If there was one book I wish I had had when I first began raising little ones and thinking about homeschooling, it is Homepreschool and Beyond.
When the author, Susan Lemons, sent me her book, I was enthralled. It was a breath of fresh air and an excellent recharge for me. It is so rich and so full of wisdom for parents seeking to “do the right thing” with their little ones, especially in terms of how to educate them. With all the conflicting advice on “learning readiness” and early education, the author clears the air, speaks to what we all know deep down, leaving the reader with a deep sense of peace and lots of hands-on wisdom. Homepreschool doesn’t paint our youngsters into a one-size-fits-all mold, but allows for each parent to glean suggestions and ideas without unnecessary pressures.
Covering everything from teaching cheerful obedience to how to teach science, Susan offers an in-depth course on Parenting 101.
This quote is just one example of the many she expounds on in Homepreschool & Beyond:
“The best early ‘academics’ are your responses to your children–giving yourself to them in warm fellowship, conversation, travel; reading and telling stories with moral values; working at home chores and cottage industries together; teaching them by example how to serve others (in the home and down the street); being alert to their highest motives and interests; and encouraging them to develop their own creative ideas in the sand pile, with kitchen dough, with a telescope…and with tools in the garage or garden….” -Raymond & Dorothy Moore
A homeschooling mother of four with a Bachelor of Science degree in Child Development, Susan brings a particular hands-on experience to the table in her book.
One of the things I appreciated about this book is that I always put it down charged and inspired, never exasperated. It is full of practical “how-to’s” as well as sound explanations about the concept of teaching preschoolers (with advice that goes well beyond the preschool age).
It is also one of those books that is easy to read in “snippets”, which is important for a mom of preschool-aged children!
“Some parents wonder: ‘What is best for my child?’ ‘Am I doing enough?’ ‘What does my preschooler really need?’ My answer: Preschoolers need what they have always needed. Preschoolers haven’t changed. Preschoolers need their parents. Everything your preschooler needs to know can be taught through good parenting.”
Susan ascribes to a relaxed but thorough approach in educating children, and leaves the reader full of easy-to-implement ideas in a normal family routine that will enrich all its members!
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I love the lists and ideas in Homepreschool:
- Suggested reading lists for different age levels
- Review of popular curricula
- Learning games/songs
- Holiday crafts and activities
- and more!
Without a doubt, this is one of the most comprehensive, common-sense books for parents of young children that is written! Homepreschool and Beyond is a book you can sink your teeth into and walk away more practically equipped for better parenting and homeschooling!
Great news!! Susan is giving away two copies of her book to Generation Cedar readers! To enter for the chance to win, leave a comment! Add a separate comment for extra entries by:
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Giveaway ends Sunday at midnight.