Biography of Terrie Lynn Bittner
Terrie Lynn Bittner is a freelance writer living in Warwick, near Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Growing up in a house which had books falling from shelves, poking out from under sofas, and stacked in every odd corner, Terrie naturally became curious about the people who wrote her books. Her mother taught her how to create her own stories and was Terrie’s personal creative writing coach. Her father helped her learn to explore the world as an independent scholar.
She married Lincoln Bittner in 1980 and is the mother of three children. When she is not writing, she enjoys computers, reading, family history and teaching. She owns Family Friendly Content, providing educationalm family-oriented, and moral content for her clients' websites.
Terrie has published in various educational, religious, historical and family publications both online and off. Her publishing credits include LD Online, Education World, Homeschool Horizons Magazine, Ensign, New Era, Liahona, Feminista, Teach at Home, Canada5.com, Raising Teens, and Heroines in History.
Terrie began formally homeschooling her children thirteen years ago, although she had preschooled them and supplemented their educations all their lives. Early in her homeschooling career, Terrie became frustrated by the unrealistic portrayal of homeschooling she found in most books, and later on the Internet. When she began her web page, now called Treasured Time, she was challenged by a reader to tell the truth about homeschooling. She continued that mission when she wrote a homeschooling column. Her goal has been to show parents how they can successfully teach their children regardless of disability, organizational skills, lack of education or other challenges that might seem to stand in the way. She believes that successful homeschooling requires little more than love and desire and her first homeschooling book promotes this ideal.
(This is my author identity. You're welcome to find my regular identity, too, but you're warned--it gets lots of religious stuff, politics...whatever I feel like posting. The author one mostly gets homeschooling and writing unless I forget who I'm signed in as. Yes, I play Farmville and Frontierville on both identities.)
Publishers Weekly, November 22, 2004
Calls the book "down-to-earth and practical" and says, "Designed to empower the novice toward home-schooling success, this book is friendly, reassuring and endlessly supportive, and, like a very well-informed neighbor"
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Booklist (American Library Association)Booklist, November 15, 2004 p. 536
calls the book "honest and commonsensical...This is an encouraging and helpful resource for parents considering homeschooling their children."
"What a wonderful resource! This book could have saved me buckets of frustration had it been around when I began homeschooling. What a gift to any parent who doesn't feel they're up to the task of homeschooling. Instead of sharing yet more 'Super Mom' stories, Terrie addresses real concerns in a way that disarms the fear and boosts the confidence. It is like sharing a cup of tea with the successful, resourceful 'homeschooling friend' you always wished you had."
—Carol Barnier, author of How To Get Your Child Off the Refrigerator and on to Learning and If I'm Diapering A Watermelon Then Where'd I Put the Baby?
Terrie's book is a great help for parents who doubt their ability to homeschool. She's right—you CAN do this! Even if you are perfectly ordinary parents with foibles, strengths and weaknesses. As she points out, you really need only two traits: mostly patience with children and a willingness to be flexible, and not to throw in the towel, sending the kids back to school the first time there are tears when something doesn't go right. And your homeschool days won't always be ideal. Terrie knows that some days, especially around holidays, kids will feel they are missing out on school parties. She talks to you like a friend who has gone the way before, giving you encouragement, whether you are homeschooling one child or several, or trying to teach older children while there is still a baby in the home. Some planning is key to success, but don't feel you have to adhere to a minute-by-minute plan. A daily and weekly routine will do. Best of all, Terrie points out that it is easy for homeschoolers to plan in plenty of activity into our days! No need to sit for hours each day! Learning can be fun and sort of silly at times. Relax! You CAN do this!"
Creator of the Web site: A to Z Home's Cool, one of the internet's largest homeschool web sites, http://homeschooling.gomilpitas.com
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