Tuesday, June 29, 2010

Homeschooling More Than One Child by Carren W. Joye

Whether you are new to homeschooling or a veteran homeschooler this book would be one for your bookshelf. This book focuses on the challenges of homeschooling two or more children. Carren Joye author of A Stay-at-Home Mom's Complete Guide to Playgroups guides you through homeschooling more than one with everything from picking the right curriculum, schedules, support groups and much more. There are 14 chapters of endless information and resources; giving you the tools as a homeschooling parent to effectively teach your brood.
I have personally been homeschooling 4 for the past 6 years, and only wish I would have had this book as a resource for those beginning years. Maybe it would have saved me a little heartache and stress. Even after 6 years of homeschooling I found this book informative and helpful and plan to put several ideas to use with my own family. One of my favorite chapters was chapter 13 "staying motivated and preventing burnout "; great ideas for making learning fun and sharing special one on one time with each child. This book not only helps families homeschooling more than one child; but it is a great resource for organizing household chores, discipline, cutting expenses, and socialization opportunities.
Overall, a great book to have if you homeschool tiny tots or young adults. You can purchase your own copy at amazon.com for only $14.95.

Saturday, June 19, 2010

Max Lucado's Hermie and Friends Who is in Charge Anyway?

"An ocean can't start without the first drop of rain". This Hermie and Friends DVD is classic Max Lucado style. Freddie the flea has a talk with God when he decides he is too small to be important. God reminds him that all the other garden bugs were not strong and brave in their youth, but they did some growing up with God.
Kids of all ages will love the flashbacks of the bugs in their early years. Parents will love the spiritual applications that can remind their child that God didn't make anybody by accident, and that he isn't finished with us yet. The cartoon graphics and story line are engaging and will even produce a few laughs now and then from viewers. In addition to this the bonus materials included trivia questions, music singalong, and short film on how the Hermie and friends dvd series are created(which I found fascinating and laborious)
Once again a great Hermie and friends film and an important lesson in who is in charge of our lives. My family enjoyed watching this together and loved seeing some scenes from prior DVD series. Overall, a must have for all family video libraries