The often overlooked area of etiquette is one that homeschoolers
are uniquely positioned to study, and it behooves us to perfect
our children's manners so that we project a good image of the homeschooler.
Though a secular book, Be the Best You Can Be addresses
proper behavior, which is certainly something Christians should
be concerned with. The author, who teaches etiquette to all ages,
covers self-esteem, posture, conversing and telephone manners,
making friends and overcoming shyness, table manners, and all kinds
of behavior at home and out.
The book is easy, enjoyable, and interesting to read, with short
introductions to the subjects and plenty of bullet points and lists.
The inclusion of examples and anecdotes might be a good addition
to the chapters.
Be the Best You Can Be is not only a text but also a
workbook, with fun personal surveys and "Just for You" challenges.
There are also five review exercises scattered throughout which
are comprised of true/false questions, fill-in-the-blanks, role-playing,
and short answer.
The book tends to apply more to female than male readers in the
chapters on good grooming, but ladies usually have more to attend
to in that department.
This is a great little book (106 pages) with about 29 chapters
on specific topics related to good manners and personal presentation.
It would be easy to read this book with mixed ages as a family.
I'm sure it would foster good discussion, especially if parents
shared their perspectives and experiences with their children.