Trials and Successes

Effective Teaching and Learning At Home

Non-Fiction - Education
108 Pages
Reviewed on 08/31/2020
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Author Biography

Stephanie Carter is passionate about homeschooling. Her passion grows out of a deep desire to see children, particularly African-American boys, fulfill their life’s purpose through an education customized to the child’s interests and gifts. She feels that is it important for parents to know about educational freedom and to empower parents to take complete educational responsibility and place their child’s education into their hands. Stephanie is the wife of award-winning Gospel Artist and entrepreneur Phillip Carter and homeschooling mother of two wonderful sons, Stephen and Thomas.

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Reviewed by Deborah Lloyd for Readers' Favorite

“Change is hard at first, messy in the middle and gorgeous at the end” is a quotation in this book that describes the contents well. Author Stephanie Carter shares her home education experience in the nonfictional work, Trials and Successes: Effective Teaching and Learning at Home. This is a realistic portrayal of the challenges, and joys, of this educational choice. Ms. Carter has homeschooled two sons for 11 years. She answers the “what, how, where and whom” questions for parents. She stresses the importance of learning the jurisdiction’s laws and guidelines of where you live. In Chapter 8, The Truth, common arguments against home education are addressed. Myths such as 'my child cannot play sports' or 'homeschooled children are isolated' are debunked.

The book is well-organized, making it easy for parents to return to a specific section in the future. A page for Notes/Things to Remember is included after each chapter. The addition of photographs and quotations creates interest. One compelling point she makes is how parents can develop a unique curriculum. In her case, an African-American family, the focus is on an Afro-centric curriculum, including African history and culture, as well as the African-American experience. Parents are encouraged to be thoughtful about what teaching would be most appropriate for their family. Other essential features include a description of methodologies and a robust resource list. Trials and Successes by Stephanie Carter will be invaluable for parents who choose the homeschooling path – an enlightening book that encourages parents by naming the challenges and how to meet them.

Sherrell Jones Whitfield

Got my copy just in time! Congratulations Stephanie Carter on a very well written, easy to follow, and engaging guide on home education. It's informative and offers comprehensive steps regarding the process. A must read for anyone educating their child at home.

Kristy Wells

An extremely helpful book to parents just starting their homeschool journey or seasoned veterans. This book describes the joys and struggles of homeschooling through the eyes of a compassionate mother. It gives many resources and starting points on teaching different learners. There were times when I found myself smiling because I could relate with the struggles mentioned in the book from teaching my own children. This book is a must have for any homeschooling parent. It will provide you with the information to face the challenges of homeschooling with confidence. You can succeed in homeschooling. It is possible!

Dr. Darlene Ifill-Taylor

This book was an excellent read. Informative and personal-Stephanie Carter opens the doors to the world of home-schooling Wide for the reader. If you’re thinking of home-schooling or just want to know more about it, especially now, this is the book for you.

Rev. Maxine Lloyd Ball

Excellent read with insight to start the conversation and your thinking about accepting the responsibility for being the first teachers of your children. I loved it!