A Review of A Biblical Home Education by Dr. Ruth Beechick

I have had the privilege of reading Dr. Ruth Beechick’s newest book, A Biblical Home Education, and as a seasoned homeschool mom, I learned so much from her years of wisdom. She does not recommend a big, fancy curriculum to teach your children. She starts out by recommending that you use the Bible as your main curriculum. And later in the book she gives a few specific book suggestions. But her first goal is to let you know that it is okay to not depend on a curriculum to prepare your children for his or her future. She suggests that you allow your child to grow in the Lord, and your first responsibility is to train your child in the ways of the Lord.

I wish I would have had this book several years ago. It is so easy to hear what great things your friends are doing with their children, and then beat yourself up for not doing “the perfect” curriculum like your friend. All familes are different, and all children within a family are different. I have six children, and I see this in action every single day.

This book has practical ideas and suggestions for you to utilize as they suit your family. One of my favorite resources is found at the back of the book. She has included an Appendix with information on Cross-Dominance. If you have a child that easily confuses “b’s” and “d’s”, you know that I am talking about. She has included some exercises to help your child with cross-dominance issues. I also enjoyed her chapter on nutrition for children with behavioral issues.

If you are looking for a good book to rechagre your homeschool this summer, I highly recommend A Biblical Home Education.

You can purchase it from my website for only $12.99 or from other sources of homeschool materials. If you like my blog and reviews, I would appreciate your support of my business, too. God has enabled me to minister to many homeschool families through my business, and I would like to continue blessing others as God has blessed me.

A Review of Exploring Creation with Zoology 3: Land Animals of the Sixth Day by Jeannie Fulbright

Jeannie Fulbright has once again written a book that my children love. She uses a conversational method to teach science in a fun and engaging way. I also love the pronunciation guides for the scientific terminology in this book. And the pictures throughout the book are top-quality pictures. I am thankful to have creation-based science books to use with my children. Thank you!

You can purchase, Exploring Creation Zoology 3: Land Animals of the Sixth Day by Jeannie Fulbright HERE.

A Review of Homeschool Co-ops by Carol Topp

Are you thinking about starting a homeschool co-op? Are you involved a homeschool co-op that needs some re-structuring? Carol Topp, who is also a CPA, has written a how-to guide on how to start, run, and not burn out. As a homeschool group leader for many years, I would have benefitted from this book when our group went through a major reorganization. Growing pains are never fun, but our growing pains would have been easier with this resource. This books contains space for you to answer questions, and it gives you outlines of questions to ask when structuring your co-op. This book contains 11 chapters, and one chapter that ALL homeschool co-ops should read is the one about 501(c)(3) Tax-exempt Organizations. There is a handy checklist and list of resources. I highly recommend this book for any homeschool leader or member.

You can get this book at http://www.homeschoolco-ops.com/.

Homeschooling at the speed of life by Marilyn Rockett

Once upon a time, I was a mom to two children, and I thought I led a fairly organized life. Then God called my husband and me to homeschool our children, and He blessed us with four more children. I also have a business that I run in my “spare” time. So, it is safe to say that some of my organization flew out the window. I have had Marilyn Rockett’s book on my shelf for a while, and after picking it up tonight, I am renewed and invigorated to make some organizational changes in my life. Her book also contains a hand CD-ROM to help make my organizing projects more manageable. This is a book that I bought. It is not just a book that was sent to me for review, and I would recommend it to any homeschool mom who needed a little help in organizing all the stuff that comes along with homeschooling. Marilyn is a Titus 2 woman, and I am so glad she wrote this book to help us get organized.

You can purchase this book HERE.

Review of “Hand that Rocks the Cradle” by Nathaniel Bluedorn

Nathaniel Bluedorn has compiled a book with 400 classical books for children. I have spent a lot of time in the past previewing books for my children, and now I have a resource that is divded up by author with short summaries of some of the author’s books. What a help to me this book has been! There are guides for each book that gives the time period covered, location, and publish date. There is also an index at the end of the book that gives the books listed in the book by topic, such as Animals or Dogs.

You can purchase this book from my website HERE.

Did you think I disppeared from my blog?

Hello! I am sorry it has been so long in between blog postings. Spring has been a very busy season in our household. I attended the MidWest Homeschool Convention in March, and it was wonderful! It also heralded in a busy season for my book business. And I have also tried to spend more time with my husband and children. I have said it before on this blog that my priorities are God, my husband, and my children. This blog definitely takes a back seat to those things in my life. And I have wanted to spend as much time with God and my family lately, so I have just not taken the time to sit down and write in my blog.

I have also spent a lot of time reviewing books lately, so be prepared for several reviews in the near future. I also just returned from the North Carolina Homeschool Convention, and it was wonderful. I enjoyed seeing all of the vendors that I have become friends with, and I enjoyed seeing customers who have shopped with me the past few years. With my store, I am not doing a lot of conventions this year, and I will only be going to a local one-day conference in August. And that will be my last convention of this season.

I pray that God has blessed each of you as He has me!

Win FREE Rosetta Stone Software!

Rosetta Stone has been the #1 foreign language curriculum among homeschoolers for a while — next week they are unleashing a brand new curriculum, and you can WIN the *all new* Rosetta Stone Homeschool Version 3… FOR FREE!

This is a $219 program (and believe me it’s worth every penny!) and the winner gets to pick from any of these 14 languages: Spanish (Spain or Latin America), English (American or British), Arabic, Chinese, Japanese, French, German, Italian, Portuguese, Irish, Hebrew, or Russian.

This will also include a headset with microphone, and students will participate in lifelike conversations and actually produce language to advance through the program. Rosetta Stone still incorporates listening, reading and writing as well, in addition to speaking. Many homeschoolers requested grammar and vocabulary exercises, and with Rosetta Stone Homeschool Version 3, they’re included! For parents, the new Parent Administrative Tools are integrated into the program and allow parents to easily enroll students in any of 12 predetermined lesson plans, monitor student progress, and view and print reports.

To win this most excellent program — in the language of your choice — copy these (blue) paragraphs and post it in (or as) your next blog post — then to enter the contest, go to the original contest page HERE: http://www.homeschoolblogger.com/JenIG/501132/ and leave a comment with the link showing where you blogged about it. And please make sure the link works to get back to the original contest page when you post it. And good luck! The winner will be picked randomly on March 26, and will be notified thru the link they left to their blog pg. And if you have more than one blog, you can post them and enter those separately for more chances to win. Yay for free stuff!