Monday, July 14, 2008

An E-Book Review: Relaxed Homeschooling

I remember well our first day of homeschooling.

I had spent literally months researching. I had written down our plans in a notebook. I had risen early to prepare myself.

And then I broke my foot.

With a coffee cup.

Don't ask.

After spending the day in the emergency room, I was even more determined to get started on the right foot. (Pun completely intended.) I stepped up our lesson plans, insisting that Ben & Lily sit at attention at the kitchen table and raise their hands before speaking. Within a month, I would almost cry watching the school bus go by in the mornings. There was no other word for it folks, we were miserable.

Sure, I had heard of this concept of "relaxed homeschooling." At the time, I was an active member of the Elijah Company's message board, where there were scores of relaxed homeschoolers. But I just knew our family could do it differently. After all... my children were brilliant!

Oh, how I wish that I would have had this ebook before I had started.

The author, Kelly Crawford, does an amazing job of outlining what you truly need to know to enjoy homeschooling in a relaxed way, whether you're just starting out, switching over from a different method, or simply need a refresher course in why any of it matters.

This is just brass tacks, the whys and hows that you need for everything from the planning stages to preparing for college or the workforce.
There isn't a lot of extraneous philosophy in here, which is easy to find elsewhere.

I appreciate most the emphasis on a Christ-centered home, and why that is essential to homeschooling success. And it isn't preachy in the least. On the contrary, it's wonderfully warm and encouraging.

As the start of the school year gets closer and closer, this would be a great guide to have in your hands!

ADDED NOTE: This ebook was scheduled to be on half-price sale until this morning, and last I checked it still is. HURRY!

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