HomeSchooling at the Speed of Life by Marilyn Rockett

Rockett, Marilyn. HomeSchooling at the Speed of Life: Balancing Home, School, and Family in the Real World. Nashville, TN: B&H Publishing Group, 2007. (PB: 9780805444858)

This book is much less about homeschooling per se than it is about maintaining one’s sanity while trying to take care of all the rest of what author Marilyn Rockett calls “the dailiness of life” while homeschooling. Nothing wrong with that. Most mothers struggle with balance on some level or another, and homeschooling mothers have some challenges other mothers they know might not—teaching long division, for instance, or fretting over their child’s seemingly inexplicable inability to learn how to read. Rockett comes from a Christian perspective, using her first chapter to connect God’s plans to orderliness in a family’s life. From there, she moves into chapters on dealing with clutter, dealing with paper, the importance of teaching children domestic skills, record keeping, and the like. Throughout, she includes quotes from the Bible as well as quotes from other writers. Chapters conclude with questions to help the reader discover areas of personal weakness and strategies for overcoming them as well as a few devotionals for inspiration. A CD-ROM that comes with the book includes numerous printable organizational aids.

Rockett is, without a doubt, a skilled and practiced organizer. She writes very specifically to Christian homeschooling mothers, but her advice is realistic and solid for anyone looking to get a little more organized. That said, the book is probably not going to connect with homeschooling fathers, non-Christian homeschoolers, and even some Christian homeschoolers who would prefer something with a lighter touch. It may, however, appeal to Christian mothers who aren’t homeschooling, since even non-homeschooling mothers still have plenty of school-related things to deal with on a daily basis. The book will appeal to the same audience that enjoys books by the likes of Carol Barnier and Christine M. Field. Recommended for mid-to-large library collections in communities with strong Christian homeschooling populations.

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