The last few weeks I have been reading Real Life Press’s book, The Busy Homeschool Mom’s Guide to Daylight (physical book $12.95), written by Heidi St. John. As a matter of fact, I read most of this book while on our very relaxing family camping trip; it was a wonderful read!
About the The Busy Homeschool Mom’s Guide to Daylight
In her book, Heidi covers all the basics and then some, for homeschooling mamas. Everything from being intentional with our days to those desperate hours when things just aren’t working. The chapters include:
- Intentional Daylight- Why You Need a POA, ASAP
- Organized Daylight- Controlling Clutter and Reclaiming Your Space
- Scheduled Daylight- The Delight and Dangers of Scheduling
- Hungry Daylight- Feeding Your Family Without Losing Your Mind
- Discouraged Daylight- If At First You Don’t Succeed .. Try, Try Again
- Consolidated Daylight- Multi Level Teaching
- Wasted Daylight- Virtual Reality
- Surrendered Daylight- Finding His Heart For Your Homeschool
I mean, the chapter titles speak for themselves; if you are a homeschooling mom new or seasoned and in a rut, this is a wonderful book for you! The content is Christ centered, often quoting scripture as guidance for the homeschool, and everything she has written will resonate with you, mama!
Heidi has used real-world scenarios to demonstrate her points and show her true understanding for the struggles we all face as homeschool moms, and families. Every page speaks volumes of encouragement!
What I Thought
While I have already implemented many of her ideas, there are several areas I need to work on in our homeschool and The Busy Homeschool Mom’s Guide to Daylight is helping me sort through those areas.
I loved the encouragement, the breath of fresh air that this book brought to our home and homeschool.
Heidi is funny; she has written a book all homeschool moms can relate to! I would even suggest handing it over to your husband after you have read it– I think it gives great insight to the struggles we face each day and what most of our goals are for homeschooling.
One of my weakest areas in our home is meal time! I am great at planning dinners. When I only had two young children breakfast wasn’t such a big deal, it was easy to whip something up. But now with three tiny humans (one taking a bottle and baby food), and a husband who *loves* breakfast, planning that meal would be very beneficial. I have known this for some time, but chapter 4 of this book really helped me see how important planning all our meals is.
I especially liked her chapter on consolidated daylight AKA multi-level teaching. Many of us homeschooling are working with children on multiple levels; we know that even when our children are close in age (or heck, even the same age!) that they are learning, developing, and working on different levels. Next year will be the first year I will be teaching my daughter on a drastically different level than my son. Heidi’s chapter (6) on multi-level teaching is going to be a life saver! (and I have already started making notes.)
Every chapter gives you more tips, more resources, more ways to bring your homeschool where it is meant to be! I loved this book, made many notes in the margins, and will be looking back at it time after time, I am sure.
While checking out this title, look into all of Heidi’s other titles covering everything from bible studies, to keeping the romance in your marriage (while homeschooling)!