August 23, 2012 in Simple Home School
If you homeschool, want to homeschool, are curious about homeschoolers, are burned out with homeschooling, or just looking for some cool people to learn about this is the book for you
I started working on this project several months ago. I have had struggles with homeschooling and have been overwhelmed with all the different options out there. I know my kids will do better at home, I have seen it in the past two years, but I struggled a lot with if I was doing the best job I could.
I wondered… what do the ‘real’ homeschool parents do. I mean, the ones that have been homeschooling lots longer than me. I knew of several bloggers who had more kids than me and homeschooled (and acted like they enjoyed it). What was their secret? What did they actually do during the day? What have they learned? How did they know it was working?
I wasn’t sure they would have time to answer my questions and I figured I wasn’t the only one curious so I came up with a book idea The book is just that. Interviews with 25 (actually 26 because we got a bonus addition last minute) amazing homeschool families.
Before you get thinking that it is a long list of more things to do with homeschooling or a way to compare methods this book is not about either of these things. … you gotta trust me on this. My site and my work are built to make less for you to do not more. … I stay away from sites with lots of ‘great ideas’. Simple, clear, focused on priorities and cutting the clutter — that is what my site is about whether it is about closets, food or homeschool.
Instead this book is like sitting down in a room full of super awesome homeschool parents that are there to share, encourage, and tell you about their lives and experience. It is an empowering book from start to finish. We are all different in how we homeschool, but in some ways we are all very similar.
This is an electronic book (for now) but it is no wimpy book. It is the size of a novel! The pdf version is over 250 pages.
Just a few of the amazing contributors are:
- Heather from OMSH and writer for The Pioneer Woman
- Kristin from The Frugal Girl
- Leo from Zen Habits
- Nancy from Family on Bikes
- Stephanie from Keeper of the Home
- Kelly from Generation Cedar
- and so many more awesome folks! You can check out the contributors list here.
Check out what these people are saying!
“Ever wondered what it is really like to homeschool? Twenty-six families share the good, the bad, and the not-so-pretty things that can make up a homeschool lifestyle. Grab a cup of coffee and “chat” with these homeschool moms as you read the pages of this book. If you’re looking for picture perfect, you won’t find that here. What you will find are homeschool moms who honestly share the ups and downs of the homeschool life. Discover their joys, experiences, concerns, and why they don’t quit. Whether you’re a newbie, a veteran homeschooler, or somewhere in between, you’ll enjoy these candid looks at homeschooling.” ~Gena Suarez, Publisher, The Old Schoolhouse Magazine, LLC
“As a homeschooling mom of four boys, I can tell you that each day is a real adventure. When we first started this journey, the road was wide open. Each new day presented a million different ways we could go. I was excited, but so very overwhelmed. There were no shortages of online resources or advice from other more seasoned homeschoolers, but what I craved was truth and honesty about the lifestyle of homeschooling and how to balance it all. I needed to hear real stories written by real people compiled in one place. This book does just that. You Can Do it Too! is for anyone who wants to know more about what homeschooling is really like on a daily basis, the highs and lows and everything in between. And it’s for the homeschooler whose already walking this path and just needs to know they are not alone. Sharing our stories can be such an encouragement and a source of comfort in knowing that we’ve made the right decisions for our families. I am so thankful to be a part of such an amazing project!” — Megan Spires House of the Rising Sons