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Overview This indispensable guide makes available to novices, long-timers, and parents just testing the waters the time-earned secrets of 50 veteran homeschooling families. Pioneers and leaders in the homeschooling community discuss the following concepts: The Basics - Keeping the fun in it The Concepts - Redefining the 3 R's, Curriculum: tool or tyrant? The Priorities - You can't do it all and don't have to God's Involvement - Home educating for eternity Character and Academics - Developing the worker and the tools The Blessings - Homeschooling pieces our hearts together, and much, much more A valuable and indispensible guide to homeschooling and an inspiration for your own journey!
Publishers Description "Things we wish we'd known makes available to novices, long-timers, and parents just testing the waters the time-earned secrets of 50 veteran homeschooling families. Pioneers and leaders in the homeschooling community discuss the concepts, the basics, the priorities, God's involvement, Christian characters, and the blessings. An indispensible guide
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Like a Support Group in Book Form! Jun 2, 2007
If you are interested in a book without any Christian perspective, then look elsewhere. For those who are Christians, this is a wonderful and insightful book. Each chapter is written by a different homeschooler or homeschooling family. In my opinion, no chapter is too long or drawn out. They are enjoyable to read. Each chapter feels like meeting a new homeschooling friend, hearing their story, then receiving their advice. It's fun!
Looser style works, prevents burnout; Christian viewpoint Feb 23, 2005
The goal of this book is to attempt to help new homeschoolers with sharing wisdom learned over time from others so you don't repeat their mistakes. This book is intended for parents of homeschooled children of all ages and grades.
There are essays written by 50 different experienced Christian homeschoolers who write what their mistakes were and how they fixed them. They want you to avoid making the same mistakes. All of them seem very happy now, some were facing homeschooling burn out at some point in the past. Some of the essay-writers are well known in the Christian homeschooling community such as curriculum-authors, Christian homeschooling book authors, homeschooling magazine column writers or homeschooling conference speakers.
It is not mentioned on the front or back cover but this is very religious content to the point where it may not be helpful to every reader (such as saying if you don't like your curriculum to pray about it).
Many of the homeschoolers wrote that at first they were very rigid and doing "school at home", some even requiring the Pledge of Allegiance, having a flag and desks, and taking attendance. These parents learned over time that learning can be fun (which was a revelation to them) and many ditched the rigid schedules for a looser or very loose learning environment. Some people remain shocked that learning can be fun and are trying to get this point across to the reader. If you already are in that groove you will not learn much.
I found many of the essays to be repetitive of each other, with the same issues and the same resolutions. I have the suspicion that all were included as they are respected and often well-known people in the Christian homeschooling world. Some of the writers are now curriculum authors, are homeschooling conference speakers, are Christian homeschooling book authors, or are authors of regular columns in Christian homeschooling magazines.
Despite the title implying that the book is written to new homeschoolers so they avoid burnout, I felt the book also speaks to a parent who is already using a highly structured form of homeschooling and is burning out. With all the homeschooling books, magazines and free online chat lists I would think that all parents considering homeschooling would be aware that a more loose method is an option that is being used by many happy homeschooling parents and that those children are actually learning! But if someone is not aware of this, then this may be the book to introduce that concept and underscore that a more loose method works for both a harmonious home and results in smart children. If you want a book of advice that is full of Christian references then this is the book for you (there are others on the market without a speck of religious reference that may not appeal to you if you want religious references).
I read this book after we had already begun homeschooling. I also had done research about homeschooling before we "officially began" and for whatever reason was under the impression that more homeschoolers had a "loose" style than a "rigid" style. I already knew learning could be made fun. This book did not reveal much new information to me. I also was a bit bored by the amount of repetition, for example, multiple essays driving home the same point. I don't know if that was done so that the major point was repeated over and over so the reader would believe it or if the editors wanted an essay from those specific writers, or 50 essays, or what. I am sure many Christian homeschoolers will enjoy this book.
Wonderful! Jul 26, 2003
I just finished this book and I truly loved it! I have marked several of the stories for future reference. The book also includes a wonderful listing of resources (websites, e-mail addresses and phone numbers) for the contributing writers. I would highly recommend it.
Things I Wish I Had Known... Oct 5, 2002
This book is very religious. I would return it but the shipping and handling costs more than the book itself. Stay away from this book unless you want a book totally based on the christian way of life.
A wonderful book ! Dec 31, 2001
Have you ever wished you could sit down with more than 50 veteran homeschoolers and 'pick their brains' ? Well, "Things We Wish We'd Known" does just that. Each essay is written in a straight forward, clear format and gives you insight, inspiration and practical advice. You can't go wrong with this book !