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When I agreed to review, Help! I’m Homeschooling!: Helpful Habits for the Heart of Homeschooling I was hoping it would be a good book that I could recommend to the folks that look to me for help in getting started. However, what I got was so much more. I do recommend this for new homeschoolers but honestly it is a great book for veteran homeschoolers that need a bit of encouragement or refreshment.
Trica Hodges uses each short section to talk about a different homeschool habit that was helpful in their homeschool. She has suggestions that range from spiritual to practical and from young children to high school.
One of the habits that I want to try this school year is morning room time. I love the idea of a time for the younger ones to play independently while I accomplish a few things with the older children. I think the thing I most love about how she makes it work is that the little ones get to hear her voice and work on learning during that time so it is almost like she really gets to be in two places at once (and don’t we all wish for that at times).
This year I will have a baby, a preschooler (who desperately wants to be included in school work), and elementary student, and a middle schooler. Time management is going to be critical for us and I love how she has a variety of time management ideas. What works during one season may not work in the next but she has a variety of ideas that can implemented to help with time management.
There are many other ideas and habits included in Help! I’m Homeschooling!: Helpful Habits for the Heart of Homeschooling. She packed a lot of great information and easy to use ideas into less than 100 pages of text. This book can be read in its entirety or you can simply choose the habits that you feel you need to work on. She recommends (and I wholeheartedly agree) that after reading you choose one or two habits to work on and not the whole book. If you are homeschooling and want a little bit of help with habits and making things flow more smoothly, you are just getting started, or you are considering making the change I highly encourage you to check out this short but powerful book.
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