Homeschooled children in the kitchen (Photo credit: Wikipedia)By Hope Wilbanks
Parents deciding to homeschool their children often experience some anxiety about making this important decision. This is quite understandable, considering homeschooling is life-changing - for parents and children alike.
If you have thought about homeschooling without making a commitment yet, or if you are already homeschooling with a desire for greater excellence in your children's education, Dorothy and Raymond Moore's book, The Successful Homeschool Family Handbook: A creative and stress-free approach to homeschooling may be the resource you need.
I offer this brief review of a book that offers extensive advice with foundational research to parents who are already homeschooling, and those who are considering homeschooling. The information contained within this volume offers sage wisdom lighting the path to successful homeschooling for all families.
Success or stress?
Moore and Moore start off their book by addressing the issue of stress in schooling at home. The truth is, teaching a child at any age or grade level is incredibly challenging. This is even truer when your own child becomes your student, and you their teacher.
Although the public school system may not be ideal for your family, you must give much consideration to the reality that you will become a teacher. Just as certified teachers holding a college degree are required to constantly update their skills and qualifications to teach students in the public sector, it is as equally (if not more) important that you do the same.
Reducing and eliminating stress
Homeschooling can absolutely be a success in your family. However, it can create a tremendous load of stress, too. It is important to be aware of this and be prepared to deal with it productively.
To maintain a healthy homeschool, there are a myriad of aspects, some of which have a tendency to be overlooked by homeschooling parents. This oversight or avoidance leads to stress. A few areas Moore and Moore discuss include (along with many others) standardized testing, socializing your children, and organization.
Tried and true
Moore and Moore conclude their research and insight with two final parts in their book that provide encouragement and advice from fellow homeschooling families. These two sections offer wisdom from parents who have "been there, done that" in the world of homeschooling. These personal stories show just how successful and rewarding homeschooling can be for any family.
Finally, the Moores close with their own offering of knowledge to help encourage parents, as well as additional information on the history of learning at home.
Hope Wilbanks is the author of 37 Tips for Successful Homeschooling - A Beginner's Guide To Make Homeschooling Fun & Easy for the Entire Family. Read her booklet for more tips on successful homeschooling at http://www.amazon.com/37-Tips-Successful-Homeschooling-Beginners/dp/1449901654/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1268574377&sr=8-1-spell
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