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I don’t think you can ever be completely prepared to homeschool. There are so many books about homeschooling that it’s easy to feel overwhelmed about which one to read first, and how many to read before you start. The ladies at iHomeschool Network have made it easy for you by compiling not one but two books. The Big Book of Homeschool Ideas Volume 1 and Volume 2 are collections of articles by homeschool moms for homeschool moms.
I have already found helpful advice. In Volume 1, there are articles on homeschooling with babies and toddlers. Rafe is six months old and doesn’t always nap when we’re busy with school, so I appreciated the suggestions on how to keep him occupied while we work.
There are also articles on how teaching boys is different to teaching girls, advice on teaching subjects you don’t particularly enjoy – for me, that would be maths – learning resources for special needs, answering homeschool critics, how homeschooling affects your marriage, and even meal planning for busy moms.
Volume 2 is just as jam-packed with helpful advice. I particularly enjoyed the chapter on encouraging independence in teenage students. I also appreciated the ideas for getting your teen to think about career paths and how to explore different options.
I like that there’s a section on curriculum choice, with recommendations for each stage of homeschooling. There are also ideas to make back-to-school special and fun. There is also a description of different homeschooling approaches, which will be helpful if you’re just starting out and are unsure how to go about it.
You will also find encouragement for the days when you question your decision to homeschool and when friends and family don’t understand or even oppose your homeschool journey.
I got really excited about the section on language arts and literature. I’m a bookworm, and I’m doing my best to raise my children as bookworms, so I will be making use of many of the ideas found in these chapters.
We are in our second year of homeschooling, and still a while away from the middle and high school years, but we are committed to homeschooling all the way through school, so The Big Book Of Homeschool Ideas is a resource I will certainly come back to again and again.
If you’re going to buy just one homeschooling book – okay, TWO homeschooling books – then buy this one as well as the first volume. You’ll be glad you did.
The Big Book of Homeschool Ideas Volume 1 and Volume 2 are available in paperback and on Kindle.