Refreshing resources for summer
The hot, hazy days of summer are upon us-but even as you slather suntan lotion on little noses and dip refreshing ice cream cones, your mind is thinking beyond summer. Before you know it, the wading pools and badminton sets will be packed away in the garage. It will be time again for math lessons and science experiments. Your eyes are already trained on the horizon, considering curriculum choices and wondering how you will once more juggle lesson plans, basketball practice, laundry, and dinner menus!
Sometimes home schooling moms and dads need a little refreshment, too. One way you can re-energize your batteries and gain a fresh perspective is by reading some helpful resources during the summer. Just two such resources are Mary Pride's Complete Guide to Homeschooling series, and Cathy Duffy's two-volume Christian Home Educators' Curriculum Manuals. Both are loaded with information regarding textbook publishers, home school specific curriculum, and correspondence courses.
If you need help in discovering and understanding your child's learning style, you might want to read The Way They Learn by Cynthia Ulrich Tobias, Discover Your Child's Learning Style by Mariaemma Willis & Victoria Kindle Hodson, or Help! My Child Isn't Learning by Dr. Grant Martin.
If getting organized is a struggle for you (Is there any parent who doesn't find this to be an issue?), pick up Help for the Harried Homeschooler: A Practical Guide to Balancing Your Child's Education with the Rest of Your Life by Christine Field or Clutter's Last Stand by Don Aslett.
Finally, don't overlook the value of a heart-to-heart conversation with an experienced, successful home schooling parent. He or she can share information, practical insights, and, even more importantly, encouragement. If you are a veteran home schooler, consider how you might refresh a newer home schooling family in your area during the hot, hazy days ahead.