WHY I CHOOSE THIS BOOK
Despite the fact that I've read a lot of parenting books, I've never read any homeschooling books. That seemed like a fact I should remedy, and this book caught my eye, partly because of the title, partly because the cover is black.
Disclaimer: I'm not a parent, I don't think I have the answers to parenting, homeschooling, or raising kids. I simply enjoy studying the subject and seeing how I can (very, very loosely) apply the principles I learn to myself, kids in my life, and maybe in the far distant future my own kids. Plus, it's pretty fun to learn when there's no pressure. But, as always this review will, therefore, be quite subjective, but will hopefully provide a unique point-of-view compared to the reviews written by parents who actually know what they're doing.
WHAT I THOUGHT ABOUT THIS BOOK
I found it surprisingly interesting. The author is a blogger and a lot of times a blogger-turned-book-author is a hit or miss for me when it comes to style - there's no middle ground. This one was, thankfully, a total hit. Her writing style was engaging, her tone honest, encouraging, and at times funny, and her stories were ones I could relate to from the perspective of an adult who grew up being homeschooled.
The author used to be an elementary school teacher, which felt like it gave her added credentials while talking about homeschooling vs. public schooling.
There were some things in the book I didn't fully agree with (more related to her views on various things, rather than what she actually did), but those things were minor enough that they didn't take away from the book for me.
For me, the most interesting part of the book was when she gave different suggestions of things to do with kids. It's so intriguing to hear about things little kids can do for fun that are actually educational as well.
If y'all are interested in this book, you should check out her website (The Unlikely Homeschool) or look her up on Instagram. I watched some of her Instagram stories as I was reading the book and that really helped her to feel more relatable and alive to me.
I generally don't recommend parenting books as a non-parent on my blog (because that's weird), and the same goes for homeschooling books. But, I did enjoy reading this book.
I’m giving Homeschool Bravely four out of five stars – Moody Publishers was very kind to send me a copy of this book so I could review it.