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Easy Homeschooling Techniques


Easy Homeschooling Techniques

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Publisher: Essence Publishing

Author: Lorraine Curry

List Price: $18.95

Ages: Adult

Reviewed By: Deborah Deggs Cariker

How is it possible that Lorraine Curry wrote in one book what others have attempted in so many? How can she possibly have covered so much information with so much inspiration? However she managed it, it's all to be found in Easy Homeschooling Techniques.

Dispensing with reams of warm-fuzzyish, anecdotal information, Curry launches into her book with a "You CAN do it" attitude that is contagious. No, more than that... She writes with a "You SHOULD do it" attitude. She fires the first round with a quick "Qualifications For Homeschooling" checklist that includes "I love my children". Her enthusiasm for her own life's work is infectious as you consume chapter after chapter, catching her fervor.

She includes delightful information such as "What a Little Girl Should Be Taught" (i.e., "That all cheap talk is unbecoming") and "What a Little Boy Should Be Taught" (i.e., "To be his sister's protector") from the 1907 Home and Health. I wish someone had told me some of these things when I was a child! At least Curry makes it possible for me to tell my children.

Curry gives homework for the mommies -- and you shouldn't skip this part! She gets our heads out of the books and causes us to dream, hope, pray, and then write it all (the dreams, hopes, prayers...)down in a cohesive, checklist fashion. She makes us believe we can accomplish our oft-times lofty goals.

Though not "for Christians only," the book does speak to the heart of a Christian homeschooling parent and Curry is non-apologetic in her Christianity.

The book is for the novice and the wanna'be as well as the veteran homeschooler. I can't think of anyone I know who would not benefit from reading Easy Homeschooling Techniques. As the mother of two and a homeschool veteran in her fifth year, I was chastened by her list of time killers (catalogs, TELEPHONE, etc.) and challenged by her ideas on why the King James version of the Bible is THE version and a MUST for homeschooled children to be reading, though I didn't always agree.

In Un-Curry-like fashion, I have found several computer programs worthwhile for my children as well as some educational videos and a selected few programs on satellite television channels. I don't feel these additions to our school day are "time robbers." Also, I favor giving a child a version of the Bible that he or she can read at the earliest moment possible and graduating them into harder versions as their reading abilities warrant. I favor this approach over having them sound out word after word in a harder version, losing the flavor of the scripture altogether.

Otherwise, I found the book refreshing and liberating. I'm recommending it to my homeschooling friends as well as those who are considering homeschooling - and even to one who has decided she can't possibly do it. I appreciated Curry's paragraphs on "You Have a Helper," believing with her that "He (really, really) shall... gently lead those that are with young". (Isaiah 40:11)

And here's a good piece of advice, paraphrased from her book: Don't buy everything! You won't need it. You won't use it. And if you try to do it all, you'll burn out, thus defeating the whole purpose of what you're doing.

I love her encouragements to cuddle your children, holding them close physically, spiritually, and emotionally.

Curry ends the 261-pages with a detailed course study for first through twelfth grades, classics and heirloom books to include in your children's education, and a reproducible class schedule planner. She also gives page after page of resources.

One warning: Easy Homeschooling Techniques is not a book you can read, highlight and shelve. It's a book to use and keep close at hand - one to chew on over and over; to review as you think and re-think, pray and re-pray your To-Do lists; to keep near your Bible (whichever version!) and prayer journal; one to consider as you seek to make a difference in and for your children.
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Available From: God's Gardener
Address: PO Box 95, Rockville NE 68871
Phone: (308) 372-3408
Other Notes: ISBN 1-55306-048-2
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Deborah Deggs Cariker
A Houston-area veteran journalist, Deborah Deggs Cariker is a ninth-year homeschooling mother of two, and Assistant Editor of the EHO Product Reviews Department. Cariker and fireman husband, Bill, make their home near Montgomery, Texas.
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