I love my subscription to The Old Schoolhouse magazine. Every few months, I eagerly look into my mailbox for my next issue. Now, while I’m waiting, I can read their new Wee-books, choosing from topics about training my children to teaching tips in a variety of subjects to taking care of me, so I can be the best mom and wife I can be.
I recently read a few of their wee-books on a variety of topics and I’d like to share with you a review of these titles.
The first wee-book I read was entitled, HomeWork: Juggling Home, Work, and School Without Losing Your Balance. This wee-book was a fun and interesting compilation of personal stories from real homeschool moms relating their experiences balancing working from home, housework, and homeschooling. Each mom shared their homeschooling strategies, scheduling techniques, their working habits, and how they have made it work for them. They even described how their children contributed to their business and assisted them in their daily tasks. There were various kinds of businesses discussed and tips provided to keep your business finances, materials, and time organized. At the end was a list of helpful internet resources to refer to for more information. In these economic times, I found that this information was very helpful and timely when I know alot of moms are trying to find a way to assist their families right now.
The second wee-book I read was a great follow up to the first one I just told you about. It was called The Pitfalls and Possibilities of Being a Work-at-Home-Mom by Carol Topp, CPA. This book is filled with “advice from the trenches” for Work at Home Moms (WAHM) in getting started at working from home. There are practical steps to follow and issues to think about in working from home picking the kind of business to balancing your time to setting up boundaries. The difference between “home-based business” and “working from home” is also discussed. The wee-book ends with options to being self-employed and avoiding those work at home scams you sometimes see advertised. I thoroughly appreciated the practical checklist of things to think about and consider in deciding how you want to work at home.
My other two wee-book options I chose to read were centered on academic areas I will be exploring with my children next year. The first one was entitled The Italian Renaissance by Maggie Hogan. I’ve had the privilege a number of times to hear Maggie speak at homeschool conferences and have enjoyed every opportunity. This wee-book explored a misconception held about the Renaissance period and explained this time period in a way I hadn’t considered before. I’m glad I read this book as now I’ll be able to include this in my homeschool next year when we read and discuss the renaissance. This time period is packed with so much to cover that I found this book valuable in that it gives a good overview of the time and lists key places, people, terms, and art topics to include in a renaissance study. It also has a list of things to do with your children to assist you in delving into this topic. As always, I was not disappointed when I saw that this book was written by Maggie Hogan and I know you won’t be either.
The last wee-book I recently read was The Great Books by Kate Kessler. In this wee-book, Kate interviews Fritz Hinrichs, a classical educator. Being a former English teacher and homeschooling a teenage son, I want to make sure my homeschool includes quality literature and the “great books” if that will contribute to his educational experience. So, I wanted to get an idea of what is considered one of the great books and why is it important to read them and include them in our homeschool. I enjoyed the interview and the topics covered helped me to see how great books would contribute to my sons’ education and to our homeschool experience. The reason for studying the great books and the philosophy behind their study is explored. The case behind reading the great books and the Bible to look at the world around us today and see God’s truth is explained. They give us a perspective from which to observe, think, and understand this world and helps us in our discernment. This wee-book helped give me the overall picture from which to discuss these literary works with my son and put them in context of our faith and in his life. It was well worth the read.
I hope you find these reviews helpful. If you would like to purchase these titles or see what other titles are available, I invite you to visit The Old Schoolhouse Store.