Back when I felt called to begin homeschooling, I started my quest for knowledge by talking to just about every homeschooler I knew to see what they did in their homes and what curriculum they used. There were a few general books at the library that covered the basic questions about homeschooling, but some felt like they were a little on the preachy side about it all.
In recent years, there has been an explosion of people electing to break from the status quo and join the homeschooling community. For many, there is a thirst for a simple to follow book that gives them the basics to begin homeschooling their children.
Educate the Home Educator Crash Course covers it in 6 parts with a total of 40 easy lessons. Angie McFarren is both a homeschool mother and consultant to others who homeschools. In this course, she shares what she has garnered through the years to help make the decision to homeschool seem less daunting.
The Building Blocks of Homeschooling covers the nitty gritty of homeschooling. The legal aspect of homeschooling, including maintaining a paper trail are found in this section. You’ll also get some great advice about selecting homeschool curriculum and ways to set up your day.
How to Teach Homeschool Courses delves more into specific subjects and how you can approach teaching them. After individual subjects are discussed, the focus switches a bit towards homeschooling during high school including preparation for college. I know that my attention was focused on those high school related lessons as P is now in high school.
The Skills for Success presents what I consider to be a key element to homeschooling that I seem to have dropped the ball on for the boys ~ study habits. Skills needed for research are also featured in this section along with skills for taking tests and how to get the kids focused upon deadlines. Of all the sections, this is the one that I truly need at this point in time. The boys are not good independent learners as I desire them to be and I fear it is partly my fault for not spending much time on how to study, etc. A comment about preparing the students now so they could walk into a school setting and succeed struck a nerve and it is now going to be a priority.
Information Specifically for Mom does just that ~ it gives you some much needed advice and guidance for integrating your homeschool journey with other aspects of your life. Dad is not forgotten with an entire lesson in this section about their role in homeschooling.
How to Make School Fun is a section I could talk about for quite a while. When the kids are enjoying their learning, it is no longer a chore and becomes easier to do for all involved. Lapbooking is one of the methods of recording information that is discussed here as are field trips and extracurricular activities.
Finally, the book wraps up with How to Wrap the School Year. For those who choose to homeschool year round, having something to signify the end of one school year and the start of a new one might be overlooked. Put in with this section is a bit about preparing to attend a homeschool convention. Depending upon what is available for conventions in your area, this could be a life-saving lesson so you do not become too overwhelmed.
At a little over 300 pages, this electronic resource is packed with information. Even for a slightly seasoned homeschool parent, I found gems throughout the text. This is definitely a labor of love borne out from a desire to help parents have a successful homeschooling experience.
You can purchase Educate the Home Educator Crash Course retails for $57, but is currently on sale for $21. The purchase includes a secondary pdf file with nearly 50 pages of forms and templates that compliment the course. I love the forms for learning styles and appreciate that I can easily print out as many copies as I need to discern which style each child has as well as my own.
On the Hope Homeschool Consulting site, you’ll also find a few freebies geared for homeschool parents and can sign up for her newsletter.
Disclaimer ~ I was provided with a copy of the course to facilitate this review. No monetary compensation was provided and all opinions are my own.