Anyone who knows me (or reads my blog) would know that I like to read books on home-schooling…particularly books that speak about the heart of education. I like to read books by Robin Sampson, Sally Clarkson, Diana Waring, Marilyn Howshall and others. I have noticed that more women than men seem to write, which isn’t unusual seeing that it is primarily mothers who are the primary educators in the day to day lessons within the home, so it is refreshing to read a book written by a man.
I eagerly read my new book by Kevin Swanson. Mr. Swanson was home-educated as a youngster so he speaks with experience and authority. This book addresses the basic but very important points that are (and should be) of utmost importance to the home educator.
If you haven’t read this book then you need to order your copy ASAP. Upgrade will assist you in devising a vision for your family, or strengthening an existing vision. Mr Swanson also covers what he considers (don’t forget he has been a homeschooled student and now a homeschool parent) to be the most fundamental and important points essential for education.
I did read and gain some nuggets from R.C. Sproul’s book, “When You Rise Up” but I believe this to be more beneficial for every homeschooling parent. Mr. Swanson is a Christian and this is extremely evident throughout the book, but I still think there is relevance to all parents who love their children. To get an idea of his writing style and some things included in Upgrade, you can read this article: God’s Theory of Education.
I could go through and list the ten most important basics that Mr. Swanson has listed but I think you’ll be MUCH more blessed to read the ENTIRE book for yourself. As with anything worth having, it isn’t as simple as reading,
but you’ll be glad you did. The book is not a difficult read and the practice of it is not hard. In fact it is quite simple…sometimes so simple that we often can’t see the forest through the trees.
If you are looking for a structured approach where you only need to write a rigid schedule for the child to adhere to then this book may not be for you. If you want a list of thorough curriculum suggestions then this book is not for you. If you are a parent, home-schooler, teacher or child-care worker, you will appreciate this book.
If you are beginning your home-school journey or have been living the lifestyle for many years, you need this book!
For those in Australia, you can order “Upgrade” through Homeschool Favourites.
It could be the best $25 you’ll spend this year on family/parenting/home-schooling books!