Book Title: Teaching From Rest: A Homeschooler's Guide to Unshakeable Peace
Genre: Homeschooling; Education
Publisher: Classical Academic Press (ClassicalAcademicPress.com)
Why Did I Choose It? I saw the advertisements for the book last year and,honestly, the concept of rest pulled me in! Rest? What IS that? I had a feeling it wasn't about sleeping until noon or handing out lessons from my bedside, but I found the title appealing and had to find out for myself what it was all about!
A Bit From The Back Cover: Those who have made the decision to homeschool their children have done so out of great love for their children and a desire to provide them an excellent education in the context of a warm, enriching home. Yet so many parents (mainly mothers) who have taken up this challenge find the enterprise often full of stress, worry, and anxiety. In this practical, faith-based, and inspirational book, Sarah Mackenzie addresses these questions directly, appealing to her own study of restful learning (schole) and her struggle to bring restful learning to her children.
Review: This book is amazing! Seriously- I think this book has helped me in my homeschooling process more than any other book I've read. In the Book, Teaching From Rest, Sarah gives real practical advice on how to simplify our days and our 'curriculum' to a point that allows us to accept our limitations, trust in God to make the miracles happen, and teach from a true state of rest (note: Rest is NOT a state of ease ). Sarah covers a variety of ways to achieve our end goal including prayer, morning time, lightening the load (and how to do that), understanding the limitations of published resources, simplifying the schedule and much much more! This is a book I firmly intend on reading each and every year through the rest of my homeschool years. It will have a permanent place by my bedside for those moments I'll need a few moments of review and 'pep talk' from Sarah!
I hope to write more posts soon on Teaching From Rest. In the meantime, I just finished planning for an upcoming book study I am conducting on Facebook. It starts THIS FRIDAY!!! (May 20, 2016)Don't panic- if you don't have the book, buy it now... Friday we are only going over the introduction, so if you're not in the group yet, join and catch up when you get the book! The rest begins Monday. The schedule for reading is on the Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/groups/1112029392194451/