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Saturday, March 13, 2010

Homeschooling for the Rest of Us.

Homeschooling for the Rest of Us: How Your One-of-a-Kind Family Can Make Homeschooling and Real Life Work by Sonya Haskins is a wonderfully uplifting and encouraging book for those of us that aren’t perfect and are a long way from it.

This book is affirming and validating homeschooling parents that they *are* doing a good thing even when things go wrong. This book really is needed in the homeschooling community where everyone likes to brag how their children are excelling in academics. My kids are not super big brains and that is OK. My house is decorated with educational posters, time lines, calendars and marker boards and that is OK. My kitchen counters have a few piles of newspapers ( current events)a sink of dirty dishes and a dishwasher of clean dishes ( home life skills) and that is OK.

We are home educating for the glory of God and not ourselves, and that’s more then OK!

This book needs to be read by everyone who struggles with keeping up with the perfect family. Not every family that seems perfect on the outside has it all together. I think this is a big problem in the homeschool community. We all struggle but feel we can’t share this struggle publicly for fear people will think less of our abilities to teach, our children’s ability to learn and the validity of homeschooling in general. That’s a lot of pressure!

I encourge all fellow homeschoolers to share your stuggles, you will be surprised how many other families stuggle with the same time.

Thank you Bethany House for this book in exchange for my honest review.

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