Saturday, May 4, 2013

Book review: The Christian Mama's Guide to the Grade School Years

My son, Ethan, will be turning 6 this fall and heading off to Kindergarten.  Since he's got some developmental delays, he's actually been in the public school system since he was three, and has been busing off to big kid school.  Still, kindergarten is a whole different world from what he and I are used to! So I was glad when I got the opportunity to review a book called The Christian Mama's Guide to the Grade School Years, thanks to Booksneeze. Here's a bit about this book, from the publisher's website:

Prepares moms for the time when their school-aged kids take their first few steps into the world and away from mama's nest.
Sending a child off to school is a whole lot more than stocking up on school supplies and packing a (somewhat) healthy lunch. This helpful guidebook walks Christian moms through:
  • discovering a long-term vision for the person that Christ has purposed for your child to become
  • instilling a sense of "who I am and where I came from" in your child
  • choosing a school for your kids
  • helping your kids to develop key attributes—courage, kindness, perseverance—that lead to success in school
  • dealing with teachers, sports, and lessons
  • navigating those difficult conversations that will come sooner rather than later
  • a special feature includes sidebars "From the Principal's Office" with insights from a 35-year elementary school principal and educator
Moms will learn how to cover their children in prayer so that their launch into the world, and away from her control, is done with grace and wisdom—helping them grow into the men and women God intended them to be.
I liked many things about this book- the lists of pros and cons for various school options, the input from the author's mother (a long-time school principal) and the stories from the author's own experience with her kids in school.  There's a lot of great information and many wonderful tips in this book. But what I liked best was the strong reminder throughout the book that we need to judge our kids' success not by what grades they get in school, but by who they are in Christ.  It's easy to get caught up in letter grades and miss what's really important.

If you're getting ready to send a kid or two off to school, definitely take a look at this book! It's interesting and nicely written and has lots of great tips for soon-to-be parents of grade school children.

Disclosure: I received a copy of this book to review for myself. I was  not compensated in any other way and all opinions posted here are mine and mine alone.