We were among the first homeschooling families in our community. People thought we were strange, that we’d grow up uneducated, that we would be unsocialized freaks, and that our chances for higher education had just been washed down the drain.
None of these proved to be true.
My mom homeschooled for 14 years. She took me home half-way through my 4th grade year and homeschooled me through 12th grade, and proceeded to homeschool each of my siblings through their senior years as well.
I have the highest respect for her! I cannot imagine how exhausting it must have been. Long hours of school prep, teaching, grading papers. Weekends spent planning, evenings preparing for the next school day, early mornings spent preparing for the day.
We are grown. We have children of our own now.
And the scenario is played out much the same for my sister, who has 4 children ranging from 6 – 11 years.
Just in a different country.
A country where homeschooling is illegal. A country where the idea is ludicrous to most. While America has more-or-less proved the arguments against homeschooling to be unfounded, and has witnessed the overwhelmingly positive test results from homeschooled students (as opposed to the results from students in public schools), the debate here in Croatia – and much of Europe – has only just begun.
As a homeschool graduate, I was honored to be asked to review Lori Hatcher’s book “Joy in the Journey – Encouragement for Homeschooling Moms“.
Reviewing the book brought back a flood of memories from the “other side of the desk” – the student’s perspective. And it had me pondering my own reasons for wanting to homeschool my own wee children – as I begin preschool with my oldest son this fall.
“Joy in the Journey – Encouragement for Homeschooling Moms” is a weekly devotional book that follows the traditional school year. Each chapter ends with application questions, action steps, and a prayer. I found it very inspiring and encouraging and couldn’t wait to share it with you!
She shares about her own joys and struggles with her 17-year homeschooling journey.
I highly recommend this book to every homeschooling mom, or mom who is contemplating homeschooling. As you read this devotional, ask yourself the thought-provoking questions and take the action steps she carefully lays out, I believe you will find renewed strength and purpose in the journey of homeschooling.
“Joy in the Journey – Encouragement for Homeschooling Moms” comes in an eBook format at a very, very low price, or in paperback.
Below is more information about this book and links to order your own copy. Please visit her blog “Hungry for God, Starving For Time”.
Humbled to be a featured resource on Mardel.com’s homeschool page.
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