Managing Your Homeschool by Marcia K. Washburn ~ Review

This is part of the Management for Moms Series. This is a terrific series that every mom needs to have in her library. This is an awesome book to help you in keeping your homeschool running smoothly.

She starts out telling how to plan for your school year. To make your school year run smoother, there needs to be some pre-planning and getting everyone on the same page.

How to handle your school day and how things are done? The second chapter is awesome and very helpful.

  • Setting Priorities
  • Handling Assignments

Do you misplace things? Don’t know what to do with things? There is a whole chapter dealing with this!

  • Fileables
  • Non-Fileables
  • Make your job easier

Then comes the Paper Monster chapter!! If you are like me, I keep almost every single thing that my kids do!! Then you have all the other paper things that come in the mail. She goes through each type of paper that you might possibly have and what you should do with it. Yes, we in MO need to have a portfolio, but does that mean keep EVERYTHING?

Do you get to mid year and not know what to do? She goes through this in depth. Not just with schooling but even in maintaining the house. She shows us how to not let things get in the way and bog us down. Love this section!!!

The next section is a MIGHTY section for us homeschoolers!!! Keeping the HOME in Homeschooling: Dealing with extra-curricular. Wow!!! Again, Wow!!! I know we want to give our children the very best and every advantage possible. But do you see yourself coming and going at the same time? She goes through and helps you see how to not spend all your time pushing here and there and outside of the home. Remember what is IMPORTANT!!!

What makes successful homeschooling?

  1. Keep the heart in homeschooing
  2. Keep your priorities straight
  3. Keep on learning
  4. Become a student of your child
  5. Seek support
  6. Realize that every homeschool will look different
  7. Enjoy the journey
  8. Trust God for the results

She also goes in how important it is to know how to teach your child. Don’t just teach like a school teacher. Don’t just throw the books at them. But learn how others have done it and things didn’t work or how they succeeded. Remember that even those that something didn’t work, doesn’t mean it won’t work for you. Research and know what your child needs.

Another thing I love about this book is that she talks to the “Homeschool Vet”. When our last child is finished, does that mean that we are put out to pasture? What called us to homeshooling in the first place? She shows us how we can continue our calling but in a different way.

This is a terrific book and would also be good to teach your children, too. MATCH highly recommends this wonderful resource.

To get your copy check out Marcia Washburn’s website at Watch for her monthly articles in the newsletter for more wonderful helps.