Teaching in Your Tiara is a deceptively easy read. I whizzed through it, sort of lamenting the folksy question and answer format. BUT then I kept finding myself referring to the book in conversations, and quoting it to my couple-of-three (that's a Southern turn of phrase) homeschooling friends.
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Many of the chapters had nothing to do with me and my homeschooling situation: Deciding to Do It, Talking to Dad, Answering Questions from Dad, etc. Clarity through prayer helped us to see that homeschooling was our ONLY option. Plus, Patrick was and is more confident in my homeschooling ability, than I ever have been.
Personally, I think God knew He had to back me into a terrible corner before I would ever "choose" this path.
It wasn't until later in the book, the chapter on Homeschooling with Different Ages, The Mistakes We All Make, and Keeping Up with the Housework that I really felt Rebecca was having a lovely conversation with me.
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That one statement is so very FREEING! We DO use our home differently!
I put a bookshelf in the hall, near the dining room just to have a place to clear the homeschooling detritus to in time for dinner. There are a lot more mason jars in my kitchen than I'm used to. The stereo is now mostly used for audio books. My scrapbooking supplies have become lapbooking supplies. I spend far more time in my home than I did previously, and I have begun to resent the chores that take me out of it, like Costco.
Rebecca's last chapter, Maintaining Your Identity has also stayed with me. In Maintaining Your Identity, rather than hold up the woman in the denim jumper stereotype (which she does refer to, and explain) she cautions women against "becoming beige."
If you want my opinion (and you bought my book so I might as well tell you), becoming a homeschool cliche is the wrong thing to fret over. I think you should worry about becoming beige."Becoming beige" involves a loss of individualism to the point a woman just fades into the background. Beige. It hides the dirt, but it's so dang ugly.
The list of resources in the back of the book is invaluable. Kindle lets me keep the text I highlight from every book, and you Know I highlighted every single online resource she lists. You can see most of those resources, and Rebecca's wonderful list of Final Thoughts here.
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Speaking of generous hearts, Laura at a String of Pearls is giving away a few copies of her own novel for teens, Finding Grace.