Covid-19 has brought about many changes and challenges to our lives. One of the biggest challenges for parents has been what to do for their child’s education. Everyone became homeschoolers of sorts when the schools were closed down last spring, but now parents are trying to determine if homeschooling should be a long term choice for their family. For those parents considering homeschooling, I’m excited to introduce you to The Quick and Easy Guide to Homeschooling: Everything You Need to Know to Start Homeschooling Yesterday by Rebecca Cofino.
Many years ago I made the decision to homeschool my child. I was actually a school teacher at the time and had three students in my fifth grade class who had previously been homeschooled. As I observed the homeschoolers and their transition to traditional schooling, I realized that while the classroom might be a great choice for the average child, children who fell outside of the “average” range could thrive in a homeschooling environment with an education tailor-made to suit their needs. I began studying other homeschoolers and made the decision that when I had a child, I would homeschool.
Even though I had an elementary education degree, had taught school, and had many friends who were teachers and homeschoolers, nothing truly prepared me for the experience of educating my own child at home. I remember going to a curriculum fair asking for their curriculum for two-year-olds. Everyone looked at me like I was insane.
Everything You Need to Know to Start Homeschooling Yesterday
Slowly, I learned the ropes and found the resources I needed. How nice it would have been, though, to have had a handy dandy guide to answer all my questions, even those I didn’t even realize I had. The Quick and Easy Guide to Homeschooling would have saved me so much time and energy.
Written in a conversational style, starting with the basics you need to know before beginning and working up to those issues that crop up over time, this book should be required reading for all new homeschoolers. And I love that it’s written specifically for today’s Covid-19 parents, addressing not just homeschool in general, but covering the difference between homeschooling and crisis schooling, two very different types of education.
My only complaint with the book is that there’s no table of contents or index. These would be helpful for quick reference, but it’s easy enough to find your way through the book.
If you’re on the fence about what to do this upcoming school year, or if you’ve already taken the plunge to homeschool, The Quick and Easy Guide to Homeschooling is a fantastic way to get you off to a great start.