Sometimes, homeschooling can bring about feelings of inadequacy and discouragement. I wonder if I’m doing enough for my kids, and if they’ll really know what they need to know by the time they graduate. Despite how I feel, I do know the Lord has called me to homeschool my kids, and that He is great at helping me through rough patches.
But, occasionally, it is nice to hear from others who have been there and felt like I have. To be encouraged by women who are further along the journey than I am. That’s why I was excited to review God Schooling: How God Intended Children to Learn by Julie Polanco. The author is a homeschooling mom of four, and has graduated her oldest.
What Is this Product?
I received a physical copy of God Schooling: How God Intended Children to Learn. There are 163 pages in it.
The book is broken into two sections. The first is about dispelling myths about homeschooling. This section offers a lot of encouragement and motivation as it walks through the concept of natural learning. I love how the author weaves scripture and personal stories into it.
The second section is longer, and is called Practice. It’s more of the practical and how-to. This section covers teaching tips for students in different age brackets, helping your teens prepare for life after homeschooling, and some basic record keeping and structure tips.
This section also integrates scripture and personal stories, which makes it very enjoyable to read.
Chapters in each section end with study questions. Each of these pages has some questions, followed by blank spaces so you can reflect and respond. They encourage you to think more deeply about the concepts presented, and brainstorm ways to implement them into your own homeschool.
What Did I Think of This Product?
This book was an easy read, but it wasn’t a quick read. I really wanted to take time and reflect as I read, which meant it took me longer than I expected to read. But, it was worth the time.
I gained some practical tips, which I’ll be implementing in our upcoming school year. Among these are:
- Stopping my frequent browsing of curriculum catalogues and websites. These often leave me feeling discouraged because they make me focus on what I wish I had instead of what I do have.
- Integrating more experiences into our homeschool routines
- Getting out in nature more, as a part of school instead of viewing it strictly as something to do when we’ve finished for the day
When I first started homeschooling, I was very much a school at home type of mom. But, over the years the Lord has helped me realize that I don’t have to stick to that model. In fact, He’s shown me that my kids learn more and deeper when we dive into topics and incorporate movement, games, and more discussions into our learning.
These natural learning methods work better, and leave the family less stressed!
This book was very encouraging to me, as it reminded me to follow the path that God has planned, not the one that anyone else thinks is best.
I really enjoyed reading this book, and plan on revisiting it again in the future. If you’re looking for some encouragement, or some practical tips for homeschooling multiple ages, it’s definitely worth the read!
The ebook is on sale for 50% off now through August 22, and you can receive the first chapter for free when you sign up for the author’s newsletter.
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