Wednesday, April 14, 2010
Review: "Help, Lord, I'm Getting Ready to Start Homeschooling My High Schooler!
This is my first review for the TOS Homeschool Crew, my try-out; so to speak. My first product to review was provided from The Old Schoolhouse magazine free of charge for the purpose of review, if you were to purchase "Lord, Help, I'm Getting Ready to Start Homeschooling High School," it would cost around $12-$13. The e-book was around 120 pages, a quick and easy read. Many times TOS gives away their e-books to the recipients of their newsletters, so head on over and check out their store and sign up for the newsletter.
I started reading this e-book with a jaundiced eye, I struggle reading about perfect people homeschooling their perfect offspring. Boy, was I in for a big surprise. Yes, this book is comprised of stories written by experienced homeschoolers; but in no way did I feel embarrassed or intimidated. I felt empowered reading these stories, each of these mom's struggled in some way to be the best "teacher" she could be; each of them depended on the Lord to empower them and enable them. 15 mothers share their heart with us in this book, from Amanda Bennett in the Introduction, to Deborah Wuehler in the Epilogue; each women shares their journey with us. It seems like everything is covered; special needs, learning styles, resistance to learning, college-bound and having no desire for college. Even different types of homeschooling are covered, distance learning, dual-enrollment, CLEP testing; if it's a type of homeschooling it seems to be covered by some mother, some where.
What I took away from reading "Help, Lord, I'm Getting Ready to Start Homeschooling High School," was to meet my child where he's at. Every child is different, each with different interests, different strengths and different needs. If we persevere, with the Lord's help we will succeed. So, as I continue in my homeschooling journey, with High School, Middle School, Kindergarten and Preschool all represented in our home (school), I will persevere. I will refer often back to this book to be lifted up and strengthened in the knowledge that many have gone before me and they are willing to reach back and lend a hand.
So, to sum it up, I loved reading this e-book. Each story touched my heart in a different way, I saw either myself or one of my children represented in each struggle; even better I saw how each difficulty was met with prayer and resolved in a real and effective way.