"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~

Wednesday, August 15, 2018

God Schooling {Julie Polanco} Review

Hello lovely readers. When I was homeschooling my son I loved gaining encouragement to stay the course wherever I could find it. With all the wealth of available information on the subject, we shouldn’t still have people questioning those who made the decision to homeschool. After all, it’s just another educational choice just like all the other schooling choices. There’s nothing weird or dangerous about it when done right. Homeschooling moms need encouragement from time to time so I was excited to read and review God Schooling: How God Intended Children to Learn written by Julie Polanco.

God Schooling review
Julie Polanco is a Christian, wife, homeschooling mother of 4, an author, ghostwriter, and blogger, content contributor, and so much more. She has written two books, over seventy publications, and topics in health/wellness, parenting, food, etc. Julie is a “truth seeker" who has a passion for helping others strive for truth as well. She has written for The Old Schoolhouse Magazine and their Homeschooling with a Heart blog. Julie also wrote the lessons for the high school Botany course at SchoolhouseTeachers.com.

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God Schooling: How God Intended Children to Learn is a 215 page book written to help “parents learn how God intended children to grow and develop at every stage” of their life. This non-fiction book is available for sale as a paperback for $16.99 or eBook for $9.99. One of the questions Julie is often asked is “Am I doing this right?” Julie uses her experience of homeschooling almost 15 years, to answer some of the heart-wrenching questions parents ask. She tackles homeschooling myths like some of these:

* “Do preschoolers need a formal curriculum”.
* “How to get your child to do what you ask”.
* “The best way to get your teen ready for adulthood”.

This homeschooling guide is 9 chapters of encouragement for the homeschooling journey. It’s a roadmap for parents with quotes and Biblical references. Parents are expected to “gain the insight and confidence needed to teach their own children how to reach their God-given potential”.

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When I began reading God Schooling, I had no idea what to expect.  I have now graduated my son from high school so I wanted to read this to have more to share with others who I talk with. After reading several chapters I came to realize Julie was speaking on a more natural way of learning. You know Unschooling, but not just any kind. She was sharing about Christian Unschooling. I never knew there was more than one type. This style of relaxed homeschooling was intimidating to me. I thought it meant having zero structure and waiting around for your child to one day come to you and ask to learn about topics. After reading the book, I realize I should have gone a step further to learn more. In God Schooling you’ll learn what to expect from your children at each age level/stage in life, and how to know when they are ready to learn different things. At the end of each chapter, there are study questions for you to reflect back on what you read and do some self-evaluation. Julie also shares about her resources in the back of the book.

Study Questions
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This is the same book. Photos were taken in a different lighting.
After reading chapter 6 titled “Spreading the Banquet”,  I identified with having a “eat anything” type of learner. This is why I never tried to learn more about Unschooling. My son’s difficulties in making decisions/choices for himself kept confirming to me (so I thought) that he needed the structure I provided through my parent directed schooling. Don’t get me wrong, I did get some input from him when it came to choosing a unit study, book, project, etc. I used a planned curriculum for some subjects and used a little of this and that through other sources for other subjects. This was a security net that made me feel like we were covering every subject for him to earn a grade or credit in. I learned that Unschooling does not mean you can’t benefit from having some structure and organization.

God Schooling helps you understand the focus is more than just academics. It’s about focusing on God’s Will for your children by participating with God- not being a hindrance. It’s vitally important that Christian parents “consider what the Bible says about educating children”. Julie points out that “the world’s way does not line up with God’s way” and that “we need to step out in faith to do things differently even if you get criticized for it”. That is so true. At the end of chapter 7, she's spot on when she says “Character gained in childhood lasts a lifetime, knowledge gained in childhood may not. Make sure you are investing in the eternal”. Our children are on loan to us by our Heavenly Father. All throughout Scripture we are told how He wants them trained up. I wish I had a book like this to read while I was still homeschooling my son. I would have reconsidered some of the things I once thought. Even if you don’t understand or don’t agree with this natural way of learning, I encourage you to hear Julie out. Give her a chance to share her heart with you.

GOD Schooling- Discussion Guide Discussion Guide Questions
I was thankful for Julie’s generosity in letting me get started reading a PDF version of God Schooling while I waited for my book that was on back order. I also got to view a 17 page companion Group Discussion Guide for God Schooling. The discussion guide can be used as a book study or in a support group with other moms. There are questions that point back to what was shared in each chapter of the book as well as some activity suggestions. It’s another way to build support and encourage one another in the homeschooling journey.

Thank you for taking the time to read my review. If you are thinking about getting a copy to read for yourself, I also want to share that there is a half price sale going on now for the eBook version through August 22.  Other Crew members had a chance to review God Schooling: How God Intended Children to Learn. Click the graphic below to read their thoughts.

God Schooling: How God Intended Children to Learn {Julie Polanco Reviews}
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Facebook: @juliepolancobooks
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2 comments:

Regine Karpel said...

Thank you.

Mrs. Rhodes said...

You're welcome Regine! Thanks for reading :)

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