Wow! I was reading through these reviews and saw a review by a woman with a name similar to mine. But I assure you, our viewpoints and comments concerning this book are as different as night and day! The very thing that attracted me to this book and this author was the fact that I had heard from another reader that Barb Shelton was a godly woman that lives the life she speaks of. I am enjoying this book soooooo much! I never really dreaded teaching high school, but wondered if I could keep the excitement and create a love of learning for each one of them ~ before I hit BURN-OUT. That's what I feared most because I battled "BURN OUT" for two years before this last year. I am SO PUMPED on the wisdom, the hands on "practical-ness," and the encouragement I receive from Barb's book that I bought it for my friend whose oldest is just turning 12. She is now having her old ideas challenged and homeschooling is fitting into their family's life style. She told me recently she is getting hope stirred up in her heart and assurance that they are going in the direction God has for them. This book gives you a vision or hunger or both for seeking God, stirring up those embers in our hearts, not just for "academics" but what do we really want to impart or plant in the hearts of our children. Barb's book reminds me of a scripture in Malachi 4:6 "And he shall turn the heart of the fathers to the children, and the heart of the children to their fathers." It's our hearts that God is after. And for me, this book has just been another part of what God has used to direct my heart back to Him and His wisdom!!! If I am happy, content, and blessed serving this great and wonderful King who sets me free even daily from fears and the cares of this world...well, my children will be excited to get to know that God! Barb's encouragement filled me with hope. I hope you get it and enjoy it as I have and do.
Wow! I wish I had Form+U+la before my first went through High School, I could have saved myself so much trouble and WORRY! It's laid out beautifully. My second high schooler is in sophomore year... all at home ... and I've got tons of credits already and am feeling SOOOOOOOOO relieved and SOOOO excited about the future, as compared to dreading the next high school years!! She loves it too! I have the vision back and am so grateful. I've got 12 years ahead of me with the youngest children! This past year I didn't know if I could make it through that 14th year, and now feel energized for the next dozen, should I live so long!
I have heard many homeschool moms say something like "This is a book I have on my list to buy" or "when my kids get to high school I'll read this book." I feel that Form+U+la is the FOUNDATION book for homeschooling through high school, and NOT just one nice option among many! Every homeschooler should read this one first - years before high school - in order to be prepared; to have time to go through the season of reeducation; to get out of that "school at home" mentality and past the curriculum craze that we all go through. This book has all the "how-to's" of high school but beyond that it will minister to your spirit! Barb's loving, spirit-filled life is evident on every page! It is not a book you will buy ~ read ~ and resell. It should be on your shelf for reference all through your years of homeschooling as well as a balm for those tension filled days when you just need a friend to invite you over for tea and a chat! I recommend it highly! Barb has now come out with a Personal Guided Tour Through Form+U+la for Pre-Highschoolers especially for those with very young children; however if they're getting to be 11 or 12, you'll just want to read the whole thing!
People who have homeschooled for many years usually place their children in high school because they don't feel prepared, or are under pressure from so many different sources that say kids should now go into the real world at the high school level. After all, no one can teach high school except the experts, right? Those who do give in and put their kids in high school usually don't really *want* to do so because that's the time kids need their parents the most for guidance and wisdom ~ even if they (the kids) don't realize it!!! So, as soon as one decides to homeschool is a good time to start reading this book. Chances are it will convince parents that they really can do it ~ despite the "experts" and skeptics who say they can't or shouldn't! Barb's book takes all the panic out of it for me. That was the worst part, you know. All the "requirements," the paper work, etc. If they want to go to college, will they be ready, etc.? After reading a good portion of this book, I'm not so concerned anymore. My problem will be how am I going to fit in everything these kids want to know? Notice I said "want"!!! Music to our ears!
While I found this book to be a wonderful resource regarding High School requirements and organization, I disliked the author's repeated "preaching" throughout the book. One example is her anti-coffee stance where she recommends warm water in the morning instead of a cup of coffee. She also throws in quite a bit of her religious viewpoints as well as more dietary recommendations.I bought this book for HIGH SCHOOL help (which I DID receive!!) not for "pound the pulpit" messages.Because I do feel that the forms, the step-by-step instructions, and the overall content of the book is excellent, I gave it a 3.I recommend this book if you can get around the preachy tone!