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Homeschooling at the Speed of Life: Balancing Home, School, and Family in the Real World Paperback – April 1, 2007

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 192 pages
  • Publisher: B&H Books; PAP/CDR edition (April 1, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0805444858
  • ISBN-13: 978-0805444858
  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 0.4 x 11 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (33 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,161,975 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Hello Readers! I'm a "graduated" homeschool mom of fifteen years (1981-1996) with four grown sons and six home taught grandchildren. I love helping you bring order out of chaos as you balance home, school, and family. I've been speaking to homeschool groups and contributing artices to homeschool magazines and books for twenty years. I've been where you are! I invite you to visit my website for helpful information. Hope you enjoy my latest book and accompanying CD!

Sign up for a free newsletter on my website and watch for a Yahoo discussion group, chapter by chapter, of my book coming soon. Invite your friends to join us!

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26 of 28 people found the following review helpful By Teri Ann Berg Olsen on May 11, 2007
Format: Paperback
If you are a wife, mother, and home educator struggling to balance home, school, and family, this is the perfect book for you! Much more than a home organization handbook, "Homeschooling at the Speed of Life" could also be titled "Home Management for Real Life," because it is a complete guide to hospitable homemaking as well. The author, Marilyn Rockett, is like a homeschool version of Martha Stewart! However, she does not expect you to achieve a perfect magazine-quality home but to simply attain what is described as "functional neatness."

While "Homeschooling at the Speed of Life" is totally in tune with today's fast-paced lifestyle and modern households, this book shows that you don't have to be "Supermom" or "Mrs. Incredible" either! It is written in a friendly, gentle manner by a mentor mom who has "been there, done that" - thus reassuring readers that even though we're only human, we can still keep our lives organized without being a slave to our possessions.

"Homeschooling at the Speed of Life" provides an introduction to basic home management principles, common sense suggestions for clutter control and tackling those piles of papers, creative ideas for developing life skills in your children, encouraging ways to build relationships by using the home as a center for hospitality, and practical tips on how to keep organized records. Each of these diverse topics ties in to the theme of bringing order to your home while increasing productivity and decreasing stress.

"Homeschooling at the Speed of Life" is unique among organizational books in that it is Biblically-based and can be used as a devotional or Bible study. This could ideally be done with a group of friends who support each other's attempts to get their respective homes in order.
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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful By murphygm226 on April 18, 2007
Format: Paperback
When I heard that Marilyn's book was to be released in April, I came to Amazon immediately and ordered 3 of them. One for myself and one for each of my daughters. Although I am also a "graduated" home educator, my oldest daughter is homeschooling my 4 grandchildren and my youngest and her fiance' are also convicted to homeschool their future children.

When I received the books, I was delighted to see that not only is this a great book to get homeschoolers on the path to organizing their homes, but it is an ideal resource to help teach our young women how to run an organized homeschooling household.

I used Marilyn's "Timeminder" for years while I was teaching my children, but I am happy to see this updated system with forms on the included CD. I like the convenience of being able to use them on my computer or print them out to put in a notebook.

This book, with Marilyn's other resources available on her website, will show you how to change stressful chaos into an orderly environment and help you to relax as you teach your children at home.

It's also an excellent resource for Grandparents of homeschooled grandchildren, by the way!
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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful By One Cent Coin on March 16, 2008
Format: Paperback
One of the most practical books I've read in a long, long time! People mistakenly believe that the hardest part of homeschooling is the actual teaching time. To the contrary, I would love to just teach and then hire a maid, cook, and laundress! Squeezing it ALL into just 24 hours is what is most difficult for any mom.

Marilyn's book is different from other household management books I've read. Most of those books assume that your primary goal is keeping an efficient, orderly, immaculate home. As you keep your home clean, you somehow squeeze in your other motherly, wifely tasks. Marilyn reverses the priorities. Your responsibilites to your husband and children come first. But by maintaining an orderly home environment you can do a better job of ministering to and with them. There's no major guilt trip here to make your home ready at any moment in time for the inspectors from a Beautiful Home contest. Rather there is encouragement and lots of practical tips to help you become better organized to fulfill the specific roles God has called you to in this season of your life.

Marilyn writes in an easy-to-read, humorous manner. Reading it is like sitting down for a chat with a loving friend who has walked this path before you and wants to help you along the way.

Penny in CA
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Dawn Pittman on October 15, 2007
Format: Paperback
"Homeschooling at the Speed of Life" is a wonderful resource, even for women who considers themselves to be organized! I learned many new tips that were very simple to implement in my home.

This is one of the few books available that offers a home schooling mom guidance in how to successfully run her home AND her "school".

I have purchased many books about organizing, and this is one of the few that was well worth the money!
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Christian Book Previews on May 31, 2007
Format: Paperback
Homeschoolers, be on the lookout for this wonderful new book! Homeschooling at the Speed of Life is full of great advice and easy-to-follow guidance for the tricky business of balancing home, school, and family life in today's fast-paced world. The oversized softcover book was written by Marilyn Rockett, once managing editor and writer for Homeschooling Today magazine.

Besides home educating three of her four sons, the author has worked with Home School Legal Defense and Jeff Myer's Passing the Baton events. Rockett also leads her own Minding Your Time seminars. The book is well organized into ten chapters, full of useful advice on home management, setting priorities, record keeping, de-cluttering your home, organization skills, along with encouragement for the journey.

The text is spiced with great quotations and choice Scripture references, and illustrated with simple black and white line drawings. As a bonus, the book comes with a CD containing Rockett's File-a-Plan system. This system includes forms for recording information on attendance, curriculum, grades, household organization, lesson plans, library books, health records, portfolios, projects, transcripts, portfolios, field trips, and career planning.

I would recommend this book as resource to any homeschool mom; it would make an especially helpful gift for a new homeschool family. Homeschooling at the Speed of Life is a great tool for either getting started or catching up! - Elece Hollis, Christian Book
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