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Quiet the voices of "not good enough" and step courageously into guilt-free homeschooling

Many homeschool parents have a long-term relationship with self-doubt. "Did I make the right decision?" "Could someone else do this better?" "Am I robbing my kids of something by not sending them to 'regular school'?"  

What if there's a better way? Not a three-step technique or a shiny, new curriculum but a change in perspective that transforms the way you plan, teach, and homeschool?  

Homeschool Bravely teaches you to see homeschooling as a calling, helps you overthrow the tyranny of impossible expectations, and guides you through the common bumps in the road, including how to: juggle school and parenting with toddlers at home; teach a struggling learner; plan with the end in mind; accept your own limitations without feeling guilty; and stay the course even in the face of criticism.  

Reclaim your hope, renew your purpose, and transform your homeschool. Because the truth is: God will use every part of your homeschool, even your fears, faults, and failures, to weave good plans for your kids.

©2019 Jamie Erickson (P)2020 eChristian

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  • Shalise
  • 26-03-21

LOVE! read it multiple times!

Great for homeschooling, but also so many ideas for your every day use too! I've read this book multiple times. It's a wonderful "go to"

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  • Seth Rossiter
  • 21-04-21

Not school at home. Struggle is real.

Your words are moving. I'm about to listen again. I must really trust my calling.

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  • Ashley Denno
  • 05-09-20

wonderful encouragement ❤

This book was the balm of encouragement my chapped heart needed. I was struggling with whether or not I should put my kids in public school, when I know I'm called to homeschool. This book was a 5 hour reminder of all the ways God has called and equipped me. If you're on the fence, or burnt out, or having a bad homeschooling year, you need this book! Also, the author is pleasant to listen to.

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  • Robert
  • 14-05-20

Bumps you full of courage and BRAVERY

Jamie really tells you how it is and how God will always be there to be your crutch. To hold you up when you don’t think homeschooling is for you. She explains her personal struggles and prepares you for what others may say. This book has given me a lot of bravery. And when I am feeling down or in need of a homeschooling boost, I will reread it. Thanks Jamie!

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 31-08-21

A must read before starting a school year.

Beautiful book! We have been homeschooling for the past 6 years and every time a new school year arrives, the fear of not being enough for my children lurks in. This book reminded me that God works for my good in all things and that I can face the challenges of being a homeschool mom bravely. Thanks so much Jamie!

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  • amber horne
  • 23-08-20

Saved

This is just what I needed approaching the season we’re going into. I will forever be thankful for coming across this book!!

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  • Anonymous User
  • 09-08-20

Great investment

This book is a difference maker for me and any would be for any mom who wants to homeschool. Easy to listen to, lots of wisdom, compassion and a kind friendly voice. Like to hear more from this author.

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  • Brandy Vaneaton
  • 20-01-22

Most encouraging I've read!

I'm even using it for a life group of parents to help us encourage each other and spur ideas and discussions.

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  • Bhock12
  • 07-01-22

Left Disappointed

While I feel that Jamie Erickson does remind homeschool parents to lean on God and allow Him to lead your journey, I feel that this book was overall repetitive and at some points extremely one sided and biased. (Preview chapter 9 to formulate your own opinion.)

For me, chapter 9 left me angry and ultimately keeps me from recommending this book to anyone new to homeschooling or considering it as an option for them. I found it very misleading, disappointing even. I'll provide you with one of my examples.

Chapter 9 is titled "It's Homeschool, Not School-at-Home". The purpose of this chapter is to point out how if you're homeschooling or considering homeschooling, then you're ultimately seeking out something that is different. This is something I completely agree with, however how she chose to go about doing it is something I cannot stand behind.

In this chapter, Erickson goes on to explain how having a schoolroom within your home isn't necessary (agreed). The world is your classroom and life offers so many lessons to be learned. (also agreed) But, she goes on to aggressively attack any possibility of having one. She refuses to acknowledge that this may work for some families and actually make their homeschool experience better. Her point goes on to accuse that any desire of having one is simply trying to recreate a brick and mortar school and overall pointless.

You see, I've been a homeschool Mom for going on 5 years now. I started off using only the resources I had or could easily obtain and fit our schooling into the space my family home allowed. Did my children learn? Yes! Did not having a schoolroom within our walls ruin their education? Nope. In fact, my first 3 years of schooling was done this way. It worked, but could it have been better? Absolutely. Did it sometimes feel chaotic. Sure did. Did we, as a family, crave an intentional school space? You bet we did.

Now, I'm by no means saying that a schoolroom is what every homeschool family needs. But, for my family, we craved an intentional school space, a place we could create an "educational flow" in.

During my fourth year of homeschooling, my husband decided to build us our dream and we sectioned off a part of our basement and he built us a one room schoolhouse. Did/Do I decorate it? I sure do. Want to know why? My children thrive on the resources I put on our walls and use them to find answers to the questions they have. (Independent learning and problem solving) Do I include their artwork and projects on our walls? Also yes. This inspires and shows support; we enjoy seeing all we've done. It's also nice having all of our wonderful books in one place so my children can easily seek and find what they're looking for.

My list can easily go on about what having that room did for us, but I think you get my point. You know what the schoolroom didn't do? It didn't keep us from going on endless field trips. It doesn't mean we can't learn outside or continue to use life as the lesson. It didn't make that space taboo. In fact, our schoolroom is very much part of our home, and my children often want to be their during their free time to read, craft, bead, etc. They enjoy the space. It gave us a homebase.

This is just one example of Erickson's dismissal of all things a brick and mortar school may offer. Within this chapter, she also dislikes and discredits the want to want to use curriculum and doesn't like any form of "grading", even if you're using it as a teacher tool to see what areas you need to focus on and develop.

Homeschooling is about finding what's right for your family. Each journey is unique. It's not a one size fits all journey, and it's not supposed to be. So for this author to discredit any option seems careless to me and discredits her, for me, altogether. This book had more potential, especially when focusing on the Godly aspect, but the author including a biased point of view without flexibility just ruined it completely for me because that's not what homeschooling is. Homeschooling is meant to be flexible and works best when it is.

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  • Keith Friesen
  • 15-12-21

Encouraging and a must read!

even if your child goes to a traditional school this book is a must listen/read!