Wednesday, March 03, 2010

"Homeschooling for the Rest of Us" by Sonya Haskins

Book description from Bethany House's website:

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.

My Opinion:

Oh, if I could have only read this when I first began homeschooling! This is an excellent resource for begining to homeschool or a veteran, but then again it is written by Sonya Haskins - one of the leading homeschooling consultants. Full of practical ideas on getting started and how to keep going this is a must have for any homeschool family bookshelf. If you're not sure you want to homeschool, yet, this book is for you as well! Sonya doesn't preach or bash the decisions other parents make which makes the book enjoyable.

I read through this book in one day, which means that while some chapters are quite lengthy others are short and so a busy mom will be able to read and reread this book with little trouble. The amount I gleaned from this book will be used in years to come and will definitely be a treasured part of my homeschooling library. Sonya made me realize that my priority is to educate my children not to have a spotless home, if you're homeschooling you're not going to have a spotless house.

Tips for dealing with the dreaded socialization question and others, routines and schedules from several different types of homeschooling families, living in a messy house, homeschooling a special needs child, dealing with relatives and more. In 13 chapters Sonya has a way of encouraging and inspiring the homeschool mom (and dad) with an easy to read and understand format. Feeling like you're sitting right there gleaning from Sonya herself and she shares her homeschooling secrets. "Homeschooling for the Rest of Us" will be a must used resource in this homeschooling family's library for years to come.

**I was provided a copy of this book through Bethany House's blogger review program in exchange for my honest review.

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