1. Homeschool Bravely: How to Squash Doubt, Trust God and Teach Your Children with Confidence
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    Homeschool Bravely: How to Squash Doubt, Trust God and Teach Your Children with Confidence
    Jamie Erickson
    Moody Publishers / 2019 / Trade Paperback
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  1. 4 Stars Out Of 5
    Helpful Support and Suggestions for Homeschool Moms
    May 25, 2019
    SeasonsHumility
    Quality: 5
    Value: 4
    Meets Expectations: 4
    I'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.*
  2. Age: 25-34
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Inspirational for considering, new, AND seasoned homeschool mom's!
    April 12, 2019
    Heather
    Age: 25-34
    Gender: female
    Fear 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.
  3. 5 Stars Out Of 5
    You can homeschool your child bravely
    April 5, 2019
    heather89
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    While 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."
  4. 5 Stars Out Of 5
    Encouraging and Practical
    April 4, 2019
    christinab2995
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    This book offers encouragement that homeschool parents need today! You are not alone!! Many days (especially the hard ones) can be filled with doubt, and this book is a message of bravery and confidence.

    The chapter called "Little People and Big Messes" was especially helpful with creative ideas of how to cultivate learning for your tots (ages 1-5). She lists specific ideas for what she calls "tot school," where your tot can engage in simple, yet intentional play. This encourages both gross & fine motor skills and basic concepts.

    In another chapter called "One Crazy Day away from Crisis" she lists specific ideas and activities for your older children to sneak learning into their day. Life can get pretty crazy, and it's encouraging to be able to relate with the author on this point.

    I was most encouraged by the chapter "Your Spot on the Wall." The author states, "You can drape yourselves in the tattered cloak of the perceived judgement of others...wrestling for shreds of approval from everyone else. Or you can homeschool like you know you are already pre-approved by the One who called you to do it. The choice is yours." A homeschooling parent today doesn't need another how-to manual but instead needs a voice of encouragement, a spirit of confidence, and words of confirmation. "Homeschool Bravely" is that voice.

    Disclosure: I received a copy of the book from the publisher for the purpose of reviewing it. The opinions I have expressed are my own, and I was not required to write a positive review.
  5. 5 Stars Out Of 5
    Must read for all Homeschool Mamas!
    April 3, 2019
    TexasGal83
    Jamie Erickson has created a book that speaks to the heart of all mothers. As a homeschool mom myself, I have often found myself trying to trudge through and check all the boxes. It is so easy to get caught up in "mommy guilt" and let the path God has laid out for you disappear. Homeschool Bravely is a must read for anyone new to homeschooling as well as us veterans! So many times while reading this book I found myself wishing I had this when I first started out.

    Disclosure: I received a copy of the book from the publisher for the purpose of reviewing it. The opinions I have expressed are my own, and I was not required to write a positive review.
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