Apr 6, 2010

Book Review: Homeschooling for the Rest of Us by Sonya Haskins

"Homeschooling is a way of life. Academics, lessons, activities, and sports are an integral part of homeschooling, but when you teach your child at home, it becomes and integral part of your lifestyle. For those who use a structured curriculum, learning is a priority that defines other aspects of the family lifestyle, such as whether or not to follow a strict schedule. It doesn't matter how you homeschool, but once you make the decision it becomes your way of life." Homeschooling for the Rest of Us, pg 167.

I was not homeschooled, and have no children of my own to homeschool, but I've always been interested in homeschooling. I have often thought, if the Lord would bless me with children, that I would love to teach them at home. When I was given the opportunity to review Sonya Haskins' book Homeschooling for the Rest of Us I jumped at the chance.

Haskins takes us through many areas that homeschoolers must take into consideration. She talks about scheduling, lists, and how to make homeschooling work for your family. It was easy to see the passion that Haskins has for this subject. She is a real advocate for the homeschooling world. I appreciated the look into the world of homeschooling. I liked how she showed that it's okay to have a messy house, because no one is perfect.

Through reading these pages I was forced to think about things that I hadn't considered before. I wonder now, what kind of a homeschool mom I would be, given the chance. Would I be perfectionistic, and cause my children undue stress? Would I be able to sit back and let the dust collect while my child is happy learning at home? How would I handle the outside stress of others thinking that I was doing the wrong thing?

From the very first page, I was drawn in by Sonya's straight forward voice. She dispelled many myths about homeschooling, and gave many ideas to think about. I liked how this book is laid out, making a great resource for anyone who is homeschooling, thinking about homeschooling, or just wondering what homeschooling is all about. This book is a great edition to my library.

(I received a complimentary copy of this book for the purpose of review.)

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