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Are you wanting to homeschool but worried by such fears as, Will my children become social misfits? Will they get into college? Am I enough to educate my children? In Yes, You Can Homeschool, The Terrified Parent's Companion to Homeschool Success, educational specialist, and 20-year homeschooling veteran Erin Barry answers these questions and more. Packed with practical in Are you wanting to homeschool but worried by such fears as, Will my children become social misfits? Will they get into college? Am I enough to educate my children? In Yes, You Can Homeschool, The Terrified Parent's Companion to Homeschool Success, educational specialist, and 20-year homeschooling veteran Erin Barry answers these questions and more. Packed with practical information and advice delivered via engaging stories and vulnerable insights, this resource will empower any terrified parent to venture on their own successful homeschooling journey. You'll also: - find tips for raising up the whole child (build both brains and character!) - discover the power of parenting from a Biblical worldview - become informed of public education laws and how they affect you - uncover the secrets of lead learning - find your best teaching rhythm - gain practical tips - realize the advantages of homeschooling With a Bachelor's degree in Education and a Master's in Clinical Christian Counseling, Erin Barry has taught professionally from pre-K to college and is a favored keynote speaker at home education conferences in the U.S. and abroad. As a sought-after tutor, she also works with students from public, private, and home learning environments, and through The Home Educated Mind (them.company) mentors parents who desire to educate their children at home. Her passion is to see parents become both encouraged and empowered in their faith in Christ and fully equipped to train and guide their children toward the unique individuals they were created to be. Erin and her husband Brett reside in Frederick, Maryland and have successfully graduated their three children. Currently, two are in college honors program and one is an honors graduate.


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Are you wanting to homeschool but worried by such fears as, Will my children become social misfits? Will they get into college? Am I enough to educate my children? In Yes, You Can Homeschool, The Terrified Parent's Companion to Homeschool Success, educational specialist, and 20-year homeschooling veteran Erin Barry answers these questions and more. Packed with practical in Are you wanting to homeschool but worried by such fears as, Will my children become social misfits? Will they get into college? Am I enough to educate my children? In Yes, You Can Homeschool, The Terrified Parent's Companion to Homeschool Success, educational specialist, and 20-year homeschooling veteran Erin Barry answers these questions and more. Packed with practical information and advice delivered via engaging stories and vulnerable insights, this resource will empower any terrified parent to venture on their own successful homeschooling journey. You'll also: - find tips for raising up the whole child (build both brains and character!) - discover the power of parenting from a Biblical worldview - become informed of public education laws and how they affect you - uncover the secrets of lead learning - find your best teaching rhythm - gain practical tips - realize the advantages of homeschooling With a Bachelor's degree in Education and a Master's in Clinical Christian Counseling, Erin Barry has taught professionally from pre-K to college and is a favored keynote speaker at home education conferences in the U.S. and abroad. As a sought-after tutor, she also works with students from public, private, and home learning environments, and through The Home Educated Mind (them.company) mentors parents who desire to educate their children at home. Her passion is to see parents become both encouraged and empowered in their faith in Christ and fully equipped to train and guide their children toward the unique individuals they were created to be. Erin and her husband Brett reside in Frederick, Maryland and have successfully graduated their three children. Currently, two are in college honors program and one is an honors graduate.

30 review for Yes, You Can Homeschool: The Terrified Parent's Companion to Homeschool Success

  1. 5 out of 5

    Sandi

    Wow! Erin did her research! As a homeschool mom of over 10 years, I can certainly agree with Erin's deep desire to do the best for her children. Erin's transparency on her journey is as real as it gets. Sharing her struggles brings the reader into the story and helps ease the fears we all may have when making such an important decision about our children's education. "Yes, You Can Homeschool" is filled with great insight and encouragement - not just for parents contemplating homeschooling, but a Wow! Erin did her research! As a homeschool mom of over 10 years, I can certainly agree with Erin's deep desire to do the best for her children. Erin's transparency on her journey is as real as it gets. Sharing her struggles brings the reader into the story and helps ease the fears we all may have when making such an important decision about our children's education. "Yes, You Can Homeschool" is filled with great insight and encouragement - not just for parents contemplating homeschooling, but also for any parent seeking to educate their children the best way possible. This book is a must read for every parent on that journey. I would also highly recommend it to educators wanting to have a deeper understanding of what many parents are going through when making education choices for their children.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Paula

    Whether you decide to educate your child in the public, private or home setting, Erin Barry provides a solid, accessible resource for all parents in her debut book: “Yes, You Can Homeschool!”. Erin touches on a host of important issues related to education and parenting with humor and seriousness, backed-up by examples both plentiful and personal. Interestingly, as a parent with adult children, whom I felt called to educate in the public school, I was delighted by her scope. Perhaps the most wid Whether you decide to educate your child in the public, private or home setting, Erin Barry provides a solid, accessible resource for all parents in her debut book: “Yes, You Can Homeschool!”. Erin touches on a host of important issues related to education and parenting with humor and seriousness, backed-up by examples both plentiful and personal. Interestingly, as a parent with adult children, whom I felt called to educate in the public school, I was delighted by her scope. Perhaps the most wide-ranging gift Erin offers parents is her honest but gracious discussion of the real issues at stake and how to be equipped to ‘do’ and not just ‘let happen’ the moral and academic education of our children. Bravo!

  3. 4 out of 5

    Jason Erichsen

    Everyone wants a great education for their children. And everyone knows a good education is extremely important and vital to one's success in life. Many parents are convinced that homeschooling is the best option to achieve that goal for their children, but aren't confident in their ability to educate their own children, or are just unsure of what to do. This fantastic book by Erin Barry is perfect for a parent who has those concerns. After reading it, the reluctant homeschooler will feel much m Everyone wants a great education for their children. And everyone knows a good education is extremely important and vital to one's success in life. Many parents are convinced that homeschooling is the best option to achieve that goal for their children, but aren't confident in their ability to educate their own children, or are just unsure of what to do. This fantastic book by Erin Barry is perfect for a parent who has those concerns. After reading it, the reluctant homeschooler will feel much more confident and assured that they are making the right choice, and will be more excited than ever to take on the challenge. I've read dozens of books on homeschooling and education and I've placed this book on my top 2 to recommend to people, especially Christians, who are mulling over the idea of homeschooling their kids. One of my favorite things about the book is that it is not a fear-based motivation for homeschooling (many books write that your kids will turn into little devils if they go to public school), but rather an inspiration to what can be and what great options are available outside of the traditional public school route. The book provides real life, modern examples to draw from, sound principles and justification for homeschooling, as well as a very easy-to-read style of writing. I strongly recommend this book to all parents (Christian or non-religious) to read before making a final decision on their child's educational path. Great job Erin.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Michelle Rusanowski

    This book is covers a LOT of the questions & concerns I have heard from potential home educators. Many issues are not covered in-depth, but enough of the topic is addressed to provide prospective, offer insight, and encourage further action. I especially appreciate that the author's main goal is to assure parents of their capability in this new venture! Home education is not simply public-school-in-your-house. It involves a paradigm shift, the understanding that “Education is more about our chil This book is covers a LOT of the questions & concerns I have heard from potential home educators. Many issues are not covered in-depth, but enough of the topic is addressed to provide prospective, offer insight, and encourage further action. I especially appreciate that the author's main goal is to assure parents of their capability in this new venture! Home education is not simply public-school-in-your-house. It involves a paradigm shift, the understanding that “Education is more about our children's growth and development, than it is about checking off boxes”, as Mrs. Barry puts it. This book's conversational style makes the reading enjoyable, with the more technical information conveniently in the appendices (for those who desire more “proof” like Supreme Court cases and resolutions from the NEA). I recommend this book for anyone considering home education, new to the experience, or interested in helping others take the leap into the unknown. The book is also a good choice for home educators who aren't sure why their friends or family doesn't understand their choice; you can hand the book to your questioning associates, preferably after you reaffirm & shore up your reasoning by reading it.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Carolyn Wood

    How many books do you read where in the first chapter you excitedly think of at least 10 other people who need this book??? As a parent beginning the homeschool journey with 3 children ages 5 and under, it can be such a challenge to find your ground. Early in our marriage, before children, we had a strong desire to homeschool and knew this would be important to our family in shaping their minds and hearts not only academically but most importantly spiritually. We are first generation homeschoole How many books do you read where in the first chapter you excitedly think of at least 10 other people who need this book??? As a parent beginning the homeschool journey with 3 children ages 5 and under, it can be such a challenge to find your ground. Early in our marriage, before children, we had a strong desire to homeschool and knew this would be important to our family in shaping their minds and hearts not only academically but most importantly spiritually. We are first generation homeschoolers and trailblazers in our extended family as we go against the grain of traditional education. Just as new believers need incredible support, so do new homeschoolers and this book is a must-have. It reaffirmed the calling to homeschool, makes you feel like you’re already doing “enough,” helps you keep things in perspective as well as the end goal, and gives you confidence for what’s on the horizon. Through reading this, it also helped me to express (and lovingly defend) our goals and choice to homeschool with our families and friends who chose more traditional education paths. This is beautiful encouragement and inspiration and gives you tangible ways for implementation. I highly recommend getting a hard copy to highlight and write in.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Cristy

    I decided to read “Yes, You Can Homeschool!” to see if it would be a good book to recommend to families who are considering homeschooling or are new to homeschooling. I direct a homeschooling co-op group, and I encounter families regularly that are struggling with getting started on how to educate their children at home. While this book is the perfect recommendation for a family desiring to homeschool from a Biblical Worldview, I was surprised by the encouragement it gave to me as seasoned homes I decided to read “Yes, You Can Homeschool!” to see if it would be a good book to recommend to families who are considering homeschooling or are new to homeschooling. I direct a homeschooling co-op group, and I encounter families regularly that are struggling with getting started on how to educate their children at home. While this book is the perfect recommendation for a family desiring to homeschool from a Biblical Worldview, I was surprised by the encouragement it gave to me as seasoned homeschooling mom. After years of homeschooling, I needed a new perspective on why I do what I do. “Yes, You Can Homeschool” is refreshing to the teacher that is stuck in the mundane school days! Erin Berry wrote, “Education is more about our children’s growth and development than it is about checking off boxes.” This book will now become one of my yearly reads so I will be reminded of the joys of teaching my children.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Kaytee Cobb

    Erin's experience is exactly what every parent considering homeschooling (from a Christian perspective) needs to hear in order to make a Godly, well-thought decision. She walks us through the entire process of evaluating options, choosing curricula, and creating a schedule. Erin is knowledgeable and has lived all the way through 3 kids homeschooled from Kindergarten to high school graduation, trusting God along the way to direct her steps and make clear her path. She addresses your fears and sel Erin's experience is exactly what every parent considering homeschooling (from a Christian perspective) needs to hear in order to make a Godly, well-thought decision. She walks us through the entire process of evaluating options, choosing curricula, and creating a schedule. Erin is knowledgeable and has lived all the way through 3 kids homeschooled from Kindergarten to high school graduation, trusting God along the way to direct her steps and make clear her path. She addresses your fears and self-doubt from a place of recognition. I'm three years into my own homeschooling journey, but still feel this book was speaking directly to my heart. I cannot wait to pass it along to people who tell me "I would love to homeschool, but I could never actually DO it like you." Because you can, and Erin shows you it's possible.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Brenda Wolfe

    Yes, You Can Homeschool is a great, well written book for: parents considering homechooling their children and those already on their homeschool journey looking for encouragement. Throughout the book Erin walks the reader through technical aspects of home education: making the decision to homeschool, methods and learning styles, curriculum, and schedules. Erin brings the 'ups and downs' of homeschool to life as she shares personal stories of her family's homeschool journey. She beautifully conveys Yes, You Can Homeschool is a great, well written book for: parents considering homechooling their children and those already on their homeschool journey looking for encouragement. Throughout the book Erin walks the reader through technical aspects of home education: making the decision to homeschool, methods and learning styles, curriculum, and schedules. Erin brings the 'ups and downs' of homeschool to life as she shares personal stories of her family's homeschool journey. She beautifully conveys the gratitude many parents feel at the end of their homeschool journey when the benefits of homeschooling are clear. For a family who perseveres and works together, the accomplishment of character building and academics goes far beyond four walls and a textbook.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Ann

    The book is a comfortable, easy read while packed with information, perspective, and food for thought. Most of all, it is highly encouraging. It is truly everything you need to be able to confidently develop your own homeschool vision. While considering and then beginning to homeschool, parents are hit with questions from themselves and others. What about socialization? Am I competent? How can I find help? Will my kids get in to college? Isn’t public school enough? What about my weaknesses? Would The book is a comfortable, easy read while packed with information, perspective, and food for thought. Most of all, it is highly encouraging. It is truly everything you need to be able to confidently develop your own homeschool vision. While considering and then beginning to homeschool, parents are hit with questions from themselves and others. What about socialization? Am I competent? How can I find help? Will my kids get in to college? Isn’t public school enough? What about my weaknesses? Would my kids be limited in any way? This book takes the time to address these fears and many more. I appreciate the broad base and balance I see in this book. The author’s intent is to inspire homeschooling parent, but she recognizes it is not for everyone. She speaks from a Christian perspective, but is comfortable outside Christian circles. She gives lots of encouragement and insight while also giving solid, practical information about schedules, credits, learning styles etc. Erin wrote, “Training the mind and tempering the heart together … leads to being outwardly focused.” This is the Christian life. Homeschooling provides the best avenue to nurture it. It’s not only about excellent academics, though that comes with the territory. I highly recommend this book for anyone considering or beginning a homeschool journey.

  10. 4 out of 5

    BJ Greene

    Erin’s book is a MUST READ for anyone even remotely considering homeschooling. This book provides not only advice on how to homeschool, but through personal examples and practical verses from God’s Word, it provides the “Why.” Hot topics like socialization, sports teams, transcripts and curriculum are all covered. Erin introduces you to her own family to show how homeschooling is possible with children of varying personalities, abilities and talents. This book is empowering for parents and one t Erin’s book is a MUST READ for anyone even remotely considering homeschooling. This book provides not only advice on how to homeschool, but through personal examples and practical verses from God’s Word, it provides the “Why.” Hot topics like socialization, sports teams, transcripts and curriculum are all covered. Erin introduces you to her own family to show how homeschooling is possible with children of varying personalities, abilities and talents. This book is empowering for parents and one that will be a chief resource as they continue on in their homeschool journey.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Liz Van Brunt

    Excellent support and information for anyone wanting to know more about the realities of homeschooling. Although I chose public school for my kids, I kept my eye out for all the options. This would have been a fantastic resource for me years ago and I’m glad it’s available now. Being able to take a daunting task —self educating our kids—and making it seem attainable takes a skilled writer and thought leader.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Donna Lewis

    “And for the first time, I saw that homeschooling was His idea for our children, not mine.” - Erin Barry. As a veteran homeschool educator, this is a sweet reminder that I often forget. This is a book that possesses many practices to not only the how-to’s of homeschooling, but fundamental premises that will aid the novice and experienced parent to start and finish educating their children well. Yes, you can homeschool!

  13. 5 out of 5

    Nikki

    What a great book about homeschooling! Jam-packed with useful information, it is helpful for people thinking about homeschooling their children or seasoned homeschoolers. There is information on what kind of curricula are available, how children learn at different ages, what to do with pre-school age children, and even some information on how to maintain a healthy marriage while homeschooling. This book contains a wealth of information!

  14. 5 out of 5

    Katharine Wang

    Wow! Great book explaining everything you need to know to homeschool. I love the research. The author isn't just sharing her opinion. It's backed up by real life studies and experience. If you wonder whether you should homeschool, this book is a great read. Or if someone wonders why you are homeschooling, this book has the answers. Wow! Great book explaining everything you need to know to homeschool. I love the research. The author isn't just sharing her opinion. It's backed up by real life studies and experience. If you wonder whether you should homeschool, this book is a great read. Or if someone wonders why you are homeschooling, this book has the answers.

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