Homeschooling for the Rest of Us, by Sonya Haskins, is a how-to-homeschool book geared for new homeschoolers. The book covers not only academics, but socialization, routines and schedules, housework, family relationships, and special needs children. The author provides sample schedules and many ideas about helping children master chores and social skills.
I think this would be a useful book for parents who are just beginning their homeschooling journey or who are considering teaching their children at home. The author answers many questions that those new to homeschooling might ask. I like the emphasis given to family relationships, responsibility, and obedience because these issues are just as important as academics and even affect the success in the academic areas. At 172 pages, the book is a fairly quick read.
As an experienced homeschooler, however, I didn’t find any new information in the book. The issues covered are the same ones covered in many other homeschooling books and on internet message boards. My opinion is—beneficial for new homeschoolers, but pass it up if you are an experienced homeschooler.
I received a free review copy of this book from Bethany House Publishers.