Item description for The Organized Home Schooler by Vicki Caruana...
Overview Clutter consumes time---a commodity homeschooling households can't afford to waste! Let veteran educator and popular workshop leader Caruana show you how to clear the chaos from your home classroom. Discussing schedules, space, materials, and more, she'll offer ways to bring structure to work areas, paperwork, and your thinking. Develop new habits that will help you leave inefficiency and stress behind!
Publishers Description A veteran educator has compiled her most-requested homeschooling workshop material so that families can become more proficient in educating their kids. Covering issues like time management, space usage and materials, Vicki Caruana addresses a variety of organizational needs to help families structure not only their work areas, but also their thinking, their paperwork--and each other! By the book's end, she inspires readers to re-evaluate, reorganize, and form new habits, leaving behind the stress and inefficiency of a cluttered life.
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Studio: Crossway Books
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 8.46" Width: 5.47" Height: 0.39" Weight: 0.43 lbs.
Release Date Sep 18, 2001
Publisher GOOD NEWS PUBLISHING #65
ISBN 1581343051 ISBN13 9781581343052
Availability 0 units.
More About Vicki Caruana
Dr. Vicki Caruana is the author of 20 books and the blog Apples & Chalkdust--named after her bestselling book that has touched the lives of a million educators around the world. Caruana is one of four parenting experts on Starting Points, Focus on the Family's parenting DVD series. Formerly a public school teacher and a homeschooling mom, Vicki is now an assistant professor of education at Mount Saint Mary College in New York. She lives with her station wagon loving husband, Chip, in Newburgh, New York and has two grown sons in Colorado Springs.
Vicki Caruana currently resides in Colorado Springs, in the state of Colorado.
Reviews - What do customers think about The Organized Homeschooler?
No brass tacks suggestions that I could find May 27, 2008
First let me say that I consider myself to be a strong Christian. However, even I felt this book was a bit condescending. The tone of the book would be fine if the publisher had chosen to be upfront about what you could expect to find within it but the exterior of the book leads you to believe you are going to find some tips and techniques about getting your homeschool organized. This book is much more of a "mind set" about being organized and relying on your faith to help you attain what you are seeking. I'm fine with that premise but that's not why I picked up this book.
If you are basically organized and are looking for support in what you already know, this book might be for you. If you were not born organized and you are seeking actual suggestions to help you create a peaceful homeschool environment, I'd recommend finding another book.
Great Book, Be Patient on Action Items Mar 20, 2008
This book is geared toward getting at the cause of why we resist organization. It deals with heart issues and in exchange convinces you how crucial it is to step up and take responsibility for your life and organize it. I'm about halfway through it and am just now getting to some practical ideas that can be applied to our homeschool I very much appreciate the author's push toward the "why's" of organizing. She really wants to highlight patterns of thought and motivate change from the deepest levels of who we are and how we think. This book brings hope for doing things better in the future. We're not stuck in a rut. We don't have to hang our choices on our "personality type" and never improve. The author gives us a road map of heart and then behavior changes that gets us to an orderly, purposeful life. Great read...but take your time digesting this one.
Not what it says it is at all Sep 6, 2007
I never would have purchased this book if the description or back cover comments had told me what the book was really about. This is a very religious book with a hint of organizational methods thrown in. This is a complete waste of money if you are really lookiing for organizational tips. If you want bible lessons and a lot of preaching this is the book for you. I am hoping I can return it because it was sold with what I consider a very dishonest description in order to get people's money and lure them unwittingly into a lecture on god. Any other book on this topic would have to be better for a non christian.
An ounce of organizing; a pound of preaching Apr 20, 2007
I was hoping this book would give specific ways to organized your homeschool. Sadly, that was not the case. Only about a quarter of the book discusses organizing methods. The remainder is a sermon, and not a very good one.
Vicki begins her book: "People marvel at how organized our home is. They even peek into our cupboards just hoping a mess is inside. They're usually disappointed". That statement sets the tone for the entire book.
The book is chock full of scriptural references for prayer, discussion and pondering. Too bad I didn't buy this book with that in mind.
Vicki exhorts the reader to pray for guidance regarding how to organize themselves. I have, and I thought I was going to get that information from this book. I was wrong. It's not there.
She believes that organization begins in the heart; one can only be organized if their heart is right with God. Conversely, if one is DISORGANIZED it is surely because one's heart is NOT right with God, and organization is not truly desired by that person. Pity the poor souls who are struggling in their sprirituality as well as their lack of organization. Her sweeping, judgemental statements may just move them to quit trying altogether.
Heaven forbid you are already discouraged with your lack of organization. While you can certainly be spiritually led to change your attitudes and actions, at some point you need the TOOLS and INFORMATION to bring about change. You can pray forever that your bathroom will be fixed, but unless you get a good book on how to fix bathrooms, or pick up the phone and call a repairman, your bathroom will not be fixed. Likewise, you can ponder the scriptures and pray without ceasing, but you may never be a well organized person because you do not have the TOOLS and INFORMATION you need to get it done.
Bottom line: this book does a poor job of giving those TOOLS and INFORMATION to help you get the job done. If you want some suggestions for personal devotion time, read this book. If you want organizational help, look somewhere else. (By the way Vicki, by your logic there are no organized atheists in the world. . . )
For Christians Only Oct 3, 2006
Let me say right off that if you are not a Christian, you will not like this book. On the other hand, if you are a Christian and want to become more organized, this is the book for you. It was invaluable to me! I am a pretty organized person, but with three small children (6, 4, and 2) and starting to homeschool, my organizational skills were definitely challenged. This has great ideas for organizing all your homeschool materials. She also challenges the way you think and your heart attitudes about things. She goes to the spiritual source that we need to start with. EXCELLENT BOOK FOR CHRISTIANS!!!