Tuesday, November 10, 2015

Book Review: Pajama School by Natalie Wickham

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Description: Do you get to wear your pajamas to school? Do you have recess or snow days? What about socialization? Every homeschooler fields dozens of questions like these. Natalie goes beyond providing simple answers and shares candidly about the experiences that led her to conclude that education is about much more than academics. Whether you’ve been homeschooling since the days of the New England Primer or are just embarking on this educational adventure, you will find hope, humor, and an ample dose of reality in the pages of Pajama School.

If you are looking for a book that you will agree with the person’s views 100%, this book is probably not it. If you are just want to read about one homeschool grad’s journey, this is for you.

I always love reading about young woman with whom I have something in common. Although, Natalie Wickham were raised on different curriculums and our philosophies diverge on some points, I really liked this book. It was so much fun to get a peek into Wickham’s life and what she and her family are doing for God.

At times she could come across as sounding prideful but I think that it was because of her enthusiasm more than anything. I think also homeschooling grads, in an attempt to show the world that they are normal, over explain what they have done and sound prideful, when all they are doing is sharing.

I really loved toward the end of the book where Natalie was vulnerable and shared some of her struggles with the readers. She shared some of her shortcomings, not making excuses for them. It made her seem normal, even though she is obviously an amazing individual who is working hard to further the kingdom of God.

I highly recommend this book to those who love stories about homeschooling grads, enjoy memoirs, or just want a peek into what it is like in conservative homeschool families. 

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