Julie Polanco‘s new book, God Schooling: How God Intended Children to Learn, has been on my bedside table for a few weeks now. Nearly every night for the past five weeks I’ve been slowly taking in the wisdom that laces the pages of this amazing book.
I have to admit, when I first picked up God Schooling, I thought it would be just like all the other “homeschool mom books” I’ve read.
Relax. . . don’t’ rush the kids’ learning. . . get outside. . . if nothing else, read aloud. . . These themes resound in nearly every homeschool book I’ve ever read.
However, I was pleasantly surprised to find that while these thoughts are touched on in her book, they are by no means the bulk of it.
The guide for homeschool parents
We are just beginning our eighth year of homeschooling. While I’ve definitely not mastered the sacred art of homeschooling, we have established routines and rhythms that work for us. We have found what curriculum works for us and discovered many that don’t. Overall, I believe we’ve got a pretty good handle on living the homeschool lifestyle.
Julie’s book has been a slow, steady source of refreshing encouragement for me. Her words echo those of Charlotte Mason and Susan Schaeffer Macaulay.
Through debunking myths and dispelling popular thoughts that could hinder your children, Julie lays out a simple plan for raising children in an environment that allows them to grow as both creative individuals and functioning members of the family.
More than just thoughts
Aside the long gotten wisdom Julie shares in her book, you’ll also find copious references to scientific research. But have no fear, there are also plenty of scripture references to back up her words as well.
From diving deep into the science behind why prolonged large muscle movements help children learn to letting your children go through their “goth” phase without sharing your demeaning opinion, there is something for every parent within these pages.
God Schooling is a wonderful resource for any parent, homeschooling or otherwise. However, there are a few things to keep in mind when reading the book. The opinions in the book are exactly that, opinions. When Julie says that something worked wonderfully for her children, take that with a grain of salt. It may or may not work for yours.
While we cannot exactly mimic what Julie has successfully done with her children, we can take her example and implement something simila.