Non-Fiction, Review

Everything You Need to Know about Homeschooling by Lea Ann Garfias

Hello, reader friends! Y’all know I don’t usually slow down for nonfiction of any kind but Everything You Need to Know about Homeschooling by Lee Ann Garfias was calling my name!

about the book

Everything You Need to Know about Homeschooling by Lee Ann Garfias

Everything You Need to Know About Homeschooling by Lea Ann Garfias

Publisher: Tyndale Momentum
Release Date: February 9, 2021
Genre: Nonfiction/Education

A Comprehensive, Easy-to-Use Guide for the Journey from Early Learning through Graduation

In the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, more families than ever before are considering or reevaluating homeschooling. Lea Ann Garfias, homeschooling mom of six and herself a homeschool graduate, has all the information you need to succeed. She guides you through your toughest questions, including:

Should I homeschool my kids? How do I get started? What books should I buy?

What do I do in the first day? The first year?

How do I know if my child is on track? If homeschooling is successful?

What do I teach in each subject at every age?

What is my own best way of teaching, and how can my child learn his own way?

What if my child has a learning disability?

What are the dangers of homeschooling, and how do I avoid them?

Will homeschooling help my family draw closer to God and to each other?

This complete reference guide will provide you with everything you need to successfully tackle homeschooling in your own style, filling your experience with confidence, grace, and the joy of learning.

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my thoughts

Since our nation (and the world) mostly shut down in 2020, I cannot imagine the stress and strain public and private school teachers, students, and their families have experienced through being suddenly forced into distance-learning or transitioning back to classrooms with restrictions and sporadic closures. As a long-time homeschool mom, I volunteered to review this book with those children and parents (or caregivers) in mind.

To say Everything You Need to Know about Homeschooling exceeded my expectations would be a huge understatement. In my opinion and experience, one of the most wonderful things about homeschooling is also one of the most challenging: flexibility. It’s wonderful when applied to scheduling, course of study, and curriculum. Not so much when juggling multiple children’s minds and hearts stretches mama’s ability to flex to the limit.

Everything You Need to Know About Homeschooling covers all the practical and technical aspects of homeschooling as well as mindset, spiritual, and heart issues. Whether your family is new to homeschooling, longtime veterans like us, or just testing the waters, wouldn’t it be nice to have a one-stop instruction manual? This guide is truly comprehensive and a priceless tool to equip parents/grandparents/grown-ups/teachers for a successful homeschool journey.

My fellow homeschooling veterans can confirm that every year, month, and week might be different. There isn’t a one-size-fits-all approach to homeschooling and that’s the beauty of it. Homeschooling is a customized learning method and while it can be overwhelming at times, the benefits far outweigh any and all sacrifices. Everything You Need to Know about Homeschooling is a book I will reach for time and again over the next several years and I highly recommend it!

I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher and was under no obligation to post a review. The opinions expressed are my own.


about the author

Lea Ann Garfias

Lea Ann Garfias is a homeschool graduate, a homeschooling mother of six, and the author of four books, including three on homeschooling.

She and her husband, David, live in Dallas, Texas. Besides author, she holds the titles of professional violinist, French-press owner, and friend.

Visit her website or connect with Lea Ann on facebook or instagram!



“Lea Ann has hit a homerun with her new book about homeschooling. How timely this book is in the midst of at least twenty million families now doing some form of schooling at home because of the pandemic. We know that many will try homeschooling as a result of getting their appetites whetted. What Lea Ann has provided is a one-stop shop for all you need to know about homeschooling, as well as all you need to know to be able to effectively homeschool. Not that homeschooling is easy—it’s not—but this book makes it as easy as possible to do it. The book covers everything you will encounter in homeschooling and more in a very readable, easy-to-understand manner. Everything You Need to Know about Homeschooling is not hype. As moms and dads consider homeschooling, there will be many avenues presented. This book will direct you down the right road. It’s a must buy for anyone contemplating homeschooling.”

– MIKE SMITH, President, Home School Legal Defense Association


“A grab bag of homeschool help and how-to! Lea Ann covers every concern a new homeschool parent could have, from socialization to spelling to spiritual guidance. This book will equip parents to persevere past common pitfalls with confidence from preschool to graduation. No denim jumper required!”



“COMPELLING. If I only had one word to describe this book, THAT would be it! If you’ve ever mused about the possibility of homeschooling your brood, Lee Ann Garfias’s book is the one to read. It provides a plethora of extremely valuable information and resources about the whole process—from A to Z.
Everything You Need to Know about Homeschooling covers all the nuts and bolts with compelling anecdotes and a Q&A style that imparts valued information and stirs your imagination. By providing concise and accurate answers without wading into the weeds, this book will move you to feel “I CAN DO THIS!” Even if you already homeschool, you will appreciate the thoroughness of this book as it will offer new insights, firm up your foundation, and strengthen your resolve. I’m thankful this book was written and highly recommend it!”

– RAY BALLMANN, Homeschool Author and Conference Speaker


Everything You Need to Know about Homeschooling is exactly the book I needed when I began homeschooling my boys almost a decade ago. Lea Ann offers practical and real-life ideas, support, and encouragement for the parent just getting started with homeschooling. I think this is a must read for new homeschoolers—like having another mom come alongside and help you along the way. Even veteran homeschoolers will find inspiration and encouragement as Lea Ann expertly provides solutions for every grade level. What a wonderful gift to the homeschooling community!”

– SHAWNA WINGERT, CEO of Different By Design Learning and Homeschool mom of two


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What is your experience with homeschooling? Do you know a homeschooling family?
Are you new to homeschooling? Are you a homeschooling veteran?
Let me know if you’ve read Everything You Need to Know about Homeschooling by Lee Ann Garfias or are adding to your tbr.

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