You Can Do It Too – 25 Homeschool Families Share Their Stories: A Review

You Can Do It TooI had the honor and privilege of working with author and blogger Lorilee Lippincott on her new book: You Can Do It Too: 25 Homeschool Families Share Their Stories. The book is a series of interviews with 26 (I know it says 25 but there are really 26) families on what homeschooling really looks like for them.

The book covers such questions as:

  • Why do you homeschool?
  • When you started, what did you know about
  • What were your concerns starting out?
  • What does your typical school day look like?
  • How do you find what to teach?
  • What do your kids think?

These families share it all – the mountaintop experiences and the valleys. The times when we are convinced homeschooling is the best thing in all the land, and the times when we’re ready to throw in the towel.

You Can Do It Too won’t “tell you what is best for you or your kids because we don’t know you or your options.” The goal of this book is to let you see the nuts and bolts of what homeschool is and make sure you know it is an option for you.

The Book Contributors

What I really love about this book is that it shows – in a very real way – just how different “homeschool” looks in different families. For us, as we traveled on our bikes and now that we’re home in Idaho, homeschooling looks very different from another family. Some contributors have been homeschooling for many years and have their approach well-developed, some of us aren’t quite so organized. We are all real parents with real kids showing what real homeschooling looks like for us.

Contributors in the order they appear in the book:

If you would like to read more information about each of the contributors, you can visit the official You Can Do It Too! site.

I am truly honored to be a part of this book with so many other inspirational families. Homeschooling isn’t for everyone, and there are as many ways to homeschool as there are families wanting to do it. This book will show you the nitty-gritty of what some of us are doing with our children in the hopes that it will help you see that it’s an option for you as well.

You Can Do It Too! is currently only available in electronic format. A print version should be available in a few months.

This book is a great deal at only $9.99! There are over 250 pages of wisdom here from 26 families. If you are even remotely considering homeschooling, this would be a great resource.


You Can Do It Too

books by Nancy Sathre-Vogel

About Nancy Sathre-Vogel

After 21 years as a classroom teacher, Nancy Sathre-Vogel finally woke up and realized that life was too short to spend it all with other people's kids. She and her husband quit their jobs and, together with their twin sons, climbed aboard bicycles to see the world. They enjoyed four years cycling as a family - three of them riding from Alaska to Argentina and one exploring the USA and Mexico. Now they are back in Idaho, putting down roots, enjoying life at home, and living a different type of adventure. It's a fairly sure bet that you'll find her either writing on her computer or creating fantastical pieces with the beads she's collected all over the world.

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42 Responses to You Can Do It Too – 25 Homeschool Families Share Their Stories: A Review

  1. Danielle Moreno August 28, 2012 at 5:20 pm #

    I homeschooled my son through first and second grade while living on a small island in the Caribbean. I am proud to say that I taught my son how to read. A skill that he became very good at and still loves to do. I am now getting ready to begin a high school home program as we will be moving around a bit through his high school years. I love reading this blog and have been following your family for about five years now. You are inspirational!

  2. DaniElle August 28, 2012 at 8:37 pm #

    I do not homeschool but plan on homeschooling in the next few years. I’m wondering how to keep competitive boys in line. My oldest will be very competitive and I sometimes worry what effect that will have on his younger brother.

  3. Lia Keller August 28, 2012 at 8:44 pm #

    How to structure your time and not burn out!

  4. Tiffany F August 28, 2012 at 8:51 pm #

    I do not currently Homeschool, but would like to start in the next 2 years (in middle school). My question: what is the most important aspect to consider when transitioning to a Homeschool environment from public school, especially for middle school age kids? Thanks for the opportunity!

  5. Kimberly August 28, 2012 at 10:21 pm #

    We’ve thought about homeschooling and did a sort of “homeschool lite” for an hour or two each morning this summer. One reason we’re hesitant to homeschool during the school year is that our children are in a Chinese immersion program (and we don’t speak Chinese!) and we highly value the early acquisition of a second language. So, my question is… How do you provide good opportunities for your children to learn a second language (if you are not bilingual yourself)?

  6. Living Outside of the Box August 29, 2012 at 1:45 am #

    We just took off on our worldwide adventure, and technically I am “homeschooling”…but…oh…wait! We aren’t doing any schooling…and it’s now school time again! Where do I start? How do you balance teaching your children in a natural way, as opposed to just studying books and texts, like they would in school? I want my kids to be capable of transitioning in and out of schools, so I need enough structure and discipline to make that natural for them, and yet I totally love the idea of unschooling. I could definitely use this book! 🙂

  7. Susan August 29, 2012 at 8:25 am #

    I have 2 daughters and we are starting homeschool preschool this fall. I am excited but a little nervous too. So far, I get questions like “why would you want to do that?” and “what makes you think you can do this since you are not a “teacher”?!” Thanks for the opportunity Nancy!

  8. Jessica August 29, 2012 at 12:21 pm #

    This is our first year homeschooling, and so far the most commonly asked question is “Can you really teach them all they need to know?” Also, although it isn’t a question, the statement “Well, I just think they need to be around children their own age” is always close behind my declaration of “YES, I CAN do this!”

  9. Karen August 29, 2012 at 2:50 pm #

    We’ve been educating our own for 20+ yrs and have many more yrs to go. With a large family we are usually asked “How do you find the time?” in reference to the assumption we are doing bookish-style teaching/learning, and for giving individual time. Also, “What about testing?”

  10. Sarah August 30, 2012 at 6:01 am #

    We plan to homeschool. I would like to know how to start- how people filled requirements, dealt with school districts, etc. (We live in a stringent state.) How you can know you aren’t missing something important without having to reconstruct ‘school at home’ etc. Thank you for this giveaway!

  11. Rob August 31, 2012 at 11:15 am #

    Although our son is 3 1/2 we will be homeschooling or more accurately unschooling, when we tell people our plans the question we get the most is “how will our son learn?” I assume they mean how will he learn without sitting in a classroom memorizing facts.

  12. Ariel August 31, 2012 at 12:00 pm #

    Hi! I’m Ariel and will be homeschooling my daughter next year for her 2nd grade year as we travel the world. Our plan right now is to return to regular schooling when we return, so I feel the need to “keep up” so she will be prepared when she enters 3rd grade. However, I also really love the idea of just learning about the world as we go and not doing anything formal. So I’m wondering what others have done in this situation. Perhaps just focus on math and reading, and the rest will take care of itself? Thanks!

    • Nancy September 2, 2012 at 10:09 pm #

      @Ariel, You won Ariel! Please email me at familyonbikes at gmail dot com and I’ll make sure you get your copy of the ebook!

  13. Karlynné Metzger August 31, 2012 at 12:06 pm #

    Sounds like a great book. I’m always looking for great books to help us with our homeschooling/unschooling adventure.

  14. Shannon Roman August 31, 2012 at 12:22 pm #

    I do not homeschool, as my daughter is still young, but I am overtaken by the unschool movement, and have been searching ravenously for information on how to pull this off. I don’t just want to unschool, I want to become a traveling family so that our family can have all the adventures without the burden of consumerism and materialism. This is an overwhelming undertaking, and so all of the information and ideas on how others have accomplished this is of greatest importance to me!

    • Nancy September 2, 2012 at 10:09 pm #

      @Shannon Roman, You won Shannon! Please email me at familyonbikes at gmail dot com and I’ll make sure you get your copy of the ebook!

  15. Toni moslemi August 31, 2012 at 12:27 pm #

    “how will they go to college?” been getting that question for about 15 yrs. now that I have one in college on scholarship I don’t hear it as often. With three at home they often ask “do you use a curriculum? I try to explain radical unschooling but most are shocked and find it difficult to believe that kids enjoy learning, that they love reading and can even teach themselves anything they find interesting including reading and music and algebra. We will spend this unschool year at the beach while planning where to go next year!

  16. Michelle August 31, 2012 at 12:46 pm #

    We are not yet homeschooling, but plan to in the next few years once we take off sailing around the world. My biggest question is how to best balance traditional learning (grammar, math, etc.) with “world-schooling” (environment, culture, languages – stuff we will learn together while visiting new countries)… I don’t see us being full-on “unschool” but I don’t want to bog them down with four hours every day of “homeschool” – I would like to know the best way to balance it all…

  17. Jeni August 31, 2012 at 1:08 pm #

    We don’t homeschool yet but are looking at doing some long term traveling in the next couple of years so this is part of our plan for when we’re on the road. I am very curious how others maintain the balance of formal plans (schedules, for ex.) and expectations (performance measures that aren’t “tests”) and informal atmosphere and approach. I learn more towards unschooling philosophically but wouldn’t want to overlook important structure and outcome expectations. Thanks for the opportunity to learn from you and others on this!

  18. Annie Andre August 31, 2012 at 4:44 pm #

    I don’t homeschool. I tried homeschooling one year and failed terribly. Now we are France and i have the boys mainstreamed and immersed in public french school but would like to supplement with some homeschooling or unschooling not sure what term to use that will be more natural to them and cater to their interests. Pluss.. still keep college open to them if that is the road they choose to go down. Is that even possible?

  19. Michael Goodell August 31, 2012 at 7:50 pm #

    We use K-12, always looking for new ideas.

  20. Merlijn Janssens September 1, 2012 at 1:20 am #

    We decided to homeschool our children ( 4 1/2, 3 and 1 1/2 yrs) a few months ago. Local schools started a two weeks ago, so now we are ‘officially’ homeschooling.Since only our eldest is of school age, the question I get most is: how are you going to teach your eldest with two little ones in tow? Are the youngest ones in full-time nursery? No, actually they are not. The fact that my children can still spend a lot of time together, and the oldest is not separate from them is one of the benefits of home schooling. And by the way, at school a teach would look after 20 to 30 pupils on her/his own, surely I can manage a ratio of 1 on 3…

  21. Travis September 2, 2012 at 1:15 pm #

    Sounds great, I want one,.

  22. Travis September 2, 2012 at 1:20 pm #

    Didn’t read the directions the first time.

    Just parenting three small kids (3 months to 4 years) seems overwhelming for my wife. How does homeschooling fit into an already full schedule?

  23. Chris Chaney September 2, 2012 at 5:37 pm #

    We’re in the early planning stages of making a huge lifestyle change. Part of that will be going back to home/roadschooling the kids. You’ve been a big part of inspiring that change. Thanks so much!

    • Nancy September 2, 2012 at 10:10 pm #

      @Chris Chaney, You won Chris! Please email me at familyonbikes at gmail dot com and I’ll make sure you get your copy of the ebook!

  24. Ivy September 2, 2012 at 8:36 pm #

    I’d love to be inspired. I’d like to know it can be done in varying and challenging circumstances. I find myself in a situation that makes homeschooling my daughter (now 6) more difficult than it used to be (had another baby, took on a home-based, but full-time job less than two mos after giving birth). I know I’m letting circumstances dictate the quality of life I have now, which is why I’m seeking motivation and inspiration from other homeschoolers. These days, I’m feeling very frustrated with myself for the lack of organization, the lack of discipline, the lack of energy, etc. — In my experience, the socialization question comes up the most. I’m really pretty tired of it, especially since it usually comes in the form of judgment disguising as a question. 🙂

  25. Sam DenBleyker September 2, 2012 at 9:56 pm #

    Would love to read this. We all ready homeschool and.are. Oat often asked “How’s school going?” (we are very relaxed homeschoolers of 2nd, K and preschool p,us a baby) or “how do you do that?” meaning they couldn’t.

  26. Holly manthey September 2, 2012 at 10:00 pm #

    I homeschool. Most of the time, the question I get asked is how my kids like it! 🙂 They LOVE it so far!

  27. Jen September 2, 2012 at 10:13 pm #

    Just finished our first week of homeschooling. This book sounds like it might answer some of my questions. What a great resource!

  28. Rica September 2, 2012 at 10:21 pm #


  29. vicky September 2, 2012 at 10:24 pm #

    I tried the plastic bag hanging up, to keep flies away. I think it may be doing something. And I’d love your book!!

  30. Joy September 3, 2012 at 3:16 am #

    i do not homeschool. wish i could but i’m a single parent! the question i want to know is how do you tackle subjects that are difficult? i could see homeschooling til maybe 6th grade but then some subject matter would be challenging for me (calculus) and how do you teach science without all the equipment?

  31. Joy September 3, 2012 at 3:17 am #

    oops! i guess this contest is over.

  32. Colleen September 4, 2012 at 11:40 am #

    Do you have any advise on how to prepare your child to be flexible to homeschooling or attending public schools as we start our digital nomadic lifestyle? Depending on our location and the length of our stay I think that at different times it would be best to homeschool and sometimes put him into a local school for 6 or 9 months. Thanks!

    • Nancy September 5, 2012 at 8:58 pm #

      @Colleen, I think it’ll come down to playing it by ear. You don’t want your kids to hate learning so whichever works best at the time is the way to do. Just listen to your kids, help them develop a love of learning, and they’ll be fine.

  33. sharona September 22, 2012 at 11:35 pm #

    we started homeschooling last year our now 2grader and pre-k. my hubmister travels for work a lot and i have two older children (1 college grad now living in NYC, 1 still in college). we hit the road often. we study history, art and reading in every state and now even italy. my 2grader loved learning about ancient rome…in rome!
    i never thought i could do this…didnt with my oldest kids…it can be done, im living prove….
    enjoy the adventure!

    • Nancy September 24, 2012 at 12:14 pm #

      @sharona, It is amazing how easy it is when you’re actually out there! While planning and thinking, it seems very complicated and difficult, but it really isn’t.

  34. A King's Life - Digital Nomad Family December 26, 2012 at 12:20 am #

    My children are 4 & 2 and we *always* get the question “What about their education?”. Before we traveled, we didn’t even think about home-schooling. Now that we are all more worldly and see many things from a different perspective, it seems to be the choice for us. The “HOW” is still up for grabs, so I’m interested in this book to read the compiled stories of the nuts and bolts.
    We already incorporate great ‘learning opportunities’ naturally in our day just by living…perhaps eventually it’ll need to be more. I can’t wait to read this.
    Thanks Nancy!
    I hope I win one of the copies!

  35. Danielle December 26, 2012 at 1:09 am #

    Since we are about to embark on a semi nomadic life for the next few years I will be on-the-go schooling. Maybe also called fly by the seat of my pants I. Hopes of helping guide my children’s interests. Would love to win the boom to see how others manage.

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