Welcome to the first day of the 5 Days of Back to (Home)School Encouragement! Today is Motivation Monday, and while I had an idea of what I wanted to share with you after I started writing, I was pulled in a different direction.
As a homeschooling mom, we are always worried about what our children and their learning. We as parents spend so much time looking into the right curriculum, the right style to teach, and the right programs to enrich their learning. One thing we don’t always do is find the books we as parents need to be reading to help us help our children. I want to share my favorite three books with you today.
No Longer Little: Parenting Tweens With Grace and Hope
The first book that I have fallen in love with is No Longer Little: Parenting Tweens With Grace and Hope by Hal and Melanie Young. I have an older child, and when he went through the tween years, I was lost and confused. I didn’t know what was happening and felt like I was doing something wrong as a parent. Once my second son hit the tween years and started doing the same things, I really felt worried. Now I really felt like there was something wrong in our house.
In came No Longer Little as a review item. I didn’t think anything about it until I started reading it. I couldn’t put it down. I could see my children in the examples! Were Hal and Melanie spying on my house to write this book?
No, instead I found out my children are normal. They are going through regular changes, and I am doing the right thing with my kids! It feels so good to know that these changes and attitudes are healthy and having the encouragement to guide me through this time is a huge blessing! Read my full review right here.
God Schooling: How God Intended Children to Learn
The second book that I have been reading that gives me motivation is God Schooling: How God Intended Children to Learn by Julie Polanco. I am still in the middle of reading this book, but I am so thankful for this book. The one thing that stands out to me from what I have read so far is comparing the fact that we should always have God first, we are not to have other idols in front of God. These idols include the curriculum that we pick for our children.
Each chapter of this book concludes with study questions that help us go over what we have read in the chapter. These questions will challenge you to look at the way you are homeschooling. Are you really following the plan that God has for you and your children? In this time of planning for the new year, this is a great book to help you slow down and listen to what God has to say to you. While I do not have a review for this book, you can check out the reviews of the Homeschool Review Crew right here.
The Read-Aloud Family: Making Meaningful and Lasting Connections With Your Kids
And the last book that I am reading right now. Yes, I am currently reading three books, while almost done with one, and actively reading the other two. This last book is The Read-Aloud Family: Making Meaningful and Lasting Connections With Your Kids by Sarah Mackenzie. This is the newest book that I have started reading.
I have followed Sarah Mackenzie and her Read-Aloud Revival podcast. It is just this year that I have finally splurged and took the leap into actually reading the book and joining her online premium membership. The Read-Aloud Family takes what I have always known to be true, my mom read aloud to my brother and me until we were teens, and put it into perspective for how I can use reading aloud in my homeschool.
If you are still looking for a literature program for your homeschool, but don’t like what you have looked at already, this book may be an eye-opener for you. You can take reading aloud to your kids to not only build some great memories, but you can turn this into a literature program for your kids at the same time. One that is fun and not dull. I am excited to keep reading this and learning more about using reading aloud as our literature program this year.
Moms, and dads, there are books for you. You are not alone in this process of raising these blessings. You have resources available to you. I have only listed three of these, but there are more out there! Have you read a good book that other parents should read as they raise and/or homeschool their children? I would love to add to my want to read list, so please let me know in the comments!
Stop by and check out the other members of the Homeschool Review Crew who are participating in this 5 Day Back to (Home)School Encouragement Blog Hop:
Christine @ Christine Howard
Christy @ The Simple Homemaker
Dawn @ Schoolin’ Swag
Debra @ Footprints in the Butter
Diana @ Homeschool Review
Felicia @ Homeschool 4 Life
Jacquelin @ A Stable Beginning
Jeniffer @ Thou Shall Not Whine
Jennifer @ A Glimpse of Our Life
Jennifer @ Dear Homeschooler
Joelle @ Homeschooling for His Glory
Karen @ Tots and Me…Growing Up Together
Kellyann @ Walking Home …
Kimberley @ Vintage Blue Suitcase
Kristen @ A Mom’s Quest to Teach
Kym @ Homeschool Coffee Break
Laura @ Four Little Penguins
Linda @ Apron Strings & other things
Lisa @ Farm Fresh Adventures
Lori @ At Home: where life happens
Margaret @ Creative Madness Mama
Marla @ Jump Into Genius
Meredith @ Powerline Productions: Being World Changers/Raising World Changers
Michele @ Family, Faith and Fridays
Missica @ Through The Open Window
Monique @ Mountain of Grace Homeschooling
Nicole @ Bless Their Hearts Mom
Patti @ Truth and Grace Homeschool Academy
Rebekah @ There Will Be a $5 Charge For Whining
Rodna @ Training Children up for Christ
Stacy @ A Homemakers Heart
Tess @ Circling Through This Life
Wendy @ Life at Rossmont
Yvie @ Gypsy Road