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A Review of Lessons Learned...

By Andrea G. Schwartz
February 26, 2007
This has been a month for gifts. No, I'm not talking about Valentine's Day; I'm talking about the gifts (blessings) I've received from women who have read my book Lessons Learned from Years of Homeschooling and took the time to let me know what they thought of it. They represent the very audience I had in mind when I agreed to the undertaking. I was looking to reach women who were desirous of providing their children with a biblically-based education, but didn't know how to start. I was eager to encourage those who had gotten started and needed a boost to keep them on track. And, I was hopeful that I might cause those who had previously homeschooled and since decided that the process was best left to more expert and experienced individuals -- to reconsider whether or not God was calling them to resume.

The following is an excerpt from a book review from one such woman, Tasra Dawson, author of the book, Real Women Scrap.

Everyone has an opinion about homeschooling: wise or ignorant, creative or restrictive, positive or negative. What are your thoughts?

Andrea Schwartz is a homeschool veteran and hero...graduating two of her three children through high school and launching them into a bright and powerful future. She was the choir and drama director for my daughter last year in a rousing performance of Cinderella. The Chalcedon Foundation recently released her first book, Lessons Learned from Years of Homeschooling: A Christian Mother Shares Her Insights from a Quarter Century of Teaching Her Children.

The title itself is pretty impressive. There are very few things that I can say I've done successfully for a quarter century. Yet, she has literally written the book on homeschooling. When I received Andrea's book a few months ago, I hesitated to read it and here's why...I know that she is convincing, compelling, and passionate about this topic. That's a good thing, but I hesitated because we stopped homeschooling our daughter this year and put her in a private Christian school. The school is wonderful, don't get me wrong,but with any school you take the good and the bad.

When I finally picked up Andrea's book, I felt her passion leap off the page. She is so knowledgeable about education and children, but doesn't come across as a know-it-all. It's more like a wise mentor sharing her "lessons learned." I could relate to this because that's how I wrote my book as well. I'm not a know-it-all and don't have it all together, but I've learned a few things that I wanted to share. That's how I felt reading Andrea's book and it was eye-opening.

Now, three months later, I am proud to announce that we are returning to homeschooling. Friday was our daughter's last day in private school and today we begin a new adventure. Our entire family is excited about it...even little Bubbie [their son]. We love having our daughter home and the time that we are able to share together as a family. Between after-school sports, youth group, friends, and homework, we always felt rushed to get everything done and found little time to take the family walks that we've enjoyed.

If you've ever even contemplated homeschooling, read Andrea's book. Each chapter is short and sweet, full of information and inspiration. Here's to making our children a priority...however we choose to educate them.


I'm grateful to Tasra for giving me feedback, but I'm more grateful that there are an increasing number of parents who are embracing the idea that when it comes to discipling their children, there's no place like home.

Topics: Education

Andrea G. Schwartz

Andrea Schwartz is Chalcedon’s family and Christian education advocate, and the author of eight books including: A House for God: Building a Kingdom-Driven FamilyThe Biblical Trustee Family: Understanding God’s Purpose for Your HouseholdEmpowered: Developing Strong Women for Kingdom ServiceWoman of the House: A Mother’s Role in Building a Christian Culture, and The Homeschool Life: Discovering God’s Way to Family-Based Education. She’s also the co-host of the Out of the Question podcast, and Homeschooling Helps (weekly live Facebook event). She can be reached at [email protected]

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