Saturday, November 10, 2007

Praiseworthy Book: Homeschooling With A Meek and Quiet Spirit

One of the things most homeschooling mothers hear over and over is "I don't know how you do it. I could never do that." Well, the truth is most of you could do it just as well, if not better than I can! Homeschooling is a big commitment and it's not easy but probably not in the way those who don't homeschool think. I love looking at curriculum. I find it very good brain food to think and ponder what to teach my children and how. To read and talk to others about how and why. I love to buy the books. What is hard is dealing with the day to day commitment of the routine of homeschooling. I used to be a teacher in a public school and it was no different there. Teachers don't always feel like teaching. Just like anyone who goes to a job. You have your good days and your bad days and sometimes you just get through it one step at a time. The difference with homeschooling, as much as I hate to admit it, is these are YOUR children! The little stinkers can push your buttons like no one else can!!!! Well, I have found the perfect antidote for those days when you feel overwhelmed and angry. It's Terri Maxwell's book, "Homeschooling with a Meek and Quiet Spirit."

This is a book that should be read over and over again in an endless loop. It is very short really and doesn't take long to read. It manages to be both inspiring as well as practical. And Terri knows whereof she speaks. She is the homeschooling mother of eight children and has homeschooled since 1985. She shares openly and transparently about her failures as well as her successes. Terri is known by many as the author of the very popular book Managers of Their Homes but this is no Martha Stewart, perfect with all the answers. This is a woman like you and me who struggles to do the best job she can. Terri shares about the path God lead her on as He taught her how to be a homeschooling mother. The lessons she learned from Him are invaluable. There is also a study guide for groups who wish to study this group together. You can see both at the Maxwell Family's website


Ginger said...

Found your blog thru the AO group. I LOVE all the book reviews! How very Charlotte Mason of you! :D


Jill said...

Thank you Ginger! I'm so glad you stopped by.

Dee said...

I agree, this is a great book!

JacciM said...

Thanks for the "happy birthday" comment on my site, Jill :) Hubby and I had a great weekend!

I've read Managers of Their Homes, but I haven't read this book before. It certainly looks like a good book to have around. You sound a lot like me - love to research, love to plan, love to learn about teaching, and love to teach... usually. Somedays, though, I'm an unofficial unschooler ;) We head outside all day long, I read a few books and call it school. I need days like that here and there to keep me on track the rest of the time.

Thanks for the book recommendation!



I'm having an Open House on my blog this week, and I'd love to have you stop by :)

Jill said...

I'll definitely stop by Jacci! Thanks for the invitation.