"And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God." ~Romans 12:2 NKJV~
A man’s heart plans his way, But the Lord directs his steps. ~Prov. 16:9~

Thursday, March 10, 2011

The Organized Home Schooler

With Spring around the corner it has me thinking about Spring cleaning. I sit and I think about all that needs to be done. This is the time of the year when things start to really get hectic around here. Don’t get me wrong…I thrive on being organized. I’m especially motivated at the start of a new school year/season. I’m just not happy about the current state of things now that we’re halfway into the school year.  I’ve had days where I’ve misplaced our school papers, lists I really need, or notes I’ve jotted down. This is NOT good and it drives me soooo CRAZY (my hubby can testify).
Praise God He knows what we need right when we need it! I had asked for some helpful ideas and it didn’t take long for that prayer to be answered. I’m so thankful to be given a chance to review a book called “The Organized Home Schooler” by Vicki Caruana.
The Organized Home Schooler
This book couldn’t have come at a better time. At first I thought I’d be reading yet another self help book like the rest I’ve seen. Ones with checklists full of does and don’ts that I’ve already heard time and again. I didn’t want to get bored with repetitive information. Instead I was at awe at the way Vicki presented her helpful advice. The book is written in conversational tone. Vicki shares what works for her family but that was not the point of her writing this book.  Her purpose was not to get you to do what she does the way she does it.  She encourages you to find out what will work for you.
She takes you on a journey to help you find out what will work according to the personality and needs of those in your household. The first thing she does is to get you thinking about “why one would organize?”. It is a heart matter and that’s where the focus begins.  What do you believe about being organized?  This determines whether or not you think it’s helpful, beneficial, too time consuming, or just a plain burden. Throughout the book you will learn how to organize your “thoughts, time, space, supplies & materials, paperwork, and family”.  So as you can see it covers more than just homeschooling.
At the end of each chapter there is a checklist that focuses on key point from that chapter. The checklists are about “Heart, Mind, and Body matters”. This is very much a spiritual journey. I have come away feeling so refreshed and ready to get back on track. I’m already a person who thrives on keeping things organized. All I needed was a fresh perspective on the matter and Vicki was an inspiration.
So are you needing some renewed thinking in the area of organizing things in your life?  We all go through seasons and things are continually changing. If you would like to grab a copy of “The Organized Home Schooler”, it’s a paperback that sells for $15.99. You can purchase a copy here.  Why you’re there stop by the blog and read other great books reviews.
Disclaimer: Crossway Publishers provided me with a free copy of in exchange for my honest opinion of this book.  No other compensation was provided.

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