Isn't the title of this book appealing? I know that I am looking for real-life experiences when I reach for a book to encourage and motivate me in my homeschooling. Rhonda Barfield has done an excellent job of interviewing 21 different families and giving a look into the how and why of their homeschool experiences.
In the introduction to the book, Mrs. Barfield says, "I imagined that most homeschool life-styles were similar to my own. Not so. In interviewing families across the country, I have been astonished to discover a variety of life-styles and teaching philosophies that are just about as diverse as you can get."
The featured families are from diverse geographical areas, incomes, and lifestyles. They represent many teaching methods and motivations for choosing to educate their children at home. There are large families, small families, and families from a variety of faiths. Diverse - different - varied - whatever you call it, this group is a delightful reflection of home education in the United States.
Rhonda Barfield can be reached at www.lilacpublishing.com, and her book can be purchased at any bookstore or online at www.amazon.com.
Why should you read Real-Life Homeschooling? Mrs. Barfield says it best, "It is my sincere hope that the stories in this book show that homeschoolers of all philosophies and worldviews share much common ground. By reading about each others' ways of life, perhaps it will help us all to recognize that we have a great deal to discuss and learn from each other." What a worthy goal! May you too enjoy the refreshment of Real-Life Homeschooling! I found it to be a breath of fresh air.