"I don't know how she's going to do it when the baby comes." That it being referred to is homeschooling. Sometimes I hear those comments, and I begin to doubt myself. It is hard enough right now.
As of right now, I have an (almost) 8 year old, 5 year old, 20 month old and we're expecting Baby #4. My time and attention are pulled in so many different directions as it is. How will I feel after sleepless nights and the demands of a newborn!? When given the opportunity to review the book Preschoolers and Peace: Homeschooling older kids with success while loving the little ones at your feet by Kendra Fletcher, I knew there might be something in there for me. From the author of the website Preschoolers and Peace, Kendra is the homeschooling mother of 8 children who range from homeschool graduates down to early elementary age. As you can guess, this left her with many years of homeschooling big kids with little ones in the house as well. Kendra has the experience, and I was definitely interested in what tidbits of wisdom she had to offer.
Preschoolers and Peace is a "best of the best" e-book, pulling the best articles from her website into a concise and easy to read book for parents. There are 14 chapters, but they are short and easily read during a commercial break. In fact, the book is only about 50 pages, so the whole book can be read in just one evening.
Some of the chapter titles include What a Homeschooling Mom Needs, Planning Around Preschoolers, How Do I Keep Them Busy? and When Momma is Worn Out (or Pregnant). You can see she's got a variety of content, and she touches on many of the areas that might affect a homeschooling family. Kendra is full of practical advice. She offers samples of her schedules, ideas for entertaining and educating those sweet little people, and even ideas for helping other daily activities go smoothly, such as meal planning. In addition to the helpful advice, Kendra also provides an extensive list of additional reading and resources that they've used and loved in their own home.
She also offers encouragement. Real encouragement! It's so refreshing to find a mom who is simply saying "I get it and I know it's hard" instead of a "this is how you should do it because this worked perfectly for me" lecture. Frankly, I find it an encouragement to all mothers, preschoolers underfoot or not!
The book does sometimes waver between a semi-formal workshop talk from Kendra, and a casual conversation. You feel the conversation coming on when words like "gotta" creep in. She's keeping it real. I will say that the first two chapters are solely based on the author's faith and prayer life -- this may not be what you expect from the title of the book, but for those who need to be knee deep in prayer, it's raw and honest. Did I mention Kendra keeps it real, and all with a touch of humor? It's a look at a real homeschooling mom, living a real life, and learning real life lessons.
This book is an e-book and only costs $2.99 right now! For a quick and inspiring read, you can't go wrong with Preschoolers and Peace!
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