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Christian Homeschooler's Guide to Field Trips and Extra-Curricular Activities, A

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Publisher: Homeschool Seminars and Publications
Author: Barbara Edtl Shelton

List Price: $14.95

Ages: Adult

Reviewed By: Merrilee Defoe

 
What a wealth of information this supplies! Barbara Edtl Shelton has authored Field Trips and Extra-Curricular Activities, specifically for the Christian homeschooler that is looking for a God-centered approach, to find a balance between comings and goings and just plain stayings.

In this book she not only offers a wide variety of activities and field trips, she also gives sound, Biblical advice for how to keep extra-curricular activities from becoming all-consuming. With our very best intentions at heart, we as homeschoolers, however unintentionally, tend to use broad shovels to dig deep pits filled with activities; then we beam a great big smile as we jump in. What comes creeping out of that pit some time later is no longer smiling and doesn't resemble what went in, believe me; I've been there. Barbara Shelton calls it "too-active-itis" and she has some helpful hints to keep us out of those pits. You will find this advice and more in the first section of this book - called "It's About Time".

Section two is where you will find the ideas. Mrs. Shelton pours out idea after idea; some she has tried and some she hasn't. Either way you will find yourself reaching for that broad shovel.

Now as you move into Section three you will have to exercise great control; the temptation to grab the shovel gets worse! In "Extra-Curricular and Group Ideas", she has her ideas broken down for different age groups and some ideas that are specifically for any age group. One of my favorite activities in the 'any age' group section is a Valentine's Progressive Dinner where 5 or so mothers each host one course of a meal, so at home #1 you may indulge in "Hors d'oerves" before going on to home # 2 where you may eat the "Main Dish", etc. I also have to mention the Mother-Son Basketball Game! Moms are on one team, boys on the other. After the game there is a spaghetti feed - for the players only of course. Unbeknownst to the boys the spaghetti will be brought in large pots and dumped in the middle of the table! At this point in the book I wouldn't blame you if you felt the need to hold your shovel; just don't use it.

Section four is all about "School Biz", that is what Mrs. Shelton calls their support group! She goes into great detail in describing how "School Biz" works, as well as many other support group ideas. The organization of her support group is very thorough and includes contracts for both moms and children, a doctrinal statement, registration forms, how to plan meetings. . .she even includes what she calls "School Biz Class Schedule" for a winter semester; I really like this idea! For each semester there is a list of classes that children can sign up for. The moms join talents in order to provide the classes and then a Kid's Interest Questionnaire is made and handed out. Each mother is expected to take part in helping with one class per time-slot that her children are involved in; obviously a mother can only be in one place at one time and is not expected to divide herself for each child's class. Mrs. Shelton follows the Kid's Interest Questionnaire with an Instructors Questionnaire and last but not least ends the section with a Pre-Teen Girls' Group, noting that girls of this age, in particular, truly enjoy the company of others their own age.

Section five is chock full of fun forms to fill out, like an interview form for use during an interview that your child conducts and a field trip form that will prove quite helpful during field trips.

Section six covers only one activity but it's a big one, the Homeschool Presentation Night, where homeschoolers (Children included) present themselves and what they do to family, friends and others who may not be homeschoolers.

Section seven is a resource section, plain and simple.

This book is worth a lot more than the $14.95 Mrs. Shelton sells it for. It is a wonderful book for any homeschooling family that desires a God-centered education for their children.
More Information
Available From: Homeschool Seminars & Publications
Address: 182 No. Columbia Hts. Rd., Longview, WA 98632
Phone: 360.423.4912
Website: www.homeschooloasis.com/
Email: BEShelton@aol.com
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Merrilee Defoe
Merrilee Defoe has been homeschooling for seven years. She and her husband (Ron) live in the beautiful state of Maine with their three children Kevin (13), Kyle (13), and Danielle (11).
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