- Paperback: 320 pages
- Publisher: B&H Books (February 1, 2005)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0805431381
- ISBN-13: 978-0805431384
- Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 0.8 x 11.1 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.9 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars See all reviews (110 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #265,756 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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100 Top Picks for Homeschool Curriculum: Choosing the Right Curriculum and Approach for Your Child's Learning Style Paperback – February 1, 2005
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Cathy Duffy begins by having you come up with your own philosophy of education. As she puts it, "If there were no laws requiring you to educate your child, what would you want them to learn anyway?" Wow! That question really gets to the heart of the matter for most people choosing to homeschool. Then, she has you consider your thoughts about how you want to teach and run your school (teach different ages together, work directly with your children or have them work independently, real books vs. textbooks, field trips, adhering to a schedule or remaining flexible, etc.). She has you take a sort of quiz about your preferred approaches to learning that shows which styles might appeal to you most. After leaning so heavily toward Charlotte Mason after all my reading, I was somewhat surprised to find that I have an equally high regard for unit studies and--gasp!--unschooling (a "curriculum" choice that petrifies me a bit)! She describes the various homeschooling methods (traditional, Charlotte Mason, classical, unit study, unschooling, independent study, eclectic, and umbrella programs). Then, she asks you to consider your confidence/experience level, time available to teach, finances, and religious beliefs. In addition, one of the most important differences about this book is that it addresses your teaching style and your child's learning style. This is such an important consideration when deciding what curriculum to choose.Read more ›
I love Cathy Duffy's dedication at the beginning of this book: "To the thousands of dedicated homeschoolers who have resisted the impulse to imitate "real school" and have chosen instead to figure out what is best for each of their children, even if it meant writing their own curriculum. You have made the world of homeschool curriculum far richer than the most well-funded schools in the world."
And what Cathy has done in her book is to help us do just that -- figure out what is best for each of our children. Under her direction, using pertinent questions and an easy-to-use chart, a homeschooling mom can determine which of the eight approaches to homeschooling would fit her child's learning style and her own overall goals and priorities for her child's education. It takes the guesswork and confusion out of homeschooling.
The largest portion of the book is taken up with Cathy's reviews of her "100 Top Picks" for homeschooling books and curricula. She gives us thorough descriptions and necessary ordering details, strengths and weaknesses of the curriculum, and her own impressions on how it would work with the different learning styles.Read more ›
I really like her approach to stressing that the advantage of home schooling is to enable the schooling to be tailored to the specific needs of each individual student rather than fitting into the master plan of the school system. This is stressed in the sub-title of the book.
Only in the science area is the Christian view brought strongly to the fore. Here she selects curriculum that stress creation and if evolution is mentioned it tends to be mentioned as, "provides tidbits of scientific information with which to challenge the theory of evolution." A child going on to college with only this kind of background may have a much more difficult time than one tought the generally accepted theories.
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Great reference - purchased in 2008, before actually having school-age children. Question that I can't see where to post - is the newest 2014 edition of this book different enough... Read morePublished 4 months ago by R. Statz
This book has been instrumental in my homeschool journey! A great tool when you have no idea where to start.Published 7 months ago by Lorena Ballou
I picked up this book with great hopes of a neutral, unbiased review of different homeschooling ideas, methods, and curriculums, but by page 27 I realized that was not this book's... Read morePublished 15 months ago by Annie
I would say this is a MUST have for anyone considering homeschooling their child. Gives great overviews of teaching styles, learning styles, and what curriculum would fit the... Read morePublished 16 months ago by Horse Nickers