A friend suggested I get this book because I was planning to pull my daughter out of public school and home school high school. I was a bit unsure if it was worth the money or if I would find any value in this book. But, I am so happy I bought it. I have read and reread parts of this book over and over. I have taken notes and looked up other books that were mentioned in this book as well. The most valuable aspect of this book is the organization it brings. I now feel I have a handle on how to home school high school, as well as keep records and follow a plan to stay on track. I have confidence in myself as a mother and as a teacher. It has made me rethink the values I want in my children when they leave the home and I have been reevaluating the importance of just book education vs. learning the basic life skills needed to survive and well as a trade. I love how all aspects of education is brought up in this book and they all have their place in education.
I have not finished the book, yet... it isn't a quick-read, but I am loving every minute!! I am getting excited about homeschooling again! We have homeschooled for 4 years now and I was getting a little sick of things as they were. God has led us on our own path towards a Lifestyle of Learning-type lifestyle and then we received Marilyn's books ~ and I've visited Barb's website OFTEN! www.homeschooloasis.com In soooo many ways, this is not JUST a high school book. I have been able to see the big picture and am excited about finding God's long-term plans for all of our children. Being able to see the vision of high school in a relaxing atmosphere has put even grade school into a better perspective. There is no great rush to get the right amount of info into their little heads before they enter high school. Being able to see the Graduation results we want can be broken down into bite-sized pieces, not just for the preceding 4 years before Graduation, but all the way down to where each child is right now. I can see now where I want some foundations for the future studies in high school. My recommendation would be to read this book along with any other homeschooling info books. The basics and the long-term vision are both described with much needed realistic perspective. I want to thank Barb for the effort she has put into making this book a picture of a wonderful family life - and for keeping the focus on Jesus and how much God is just waiting to lavish us with His blessings!! I'm thankful for her giving so much time and effort to put sooooo much info into one place! WOW! She said somewhere in her book that books are just tools in our hands and that she has given a sort of smorgasbord for us to glean from. I'm glad she has given us the credit to sift through and let the Holy Spirit do His thing in our homes!
I just wanted to say that I find this book to be extremely helpful and enjoyable. I don't find Barb's style to be preachy or pushy at all!!! On the contrary, by her being so REAL, she is extremely helpful and I believe the love and life of the Lord is being seen through her writings. I am glad for every tidbit Barb put into this book. It is loaded with very practical help, as well as spiritual and scriptural guidance. But she is not at all overbearing with it. She is very loving and full of GRACE. She is not flashy or showy, but just "herself". I didn't feel at all "pressured" to have to do everything in the book. But it has given me some great ideas that I can use as a framework to work around. I HIGHLY recommend this book.
Wow! Double Wow!! Triple Wow!!! What a sanity saver Barb's book has been in this homeschooling family. We've graduated one using *many* of Barb's ideas, and are now working on graduating the next utilizing even more of the plans, forms, and hints presented in this book. Reading this book is like sitting down with a very good friend and being led down a path to freedom in Jesus Christ. Knowing that Jesus walks with us each step of the way and is in actuality the "principal" of our homeschool, has been a breath of fresh air. I thank Barb from the bottom of my heart, for sharing her heart so freely with others through this book. Senior High FormULa is a **MUST** read (and buy!! because you will USE it, I promise!) on any homeschooler's list. Get it while your children are young so you won't burn out on homeschooling!! Thanks again, Barb!! and thank you CBD for carrying it.
When my son was about to start highschool, I was desperate to find something that he could do on his own, because I also have another child who needed a lot of my attention. We went to the video school route and ended up doing schoolwork from about 9 until almost 5, four days a week. And we onlyfinished the first semester in 12 months time. He wanted to go to school andwas ready to quit homeschooling, and I was ready to give up myself.But the Lord had spoken to my heart while my son was still in the womb aboutkeeping him at home and teaching him what He wanted him to learn. I was in despair because I KNEW this was not God's will for my son. Someone told me about Form+U+la. I couldn't WAIT to get my hands on it. I bought the book and my son and I read the book together. The weight lifted off of my shoulders and onto Jesus', literally. My heart had been so heavy before I read the book, and afterwards, I was singing! Barb's book saved the relationship that I had with my son and gave me clear direction about how to handle the rest of his High School experience. I am encouraged by how well my son has been doing since we switched to Barb's method. Please, please, if you have not read Barb's book, get it out (or buy it here if you don't have it yet) and read it right now! I've read parts of it many times and I learn something new from it everytime!