- 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: #1,201,931 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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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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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.Read more ›
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!
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
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!
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 Previews.com
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I have not finished the book (I am half way through) but already can say this is a GREAT help!!! I am a Catholic mom who is struggling with a "first time" stay-at-home mom... Read morePublished on July 15, 2012 by Onedrop
OK first let me say I checked this book out from the library. I am very glad I didn't purchase it! What I thought I was getting was a book about organization for homeschoolers. Read morePublished on May 14, 2012 by Brenda Higdon and Rowan Williams
I just recieved this book and was disappointed to see that it is a christian text. Sometimes I can get around that to get to real point, but unfortunatly it seems like god is... Read morePublished on May 25, 2011 by Jen
This book has the potential to be a very useful resource but I was very put off by the constant referencing of creating a "godly environment" for my homeschooled children. Read morePublished on September 25, 2010 by Marnell Mitchell
I am new this year to homeschooling and received a lot of help and ideas from this book. I have used several of the ideas on organization and even if you choose not to use her... Read morePublished on January 22, 2010 by J. Wood
The previous positive reviews say it all! I've been reading and reading book after book about getting organized AND homeschooling - this was terrific...practical and simple... Read morePublished on October 11, 2009 by Amazon Customer
This book has great ideas on how to organize yourself and your homeschooling in a God-centered way. The CD-ROM is also very helpful; it includes forms and ideas on how to organize... Read morePublished on October 12, 2008 by Mel Bissoon
Once upon a time, I was a young mother with two children, and I was so organized in my life. I had a schedule, and I had children who thrived on a schedule. Read morePublished on May 29, 2008 by T. Fox