I absolutely love The Unhurried Homeschooler, A Simple, Mercifully Short Book on Homeschooling. The title and subtitle say it all: first, it is very short and took only about an hour to read (my kind of book!). And second, it is very simple and refreshing. Reading it was truly like taking in a big breath of fresh air.
I’ve istened to the Durenda Wilson, the author, on many episodes of The Busy Mom Podcast. There she shares practical advice that she’s gained from being a mom of eight kids, all of whom she’s homeschooled. When I found out that she had written a book, I was really excited to read it.
I have read several books on homeschooling over the past few years, and this one was truly different. Instead of adding a burden, this book really lightened my load. Three themes in the book really encouraged me: rest, simplicity, and trust.
Rest. Right away in the introduction of the book, this verse is included: “My yoke is easy and my burden is light,.’ and Wilson practically lays out what this verse looks like for homeschoolers, She emphasizes that as a Christian parent, Jesus wants us to rest in him knowing that he will guide us in how to parent and homeschool our kids.
Simplicity. Wilson describes how she very simply educates her children using an unhurried, natural approach. She writes, “We would never think of trying to force a three-month-old to walk. They walk when their bodies are ready for that stage of development, and the same is true with education. Each child is unique and has an individual internal clock for learning.”
Trust. Instead of laying out exactly what her family has done in their education process, Wilson instead encourages her readers to prayerfully ask God want he wants for our families and to trust our instincts about what is best for our kids. Wilson writes, “It is possible to have such freedom in homeschooling that you actually enjoy the experience and thoroughly enjoy spending these precious years with your children.” Wonderful!
If you want to be encouraged about your homeschool pursuit and to lay down any unnecessary burdens that you may have placed on yourself, please read this book! I think you will love it as much as I did. Find it here.