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Scheduling: The Secret to Homeschool Sanity

 

Scheduling: The Secret to Homeschool Sanity book review

 

I have a slightly lengthy list of Kindle books on my pc waiting to be read. Many of these are about homeschooling and I plan to review some of them here on my blog. Since I got these from Amazon I will be using my affiliate links. Clicking through and buying via my links will not cost you any extra money. 

 

Tonight I finished The Secret to Homeschool Sanity: Plan Your Way Back to Mental Health by Lee Binz (aka The Home Scholar).  Lee and her husband Matt homeschooled their two boys from elementary to high school. Both boys got full-tuition, four-year scholarships to their chosen colleges.

 

I’m not going to give a lengthy review, rather I’ll hit on the highlights. Some of the topics Lee hits on in her book are as follows:   the importance of the homeschooling parent taking time off for a retreat, having morning meetings with the kids, teaching kids responsibility through chores, tips for homeschooling mixed ages, meal planning and of course the ins and outs of scheduling.

 

She likens schedules to gingerbread cookies – they come in different shapes, some have lots of frosting or decorations while others are pretty bare-bones, simple. What works for one family won’t necessarily work for the next.

 

One of her tips is to alternate sit-down subjects with active subjects like P.E. because kids can only sit still and concentrate for so long. A good point for sure. She’s also smart to suggest creating “margin” in our schedules to allow for emergencies and unexpected guests.

 

I plan to sit down with this short 8 chapter easy-to-read Kindle book again soon so I can apply some of her tips into our homeschooling life. I do recommend this book. I have another book or two of hers to finish as well.

 

Scheduling: The Secret to Homeschool Sanity,  Kindle $2.99

 

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12 Comments

  1. Thanks for posting about this book. It sounds like something I’d like to look into more. We just started home schooling our daughter in December, and I’m still trying to find a balance/schedule/routine that works best for us. It looks like this might have some good ideas!

  2. Sounds like a useful book for homeschoolers. Thanks for the recommendation!

  3. I really like the gingerbread cookie analogy! While I didn’t homeschool my kiddos, I am a former teacher and have always supported the idea of homeschooling and have seen the remarkable differences it can make! Great post!

    • Thanks for stopping by and commenting, Bonnie – and for reaching out on Facebook :)

  4. With a 6, 2, & 1 year old we typically just “wing” our days as our “schedule” often depends on moods! Sounds like a good read though; always could use a few new tips to get our days going!

    • We do alot of winging it too, but I think that may change as the boys get older and their studies get more focused – AND they can work more independently of me. Thanks for stopping by!

  5. Thanks for this review! I am interviewing Lee soon for The Homeschool Sanity show and I hadn’t read this yet. Thanks for stopping by Psychowith6.

  6. Thank you for the review! I devour books about homeschooling. There’s so much for me to learn!

  7. I love the gingerbread cookie analogy. While having a schedule (of some sort) is essential for homeschooling, none of them will look the same because no family is the same. I think this is a book I may need to invest in.

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