Home Education From A to Z
A Book Review, a Giveaway, and an Exclusive Offer!
How often have you wished you could simply have tea with an experienced home educator and glean from her years of wisdom? How many times have you needed a pick-me-up, a suggestion, or a humorous anecdote to ease your burden and remind you that you aren’t alone? Catherine Jaime gives you all this and more in Organized Ramblings: Home Education From A to Z.
I have read countless books on home education. I only recommend a few. Organized
Ramblings by Catherine Jaime would be at the top of my list for mothers who need a “fresh look” at what they are doing. I began taking notes for this review, and ended up highlighting huge sections of this informative and energetic book for my own use. Catherine’s casual, friendly style couples easily with her wisdom from homeschooling 12 children. Her book is like an expert homeschool conference, years of homeschool magazines, and a trusted friend, all in one volume.
Organized Ramblings covers the gamut of issues homeschool mothers consider, from Art to Zoo, Fun to Philosophy, Bible to Unit Studies. Catherine covers each topic with a thoroughness one expects from a veteran home educator, and the humor that comes with teaching a large family, yet none of the dogmatic insistence that plagues too many homeschool how-to manuals. Each chapter gives information, suggestions, and real-life examples. Catherine realizes that home education is not one-size-fits-all and encourages families to raise independent learners within their own family style.
Catherine emphasizes “education is our goal, not schooling … and remember, throughout all of this, our job is not to raise godly children – it is to equip our children to become godly adults. We are not just educating them, we are raising them, we are discipling them, we are training them. There is no one right way to teach our children at home. Each family must make its own decisions prayerfully and carefully. One of the things that is important throughout it all is balance: balancing school and life, family and others, expectations and reality. Prayerfully work to keep that balance.” It is her balanced approach that makes this book such unique and valuable addition to my homeschool resources.
I have been greatly refreshed by my time getting to know Catherine Jaime over her Organized Ramblings and a few cups of tea. I plan on re-reading it often, every time I need a word of encouragement
Catherine Jaime is the mother of 12, including 9 homeschool graduates. She draws upon her 30 years of home education experience to support and encourage homeschool mothers in Organized Ramblings. She is the author of several books and homeschool products, including Math Facts Fun (previously featured on ) and Da Vinci: His Life and His Legacy (soon to be featured on Whatever State). You can find more of her products at her homeschool resource center, Creative Learning Connection, on the download site, CurrClick, and on the ebook website Smashwords.
- Organized Ramblings: Home Education From A to Z
sells on Amazon for $12.50 in paperback. Catherine Jaime also sells her book on CurrClick as an e-download for $3. Catherine is giving a special discount for
- Whatever State
Catherine Jaime is giving away one paperback copy of Organized Ramblings: Home Education From A to Z to a Whatever State reader! Each day, you have three chances to enter the random drawing, from now through Friday. Help Catherine get the word out about her encouraging book by participating in each one of these each day:
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This review and giveaway is being conducted in compliance with FCC regulations and own giveaway policy. I was given one free copy of the book to review, and the views expressed are my own. The amazon links are no longer affiliate links.