Are You Thinking of Homeschooling?
Are you thinking of Homeschooling or have you been homeschooling but are floundering? If so I have three books for you to check into today. These biooks for Homeschooling are written by homeschooling moms so they just might be able to answer the questions you have.
Wouldn’t it be great to have a resource you could turn to when you have a question in your homeschool?
How can I encourage my teens to be more independent learners?
What should a preschooler be doing for school?
How can I make geography practical and fun?
What can I do to make learning handwriting easier for my children?
What are my options for foreign language learning in homeschool?
What should I do if my child hates math?
In this book, we go beyond the basics of academics and delve into delightful methods like active learning, learning with video games, using LEGO® bricks for learning, teaching on the road, learning with movies, and gardening.
The Big Book of Homeschool Ideas talks about all kinds of children: boys, only children, twins, teenage girls, and perfectionists. There are chapters about special needs such as giftedness, bipolar disorder, dyslexia, and sensory issues.
The 55 experienced homeschool moms who contributed to this resource don’t hold back from sharing their best advice about managing a homeschool budget, balancing homemaking with homeschooling, and even maintaining a strong marriage.
Whether you’re just starting out or are already a seasoned homeschooler, discouragement hits us all at one point or another. We all doubt our decisions, worry about curriculum choices, and have moments of sheer panic. The inner voice asks, “What am I doing? This is crazy! I can’t educate my children at home!” Or maybe that voice screams out in frustration, “I’m utterly spent. I can’t take one more minute of confusing fractions, tedious read alouds, or messy science experiments!”
Sometimes all we want is simply a proper dining room instead of a cluttered, homeschool disaster area where the table used to be.
On the worst of days, we have all looked longingly at the flashing lights of a yellow bus and considered —for one brief moment —putting our kids on it.
These negative feelings about homeschooling are the genesis of this book. Despite our very real feelings of wanting to quit, we, the bloggers of iHomeschool Network, have persisted in the path of educating at home. And we can tell you that it is worth pushing through the stress, exhaustion, and fear.
This book addresses nearly every potential frustration point that a homeschool mom faces. We tackle the irritations that make you want to throw in the towel for good:
**having toddlers and babies along for the ride
**working from home while homeschooling
**feeling inadequate as a teacher
**having your own emotional meltdowns
**handling things solo as a single mom or one whose husband is frequently away from home
**raising a special needs child
**dealing with a family crisis, job loss, or a move
**being burned out
**feeling the criticism of others, maybe even family members or your own husband
**being totally unorganized with school record keeping
**living in a messy, chaotic, loud house
How We Teach: the real lives of homeschoolers from classical to unschooling and everything in between is the newest collaborative book from the bloggers at iHomeschool Network.
Maybe you are a homeschool mom of elementary aged children, using the Charlotte Mason method, and you are curious about what an unschooling house looks like. Maybe you are inspired by the classical method, but want to see some real world examples of what that method looks like in the homes of middle school to high school level students. Maybe you are just simply eclectic at heart and want to pull ideas from all of the other methods and create your personalize road map for your homeschool.
If you have ever wondered what a homeschool season looks like in another person’s home, this is the book for you. If you need some help in the creativity department when it comes to math, history, fine arts and more, look no further.
Take a look at the table of contents to see the breadth of topics our homeschool experts have written about in this 220+ page volume. We asked each contributor to pull a homeschool method, a subject, and an age range, and then write about how exactly they teach in their own unique way. You’ll be astonished to see that homeschooling is definitely not one size fits all.
Thank you for taking the time to read “Are You Thinking of Homeschooling?” If so what are some things your extremely proud of and what things are you struggling with.
Glenda, Charlie and David Cates