So, having been a homeschool mom for two years now, I was not really sure what I would get out of So, You Think You Wanna Homeschool?, but I dove head first into reading the Ebook anyway. Okay, I should also tell you that I am not real big on Ebooks, because I tend to loose focus quickly. I took on the assignment of reading this one anyway, with my head held high, and a side of skepticism in my back pocket.
I like how easy it was to read, the flow was great. It took me an evening to read even with a toddler wanting to be on my lap and 4 other darlings “needing” me for one thing or another. But again, because I am a second year homeschooler, the first 50 or so pages seemed to drag for me. They are filled with great information on the “How’s” of homeschooling, but sadly, I didn’t learn much more then I already knew from them. I did find myself clicking on her links that are peppered throughout the book quite a bit and found some GREAT blogs that I had never even heard of before! So I guess maybe I did learn something new.
Page 71 is where I really started to dig into this book. For 2 years I have done everything possible to throw out ALL concepts of traditional school!! And I (and my back) have suffered for this! We are going today to buy book bags and Kindles for when we school on the go!
When she got to the parts about the support systems, it made me homesick for my little circle of homeschool friends that I have just moved away from in North Carolina. It was this past school year there that I finally felt comfortable in my own skin; because I had finally met “like-minded” moms that I could actually go have a cup of coffee with. This bit of information is invaluable to me and I am so very glad that she took so much time to emphasize just how important face-to-face contact with other homeschool mommies really is to your success as a homeschooler! Don’t get me wrong, I love, Love, LOVE my group of online homeschool mommies! But there really is nothing like waking up and realizing that the day is shot before it has even begun, and calling a homeschool mom and saying “can you meet me for a cup of coffee and a park day?” and her enthusiastically saying “absolutely!” And again, this section just made me miss my friends oh so much, and also reminded me that even though we are in a new area that I must go to the park for a meet and greet, because I need a new coffee buddy.
I do not know how to even describe the appendix in this thing. Holy Wow! I am such a resource junkie that my husband often tells me that even if we were to have 7 more kids (we already have 6) we would never use the resources I have accumulated so far. Tiffany gives great ideas for Field Trip Bucket Lists, I really never thought of doing a bucket list for the kiddos EVER, I have one – so they should also.
In the end, I am really glad I read this. First, because I can say I have successfully made it through my FIRST ebook! And Second, because even as a not-so-veteran-but-been-doing-it-awhile homeschool mommy, I realized just how much I still do not know about this wonderful world of homeschooling.
Because Tiffany has continued to find MORE resources, she started a special pinterest page to continuing sharing without constantly updating her book. Additionally, she is allowing us all one free chapter on How Do I Plan to preview for ourselves!