The Homeschool Experiment: A Novel (Review & Giveaway)

*Sorry, this giveaway has ended.*

Charity Hawkins, the author of The Homeschool Experimentrecently contacted me and asked if I would be interested in reading and reviewing her new novel.  At first, I was a bit reluctant simply because I am not technically homeschooling (my oldest son goes to a church-based preschool 3 mornings a week).  As I quickly found out, however, this book exemplified my life and the daily challenges of raising children all the while attempting to teach them in the process.

This book is a hilarious blend of real-mom confessions, homeschool how-to’s (and a few how-not’s), and encouragement for weary moms.  Written as a novel, the character of Julianne Miller quickly becomes someone who I can identify with as she deals with toddler tantrums, preschooler meltdowns, and just trying to make it through the day without any major catastrophes.

One major reason I loved this book is because it exemplifies real life.  It’s not some fairy-tale version of a homeschooling mother.  It is real, honest, and genuine with Julianne making many mistakes along the way but finding joy nonetheless.

When asked why she wrote the book, Charity Hawkins responded that it was a book that she herself would like to read, “I didn’t want to read an Amish romance; I wanted to read a book that looked, even in a small way, like my life.  There was none.”

If you’re interested, read the first 3 chapters of the book here.


How would you like to win a copy of The Homeschool Experiment (signed by the author) and a $20 gift card to your choice of Target or Amazon?  Just leave a comment!  


This giveaway is open to U.S. residents only (apologies to my international readers).  The giveaway will end on Friday, November 2 at 10 am (CST).  A winner will be randomly selected shortly after and notified by e-mail.  By entering, you are agreeing to these official rules

Good luck!

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  1. brandy d. says

    I love reading all your post! Thank you so much for taking the time to share and help other parents out there!

  2. Sarah S says

    This book sounds great, sometimes it’s nice to have someone tell it how it is instead of just the good o r just the bad because boy is parenting a challenge and a blessing!

  3. Meredith W. says

    I just started homeschooling my oldest (pre-k) son this year. I’d love to read this book!

  4. dashaunda says

    I’ve always wanted to home school but, youre right, all I’ve ever read was “fairy tales” which leaves me very discouraged. Your bool sounds great, and real!

  5. says

    I’m a new mom who wants to homeschool and I’m drowning in how to homeschool books over here from the 80s that have everyone wearing long skirts and praying before the sun comes up – help!!!!!

  6. says

    Oh boy could I use a book like this! I’m deep in the homeschool trenches and would love to find a few laughs that resemble my life. I’ve got 7 sweet children age 11 and younger and just for one day I would love to read a book just for mommy!

  7. says

    Great giveaway—I don’t homeschool either but do a LOT of fun activities with my kids at home so would love to read.


  8. Jennifer Jarrell says

    I just pulled my two children, 7th & 4th grades, out of public school two weeks ago. This would be so encouraging as I struggle to find our way in this new adventure of homeschooling.

  9. Tricia says

    Would love to win this!! We need all the encouragment right now while we struggle to find whats right for us in regards to homeschooling our daughter.

  10. Sharon says

    Sounds like it would be a great read for me! Looking for some humor related to moms and the daily triumphs & challenges!

  11. Jeana Cheney says

    Wow! This book is a total MUST for me, as I contemplate bringing some of my kids home to homeschool!

  12. Bree says

    I’m getting ready to start my homeschooling journey next year; this book seems like a great book to help me prepare mentally for it and it also seems like it will be a book that I will re-read when things get tough, just to remind myself that I’m not alone.

  13. Ashley says

    Oh this sounds like such a good read. I love nothing more than women being honest about life. So refreshing!

  14. Amber S says

    I love books like this… real, messy, honest life that gives hope and encouragement to the rest of us!

  15. Rebecca Ray says

    I would love to win. After all I am homeschooling with toddlers underfoot, and some days you have to laugh just to keep from crying!

  16. Erin Carlson says

    As a homeschooling mom, I can certainly relate to the main character’s insecurities. It’s realistic–maybe too realistic!

  17. Tiffany Turpin Johnson says

    I’m new to the stay-at-home life and am typing this with one hand because my 2yo insists I rub his head with the other! Sounds like I need this book. :)

  18. Janet says

    I am in my fourth year of homeschooling. This year I have a 3rd grader, two 2nd graders, a Kindergartener, and a destructive toddler, so I would love to read this book!

  19. Jackie says

    The character in this book sounds like someone I could totally relate to, having a 2, 4 and 7 year old (with one on the way)!!

  20. Vanessa F. says

    My husband and I are about to have our first child in less than a week. It would be a great read for my ‘nursing station.’ Thanks for the review!

  21. Leanne Heern says

    I would love to read this…I”m homeschooling next year! this will be a true encouragment!

  22. TXMom says

    I’ve started reading the first chapter, and I’m really enjoying it! Definitely feels more like my life than most, OK, maybe all, the books I tend to read.

  23. says

    As a mama of a pre-k homeschooler and 2 teens in public school, I’d LOVE to win this book and hear the tips and laugh along the way at how real life is for all moms. It’s great to find a homeschool-based novel. How fun! I’m always looking for something fun to read in the evening when I’m hiding out in the bathtub for 15 minutes alone!!!

  24. lilian says

    Hi! just started homeschooling my 2 boys, they’re 3 & 4 yrs old. I would love to win the book…I think it will inspire me to continue what I started. Thanks!

  25. Shannon says

    Thanks for sharing the novel. I don’t homeschool but I too am always looking for new ways to teach my son

  26. brittany newman says

    I would love the chance to win the homeschool experiment. It would be a great way to start teaching my daughter new things, especially considering that my fiancée and I are talking about homeschooling her when she’s older.

  27. Sue C. says

    I would love to win this book! My oldest son is nearly 3, and we’re pretty sure we’re going to homeschool–which terrifies me a bit. I’d love to read about Charity’s thoughts and perspectives :)

  28. Maddie says

    i am not a homeschooling mom but i run a daycare that my children also attend so i feel like its homeschool some times :) i would love to have some insight from another mom because i look at other people who seem to have it all together any my 7pm all i wanna do is rip out my hair :)

  29. Sheryl Nelken says

    I would love to win. I will start homeschooling my 5 year old next year for Kindergarten and would love some support and encouragement as we get started on our home school adventure.

  30. Amanda Olson says

    This homeschooling mom of three gives this book two thumbs up!! As I read the book, I just kept saying, “Wow…this looks like a page right out of my own journal!” I would love to add this to my library…thanks for the chance!

  31. Rebecca S. says

    Thanks for the giveaway! Would love the book, this is my first year homeschooling my 4 children.

  32. melanie says

    I’d love to win this for a Christmas present for a friend who is thinking about homeschooling.