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I love going around the internet to see various homeschooling families in daily life. The most amazing thing that I admire a lot is the way mommies of large family homeschooling managing their house, family, homeschooling, and blog. One of the fabulous and amazing ladies is Amy Robert from Raising Arrows. I am very glad to be able to read her knowledge and experience in her lovely book, Large Family Homeschooling.
The first time I read the title, I felt that it was not a book for me as I might not be included into the group of large family homeschooling as we only have 3 sons, two of which are homeschooled full time. It is different with the public classification of large family, which is a family with 4 children. I read the first chapter and it was said that
Large Family Homeschooling is not only a book writren for large family, but it is a book that suggests all mother to treat and think as a mother of a large family homeschooling so that all of the work become more practical and easier.
That part has been able to attract myself to read the book further. There are a lot of reasonable encouragements and life experience sharing, and that I think every homeschooling mom needs to read.
There are 23 chapter which are divided into 4 parts of the book:
- The Heart Stuff
This part is the basic or the foundation of mental required for any mom of large family homeschooling needs to be able to handle the family daily life, especially the homeschooling.
As I mentioned previously, every mother needs to have a mental of having large family so that all of the job will feel easier to tackle. It is also required that parents need to feel being blessed all of the time so that they can practice loving their children. Parents should trust God that they will be able to handle their family as God should have prepared them for that condition.
- The Practical Stuff
The practical stuff contains some tips and personal experience of being a mother of a large family homeschooling. The chapters give some information about the important of planning in the very limited time to plan. There are also a couple of chapters about organizing the home making and homeschooling with many children. There are also more detail chapters about starting the homeschooling days and time management in homeschooling many children. It is great to read how to give attention toward the multi aged children in various ways.Some tips on planning and assessing the children are also discussed.
- The Extra Stuff
There are tremendous ideas of how to enrich homeschooling with many children activities in this parts. There are some discussion about field trips, large family activities, and affording the homeschooling supplies. It must be very fun to see large family travel and have meals together. a chapter about menus or cooking for large familes are also discussed. Even there are some recipes included in this part.
- The Other Stuff
The last part in the book is dedicated to every mom to have some personal time for the shake of self health. I think it is impossible that the large family can run without healthy and happy moms. There are also some chapters related to homeschooling with pregnancy, babies, and toddlers. There is also a time when a large homeschooling family is faced to a crisis while the activities are supposed to go on.
The book is closed with some appendixes:
- Some consideration of homeschooling methods for large family homeschooling and how to tweak them.
- Age appropriate chore list
- List of Resources
- 10 COUPONS and FREEBIES links from sponsors. Honestly, I love this part.
I feel really happy to get a lot of information, knowledge, and encouragements from this 170 pages book.
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