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It's back to school time! Parents everywhere are experiencing a variety of emotions, but perhaps none are quite as strong as the emotions of a homeschooling parent - especially a new homeschooling parent.
Guys, listen up.
If I could give one piece of advice to homeschool parents- either to those newly starting out or veterans, it would be to read this book. ASAP. This book delivers on it's promise of giving peace, big time. Written from a Biblical perspective, this book touched my heart in a way that no other homeschooling book has.
When I first read Teaching From Rest by Sarah MacKenzie, I felt a huge whoosh of relief go through me. I felt more relaxed, yet more deliberate at the same time. I felt wiser. More humble, yet more powerful. It is absolutely beautiful.
Sarah taught me about teaching. She taught me about learning. She taught me about rest. And most importantly, she reminded me that the success of our homeschool and/or the raising of our children does not rest entirely on our shoulders: God will help us take care of His children if we let Him.
I was reminded that:
I was delighted by the unfamiliar and beautiful Catholic teachings and quotations Sarah shared. I also really loved her definition of education: "to teach children to love what they ought and to hate what they ought." Meaning, to love good, virtuous and beautiful things, and to avoid low, crass and degrading things. Of course science, math, literature, languages, etc. all fit into this definition of education. My friend Anne who first recommended the book to me, commented that for her, the concept of curriculum looping that Sarah introduced, was life-changing.
Please, please, please- if you are a homeschooling parent of faith, read this book! It will help center, inspire and calm you. You bear a delightful and privileged, but heavy burden. By looking to God and working wisely as Sarah reminds us, we can educate our children in a beautiful and truly personalized way.
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