I attended public schools and a public college. I graduated high school as Class Vice President, Homecoming Queen, Track team MVP, Art Club VP, with 5 cords and an NHS stole draped over my gown. Woo hoo accolades, accolades. Knowing me as that girl, one might be shocked to find me three children later, having no other desire than to homeschool my children.
It’s a puzzle work which has become the platform for why we are choosing to homeschool our children, but the difficulty comes when we ask the question of how homeschooling can become a reality– more so than a romantic idea. Because as Pinterest Fails seems to have coined the term, I am a great example of the NAILED IT person.
Some of the most glaring holes in our fluffy ideal of homeschooling is the fact that I am not organized. My desk and counters are cluttered. TO DO lists give me rage. I will drown if I have to adhere to a strict routine or schedule. I struggled so much through Algebra II in high school that my teacher looked at me, defeated, and said, “maybe one of your classmates can help you.”
Knowing I am this way caused me to believe with certainty that I am not cut out to even think about educating our children at home. But here’s the thing: it has pressed upon my heart, persistently, since Lexington was born.
I started reading various mommy bloggers who homeschool but I was so confused with all the lingo, all the different curricula, and the state guidelines. These mothers seem to forget how they got started or will quickly rattle off a one-sentence summary of it (which doesn’t help), and on top of that, they’re homeschooling their children– these mothers are busy.
What I really needed after discovering my desire to homeschool was to sit down and have a homeschooling mom give it to me straight, without forgetting the newbie doubts and fears and struggles, on how someone like me can go about doing it.
As soon as I realized this is what I needed, I purchased an eBook for my Kindle App because there was a picture of a woman wearing a macaroni-laden tiara on the cover, along with the phrase “for the rest of us“. Color me your book-cover-judger, but I knew it had to be pretty good.
And it is.
Rebecca Frech, wife and mother of 7 children, wrote Teaching in Your Tiara: A Homeschooling Book for the rest of Us, literally, for the rest of us:
“Twelve years ago, when I started thinking about teaching my children at home, I bought and read every book on the market about homeschooling. It didn’t take long before I realized that those books were written for someone else.
Every book I read seemed to speak to some sort of paragon of woman-kind with an organized house, children whose clothes match, and a life that actually runs on a discernible schedule. […] I wanted to hear about reality, not just a vague and picturesque ideal. I wanted to know both the good and the bad about how it really works and where to begin. “
Ahh. I breathed a sigh of relief.
After the first page, Frech poses a very simple question to her readers, and I knew I could homeschool my children. Simply knowing “you really can do this” took the weight off of my shoulders and I felt encouraged to read on. After the first chapter, all of my doubts, including the stereotypical worry of “How, oh how, will they get socialized?” were suddenly a non-issue.
Rebecca dedicates a few chapters to discussing homeschooling with your spouse, and she shares advice on how to handle friends and family members who do not support your choice, or even reject you for it.
She lists out homeschooling terminology in plain english, she explains the different curricula, and she asks her reader to consider his/her own personality alongside of those curricula and how they may or may not complement each other.
To top it all off, Teaching in Your Tiara has nine pages filled with links for further resources on homeschooling, which I am glad to have on hand.
If homeschooling is pressing on your heart, and you’re not really sure how to begin, or even if you’re cut out for it at all (or you know someone who might be interested), I recommend this book a thousand times, as the ice breaker, the first stepping stone into homeschooling.
I loved Rebecca’s book so much, I had to tell her. She sent me a hard copy (which is now marked up and dogeared cover to cover), and offered to give away a second copy to one of my brilliant readers– youse guys! Follow the prompts below in the Rafflecopter box to enter to win one copy of Teaching in Your Tiara.
It’s a particularly special giveaway because this week marks the one year anniversary since Rebecca’s book was published! Congratulations, Rebecca!
In honor of her one year anniversary, the company which prints her book is offering Teaching in Your Tiara for only $5.00 with code VJG4PC5C at checkout. Click here to purchase through Create Space.
Also, beginning on Wednesday June 4, 2014 for a week, Amazon will be selling Teaching in Your Tiara eBook for Kindle and Kindle App for $1.99 (usually $5.99).
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