Summer Reading Plans for Mom!

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Several years ago I visited a homeschool convention and rather than being a vendor/speaker (as was my norm), I attended in order to visit with ten of my vendor/speaker friends!  I asked them to share with me titles of the best book they had read that year. I wrote down all ten titles, ordered them, and read them!  That was one of the best experiences ever!  Whether you are new to homeschooling, in the middle of your journey, are on the burned-out/overwhelmed side of your experience, I think you will find much encouragement, joy and laughter if you take the time to find as many of the books listed below and read them this summer!!  Whether you beg, buy, or borrow them, I do not think you will be disappointed.  You may find, as one of my daughters’ recently experienced, that you will want your own copy so you can mark it up as you read!

If you have additional books to recommend, share the titles in the comment section!  I love a good book recommendations!

Mere Motherhood by Cindy Rollins  (A must read particularly for mother’s of large families.)

Teaching from Rest by Sarah McKenzie

I Saw the Angel in the Marble by  Chris Davis

Gifted: Raising Children Intentionally by Chris Davis

For the Children’s Sake by Susan Schaeffer Macaulay

The Relaxed Homeschooler by Mary Hood (And, if you want to hear an interview with Mary, check out this podcast called “Relax and Enjoy the Ride“!)

Learning in Spite of Labels by Joyce Herzog (And, if you want to hear from Joyce, check out this podcast entitled “Learning from an Expert.”)

Better Late than Early by Raymond Moore

Although I have not yet read the following book, a trusted friend highly recommended it so I have it on order and plan to read it as soon as it arrives!  Barking Up the Wrong Tree:  The Surprising Science Behind Why Everything You Know About Success Is (Mostly) Wrong by Eric Barker.

If you are homeschooling the primary years, check out these excellent (free) videos.

Summer is a time to re-evaluate, re-fuel, and plan for a fun, successful fall!


Finally Finished and Ready to Share!


After 32 years of homeschooling my nine children, the youngest has graduated high school and is headed to Bryan College in the fall.   I do not regret one single year of homeschooling, but I would definitely do a few things differently if I could go back in time and start all over again!  On the other hand, there are more than a few decisions made during my  homeschooling years that I would definitely repeat if I were to do it all over again!

As I travel and speak to groups I meet many homeschooling moms needing both encouragement and advice. It is my hope that sharing what I have learned over the years will provide ideas for how to homeschool successfully and joyfully!  I have created both a Facebook Page and an introductory short video for a series which will be entitled “Finally Finished and Ready to Share.”  The plans are to make many more short videos, add to the blog, and continually update the Facebook page.  Fee free to share any of this with your friends!

As the Homeschool Specialist at Bryan College I published a free e-book for parents of high school students filled with information for guiding students to succeed in college. For a free copy of this e-resource fill out a request at this link.  I also love to teach workshops when out-of-town depending on the location and my schedule.  Email me if you would like a list of the workshops I offer.  Each spring and summer I attend several homeschool conventions, conferences and college fairs.  If you would like a list of locations, contact me!

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Important Links



ADA Accommodations in College

A Third College Entrance Exam? Yes, please!

Child Not Reading? Do Not Stress!

Choosing Courses for a Successful High School Experience

College? Yes or No? If yes, what major?

College Test: All You Ever Wanted to Know, but Never Thought to Ask

Dual Enrollment: A Great Opportunity, but Not Without Dangers

Encouragement for the New Year

Finally Finished and Ready to Share

Finishing the Year Well (or maybe not)

Halloween: Yes, No or Maybe So

Nine Children, Nine Different Paths

Raising Entrepreneurs

Secrets Revealed

Starting the School Year with a Bang or a Fizzle

Summer Reading Plans for Mom

The PSAT and Why it is Important

The What, Who, and Why of the FAFSA?

Write an Essay and Win Four Years Tuition?

Articles written by Pat:

Plant a Seed, Grow an Entrepreneur

Preparing Your Teen for Life

 What Would Happen if You Did Not Teach Your Child to Read?

Ready for Launch: Preparing Teens for Life After High School

Raising Great Communicators the Co-op Way (2002)

Free e-resource for planning your student’s high school years:

CLT college entrance exam (alternative to ACT and SAT):

Dual enrollment at Bryan College:

FREE Master’s at Bryan College:

Worldview Initiative Bryan College:

Bryan College campus visit request (choose a date):


Child Not Reading? Do Not Stress!

kelli-mcclintock-Z7uacdEYnd4-unsplashMy oldest two children, both girls, read by age 4.  The next two children were boys and they did not read by age 4, or 5, or 6, or …. I am not sure when they finally learned to read.  They eventually did learn to read, but the process was not pleasant.  And then I read Raymond Moore’s book, Better Late Than Early.  In that book I was encouraged by his research that all children are different, some are ready to read earlier than others, and that requiring children to read before they are ready could actually damage their eyes. Here is a link to an excerpt from the book! Finally being convinced that reading is a lot like toilet training (when they are ready it is much easier to teach/train) I did not stress over the age that my five younger children learned to read.  My fourth child, the one who first benefited from this new found knowledge, became one of my most avid readers.  By the time my eighth and ninth children came along I was so comfortable with idea of not putting pressure on my children to read that I purposefully did not teach the youngest two to read in order to see what would happen.  Would they learn on their own?  If so, when?  If not, when should I step in and teach them?   The Old Schoolhouse magazine includes a more in depth article on what would happen if you didn’t teach your child to read.

As I travel and speak to homeschool moms I find many moms worried about accomplishing academic goals, often at times much earlier than necessary.  I was fortunate to have a mentor in the 1980’s when I began homeschooling who told me the following:

  1.  Do not bring school to the home.  Make learning an extension of life. (That’s what we did from birth to age 4, right?)
  2. You do not need curriculum until middle or high school.  It is there for your use, but do not become enslaved to curriculum.
  3. Read aloud.  Read, read, and read some more.
  4. Spend a lot of time outdoors.

Great advice!  Advice you should consider!