Teaching from Rest: A Homeschooler’s Guide to Unshakable PeaceHot
Classical Academic Press has partnered with Sarah Mackenzie from Amongst Lovely Things to bring you the first printed copy of her book, Teaching from Rest: A Homeschooler’s Guide to Unshakable Peace with foreword by Dr. Christopher Perrin. This new and revised edition contains 35% new content.
Those who have made the decision to homeschool their children have done so out of great love for their children and a desire to provide them an excellent education in the context of a warm, enriching home. Yet so many parents (mainly mothers) who have taken up this challenge find the enterprise often full of stress, worry, and anxiety. In this practical, faith-based, and inspirational book, Sarah Mackenzie addresses these questions directly, appealing to her own study of restful learning (scholé) and her struggle to bring restful learning to her children.
I have been homeschooling for 14 years now, and I have never read something so quite like Teaching From Rest. She addresses the stress we all feel about "Is my child doing enough/ am I doing enough/ are they on grade level/ she won't finish her math book on time". As mom of 5 children ages 7-18, I completely felt understood (Sarah has 6, including twins!) in my constant doubts and frustrations of "keeping everyone on track". Sarah breathed fresh life into our homeschool, and made me feel energized and excited about homeschooling, but with a fresh vision. Rather than piling more things on our plate (we must finish that handwriting book by May!), we learn to take some things off (such as doing 12 subjects every. single. day.). Sarah takes us by the hand and shows us the beauty and value of doing fewer things, but with more peace and purpose. What a gift Sarah has been to our homeschoool!
Every Mother should read this, not just homeschoolers. What a breath of fresh air. I underlined half of the book and I have been a homeschooler for four years.
I purchased this book just this month and haven't finished it yet. Reading it is like drinking water --- refreshing! It has really helped me refocus and renew my strength. My local homeschool group had an event this week and I quoted from this book in the short talk I gave. Very helpful for homeschool moms!
Life changing read for any homeschooling mom! Truly, do your whole family a favor and read this book!!!
This book is excellent. I stress so frequently over so many things, and this book helped me to remember what is truly important in this homeschool venture. A wonderful, not overwhelming read.
I loved the way that Sarah wrote and helped me learn how to be a homeschool mom. She talks about finding peace within our home and how to practically apply these tips.
Sarah's book takes the teaching of some of the great minds in classical education and presents them in an encouraging, mom-to-mom way. Sarah shares her journey and explains how to go from a place of stress about homeschooling to teaching from rest.
I have been homeschooling for nineteen years, and I have read a lot of homeschool how-to books. This information wasn't really new to me, but it was a way to re-focus after all these years. So, it definitely resonates with seasoned homeschoolers, especially if you have lost your joy or are feeling burnt out. I would say it is a must-read for younger moms.
Sarah is sweet and her family is darling. You will feel like you are chatting with her over a cup of tea!
One of our fellow local home school moms linked us to the blog http://amongstlovelythings.com by Sarah Mackenzie, author of Teaching from Rest. I must confess, I haven't read the book (but I sure would like to win a copy!), but her words on the subject in her blog are key: you are teaching a person, not a curriculum. Home school moms are beset with anxiety about doing the best job of educating their children (they are ours, after all!), that I think we often forget they are first God's, and we are God's too. This book is a gem.