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  • Posted May 13, 2012

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    Okay book. The author spent the first half of the book (or more)

    Okay book. The author spent the first half of the book (or more) defending her choice to homeschool her daughter, seems weird to me. I did enjoy parts of the book and shared some of her feelings here and there, but wondered more than once if she chose to homeschool for the year so she could write a book about it.

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  • Posted April 9, 2010

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    Homeschooling and Love Can Go Hand In Hand

    LOVE IN THE TIME OF HOMESCHOOLING is an expressively witty, honest account of the year that Laura Brodie decided that the stress of school had become too much for her ten-year old daughter thus calling for drastic measures. The plan she came up with was simple.don't make her go to school! With the idea of taking a break from traditional school and instead initiate short-term homeschooling for a year, it seemed like the perfect solution. WHAT? Why you can't just up and do that! Oh, yes you can, and I should know as I did it for a semester with my own child. Short-term homeschooling is the latest trend in this growing movement. My reason and result was a bit different from Laura Brodie's but I did homeschool not only my own child for a semester but two of his second grade classmates. For this reason, I especially could relate to Laura Brodie's story.

    In LOVE IN THE TIME OF HOMESCHOOLING, Brodie describes the challenges and the rewards this year with her youngest daughter was all about. As I myself found, there were so many positive, cultural and hands-on experiences that were enjoyable and helped to enrich her child's life. It also was a long year when it came to some of the day-to-day routine instruction and more traditional paper/book work. She describes the strategies that worked well for them and the activities that did not. As I also found, there was frustration and difficulty at times due to the fact she was "Mom" and not "the teacher" to her student. On the other hand, there was an increase in quality family time and she was able to individualize her daughter's curriculum to include some of the often forgotten subjects left out because they aren't covered by the state mandated testing. In our classrooms today, teachers have to include certain mandated material that is covered on standardized tests. They are directed to teach not only the same curriculum as everyone else in the district but usually at a precise time. So much is lost in that case as all the spontaneity goes out the window as does the leeway of pacing to meet individual student or group needs. With these time constraints, so much of the material that isn't covered by mandated testing is pushed aside. What Brodie found was they were able to branch out to a more well-rounded education geared to her child's needs. Though their year was not simple, mother and daughter worked through their frustration and problems to create a priceless union.

    I found Laura Brodie's writing to be very conversational and enjoyable to follow. Her story was heartfelt and eye-opening. Many parents will find this to be of use as they perhaps question the educational benefits there child is getting in whatever setting they are now in. With the players in the story being real and the subject relevant, it is a fast and rewarding read.

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