Everywhere you look on the internet and in the blogosphere there is someone telling you how to do something. They could be giving me advice on marriage, gardening, cooking, home decorating and yes, even home education. A long time ago, someone much wiser than I am, told me to always do some research on WHO was behind the advice and to see if what they said was lived out in their lives and if they truly had the “experience” to back up what they were instructing me to do. In other words, look at where that person was now, what their life and ministry was like, and if those things did not reflect a place I would want to go, then, to take their advice with a proverbial grain of salt.
I’ve done that over the years and the review of the new ebook, Back to Homeschool, was no exception. Over the course of the past several months, I’ve had the opportunity to read, talk on the phone with, and email back and forth with today’s author: Misty Krasawski. What I have found by observing her life is someone that is real, transparent, and willing to share her journey with others so that we can gain from her insight, her experiences and yes, even her failings. When you read anything Misty has written you can hear her heart coming through loud and clear. Her new book, Back to Homeschool, is a great example of this.
Back to Homeschool takes us on a 23 day journey of preparing for the upcoming school year. I’m sure the first thing that comes to your mind is researching curriculum, making schedules, buying supplies…you know, the logistical stuff. Over the past 19 years of homeschooling and 30 years of working in and around parents and educators, logistics often seem to be the primary concern of individuals. Yet, when it all comes down to it, logistics are nothing meaningful without a heart of wisdom behind them.
Misty begins the book by demonstrating her heart of wisdom. The book begins by doing some evaluating…but not of curriculum. She encourages us to study ourselves, our husbands and our children. There is such wisdom in this advice. If we don’t know the needs of our own family, no amount of logistics will meet those needs. I love this starting place and I love the fact that the book is written as though we are walking through those 23 days of planning and preparing right alongside Misty. She shares with us her first and subsequent 23 day planning journeys and I’m left feeling like I have a comrade-in-arms along the way.
She begins with our home, helps us examine our motivation, our philosophy, and our foundation and then applies what we have learned from that journey to our choices for the next school year. With her friendly and encouraging tone, grounded content and advice, and her transparency, Back to Homeschool is a read that you will not want to miss this summer! The book is only $4.99.
Faith and Courage,