- File Size: 1497 KB
- Print Length: 260 pages
- Publisher: Familyman Ministries (March 3, 2012)
- Publication Date: March 3, 2012
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B007GRI3WM
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #347,150 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
The Homeschool Experiment Kindle Edition
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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.
I loved the format, it's a month by month kind of journal style and it covers everything about homeschooling I can think of. Curriculum choices. Great goals, at least in your mind, dead on arrival. Because ultimately someone will be sick, have a tantrum, have the wrong supplies, etc...I especially liked the co-op moments. Personally, I dreaded those experiences because I was tired, overwhelmed, insecure, and just plain not in the mood to play nice.
Also covered are the family dynamics. Homeschooling is a family choice even though wives are typically the ones teaching. Everyone has something to say about it, and in Julianne's case, extended family members have plenty to say. But as the year goes on, it's not just the kids who are learning. Everyone gets schooled. :)
I highly recommend The Homeschool Experiment. It's funny, honest, and so relate able. You don't have to be a homeschooling family to enjoy this. In fact, I recommend it because I think it will help you appreciate these families and perhaps find a way to encourage them.
It's the quirky kind of tell-all story that will give the non-homeschooler a peeping-tom view of that first few years of "experimentation" into the concept called homeschooling. And to those who have walked (and ARE walking) the path called home education just might send the author hate mail at telling their families secrets. Trust me, we already know them! ;-)
As a homeschool graduate of all twelve years, there is no place I would have rather spent my education, but as also the first child of my parents, I can completely relate to many of the things that had to be tried and retried within the course of the novel. I had to laugh at some parts!
It's the kind of novel that doesn't have a lot of plot depth, but definitely the kind of read a worn out mom can enjoy at the end of the day and feel instant encouragement that she is so not the only one.
It's a cute read, quick and funny and more than just a dash of real life.
This review is my honest opinion. Thanks to the author for my copy to review.
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