26 of 28 people found the following review helpful
on May 11, 2007
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. At the end of each chapter you are prompted to stop, think, and reflect. There are Scripture references to look up, questions to discuss, practical exercises to reinforce what you just read, and thoughts to ponder. Don't just skip over these parts but take the opportunity to apply what you learn in each chapter to your own personal circumstances.
Upon reading this book, it was amazing to discover how like-minded the author and I are. Although we don't know each other and I had never read any of her works before, I was delighted to realize that Marilyn and I are kindred spirits who offer much of the same advice on home organization. She even intersperses inspirational quotations and Bible verses throughout the text just as I like to do. In fact, some of the quotes that she uses - and many similar ones - can be found in my book, "Learning for Life: Educational Words of Wisdom."
"Homeschooling at the Speed of Life" offers encouragement and practical advice for creating the peaceful and relaxed home that you long for. More importantly, it tells how to make wise use of the time that God has given you, so that you can enjoy being with your family without being preoccupied with things. Reading this book will have a calming effect on even the most harried homemaker. While de-cluttering your home with the help of this book, you can de-clutter your mind at the same time.
"Homeschooling at the Speed of Life" also includes a CD-ROM, which in itself is worth the price! The bonus disc contains the author's File-a-Plan organizing system with 32 useful forms. Choose which forms apply to your household and/or homeschool from titles such as: Attendance Record, Clean Room Chart, Daily Works, Grade/Goal Report, Health Record, High School Plan, High School Transcript, Individual Evaluation, Master Household Routine, Menu Minder, Standardized Achievement Test Record, Student Assignments, Study Plan, Subject or Unit Worksheet, Weakness/Strength Evaluation, Weekly Lesson Planner, etc. These will assist busy homeschool moms in keeping up with activities and records.
Some people need more help than others, but anyone can improve upon the organization of their homes and lives. "Homeschooling at the Speed of Life" has something for everyone, regardless of where you are in your homeschool journey. And no matter how organized you are, you are bound to gain some valuable insights from this book. "Homeschooling at the Speed of Life" would be an especially great gift for a new homeschool mom on how to run an organized homeschooling household. Even non-homeschoolers will be able to benefit from much of the advice in this book!
~Teri Ann Berg Olsen
Author of "Learning for Life: Educational Words of Wisdom"
18 of 19 people found the following review helpful
on April 18, 2007
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!
16 of 17 people found the following review helpful
on March 16, 2008
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
11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
on October 15, 2007
"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!
9 of 11 people found the following review helpful
on May 31, 2007
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 Previews.com
6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
on May 30, 2008
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. My husband enjoyed our life of being organized. Then God called us to homeschool and have a large family. Now, I am a mom of 6, and I homeschool, and I have a business. That's a lot to organize. I do a good job in some ares of our lives, such as paying bills on time. But organizing school-related stuff, I am not as good at keeping things in order. "Homeschooling at the speed of life" has helped me figure out where to start organizing, and it is written in an uncomplicated manner. Thank you, Marilyn, for a great book full of your wisdom. You are a Titus 2 woman to many. The CD-ROM at the end of the book is such a great resource.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on June 9, 2007
In "Home Schooling At The Speed Of Life", Marilyn Rockett draws upon her experiences homeschooling three of her four sons over the course of fifteen years (plus six grandchildren who are all homeschooled) to create an instruction manual for fathers and mothers seeking to homeschool their sons and daughters and needing to balance the demands of the home, schooling, and family life in the contemporary world at large. Enhanced with an accompanying CD-ROM starts with some cogent remarks on 'Getting Started' and then proceeds with chapters covering everything from getting organized, to home management, to record-keeping, to so much more that is practical and applicable to the needs and necessities of homeschooling. With the inclusion of four appendices on Resources; File-a-Plan Category List; File-a-Plan Archive Category List; and File-a-Plan From List: Description, "Home Schooling At The Speed Of Life" concludes with a list of available seminars and workshops of particular interest to dedicated homeschooling parents. Anyone considering, or already engaged in, homeschooling their children will want to give Marilyn Rockett's "Home Schooling At The Speed Of Life" a careful reading. It will prove to be an invaluable reference and very useful resource.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on January 23, 2010
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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 filing system, it still gives many things for a person to consider. Great for just getting started. Would recommend!
7 of 9 people found the following review helpful
on March 14, 2007
"Homeschooling at the Speed of Life: Balancing Home, School, and Family in the Real World" is a mouthful...and what author Marilyn Rockett offers is a heart-ful. Not just another book on "get your act together" ... not a mom-basher ... not even only a "how to" book on homeschooling or housework. Rather, Rockett's book is a friendly, veteran mom coming-alongside you, patiently and gently reminding us of the most important aspects of our assignment as homeschooling mothers: family! This book is a great devotional, personal or group Bible study, or just plain common- sense reading for moms who are neck deep in balancing their jobs as wife, mother, teacher, nurse, cook, diplomat, referee, chauffer, ... Marilyn Rockett is a homeschooling mom's friend and advocate, and her advice in her first book is practical and do-able!
5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
on October 16, 2007
This is a great resource book! It is full of easy to follow baby steps to get your house and life organized. I love the section at the end of each chapter that Marilyn challenges the reader to answer reflective questions and meditate over Scriptures relating to each subject. I wish I had this book at the beginning of my homeschool career. Life would have been much easier! This book is great for new homeschooling mom and vetran homeschool moms as well.