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Calling All Parents to Read!!

on July 6, 2012

Ah summer! Its a great time of year to read if you find yourself with any lazy summer days at home or relaxing on vacation. I found a couple high interest booklists that that I will be reading through myself this summer to help shape my parenting and education views. And now that I have started reading, I realize that I can’t keep info this good to myself. I want you to know too! If you are homeschooling, or considering homeschooling, have ever had any single thought of homeschooling flicker into your mind ;), read these books with me!!! Or maybe you are a really awesome parent who just wants to learn things like how children learn best by teaching themselves, or the 6 patterns of natural intelligence; then read some of these books! It doesn’t matter if your kids have already been going to school, these books will open your mind so much. Besides, you never know what could happen. My story of becoming a homeschooler is like so many other pre-homeschoolers–I was not originally interested in homeschooling, there was something almost offensive and unattractive about it. How naive I was. As a dutiful parent, I researched it anyway–just to make sure we weren’t supposed to be doing it. I admit that the one nagging feeling driving me to figure things out was the loss I felt inside over the thought of sending my children away into the school system, and the imagined gradual deterioration of our precious attachment to each other. I put the research off for awhile because the idea of teaching my own kids successfully all the way through highschool scared me! However, I attest that reading did wonders to quell my fears, and surprisingly, presented a wonderful array of pros that were just too irresistible to resist. I am totally hooked, and gushing!!! I must mention one research resource– Dumbing Us Down has been an amazing instrumental book revealing why I do not want my kids in government schooling, or school as we know it at all. I highly recommend it! Internet research has also proved to be very helpful.

So I plan to pick up the pace of my reading this summer, start writing reviews for you all, and I suspect the momentum will carry me well past the summer and into the school year. Many nights I sit down with my husband and review what I have read recently (we don’t have TV, but that is a story for another time). Its so important to have a united vision and keep hardworking, time deficient hubbies, in the know! I think if you have little kids, like me, now is the time to read, read, read, and get things figured out. Life doesn’t slow down, so I hear, when the kids are older. But whether your kids are big or little, homeschooled or not, form your vision, write down your mission, and become fluent in your philosophy. We must read to do this. Don’t wait, kids keep growing.

Will you read with me? I would love to read these books with other interested parents! Please share the lists with others who may benefit.

Booklist!

Christian Home Educators Association of California Booklist

Homeschool Association of California Booklist

The Old Schoolhouse Magazine

(Free Online Magazine–I love this mag! Click on “magazine” and then “current issue” for 150 pages of awesomeness)

Why I Write Book Reviews

Why will I be writing book reviews? Its the same reason that I write this entire blog. Its because I love you!!! I want to share information with you that will make your family rock. Many of my readers, whether near or far, are very dear to me, and I naturally want to to be a blessing to you. However, whether I know you well or not, I care a lot about the happiness and fulfillment of mothers, and I churn inside to know that your hearts and minds are well nourished for the demanding calling of motherhood. I want you be wildly successful! I want you to totally believe in yourself and have the courage to follow the less traveled path. “For wide is the gate and broad is the road that leads to destruction, and many enter through it.” Matthew 7:13 If something I convey in my “cliff notes” helps you, then its worth typing it all out to me. Please share my reviews with others who would benefit so we together can empower parents everywhere.

Please, Tell Me You Make Time To Read!?

Now, I know you have read some parenting books, and if you’ve been so fortunate, learned some pretty good stuff that has helped you out. So recall the delicious taste in your mouth as you savored a book full of inspiring new information that you just couldn’t get enough of. Your heart beat faster as you sensed that a new day was dawning on the horizon of your understanding. I hope you have been fortunate enough to have had that experience recently, or to have had it at all. Either way, it is certainly not too late……nor too early to jump into the vast and wonderful information available to parents willing to self-educate. How many years did you study for your college degree that you may or may not be using right now, only come to find out that its family and parenting, your truest life calling, that you should have been studying a little more? We can never anticipate all that the future holds for each of our families, but we do know that problems are certain to arise as we all are rearing children in this chaotic world. When problems come, we often rush headlong into trying to figure out what to do about this or that, and ignore the preceding essential requirement of reflecting and understanding. We must understand how things work so that we can understand what can (or did) go wrong. Prevention goes a long way when it comes to something as weighty as the awesome responsibility of raising up a child. Knowledge is empowering, right? Knowledge helps us think ahead, and some forethought can prevent, intercede, or head off many problems altogether. I know you want to feel empowered as a parent. It would be wonderful if we could set aside some time regularly or seasonally, to gather a pile of books and read up. Its more important than the nightly news, the morning newspaper, the iphone time. This is for our children, our primary responsibility– what could be more important? The more we grow up (maturing psychologically and spiritually), the better we can help them grow up.

Why I Do Not Write Book Reviews 🙂

In case you were wondering, here are some reasons I do not write book reviews. To make my blog look pretty, to shame you for not measuring up to the ideals contained within the books, to hear myself talk, to stay up really late and work really hard and not reach anyone’s heart, to provide cliff notes to those who could be reading the full book instead, to provide tedious and irrelevant information that no one cares about, to waste your precious time. Pretty please read my reviews?

Be a Thoughtful Parent

There are some reeeeeeally good books out there about raising children that will make you think. What books have been pivotal to you? We would love to hear from you.

The worst thing we can do as parents is to think less by reading less. The quality of our thoughts determines the quality of our lives. “Men are anxious to improve their circumstances, but are unwilling to improve themselves, they therefore remain bound.” –James Allen

The more that you read,
the more things you will know.
The more that you learn,
the more places you’ll go.
~ Dr. Seuss

Will you go with me? We shall not journey alone.

Happy 4th of July Hugs!


2 responses to “Calling All Parents to Read!!

  1. Mary says:

    Hi Lynn,

    I clicked on the links for the book list and it brings up their website with many books, are ou just starting at the top and reading them all? I’m looking for my first book to get started on! Your insight into your first choice would be wonderful!

    Thanks,

    Mary

    • Miss Lynn says:

      Hi Mary,
      Yes, the book lists are long but probably worth going through as time allows. As a first choice for you though, I would recommend A Charlotte Mason Companion: Personal Reflections on the Gentle Art of Learning, or A Charlotte Mason Education. Both books provide philosophy (why CM) and “how-to” (teach each subject), the former book containing a larger section explaining “why” than the latter.

      I will be posting soon about what draws me to Charlotte Mason methods. I think you may also find CM to be a good balance–quite unlike traditional workbook and textbook methods, but not dependent upon all child-led studies as in an unschooling method either. In the meantime, you can check out the simplycharlottemason.com website and its “scm blog” for some good immediate info about the charlotte mason style to see if it sounds like a good fit before ordering one of the books.

      By the way, I found this “new to homeschooling” article and thought it might be helpful to you in the way of gathering supplies!
      http://www.secularcm.com/newtohomeschooling.htm

      Let me know what you think about CM. I look forward to doing homeschool together even if we are far apart!

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