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Homeschooling for the Rest of Us: How Your One-of-a-Kind Family Can Make Homeschooling and Real Life Work Paperback – January 1, 2010


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 176 pages
  • Publisher: Bethany House Publishers (January 1, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0764207393
  • ISBN-13: 978-0764207396
  • Product Dimensions: 8.3 x 5.5 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (48 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #637,519 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From the Back Cover

Overwhelmed?
Wonder how others do it all?
Not sure you're cut out for homeschooling?

It's time to break a myth: Homeschooling families aren't perfect. In fact, real-life families like yours can be--and are--successful homeschoolers! That's the life message of Sonya Haskins, who is dedicated to helping everyday families meet the challenges of home education and enjoy its countless benefits.

In this practical, encouraging guide, Haskins shares tried and true ideas for how to:

Discover a realistic vision of homeschooling for your family
Help your child get excited about learning
Find a routine that fits your goals and lifestyle
Nurture a biblical worldview in your child's heart and mind
And much more

Whether you are already homeschooling or just considering it, this book offers the support, answers, and flexible strategies to help you succeed.

About the Author

Sonya Haskins is a veteran homeschooling mom of five children and an active homeschooling consultant and advocate. She is the author of several books, including The Homeschooler's Book of Lists, and her articles have appeared in Homeschooling Today, Educational Dealer, and other magazines. She lives in the Tri Cities region of northeastern Tennessee with her husband, Chris, and their children.

More About the Author

For most of my childhood I was raised in Soddy-Daisy, Tennessee and when I was 17 I moved to Bristol, Tennessee to attend King College. This is where I met my husband and we wed in 1994. Our first child, Sarah, was born in 1996 and later I had Micah, Christopher, Daniel and Hannah. I am grateful for the opportunity to teach them at home and it amazes me how much I learn in the process as well. Homeschooling is a wonderful option for any family and I love sharing homeschool information with others.

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I received a free copy of this book from Bethany House Publishers to review.
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This book offers practical advice and options as to the "how" and gives a homeschooling family various resources to utilize in developing their own homeschool setting.
Ashley Pichea
Sonya Haskins explodes the myth of the perfect homeschool family in her book, Homeschooling for the Rest of Us.
Cynthia E. Downes

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56 of 56 people found the following review helpful By ~Mary on February 13, 2010
Format: Paperback
I recently recommended Homeschooling For the Rest of Us by Sonya Haskins after skimming over the media release and reviews. I thought it was a great resource for homeschooling families. Since then, I have read the book and can offer my thoughts and a review. They begin with the word Excellent!

When we first started homeschooling 4 years ago, I didn't realize it then, but we had a long road ahead of us. Along the way, we have tried several curriculums, many schedules, and I have dealt with (in some cases unsuccessfully) concerns regarding our decision. In my quest to find answers, I've read alot. (That doesn't surprise you, though, right?) I've learned so many different ways to teach, curriculums that work and don't work, classroom sizes and types and how far to go in decorating-but to tell you the truth, I never read a book that addressed the heart of the matter.

The more answers I got regarding curriculum and other aspects, the further I felt from getting the most crucial answers. As in, am I doing enough? What about the pressure I put on myself and pressure from extended family members that just don't support our decision? What can I do if my child falls behind? What does my schedule look like compared to others? What is a reasonable time to spend on each subject a week? Those were the questions that kept me awake at night, staring at the ceiling.

Chapters titled Pressure, Perfection and Progress, and Nurturing Your Childs Heart jumped out at me right away. But then I see Developing Positive Relationships that points out young children need to learn to obey, how to interact in relationships and be read to more than they need a strong academic schedule. That totally made sense!
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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Cynthia E. Downes VINE VOICE on February 6, 2010
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So many homeschool books picture the homeschool family with all the kids going to Harvard, kids that are polite and spiritual giants, and homes that are spotless. Sonya Haskins explodes the myth of the perfect homeschool family in her book, Homeschooling for the Rest of Us.

In the 30+ years I've been involved in homeschooling, the perfect homeschool family is MOST unusual. Instead, just like traditional schools, there are good days and bad days. Some of our kids turn out to be auto mechanics; others become college professors. Some of our kids live to please their parents and others keep us on our knees. And most of our houses are far from spotless!

Haskins' book gives a realistic picture of the typical homeschool from academics to housekeeping and from socialization to budgets. She shows you how you can succeed in homeschooling and not be picture perfect. She shows you how to focus on relationships with God, family and others in the community. She explains the variety of routines that homeschoolers have and how you can find one that works for you. She clarifies how to choose extracurricular activities and academics based on your child's individual gifts and goals. Most of all, she helps you relax so you can homeschool your family knowing this is what God called you to do. It's not your job to be perfect, just obedient.

5 STARS for a book we can read and be encouraged to do what God called us to do! Thanks, Sonya.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on January 7, 2010
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Homeschooling for the Rest of Us is a wonderful book! I have really enjoyed all of the information! We've been homeschooling for 3 years and I would have loved to have had this book when we were first starting out. I like how the author gives information for questions on topics that beginners would ask, but it is approached in a fresh way that doesn't make you feel as if you're reading the same old info.

However, even homeschooling for as long as we have, I still have found the book full of wonderful advice and suggestions that can help me to improve our schooling experience. Beyond that, it is very encouraging! It seems as if Haskins is speaking directly to the concerns and problems that we (and I am sure most other homeschooling families) are facing each day.

I also love the length of the book. It is packed full of information but it is not overwhelming. It was easy to find time to read the book, unlike some homeschool books that are so long that I have had to skim through their content.
A definite 5 stars!
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Linda Wightman on March 8, 2010
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Sonya Haskins is a calm and reasonable voice speaking to the homeschooler -- and potential homeschooler -- who is overwhelmed and intimidated by the image of the "perfect" homeschooling experience: "Matching outfits, polite toddlers, award-winning students, fifteen-passenger vans, and family Web sites." (Raymond and Dorothy Moore did the same thing in the 1980s with Home School Burnout, which was updated and revised in the 1990s as The Successful Homeschool Family Handbook.) There's a lot of hype, confusion, and contradictory information out there, and Haskins' practical, back-to-basics approach and helpful suggestions will reassure timid beginners that they can, indeed, safely navigate the homeschooling waters.

It's a pity, then, that she "narrowcasts" her message to a small branch of Christian homeschoolers. Most of her suggestions are excellent and appropriate for anyone, but the evangelistic message and the assumptions of a young-earth Creationism are bound to make the general audience uneasy about the rest of the book. If its focus were broadened, this could become a classic introduction to homeschooling. But perhaps the author (or publisher) is not looking for "classic": the annoying sidebars and references to websites give it the feel of a magazine or "disposable book." As I said, a pity, because there's much good here.

A book of under 200 pages cannot hope to be both broad and detailed; Haskins elects for broad -- one reason why it's good introductory material -- but still manages to provide helpful lists and examples.
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