The Homeschool Experiment {A Novel}

The Homeschool Experiment by author Charity Hawkins was a breath of fresh air for me. While I am an avid reader, this book was a stand out to me for many reasons.

Synopsis from the back cover of the book:

Julianne Miller feels God nudging her to homeschool her three children. The only problem is, she has no idea what she’s doing. But, how hard could first grade possibly be?

If you are a mother, homeschooling or not, you’ll be encouraged when you join Julianne and her co-op friends as they navigate through a hard but humorous year of diapers, dinners, husbands, meltdowns, and math lessons.

And that’s just September.

Why I liked this book

  • Hawkins’ sense of humor is what this book so intriguing to me. Even though the book takes on several real life issues that are not a laughing matter, Hawkins was able to write it in a way that kept it lighthearted throughout.
  • I enjoyed reading a book where the TRUTH about what it is to be a stay-at-home homeschooling mom really goes through on a day-to-day basis.

Because none of my homeschooling books ever covered how to finish your read-aloud when your baby just had a blowout all over the high chair, and you finish giving him a bath only to find that your oven fries were burned to a crisp, and you barely got those thrown out when you had to run to the living room because of the screaming and blood to find that your daughter just accidentally knocked your son’s loose tooth out by kicking him in the face. Accidentally. While they were supposed to be waiting for you to finish reading.

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  • I love how this book deals with the entire first year of Julianne’s homeschool experience. Beginning with a hilarious account of Julianne’s overwhelming experience attending her first homeschool convention, this book will have you laughing from the start. From cover to cover you are taken on a journey of humility, self discovery, and peace.
  • Most of all, I enjoy the fact that this book will provide real encouragement to the mom considering homeshooling, the mom who is homeschooling with young children, and even to the veteran homeschoolers as well.

You can purchase The Homeschool Experiment on Kindle or paperback.

I was provided with a free copy of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review. All opinions stated above are my own.