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Looking Backward: My Twenty-Five Years as a Homeschooling Mother Paperback – February 16, 2011
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"An instant homeschool classic. Most highly recommended." Mary Pride, Practical Homeschooling, Issue 100
"an enjoyable, inspiring read..I would recommend it to other homeschool moms." Tiffany Orthman, Home Educating Family. homeschoolconvention.com/reviews
About the Author
Joyce is author of The Warrior, which has been downloaded over 100,000 times on Kindle, and co-author of five novels, including The Fourth Kingdom, which was selected as a top four finalist in the Christianity Today 2011fiction of the year awards, two children's books (The McAloon series) and a collection of holiday stories (The Holiday Collection). She was a popular columnist for Practical Homeschooling for nearly a decade, and she has retold her own story of homeschooling her ten children in Looking Backward: My Twenty-Five Years as a Homeschooling Mother.
She is also author of the young adult series, N. Book Two of the series, N: The Shadow of the Cross was published in the fall of 2016.
Joyce and her husband of over 50 years, John, live in the Dallas-Fort Worth area.
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However, the book had some information worth reading about how she managed preschoolers during the school day. Also reading that someone was run over by a car and survived without a limp is inspirational (though I wish the story had been told a bit better.) It also has an interesting outlook on chores.
All in all this writer is a homeschool Veteran who helped pave the way for homeschooling to be what it is today, but I don't think she can relate well to how most homeschoolers today live and do school.
I was hoping for a book with a funny and inspirational look at how to manage the 1700 page supply catalog that comes to my door, how to explain to strangers that my son digging a hole IS part of our school, or how to manage the 5 million crayons, markers, and pencils that seem to accumulate on every surface of our house. In the end it is none of that, but it was worth the $1, and I'm going to finish reading it. If you have a kindle it's worth the kindle price, but I wouldn't pay $10 for the paperback, unless you really want to read more about her particular lifestyle.
If you like homeschool memoirs, try The Pig in The Pantry by Rose Godfrey, I'm enjoying that one.