**Update!!** Congrats to the winners of the Homeschooling Day by Day Book Review and Giveaway! Congrats to Elizabeth K., Lindsey M., and Nicole R.!!!!!!**
Are you homeschooling? Are you considering it? I know many moms who homeschool and absolutely love it. I’m still trying to figure out if it’s what God wants me to do. He hasn’t given me a clear answer yet. Perhaps that’s because I have another 3 years til I have to make that decision. I definitely have it on my heart to do tot school right now. E and I have been working on our abc’s, numbers, colors, shapes, bible stories and scripture memory (He has the first part of John 3:16 down! Proud momma!!!). He loves tot school or as he calls it “mommy school” and I really enjoy it too because I am more intentional about my time with him.
I love the idea of homeschooling. But I really didn’t know very much about it. That is until Kristy Howard of Little Natural Cottage asked me to review her new book Homeschooling Day by Day- A thriving guide for Mothers.
Kristy and 10 other amazing homeschooling moms have come together to educate those who are new to or are considering homeschooling, and also to provide encouragement to moms who are currently homeschooling.
I absolutely LOVED the way these ladies started this book. What better place to start then with the heart? They discuss coping with insecurity (we can’t always be supermom!), self sufficiency vs. reliance on Christ, having a positive attitude, cultivating relationships with your children and my favorite topic, keeping God’s word at the heart of the home education. That right there is what is steering me towards homeschooling. I love the freedom that you have to talk about God in home education that you can’t have in public school. God can literally be a part of every lesson!
When people compare us to society’s standard, we don’t make sense. And we shouldn’t! Home education should be so far removed from the culture’s model that the two aren’t even comparable. Of course, you will be misunderstood. Expect it! –Kristy Howard
Just as Christians should not follow the standards of the world, homeschoolers follow a different set of standards as well. You cannot compare yourself to the worldly views because you don’t live by those standards! Don’t compare yourself to others. Your children are watching and listening. They are learning every second they are with you.
When we look to Christ for strength, wisdom and grace to daily train and educate our children, we can rest in HIS sufficiency. He is enough and HE has promised to meet our every need. –Kristy Howard
In the second section of the book, these ladies look at how to balance homeschooling and homemaking, homeschooling special needs children or the strong willed child, and even how to homeschool and work at the same time! How about frugal homeschooling? Ya! That’s what I’m talking about! (Shout out to all the homeschooling blogs that provide free printables! That’s what we use for tot school!)
Section 3 covers the different seasons that all of our children go through: the preschool years, the school age and teenagers. And what about when you are homeschooling multiple children of all different ages? How do you tackle that? These awesome gals look at that too. Before I read this, I was like “how do they do it!? There’s no way I could do that!” But as I read their tips and how they organize their lives to achieve teaching multiple children, I see that it is something I could do! Any mom could! And sure life will get in the way at times, but listen to what Anna Christensen of Feminine Adventures says about those seasons of survival:
Give yourself grace. Prioritize the essentials. Choose gratitude. See the funny….I’ve shed plenty of tears, but whenever my expectations are in Christ and His strength, He always gives grace to sustain me through the moment.
The fourth section looks at the technical side of homeschooling. It looks at the various methods of homeschooling, different types of curriculum, learning styles and how to make homeschooling fun. This was incredibly beneficial to me and helped me understand what homeschooling would actually look like.
Section 5 is full of tools to help your homeschooling life just a little easier. They cover everything from prioritizing your day, lesson planning, menu planning and reaching your goals.
Yall, this book is such a valuable resource! Whether you are already a homeschooling mom or if you are like me and you are kicking the idea around, this is an amazing book.
Let me introduce you to the lovely ladies you will hear from:
Kristy Howard of Little Natural Cottage
Kasey Norton of Walking Redeemed
Jill York of Jill’s Home Remedies
Sara Elizabeth Dunn of A Mama’s Story
Bambi Moore of In the Nursery of the Nation
Jacinda Vandenberg of Growing Home
Heather Bowen of Upside Down Homeschooling
Stephanie Eidson of The Multi Taskin Mom
Amy Maze of Living and Learning at Home
Anna Christensen of Feminine Adventures
Richele McFarlin of Under the Golden Apple Tree
Please visit them!! Their blogs will bless you!
And because they are so awesome, they are giving away 3 copies of their ebook in this giveaway!!! There are many ways to enter! 3 winners will be chosen and announced on Monday, November 18th. Winners will also be contacted by email! If you just can’t wait, you can purchase Homeschooling Day by Day on amazon for $4.99!
**Disclosure: I was given this book at no cost in return for an honest review. This post also contains affiliate links. Any purchases through my affiliate links keeps this blog up and running so thank you!!**