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Homeschooling for the Rest of Us: How Your One-Of-A-Kind Family Can Make Homeschooling and Real Life Work

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Homeschooling parents are under great pressure. Besides trying to balance teaching responsibilities and family life, they often face unrealistic expectations from relatives, churches, other homeschoolers, and society at large. Even parents considering homeschooling sense the need to be perfect.
Sonya Haskins doesn't want any more families to give up on homeschooling. In th
Paperback, 172 pages
Published January 1st 2010 by Bethany House Publishers
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Feb 25, 2010 Laura rated it it was amazing
I’m not a homeschooling mom, however, my husband and I have always said that if ever one or both of our children were to suffer from bullying or extreme difficulty with a teacher, we would pull them out of school and homeschool temporarily and as long as necessary. Thus far, our children are doing very well in school.

Nonetheless, when I was given the opportunity to review Homeschooling for the Rest of Us, I took it. And although I have a close friend who homeschools her children, this book was t
Oct 21, 2011 Tana rated it liked it
The book was readable, not too long, and had some good info. I did feel that the title or description should have pointed out that the book was told very much from a Christian perspective. If that helps you, and if this book is readily available to you, you might enjoy this book, but I read this after reading Linda Dobson's The First Year of Homeschooling Your Child, and found that one far better in terms of content, organization, writing, and overall comprehensiveness.
Sarah Hackley
Mar 25, 2014 Sarah Hackley rated it it was ok
This was a little preachy for my tastes, and I found that the heavy handed religious comments interfered with the readability. There also wasn't much new information here for me, though I imagine absolute newbies might find it useful.
Mar 07, 2010 Sunflower rated it it was amazing
"What about socialization?"
"Don't you have to have a degree to homeschool?"
"How can you handle being around your kids all the time"

Did you know that in an informal survey that the author, Sonya Haskins, did, that 93 percent of those polled (friends, relatives, the educational community) that is was felt that standards placed on homeschoolers are higher than those placed on educators?

Not fair you may think and even then, ever have thoughts of how to manage your time, your home, your sanity while
Stephen Escalera
Dec 21, 2010 Stephen Escalera rated it it was amazing
I was homeschooled for the vast majority of my 12 years of school. But it wasn't until my wife and I started homeschooling our own children that I realized just how stressful it can be. To put it simply enough, homeschooling can be intimidating. This is a fitting point for me to stop and give a huge "thank you" to my parents for sticking it out. Thanks Mom and Dad!

It's fairly intimidating to know that you are responsible for your children's education, and not just in the sense of making sure the
Apr 14, 2010 Laura rated it it was amazing
Author: Sonya Haskins
Publisher: Bethany House
January 2010
ISBN: 978-0-7642-0739-6
Genre: Inspirational/home school

It’s time to break a myth: Homeschooling families aren’t perfect. (from back cover)

Are you tired of seeing the pictures of large homeschooling families, all dressed immaculately, and in matching clothes designed by their preteen daughter in her spare time? Good news! There are some families out there that are just normal people, we don’t have twel
Jan 20, 2010 Pastoralmusings rated it it was amazing
Sonya Haskins has done a great job writing this book. Her experience, wisdom, empathy, as well as her passion for homeschooling have enabled her to greatly help the homeschooling community.
Haskins starts out by reminding us that the perfect families that we see in the magazines are usually not so perfect: they have their bad days, too. She reminds us that we need not set our goals so high that they can never be reached. Homeschooling families often stress themselves out, burn themselves out, and
Dec 28, 2012 Yiya rated it it was amazing
The author shares her homeschooling experiences in a simple and honest way. She comments on what has worked for her family and offers practical solutions to every day situations that may arise, always having in consideration that family context and needs are always different. Therefore, she focuses on making people realize that, if they're homeschooling, they need to find their own way and use what works for them, attaining a unique and individualized education. It is generally thought that educ ...more
Abbie Riddle
Mar 04, 2010 Abbie Riddle rated it it was amazing
Homeschooling for the Rest of Us, Sonya Haskins
I wish I had this book in hand my first year of homeschooling instead of some that I did. This is a surprising inspiration to the homeschooling family. It is not packed with rigid home school ideals, schedules, or unattainable goals. Rather Sonya Haskins inspires the reader through her candidness to seek out the best approach to homeschooling for the individual family. Her wit and wisdom as a homeschooling veteran shines through – as does her Christ
Mar 25, 2010 Kris rated it really liked it
'Homeschooling for the Rest of Us' by Sonya Haskins provides down-to-earth, doable advice for parents considering or currently providing homeschooling. Haskins works hard to disrupt the illusion that you need to be a perfect teacher, parent, community volunteer, and general saint to home school. She reassures the reader that it is okay to have a messy house at times or to feel stressed out; no one is perfect! Sonya provides several suggestions to try in difficult situations, potential routines a ...more
Kate Scott
Mar 04, 2010 Kate Scott rated it it was amazing
I've read quite a few books on homeschooling, and I've seen even more at my local book store and public library, so I was surprised to find that this little volume by Sonya Haskins, was, well, little. At only 172 pages, it's less than half the size of most homeschool books I've seen out there. Personally, I thought this was extremely appropriate! I wouldn't respect a book with a title like Homeschooling for the Rest of Us quite as much if it were three inches thick and took 2 months to read thro ...more
I received a free copy of this through Goodreads First Reads.
As a homeschooler I have to admit I have read many diffferent homeschooling genre books. This book was enjoyable in that it dealt with the non-perfect homeschoolers. You know, those whose children are not the perfect academic wonders who excel in all they do, while their smiling perfect parents beam at them from their perfect, neat home.
This book talks about all kinds of homeschoolers, and how life is not "perfect" but how that is oka
May 10, 2010 Cafelilybookreviews rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: homeschooling families

Whether you’ve been homeschooling for years or have just started – you’ll find something you can use in this book. Sonya breaks down the many challenges that homeschool parents face, and offers ideas and solutions. In the sidebar of many pages, there is also commentary from various homeschool parents sharing their ideas, struggles and tips. Sonya tackles everything from socialization, homeschooling on a budget, routines, schedules, dealing with relatives, special needs children, how to downsize
Brianna Kidd
Apr 20, 2016 Brianna Kidd rated it liked it
This was a great resource for those considering homeschooling or just starting out. It encouraged homeschool parents to embrace their individuality while maintaining a homeschool.

I gave it three stars because some chapters were very long and detailed while others were only 4-6 pages, and those short chapters were often the ones I would have liked more content in (dealing with relatives). The chapters seemed a little unbalanced.

The section I enjoyed best included possible responses to common ques
Jul 03, 2011 Alba rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: homeschoolers
Whether new to homeschooling or been there, doing that, this is a short book with lots of good information. As a new homeschooler, it would be good to read cover to cover, but for those who have been doing it at least a few years can get much out of it reading only the sections that pertain to your current situation, which is what I did.

Her point of view is very open. She does not cater to any specific homeschooling style, but includes them throughout. She also covers a wide
range of topics from
Margaret Chind
Jan 21, 2010 Margaret Chind rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: homeschooling parents
Recommended to Margaret by: Bethany House
This book might be little, but it is a plethora and wealth of interesting information. In the case of someone like myself considering homeschooling, but still unsure this book is fabulous. Even if you already know you plan to homeschool or you are currently homeschooling this little book will have plenty of information to help you along the way. From realistic routines to messy homes and living with a budget Sonya Haskins, author, homeschooling mother extraordinaire provides pages upon pages of ...more
Dec 18, 2014 Jill rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-2014
If you're a secular homeschooler the comments about Christianity might be off putting but they are rather mild. That wasn't in the book description so I was surprised. I'm a Christian so it didn't bother me, but it was more distracting than helpful I think. Writer's prerogative, though, of course.

I thought this was a really good 'jump into homeschool' book and would recommend it for anyone considering taking the plunge. I shared a few things out of it with my husband and made notes for later. In
Apr 22, 2010 Krista rated it liked it
I finished reading this book the other day and I found it to be a pretty good book for the beginning Christian home school family. There is no certain method you "must" follow, which I like because we are more eclectic in our homeschooling style. I feel this book would be a handy book to use while considering home schooling or when you are starting out.

We have been home schooling for over 9 years and I did find a little that I gleaned. However I find that it would best be used for a newbie.

I r
Mary Ann
Jan 03, 2015 Mary Ann rated it really liked it
I gave this book 4 stars because it was not the best book on homeschooling I have read, but I'm glad I read it. It is a simple (not necessarily enjoyable) read that helps a new homeschooler who may feel overwhelmed, to feel like it is possible to do. Just being able to read it in a simplified form, laid out in layman's terms is very helpful.
Emily Woodham
Jan 03, 2011 Emily Woodham rated it really liked it
Shelves: homeschool
This is a great book whether you're a seasoned a homeschooler or brand new to the concept! It's an easy read full of good encouragement and wise suggestions. I particularly like the way the author blasts perfectionism and false-pressure in homeschooling. It was the perfect read for me during our Christmas break!
Mar 10, 2015 Kari rated it really liked it
Shelves: to-read-again
This was a relatively quick read but full of encouragement and reminders of the heart behind homeschooling. A good book to come to when perfectionism and worries take away from the joy of teaching our kids.
Julie Levenhagen
Sep 05, 2013 Julie Levenhagen rated it it was ok
Shelves: non-fiction, 2013
This book was okay. My son has ADHD, and the author's advice (in the chapter about homeschooling with special needs) to "teach your child to sit still" lost me a little. If I could do that, I'd be a miracle worker, but thanks for the advice, Ms. Haskins. *commence olympic eye rolling*
April Franklin
Apr 13, 2014 April Franklin rated it liked it
Short, but some good advice. I found the advice on scheduling to be helpful and something I had been trying to figure out.
Aug 16, 2012 Erin rated it really liked it

Worth reading if you are considering homeschool. This book looks at it practically and provides simple and helpful insights from someone who has "been there, done that".
Jul 16, 2013 Samantha rated it really liked it
The first parenting/homeschooling book I've picked up that I couldn't put down. The book is fast paced, engaging, encouraging, and full of practical ideas.
Mar 19, 2010 Angel rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: homeschooling friends
Excellent book on finding your nitch in homeschooling, lots of ideas of ways to homeschool and how to encourage others that are currently homeschooling, access to her website for even more help
Apr 27, 2013 Sanz rated it really liked it
Super quick read. I really enjoyed the overall theme, which was "Follow your own path." There were great ideas for scheduling, chores, misbehavior, attitudes, etc.
Jan 18, 2010 Sally marked it as to-read
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I found this book to be an enjoyable read that provided valuable information. I took plenty of notes while reading this book.
Jul 29, 2010 Elna rated it it was ok
it was okay
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Sonya Haskins is a veteran homeschooling mom of five children and an active homeschooling consultant and advocate. She is the author of several books, including The Homeschooler's Book of Lists, and her articles have appeared in Homeschooling Today, Guideposts for Teens, and other magazines. She has served in leadership positions for the homeschooling community on a local, regional, and state leve ...more
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