Wednesday, February 10, 2010

Review: TOS-Help Me Lord, I'm Getting Ready to Start Homeschooling my High Schooler!

As part of a 'try out' or audition for next years 'The Old Schoolhouse' Review Crew I was given two of their products to review. The first of these, 'Help Me Lord, I'm Getting Ready to Start Homeschooling My High Schooler!' could not have come at a better time.

My oldest just turned thirteen and technically he should be in the seventh grade and in the fall the eighth grade. He has autism, dyslexia and a healthy dose of ADHD. His primary mode of learning is auditory. I was quite nervous about providing the High School education he needs. The local public schools are not an option for him and no local private school is within our means.

This e-book was a God send for me. It is available through The Old Schoolhouse's web store in e-book form for the low price of $12.45.

'Help Me Lord, I'm Getting Ready to Start Homeschooling My High Schooler'

The book begins with a forward from Amanda Bennett of Unit Studies fame and then is broken down into thirteen different stories of homeschooling and their experience homeschooling High School.

The first article, 'The Tale of Two Sisters' by Regenia Spoerndle, really hit home with me. We also started out in the public school system and I gradually wound up spending more time at school than I do now teaching my three boys. This helped to remind me that there is no option at this time but to home school through High School. God has always known that I understand best through closed doors. As the mother of three 'special boys' I also struggle with wondering if I am indeed doing what is best for them.

Another article 'The Greatest Gift' by Danielle Olander is written by someone who was home schooled and is now homeschooling her children. I always enjoy articles by someone who has 'been there, done that' and I like to hear the perspective of the home school student as well.

I have really enjoyed the different ways each of these thirteen articles speaks about homeschooling through High School. There are reminders through out that we also need to make sure our kids are capable of basic life skills and also that every child is not college material and this is perfectly fine. I like the emphasis on directing each child as an individual and this thread runs through out these articles. Also there is a reminder that God does not always call those that are equipped, He equips the called.

The Epilogue contains a speech written and read by home school grad, Jonothan Wuehler titled 'How Homeschooling Has Benefited My Life.' He touches on four ways homeschooling helped prepare him for the adult world. There is also a Recommended Resource list, websites and favorite Bible verses.

This is a product I will refer to time and time again for encouragement. I enjoyed this product very much and would have purchased it eventually.

The only drawback would be if someone has trouble reading on the computer. I prefer the convenience and easy storage of ebooks as well at the ability to manually adjust the font size in Adobe reader.

I highly recommend this encouraging resource.

Disclaimer: I was given this product for the purpose of obtaining my honest opinion. I received nothing else. This is my honest opinion. Please consider that every family is different and results may vary.

No comments: