Friday, May 15, 2020

"Homeschooling and Working" by L. M. Preston

Homeschooling and Working
While Shaping Amazing Learners
by L. M. Preston

Homeschooling and Working While Shaping Amazing Learners

Homeschooling and Working While Shaping Amazing Learners by L. M. Preston is currently on tour with RABT Book Tours & PR. The tour stops here today for my review and an excerpt. Please be sure to visit the other tour stops as well.

Homeschooling and Working While Shaping Amazing Learners is a nuts to bolts guide for working parents who want to groom exceptional learners through the flexibility of homeschooling. Learn to juggle working and homeschooling your kids while maintaining your sanity. Also, use aspects of homeschooling for after-schooling when traditional school isn’t working. Single parents are given options for executing homeschooling or after schooling methods that work in practical bits for the busy parent. Learn how to take your child from an average student to an exceptional student by exploring the possibilities shown in the section on acceleration of learning. From pre-K to Homeschooling College, open your eyes to the many options in flexibility this approach to learning can give. You can homeschool and work to shape amazing learners by exploring the possibilities.

Book Video

The first and foremost expectation and goal of homeschooling and working should be to build a close and loving relationship with your child. Don’t ever let the educating of your child get in the way of that. Remembering, as long as they are growing to perform well in their core courses or anchor courses all the rest will fall in place.
Before diving into homeschooling, being realistic is the first step to managing your expectations. Sometimes through aiming in the middle, you are pleasantly surprised when you and your children exceed them.
In order to start from a good place, create a list of your bottom line goals for the school year and build your mindset to be happy that at the very least you’ve met them.
[Want more? Click below to read a longer excerpt.]

Praise for the Book
“Wow! Until I read this book, I never considered how important the homeschooling format is to the homeschooled child, other siblings, and the parents. Homeschooling and Working While Raising Amazing Learners is so well thought out and organized that I can see why LM's children are so accomplished.” ~ MeandMibooks
“Words cant possibly express how much of a satisfied customer I am. This book gives many options on ways to homeschool effectively while working and enjoying your family.” ~ Tericka
“Great book! EXTREMELY helpful on this scary, yet exciting journey of homeschooling for the first time.” ~ Crystal K
“Read this in one sitting last night. It's just what I needed as I prepare to start my first year of homeschooling. I work from home and was super worried that I would struggle to work and be the homeschool leader my kids need me to be. This gave me so much confidence and helped me build a path forward. Thank you so much for this!” ~ Britney
“The things I liked about this resource include the practical approach. It is easy to read. A lot of time and information is given on the preparation portion of this book. Developing schedules, considerations to include, like the child’s learning style, curriculum requirements, length of children’s attention and so very much more. It is very comprehensive and presented in a logical manner.” ~ Suzanne Hare

My Review

This book is a “guide for working parents who want to groom exceptional learners through the flexibility of homeschooling.” In fact, it’s the book the author wishes she had when she began her homeschooling journey. The book is organized into four sections: preparing for homeschooling (things to consider before you begin), the day-to-day operation of your home school, accelerating your child’s learning, and maintaining your sanity throughout the process. The author covers practical and emotional considerations for your child as well as yourself, the importance of play and socialization, issues of boundaries and discipline, the distinction between home and school at home, fostering a love of learning, and maintaining your mental health. The Appendix contains schedule templates for all grade levels, weekly curriculum plans, and lists of curriculum options. Working in the field of education support, I found the list of websites (with handy hyperlinks in the ebook version) under Appendix H and Appendix I to be especially helpful.
One of the key takeaways is that it is important to separate your roles as parent and teacher. You also need to understand your child(ren) in order to present them with a curriculum that suits their personality, their learning style, and your time constraints. If read cover to cover, the book is a bit repetitive. However, this becomes useful when you need to re-read certain sections later. There are numerous editing errors and poorly phrased sentences in the edition I read. Hyperlinks to chapters and appendices referenced in the text would also be useful in the ebook version.
This book isn’t only for homeschooling families who work; it is an invaluable resource for any parent or educational staff interested in the education of the child(ren) under their care.

About the Author
L. M. Preston

L. M. Preston is an author, engineer, former college professor, and working mother who has been married for over twenty-five years. She homeschooled three of her four children from elementary school and beyond while she and her husband worked outside their home. Three of her kids graduated with degrees by the age of 17 years old.

Enroll in the author’s FREE mini-course today. “Kickstart Homeschooling While Working” gives an overview of homeschooling and after schooling to reveal how to make it a reality as a working parent.


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