Besides trying to balance teaching responsibilities and family life, homeschoolers often face unrealistic expectations from relatives, churches, other homeschoolers, and society at large. There is pressure on homeschoolers to be PERFECT – you know, perfect kids, clean home, wonderful marriage, home business, etc. Well, the REALITY is that most homeschool families are just like you and me – perfectly ordinary families who simply want to do the best for their children. This doesn’t mean we’ll always agree on homeschool methods, how to raise children, our discipline style, which curriculum to use, or anything else for that matter. But we can agree that we homeschool because we love our children and want the best for them even if it means we’re not perfect.
For those of you who currently homeschool or who are interested in homeschooling your children, there is a new book – Homeschooling for the Rest of Us – coming out at the beginning of the year that will address issues faced by ordinary homeschool families. It offers solutions to practical, everyday problems without suggesting that you have to follow any one particular method, curriculum, or set of ideas. Actually, if there is one theme to the book, it’s that homeschool families should be encouraged to find and follow their own path – regardless of what others might say.
Homeschooling for the Rest of Us will be released in January 2010, but the promotional materials are ready NOW. Yeah! If you are interested in homeschooling or if you already teach your child at home, I would love to have your help in getting the word out about this book! You can use the bookmarks and postcards yourself, mail them to friends, put them in support group member mailboxes, give them out at homeschool events, drop them by your local homeschool bookstores, or whatever you want… It doesn’t matter how or where you share them as long as you help get them into the hands of other homeschoolers. And if you just want a couple for yourself, that’s fine, too!
If you’d like to receive promotional materials, please e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org with the following information:
– your name and address
– whether you’d like postcards, bookmarks or both
– how many you’d like
– the name of your support group (if applicable) and about how many members you have (It’s ok if your group is small!)
– how you plan to disperse the materials
Also, from the people who request promotional materials, I will be picking two dozen names to receive a free copy of the book when it is available!