Homeschool Bravely: How to Squash Doubt, Trust God and Teach Your Children with ConfidenceJamie EricksonMoody Publishers / 2019 / Trade Paperback$10.49 Retail:5 Stars Out Of 5 13 Reviews
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Carin5 Stars Out Of 5Homeschool BravelyDecember 4, 2019Carini really enjoyed this book. it seemed to me like an inspirational/almost devotional at times book about being honest with yourself about homeschooling. It has a lot of great resources and is a quick and easy read.
The Consulting WriterAge: 35-44Gender: Female5 Stars Out Of 5Encouragement I NeedNovember 14, 2019The Consulting WriterAge: 35-44Gender: FemaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5When I saw the title alone, I had to grab a copy and check it out. We've recently made the leap to homeschool our children and I've got to say there's a lot of "what ifs" that surface in the process. Am I good enough to teach them? What about the curriculum? Can I handle the grading and papers? Will we survive?? I've read article stating homeschoolers are racists or privileged. I've heard opinions that homeschoolers are unsocialized and lazy. But the interesting thing is: we were warned about this before we'd made the final decision to do it. And I've got to say: homeschoolers are the most encouraging group of people. By people, I mean all races, all cultures. Reading this book, I felt that same encouragement as I discovered at the local convention. If you're a homeschool guardian, I recommend grabbing a copy and have it on hand. When you're feeling down or questioning your decision, read it. You aren't alone in your struggles, but you have been called to this purpose. While we were part of public school, my son was bullied, my daughter wasn't thriving. And while the state may say their education is the best option, it really wasn't. My kids were struggling. Every day, my daughter were cry going to school. Now? She loves it. So does my son, but he won't admit it. They have one day a week on campus class. My daughter has said, "I don't know why, but I'm excited to go to school tomorrow." Seriously? That's enough to convince me. We've done multiple field trips, crafts and science experiments. Learning has become fun again. Yet, there are days I feel down and wonder if I'm good enough to do all of this. That's when I pray, study the Bible and read through a couple pages of Homeschool Bravely. I received a complimentary copy from Moody publishers, but like I said, I wanted to read this book. The honest opinions in this review are my own.
SeasonsHumility4 Stars Out Of 5Helpful Support and Suggestions for Homeschool MomsMay 25, 2019SeasonsHumilityQuality: 5Value: 4Meets Expectations: 4I'm personally not in the trenches of homeschooling right now, but I could see how this book would be like a big sigh of relief for those who are! It's full of encouragement and good reminders about keeping the journey in a far-reaching, even eternal perspective.
I was never homeschooled myself, but it's something we're considering as an option for any children we may have someday--hence my interest in this book. :) I like that Homeschool Bravely celebrates freedom: the freedom found in trusting God's sovereignty over our children's lives, the freedom to pursue education in a way that works for each family, and the freedom to let kids explore their interests and cultivate a love of learning in unique ways.
There were some great suggestions in these pages for teaching and working with kids of various ages and levels, especially when some kids are old enough for school and others aren't quite there yet. And there are some great words of advice about keeping homeschool plans focused, simplified, and meaningful.
Certainly not surprising, based on the title and topic, this book centers around homeschooling and defending its value. So while it does talk abut how defensiveness isn't needed and fighting about educational choices isn't productive, this book is definitely for those who believe homeschooling is the best choice for their family. If you're a homeschooling mom or definitely plan to be one, you'll find lots of support in these pages. If you're on the fence, you might not get a super balanced view between the various options, but I realize that's not the purpose of this book. :)
One of the appendices is titled "Questions to Ask Before You Start Homeschooling," and I confess I had hoped it would provide some sort of questionnaire for self-assessment; whereas, it's actually a list of questions to ask other people about their homeschooling experiences before you take the leap yourself. Which can still be quite helpful, for sure! Just not exactly what I had personally hoped to find.
All in all, though, Homeschool Bravely is a nice resource, especially for those who have already started on the homeschooling journey or are planning to begin soon. There are some neat tips to ponder and a lot of encouraging words about keeping the focus on God and His sovereign work in the life of your family.
P.S. The cover is really cute, and the design of the pages within is visually appealing!
*With thanks to Moody Publishers for providing me with a complimentary copy of this book. Opinions expressed in this review are my own.*
HeatherAge: 25-34Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5Inspirational for considering, new, AND seasoned homeschool mom's!April 12, 2019HeatherAge: 25-34Gender: femaleFear is a joy-thief and if we aren't careful it stops us in our tracks - thwarting us from doing what we are called to do. We've all been there... Jamie not only identifies those hidden fears, doubts, and struggles we all battle with but then makes the clarion call to Homeschool Bravely. This is a must-read (and re-read) book for homeschool parent's everywhere. I promise you will come away inspired and ready to take on tomorrow.
This is a book that I did not want to put down, but obviously had to many times because I have several kids I'm homeschooling and a busy life in general. But each time I walked away from reading this, I felt a sense of renewed purpose.
heather895 Stars Out Of 5You can homeschool your child bravelyApril 5, 2019heather89Quality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5While reading through Homeschool Bravely, I was so encouraged. Whether you have been homeschooling a few years or you are just starting your homeschool journey, this book is a must read. Throughout the book, there are sections covering the fear, the struggle, and the solution. In each of these sections, Jamie shares personal stories of how she has overcome to provide her children with the education that her children needed. One thing she reminds readers of is to, "Relinquish your tight hold of homeschooling in the midst of difficulty. You'll begin to see delight instead of defeat."