about preparing, planning and living through their first homeschooling year. Lead character Julianne Miller may not know all the answers, but with perseverance and some blessings from God she forges ahead through all of the ups and downs of her first year as a homeschooling mom.

This book truly is laugh-out-loud funny, especially if you have been homeschooling for a while. As a veteran homeschooling mom, I could certainly relate to Julianne and her family. Like Julianne, when my family started homeschooling I truly tried to do school at home, including the maps on the wall, a reading corner and a school day scheduled down to the minute. And, like Julianne, I failed miserably that first day. Thankfully my family survived the second day and we are still homeschooling today, just like the family in The Homeschool Experiment.

The Homeschool Experiment is a fun book that was a quick read that would actually be a great book to read even if you aren't a homeschooler. The characters are well-defined and honest. Very honest. From the three kids to a supportive husband to the not-so-supportive in-laws, the characters in this book just will probably seem very real to fellow homeschooling moms. This book travels the gamut of homeschooling and having kids home 24/7, with plot twists that vary from too many visits to the McDonald's drive-through to the academic successes that begin to bloom in the Miller home.

Homeschool moms everywhere should be encouraged as they read The Homeschool Experiment.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By michele on April 4, 2012
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If I didn't know any better I'd say author, Charity Hawkins, was peeking in my windows and following me around. How does she know so much about my life?! I can so relate to Julianne Miller in this story. We have a similar situation in our household with an older son, 4 yr old child, and a younger one. Daniel reminded me so much of my son.
Jules, with the encouragement from her husband, decides she is going to homeschool her children. She wonders if this is the right thing to do for her children. She goes through the whole "which curriculum do I buy?" thing which hit close to home. I got opinions from everyone about what they liked best. I ended up getting books from a few different curriculums.
She made a schedule, she fixed the classroom up very nicely, and she had everything ready to start school. Great plans and ideas were thought out. Then school starts....yes, been there and done that! Things don't work out as great as they did in her head. After a few months she starts wondering if maybe she wasn't cut out to homeschool. HELLO!!! Doesn't every homeschooling mom have these thoughts at least once during this period?! I know I did a few times. Like Julianne, I thought we would get so far behind and my son wasn't going to be as smart as all the kids his age that go to a regular school. I still struggle sometimes, but thank God for His peace!
We started off our school year with a schedule and a couple months into it we had a whole new way of keeping track of our work and the ways it got done. It turned from "this is what we are going to do every day" to "this is what we got done today."
One of my favorite paragraphs in the book, "Homeschooling is a lot like my garden. It's messy. My method seems haphazard. I am learning as I go.
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