Real Life Press is made up of Heidi and Jay St. John who have created a set of products that will help your family be consisted and firmly planted. They present material that will work in real life. The Firmly Planted Series is a Bible study series. While the Busy Mom books provide information and advice for homeschool moms.
I reviewed a digital copy of The Busy Homeschool Mom’s Guide to Daylight by Heidi St. John. Guide to Daylight address so many of the issues homeschool moms face in making the most of their daylight hours. It approaches the subject with doses of humor and glimpses of real life. Heidi isn’t afraid to reveal her own failures as an illustration of changes that can be made. She also gives you a peak at other homeschool families.
One of the most import lessons to take from the book is to seek God first. No two homeschools are ever going to be the same and every family goes through different seasons and because of that you need to remain flexible and willing to change when needed.
The digital book is available in ePub, Mobi, or PDF which means you should have no trouble using it on any kind of device you might want to use. It is also available in a traditional paper form.
The book consists of 8 chapters. Each chapter focuses on a different aspect of making the most of your daylight. There is also an introduction that helps you get started with learning to make First Things First including making your marriage the top priority. (Note the subject of marriage is taken deeper in A Busy Homeschool Mom’s Guide to Romance).
- Intentional Daylight – discusses why it’s so important to have a Plan of Action
- Organized Daylight – talks about the need to control the clutter in our lives and homes
- Scheduled Daylight – yes this one covers the need for a schedule with the reminder to stay flexible
- Hungry Daylight – discusses how to get your family feed in ways that won’t create angst
- Discouraged Daylight – learn to handle set backs and how to be open so that you can encourage others
- Consolidated Daylight – addresses multilevel teaching
- Wasted Daylight – talks about the hard subject of our electronic and other distractions
- Surrendered Daylight – taking it all to the Lord and let him lead your family
How It Spoke to Me
I read my digital copy on my Kindle Paperwhite where I was able to highlight and make notes as I read through the book. I kept getting distracted (see Wasted Daylight) so I read most of this book one afternoon while my daughter help out at the church.
When you have been homeschooling a long time you aren’t always sure there are new things to learn but sometimes something comes along at the right time to really speak to your heart. Guide to Daylight turned out to be one of those books for me. I have been going through a season of discouragement because things haven’t worked out exactly how I wanted them to. The chapter on Discouraged Daylight was a big help in this area. Every bit of this book touched on different areas of my life.
I think the chapter that spoke to me the most right now was Organized Daylight. I loved the quote included at the beginning of the chapter. “Don’t own so much clutter that you will be relieved to see your house catch fire.” – Wendell Berry because there was a time when faced with an approaching hurricane I felt like if I can save my pictures I don’t care about the rest of it. This chapter has also prompted immediate actions. Personally, I think that if I can get a handle on the clutter and chaos surrounding me in my home that it will be making it easy to cope with other areas. As the book mentions clutter is not just the physical space it is taking up but also the emotional toll it takes. So far I have empty out a front hall closet that had lots of books stored it. This was left over curriculum stuff. Outdated or torn up books were but in the recycle can and the rest were divided between the library and being given to friends. This freed up the closet to actually hold jackets, etc. This allowed me to take them out of the rack in the laundry room which led to starting a new laundry system, etc. It is amazing how one project leads to the next. I am amazed that just taking a few minutes each day can start to have amazing results. Also, my children have now started working on their own rooms.
I also see that I will need to start to work on a new Schedule that will work for me as a working, homeschool mom. I have already learned in the past two weeks that one area I need to be consist in when I get home from work no matter if I work until 2 pm or 6 pm is that I need to check school work and my current decluttering plan If I stop to “rest” for a few minutes, check out what’s on TV, or check my email the time is lost and the work doesn’t get done. I have also turned over dinner planning and prep on to my children so that meals are ready on time I don’t have to stop from what I consider are my come home priorities in this season. And as you can see in just working on the schedule you hit on so many of the other topics in Guide to Daylight because when you are planning your day you must have time for meals, keeping thing in order, getting school done, etc.
One of the best parts of this book is the repeated message that you have to find the method that works best for you in the season you’re in no matter what area of daylight you are addressing. It was a delight to read this book.
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