A Homeschool Must Read: TEACH by Dennis DiNoia
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TEACH by Dennis DiNoia recently landed a spot in my “to read” stack of books and, as a homeschooling mom, I sure am happy about that!
If I’m being completely honest, I don’t get a ton of time to read books these days. When I was younger, I’d read books for hours on end. Now, though? I’m a busy (and tired) mom and, unless I can somehow get my kids into bed early or set aside some time during the day…reading a book just is not happening.
It’s not happening, that is, unless a book of the right length and subject matter comes along and that’s exactly the case with TEACH by Dennis DiNoia.
TEACH: Creating Independently Responsible Learners was written by a homeschooling family man who also works in education. Having been in a similar situation myself, I definitely glad I found out about, and was able to read, this book!
Reasons You Should Read TEACH, too
I get it, believe me. We are all busy homeschooling parents, so I’m not going to suggest taking the time to read a book unless I feel like it could make a difference in your life, you know?
A Quick Read
At 136 pages, TEACH by Dennis DiNoia is a pretty quick read. I struggle with reading books at night because, honestly, I just want to go to bed at the end of a busy day. To read TEACH, though, I set up a beach chair in my backyard and read the entire book in an afternoon. I brought a highlighter out so I could highlight my favorite quotes (I’m a yellow-highlighter kind of person) and enjoyed reading, and learning, in the sunshine.
Not only did I enjoy having my own quiet reading time, but my boys actually got to see me reading something other than a textbook or one of their chapter books. When I was done reading the book, my youngest actually asked me if we could start having some quiet reading times together in the backyard, so I’m going to count that as a win!
Also a disclaimer: I did have to move inside for some of my reading because sunny days = prime outside playing time! When the boys came outside, I snuggled up inside on my favorite blue microfiber sofa.
A Chat with a Friend
I have stacks of self-help books in my office, I’m not gonna lie. At this very moment, I have three books stacked underneath each of my two computer monitors so they stand at the correct height. I tried to read those books, I really did, but they all were just too “self-helpy” to me and, instead of helping me out, tended to make me feel bad about myself. No bueno.
Based on those previous experiences, I was initially worried that TEACH by Dennis DiNoia would be like the other books. I was expecting the text of TEACH to feel like someone was talking at me instead of to me. I’m so glad I was wrong!
Dennis DiNoia writes as if he’s chatting with a friend. Instead of pointing out everything you’re doing “incorrect” and making you feel bad about it, the text of TEACH is more so comforting and a sharing of experiences. Throughout the entire book, it felt like he and I could’ve been sitting at a coffee shop chatting about things I could do to make homeschooling a better learning experience both for my kids and myself.
It was so nice to feel comfortable & encouraged while reading TEACH.
Helpful Tips & Aha Moments
One reason I’m suggesting TEACH as a homeschool must read is because the content actually resulted in multiple “aha” moments when it comes to encouraging my kids to take hold of their educations and be responsible or, as Dennis DiNoia would say: “creating independently responsible learners.”
While TEACH is a great book for any homeschooling parent to read, I’m also going to go ahead and make it suggested reading for the general student, teacher, and parent population…homeschooling or not. At the end of the day, we are ALL a part of doing what we can to help the next (and current!) generation of learners to be successful and TEACH can certainly help with that.
Homeschool Must Read
As a former special education teacher turned homeschooling parent, I certainly appreciate Mr. DiNoia taking the time to share his perspective from both the formal education setting to the homeschool environment. In TEACH, he mentions so many tips and such that can benefit both the student and the parent/teacher in a variety of educational settings. It’s really a no-brainer to give TEACH a read!
To get your copy, you’ll want to head on over to Amazon. Kindle, Audiobook, and Paperback versions of TEACH are all available and all are reasonably priced! The ebook even has the incredible price of $.99 until June 15!
Give the book a read and let me know what you think! You might even consider leading a homeschool book club with your local homeschool community?
Until next time, stay safe & enjoy quality time with your family,