As a relative newcomer to homeschooling (we’ve only done it for about a year,) I appreciate having advice from other homeschooling parents at my fingertips. The Big Book of Homeschool Volume II fits the bill nicely. Because we travel a lot, I opted for the Kindle version and was not disappointed. This new volume is well laid out and easy to use as a reference but reads more like a conversation. I especially enjoyed the section on homeschooling your child with ADHD. I had to chuckle as I read another parent describe her morning and realized it wasn’t only me who had days like that with fidgeting little hands and minds that might rather be dreaming in the clouds (or spending the day discovering at an old fort!)
I could also relate to the mom who described herself as a “homeschooling shopaholic”, buying and collecting free worksheets and curriculum that you might never use. Don’t get me wrong, there are some terrific resources out there but, as this volume advises, you need to be organized and be sure you are purchasing/collecting things that you need (and will use.) Even though I only print the pages when I need them, I find my laptop file folders bulging with items I have forgotten I even have. There is no help in that.
While we are still in elementary, the section on teaching healthy independence shares great tips on how to prepare your child for their next steps. Along with these are helps in what to watch for to be sure you don’t get off track as your child becomes more independent in their work. I can see myself going back to this, and the section on high school, as we near the teenage years.
Whether you are new to homeschooling or an old pro, the Big Book of Homeschool Ideas Volume II is cram packed full of ideas with sections on theory, STEM, homeschool networks, and plenty more in between. It has joined the original Big Book of Homeschool Ideas as one of my Kindle favorites!