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Homeschooling for the Rest of Us: How Your…

Homeschooling for the Rest of Us: How Your One-of-a-Kind Family Can Make… (edição: 2010)

de Sonya Haskins

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"Presents advice for overcoming stress, unrealistic expectations, and other challenges faced by homeschooling families. Intended for new and experienced homeschoolers. Applicable to a variety of teaching methods"--Provided by publisher.
Título:Homeschooling for the Rest of Us: How Your One-of-a-Kind Family Can Make Homeschooling and Real Life Work
Autores:Sonya Haskins
Informação:Bethany House (2010), Paperback, 172 pages
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Homeschooling for the Rest of Us: How Your One-of-a-Kind Family Can Make Homeschooling and Real Life Work de Sonya Haskins


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This book might be little, but it is a plethora and wealth of interesting information. In the case of someone like myself considering homeschooling, but still unsure this book is fabulous. Even if you already know you plan to homeschool or you are currently homeschooling this little book will have plenty of information to help you along the way. From realistic routines to messy homes and living with a budget [a:Sonya Haskins|834029|Sonya Haskins|http://www.goodreads.com/images/nophoto/nophoto-F-50x66.jpg], author, homeschooling mother extraordinaire provides pages upon pages of tips and advice. I strongly suggest this book for anyone involved in homeschooling. It's great! ( )
  cherryblossommj | May 28, 2013 |
I was homeschooled for the vast majority of my 12 years of school. But it wasn't until my wife and I started homeschooling our own children that I realized just how stressful it can be. To put it simply enough, homeschooling can be intimidating. This is a fitting point for me to stop and give a huge "thank you" to my parents for sticking it out. Thanks Mom and Dad!

It's fairly intimidating to know that you are responsible for your children's education, and not just in the sense of making sure they do their homework before school the next day. It's knowing that you have to actually find the material they'll need to study and then teach it to them. With all the decisions that need to be made - what curriculum, if any, should we use? should we do school four days or five days of the week? what if we just can't handle it? - making the decision to homeschool your children is an incredibly daunting prospect.

Sonya Haskins has written a very helpful and insightful little book, Homeschooling for the Rest of Us. The subtitle is a good indicator of what to expect: How Your One-of-a-Kind Family Can Make Homeschooling and Real Life Work. The key emphasis here is the "real life" part and is perhaps the best part about the book. Haskins points out the stress that many families experience of living up to other's - and sometimes even our own - unreasonable expectations of perfection. Expectations like: our children must be the smartest kids in town, must be able to read by age 2, finished all literary classics by age 10, & understanding and calculating quantum physics by age 14 - all the while with a perfect, spotlessly clean house. Instead of focusing on such unrealistic expectations, Haskins encourages the homeschooling family (or prospective homeschooling family) to first and most importantly develop positive parent-child relationships. She also addresses the topic of routines, academics, extracurricular activities, and the seemingly all-pervasive concern of socialization.

Perhaps the one minor negative point worth mentioning are the sidebar quotes with letters other homeschooling families have written to Haskins. While some readers might benefit from these, overall I found them distracting and not adding much at all to what Haskins had already said. But on the other hand, my wife said this is one of the things she liked the most about book, reading about other families' experiences.

I was very encouraged by Haskins down-to-earth approach. As I read, I found myself reading bits and pieces to my wife until I finally said, "You should just read the book for yourself. It's quite good!" She is over halfway through and completely agrees with my recommendation. I am glad that we read this book close to the beginning of our homeschooling journey, receiving the benefit of Haskins wisdom.

(Thanks to Bethany House for providing a copy of this book for review purposes.) ( )
  Eskypades | Mar 7, 2011 |
We all have them. Those moments when we become overwhelmed by the expectations (both external and internal), the pressure, the idealistic yet unachievable schedules and curriculum plans. Maybe you’ve just read The Well-Trained Mind and are wondering if you can really make homeschooling work. What if your child doesn’t read by four, tackle Latin by eight, or develop an enduring love for “The Great Conversation.”

Or what if you don’t look like the “perfect homeschooling family” -– your clothes aren’t all hand-made and coordinating, your children can’t play the violin, and your house is certainly not pristine on most days. If these comparisons stress you out, if you wonder if you are just not made for homeschooling, quickly -– get a dose of Sonya Haskins’ Homeschooling for the Rest of Us.

Anything but a prescription for the “perfect homeschool” (as if such a thing exists) -– Haskins’ accessible, short work of encouragement (172 pages) delivers much needed encouragement to relax and enjoy homeschooling. A relaxed homeschooler herself, Haskins tackles many of the common concerns and areas of inquiry that homeschoolers both new and experience face on a regular basis. Each subject area is filled with her wisdom as a veteran-homeschooling parent of five, giving just enough detail to inspire and encourage before moving on to the next topic.

Haskins gives us the low-down on living in a very messy house while also providing suggestions for chore assignments, she shares with usreal schedules from homeschoolers balancing life and education, gives advice on character training, and helps us think through the issues of socialization. This sort of down-to-earth, realistic, caring hand of help from the trenches is just what so many of us need to read. Another feature I loved were the sidebars including thoughts from homeschooling parents worldwide about their challenges, learning moments, and the fruit they’ve seen -– all encouraging manageable, realistic approaches to home educating.

Homeschooling for the Rest of Us isn’t promoting a particular educational agenda (though the author is Christian, and that shines through), learning style, curriculum, or program -– you’ll still have to do your own research, What this book does do is encourage us to examine what really works, the basic foundation of homeschooling, and to make plans that are uniquely our own -– plans that will work for our families.

I’m putting Homeschooling for the Rest of Us on my list of books to re-read annually. Its manageable length and word of encouragement is incredibly valuable -– particularly around curriculum planning and homeschool convention time. When you’re tempted to over-plan, over-perfect, over-worry, and over-stress, this is truly a precious volume to have on hand.

Reviewed at quiverfullfamily.com ( )
  jenniferbogart | Mar 2, 2010 |
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