Homeschooling is intertwining love with education; learning with everyday life.
Whether you are experiencing a difficult season or a season filled with excitement, I pray that the stories I share will help you feel inspired, encouraged, and equipped to homeschool your children.
I pray that you feel peace and find light in every season and, through it all, that you enjoy the blessings that come through homeschooling: growth and togetherness.
Homeschooling: Trusting that God has made each individual beautifully unique on purpose and He has a plan for each one of us.
Hebrews 11:8 reminds us of Abraham going by obedience, not knowing what he would face as he journeyed ahead. I have had the privilege of being refined through many challenges while homeschooling my five children over the past thirteen years; I have been teaching multiple children, a special needs child, and high school students while dealing with chronic illness, providing care for a parent, and working. It truly is an honor to be refined to the point where I can pull from my experiences and share what I have learned to encourage, nurture,
and guide the success of others.
Along with a heartfelt passion to integrate a biblical worldview throughout my children’s education, I guide and encourage homeschool parents by consulting with homeschool families and speaking at homeschool conventions and for homeschool groups nationwide. My work has been published in CHEC Update Magazine and the book Just Like You: A Collection of Homeschool Journeys from HomeWorks by Precept. My blog posts at HomeschoolHelp.com, the Christian Home Educators of Colorado (CHEC) blog, MyHomeschoolHub.com and InspirationalHomeschooling.com encourage and guide others. I am also the author of Inspirational Homeschooling.
Why do homeschoolers love this book?
One of the main obstacles homeschooling families have is struggling to balance academics with home life. Inspirational Homeschooling by Yvonne Strachan gives many solutions, practical tips, and Scriptural support for not only homeschooling, but everything that goes on in your home. From meal planning to budgeting to marital counsel to disciplining and discipling children, this is a comprehensive guidebook that brings clarity to everything related to home life. Included is a huge amount of material covering every aspect of homeschooling as well. From early learning to higher education, from learning styles to daily schedules, from transcripts to scholarships to building a spiritual life for the future, there is no stone unturned in this extensive guide. I found Inspirational Homeschooling to be very insightful, purposeful, and supportive with its plentiful advice and practical wisdom. Although I have been homeschooling for over 25 years, I found new treasures within these pages. Inspirational Homeschooling truly was “inspirational.”
–Deborah Wuehler, Senior Editor, The Old Schoolhouse® Magazine
"This book is truly inspirational! I highly recommend this book to all new homeschoolers and to veteran homeschoolers as well! Even the Acknowledgements are inspirational and each chapter helps the reader draw closer to God, spouse and children, building relationships and creating opportunities for discipleship through the faith-filled journey of homeschooling. The author is incredibly transparent, sharing her personal struggles and victories, and giving a clear picture of what homeschooling looks like. There are practical helps for college prep, the high school years, preparing transcripts, and homeschooling a child with special needs. As a veteran homeschooler myself, with 12 children ranging from 6 to 26, I have read many books on homeschooling. This book is by far the most inspirational and helpful book that I have read on this topic!"
-Kimberly Probst, MA, homeschool program director, Front Range Christian School, Littleton, CO
(read the review on goodreads)
"I highly, highly recommend the book, Inspirational Homeschooling by Yvonne Strachan. I read at least a book a month, mostly on Christian living, homeschooling, and parenting. I firmly believe she has just published the definitive book on homeschooling for this decade! I have moved it to the top of my recommended books for when I teach homeschooling seminars because it is that good! Managing your home, having a great marriage, appropriate discipline, finding time for nurturing your own soul, and homeschooling your children through the marathon to high school graduation are all addressed, and even more!"
-Shari McMinn, Author, Editor, Public Speaker at ShariMcMinn.com. Advertising Manager at Christian Home Educators of Colorado
(read her review on Amazon)
Fantastic book of practical tips and priceless information. This book not only helps you develop routines for homeschool it also helps with every other aspect of family life. The true life experiences poured into the pages are such an encouragement and the author offers so much knowledge. Definitely a book that will be read and re-read many times in my home over the years! Highly recommend.
"This book is overflowing with inspiration, guidance, and relevant anecdotes. This one stop book has information on finding the methods and curriculum that best fit your child's needs, self-care for you, record keeping, organizing, all the way to meal planning! What a gold mine resource! As I turn the pages and read the words, I'm motivated and comforted to know I'm not in this alone. What a blessing!"
"This book really covers the whole gamut of homeschooling life. It starts with building a sure foundation and covers topics like organizing, clutter control, discipline, family time, marriage, high school, and much more!
I have to say this book is lovely (and big! 430 pages). Its packed with really practical helps for moms in your day to day life. She is incredibly honest and doesn’t try to portray that she has a “perfect” life as a homeschooling family. I don’t know about you but I love encouragement for moms that doesn’t make me feel like a failure.
She’s very helpful in ideas for implementing a homeschool routine (not schedule) and gives you lots of suggestions for what works in her life.
One thing I absolutely love is the focus on Jesus and his work in your..." Read more of Jenny's review on her blog post on the "Our Inconvenient Family" website here.
The Christian Homeschooling Guide to Balancing Academics and Family Life
As a fully integrated part of everyday living, homeschooling can be affected by or have an impact on every aspect of life. As a homeschool parent, it is easy to feel overwhelmed or ineffective as you try to blend homeschooling with everyday responsibilities and commitments.
In Inspirational Homeschooling: The Christian Homeschooling Guide to Balancing Academics and Family Life, Yvonne Strachan offers guidance that will revitalize your soul, realign your focus, inspire confidence, and move you to action. Her compassion, loving support, and personal stories will reassure you that are not alone in your determination to keep going in the face of challenges as you strive to make a difference in the lives of your children. The resources and guidance throughout this book will give you confidence as you manage various aspects of homeschooling and daily life including:
Taking care of yourself and your family
Managing responsibilities, commitments, and schedules
Adapting your teaching methods to your children’s individual learning styles
Facilitating the success of a child experiencing learning difficulties
Teaching high school and documenting your teenager’s education
Combine these elements with the biblical scripture and thought-provoking questions contained inside, and you will find an abundance of joy and inspiration to fulfill God’s purpose for you in the education of your child!