Book Review & Giveaway - The ABC's of Homeschooling

~ Posted on Tuesday, October 16, 2012 at 12:00 PM ~

(** Article first published as Book Review: The ABC's of Homeschooling by Laura Ann Huber on Blogcritics.)

I really appreciates more materials (whether books, apps etc) that relates to educational topics. So when I received an email pitch from the author of this book and upon checking out further info on this book, I decided I must review this! So here goes my review for the "The ABC's of Homeschooling" book:

Title:  The ABC's of Homeschooling
Author: Laura Ann Huber

Publisher: Laura Huber an imprint of Telemachus Press, LLC (November 24, 2011)
ISBN-13/-10:  978-1937387914 / 1937387917
Paperback:  130 pages
Dimension:  8.5 x 5.5 x 0.3 inches

Description from the product page:
" The ABC’s of Home Schooling is an alphabet book with a twist. It is a guide for parents – not their children. Each letter is assigned a basic principle necessary to educating your kids at home with confidence and success. Incorporated with gentle life lessons and quotes from Aristotle to Einstein parents will learn how to bring out their child’s God – given gifts and natural talents in a cozy, comfortable, and orderly atmosphere.

E – teaches parents the importance of being a shining EXAMPLE at all times.
D – examines ideas for getting your children to help with household DUTIES.
U – states the usefulness of UN-SCHOOLING yourself to become a better teacher.
C – prepares the way of order by learning how to: COMBINE, CONDENSE, and CONTAIN.
A – reminds us that a good ATTITUDE and AUTHORITY will carry the day.
T – tells of the gift of TECHNOLOGY and how to use it to your advantage.
I – will enhance the IMAGINATION of you and your children.
O – is the leverage you need for overcoming OBSTACLES.
N – will show how easy NESTING makes learning, and ensure proper NUTRITION for you and your child.

I'm a full-time mummy

Firstly, I love guide books like this! It explains to you from A to Z on what you need to know if you are contemplating your journey into homeschooling and I would have to say this book helped me understand more as well.

I received this book a few hours before we left for our short weekend family trip up north and I decided to bring it along so I can read it in the car when our kids nap (and yes, they did for 2 hours!) The book is not too thick and just at the right size to be easily carried around (I slot it into my diaper bag during my family trip)

When I read about Laura's experience and methods in using TV and other children's bad behaviour to teach her children about the importance of good behaviour, I can't help but to agree completely, as I use the same methods. 

For example, sometimes I need my mother-in-law to watch my kids for a while when I need to rush some accounting and invoicing for my hubby and if it is night time, she will definitely be watching TV in the living room. When I see them watching fight scenes (like a policeman fighting with robbers), I will explain to my boy that he must not get into fights like these people, and I will also explain the consequences of doing bad things, which lead to police catching and putting the bad guys into prison.

Of course, some of you might think too much TV is no good for children. Yes, everything in moderation. I have cut down TV and iPad time for Ben (currently TV only during mealtimes and after 6pm, sometimes no TV during daytime too)

It doesn't mean that everything is bad, we as parents must know how to make use of the opportunity to teach our child. There are times I even use scenes from TV shows to remind my boy not to misbehave or to maintain his cool and I can clearly see him thinking back (mind running hyper speed, no doubt!) before he nods his head in agreement and understanding.

I also appreciated the brief history on how schooling came about.

I love some of the key points shared by the author, such as "W=We The People" (page 103). As I wrote in a post in early September,  Ben threw a tantrum in Sunday school, and a friend suggested we send Ben to a preschool or kindergarten so that he could learn discipline and not easily throw tantrums. I would like to take this opportunity to explain that my boy does not throw tantrums without a reason and I do trust that being a 3.5-year-old, his actions were justified though yes, I do believe my boy needs to learn to control his tantrum outburst (but then again... he's just 3.5?!)

So anyway, what about social skills for my child? When I read this book, I couldn't help but agree as well that things weren't like this long, long ago. I feel children need to mix with people of all ages, not just with the same age group. My 13-month-old girl learns everything by observing her surroundings, her brother, my hubby and I, her grandma, her cousins, through our Bible action songs video on TV and people around us. Every moment she is learning things. Iif she is placed with children of the same age as her, what can she learn? Think about it...

I do appreciate the inspiring quotes that comes with every keypoint and the author's personal experience and her sharing of her childhood memories. Reminds me of my own childhood memories too!

One thing that I would like to recommend is to include some illustrations in this book as I personally feel all text and explanations will not keep my attention for long. I need books with pictures so I can rest a bit from reading too much text.

Another observation I noted (which I have also highlighted to the author as well) is one of the websites she suggested,, cannot be found. I can only see Turns out it is a typo, which the author said she will be rectifying.

In summary, this is a must-have book if you are contemplating homeschooling or having doubts whether you are going the right path in your homeschooling journey.

HIGHLY recommended!

I'm a full-time mummy

You can get this book from Amazon.

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I received no monetary compensation for this review, I was provided with a copy of the book in order to facilitate my review. All opinions expressed in this post are my own. Please do your own research when purchasing products, as your opinions may differ from mine. And if you'd like to read my previous book reviews, you can do so by reading this post of mine called "My Book Reviews"

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Comments (22) -


I have always wonder how homeschooling being done in Malaysia. My boy is 14 months old, and I would love to learn more in educating and give him the best during his growing times, hence this book would be a great help to me.

Jennifer K.

Truly-- that I will never get a break.... not a moment to myself for years on end. I have wanted to home school even before I met my hubby. He Said it was important to him right away when we were dating. We both agreed. Now I already feel overwhelmed with a 2 and 3 yr old.... & no breaks ever. Homeschooling is already choking me up. How does a mother get a break? Please do NOT say-- when the father gets home.At least when a child goes to school, grocery shopping can be done. right?

Jennifer K.

wait-- I didn't put that angry face on my post. That is not from me people!!!

Michelle toh

I am interested to know more about homeschooling and continue to update myself on the topic of homeschool and do my best to collect information from those whom homeschool their child. + u....


i wish i can teach my kids at home also

Christina Keeble

Christina Keeble says:

I am seriously considering this and would love the chance to win this book! Thank you for the opportunity Smile

Miki Chua


both mother and child. still learning from you

Annie Chew

Love your homeschooling blog very much, homeschooling is always a way I want to do, unfortunately no idea how to start from, I hope can have the book for my reference, and have some example and fresh ideas.

In my mind, besides patient, still the patient while doing homeschooling. ^^ Lastly, appreciate your Giveaways program, thanks for sharing.


I've been thinking of home schooling my one year old gal. But I really have no idea where and how to start it! I hope this book can give me clearer picture on what I can do. Smile

Ng Pei Fung

First thing came into my mind about 'Homeschool' is whether or not I am committed enough to lead my kids in exploring the world of learning!


I've always wondered if I'd be able to get my kids to listen to me long enough to sit and learn or if they would want to just run off and play. That's my biggest fear about homeschooling.


I always look forward for your homeschool post.  Love it to max!  This sounds like a great book to read.  Hope I'll be one of the lucky one Smile


Love the idea but not sure how to go about it


My biggest concern is to maintain schedule.

Sloan B

That my kids will learn everything they should while loving to learn.

Agnes Lim

I would like to know more about homeschooling.
The word homeschooling attracts me as it appears that I will be the teacher to my child. It will be so fun.


I would like to more about homeschooling as it something I have not thought of or researched before in regards to schooling my little ones

Cynthia (Cynful Pleasure)

Will my child be not able to socialize well and mingle with her peers, as she is the only child and homeschool may prevent her from getting to know more peers..  

prince n princess mum

Homeschooling.... learning and bonding between parents and kids..... priceless..

Michelle Toh

woosh wossh.... 3 more days to go for the result to release...


I plan to homeschool my daughter soon and with zero experience, what better way than to learn from the experts! so this book would be ideal Smile) hope i get lucky enough to win a copy Laughing

Jenny @ I'm a full-time mummy

Winners selected for the awesome "ABC's of Homeschooling" book by Laura Huber. Check your email (including spam folder!) to see whether you are one of the 3 winners! Reply my email in 48 hours, else I will choose a new winner! Congrats and thanks to the rest for participating in my giveaway!

Winners are:
Entry #537Ir K.
Entry #70Wei C.
Entry #304Sloan B.

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