Homeschool Bravely: How to Squash Doubt, Trust God, and Teach Your Child with Confidence

Homeschool Bravely: How to Squash Doubt, Trust God, and Teach Your Child with Confidence

Quiet the voices of "not good enough" and step courageously into guilt-free homeschoolingMany homeschool parents have a long-term relationship with self-doubt. "Did I make the right decision?" "Could someone else do this better?" "Am I robbing my kids of something by not sending them to ‘regular school’?"What if there’s a better way?Not a 3-step technique or a shiny, new c...

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Title:Homeschool Bravely: How to Squash Doubt, Trust God, and Teach Your Child with Confidence
Author:Jamie Erickson
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Homeschool Bravely: How to Squash Doubt, Trust God, and Teach Your Child with Confidence Reviews

  • Challice Neipp

    Homeschooling, that journey we take and then wonder if this was such a good idea after all. Jamie Erickson doesn't know me from Adam, but there was something personal when my word of the year was "Brave" and then this book about Homeschooling Bravely came out. Coincidence? As Jamie would say, "...as a Christian, I'm inclined to believe there's more to the story than mere happenstance situations or coincidences." (p. 22).

    I grew up homeschooled and I knew I would homeschool my kids before I said,

    Homeschooling, that journey we take and then wonder if this was such a good idea after all. Jamie Erickson doesn't know me from Adam, but there was something personal when my word of the year was "Brave" and then this book about Homeschooling Bravely came out. Coincidence? As Jamie would say, "...as a Christian, I'm inclined to believe there's more to the story than mere happenstance situations or coincidences." (p. 22).

    I grew up homeschooled and I knew I would homeschool my kids before I said, "I do" to my husband. It wasn't until I was 5 years into homeschooling that I began to wonder if I had made the best decision for my children? Suddenly all my inadequacies seemed to be a mountain top that I had to overcome. Jamie's book really encourages and breaks everything up into 3 sections: fear, struggle, and solution. Her approach comes from a biblical viewpoint that this is a calling, and through that calling our "...foundation for homeschooling has to be anchored in God's calling, or like the foolish man who built his house on the sand, you'll watch your homeschool crumble at the first sign of a storm."

    There is excellent wisdom nuggets founded within the pages of this book and it is encouraging but also convicting. I would recommend this book to all homeschooling mama's out there. There is biblical truths to cling too during the stormy weather, but there is also simple strategies for walking away more brave for this homeschooling journey.

    Be strong and courageous!

    Disclosure: I received a copy of the book from the publisher for the purpose of reviewing it. The opinions I have expressed are my own, and I was not required to write a positive review.

  • Heather

    As a veteran homeschool mom, I found this so encouraging for me. I wish I had found this when I started our journey. For those just starting and for those in the middle, there is so many nuggets of wisdom hidden. This isn't a how to guide. Jame dives into the heart of why many of us homeschool. We know that God called us on this journey. There will be fears, hardships and struggles. Homeschool Bravely will walk through those struggles with you. In the end, if you are doing what you are called by

    As a veteran homeschool mom, I found this so encouraging for me. I wish I had found this when I started our journey. For those just starting and for those in the middle, there is so many nuggets of wisdom hidden. This isn't a how to guide. Jame dives into the heart of why many of us homeschool. We know that God called us on this journey. There will be fears, hardships and struggles. Homeschool Bravely will walk through those struggles with you. In the end, if you are doing what you are called by God to do, you are doing a great job. That's the message. It will not help you with curriculum or routines, but help you succeed in what works for you. This is a book that I plan to give moms who are thinking about homeschooling.

  • Jen Solak

    As a potential homeschooling mom for my now three year old twins, I saw this book and thought it might be a neat read. It was soooo much more than expected. It gave not only good advice for homeschooling moms, but I think almost anyone attempting a new challenge would benefit. This book is definitely a Christian based guide, with scripture references throughout. This biblical support for doing things that could be scary is what makes the book so strong, in my opinion. We are not only hearing the

    As a potential homeschooling mom for my now three year old twins, I saw this book and thought it might be a neat read. It was soooo much more than expected. It gave not only good advice for homeschooling moms, but I think almost anyone attempting a new challenge would benefit. This book is definitely a Christian based guide, with scripture references throughout. This biblical support for doing things that could be scary is what makes the book so strong, in my opinion. We are not only hearing the author’s experiences and how she overcame challenges and what she struggles with, but she boosts her readers by reminding them that they do not have to be ready to homeschool (or face a challenge) because God is and that He is the source of true bravery.

  • Amber Stokes

    I'm personally not in the trenches of homeschooling right now, but I could see how this book would be like a big sigh of relief for those who are! It's full of encouragement and good reminders about keeping the journey in a far-reaching, even eternal perspective.

    I was never homeschooled myself, but it's something we're considering as an option for any children we may have someday—hence my interest in this book. :) I like that

    celebrates freedom: the freedom found in trusting G

    I'm personally not in the trenches of homeschooling right now, but I could see how this book would be like a big sigh of relief for those who are! It's full of encouragement and good reminders about keeping the journey in a far-reaching, even eternal perspective.

    I was never homeschooled myself, but it's something we're considering as an option for any children we may have someday—hence my interest in this book. :) I like that

    celebrates freedom: the freedom found in trusting God's sovereignty over our children's lives, the freedom to pursue education in a way that works for each family, and the freedom to let kids explore their interests and cultivate a love of learning in unique ways.

    There were some great suggestions in these pages for teaching and working with kids of various ages and levels, especially when some kids are old enough for school and others aren't quite there yet. And there are some great words of advice about keeping homeschool plans focused, simplified, and meaningful.

    Certainly not surprising, based on the title and topic, this book centers around homeschooling and defending its value. So while it does talk abut how defensiveness isn't needed and fighting about educational choices isn't productive, this book is definitely for those who believe homeschooling is the best choice for their family. If you're a homeschooling mom or definitely plan to be one, you'll find lots of support in these pages. If you're on the fence, you might not get a super balanced view between the various options, but I realize that's not the purpose of this book. :)

    One of the appendices is titled "Questions to Ask Before You Start Homeschooling," and I confess I had hoped it would provide some sort of questionnaire for self-assessment; whereas, it's actually a list of questions to ask other people about their homeschooling experiences before you take the leap yourself. Which can still be quite helpful, for sure! Just not exactly what I had personally hoped to find.

    All in all, though,

    is a nice resource, especially for those who have already started on the homeschooling journey or are planning to begin soon. There are some neat tips to ponder and a lot of encouraging words about keeping the focus on God and His sovereign work in the life of your family.

    P.S. The cover is really cute, and the design of the pages within is visually appealing!

    *With thanks to Moody Publishers for providing me with a complimentary copy of this book. Opinions expressed in this review are my own.*

  • Lydia Howe

    WHY I CHOOSE THIS BOOK

    Despite the fact that I've read a lot of parenting books, I've never read any homeschooling books. That seemed like a fact I should remedy, and this book caught my eye, partly because of the title, partly because the cover is black.

    Disclaimer: I'm not a parent, I don't think I have the answers to parenting, homeschooling, or raising kids. I simply enjoy studying the subject and seeing how I can (very, very loosely) apply the principles I learn to myself, kids in my life, an

    WHY I CHOOSE THIS BOOK

    Despite the fact that I've read a lot of parenting books, I've never read any homeschooling books. That seemed like a fact I should remedy, and this book caught my eye, partly because of the title, partly because the cover is black.

    Disclaimer: I'm not a parent, I don't think I have the answers to parenting, homeschooling, or raising kids. I simply enjoy studying the subject and seeing how I can (very, very loosely) apply the principles I learn to myself, kids in my life, and maybe in the far distant future my own kids. Plus, it's pretty fun to learn when there's no pressure. But, as always this review will, therefore, be quite subjective, but will hopefully provide a unique point-of-view compared to the reviews written by parents who actually know what they're doing. 

    WHAT I THOUGHT ABOUT THIS BOOK

    I found it surprisingly interesting. The author is a blogger and a lot of times a blogger-turned-book-author is a hit or miss for me when it comes to style - there's no middle ground. This one was, thankfully, a total hit. Her writing style was engaging, her tone honest, encouraging, and at times funny, and her stories were ones I could relate to from the perspective of an adult who grew up being homeschooled. 

    The author used to be an elementary school teacher, which felt like it gave her added credentials while talking about homeschooling vs. public schooling. 

    There were some things in the book I didn't fully agree with (more related to her views on various things, rather than what she actually did), but those things were minor enough that they didn't take away from the book for me. 

    For me, the most interesting part of the book was when she gave different suggestions of things to do with kids. It's so intriguing to hear about things little kids can do for fun that are actually educational as well. 

    CONCLUSION

    If y'all are interested in this book, you should check out her website (The Unlikely Homeschool) or look her up on Instagram. I watched some of her Instagram stories as I was reading the book and that really helped her to feel more relatable and alive to me. 

    I generally don't recommend parenting books as a non-parent on my blog (because that's weird), and the same goes for homeschooling books. But, I did enjoy reading this book. 

    RATING

    I’m giving Homeschool Bravely four out of five stars – Moody Publishers was very kind to send me a copy of this book so I could review it.

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