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My Kitchen, My Classroom: An Introduction to Homeschool Paperback – August 9, 2015
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About the Author
JENNIFER BLY is a former early childhood professional with over 20 years of experience working with children and families. She writes about parenting, homeschooling, and her faith on The Deliberate Mom. Jennifer resides in Alberta with her husband and two daughters. She likes her coffee with cream, her chocolate salted and her wine in a box. To learn more, visit: thedeliberatemom.com.
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Top Customer Reviews
I am a brand new homeschool mom. I was thrilled to receive this book with the hopes of learning some "tricks of the trade" from a veteran. I love Bly's honesty on the topics that were presented in this book. Her overall theme of "be different, do it different, do what works for you" stuck with me as I read. Her book helped me to see not only that my homeschool could be what I wanted it to be; but she also gave me tips to help organize my young-beginner thoughts. I loved seeing her sample schedule and how she timed out her children's day. I also loved that she provided links for additional reading and information. The last chapter that detailed her "homeschool secrets" was fantastic. She mentioned many things I have already started using in my new school year with my son.
I would highly recommend this book to anyone just starting in the homeschool world. Bly's writing in this book is very simplistic and she doesn't over complicate topics. It is a very basic handbook that covers the entire spectrum of homeschool ins n' outs. Not once did I lose her or fail to understand what she was discussing.
I'd love to see a 2nd book that goes more in to detail on one or more of the topics discussed. Particularly how she handles schooling more than one age, and also how she organizes herself for more than one age. Given that this book was just a tip of the surface - possibly one with more detail.
She has a multitude of great ideas in the book on topics such as:organization, ways to help family feel like they are not missing out on the "school experience" by holding some of the events that schools have (ie Christmas concert) in your own family, tricks to keep a toddler busy while you "do school" with your older learners, simple sensory tub/table ideas, how to save money on home school materials, end of year celebration, and tips to promote self-directed learning and accountability.
The only drawback to this book is the utter lack of pictures! I wished that there were images of the way Jennifer organizes her home school files and of the sensory tub ideas and the memory book she proposes homeschoolers make each year as a yearbook/porfolio hybrid. She does include links in the back of the book to some blog posts she wrote on some of the subjects (like organization and sensory tub ideas) but I would have liked to have them in the book itself.
If you're on the fence about homeschooling your children or find that you want to but have some reservations or questions, this is the book for you! Jennifer covers everything a beginning homeschooler may be curious about and so much more! This book touches on fears that you may have when deciding to homeschool and helps you see multiple sides of this decision. Whether you're confused about curriculum choices are or are looking for some inspiration to get your own homeschool set up, you'll find it all in Jennifer's fantastic explanations.
She shares her own ideas and secrets and makes the idea of homeschooling a lot less stressful than it would normally be. This book will definitely be one that I recommend to anyone even thinking about homeschooling in the future!
I am not sure if I will homeschool my kids or not yet as they are still preschool age but I found a lot of helpful tips and resources for educating my children while they are still at home several days a week or even for enhancing their public school education later on. I especially loved the pointers on planning/scheduling and keeping toddlers occupied (themed sensory trays, etc.) while teaching older siblings. This is a quick, concise read and is definitely not exhaustive on the subject but neatly outlines the basics to get you started and points you to additional support.
*I received a free copy of the book for the purpose of my honest opinion and review.*