E-Book Review: Back to Homeschool

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Everywhere you look on the internet and in the blogosphere there is someone telling you how to do something.  They could be giving me advice on marriage, gardening, cooking, home decorating and yes, even home education.  A long time ago, someone much wiser than I am, told me to always do some research on WHO was behind the advice and to see if what they said was lived out in their lives and if they truly had the “experience” to back up what they were instructing me to do.  In other words, look at where that person was now, what their life and ministry was like, and if those things did not reflect a place I would want to go, then, to take their advice with a proverbial grain of salt.

I’ve done that over the years and the review of the new ebook, Back to Homeschool, was no exception.  Over the course of the past several months, I’ve had the opportunity to read, talk on the phone with, and email back and forth with today’s author:  Misty Krasawski.  What I have found by observing her life is someone that is real, transparent, and willing to share her journey with others so that we can gain from her insight, her experiences and yes, even her failings.  When you read anything Misty has written you can hear her heart coming through loud and clear.  Her new book, Back to Homeschool, is a great example of this.

Back to Homeschool takes us on a 23 day journey of preparing for the upcoming school year.  I’m sure the first thing that comes to your mind is researching curriculum, making schedules, buying supplies…you know, the logistical stuff. Over the past 19 years of homeschooling and 30 years of working in and around parents and educators, logistics often seem to be the primary concern of individuals.  Yet, when it all comes down to it, logistics are nothing meaningful without a heart of wisdom behind them.

Misty begins the book by demonstrating her heart of wisdom.  The book begins by doing some evaluating…but not of curriculum.  She encourages us to study ourselves, our husbands and our children.  There is such wisdom in this advice.  If we don’t know the needs of our own family, no amount of logistics will meet those needs.  I love this starting place and I love the fact that the book is written as though we are walking through those 23 days of planning and preparing right alongside Misty.  She shares with us her first and subsequent 23 day planning journeys and I’m left feeling like I have a comrade-in-arms along the way.

She begins with our home, helps us examine our motivation, our philosophy, and our foundation and then applies what we have learned from that journey to our choices for the next school year.  With her friendly and encouraging tone, grounded content and advice, and her transparency, Back to Homeschool is a read that you will not want to miss this summer!  The book is only $4.99.

Faith and Courage,

Lori

 

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  1. Melanie Miles June 8, 2012 at 9:41 am -

    After 11 ‘official’ years of homeschooling, one would think this would be a book I could write. Not so much! Always looking for good teaching on getting it all together! Thanks for sharing.

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    Ah, Melanie!…you always make me smile! I’m thrilled with this book and the encouragement and inspiration it will provide for all. Hope you win! : )

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    You are a winner!
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  2. I started officially homeschooling my daughter when she was 4. She loved to read since 3. And now she is almost 12. Currently, I am homeschooling a 6th grader, a 2nd grader and upcoming Kindergartner. I can’t say that I don’t have any doubts, especially till the middle school age. I’d love to hear again and again what homeschooling is really about and be encouraged by fellow homeschoolers. Thanks.

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  3. My husband and I went to a homeschool conference last weekend to check things out. Our daughter is still very young, but we want to homeschool, and the idea is so overwhelming to us. I would love to win this book to shake a few of my jitters! Thanks for the chance :)

    Jenna
    callherhappy.com

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  4. I would love to read this book. I’m definitely feeling that my focus is on the logistics and I think this would be a refreshing and helpful resource as I start to think about next year.

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  5. Looks like JUST what I need to read this summer! This is our 7th year of homeschooling–6 of them I did as a single mom.

    I’d love to win:)!

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  6. We’d love to win! I am already gearing up for the fall — though school just ended two weeks ago! :)

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    You are a winner! See below.
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  7. I have been reading Misty’s blog for a while now, and she never fails to encourage me as a homeschooler and as a parent. God has given her such wisdom, and I am so glad that she passes it along to the rest of us.

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  8. I would love to be entered in the drawing! Thanks!

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    You are a winner! See below.
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  9. I definitely feel the need to refocus my energy and to reevaluate how and why I homeschool. It’s not just about the curriculum, but it’s easy to lose sight of what really matters when logistics (and our/my own desires) take center stage. I look forward to reading this book. Thanks for your review.

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