My home library is full of various things and God Schooling: How God Intended Children to Learn is my newest addition. This was written by Julie Polanco, a relaxed homeschool mother that decided to provide pertinent education information while encouraging the reader. Her breakdown of relaxed homeschooling paired well with the focus of educating the whole child and maintaining joy.
Part 1 of this book discussed curriculum choices, the relaxed homeschooling method, and ways to motivate children. Part 2 went in-depth with teaching tips for children under eight, between 8-12, and teenagers. She also covers various learning styles via a great relatable metaphor comparing their behaviors to those we see at a typical family dinner table. Information about college prep, apprenticeships, record keeping, and much more was also provided. Throughout the entire book, Julie focuses on how to implement all the information shared with such care for the reader. It was as though she was walking you through the steps personally and wanted to help you make it to the finish line.
God Schooling: How God Intended Children to Learn covered a myriad of topics within 200 pages but I wanted to share a few of my favorite parts with you. First, I was happy that scripture was used throughout and properly cited so you can read it later. Julie used the NIV version of the bible. Second, I appreciated her discussions on burnout, teaching styles, curriculum choices, prayer, and how each of those affects our children. She did a great job of describing the back and forth desires to finish package curriculum or use the creative ideas in your head. There is so much freedom in homeschooling that’s why it is so important to seek God for guidance, in every part. Next, I enjoyed her continuous mentions of effective discipline as well as ways to motivate your children. No matter what, our children should feel loved and confident while we educate them. Finally, I was impressed with the placement of study questions at the end of each chapter. These offered a moment to reflect, review, and revise our homeschool choices without feeling overwhelmed.
Reading God Schooling: How God Intended Children to Learn left me encouraged and motivated to continue this school year. I can honestly say that this book stands out from the variety of homeschool support stories and curriculum books in my library. Julie Polanco offered great insight for newbies that paired well with the reminders for veterans. I enjoyed this so much that I am looking forward to her next release, 100 (no and low cost) Ways to Motivate Kids, which will be out in May 2019.
This book is currently available in paperback and digital (e-book) copy from various retailers. The e-book is currently on sale for 50% off until August 22, 2018. You can also get the first chapter of God Schooling FREE when you sign up for Julie’s newsletter on the website.
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