A strong house is built on a strong foundation, just as our home
learning philosophy and environment must be built on a strong foundation.
Some foundational issues to discuss with your spouse are wisely
dealt with here by Anne Elliott, a veteran homeschool mom of seven.
Each of these four foundations is fleshed out with vision and practical
ideas. They are: order, respect, attention, and parental example.
An orderly day is the important beginning for a successful day.
Anne gives guidance in structuring the family day in order to accomplish
the many duties and tasks for the day. Respect encompasses respect
for parents, authority, peers, property, and more. Anne's Biblical
teaching, complete with snippets of actual dialog you might use,
She presents many good reminders about parental example, but the
section of the book that I found most helpful was the chapter on
Paying Attention. To one extent or another, each of my kids has
struggled with self-control and/or paying attention. Learning to
control emotions should start early and can reap great benefits
in getting children to sit still in church or listen attentively
during reading time. Paying attention is a skill that can start
small and grow. Anne gives examples of how she structures her time
with her children in order to work on this important skill.
Down-to-earth, Biblical, warm, and practical, this book would
be a great gift for the new homeschooling mom.