As a homeschool grad, author Natalie Wickham hears lots of questions about homeschooling. In fact, one of them — “Do you get to wear your pajamas to school?” — inspired the title of her book. At the heart of all the questions from parents, she sees “the unspoken search for the assurance that if they homeschool their children they will turn out okay.”
In Pajama School, Natalie provides specific, real-life encouragement for all ages. To students encountering homeschooling for the first time, Natalie gives reassurance that studying at home is not meant to cut them off from the real world, but to make the real world their classroom. It was Natalie’s passport to personalized, hands-on experience in entrepreneurial enterprises, politics, education, music, and more.
As she tells the story of her own family’s homeschooling experience with honesty and vulnerability, she gives parents a way to look into the future and see that their children don’t have to have a perfect childhood in order to become creative, multi-faceted, successful, well-adjusted adults. Studying amidst all the normal hustle and bustle of a family of six children didn’t stop Natalie from working in a tea room, running a music studio, designing curriculum, teaching character in public schools and at homeschooling conferences… and even writing a book!
To young single women, Natalie presents a balanced way to resolve the dilemma of being a marriage-honoring woman…who isn’t married yet. She shares the way God continually expands her horizons while tempering her natural leadership skills with femininity, humility, and reliance on Him. And by opening up some of her inner struggles, she shows that God can be trusted to perfectly design each individual’s life course, bringing along the experiences necessary to bring both maturity and comfort.
“I love encouraging weary Moms not to give up, and sharing with them the daily struggles we encountered as a homeschool family,” Natalie says in her introduction. “I also love challenging children and teenagers to embrace these years of their life and make the most of their homeschool experience for the glory of God.” By living a life that is not just about accomplishments, but about character, Natalie Wickham does just that.
Drawing ended Tuesday, July 14, 2009. Congrats to Melissa for being YLCF’s winner of Pajama School!
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