Start Homeschooling by Tina Razzell Book Review
Tina Razzell has homeschooled four children over a sixteen year period. As far as homeschooling goes, she has seen her share of joys and challenges. In this book, she discusses both. She reveals the reasons that homeschooling works for many families and communicates some of the downsides. This slim book has 45 short chapters that cover everything from getting started with homeschooling to what to do if your relatives don’t agree with your desire to homeschool your children. There are also appendices covering resources that would be useful to homeschoolers.
This book is filled with wisdom about homeschooling. Here are some of the ideas that Tina shares with her readers:
*Homeschooling is a way of life.
*There may be times when you feel discouraged about homeschooling. This often happens after the winter holidays. Relax! Just work your way back into the homeschooling schedule. You control your homeschooling year.
*Families that homeschool have more flexibility, since they are not tied to the public school calendar.
*There is no right method for homeschooling. Choose what works for your child and the rest of the family.
*Children who have special needs can be easily accommodated in the homeschool setting. They can learn using methods and materials that work best for that particular student. Kids with Attention Deficit Disorder may feel a strong sense of relief to be out of a traditional classroom and into learning in ways that work for them.
*Practical living experiences, including skills that children need for independent living, can be a part of the homeschool curriculum.
*Enhanced field trips, experiential learning, and physical fitness can be an integral piece of the curriculum when you homeschool.
*If a parent does not want to teach a subject, that family can hire a tutor or trade with another family where the parent enjoys teaching that subject. Math and upper level science can be challenging to teach. It is perfectly fine to pay an expert to teach these subjects.
*If you have multiple children that you are homeschooling, have them do the same subject together. For instance, if you are studying physical science, students can study the same topic. You can adjust the difficulty level to suit the students’ needs. By structuring the materials and learning level, children can be encouraged to become independent learners.
*Give the homeschooled child a chance to interact and socialize with other children by joining homeschoolers’ groups, youth activities, or making “dates” to spend time with other kids.
*Start out by getting organized. Find a place for your books and supplies. Keep each child’s papers together. Save them for a year. Any great projects can be photographed and the picture stored as a record of the project. Children can help evaluate what needs to be kept. Don’t even think about trying to keep every single scrap of paper that your child produces!
*Keep good records.
Tina Razzell gives a lot of practical advice in a positive, conversational style. My favorite piece of advice is from the heart. “Homeschooling is a journey not a destination, always seek to improve what you are doing and teach with a mind that is open to new possibilities and experiences.”
Oh, the roads that you can travel when your family makes the journey through homeschooling! For our family, the homeschooling experience was a positive one. We loved the freedom that homeschooling gave us. To get a taste of what it can be like, read Tina Razzell’s informative book called Start Homeschooling – Great Education with Your Child at Home. I highly recommend it.
This book is available in paperback or a Kindle edition from Amazon. The author provided me with a copy for review. I was not compensated for the review.
Start Homeschooling - Great Education with Your Child at Home
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