Friday, May 27, 2011

So You're Thinking about Homeschooling

So You're Thinking About Homeschooling: Second Edition: Fifteen Families Show How You Can Do It (Focus on the Family)My child is almost 2 and I know some of you may be thinking, why are you reading a book about homeschooling?  Well, I think education is very important.  Considering that I would like to have more than one child, private school may be out of the question.  Not that I have a problem with public schools, I have some wonderful friends who are awesome teachers, but there are some not so great school districts.  I am also a huge planner, I like to plan way ahead and research so I can feel confident about the decisions I make when they come up.  I have also met some wonderful people while living in Germany who homeschool.  Since I didn't know much about it I thought I would see if the library had any books on the topic and I picked up this one.

So You're Thinking about Homeschooling, by Lisa Whelchel, is a fantastic educational book about homeschooling. Whelchel's writing style is light and cheerful.  She takes you through the door of fifteen families and lets "them" explain to you how they homeschool and why.  You read about the mother of several children, the homeschooling dad, the grandparents who homeschool, a mom who takes her child with her to work and homeschools, and many other situations.  You also learn about the different homeschooling methods: The Charlotte Mason Method; The Classical Approach; Computer-Based Curriculum; The Principle Approach; using Traditional Textbooks; using Unit Studies; Unschooling; Video Schooling; and more.

Lisa Whelchel bluntly states that she is not trying to convince you to homeschool.  Nor does she believe that homeschooling is for everyone.  However, she is pro-homeschooling and I believe the purpose of her book is to teach you more about homeschooling to see if it something that would work for you and your family. 

I will tell you, after reading So You're Thinking About Homeschooling, I am truly thinking about homeschooling.  I have done additional research besides reading this book and there are so many positives to homeschooling.  If you are thinking about homeschooling or are interested in learning more, this would be a good book for you to read.


  1. Please tell me how you are planning to Homeschool in Germany. I am homeschooling now and Germany is not Homeschool friendly.

    From what I have heard families are fleeing Germany that are homeschooling because several families have lost their children due to this issue.

  2. I'm not planning on living in Germany when my son starts school. Hopefully I would find a good homeschooling community.

    I know several American families who are homeschooling in Germany. Everyone I have talked to over here seems to love it. Which is what initially got me interested in it.

    I do know, however, that many Germans do have different views on school. For example, school lasts just half a day. They get out at noon and sports and extracurricular activities are not part of the academic schooling. I have not heard of anyone losing their children over this issue. That's very sad.

  3. Hello Marisa I am the poster of the original question I forgot to sign my name. If you are referring to American Expat (perhaps Military or DoD Civilian families yes they are allowed to homeschool, because actually they are there as Americans and not as Citizens of Germany. They then can Homeschool under their own states Laws. Perhaps it works they same for those Americans there working for a German branch of an American company (I don't know).

    Also if you are back in the states (or even if not)
    Has a wealth of info on the legalalities of Homeschooling in most any place. If you go the on the uppr right side find and click international, then find Germany or Germany flag click and there you will find different current articles. there are more archived.

    I love your blog! :-)

    Love & Light,


  4. PS I forgot to mention I do know there are American families (not military affiliated) that are homeschooling but slipping by under the radar. I pray for their ability to continue educating their children safely.