Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Homeschooling for the rest of us

How your one-of-a-kind family can make homeschooling and real life work

by Sonya Haskins
978 0 7642 07396

I was really impressed with this book. The author spent a lot of time researching and writing chapters that are well-thought-out and well-balanced.  If you have ever considered homeschooling (or are homeschooling) or would just like some more ideas for how to enrich the time you have with your children, this is a good book for you.

Some of the chapter topics include:
pressure, perfection, and progress
developing positive relationships
the socialization question
routines and schedules
extracurricular activities, support groups, and co-ops
the art of academics
nurturing your child's heart
living in a  (very) messy house
dealing with relatives
homeschooling on a budget
the special needs child at home
following your own path

Basically every question one could ask about homeschooling is answered in a balanced, non-judgmental way, from a Christian perspective.

A lot of the things were pretty simple, commonsense ideas, but the fact that the author took the time to lay it all out in such a respectful reasonable manner was very nice.

I was also impressed with the attitude that she shares. Don't worry if you have a very laid back approach or if your approach is very structured. There is information here for everyone.

Highly recommended.

Thanks to BethanyHouse publishers for providing this book free to review.

2 comments:

Emily @ rivendellchick said...

I've been homeschooling for 6 years! (Really? That long . . .)I bet I could still use this book! Thanks Sarah! :)

Helen of SJ said...

It does sound like a great reference. Thanks for the sound review!