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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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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.
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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!Read more ›
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.
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!
Haskins says that there is no right or wrong way to home school (as long as education is taking place and the children are loved and cared for). And while a strict schedule with a set curriculum works well for some, the author prefers a more relaxed style of teaching:
"We refer to our approach as `relaxed schooling,' where parents are considered the guides, but the child's interests, desires, and abilities are always taken into consideration."
Some aspects of Haskin's approach are too relaxed for me, but the point she makes is an important one: each family should find what works best for them.
This short, easy to read book is full of practical and useful advice. Haskins gives real examples of home school schedules, advice on how to deal with a (very) messy house, how to help your children develop social skills, and how to home school on a tight budget. These are just a few of the helpful topics.
The book also has a lot of good, general parenting advice. Any parent, even those not considering home schooling, will find something useful. Though I disagree with the author on a few minor points, I both enjoyed and learned from Homeschooling for the Rest of Us, and I don't hesitate to recommend it.
I received a review copy of this book from Bethany House.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This book had some good, practical information. I found it to be a bit too Christian-focused, although Haskins tries to tone it down and mention that the lifestyle could work for... Read morePublished 9 months ago by Geeky Mama
I really enjoyed this book and the practical, helpful advice. It is easy to read and has a lot of good information and encouragement for Homeschoolers. Read morePublished 18 months ago by kchae7
I sped read through this book in one day. I'm a firm believer in the saying, "different strokes for different folks," and my two star review is not because of the religious aspect... Read morePublished on March 3, 2013 by Elaine Ursua
This book offers encouragement without trying to make you fit in any particular 'box'. I enjoyed it! The tips on finding your family's best way are helpfulPublished on January 8, 2013 by Amazon Customer
I really wish I had been able to read this book way back when we started homeschooling! That very first year I bought the best packaged curriculum on the market and scheduled our... Read morePublished on October 26, 2011 by Lavish Bookshelf
With all the rave reviews of this book, I really expected to love it! But, I don't. I found that there were a lot of things I disagreed with the author about. Read morePublished on August 4, 2011 by Anne from Baltimore
In the United States, the quality of our educational system has be compromised. We have government run schools that educates our children with an agenda and beliefs that are often... Read morePublished on June 2, 2011 by Amazon Customer
I wish it could have had more detailed information. Overall good read, but I went through it to quickly. I was surprised with its size.Published on December 3, 2010 by Harold
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