Thursday, August 16, 2018

God Schooling: How God Intended Children to Learn - Book Review

It is the beginning of the new homeschool year for most homeschooling families or this is the time when they do all their planning and purchasing of their new curriculum.  We homeschool year round with occasional breaks here and there, however, this is the time that I start buying curriculum, planning, and making changes to our homeschool.  In the midst of all of that, we sometimes forget to stop and ask God what He wants for our homeschool.  I have come to realize over the past 5 years that I have been homeschooling that when I try to do it my way it never works!  So I learned early on to pray and seek God help daily.  I don't see that a lot in the homeschool community though.  Most moms, myself included sometimes, are frantic about if we are doing enough, are our children getting it, what will people think of our kids if they are not on a certain level, etc.  This is why I was happy to read and review God Schooling: How God Intended Children to Learn written by Julie Polanco.  I needed the encouragement before planning out our school year so it was timely. 

What we Received 

I received a physical, signed copy of God Schooling: How God Intended Children to Learn.

About the Book and the Author

The Book

The book is 163 pages the last few pages being concluding remarks, about the author, and bibliography.  It comes in an ebook format and a physical softcover.  It is broken down into 2 parts, Part 1: Dispelling Myths and Part 2: Practice.  There are 9 total chapters.

Chapter 1 Biblical Support for Natural Learning
Chapter 2 Motivation & Excellence
Chapter 3 Thoughts on Teaching Children Under Age Eight
Chapter 4 Thoughts on Teaching Children Aged Eight to Twelve
Chapter 5 Giving Teens the Wings to Fly
Chapter 6 Spreading the Banquet
Chapter 7 Getting Started
Chapter 8 Some Q & A
Chapter 9 Record-Keeping and Structure

At the end of each chapter, there are study questions so that you can reflect back on what you read.

God Schooling book

About the Author

Julie Polanco is a wife and homeschool mom to 4 children.  She graduated her oldest child about 2 years ago.  She is very active in the homeschool community, contributing to the Old Schoolhouse Magazine and their Homeschooling with Heart blog.  She also teaches a botany class for  

Julie Polanco Books

My Thoughts

There is nothing like a good encouraging book.  I enjoy sitting on my porch in the mornings spending time with God and then reading a good book.  God Schooling made for a good porch buddy.  

God Schooling Book Review

Julie Polanco focuses on natural learning.  She touches on things for each age group.  Like all self-help books, we have to use what applies or can help our family and not try to force change where it is not needed.  Of course, there were things that she touched on that I agreed with and some things that I didn't.  That doesn't mean she was wrong it just didn't apply to our family.  I love the way she spoke from her personal experience, but I didn't like the way it came off as if her way is the only right way.  She may not have meant it that way at all, in fact, it could be because she has over 15 years experience in this area, but that is what it seemed.  One of my favorite chapters is chapter 5.  In this chapter, Julie talks about allowing our teens to grow up.  I am guilty of babying all of my kids, but I know there are some areas I need to allow them to grow in with my guidance, of course. She also talks about preparing for college, transcripts, how to not to spend an arm and a leg on college, and so much more.  Overall I think it is a good book and I would recommend to new and veteran homeschool moms.  

You can get Julie Polanco's God Schooling ebook on sale for 50% through August 22, 2018.

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1 comment:

  1. I wish I had read this at the beginning of my homeschool career. It seems to be a good read :)